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Swann Security OutbackCam debuts

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2010

There are all sorts of reasons you might need to record the goings on outside your home. Maybe you have an annoying neighbor that lets their dog crap on your yard or maybe neighborhood kids keep ringing your doorbell at 2am.

What you need in instances like this is a camera like the Swan Security OutbackCam. The camera is a self-contained security device that can record video to an integrated DVR. The camera has a 2MP resolution and can record color or B&W still shots and video.

Flash Rods put storage inside toy cars

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2010

There are more styles of flash drives on the market than you can shake a stick at. Some of them are weird too. I have seen flash drives that look like food and all manner of other weird designs.

These Flash Rods flash drives are cool and very interesting. The things are handmade and start life as a Hot Wheels car you might collect or your kid might play with.

NZXT hops into the compute power supply market with HALE90 line

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on August 5th, 2010

We have covered all the cool computer cases from NZXT extensively here on SlipperyBrick over the years. NZXT routinely makes some of the coolest cases the gamer or enthusiast can buy. The company has announced that it is now in the PSU market.

The line of PSUs from NZXT is called the HALE90 series. The PSUs are offered in 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, and 1000W versions. All of the PSUs are 80 Plus Gold certified for efficiency.

Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 debuts

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 5th, 2010

Logitech has made some of my favorite keyboards over the year. I use the Illuminated Keyboard all the time and my favorite gaming keyboard is the G15 with its cool LCD. Today Logitech has rolled out a new gaming keyboard called the G510.

The G510 looks a lot like that G15 I mentioned with the LCD that offers info about your game and your PC. The keyboard also has backlighting with user customizable color to match your other gaming gear.

Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 cuts the ties that bind

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 5th, 2010

That cool set of wireless headphones isn’t the only piece of wireless gaming hardware that Logitech is whipping out today. Logitech has also unveiled a new wireless gaming mouse called the G700.

The G700 uses the cool new nano receiver from Logitech that takes up very little space and can even be left plugged in on gaming notebooks. The mouse has a battery good for hours of gaming per charge.

Logitech tosses wireless G930 gaming headset onto market

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 5th, 2010

I like being able to cut the wires on all the gear that goes along with my PC, as long as the wireless gear works as well as the wired stuff it replaces. Logitech has a new set of headphones called the G930 that have debuted today that look interesting.

The G930 has 2.4GHz RF connectivity good for up to 40 feet of distance from the computer. The battery inside the wireless headphones is good for ten hours per charge and can be charged with a cable while they are in use.

Epson workers create giant paper and cardboard full size race car replica

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 4th, 2010

Not so long ago one of the chain restaurants had these kids meals that came with paper cars that you have to punch out and fold to build. The things weren’t that easy to put together so I can only imagine how hard building this 1:1 full-size replica of a race car was for the geeks at Epson.

The car is a replica of the Acura/Honda NSX Super GT race car and is built from cardboard and paper. There isn’t a piece of metal in the entire papercraft sculpture, even the frame is cardboard.

Razer crams new 3.5G laser sensor into updated Lachesis gaming mouse

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on August 4th, 2010

Razer debuted the Lachesis gaming mouse back in 2007 and the first iteration of the rodent had 4000dpi sensitivity. For its day, the Lachesis was one of the most sensitive mice you could buy. Today that 4000dpi mark isn’t that big of a deal.

Razer has announced that it has updated the Lachesis gaming mouse with a new design and a new sensor. The 3.5G laser sensor from Razer supports up to 5600dpi and the mouse has customizable lighting.

Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i iPod dock debuts

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 4th, 2010

Logitech has added a new mobile speaker dock to its line up for the iPod called the Rechargeable Speaker S715i. The device is designed to work with any dockable iPod and will sell for $149.99 when it ships.

Logitech is mum on the ship date right now, but it should be soon. The battery inside the S715i is good for eight hours per charge. It has a pair of 3-inch drivers along with a pair of 0.5-inch tweeters and four 2-inch radiators for bass.

Clear iSpot brings 4G WiFi to iPad and iPhone

Posted in Clearwire by Shane McGlaun on August 4th, 2010

Clearwire has been rolling its 4G WiMax network out into cities around the country via its own network, Sprint, and other partners. The 4G network offers very fast speeds and today Clearwire has announced a new device called the iSpot.

The iSpot is a mobile WiFi hotspot that provides 4G speed WiFi to any Apple device including the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone. Clearwire says that the device is made specifically for Apple gear, but any WiFi enabled device can use it.

AT&T Code Scanner app lands for Blackberry and Android users

Posted in AT&T by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2010

A new application form AT&T has landed called the AT&T Code Scanner. The app is available right now for download on Blackberry devices and on the Android Marketplace.

The app lets the smartphone user scan both 2D barcodes and 1D barcodes that are printed in magazines, online, and other places to get more information on a product or service. The application also has a barcode generator that allows the user or a business to generate their own bar codes.

Ford researchers at work on wireless sensor system to prevent side collisions

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2010

Ford has teams of researchers and engineers that have the sole purpose of developing new safety systems for Ford vehicles. One of the new systems that researchers at Ford are working on is the Automatic Braking Intersection Collision Avoidance System.

The system uses a series of wireless radio sensors around the vehicle. When the sensors detect another vehicle and determine that a side impact is imminent, the brakes for both vehicles are automatically applied.

US in top 6 for data plan costs on iPad

Posted in iPad by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2010

I think that we all know AT&T and the other major carriers in the US charge us way more money than they really need to. They can cry about how much data smartphone users consume all day, but the fact is we pay much more for the data we use than other countries.

Wired put together a nice little chart comparing the price of downloading a gigabyte of data around the world. The US came in at number six on the list with a price of $12.50 per gigabyte. The most expensive place was France with a cost of $25.47 per gigabyte.

Hulu Plus and CBS talks confirmed

Posted in Hulu by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2010


I am not one to pay for streaming services and TV programming other than my Satellite TV channels. Hulu is making it very hard for me to resist paying the $9 per month to get it on my PS3 though.

Hulu Plus will already offer major network content with one of the few remaining holdouts being CBS. Rumors circulated over the last month or so that CBS and Hulu were in talks. Reuters reports that CBS CEO Les Moonves has now confirmed those talks.

Chevy to build 50% more Volts in 2012

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 2nd, 2010

The Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle is finally set to come to market. The car will carry a $41,000 sticker price. A lease on the Volt will go for $350 per month and the first year will see limited production.

Production will increase the next model year and Chevrolet has announced that by 2012 it will have increased production by 50% to 45,000 units. More units built and sold will help reduce the cost and hopefully that steep price will come down significantly.