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MSI FX600-002US notebook gets official

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on August 17th, 2010

MSI has a bunch of notebooks that it sells all around the world. I have used several machines from MSI and they are typically very powerful and have nice price tags. MSI has announced a new notebook that fits right in with its other offerings called the FX600.

The new FX600 is a 15.6-inch LED backlit notebook that features an NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M GPU with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. The machine uses an Intel Core i5-450m CPU and has 4GB of system memory. The machine also has a 500GB HDD.

Sceptre entertainment centers are easy to build

Posted in Home,Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on August 17th, 2010

I once volunteered to build some of those desks that you have to construct out of all the little pieces of MDF and tons of screws and cam locks. I have also built my share of entertainment centers from the same stuff before. They are all a massive pain and take forever to finish.

Sceptre is a company we have talked about before and is best known for its cheap and cool LCD TVs and computer screens. Sceptre has announced that it will be getting into the entertainment center furniture business with a line of assembly required offerings needing no tools to build.

Nikon drops new S1100pj digital camera

Posted in Nikon by Shane McGlaun on August 17th, 2010

Nikon has gone official with its latest digital camera that offers an integrated projector. This is the second camera from Nikon to wrap a projector into the case for showing off pictures and videos.

The new camera is called the Coolpix S1100pj and it has a projector module that is 40% brighter than its predecessor with 14 lumens of brightness. The camera also has a built-in stand for watching the projected images from across the room. The camera also has USB connectivity.

iPad kicks Asus in the Eees

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on August 17th, 2010

If any of you out there though that the iPad would fail, you were so wrong. The iPad is selling faster than Apple can build them and the demand is showing no signs of letting up.

Apple is building all the iPads it can and if it were not for screen shortages, it would build more. The sales success is a good thing for Apple, but not a good thing for other companies like Asus. Asus has announced that its Eee sales forecasts are being reduced to 1.4 million units for Q3.

Robonaut 2 gets packed up for mission to ISS

Posted in NASA by Shane McGlaun on August 16th, 2010

I have talked before about Robonaut 2 or R2 as it is known. R2 is a robot built by NASA and GM to work in space with humans. R2 is one of the most capable robots ever built and can handle a wide variety of tools thanks to complex articulating hands.

The mission that will take R2 to the ISS this fall is coming close to launch. NASA has been looking at how to pack up R2 safely for the trip aboard the space shuttle while still making it easy for astronauts to unpack R2.

H’andy sana mobile phone collects ECG and ships in UK soon

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on August 16th, 2010

When we talk about smartphones, we are used to seeing touchscreens as a big feature. A smartphone from a company called H’andy dubbed the sana 210 is set to launch soon in the UK and will have a feature we don’t usually see in a smartphone – ECG or electrocardiogram support.

The sana 210 has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and the other capabilities that you expect to see on a phone today. Those features include multimedia support, mobile web surfing, and an integrated camera. The big feature of the phone is a very important one for people who have a heart condition that requires monitoring by a doctor.

Thecus PCI-E network adapter supports 10Gb Ethernet

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on August 16th, 2010

Thecus has announced a cool new network adapter called the C10GT that supports a blazing fast new Ethernet protocol that will be coming soon. The new networking protocol is coming and will greatly increase the performance available on a network.

The C10GT plugs into any mainboard with a x4 or a x8 PCI Express slot. The card is a full height adapter so it won’t fit in some compact computer cases. The C10GT supports IEEE 802.3ae, IEEE 802.3ak, and IEEE 802.1q VLAN.

Onkyo whips out RC260 and RC270 home theater receivers

Posted in Onkyo by Shane McGlaun on August 16th, 2010

Home theater fans have a new reason to be excited today as Onkyo adds a pair of new AV receivers to its already impressive line. The two new receivers are said to be mid-range offerings for the Onkyo line, which means they are still rather expensive by some standards.

The new parts include the RC270 and the RC260 receivers. Both of the receivers support 3D with HDMI 1.4a and 7.2 -channel surround sound. Supported codecs include Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The receivers also have Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige collector’s edition is the best special edition ever

Posted in Activision by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2010

It seems like just about every game that comes out gets a special edition of some sort. Often those special editions aren’t that special with the only additions being some free DLC or maybe a book of artwork you will never look at.

Activision has announced an awesome special edition for Call of Duty: Black Ops called Prestige. The Prestige collector’s edition gets the game and some free DLC along with a medal. The awesome bit is that the edition comes with a badass remote control surveillance vehicle.

Boost Mobile gets touchscreen and QWERTY packing Samsung Seek

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2010

Boost Mobile is the pre-paid division of Sprint and the company offers several handsets all sans contract. Boost has announced that it is getting its first touchscreen phone with a slide out QWERTY keyboard in a few weeks.

The device is set to hit Boost online on August 25 for $149.99. The handset will also be in retail stores then as well and in other locations by October. The Seek has that slide out QWERTY keyboard we already mentioned and is packed with messaging options.

iBand Aid fixes iPhone 4 antenna booboo

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2010

These slick little stickers to stop your skin from killing your signal strength on the iPhone 4 surfaced a while back. If you like, the idea of fixing your iPhone 4 antenna woes without a case these may be for you.

The little stickers look a lot like Band Aids that my daughter wears every time she gets a scratch. You can get a package of seven iBand Aids for right under $5. That much green gets you beige, gray, black, blue, green, and white versions of the thing.

Samsung Galaxy S heads to RadioShack on three carriers

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2010

I usually venture into a RadioShack store once a year or so when I am in the mall around Christmas just to see all the sweet remote control toys they carry. The Shack has been working hard to get people to come in more and one of the ways that it has pulled that off is by turning itself into a seller of all wireless phones.

The Shack is offering the sweet new Galaxy S smartphone on three different carriers all in one place. You can get the Galaxy S as the Epic for Sprint, Vibrant for T-Mobile, or the Captivate for AT&T. The AT&T device sells for $199, while the other two are apparently going for $149.99.

World’s largest hydrogen fuel cell heads to Ohio

Posted in fuel cell by Shane McGlaun on August 12th, 2010

We have talked about hydrogen fuel cells before around here. The ones we are familiar with are usually small and can barely produce enough power to charge a smartphone. The world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell is shipping to Ohio for its 5-year trial run.

The massive fuel cell is mounted inside a semi trailer and produces enough juice to run 500 homes. The actual amount of power the fuel cell produces is 1 megawatt, almost enough to send Doc Brown back to the future. The massive fuel cell produces only water as a byproduct.

Verizon to air first 3D NFL game to FiOS subscribers

Posted in Verizon by Shane McGlaun on August 12th, 2010

This summer we have seen some of the first 3D sporting events land on satellite and cable channels all around the country. The catch was that most of the events were things that are boring to a lot of us like golf. Verizon has announced a new 3D sporting event that will appeal to many viewers.

Verizon has landed the rights to air the first 3D NFL football game to its FiOS subscribers. The game will air on September 2 in some markets. The game will be a pre-season match between the Giants and Patriots.

Samsung Gusto lands at Verizon Wireless for the a phone is a phone crowd

Posted in Samsung,Verizon by Shane McGlaun on August 12th, 2010

There are plenty of people out there who have no desire to know how to use the advanced features on a smart phone. For this sort of user the most important thing is a phone that is easy to use and has good call quality. Verizon has a new device that fits the bill nicely for these users.

The handset is called the Samsung Gusto and uses a flip phone form factor. It has an external screen and a 2-inch internal screen. The phone supports email and web access and full messaging options. The device also has a VGA resolution camera with night shot mode.