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Buffalo 256GB SSD with 6GBps SATA interface

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

Buffalo has unveiled a new, 256GB SSD. The company’s SSD-N256S/MC400 has a SATA 6Gbps interface, supports multi-level cell NAND Flash memory and will deliver read and write speeds of up to 405 MB/s and 223 MB/s, respectively.

Not bad. Not bad. Wait, they want how much? ¥72,200 (or $882). I’ll just buy a faster SSD for less money. Thanks anyway.

Samsung AF315 All-in-One PC

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on May 25th, 2011

Samsung’s new AF315 All-in-One PC features a large 23-inch LCD along with Samsung’s switchable active shutter 2D / 3D technology and a thin 11-mm bezel. Aside from that, it packs a Core i5 CPU, 1TB 7200RPM hard disk and USB 3.0.

There’s also a TV receiver, Blu-ray player, remote control, 3D glasses, and a wireless keyboard and mouse combo. It ships in South Korea tomorrow for 2.19 million won or about $2,000. Apparently it is aimed at well dressed business woman types.

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets A Teardown On Video

Posted in Playbook by Reuben Drake on May 24th, 2011

We’ve seen PlayBook teardowns, but DirectFix has now posted a nine minute teardown and screen repair video for the PlayBook and its fun to watch. This video actually shows the steps needed to disassemble and reassemble the device if you want to do it yourself.

The video shows you how to replace the LCD and touch screen panel on the PlayBook so take notes and only do it when you are confident in your skills.

Mophie Juice Pack Plus now with universal iPhone 4 support

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Reuben Drake on May 19th, 2011

Mophie has just outed the Juice Pack Plus external battery case for the iPhone 4. The 2,000mAh battery more than doubles the iPhone 4′s life and is the largest-capacity and the first to work with both GSM and CDMA iPhone 4s. It’s made of durable rubber and don’t worry about it bulking up your iPhone too much, it adds just 1mm to the thickness of Mophie’s Juice Pack Air case.

To celebrate the launch, a special edition of the case in purple is being released. Only 3,000 will be made. Other colors available include all black or black with cyan, magenta or yellow banding.

Motorola Droid X2 now official

Posted in Motorola by Reuben Drake on May 18th, 2011

Motorola and Verizon have been teasing us for a while now with the handset and now they have decided to make the Droid X2 official. The 4.3-inch Android 2.2 phone will be upgraded to 2.3 and also features a qHD screen resolution and a dual-core 1GHz processor. The 8 megapixel camera has continuous autofocus and HD video recording in back as well. Every bit of it now official.

The X2 will cost you $200 on contract and will be available to buy online…drum roll please… tomorrow. It will hit stores a week later, on May 26th. Judging by the close proximity of the USB and HDMI ports on the side of the new X2, we wonder if there is a laptop and multimedia dock in it’s future.

HTC EVO 3D pre-orders start today at RadioShack

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on May 17th, 2011

Well, it’s May 17th and that could mean only one thing. RadioShack is now taking pre-orders for HTC’s mighty EVO 3D. It won’t be advertised, so you’ll just have to ask for it specifically and you’ll also have to shell out $50 for a RadioShack Gift Card.

The launch date for the Sprint-bound smartphone remains unknown, but at least you can claim yours and get in line so to speak. So, who wants one?

NEC MEDIAS WP N-06C announced in Japan, is slim and waterproof

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on May 16th, 2011

We were already excited about the NEC MEDIAS N-06C last month, but now that we see just how thin this thing is, we may end up shaving with it too. The device will arrive in June or July and it is also waterproof for those days at the beach.

This 7.9mm-thick Android 2.3 phone features a 4-inch 854 x 480 LCD, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255, 512MB RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and microSDHC expansion. It looks pretty sexy.

PSN back online for developers

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on May 13th, 2011

Looks like PSN has begun to come back online, but access is currently restricted to developers, and it’s still very sporadic. It has been confirmed with several developers that access is now available.

We hope that this means it will be only days until the rest of us are online, but the only date we have heard is the end of this month when Sony says things should be working again. Now it looks like it could be as soon as next week if this information is correct.

Very Convincing Fake Nintendo DS Lite Purchased On eBay

Posted in Nintendo DS by Reuben Drake on May 12th, 2011

That DS Lite above looks pretty genuine right? That’s what the buyer thought too when he purchased it on eBay. When he opened the package he knew something was wrong. The corrugated cardboard box was the first suspicious giveaway. Then on the back of the box there was pixelated English text.

When he opened the package he found that yes it was a fake, however, it still played DS and GBA games in their proper slots. The surface of the system has some small pockmarks, which is not up to Nintendo’s high quality assurance standards and the inner bezel is also discolored.

3DS eShop confirmed for June 6/7

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on May 12th, 2011

Well 3DS fans, June 7th is your lucky day. That’s when Nintendo will release the update you’ve been waiting for, which will give you the ability to download titles directly to the system through the eShop.

The Japanese update will be launching a day earlier (Of course) and is said to include a Virtual Console emulation as well as a 3D movie player, so maybe we will even get that promised Netflix support. Keep your fingers crossed. You won’t have long to wait now.

Pioneer WWS-DT101 52″ Surface Like Table

Posted in Pioneer by Reuben Drake on May 11th, 2011

I think that we can all agree that the Microsoft Surface concept is pretty awesome, but when can you and I get one? Pioneer’s engineers are working on it with this ultimate 52” Multitouch interactive discussion table, the WWS-DT101.

The WWS-DT101 is based on a Full HD 52” TV with multitouch technology and will let you manipulate documents with the touch of a finger and share data with anyone either wirelessly thanks to TransferJet technology or to any network connected devices like PCs, iPhones and iPads.

Sharp Aquos SH-12C Android 3D Smartphone

Posted in Sharp by Reuben Drake on May 11th, 2011

Sharp is not new to 3D, the Japanese manufacturer already has the Sharp Lynx 3D after all. Now the company has introduced the Sharp Aquos SH-12C Android-powered smartphone with 3D capture capability.

The Aquos features a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, a 4.2-inch qHD (540 x 960) glasses-free 3D screen, eight-megapixel camera for 2D and 3D video and picture capturing, 512MB of RAM, 2GB ROM, WiFi, HSDPA 14Mpbs, Bluetooth and GPS.

HP outs Elite L2201x super slim 22-inch monitor

Posted in HP by Reuben Drake on May 10th, 2011

Are you looking for a slim monitor? How does a 22-incher sound? That’s the screen size, not the slimness. The Elite L2201x LED-backlit display measures just 0.4-inches thick. It features a 1920 x 1080 display, 5000:1 contrast ratio, and a DisplayPort.

It may not be the slimmest screen ever offered, but it looks pretty sexy and it’s just $250, which isn’t bad at all. The Elite L2201x arrives in the US on June 1st.

HTC Facebook phones, ChaCha and Salsa, available for Amazon pre-order

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on May 9th, 2011

So you’ve been waiting for a phone with a dedicated Facebook button. Drooling in fact. Well, Amazon UK is ready to take pre-orders for the Salsa and ChaCha handsets with a June 26th delivery. The ChaCha boasts a portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 2.6-inch touchscreen.

The Salsa packs in a 3.4 inches does without the keys. Both also have 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processors and 512MB of RAM, and Android with the Sense overlay. It is £250 ($409) for the ChaCha and £320 ($524) for the Salsa.

Hyperkin 3DS Powerplus extends your 3DS battery

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on May 9th, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS has a very limited battery life, but with Hyperkin’s new 3DS Powerplus, you can extend that life. The 2.2-ounce accessory slips on to the back of your console, allowing access to the cartridge port, SD card and game controls, while adding an extra 1800mAh to the device’s standard 1300mAh battery. It will be available this summer.

The Powerplus also has an enhanced grip and an LED indicator that can tell you how much battery life you have left. The $19.99 device will more than double your 3DS’ battery life, according to the company.