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Handmade Leather iPad 2 Case

Posted in iPad accessories by Reuben Drake on May 5th, 2011

Want to add a touch of style to your iPad 2? Then check out this hand made leather iPad 2 case, which will have your device looking sophisticated. It is made entirely by hand, and each piece has been stitched by hand, and it even has a pouch in front so you can store your headphones.

Pretty neat. If you like what you see, the hand made leather iPad 2 case is available for $175. Style doesn’t come cheap. Especially when you are talking hand stitched leather.

Creative WP Series Folding Bluetooth Headphones

Posted in Creative by Reuben Drake on May 5th, 2011

Creative is living up to it’s name as usual, having just announced a new line of headphones named the WP Series, designed specially for mobile phone users who want superior voice quality for calls and the best audio playback for music. It will be arriving in stores this month and during September 2011 as well.

These headphones are Bluetooth compatible and there are three models: the WP-450, WP-350 and WP-250. All can be folded for easy storage and portability, and will deliver about 8 hours of playback and 9 hours of talk time. The Creative WP350 incorporate an invisible microphone and the WP-250 have an in-ear design. The WP350 is £89.99 and will be arriving in May, the other models will arrive in September. The WP450 is £119.99 and the WP250 is £59.99.

HTC Sensation available for pre-order at Vodafone UK

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on May 4th, 2011

Samsung and Motorola aren’t the only ones rocking dual-core handsets in the UK. HTC has one too. The HTC Sensation 1.2GHz handset has gone up for pre-order today, with Vodafone planning to deliver “by the 19th of May.”

So it will be just a few weeks. The dual-core Android wars have begun. Other European markets will likely join the UK at about the same time, with T-Mobile in the US soon after. Are you interested in the Sensation?

Star Wars Blu-ray set ships Sept. 16th in the U.S.

Posted in Star Wars by Reuben Drake on May 4th, 2011

We finally have more information about the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray releases. They will hit store shelves on September 16th. The three editions are: The Complete Saga with all of the movies included, or the original trilogy / prequels by themselves. The release dates are September 12th internationally, and the 16th in the US.

There are 40 hours of special features. Right now the site is having trouble from the entire worls trying to access it, but apparently there is a promotion where fans share the page on social media networks, and access additional artwork and more as more people continue to visit throughout the page.

Apple iMac refresh is official

Posted in Apple by Reuben Drake on May 3rd, 2011

Good news iMac fans. Apple is refreshing the iMac lineup today, with prices starting at $1,199 for the 21.5-inch (1,920 x 1,080 pixel IPS panel) model with new 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and 512MB of AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics.

After that prices go up to $1,999 for a 27-inch (2,560 x 1,440 IPS) model with 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and 1GB of AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics, or optional 3.4GHz quad-core Core i7 processor and 2GB of HD 6970M graphics.

Dell’s 17-inch Precision M6600 workstation laptop hits the UK early

Posted in Dell by Reuben Drake on May 2nd, 2011

Dell’s latest laptop was supposed to arrive on May 10th, and that might turn out to be the date for the US, but the company’s UK outlet has the M6600 available today. The 17.3-inch laptop offers options like a multitouch display with stylus functionality, a 2.5GHz quad-core Core i7-2920XM CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, up to half a terabyte (2x 256GB) in solid state storage, and NVIDIA Quadro 4000M graphics.

If those sound good to you, prices start at £1,549 ($2,590). The configuration above will cost you £4,714 ($7,880). Nice. If you have the money.

Time Inc. and Apple to offer free iPad downloads to print magazine subscribers

Posted in Apple by Reuben Drake on May 2nd, 2011

Good news for magazine readers. Time Inc. has made a deal with Apple to allow print magazine subscribers to access the company’s iPad editions for free. Starting this week, those who subscribe to print versions of Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Time will be able to download the iPad versions at no cost, directly within the magazines’ apps, as it should be.

iPad users still won’t be able to purchase exclusively digital subscriptions to Time Inc.’s publications. Time wants to incorporate digital subscriptions to its iPad model, but negotiations have hit some snags, mostly due to how Apple shares subscriber data. Publishers claim to need that data to apply the TV Everywhere model to magazines, but Apple says that the subscriber information should only be shared on an opt-in basis. It doesn’t seem like they will agree anytime soon.

White iPhone 4 thickness may be a problem for your old case

Posted in iPhone by Reuben Drake on April 29th, 2011

The latest in the ongoing saga of the white iPhone 4 is that it is thicker than the black model. The image above demonstrates the point. That’s just the latest problem in addition to shipping ten months late. But the size issue may create a problem for owners as well as case makers.

For instance, the Incase slider which fits a black iPhone 4 has to be forced into place on this model. So will your case fit or won’t it? We can only guess that it is thicker do to added UV protection among other things tweaked. Good luck with your current case and we hope it fits.

WiFi HTC Flyer hits the FCC

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on April 28th, 2011

Want to know where to find the FCC label on the HTC Flyer? This handy drawing will help. If you really love the device you can display it on your fridge like a proud parent. The 7-inch Android device has just been approved by the FCC. It appears to be a WiFi-only model, also tested for BlueTooth compliance, but lacking 3G.

Hopefully you took care of your pre-order last week. Now all you need to do is wait for this $499 piece of Gingerbread. We hope that it ships soon now that we have this cool drawing.

Ad-supported Kindle ships today

Posted in kindle by Reuben Drake on April 27th, 2011

Great news for those of you who don’t mind a little advertising with your books. An Amazon executive has announced that the ad-supported Kindle is shipping out to customers almost a week early. It is called Kindle with Special Offers. Great name huh?

It ships out today and comes with advertisements from the likes of General Motors, Proctor & Gamble and Visa. So why bother with ads on your device? Well, with sponsored screensavers and ads at the bottom of your home screen, you get the latest generation WiFi-only Kindle for a only $114. Not too shabby for letting other people try to sell you stuff.

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2 gets official

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on April 26th, 2011

We knew it was coming and now Verizon has gone and made it official by announcing that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 will be available on Thursday, April 28th. So how much will it cost you? Not an arm and a leg. Just the usual $200 with a two-year contract.

To refresh your memory, the device features a 4-inch super LCD screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8 megapixel camera with a dual LED flash, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, as well as WiFi mobile hotspot support. It also happens to be a world phone.

Nintendo sells 3.61 million 3DS handhelds

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on April 25th, 2011

There’s good news and there’s bad news for the big N. Nintendo’s net sales of $12.4 billion for the period ending on March 31st 2011 was 29 percent less than during the previous year. Also its $825 million of net profit was 66 percent lower than it earned last year. Things are not so great in the Mushroom Kingdom.

However, there is some good news. The 3DS has reached 3.61 million sales worldwide, but at the same time the Wii is down to 15 million global sales, a 25 percent drop from its 2009 total of 20 million. Looks like the timing is perfect for the new console.

DS Lite discontinued at GameStop

Posted in Nintendo DS by Reuben Drake on April 22nd, 2011

Out with the old, in with the new. An internal GameStop memo has surfaced announcing the discontinuation of Nintendo’s DS Lite. With the 3DS now available, the old DS Lite is being put out to pasture. The memo tells employees to remove displays of Crimson, Black, and Metallic Rose models, once the stock is gone.

It is a five-year-old system. There’s no official word from Nintendo yet, but we imagine that will be coming soon. If you want one, you better grab one while you can.

PlayStation Network down again

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on April 21st, 2011

Looks like a whole bunch of users are reporting that they are unable to log in to the PlayStation Network again. This after outages that “anonymous” claimed responsibility for. Sony acknowledges that there’s a problem saying that “We’re aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down”.

They promise an update on the situation as soon as possible. But that statement was issued over nine hours ago and there’s still no change in the situation. Hopefully they fix it soon.

Toshiba 10.1-inch Regza AT300 Honeycomb tablet hits Japan in June

Posted in Toshiba by Reuben Drake on April 20th, 2011

Toshiba’s first Honeycomb tablet is almost available and has now been priced and given a ship date. The 10.1 inch tablet with a 1,280 x 800 pixel display, USB, HDMI, and 5 megapixel rear-facing camera will be Japan-only for right now.

The Tegra-2 powered Android 3.0 tablet shall be known as the Regza AT300 and will cost you about $723. It will hit Japan in late June. Hopefully it will arrive here soon as well, but for now this is for Japan only.