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RoadRunner Bluetooth headset with larynx mic

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

Roadrunner Bluetooth Communicator attaches to the neck and picks up vibrations from the larynxIf you feel that talking to seemingly no-one in public with a Bluetooth headset in your ear isn’t bringing quite enough unnecessary attention to yourself you can try your hand, or your neck, at this RoadRunner Bluetooth Communicator.

The RoadRunner connects to your mobile phone much like a regular Bluetooth headset with the difference being that you wear this one around your neck instead of on your ear. The device picks up vibrations from your larynx when you talk and converts them into a voice. There’s also a small corded ear piece that connects up to your ear.

Intel names new chips ‘Atom’

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

Intel announces Atom for name of new processor chipsIntel made an announcement on Sunday that they’ve decided to give a new family of small processor chips the official name “Atom”. The Atom family of processors will be low-power chips targeting mobile devices that access the internet as well as lower-end, “Internet-centric” mobile computers. The first two chips to be branded with the Atom were previously code-named Silverthorne and Diamondville.

Both of these chips are expected to hit the market early yet this year. Intel’s Sliverthorne chip is designed to run in mobile Internet devices and uses very low amounts of power, even shutting down between processing tasks to further conserve power. The Diamondville chip is a more affordable single processing core chip created for low-end notebook computers.

Samsung self-cradling phone patent application

Posted in patents by Darrin Olson on March 2nd, 2008

Samsung Self-cradling mobile phone applicationA new patent application from Samsung was recently released by the USPTO showing what the company is describing as a mobile phone for media with a self-cradling function. The design shows an angled hinge in the middle of the candy-bar style phone which allows it to rotate and provide an angled display on top and an input pad on the bottom for some type of multimedia and/or gaming functionality.

Samsung also described is a pair of slide-out, detachable stereo speakers, a camera next to the display for possible video conferencing and a “plurity” of keys with a four-direction keypad.

WiiMax Light Gun with laser sight

Posted in Controllers by Darrin Olson on March 2nd, 2008

WiiMax Light Gun with Laser sight for the Nintendo WiiWii gun controllers seem to have come out of the woodwork as of late with a number of them incorporating both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuck into the gun.

Another one to add to the list is this WiiMax Wii Light Gun. It has a place to mount and utilize both the remote and Nunchuck but adds a laser pointer mounted on the top which is powered by it’s own set of AAA batteries and can be removed if you want to try some free-hand aiming.The gun also features a handle on the bottom that folds down to use it like a machine gun or folds up to make more like a short rifle.

Aliph limited-edition Jawbone headsets

Posted in Headsets by Darrin Olson on March 1st, 2008

Aliph Sweet Talk and Dirty Talk limited-edition Jawbone headsetsAccording to an announcement, Aliph has released a few new designs of the wireless Bluetooth Jawbone headsets in three new limited-edition styles. The Jawbone headset seemed to be fairly stylish as it was, coming in colors of red, black and sliver with the sharp, metal grill look.

Aliph Trash Talk Limited edition Jawbone headsetThe three new models are from designer Yves Behar and come in gold, white, and black each complete with their own theme. The black model has a “mud flap girl” silhouette and is called the Dirty Talk. The gold model is called the Sweet Talk and ha a flower etched into it, and lastly (and our favorite), the white model is named the Trash Talk and has some expletive symbols stamped into the side.

RIM files patent for familiar-looking QWERTY slider

Posted in Legal by Darrin Olson on March 1st, 2008

RIM patents a QWERTY slider phoneA new patent application showed up recently on the USPTO website from Research In Motion (RIM), the makers of Blackberry mobile devices. The application shows a slider phone with a hidden QWERTY keyboard behind and looks an awful lot like some mobile handsets we’ve seen recently from HTC.

The device is described by RIM as a Hybrid Portrait-Landscape Device With Trackball Navigation and Qwerty Hideaway Keyboard. I don’t think we’ve seen any devices from HTC that have a trackball which is somewhat of a trademark of RIM, but is that enough to make this a novel invention? We’re also wondering if this could be the new touchscreen BlackBerry that we’ve been hearing rumors about for quite some time now.

Apple’s Time Capsuled Opened

Posted in Storage by Darrin Olson on March 1st, 2008

Apple Time Capsule opened upApple’s Time Capsule just started shipping a couple of days ago and someone has already taken the liberty to tear it apart. A user called nakedmac posted his pictures of flickr of him voiding his warranty just to see what makes the Time Capsule tick. Thanks for sharing!

10 most incredible geeky houses

Posted in Lists by Darrin Olson on February 29th, 2008

Hobit-inspired house in EnglandThere’s no stopping a true geek with passion and a dream. For a little Friday fun we scoured the web looking for the most impressive, geek-inspired homes around the world, settling on this list of the top 10 coolest geeky houses.

SanDisk Cruzer Tag – USB drives with new styles

Posted in Storage by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2008

SanDisk Cruzer Tag USB drives with stylish designsSanDisk put out a set of new USB drives that don’t pack much uniqueness on the inside but attempt to set themselves apart with some unique designs on the outside. According to SanDisk, the Cruzer Tag Drives add a little “funky” fun to your run-of-the-mill Flash-based storage.

Running man 4-port USB hub

Posted in USB by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2008

Running man 4-port USB hubSure you can get a regular little rectangle 4-port USB hub just a handful of dollars, but what fun is that? This USB Runner Hub also has 4 ports, costs $12 and looks a whole lot cooler. The ports are cleverly placed in the end of one leg, arm, front of the base and in the brief case that swivels 180 degrees. This running man USB hub stands a little over 100mm tall and supports USB 2.0 and 1.1. It does look pretty neat but unless there is some heavy weight in the base (71g total weight) or some kind of suction cup I think it’s going to be tough to keep this guy on his feet when he’s plugged in and hard at work.

iPhone coming to Ireland with O2 March 14

Posted in iPhone by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2008

The Apple iPhone will be launched in Ireland March 14 with O2.O2 has put out an official announcement that they will be bringing Apple’s iPhone to Ireland with the handset launching on March 14. Prices are listed at €399 ($590) for the 8GB model and €499 ($740) 16GB. Contracts range from 175 minutes a month up to 700 minutes and all come with 1GB of data transfer, with the pricing ranging from €45 ($67) to €100 ($148) for the 175 minute plan.

Apple’s Time Capsule now shipping

Posted in Storage by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2008

Apple’s Time Capsule is shippingFor anyone that had pre-ordered Apple’s Time Capsule appliance, AppleInsider has gotten word from a number of folks that the device is now shipping, making Jobs’ promise of a February ship date by just a day. This was indicated by credit cards being charged and online order statuses changing. Gizmodo has also gotten confirmation from Apple that the device is indeed shipping, bringing some wireless and automatic Time Machine backups to Macs everywhere.

Apple iPhone SDK announcement for next week

Posted in iPhone by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2008

Apple set the iPhone SDK announcement for next weekApple sent out invitations to reports this week for press announcement concerning the details of the iPhone SDK. Jobs said it would happen in February and the date is set for next week on March 6 which we’ll call close enough. The expected information will allow developers to create third party applications that will run on the iPhone and the iPod touch, ridding the need for the hack and fix battle that Apple has been dealing with this past year.

Apple updates MacBook, MacBook Pro with Penryns and multi-touch

Posted in Notebooks by Darrin Olson on February 26th, 2008

Apple updates the MacBook and MacBook Pro with multi-touch and Penryn processorsToday Apple released a much anticipated upgrade to the MacBook and the MacBook Pro, bringing new faster processors, a mult-touch track pad and the same old physical look that they had before. The most significant update is that both the MacBook and the MacBook Pro got new Intel Penryn processing chips along with a few other changes to the notebooks; some good, some not so good.

Pakistan reverses YouTube ban after videos removed

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on February 26th, 2008

Pakistan lifts ban on YouTube after offensive video is removedAfter removing video clips that were deemed as offensive to officials in Pakistan, the country decided to lift a country-wide ban on the YouTube website that it had imposed last week. The popular video sharing site had videos of cartoons originally published earlier in a Danish newspaper depicting the prophet Mohammad in which Pakistan lawmakers described as “blasphemous”.