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Fallout 3 Survival Edition only at Amazon.com

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on June 9th, 2008

Fallout 3 Survival EditionFew things get fans of video games salivating like the words exclusive limited edition. The idea of a limited edition game gets even more impressive when you add in a popular game title and some very cool extras that you won’t get anywhere else.

That is exactly what Amazon.com is offering fans of the Fallout game franchise. The latest version of the game called Fallout 3 is available for pre-order on Amazon.com in an exclusive and limited edition version called Fallout 3 Survival Edition.

iSkin lights the Fuze on a new iPhone case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 9th, 2008

iSkin FuzeLove it or hate it there is no denying that the Apple iPhone has made a big impact in the mobile phone market. Since the introduction of the iPhone most every major cell phone maker has come to market with touch enabled phones and devices. Some of the devices are good and some of them not so good.

Despite the fact that Apple is widely expected to announce the new iPhone today at the Apple WWDC, iSkin is announcing a new case for the first generation iPhone. The case is called the Fuze and despite the fact that first generation iPhone’s are hard to come by in most parts iSkin promises the Fuze is the best case around for the iPhone.

Sony shows off Bravia Theater Micro System

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on June 6th, 2008

Sony HT-IS100One of the worst things about a home theater aside from the wires is that the speakers tend to be big and bulky. Larger speakers often sound better, but they are hard to hide and can really mess up the looks of a room (so says my wife).

To go along with the new line of Sony Bravia HDTVs I wrote about this morning Sony has released a HT-IS100 Bravia Theater Micro System. The system is designed around five tiny speakers that are each about the size of a golf ball or a strawberry.

Sony introduces sweet new XBR HDTV line

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on June 6th, 2008

Sony XBR HDTVWhen it comes to LCD HDTVs Sony has some of the most popular sets on the market in its Bravia line. While LCD TVs and LCDs on notebooks share some of the same tech, notebook LCDs have been using LED backlighting for better picture quality and thinner profiles for a while now. The LED tech hasn’t been seen much in HDTVs until now.

Sony introduced seven new XBR HDTV models including models using TRILUMINOS LED backlighting and local dimming to provide better black levels and contrast. The TRILUMINOS LED system uses clusters of red, blue and green LEDs to produce improved color. The new models include screen sizes from 19 to 70-inches.

RadioShack DTX9550 digital converter perfect for low-power station communities

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Shane McGlaun on June 5th, 2008

RadioShack DTX9550So far 2008 is slipping by much faster than I expected and before you know it the digital transition in early 2009 will be here. If you aren’t using a satellite or cable provider and are using an old TV lacking a digital tuner you will need a converter box. While all high-power stations are required to transition to digital broadcasts in 2009, low-power stations in some communities don’t have to change.

That means that in some areas TV watchers could continue to receive both digital and analog signals after the official date for the digital transition. If your community is one with low-power stations what you need is a converter box like the RadioShack DTX9550. This box is a fully digital converter and features analog pass-through so one converter allows the viewing of analog and digital broadcasts.

Philips 52-inch 3D display is pure ecstasy for couch potatoes everywhere

Posted in Philips by Shane McGlaun on June 5th, 2008

Philips 52-inch 3D TVAt CES in January I wandered over to the NVIDIA meeting area and spent some time in the little gaming area NVIDIA had set up. Hands down the coolest thing on display was a big screen 3D TV that was being used to play some Need For Speed Pro Street. Trust me 3D rocks so hard for gaming you will want it.

The catch with the system NVIDIA was using is that you had to wear these geeky glasses straight out of the 1980’s to get the 3D effect. Philips announced a new 52-inch 3D monitor today that is auto-stereoscopic meaning you don’t have to wear glasses to view in 3D. Sign me up!

Canon announces REALiS WUX10 LCOS projector

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on June 4th, 2008

Canon REALiS WUX10 ProjectorThere are as many different uses for a projector as there are projectors on the market. From really big screen gaming to multimedia presentations projectors are good for work and play. Canon has announced a new hella expensive projector it claims to be the world’s first WUXGA LCOS projector.

The REALiS WUX10 has a resolution of 1920 x 1200, normally that resolution is seen only on 24-inch LCDs. Canon says the projector delivers the highest resolution of any of its projectors. The LCOS panel used in the WUX10 is only 0.71-inches making it the world’s smallest LCOS panel to achieve 1920 x 1200 resolution.

Kensington Dual Display Adapter adds second display USB style

Posted in Kensington by Shane McGlaun on June 4th, 2008

Kensington Dual Display AdapterIf you want enough screen space to get your actual work plus YouTube and the other fun stuff you like to read when the boss (or the wife) isn’t around and you can’t afford a big 30-inch LCD Kensington has your back. Kensington has announced its new Dual Display Adapter.

Sure a pair of displays sitting on your desk isn’t as cool looking as one massive LCD, but two displays has its perks. The Kensington Dual Display Adapter connects to your computer via USB and uses DisplayLink technology. Kensington says that up to six displays can be connected to one computer using multiple adapters.

FotoDialer dials phones automatically by photo

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 3rd, 2008

FotoDialerWhen parents and grandparents start to age often one of the first things to go is their vision. Vision loss keeps many elderly people from being able to use the phone because of the small numbers and buttons that can be hard to locate and press.

A new device from The Vision Group addresses this problem by allowing users to dial phone numbers by pressing a button to the side of a photograph. The FotoDialer has six pages that each holds four photos. The numbers that correspond to the photos are stored in the devices memory and the FotoDialer connects to any home phone.

Acer officially unveils its Aspire One

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on June 3rd, 2008

Acer Aspire OneI really do get the appeal of small notebooks that are really cheap. I can see having one for toting around town and sing at the coffee shop for surfing the net. I could even see using one for business if your work revolves around light data entry. To that end the Asus Eee looks pretty interesting and it’s cool to see more competition in the low cost, small notebook market.

One of the new competitors in that market is Acer and it has officially unveiled its Acer Aspire One at Computex. The little computer comes with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and future version could come with integrated WiMAX as well. Battery life is promised to me 3 hours with standard 3-cell battery and 6 hours with the optional 6-cell battery. The LED backlit LCD is 8.9-inches and sports a 1024 x 600 resolution.

Western Digital Scorpio Black notebook HDDs now available

Posted in Western Digital by Shane McGlaun on June 2nd, 2008

Western Digital Scorpio BlackWhen it comes to your notebook computer everything is a compromise. The performance of everything from the CPU inside to the hard drives and video cards are a compromise of performance for battery life and vice versa. The trick is to get a good balance of performance while still getting good battery life.

Western Digital announced today that its line of Scorpio Black 2.5-inch SATA notebook HDDs are now available. This line of drives gives high performance with a 7200 RPM rotational speed, but adds some technology to help reduce the battery power needed and increase the runtime of the notebook.

LG launches a pair of stretched LCDs for the UK

Posted in LG by Shane McGlaun on June 2nd, 2008

LG Stretched LCDsI get why people want wide LCDs. They are great for gaming thanks to the typically higher resolutions and they allow you to get more stuff on the screen at once. For instance you can get several of the latest pics of your favorite quasi-stars getting out of their cars sans undies on the screen at once.

Despite the obvious use I mentioned above LG says that the M3800S-BN and the M2900S-BN displays are designed for presenting lots of information on screen at once for locations like airports and train stations. The M38000S-BN is a 38-inch screen and the M2900S-BN is a 29-inch LCD. Both screens can be mounted horizontally or vertically as well.

Harman Kardon AVR 354 home theater receiver launches

Posted in Harmon Kardon by Shane McGlaun on May 30th, 2008

Harman Kardon AVR 354If you have dropped big bucks on your big screen 1080p HDTV and Blu-ray player but are still rocking with the plain vanilla 5.1 surround sound you are missing half the coolness of many Blu-ray movies—the HD sound. Sure Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds pretty good, but wouldn’t you rather get the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio goodness form your Blu-ray titles?

To do that odds are you are going to need a new AV receiver and Harman Kardon announced a nice one recently called the AVR 354. The 354 features decoding for both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio and an on screen graphical menu and a new iPod dock called The Bridge II. The iPod dock allows docking of the iPhone and most other iPods and shows the iPod video, images and menu screens on your TV.

Tiny and cheap RazorBook 400 now available

Posted in Linux,Notebooks by Shane McGlaun on May 29th, 2008

RazorBook 400If you are in the market for a new ultra portable and you want something a bit more off the beaten path than the Asus Eee that shares its small dimensions, 3K Computers may have your laptop in its new and tiny RazorBook 400.

The RazorBook 400 promises a boot up time for its Linux OS of less than 8 seconds and 3K says it was designed to be instant on and off just like any other appliance in your home. The tiny notebook measures 8.25-inches L x 5.5-inches W x 1.25-inches D. The machine has 4 GB of internal flash memory for storage.

Verizon Wireless gets exclusive MOTO W755 phone

Posted in Motorola,Verizon by Shane McGlaun on May 28th, 2008

Moto W755Motorola hasn’t really had a hit when it comes to cell phones since the Razr was so hot several years back. Since then Motorola has been losing market share and popularity at a rate its shareholders are sure to not like.

Verizon Wireless announced today that is has a new exclusive handset from Motorola called the MOTO W755. The device looks similar to the popular Razr phone and is available in slate black or purple colors. The phone has a built-in music player and supports AAC, AMR NB, MIDI, MP3, and WMA V9 file formats.