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Yoomi DUO Turns Your iPad into an Interactive Board Game

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

Despite the fact that touchscreen tablets are supposed to be free of unnecessary accessories and other gadgets, the DUO will gladly turn your iPad into an interactive board game. Just set it on top of the iPad or iPad 2 and it will work with a game called Yoomi.

The DUO comes with tokens, so at the end of the game there is a winner and a loser. It retails for $14.99 on Amazon and is also available at Toys ‘R’ Us, and Walmart. I guess this is where board games are headed, instead of coming in a large box.

PlayStation Vita out in October?

Posted in PS Vita by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

According to a British Blockbuster flyer, the PlayStation Vita will land in the United Kingdom on October 28th. This fall release date fits right into Sony’s “end of 2011″ launch window, so this may be accurate.

Of course, without official confirmation you should take this with a grain of salt for now. If this does pan out it will be a nice Halloween surprise. Hopefully it’s a treat rather than a trick.

Logitech officially drops Revue price to $99

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

We knew that it was coming and now Logitech has cut the price of its Revue set-top box from $299 to $99 on its own site and at retailers like Best Buy. That’s some cheap Google TV in a box.

It will also be receiving an update later this summer, which will give you a bunch of new features not included in the current version of the operating system, including the Android Market. $99 is a great deal. It will be interesting to see how many units they sell now.

Marvel Digital TBT-10C Mercury Pad Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

If you are looking for a budget-friendly Android tablet, why not check out the TBT-10C Mercury Pad. The device features a 7.0-inch 800 x 480 capacitive multi-touch screen, a 1GHz Samsung S5PV210 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, and 512MB DDR2 RAM.

Other features include 4GB/8GB/16GB of storage, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), a 0.3MP front-facing camera, a 2.0MP rear-facing camera, a G-sensor, 1080p Full HD video playback support, 3G module support, WiFi, a 3.5mm headset jack, an HDMI port, built-in speaker, a 2250mAh battery and Android 2.3 is running everything.

Onkyo UWF-1 Wireless USB Adapter

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

The new Onkyo UWF-1 wireless USB adapter helps you to remove unwanted cables from your life. It’s compatible only with Onkyo 2011 network receivers (the TX-NRxx9, HT-RC3XX, or later), TX-8050 network stereo receiver, and does not connect directly with computers.

The Onkyo UWF-1 also delivers an IEEE 802.11b/g/n connection so you can access music on a home network It will cost you just $49.97. Less wires is always a good thing.

New improved Google Search experience for tablets

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

Do you use Google to search for stuff while using your tablet? Well, if so, Google has a reward for you. The search giant has just announced that they’ve improved the google search experience on tablets. It becomes more tablet-friendly, since they have simplified the layout of the results pages.

Other improvements include the increased size of the page content and other tweaks so that users will have an easier and faster way to get the info that they want.

T-Mobile Gets Windows Phone 7 4G Stickers For Future Display

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

Here ya go Windows Phone 7 fans. This may be the first bit of evidence that a 4G Windows Phone 7 device is coming to T-Mobile. As you might know, T-Mobile stores often get display unit stickers, graphics and images long before a phone arrives and in this case it looks like a new Windows Phone 7 device is coming.

There is a distinct difference between the Windows Phone 7 stickers and 4G Windows Phone 7 stickers. Right now the only possible Windows Phone 7 device that has been rumored is the HTC Bresson, with it’s 16 megapixel camera.

Amazon Tablet 7 & 10-Inch Variants Reportedly In Production

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

In June the rumor was that Amazon isn’t getting enough parts for the production of the company’s upcoming tablet devices. But now it looks like Amazon has found the right suppliers and is reportedly buying all parts that it can to ramp up production of the 7 and 10-inch tablets.

Vendor reports suggest that Amazon now comes second only to Apple when it comes to IC parts shipment from Taiwan. This synchs up with the previous report that Amazon is importing 2-finger touchscreen display solution for its devices. So we may be seeing three sizes of tablets.

Sharp FX Plus specs

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

The Sharp FX Plus is an Android powered QWERTY-slider smartphone with entry-level specifications. It’s the successor of the original Sharp FX messaging phone. It will be shipping pre-installed with Android 2.2 Froyo, which is dissapointing and it’s powered by a 600MHz processor.

Other features include a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 512MB RAM, a landscape sliding-out QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n, microUSB 2.0, microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 32GB, Android Market, audience’s earSmart noise cancellation technology, and a bunch of Google and AT&T services.

Paypal hands over 1,000 IP addresses of Anonymous attackers

Posted in Paypal by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

Remember when Anonymous had a beef against Paypal last year for freezing Wikileaks‘ account and launched DDoS attacks against the billing and payment company? Well, some of the attackers have left behind enough information to be traceable. And now Paypal has handed over a list of 1,000 IP addresses to the FBI.

There’s no way to know whether the list of IP addresses are just a dump of attacking systems or whether Paypal’s investigation actually turned up some indication that these thousand IP addresses were orchestrating the attack. They have alluded to the notion that the addresses they handed over are some of the IPs that sent the most data.

ESPN split screen on Xbox

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

Sports fans will now have a special treat on the Xbox. Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch an updated version of the ESPN service on Xbox Live on Aug. 25. One of the most interesting new features is a split-screen view for watching two games at once.

The pdate coincides with the college football season. Other new features include a mini guide at the bottom of the screen, and the ESPN “BottomLine” news and score ticker that we all know and love. ESPN on Xbox 360 is free to Xbox Live Gold members who connect through participating broadband providers.

EKing claims to be world’s thinnest tablet PC

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2011

Apple’s iPad 2 and Samsung’s new Galaxy Tabs are among the thinnest tablets on the market today. Well, there’s a new thinnest tablet on the scene according to an announcement made by a Chinese manufacturer known as Shenzhen Guangxuntong Communication Technology.

They have developed what they claim is the “world’s thinnest tablet PC’, and it comes in the form of its new EKing T9 device. The EKing T9 sports a 9.7-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display and Intel’s Z670 processor which is clocked at 1.5GHz. The EKing T9 tablet is also said to feature 2GB of memory, along with both front and rear-facing cameras.

Sprint Branded BlackBerry Torch 9850 Surfaces

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2011

BlackBerry 7 devices are starting to show up sporting their carrier brand. Now, the Torch 9850 has revealed itself, but this time for Sprint. The device has shown up in a lot of leaked inventory slides, but we pretty much knew it was for Sprint.

This gives us further confirmation that Sprint will be unveiling the Torch 9850 very soon. So will you be carrying a torch for this one when it arrives?

White Galaxy S II leaks

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2011

The white Samsung Galaxy S II has been spotted. This leaked snap appears just one day after a UK retailer promised that it would go on sale August 15th. We don’t know if that’s true, but we know that you can now sign-up for “more info” on Samsung’s website.

In any event US fans of this phone should be hearing more from the company soon. So do you like your phones in white or black? Or do you want another color entirely?

Redbox adds video games to 5,000 more kiosks

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2011

Redbox has announced that it will add video game rentals to an additional 5,000 kiosks starting August 1st. The company announced last month that game titles for the Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Wii would be added to 16,000 more redbox kiosks by the end of June, and the total after this next round of additions will approach 27,000.

Redbox owns and operates about 33,000 rental kiosks around the country, and the company did not indicate if or when video games might be added to the remaining 6,000 kiosks that will not have them. All games carried in redbox kiosks are $2 per night.