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Remote Controlled “Tupperware Turret”

Posted in DIY by Reuben Drake on April 1st, 2011

Need a turret, but don’t exactly have the materials to armor it and make it tough? Well, just cram a PIC microcontroller, servo, IR receiver, and a sawed-off Airsoft gun into some Tupperware and you are good to go.

This “Tupperware Turret Airsoft Gun“ will deliver a Tupperware party like your mother has never seen. It makes a great non-lethal remote sentry device for your home. It comes from the mind of Chris over at PyroElectro.

Logitec’s new wireless router looks like a wind turbine

Posted in Routers by Reuben Drake on March 31st, 2011

The new Logitec (not the big name Logitech we all know and love) LAN-WH450N/GR features four Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking for a theoretical 450Mbps, and a wind turbine on top for good measure.

That design gives you improved wireless with three antennas, but really I think they just wanted a router-copter because they thought it looked cool. These new routers will arrive in Japan in mid-April for about ¥19,000 (or $230).

Star Wars Blu-ray release is September 16, 2011

Posted in Star Wars by Reuben Drake on March 30th, 2011

Star Wars fans have some good news today. The Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: Original Trilogy and Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy Blu-ray sets now have a firm date. They will have a September 16th arrival.

That’s a Friday, so feel free to plan a party and dress up as your favorite Jedi or Ewok, then enjoy your geekend. Mark your calendars. Do or do not buy, there is no try. May George Lucas’ money printing machine be with you, and so on.

Acer dual-screen Iconia 6120 touchbook priced and available to pre-order

Posted in Acer by Reuben Drake on March 29th, 2011

Acer’s Iconia-6120 is amazingly drool worthy. Those who have been waiting to preorder in the US and Canada now have a price and release date. It will run you $1,199.99 and for that price you get a touchbook with two 14-inch Gorilla Glass touchpanels, a Core i5 CPU, 4GB of memory, integrated Intel HD graphics and 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.

Other features include USB 3.0 support, a 640GB hard drive, a 1.3 megapixel camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HDMI output, and gigabit Ethernet. Amazon and other e-tailers should be taking orders right about now.

JBL OnBeat iPad, iPhone, iPod speaker dock

Posted in iPad accessories by Reuben Drake on March 29th, 2011

We may have more iDocks then there are iThings in existence, but we still need more. JBL is here to fill that need. The company has just unveiled its first iPad speaker dock, the OnBeat. It’s compatible with iPod touches, iPhones and iPads. We aren’t sure about the iPad 2.

It will provide music of course, but it will also stream Netflix and YouTube content directly to your television via a composite video output. The 3.5mm auxiliary jack makes it compatible with other devices as well. It will cost you $149.95 and it ships next month.

Twimal reads your tweets, looks cute

Posted in twitter by Reuben Drake on March 28th, 2011

Do you use Twitter everyday? Takara Tomy wants to make your experience a cute one, by using Twimal. It must be the Pokemon that got away. Just plug it into your Windows machine using USB and it will read your tweets.

It comes in blue or white with male or female voices and can read all kinds of tweets like replies, lists, etc. in Japanese only. It will hit Japan on March 31 for ¥2,480 or about 30 of your hard earned dollars.

Real Racing 2 HD for iPad 2 can run on your TV at full 1080p

Posted in iPad by Reuben Drake on March 27th, 2011

When Apple unveiled the iPad 2, they also advertised a new video converter that was designed to mirror whatever is displayed on the tablet’s screen to an external HDMI display by upscaling content to full HD 1080p resolution. This one plays nice with any third-party app and when it comes to games, the $39 Apple Digital AV Adapter upscales graphics from the iPad’s native 1024 by 768 pixel resolution to full HD 1920 by 1080 resolution.

That means you won’t have those annoying black bars on your screen. Don’t you hate those? The PowerVR SGX543MP2, the GPU unit of the A5 chip can drive full 1080p 3D graphics. TouchArchade says that the next update to Firemint’s Real Racing 2 HD will enable full 1080p video output in 30 frames per second. That’s without upscaling.

Android Market in-app purchases coming next week

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on March 25th, 2011

If you are an Android user, we have some good news. Google has announced that testing of Android’s in-app purchasing system has officially begun. A full roll out is planned for next week. Android devs can now add in-app products to their software that is currently available, set prices, and set up a test account to make sure that the entire process works smoothly for users next week.

Google had said that in-app purchases were coming last month, so devs have been waiting patiently. Are you going to take advantage of in-app purchases when it goes live? It should be a better way to upgrade apps.

Fujitsu reveals Stylistic Q550 tablet prices

Posted in Fujitsu by Reuben Drake on March 24th, 2011

Fujitsu has unveiled a price range of £749 up to £849 for the Stylistic Q550, its business tablet. The tablet will arrive next month in two versions, one with a 32GB SSD and the other with a 64GB SSD. The tablet will also pack in an Intel ‘Oak Trail’ Atom processor and up to 2GB of RAM.

There’s also WiFi and Bluetooth, front and rear webcams, USB 2.0, HDMI, and an SD card reader with 3G and GPS as extra options.

Firefox 4 hits 5 million downloads within first 24 hours

Posted in Firefox by Reuben Drake on March 23rd, 2011

Firefox 3 achieved an amazing eight million downloads in a day when it launched. Did Firefox 4 beat that? Well, not really, but it passed the five million number within the first 24 hours. Not bad at all, but not outdoing it’s predecessor.

Even though it didn’t break the record, according to StatCounter, the latest Firefox already has a 1.95 percent share of the browser market, which is double what IE9 has so far. Go Firefox. It’s proof that you don’t have to break records to make some headway.

Sprint says all phones will charge and sync through microUSB by January 2012

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on March 22nd, 2011

Last year, the European Union ordered cell phone manufacturers to standardize their syncing and charging solutions: all phones should use microUSB to transfer data and charge. And let’s face it, to have things any other way is just annoying. The only problem is that the European Union failed to stand tough and at the last minute agreed to allow cell phone makers to comply with the law by shipping their phones with microUSB adapters. That’s crazy.

We can only hope that things go better here in the states, because Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has confirmed that by January 2012, all US phones will use microUSB chargers, which would do us the great favor of making all chargers and syncing cables cross-compatible. Why he thinks this, we have no idea.

Alienware M11X R3 notebook specs leak

Posted in Alienware by Reuben Drake on March 21st, 2011

Looks like Dell is going to upgrade its Alienware M11X gaming notebook by offering a new range of CPU options powered by Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture. The R3 edition will come with a 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution LCD display, new Core i5 and Core i7 processor options and clock speeds ranging from 1.4GHz to 1.6GHz.

The M11X R3 will come with a 63Wh battery various hard drive and solid state disk options, and up to 8GB DDR3 RAM. No official word from Dell on when the M11X R3 will launch.

Pinball Magic turns your iPhone into a pinball machine

Posted in iPhone by Reuben Drake on March 17th, 2011

Who doesn’t love a game of pinball? Sadly those quarters add up and it can get expensive. Plus Pinball machines take up a lot of space. That’s why we play virtual pinball games on our phones and computer, but this doesn’t equal the same kind of fun.

Pinball Magic won’t give you the same experience as a full-sized pinball machine, but it will give you the experience of playing pinball on a machine designed for tiny people. It will work with a free pinball app that’s available from the Apple App Store, and it works with all iPhone and iPod Touch models that use iOS 3.0 or higher. Just $64.

Time Warner Cable TV app now available on the iPad

Posted in iPad by Reuben Drake on March 15th, 2011

iPad users that subscribe to Time Warner’s cable TV service have some good news today. Time Warner cable has just released the Time Warner Cable TV app for the iPad. That means that iPad users can now watch programs and movies from the cable service anywhere in their home as long as they have a WiFi connection.

Shows will be broadcast in HD, so you can enjoy Discovery, MSNBC, SyFy and other content in great quality even though you aren’t watching on the big screen. Right now, the app only works over WiFi and only 30 channels are available for live streaming, but that’s not a bad start. You must be Time Warner Cable subscriber with an iPad tablet running iOS 4.2 and higher. Future versions of the app might even include streaming without using WiFi, and the ability to set up a DVR to record shows.

HTC Incredible S spotted in the wild, gets the hands on treatment

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on March 13th, 2011

The HTC Incredible S was shown off at the Mobile World Congress last month and was scheduled to be released in Q2 this year. The FCC has already taken a look at the device, and now we have some images of the device in the wild, so we hope that the Android phone will arrive very soon.

Until that happens, the guys at Android Spin recently got their hands on the Incredible S and have provided some photos. They will be also be posting their hands-on experience with the device and sharing it. To refresh your memory the HTC Incredible S features a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor, a 4″ WVGA LCD screen, Android 2.2, 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 4GB of internal storage, 768MB of RAM, and a 1450mAh battery.