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Tankgrip lets motorcycle passengers get a grip

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 19th, 2008

TankgripAnyone who has ridden a motorcycle knows that the person on the back can feel uncomfortable when you are in motion because sport bikes typically have no handles for the rear passenger to grab. When riding with your girlfriend its cool for her to wrap her arms around your waist, but other times waist holding isn’t so cool. When your boys want to go for a ride and you don’t trust them with your bike alone, it’s not so cool to have them hugging you.

A guy from Belgium has come up with a solution called the Tankgrip. The designer says the prototype took 4 months to build and ended up looking like a telephone handle on the tank of the bike. In the end he came up with a pair of handles that attach to the tank of a sport bike with a streamlined shape.

NEC announces a pair of new projectors

Posted in NEC by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2008

NEC NP905 ProjectorThere are lots of uses for projectors from home entertainment to business and class room use. Different projectors have different uses and prices can go from the low $600 range up to tens of thousands of dollars.

NEC has announced a pair of reasonably price projectors aimed at the business and education installation markets. The projectors are the NP905 and NP901W with 3000 lumens and 2000 lumens respectively of brightness. Both projectors also use Windows Network Projector functionality from Windows Vista.

Aluratek alarm clock wakes you to Internet Radio

Posted in Clocks by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2008

Aluratek Internet Radio ClockIf you happen to live in an area that doesn’t have a radio station that caters to your musical taste, your only real options are MP3s, CDs or Internet radio. CDs are too old school for the geeky among us, MP3s are cool but can get expensive if you’re not into messing with RIAA so Internet radio looks like a good option.

The catch is that your boring clock radio probably only wakes you up to an annoying beep or FM radio. While a country song might get you out of bed quickly, wouldn’t it be nicer to wake to your favorite music genre? Aluratek has a new clock radio that can wake you to FM, MP3, a beep or Internet radio stations.

HP MediaSmart Connect available for pre-order

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on June 17th, 2008

HP MediaSmart ConnectOne of the cool devices that HP was showing off back at CES in January was its MediaSmart Connect device. With the MediaSmart Connect HP is set to take on other streaming media devices like the Netflix Player and the Apple TV.

HP announced today that the MediaSmart Connect is now available for pre-order at a price of $349. The device will be available to pre-order starting today on Amazon.com, Best Buy, Circuit City, and at Newegg.com. Included with the device is an HDMI cable and learning remote that can operate four additional devices as well as a $20 CinemaNow certificate.

BlueAnt Supertooth 3 voice activated handsfree kit launches

Posted in BlueAnt by Shane McGlaun on June 17th, 2008

BlueAnt Supertooth 3All around the country many states and cities are moving to hands free laws that make it illegal to use a cell phone while driving without taking advantage of a handsfree kit. These new laws have been a boom for makers of Bluetooth devices and the most recently announced device from BlueAnt has some cool features.

BlueAnt has introduced its new Supertooth 3 device that retails for $129.95. The handsfree device features Text-to-Speech technology that announces an incoming callers name or caller ID information as well as providing spoken setup instructions. The device can speak names in six languages including Spanish and English.

ASUS announces its NVIDIA GTX 280 video card

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on June 16th, 2008

ASUS GTX 280Today marks the launch of the new NVIDIA GTX 280 video cards. These cards are replacing the dual GPU 9800 GX2 as the king of the performance from NVIDIA. The new video card uses only one GPU and is NVIDIA’s first all new video card class in a while.

ASUS has announced details of its GTX 280 called the ENGTX280/HTDP/1G. The card ships with ASUS’ SmartDoctor utility to adjust the shader clock to provide more performance. The GTX 280 has 1GB of GDDR3 memory. Pricing for the card is $649.99.

AMD FireStream 9250 breaks 1 teraflop

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on June 16th, 2008

AMD Stream ProcessingFor a while now scientific and engineering projects have been using what are basically computer video cards to get significantly more powerful computer systems than are seen when using traditional CPUs. The performance gains come from the fact that each stream processor on modern video cards can be used like an individual processor core. Rather than only four cores in a CPU, the video card offers in the area of 320 processing cores thanks to the high number of stream processors.

AMD announced its latest FireStream processor called the AMD FireStream 9250. The 9250 is designed to accelerate HPC, mainstream and consumer applications. The 9250 fits into a single PCI slot and consumes under 150W of power and AMD says it has a performance per watt efficiency of up to eight gigaflops per watt.

Samsung Z400 handset is a rugged exclusive for Sprint Nextel

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on June 13th, 2008

Samsung Z400For lots of workers that are in harsh environments on a daily basis what they need in a mobile phone isn’t slick touch screen technology and a cool looking device. What this group of users wants is a very durable phone that still offers the features you expect on modern handsets.

Samsung has announced a new handset that provides all this type of user should need called the Z400. The Z400 is a Sprint Nextel exclusive handset and is designed to meet military MIL-STD 810F specifications for dust, shock and vibration resistance. The handset is covered in a rubberized coating to help with grip and reduce scratching.

ATI shows off HD 3870 Mac & PC Edition

Posted in ATI by Shane McGlaun on June 13th, 2008

ATI HD 3870 Mac & PC EditionWindows computer users take for granted for the most part that you can upgrade your video card with ease. That is assuming you didn’t buy a factory built system that uses a small case or proprietary video card design. Mac users on the other hand are traditionally mostly limited to the video card that ships in their Mac system.

AMD announced a new ATI Radeon HD3870 video card that is optimized for use on the Mac, but retains its PC compatibility as well. The card is called the ATI Radeon HD 3870 for Mac & PC Edition. The card has a 256-bit memory interface and has 512MB of GDDR4 and 320 stream processors.

NXP announces the world’s fastest cellular modem

Posted in Modems by Shane McGlaun on June 12th, 2008

NXP launches world’s fastest cellular modemSome recent reports claim that users taking advantage of wireless cellular modems to connect the Internet will be more common than users taking advantage of the current standard wired connections in a home. Before this will happen wireless broadband network coverage needs to become more robust and connections need to be faster.

To facilitate the faster connections NXP has launched what it claims to be the world’s fastest cellular modem called the PNX6910. The modem is powered by the Embedded Vector Processor digital signal processing core and can achieve downloads as fast as 150Mbits with uploads of 50Mbits.

Small and portable AN-Mini sound system for easy mobile presentations

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 12th, 2008

AN-Mini sound systemFor many business people, time on the road is long and grueling. Road warriors try and carry all they will need with them to make presentations and speaking engagements easier from mice that turn into pointers to the newest and most powerful ultra portable notebooks around. Giving a lecture to lots of people can be a harrowing experience; made all the worse if the PA system is lacking or missing all together.

That is where Anchor Audio comes in with its AN-Mini sound system. The device weighs less than 2.5 pounds so it is easy to carry with you. Despite the small size the AN-Mini can produce 109dB, which Anchor claims is plenty of sound for clear speech to a room of 100 listeners. The system can be powered by normal batteries, rechargeable batteries or AC power. Rechargeable batteries can be recharged without having to remove them from the device.

Belkin announces full line of iPhone 3G cases

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 11th, 2008

Belkin iPhone 3G CasesWhen Apple announced the iPhone 3G this week it was a given that cases and accessories would be deluging us in the next few weeks. One of the things that most iPhone 3G buyers cone July 11 will be looking to buy at the same time will be a case to protect their shiny new phone.

To that end Belkin has announced a complete line of nine cases specifically designed for the iPhone 3G. The cases are supposed to protect the iPhone 3G and add looks to the device at the same time. The Belkin line includes silicone cases, arm band cases and polycarbonate cases in multiple colors, patterns and styles.

Monster iCarPlay 250 now shipping

Posted in Monster by Shane McGlaun on June 11th, 2008

Monster iCarPlay 250Once you get hooked on your own custom playlists and listening to what you want when you want on your iPod or iPhone, going back to normal FM radio in your car is hard to do. You could carry tons of CDs and listen to what you want in the car too, but that is so 1994.

At CES this January Monster announced what it claimed to be the world’s most advanced iPod/iPhone wireless FM transmitter called the iCarPlay 250. Monster announced this week that it is finally shipping the iCarPlay 250 at $99.95. The device allows you to play your digital tracks from your iPod or iPhone over unused FM stations on your radio in the car or the home.

Voodoo’s new Omen looks good, costs a ton

Posted in Voodoo by Shane McGlaun on June 10th, 2008

Voodoo OmenComputers and cars have a lot in common when it comes to speed and performance. Namely the faster you want to go, the more money the machines will cost you. Voodoo computers announced a new Omen gaming PC today that is everything you expect form a high-end gaming machine—fast and expensive.

The new Omen isn’t even available to the masses, at least not at first. You can only get the machine by invitation sent to previous buyers of Voodoo systems. Even if you get an invitation to buy one of the shiny rigs you better come with deep pockets—the new Omen will set you back at least $7000.

HP TouchSmart all-in-one PC launches

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on June 10th, 2008

HP TouchSmartAll-in-one PCs are appealing to lots of people because they take up less space on top of the desk and under it. Rather than having a computer tower under your desk and lots of cables running around your workspace you simply have a monitor, mouse and keyboard making things nice and tidy. Apple does this with its iMac line.

HP announced a new all-in-one system today called the TouchSmart. HP says that the TouchSmart is designed to resemble a messenger bag—I don’t quite see that in the design myself. The PC features software that allows users to make play lists, watch TV, check email and ore by using their finger—no keyboard or mouse is required.

Two versions of the TouchSmart will be available, the IQ504 PC without a TV tuner will sell for $1299 and the IQ506 PC will retail for $1499. Both share …