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J K Rowling unveils Pottermore and DRM-free Harry Potter ebooks

Posted in ebooks by Reuben Drake on June 23rd, 2011

For the last few days, a “Pottermore” website by J K Rowling has been the subject of scrutiny, with speculation that a Harry Potter smartphone was coming. Well, Pottermore is actually a website set up by J K Rowling and Sony, where the author will put up some ebooks (DRM free) of the Harry Potter series for sale as well as audiobooks, which will be available in several languages.

The website will be launched in October, with registrations starting on the 31st of July.

appBlaster iPhone accessory

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Reuben Drake on June 23rd, 2011

We have plenty of gun accessories for the Wii or Move wands, I guess it’s only fitting that we also have a rifle-like dock for the iPhone. The appBlaster from apptoyz is designed specifically for the company’s Alien Attack iOS game.

Just slide in your iDevice and you will be able to see the invisible aliens and mow them down. When you pull the trigger, two capacitive pads touch the screen to fire. The appBlaster is available for pre-order right now for about $32) and will arrive on July 7.

Hulu Plus for Android is available

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on June 22nd, 2011

Great news. Hulu Plus for Android is available, however you may not be able to install it yet. The Hulu Blog states that six phones: the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix are compatible, with “additional device announcements” coming later in the year.

If you look at the list, many flagship phones are missing, but we have high hopes that they will have it running for everyone in no time. Hopefully that is the case.

Samsung Series 5 hits Europe on June 24th

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on June 22nd, 2011

Samsung’s giving folks in Europe some Chromebook goodness, so if you have a taste for Chrome and are European, this is some good news. The Samsung Series 5 will hit Europe this Friday for €399 (or £349) for the Wi-Fi model and €449 (or £399) for the 3G version.

The Chrome OS laptop will be available in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy for now with other countries getting it over the next few months. Are you getting one?

Apple unveils updated Time Capsule

Posted in Apple by Reuben Drake on June 21st, 2011

It’s been a long time since Apple has unveiled a new Time Capsule, almost two years. That was when the 2TB model arrived. These days that isn’t quite so much storage as it used to be.

And just as you need more storage than ever, Apple has unleashed an updated Time Capsule that offers up to 3TB of storage. Will that be enough for you? Probably not, but it’s what we have. The 2TB model is $299 while the 3TB is $499.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hitting Sprint on June 24th

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on June 21st, 2011

Samsung would only say “mid-summer” when it revealed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for Sprint, but it looks like the time is almost here. Sprint has announced that the WiFi-only tablet will be available on its website and elsewhere on June 24th for $499.99.

Great news but it won’t be until July 24th that you can get one at a Sprint retail store. Your wait is almost over my Wi-fi loving peeps.

Audio-Technica ATH-WS70 Solid Bass Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Reuben Drake on June 21st, 2011

If you are a fan of bass, then the new Audio-Technica ATH-WS70 solid bass headphones are for you. They feature a strong 40mm driver unit with a large impedance of 47 Ohm for impressive bass support from all of your music.

These over the ear headphones have an adjustable headband, a foldable design, soft insulating ear pads and a machined aluminum housing so that they are more rigid and vibration is reduced. The Audio-Technica ATH-WS70 solid bass headphones are $129.99.

HP TouchPad pre-order starting at $500, available July 1

Posted in HP by Reuben Drake on June 20th, 2011

The TouchPad won’t go on sale in the states until July 1, but you can get a pre-order in now from places like Amazon, NewEgg, Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Radio Shack, and more. The tab comes in two versions: a 16GB version for $499.99 and a 32GB model that will cost you $599.99.

Both feature a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, stereo speakers, Touch-to-Share, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and a 9.7-inch display. Get your order in now.

Samsung NC215S solar netbook headed for Russia

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on June 20th, 2011

The sun is usually an enemy to laptops. Just try using your screen on a bright day. But in this case it will power your PC. First introduced for the African market, Samsung’s NC215S will be heading for Russia in August for 13,999 rubles ($479).

The lid is almost entirely a solar panel and so this netbook has an estimated battery life of 14.5 hours. The NC215S packs in a 1.6GHz N570 Intel Atom dual-core processor, 250GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM.

Details of upcoming PlayStation 3 model surface

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on June 20th, 2011

Word of the new “CECH-3000″ model PlayStation 3 surfaced earlier in the month and now a retailer is claiming to have received a briefing on the new model. The CECH-3000B is an updated 320 gigabyte system. Power consumption goes from 230W to 200W, and the weight from 3.0kg to 2.6kg.

The power and eject buttons are changed and the LED lights removed, but we don’t have specifics on that. Pricing will be the same as the current model. You can expect the new version to ship to retailers when the current stock runs out.

Redbox starts renting video games for $2

Posted in Games by Reuben Drake on June 17th, 2011

Right on schedule, Redbox is introducting video game rentals for $2 a day. They have a pretty good selection of titles for those wanting to not buy games at 50 and 60 dollars, or those who like to try before they buy.

About 5,000 kiosks have already been involved in the testing of this service and now Redbox is adding the other 21,000 across the US. So go on, get gaming for just $2 a title.

Panasonic unveils Android Toughbook Tablet

Posted in Panasonic by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2011

Are you prone to tablet abuse? Well, feel free to treat your tablet rough with Panasonic’s Android Toughbook tablet. It features a sunlight-friendly 10.1-inch multi-touch display, satellite-based GPS, full-shift battery life and optional 3G / 4G.

It’s an Android tablet built tough. We don’t have any info on pricing or a release yet, but more info is sure to trickle in. The point is, this is a tough Android tablet. It’s tough enough for you. Are you tough enough for it?

Wii U to support only one Wii U controller

Posted in Wii U by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2011

Nintendo hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility down the line, however comments made by Satoru Iwata make it clear that the Wii U will only support one Wii U controller. This is an odd move by the company. In all likelihood you can still play multiple player games. Maybe using Wii remotes, or passing a controller around. It comes down to money.

“Technically, it is possible for the Wii U to support multiple Wii U Controllers,” Iwata said. However, this will result in a “considerable” price increase.

According to Iwata, “We’re not planning on asking our customers to buy multiple Wii U Controllers.”

HTC Evo Shift 4G to get Android 2.3 on June 20

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2011

Sprint has announced that the HTC Evo Shift 4G will get an over-the-air update to Android 2.3 on Monday, June 20. The notification will be sent out in stages, or you can manually download the update beginning today if you like. When the installation process is started, the phone’s functionality will be temporarily disabled, so don’t worry.

The update brings SWYPE text entry capabilities, improved download management in the Downloads and allows the handset to stream media through applications that weren’t able to before. So these are some nice new features you can look forward to.

HP Pre 3 Now Available To Pre-Order In The UK For £360

Posted in HP by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2011

Folks in the Uk waiting on HP’s latest webOS smartphone the HP Pre 3, can now get the device. It is now available to pre-orderin the UK, and it will go on sale at the beginning of July for £360 SIM free including taxes.

The HP Pre 3 has a 3.58 inch touchscreen display and a slide out QWERTY keyboard, as well as a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor. There will be two models available, one with 16GB of built in storage and one with 32GB of built in storage. It also packs in 801.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.