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iPhone 3G shipments arrive in U.S. in white boxes

Posted in iPhone by Reuben Drake on July 10th, 2008

Apple iPhone 3G’s with new white boxes being stocked in AT&T storeFolks in New Zealand have already gotten their hands on the new Apple iPhone 3G and it’s only a day away from being launched here in the United States. If you have any doubt that the 3G’s are going to be available you can take a look at the video after the jump showing the latest version of the iPhone with the pretty new white boxes being stocked at a stateside AT&T location.

Brando HDD Dock adds media player features

Posted in Peripherals by Reuben Drake on July 10th, 2008

Brando SATA HDD Multimedia dockThe SATA HDD Dock was certainly a hit when first launched and Brando has been capitalizing on it ever since. Last we had heard they added some USB ports and card readers to the dock to give it some additional usefulness and today the SATA HDD Dock has become the SATA HDD Multimedia Dock.

The old Stage Rack still has the ability to dock your drives in a raw sort of way, but can now connect to your TV through S-Video and composite jacks, allowing you to stream out video and pictures from your drive (or a multimedia card or USB drive) without the need of a computer in between. It even comes with it’s own remote control.

Apple’s Remote controls iTunes, AppleTV with iPhone

Posted in Apple by Reuben Drake on July 10th, 2008

Apple Remote controls iTunes and Apple TVWith the launch of Apple’s Application Store today came a whole mess of applications newly available for download to use on the iPhone and the iPod Touch. Topping the list of the free ones is the Remote application, which allows users to control iTunes and even AppleTV wirelessly with your iPhone or iPod Touch.

The application requires the iPhone 2.0 software update and comes in 16 different languages including English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Norwegian among others. The remote application lets you control playback of your media and see the songs and album art on the mobile device with the application.

AGA raises 78-inch Reference 5LS loudspeaker

Posted in Speakers by Reuben Drake on July 10th, 2008

Anthny Gallo Acoustics Reference 5LS loudspeakerAnyone in the market for a high-end loudspeaker should take a moment to check out the latest release from Anthony Gallo Acoustics. The company has announced an upgrade to the Reference 3.1 loudspeaker with the Reference 5LS, measuring 78 inches tall but just 7 inches wide and 11 inches deep.

According to AGA, this loudspeaker, which has all speakers inline vertically, has come closer than any other of its kind to becoming omni-directional with a 300 degree dispersion. The vertical speaker arrays consist of seven of AGA’s CDT II tweeters alternating with eight 4″ carbon fiber mid-range drivers. The back side then holds a set of twelve 4″ subwoofers that equal the surface area of a single 15″ driver, but speedier due to the smaller size.

Imperial March, as performed by a 3.5-inch floppy drive

Posted in Humor by Reuben Drake on June 26th, 2008


This is pretty decent rendition of the “Imperial Death” March from Star Wars, played through a 3.5-inch floppy drive. We can’t find anything showing exactly how this was done, but we’d like to think they made some software to control the motor of this 3.5″ floppy so they are “playing” the different notes with their computer keyboard. I knew there was a reason to hang onto some of those drives; I could have had an entire orchestra!

Thanks Dale!

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Deluo kicks out Navstick USB GPS receiver

Posted in GPS by Reuben Drake on April 24th, 2008

Deluo NavStick GPS for Laptops or UMPCs connects via USBDeluo, the company who last year brought us both the MouseGPS and the mobile Bluetooth GPS adapter, is dropping a new, extra-small GPS receiver on the market with the Deluo NavStick GPS. The NavStick is a small, light-weight USB dongle-type GPS receiver designed for use on the go with notebooks or UMPCs, avoiding the common cable associated with your receiver strewn around.

The 20 channel receiver is compatible with Windows and Mac and will work as a receiver through the SiRF starIII chipset with just about any GPS software. Deluo will optionally ship the device with Microsoft Streets & Trips or you can get it unbundled and use it with your own software.

Eject Powerstrip concept keeps it green with pedals

Posted in Concepts by Reuben Drake on March 17th, 2008

Eject Powerstrip concept uses pedals to eject the plugs and cut off power to save electricityThere certainly seems to be no shortage of power strip products lately as just about everyone seems to have found a way to build a better set of outlets. The Eject Powerstrip is designed to conserve electricity by making it easier for people to unplug their unused devices and lessen the electricity “leakage” when they are not being used.

The powerstrip has a foot pedal next to each outlet that will eject the electrical cord plug when pressed with your foot. According to the designers of the Eject Powerstrip, they’ve eliminated some of the biggest excuses why people don’t unplug their unused devices. Laziness, inconvenient access and open outlets accessible to small children topped the list. This “green” powerstrip would not only make it easy and convenient to unplug, but when the pedal is pressed it also cuts off access to the electricity through the outlet so that the little tikes can’t get hurt.

Dell drops new 20-inch widescreen LCD

Posted in Displays by Reuben Drake on March 16th, 2008

Dell 20-inch UltraSharp 2009W LCDDell really does make some nice LCDs and they just put out another new on that fits into that “nice” category with the UltraSharp 2009W. This is a 20-inch, 16:10 widescreen monitor that will support up to a 1680 x 1050 resolution.

Other notable features include a 5ms response time, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, 102% color gamut and a 170º horizontal viewing angle. It also has 4USB ports and DVI with HDCP and VGA which will let you get in on the protected movies. The stand even telescopes up and down, pivots, tilts and rotates 90 degrees. Dell has the UltraSharp 2009W available on its website now for $289.

Seeing Double Clock uses colors to show times

Posted in Clocks by Reuben Drake on March 2nd, 2008

Seeing Double Clock has hours and minutes in the same place, identified by colorsThis clock uses some small colored transparent windows to cancel out certain colors and show others through in order to display the time. Because of this the Seeing Double Clock is then able to display the minutes and hours in the same spot, which are only shown by the appropriate hand passing over them.

It’s kind of works the same as the old-style 3D glasses, except instead of you wearing them the hands of the clock do. If you’ve never learned to read a dial clock but want to make it look like you kinda’ can, then this is your answer. The Seeing Double Clock measures 16-inches in diameter and goes for about $50.

Samsung brings 3D plasmas for gamers

Posted in HDTV by Reuben Drake on February 28th, 2008

Samsung launches new 3D plasma TVs targeting gamingSamsung launched some new plasma TV’s in Korea build in collaboration with Electronic Arts to provide a superior “3D” gaming experience. The company released two new PAVV HDTV’s, one measuring 42 inches and the other 50 inches, equipped with USB 2.0, HDMI, HD resolution, the Samsung DNIe+ (Digital Natural Image engine+) anda 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.

USB Speedometer tracks typing speed and distance

Posted in Peripherals by Reuben Drake on February 28th, 2008

USB Speedometer keeps track of your typing speed and amountWe saw the USB lamp that would change colors depending on your typing speed, but it really didn’t tell us much in the way of just how fast we were typing. This USB Speedometer computer peripheral does, though.

Eight-wheeling H2 Hummer limousine

Posted in Automotive by Reuben Drake on February 14th, 2008

H2 Hummer Limousine with three rear axles and eight wheelsThe Ferrari Limo is probably better suited for speed to get you to the club on time, but this H2 Hummer limousine with its triple axle setup gives you your own club on wheels.

This super-duty stretched version of the already-huge Hummer rolls on eight 22′s and hauls around 2 VIP lounges, disco floors and ceilings, some custom gull-wing doors in back and a level-5 sounds system. Take a look at a photo of the interior after the jump, which appears to be as roomy as they get. No details are given about how many people it can hold, but we’re guessing it’s enough.

Nokia’s N96 16GB multimedia computing dual slider

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on February 11th, 2008

Nokia N96 multimedia computer mobile phoneIt’s tough to give a good one-line summary of this new mobile handset from Nokia because as the younger sibling to the N95, this multimedia computer has a lot to live up to. Fortunately for us it appears to be handling it quite well.

For starters the N96 doubles the internal storage capacity providing a 16GB capacity that can be expanded further with MicroSD cards. It also packs in a 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens allowing quality photos and video to be shot at 30 frames per second. Video and DVB-H TV (if you are near it) can then be displayed on a generously sized 2.8 inch QVGA display. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and A-GPS round out the connectivity of this HSDPA 900/2100 MHz phone.

Nexto Extreme media storage device from NextoDI

Posted in Storage by Reuben Drake on January 31st, 2008

Nexto Extreme media storage device from NextoDINextoDi brought a couple of new products to the PMA show in Las Vegas this year with one of them being an upgraded media storage device with support for eSATA drives and just about every media card you can think of. Until you get your hands on a few 32GB media cards the Nexto Extreme ND2700 works well for transferring and storing data from the smaller media in your digital camera and camcorder while on the go.

The ND2700 also uses NextoDI’s X-Copy technology delivering backup speeds as fast as 40 seconds for 1GB. The USB connection makes transferring data even easier by connecting to your camera directly without having to remove the media card. A sampling of those media cards supported by the Nexto Extreme include CF, SD, SDHC, MMC and a whole array of Memory Sticks. NextoDI didn’t have any information quite yet on pricing or availability.

ModoPocket flat-folding camera support

Posted in Accessories by Reuben Drake on January 31st, 2008

ModoPocket compact camera support from ManfrottoFor those time when leaning against a pole or setting the camera on a rock just won’t do, Manfrotto has added the ModoPocket to their line of camera supports. Image stabilization technology can only go so far and sometimes it’s better to put the camera down to get some nice shots without the blur. The ModoPocket support folds completely flat to fit in a small bag compartment or pocket to make it convenient for use on the go. The little hinged stand threads into the 1/4″ tripod mount found on most cameras to keep it well attached and stands on four rubber-covered legs. The stand also lets you tilt forward or back to help get things into focus. Manfrotto has the little ModoPocket camera stand retailing for $30.