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OMG WTF BBQ apron perfect for geeky cookouts

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 4th, 2008

OMG WTF BBQ ApronOne of the staples of summertime is the cookout. The area you live in probably has a lot to do with what you are cooking on your grill, here in Texas we like our BBQ and ThinkGeek has the perfect apron for your next cookout.

The black apron has a font that looks like steak saying OMG WTF BBQ. Anyone who uses IM will immediately know what the text means, but odds are you will have to explain it to grandma. Be prepared to make something up on the fly. Most grandma’s won’t take kindly to the F-bomb dropping.

SunBlazer holster charges your phone

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 4th, 2008

SunBlazer Solar Charging HolsterIf there is one universal thing cell phone users can agree on it is longer battery life for their devices. We have seen all sorts of methods to prolong the run time of our cell phones from add on batteries to solar chargers.

The SunBlazer is a pretty interesting product and combines two things that most cell phone users might need. The SunBlazer is a holster for your cell phone that also has a solar charger built-in to keep your phone powered up.

Study Predicts Removable Storage in Cell Phones to Reach 26GB by 2012

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 4th, 2008

SanDisk microSDHC 8GBOne thing with today’s electronics and computers that you can never have too much of is storage. In today’s small factor flash storage for cellular phones the capacity tops out at 8GB for microSDHC cards. For some users, especially users of smartphones, 8GB is simply not enough storage space.

Strategy Analytics released a report that predicts a 120% growth annually in the capacity of removable storage for cell phones. In 2007 the max storage capacity was 517MB and the report says that by 2012 the storage capacity will be 26GB.

Microsoft Zune Arts announces “The Lost Ones” graphic novel

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on July 3rd, 2008

The Lost OnesI have never really been into graphic novels like “30 days of Night”, but I did like the flick based on the graphic novel. Zune Arts is normally associated with customized Zune players but its latest release is a graphic novel written by Steve Niles, the same guy who wrote “30 Days of Night”.

The graphic novel is called “The Lost Ones” and the story follows Duncan, Roxy, Rasheed, and Cynthia as a day of extreme planet jumping ends up in a race for their lives and to get back home as they are pursued by an alien race trying to kill them.

Bad reviews from Mossberg cost companies an average of $200M

Posted in Companies by Shane McGlaun on July 3rd, 2008

Walter MossbergMost gadget hounds have probably heard of the godfather of technology journalists, Walter Mossberg. Mossberg pens one of the most popular technology columns on the planet for The Wall Street Journal. If you have ever wondered why exactly it is that Mossberg is the first to get his hands on many products in the tech industry, a new study has your answer.

Joseph Johnson from the University of Miami School of Business Administration has conducted a study that looked at the economic impact Mossberg’s product reviews have on the company that builds a given product.

NVIDIA Q2 profits take $200M hit

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on July 3rd, 2008

NVIDIA LogoNVIDIA is by far the largest and most profitable maker of video cards and GPUs on the planet. This week NVIDIA announced its Q2 fiscal business update and its profits weren’t up to expectations from investors or analysts.

NVIDIA stated that its Q2 revenue and gross margins are expected to be lower that it previously stated in its conference call in May. NVIDIA says that it expects total revenue to be in the area of $875 million to $950 million. This reduction is blamed in part on market weakness around the world and delayed next generation MCP products along with price adjustments to be competitive.

LucasArts and SOE gear up for Star Wars Galaxies anniversary

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on July 3rd, 2008

Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card GameThe MMO game Star Wars Galaxies is a popular game, though it has seen far from World of Warcraft levels of popularity. LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment are gearing up to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Star Wars Galaxies by launching a new companion product.

In August a Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game will be launched and unlike other trading card games where you can buy packs of cards at retail outlets, the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game will only be available to gamers with paid subscriptions to Star Wars Galaxies.

Microsoft announces Equipt subscription service

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on July 2nd, 2008

Microsoft EquiptMicrosoft has made no secret that it likes the idea of subscription based software. A subscription service has often been rumored to be a potential distribution method for all sorts of Microsoft software from productivity applications to operating systems.

The first product to come to market from Microsoft as a subscription service was announced today and is called Microsoft Equipt. The Equipt service will cost users $69.99 per year and includes a combination of Microsoft Windows Live OneCare and Microsoft Office Home and Student.

Samsung introduces two new data projectors

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on July 2nd, 2008

Samsung LogoProjectors are a great way to share something with lots of people at the same time, be it boring presentations for work or the latest Blu-ray film you have added to your collection. Samsung today announced a pair of new DLP projectors that are aimed at home and office use.

The Samsung A400 projector has a native WXGA resolution of 1280 x 768, a contrast ratio of 2500:1 and 2000 ANSI lumens of brightness. Connectivity options include RGB, HDMI, composite/component, S-video and monitor out. The A400 weighs 9.9 pounds and it includes a theater mode that optimizes color.

Openmoko Neo FreeRunner hits market July 4

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on July 2nd, 2008

Openmoko Neo FreeRunnerWith the iPhone 3G set to hit the market this moth there are lots of gadget fans out there counting the days until they can get a new phone. If you aren’t with AT&T and still want a cool touchscreen device you have some options including the new unlocked device from Openmoko.

The Openmoko Neo FreeRunner is set to hit the market on July 4 and is an open device operating on GNU/Linux. Included software for the device allows it to dial calls, SMS and record contacts. The open nature of the device means that it can be upgraded with more features and functions. Openmoko says that the first upgrade will come in August and add location based services to the FreeRunner.

eMachines announces three new low cost desktop computers

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on July 2nd, 2008

eMachine T3656For lots of people when it starts getting close to back to school time, they start looking for a new computer. For most users a basic computer will do the trick and the biggest factor is the price of the system. While eMachines may not have the best reputation, its computers certainly fit the low-cost requirement.

Today eMachines announced three new computers just in time for the back to school crowd. The first new system is the T3656 desktop with a retail price of $299.99. For that amount you get an Intel Celeron CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD. If you need more performance the eMachines T5374 retails for $399.99 and features a Intel Celeron dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD.

Dash Express gets wireless over-the-air updates

Posted in Dash Navigation by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2008

Dash ExpressGPS devices are very nice for getting around areas you aren’t familiar with and many users find units with special features like real-time traffic very useful in daily commutes. One of the GPS devices with the most features is the Dash Express, which we have talked about before.

Dash announced this week that it has become the first GPS manufacturer to offer updates over-the-air for its GPS device. The Dash Express can grab updates via Wi-Fi without the user having to do anything but turn the unit on. In addition to adding the wireless updates, the June08 update adds more features.

Gateway announces new desktop and notebook computers

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2008

Gateway T-series NotebooksFor many students around the country summer vacation has just started. The cold, hard reality of it is that back to school is just around the corner. To help make back to school a bit more tolerable Gateway is announcing new desktop and notebook computers.

Gateway is offering multiple new models of desktop and notebook systems that will retail from $549.99 to $1149.99. The three lines of Gateway notebooks; the P-Series, M-Series, and T-series are all offering new configurations. One new configuration in the M-series is the M-6848 featuring a Core 2 Duo T5750, 4GB of RAM and more for $799.99.

OCZ Core Series SATA SSDs are way cheap

Posted in SSD by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2008

OCZ Core Series SSDSolid State Drives may well be the future of data storage in the computer industry, but with the high price of flash memory at this time SSDs are not seeing much adaption in the consumer market. So poor is the uptake by consumers for SSDs that Seagate will not even target the consumer market with its SSD line launching in 2009.

Somehow OCZ has got around the cost issue normally associated with SSDs with its latest offering called the Core Series SATA II Solid State Drive. OCZ says that the Core series are the first truly affordable SSDs and that the retail price of 50% less than competing products on the market.

Razer Aurantia gaming keyboard for China only

Posted in Keyboards,Razer by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2008

Razer Aurantia Keyboard for Chinese Gamers OnlyRazer is a name synonymous with gaming peripherals like keyboards and mice to many gamers. I have long used Razer gaming gear and work routinely on my Razer Lycosa keyboard and really like Razer mice as well like the Lachesis.

Today Razer has announced a first—a gaming keyboard that isn’t being offered to gamers in America. The Razer Aurantia is designed and sold exclusively for gamers in china. Razer described the keyboard as a portable device. It has 104 keys, can record macros and store profiles for ten games on-board.