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BlueAnt Embrace headphones up for pre-order

Posted in Headphones by Reuben Drake on July 6th, 2011

BlueAnt usually offers voice-controlled earpieces, but now they are getting ready to ship a wired headset called the Embrace. These on-ear headphones look pretty comfortable with their leather pads, integrated mic, and iPhone-compatible controls that will allow you to make calls and play, pause, and skip audio tracks.

The Embrace has a 69-inch cable, and comes a 3.5mm-to-6.3mm adapter and case. They should ship in a few weeks and will cost you $199.

Sony Ericsson CK15a txt pro QWERTY slider hits the FCC

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Reuben Drake on July 6th, 2011

Sony Ericsson’s txt pro CK15a entry-level smartphone went through it’s paces at through the FCC today. The device has a sliding landscape QWERTY keypad and runs a proprietary Sony Ericsson OS. Like the name suggests, the txt pro is all about messaging, and features Gmail, Google Talk, Twitter, Facebook and txt apps.

Other features include a 3-inch screen with a 400 x 240 resolution, 64MB of RAM, up to 100MB of internal storage, microSD card support up to 32GB, a 3.2MP camera and up to 400 hours of standby time. Nothing on pricing or availability yet though.

iLuv ArtStation Pro Turns the iPad 2 into an iMac

Posted in iPad accessories by Reuben Drake on July 6th, 2011

Most docks look the same, but iLuv is offering something different with their new imm517 and imm514 ArtStation Pro speakers for the iPad 2. This speaker systems puts your iPad above the speakers and makes it look like an all-in-one PC.

The ArtStation Pro system will come in both white/silver, or black silver, and comes with a remote and optional matching bluetooth keyboard. A wireless keyboard even helps to turn your iPad 2 into a neat version of the iMac Mini.

Wii U coming after April 1st 2012

Posted in Wii U by Reuben Drake on July 5th, 2011

Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America, says that the original Wii won’t be disappearing immediately. The two consoles will be sold together in stores for a short time. We already knew that games will be playable on the controller, but now we have learned that it is possible for the console to stream other media to the portable screen as well.

That’s good news for your Netflix account. Reggie says that the Wii U will arrive after April 1st 2012.

Picasa and Blogger to be renamed

Posted in Google by Reuben Drake on July 5th, 2011

Looks like Google is taking this social networking thing seriously. The company is reportedly trying to put all of its products under one brand. According to Mashable, Picasa and Blogger may become something like ‘Google Photos’ and ‘Google Blogs.’

Blogger will get a UI overhaul, but otherwise, both services should function exactly the same as they do now. The move may take place within the next six weeks and unify Google’s offerings. Youtube is safe however.

Delkin 64GB Elite633 SDXC Card Ships

Posted in Memory by Reuben Drake on June 30th, 2011

Delkin has started shipping the world’s fastest 64GB SDXC UHS-I memory card. The card is designed for streaming HD and 3D video applications and can record at speeds up to 45-megabytes per second and read at speeds up to 95-megabytes per second.

It can record up to 8-hours of high definition video or capture more than 17,000 photos in SDXC-enabled cameras or camcorders. The Delkin 64GB Elite633 SDXC card is available now for $539.99.

Art Lebedev Optimus Mini Six Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Reuben Drake on June 30th, 2011

Art Lebedev Studios is ready to release the new Optimus Mini Six keyboard later this year. As the name implies, it is mini with six keys.

The device has six shortcut keys that each have a tiny color (64 x 64) LCD display. These LCD shortcut keys are smaller than its predecessor in order to reduce the overall footprint of this keyboard. Nothing on pricing or availability yet, but we will let you know.

MSI 14 Inch CX480 Laptop With nVidia GeForce GT 520M

Posted in MSI by Reuben Drake on June 29th, 2011

MSI has announced their new CX480 laptop which features an Intel 2nd generation Core i processor. You can get it with either a Core i5-2410 (2.30GHz) or Core i3-2310 (2.10GHz). It also packs in an nVidia GeForce GT520M discrete graphics card with 1GB of DDR3 display memory and supports DirectX 11 and automatic graphics switching to help your battery life.

It will also boot in half the time traditional laptops take. The hard drive is moved away from the edge and encased in a sort of air bag which should protect it if you drop the laptop. Nothing on price or availability yet.

DyzPlastic Heroes And Villans Android Collectibles

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on June 29th, 2011

We’ve shown you the previous versions of the Android collectibles from the guys at DyzPlastics, and they are all very cool, but now they are releasing a new line of Android collectible mascots called Heroes and Villans.

Just look at those guys. Awesome. There will be four different versions and they will make their debut at the 2011 International Comic-Con in San Diego. Of course they will only be available in a limited number, with one design being made available each day starting on Wednesday the 20th of July at Comic-Con. Now you have to be there.

AOC e2251Fwu USB-Powered LCD Monitor

Posted in monitors by Reuben Drake on June 29th, 2011

AOC is getting ready to ship their latest USB-powered LCD Monitor: The e2251Fwu. It was shown off at the CEA Line Show in New York last week and will be available soon.

This 21.5-inch widescreen monitor delivers 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 200 cd/m2 brightness and a 5ms response time. Of course it is powered by USB. The AOC e2251Fwu will go on sale in August for an unknown price.

Burg 5 phone watch

Posted in Watches by Reuben Drake on June 29th, 2011

Dick Tracy has had a phone watch for years. Now you can too. The Burg 5 Watch allows you to slip a SIM card inside and make and receive phone calls for 60 minutes at a time. It comes in Royal Blue, Lipstick Red, Jet Black, Baby Pink and Apple White. Around the outside of the dial are buttons numbered one to nine along with a call button and dismiss button. The SIM card slips into the side of the watch.

It also has a built-in microphones and speakers, but since there is no display you will have to be able to remember every phone number you want to dial. At least the speaker calls out the incoming phone number for you so you have some idea of who is calling. It can be yours for £99.99.

Razer Transformers 3 Edition DeathAdder Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Reuben Drake on June 29th, 2011

Razer is offering another version of it’s DeathAdder mouse, this time it’s Transformers 3 themed and looks a bit tacky. It comes in your choice of red, yellow, silver and purple for $69.99 and the specs are identical to the version already on the market.

There’s also a dual-sided Vespula mouse mat for $44.99 to celebrate the film and four new colored laptop sleeves for $49.99 each. Transformers fans now have more gear to add to their buy list.

Google Launches Google+ Social Network

Posted in Google by Reuben Drake on June 28th, 2011

Google’s latest push into the social network arena is different than their previous attempts. It wants to take on one of the problems social networking has had from the beginning. The fact that you don’t want to share everything with everybody and you don’t want to constantly make lists of friends to share certain things with. That’s a good place to start.

Google’s new Circles service seems to take care of this problem by making those lists easy. Hangout can be seen as an always on video conference that you or your friends can join. Sparks is a service that aims to deliver fresh content on certain subjects like an RSS reader that you don’t have to set up. We will know in time how well people like it, but Google seems to have done a better job this time.

LaCie and Porsche Unveil New Aluminum Hard Drives

Posted in External Hard Drives by Reuben Drake on June 28th, 2011

LaCie and Porsche Design have joined forces before to make beautiful external hard drives together and now they have done it again. They have just unveiled two new hard drives: the LaCie Porsche Design Mobile P’9220 and the Desktop P’9230 Hard Drives.

These hard drives both have fast USB 3.0 ports and a super sleek aluminum frame that is a real beauty. Pricing for the mobile hard drive starts at $104.99 for the 500GB model, while $119.99 is the price for the Desktop hard drive with 1TB of data, and the 2TB model is $159.99. Both will be available soon.

Sony introduces new PSP system bundles

Posted in PSP by Reuben Drake on June 28th, 2011

Sony will be offering some special PSP bundles in Japan this summer. I guess it’s their way of giving it a proper sendoff. The PSP-3000 “value pack” includes a PSP bundled with some color-matched accessories, like a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, an AC adapter, a 1,200mAh battery, a pouch, and a wiping cloth.

The bundle comes in three colors: Piano Black, Vibrant Blue, and Pink Blossom. The price is 17,800 yen (or about $220). It will be available in Japan on July 28. No word on whether we will get it or not.