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Acer Aspire Ethos laptops with detachable touchpads

Posted in Acer by Reuben Drake on June 8th, 2011

Acer has announced two Aspire Ethos laptops for the multimedia enthusiast and they include detachable touchpads that can also act as remotes. The Aspire Ethos series laptops will be available later this month starting at £999, with two different sizes to choose from. There’s the standard 15.6in model and a 18.4in version.

The screens are Cinecrystal LED backlit units that are full HD 1920×1080 resolution on the 18.4in model and 1366×768 on the smaller 15.6in model. They come pre-loaded with Windows 7 64-bit versions of either Home Premium or Ultimate.

Sony announces NEX-C3 and Alpha A35 cameras

Posted in Sony by Reuben Drake on June 8th, 2011

The NEX-C3 uses the same format APS-C image sensor as its predecessor, bringing resolution to 16.2 megapixels in a camera body smaller than the NEX-5. Sony says that it is designed to fill the gap between point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras, and is the smallest body to pack an APS-C sensor, with DSLR-level image quality.

The same 16.2 MP chip is also in the full-size Alpha A35, which replaces the A33. Both can shoot at up to 5.5 fps (the A35 adds a 7 fps mode at 8.4 megapixels), and include 3-inch LCDs, with the NEX keeping its tilt display, and the A35 adding Sony’s Translucent Mirror live-view mode, and an electronic viewfinder.

Sony VAIO L all-in-one

Posted in Sony by Reuben Drake on June 8th, 2011

The VAIO L all-in-one is a 3D Tv and a Desktop PC. It features a 24-inch 3D multitouch display, a Blu-ray player, a bezel with built-in touch controls, 1080p HD playback, USB 3.0, and an HDMI port.

The system will be available on July 13th for around $1,420, and for that price you also get a wireless keyboard and mouse and one pair of active shutter 3D glasses. Sounds like a good set for your PS3.

HTC ChaCha rumored to get processor upgrade

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on June 6th, 2011

HTC has reportedly upgraded the processor of the HTC ChaCha. The phone was unveiled back at Mobile World Congress and runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with deep Facebook integration via a customized Facebook button. The phone should arrive this summer.

According to ITProPortal.com the HTC ChaCha has had it’s processor upgraded from a 600mhz Qualcomm processor to an 800mhz Qualcomm processor, which is an increase of 33%. It should make it noticeably faster if this is true.

Garmin Rino 610, 650 and 655t handheld two-way radios with GPS

Posted in Garmin by Reuben Drake on June 2nd, 2011

Garmin has unveiled its latest hand-held two-way radios, the Rino 610, 650 and 655t. Sure they will allow you to communicate, but they also include GPS technology, so you will always know where you are.

But that’s not all. They feature a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix and will automatically calculate and store satellite information and use the stored information to keep you updated with your current position. It will also send information about your location to other paired Rino device users as well as text messages. Who wants one?

Huawei to announce MediaPad tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Reuben Drake on June 2nd, 2011

Huawei just announced that its plans to present a new tablet called MediaPad at the upcoming CommunicAsia expo in Singapore. It will most likely run on Android and will be part of the company’s IDEOS lineup.

From what we can tell by the image above, this will be a small sized tablet, but we don’t have any hard facts. Huawei says “the MediaPad is our smartest, smallest and lightest tablet ever – guaranteed to transform the consumer’s entertainment experience”. We will know more on around June 20th.

PSN going down ahead of PlayStation Store’s return

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

Sony said today that it will be taking down the PlayStation Network for several hours to finish the restoration process. they said that starting “soon,” it will go down for multiple hours and this is key to bringing back the PlayStation Store. They are on schedule to get everything back to normal worldwide.

Users who are still online during the downtime will stay signed into PSN, but you won’t be able to login until the maintenance is over. Sony needs to get PSN back up and running in all capacities since it’s about to head into E3. Developers have already been very vocal about the fact that the PlayStation Store’s outage has cost them money.

Roku and Rovio Bring Angry Birds Game To TV

Posted in Games by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

Roku and Rovio have joined forces to bring the Angry Birds game to Roku’s streaming service. This new service will allow you to play Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio games all from your Roku streaming box.

There will also be an extra Angry Birds video channel with extra content like short animated Angry Bird stories and the ability to purchase Angry Birds merchandise. The game will be available this summer on a new Roku box. Also a new remote maybe in the development stages for a more functional game controller for future releases. Sounds good.

MSi Compact Wind Box DC540 And DC100

Posted in MSI by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

MSi has unveiled its new MSI Wind Box DC540 and DC100 compact PC’s at Computex 2011. The new MSi Wind Box DC100 features an AMD E-350 dual-core accelerated processing unit (APU) 1.6 GHz and Radeon HD 6310 graphics, and can run on just 18 Watts of power. It also provides a 70% power savings, compared to conventional desktop computers.

The Wind Box DC540 comes with an Intel Cedar Trail-D processor and is about four times the size of the DC100. Both systems come with Microsoft’s new Windows 7 64-bit operating system and Microsoft Office 2010.

SanDisk Unveils New SSD U100 And iSSD i100 Storage

Posted in SanDisk by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

SanDisk, at Computex 2011, has unveiled some new storage devices: the SSD U100 And iSSD i100. The SanDisk i100 is the world’s smallest and fastest 128GB SATA III BGA-based SSD and is designed for use in ultra thin notebooks and tablet devices.

SanDisk U100 SSD and i100 iSSD’s unique architecture allows OEMs to manage the power consumption with their devices while providing increased storage and performance. The SanDisk i100 has 128GB of storage and is capable of up to 450MB/s sequential read speed and up to 160GB/s sequential write speeds.

Sony PlayStation Network services to be fully restored worldwide this week

Posted in Sony by Reuben Drake on May 31st, 2011

Sony has announced that their PlayStation Network services will be fully restored worldwide before the week is over. Except for Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. That includes Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity.

Those in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea have a wait still as their are still problems that need to be sorted out. Hopefully the network can stay up and stay in good health so that we can all game happily ever after.

Sony’s NGP Gutted Before Release?

Posted in PSP by Reuben Drake on May 27th, 2011

Rumor is that in order to cut costs and compete with the price of Nintendo’s $249 3DS, Sony’s NGP handheld might be gimped from the start. The NGP was originally intended to ship with 512MB RAM, but will now only ship with 256MB. It has also reportedly lost the 16GB of internal memory first planned, and this might be replaced by external storage cards.

If this is true, it means that the NGP will be a slightly less capable machine and that would be a real shame. But this would allow it to compete with the 3DS.

Vertical Vinyl Player turns the record player on its side

Posted in Turntables by Reuben Drake on May 26th, 2011

If you like vinyl but have no desk space, the Vertical Vinyl Player is perfect. It puts the record player on your wall. It operates the same as a standard record player, it just stays out of your way and makes a decorative statement.

Time to dig out all of that old vinyl and give this thing a try. It will handle between 33 or 45 RPM speeds and is battery powered so there are no wires messing up your wall.

Star Wars Han Solo Carbonite Ice Cube Tray

Posted in Star Wars by Reuben Drake on May 26th, 2011

Check out this Han Solo tray that will allow you to make ice cubes fit for drinks in Jabba’s palace. You could also make Han Solo Jello or even chocolates with this tray. Star Wars fans will be eating a lot of Han Solo treats.

It makes a great gift for the geek in your life. This Star Wars Carbonite Silicon Tray is available for just $10. Get several and have a Star Wars party.

Omnio WOWKeys keyboard now shipping

Posted in Keyboards by Reuben Drake on May 26th, 2011

The Omnio WOWKeys keyboard will bring full-sized QWERTY functionality to your iPhone or iPod Touch and now it’s shipping. This keyboard will charge and sync with iTunes, type text directly into your handheld, or use the keyboard’s twelve hotkeys to control music playback functions, turn off the display, or switch between your PC and iPhone.

You can even use your iPhone’s touchscreen as a trackpad for your Mac or PC, through an app. It will cost you around $100.