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Nintendo’s Fils Aime promises something “big”

Posted in Nintendo by Darrin Olson on March 17th, 2008

Reggie Fils Aime promises a big game and release schedule for Q3 and Q4 from NintendoNintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime promises that something big is coming down the pike, but neglected to say exactly what. In a recent interview with GameTrailers, the Nintendo exec said that the companies release schedule for the rest of the year would be revealed at E3 in July, and that there would also be a new big game announced that would be available in time for the holidays.

“There’s gonna be a big game for the holiday that the gamers will want,” said Fils Aime. “All I can tell you is what we announce during E3 is gonna be fantastic. The gamer is gonna be excited and the expanded audience is gonna be excited.”

Siftables lets you actually touch your stuff

Posted in Concepts by Darrin Olson on March 15th, 2008

Siftables prototype from David Merrill at MIT for physically interactive input devicesNow here is something you don’t see every day. This Siftables prototype designed by David Merrill and Jeevan Kalanithi at MIT was created to give some physical interaction between you and your information and media. These guys jumped right past moving things around on the screen “Minority Report” style, and provided these little independent devices each with their own display that interact with each other and you computer.

Each device also contains a 3-axis accelerometer to sense movement and it’s current position, Bluetooth, Flash memory, its own processor, infrared, a touch sensitivity and a little battery battery. According to the designers, the Siftables take advantage of the humans ability to sift and sort through a number of small items with their hands, while at the same time keeping their mind on the larger goal.

No Blu-ray player coming to the Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on March 13th, 2008

Microsoft exec says the Xbox 360 will not be getting a Blu-ray playerShortly after the fall of the HD DVD format Microsoft officially announced that they were ending production of the HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 and we, along with a number of others, figured they would be jumping on board with Blu-ray in short order.

According to Microsoft exec Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for the Xbox 360, the company appears to have no plans to move in the direction of a Blu-ray player, or any high-def player for that matter, for their game console. “Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience,” Greenberg said. He followed up that comment with “We’re the only console offering digital distribution of entertainment content,” which leads us to believe that Microsoft may have taken this opportunity to rid the console of physical disc media all together.

BlackBerry Pearl 8120 with WiFi comes to AT&T

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on March 13th, 2008

RIM Blackberry Pearl 8120 with WiFiToday AT&T announced the availability of their own new version of the BlackBerry Pearl with the 8120 as a replacement for the 8100. The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 comes to AT&T with some new features that are already enjoyed by Sprint and Verizon, but most notably has WiFi added to its connectivity and forgoes the GPS.

An external-facing microSD slot, regular-sized 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 megapixel camera with video recording and an improved browser round out the updated features on the new smartphone. It also of course has all the features of the 8100 model as a quad-band GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz) world phone along with the slim candy bar design, Bluetooth and the almost-QWERTY keyboard.

LionKing800 mobile phone claims 1 year standby

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on March 13th, 2008

LionKing800 mobile phone claims to have long-life battery with a 1 year standby timeThis Chinese mobile smartphone doesn’t appear much different form many of the mobile devices on the market today but the manufacturer is claiming that it does have at least one significant difference. The makers of the the LionKing800 are claiming that it has high-capacity battery that gives it up to “about” 365 days of standby time and 3-5 days of continuous talk time.

It does have a 16,800mAh lithium battery which is significantly more than you would probably find in your current cellphone, so maybe it could be possible if the phone sat in a dark, quite room without being touched for a year. Either that or someone is just confused.

Activision and Guitar Hero targeted in patent dispute

Posted in patents by Darrin Olson on March 12th, 2008

Acitivision’s Guitar Hero accused of patent infringement by Gibson guitars.Gibson Guitar Corp. is accusing Activision of violating one of their patents with the popular Guitar Hero series of video games. The patent in question is owned by Gibson since 1999 and involves a system that would let a musician “virtually” participate in a pre-recorded concert while wearing a head-mounted 3D display with speakers. The music played on the instrument would then be recorded on a separate track and available for playback with the rest of the tracks to simulate playing in a concert.

Activision’s Guitar Hero does have a similar premise, however it’s played on a “pretend” plastic guitar and is a game where the player tries to mimic notes in concert represented on the monitor by graphical musicians in a concert. Activision is disputing the claim that they infringe upon Gibson’s patent and is asking the federal court to provide an official ruling.

iPhone SDK already with 100k downloads, 1 hack

Posted in iPhone by Darrin Olson on March 12th, 2008

Apple iPhone SDK has 100,000 downloads and has claims of already being hacked.Within just 4 days of Apple releasing a beta version of the software development kit (SDK) for the iPhone, the company claims they’ve already had an incredibly positive response with over 100,000 downloads. This is good news for iPhone owners since there will likely be more useful and fun applications available for the iPhone soon from third party developers.

Multiple development shops have already announced plans to offer applications for the iPhone with Gameloft being one of the most hyped with 15 games planned for the iPhone yet this year. Unfortunately, even though the SDK is out and Gameloft can get these games ready quickly, they won’t be available for download until the App Store opens in June.

Beatles catalog coming to iTunes yet this year?

Posted in music by Darrin Olson on March 9th, 2008

Beatles catalog rumored to be available for download online and on iTunes on the coming monthsAccording to a number of UK-based online sources, Paul McCartney has officially worked out a deal to bring the Beatles back-catalog to multiple music download sites including a $400 million agreement with iTunes to offer the tracks. All of the Beatles currently have works available for download through iTunes, but the likely most popular tunes have thus far eluded the mammoth music download service.

According to reports, albums including Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Help and the White Album could be available from iTunes on possibly other online services “within months”. Now that the deal has been worked out, officials for the Beatles are reportedly in the process of creating digital versions of the songs to be available for download.

miCoach fitness mobile from Samsung and Adidas

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on March 5th, 2008

miCoach fitness mobile phone from Samsung and AdidasIt looks like Samsung and Adidas have paired up to take on the likes of Apple and Nike+ in the fitness gadget market. The miCoach F110 mobile phone brings on similar workout tracking capabilities and then some.

The miCoach comes packaged with a heart rate monitor and a “foot pod” for tracking your steps wirelessly to the phone. The device will then keep track of your pace, distance and heart rate giving you audio feedback on your progress and exercise level during your workout.

Logitec stereo mic for your iPod

Posted in Microphone by Darrin Olson on March 5th, 2008

Logitec LIC-iREC01 iPod microphoneAnyone that owns an iPod has probably noticed at one time or another that all of them lack a common feature found in many other media players – an audio input source. This fact has opened up a market for many 3rd parties to create microphone accessories for the iPod including one of the latest designs, this time from Logitec.

The LIC-iREC01 microphone connects to any model iPod that has a docking port and provides dual microphone for stereo recording straight to the device. It also has an input port for bringing in other audio sources to record aside from the ambient noise, and it has a pass through USB port to sync up and charge the iPod without having to remove the microphone accessory. A switch on the side controls high or low levels of recording and the part that we like best is that it’s small and doesn’t need any additional cords or loose parts (aside from the dock cap) to operate.

Sony launches a PSP Cradle with remote

Posted in PSP by Darrin Olson on March 4th, 2008

Sony PSP Cradle holds the PSP upright and comes with a wireless remote controlSony continues to come out with some pretty cool stuff for the PSP, and it looks like this PSP Cradle is a must for anyone that uses their Playstation Portable to watch movies. It would be especially handy for those in Japan that can get the 1seg TV signals, which is probably why this is unfortunately launching in Japan only, for now.

The cradle docks the PSP and holds it upright so you don’t have to hold it or balance it against something to watch videos, and comes with an IR remote control so you can set back and control the playback without having to get up and press the little buttons on the PSP. The PSP Cradle will also charge the handheld device when plugged in and docked, and optionally comes with AV cables to hook up a bigger scren.

Sony Ericsson’s petite T303 slider

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on March 4th, 2008

Sony Ericsson T303 mobile phoneSony Ericsson today launched the T303, a small new slider mobile phone that offers a some style in a pocket-sized package. The T303 comes in a metal housing to give it a sold feel with a chrome finish and a sexy mirrored display.

The new handset isn’t breaking out into any bleeding edge technologies by any means, but looks to be a solid handset with some basic features and basic smooth looks. The small size is definitely something to take note of as well. The phone’s length measures just 3.3 inches when closed and weighs 3.3 ounces. It also has 65k color TFT and 8MB of internal memory for media, but does not appear to have any type of slot for external memory.

USB Boxer acts out the PC game

Posted in USB by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2008

USB BoxerThis desktop boxer connects to your computer via USB and will act out the punches you throw in an associate PC game. The game has three modes that let you interact with the boxer, letting you throw left and right punches, rotate the boxer around the punching bag and count the times you hit the bag to ring up your score.

Using the left, right, up and down arrows you can take out your aggressions with the speed bag and even work on your finger-eye coordination by getting your rhythm and speed up to snuff. The game will even allow you to set ring times between 1 and 10 minute intervals, increasing it as you build up your stamina, and has included bell and crowd sounds which will be sure to get you made in your cuberhood. The company describes this as the most advanced USB toy of the year, but I guess it’s only March so they just may have that title so far this year.

Mr P Lamp gets turned on by his winky

Posted in Lamps by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2008

Mr. P LampThe little Mr P lamp has a bulb inside which lights up his head enough to illuminate your desk. It also comes with a directional lampshade to cut down on the glare which should immediately bring your attention to a small but noticeable protrusion on the front of Mr P. Regardless of what you might think this is for, it is actually the light switch and by flicking it you turn Mr P on, or the light inside him anyway. You might find Mr P and his winky cute but to get this setup you’ll need to shell out just under $100 for this 14-inch tall guy.


Samsung drops 5 new commercial SyncMaster LCDs

Posted in Displays by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2008

Samsung launched 5 new commercial SyncMaster LCD displaysSamsung added five new LCD monitors to their lineup today for the commercial market, ranging in sizes from 17 to 22 inches. The new LCDs consist of the 743BX, 943BX, 943BWX, 2043BWX and 2243BWX models with the ‘BWX’ indicating ‘widescreen’ and prices ranging from $239 up to $359.

All the monitors have adjustable height, can rotate and swivel and feature a very slim 15mm bezel making it easy to tile next to each other for multi-monitor desktops. Included is a contrast ratio of 8,000:1 with Samsung’s MagicColor technology and a DVI port with HDCP.