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Swiss rocket man flies on a wing, jet engines and a prayer

Posted in Personal Transport by Shane McGlaun on May 16th, 2008

Swiss Rocket ManFor thousands of years man has dreamed of flying like a bird with nothing but a wing attached to his back like Icarus and his fabled wings. The holdup has been a gnawing need by most men to not plummet to their death thanks to an Icarus-like wing failure.

A Swiss man has set a record by becoming the first person to fly with nothing but a wing and a jet engine strapped to his back. The man names Yves Rossy was dropped from a plane over the Swiss Alps with a parachute and a folded wing.

CradlePoint CTR500 cellular travel router shares your 3G connection

Posted in Networking by Shane McGlaun on May 15th, 2008

CradlePoint CTR500Anyone who pays $80 a month for mobile broadband access and then has to pay for broadband at home because they have more than one computer that needs Internet access has wished that there was a router that would allow the sharing of broadband connectivity from a cellular router.

CradlePoint is making that wish come true with its new CTR500 Travel Router. This little router features a support for an external Wi-Fi antenna, uses WPA2 and other security methods and features VPN pass-through. The CTR500 is also compatible with some Express Card modems. The router can also be used as a failover system to change from a normal Internet connection to wireless in the event of a lost normal Internet connection.

Samsung announces Blue Phase 240Hz LCD

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on May 14th, 2008

Samsung Blue Phase LCDAt CES back in 2007 there were several demonstrations of 60Hz TVs next to 120Hz TVs. The difference in image quality achieved through going from 60 to 120Hz was very impressive. Samsung wasn’t content to sit on its 120Hz laurels and has announced the first Blue Phase LCD panel.

Whereas 120Hz sets on the current market use overdrive circuits to achieve 120Hz, the Blue Phase panel will not require any overdrive circuits. Samsung also says that the design is extremely cost efficient thanks to not needing liquid crystal alignment layers like today’s LCD panels do.

Creative launches Vado Pocket Video Cam

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on May 13th, 2008

Creative Vado Pocket Video CamWe are living in the YouTube generation right now where seemingly everyone is putting videos online of themselves or friends doing stupid things, signing or otherwise making a complete ass of themselves. To facilitate the ease of capturing video for online use lots of specialized, low cost video cameras have popped up and the latest is from Creative.

Creative has introduced the Vado Pocket Video Cam that retails for $99.99. The camera can be had in silver or pink colors to suit the guys and the ladies. According to Creative the Vado is dramatically lighter and thinner than other cameras on the market and can still capture high-quality video.

Eye-Fi announces a trio of new products

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

Eye-Fi SD CardsIf you shoot lots of pictures at your home, the office or a friend’s house—really anywhere there is a Wi-Fi hotspot– the Eye-Fi may be the perfect SD storage card for you. The SD card has a built-in Wi-Fi connection that basically allows the SD card unlimited capacity by sending images to your PC directly over the wireless network as they are taken.

Previously, Eye-Fi only had one product in its line but today it announced three products. The Eye-Fi Explore is the most expensive at $129. It automatically finds nearby Wi-Fi networks and adds geolocation tags to images taken automatically using Skyhook’s global Wi-Fi positioning system. The Explorer also allows the uploading of images from over 10,000 Wayport hotspots in the U.S. and has 2GB of storage capacity.

Moto Q 9c available on Verizon today

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on May 9th, 2008

Moto Q 9c mobile phone from Verizon WirelessSmartphones are fast becoming an important tool for both businesspeople and the common Joe. We can thank the iPhone for much of the improved sales of smartphones as other makers rushed out tons of devices to compete with Apple’s gem.

At CTIA 2008 Motorola announced the Moto Q 9c smartphone and Verizon Wireless announced today that the phone is now available for purchase. The device runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard and has access to POP3 and IMAP4 email accounts.

Best Buy buys 50% of Carphone Warehouse

Posted in mergers by Shane McGlaun on May 8th, 2008

Best Buy and Related BrandsFor many fans of gadgets, games and electronics Best Buy is the place to go shopping when you need to scratch the gadget itch. What some don’t realize is that Best Buy owns and operates some other very popular retail locations around the world.

Best Buy announced today that it has agreed to buy 50% of Carphone Warehouse for a cash amount of $2.1 billion. The purchase will allow Best Buy to open retail stores in Europe and provide Carphone Warehouse with the funds to pay down debt and offer new services.

Mike Ming Designs on Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on May 7th, 2008

Dell Inspiron 1525 Sea SkyWhen it comes to notebooks many users want a notebook that does more than simply work well. They want a notebook that works well and looks good doing it. Teens are especially looking for notebooks that have a sense of style and Dell is trying to deliver that style with its new Mike Ming Designs on the Inspiron 1525.

The same features and options for Inspiron 1525 hide underneath the new art on the top of the notebook case. Mike Ming made two designs exclusively for Dell. One is called “Bunch O Surfers” and the other is called “Sea Sky.” The surfers design is black line art style and the sky design is what you see pictured here.

Super Talent unveils new line of SSDs

Posted in SSD by Shane McGlaun on May 6th, 2008

Super Talent MasterDriveI am still patiently waiting for the day when NAND flash gets cheap enough that we can stop using normal hard drives and go for SSD drives in our notebooks. I could certainly use all of the battery life I can get and faster boot speeds are great too.

Super Talent announced a new line of SSD drives today that are direct replacements for normal 2.5-inch hard drives and use the SATA-II interface. The drives are called MasterDrive SSD and use a proprietary algorithm to extend the life of the drives.

SteelSeries 7G gaming keyboard may be the last gaming keyboard you ever buy

Posted in Keyboards by Shane McGlaun on May 5th, 2008

SteelSeries 7G KeyboardWhen it comes to gaming keyboards I am used to seeing fancy LCD screens and colorful backlighting and the latest from SteelSeries offers neither of those. The only thing you will probably miss during a late night gaming session is the backlighting.

The new SteelSeries 7G keyboard could well be the last keyboard you ever buy. Rather than membrane keys that wear out after only 1-5 million key strokes the 7G uses mechanical switches that promise a life span 10 times longer at 50 million keystrokes. Hopefully the printed letters and symbol on the key tops will last that long as well.

MTI Micro shows off fuel cell GPS prototype

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on May 2nd, 2008

Mobion Fuel Cell GPSI am really looking forward to the day when my laptop will run for a month thanks to a fuel cell and I can forget to charge my phone for weeks without it going dead on me. Basically if I never had to buy another battery that would be great. Fuel cells tease us with these possibilities, but they are slow to come to market.

MTI MicroFuel Cells is showing off a new handheld GPS device prototype that uses its Mobion embedded fuel cell for power. A typical GPS powered by AA batteries can last for days of use. MTI says that its Mobion powered GPS device can run for weeks. The fuel cell provides enough power for 60 hours of continuous use.

Dell XPS 730 gaming desktop gets ceramic cooling option

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on May 1st, 2008

Dell XPS 730When it comes to PC gaming the hobby is far from cheap. This is one of the main points console gamers like to harp on when lauding the supposed superiority of consoles over PCs for gaming. However, PC gamers can all agree that with the right PC, graphics on the same game are typically much better on PC than on a console.

Dell announced its latest XPS gaming desktop today and we can just get this out of the way up front, it’s not cheap. Base models start at $3,999 and if you want the slick and high tech liquid ceramic cooling you are looking at a starting price of $4,999. For that amount of money you get some nice components.

Alienware unveils its fastest gaming notebook ever

Posted in Alienware by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2008

Alienware M17xAlienware is well known for its gaming notebooks and desktops and it is also well known for selling some of the most expensive computers on the planet. Alienware announced its latest gaming notebook this week called the Area-51 m17x and the machine lives up to Alienware’s image on both performance and cost fronts.

The m17x can be optioned with the fastest notebook products available including Intel’s 45nm Core 2 Extreme X9000 mobile processor. The machine can also be had with dual NVIDIA 8800M GTX graphics cards in SLI mode. The m17x uses a 17-inch LCD with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 and can be had with a backlit keyboard.

Ultimate WALL-E robot toy is good for geeks and kids alike

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2008

Ultimate WALL-E RobotThere are a few things that most of geekdom has in common, one is an insatiable lust for all things gadget and the other is an undeniable need to own anything robotic even when the robots gizmos are meant for kids. The latter affliction is easier (and less embarrassing) to indulge in if you have kids, which thankfully I do.

Not too long ago I spent some “testing” time with the UGOBE Pleo robot dinosaur and it was cool but I thought it would be cooler if a robot actually looked like a robot. Disney agreed and has announced a new Pleo-esq robot based on the WALL-E movie hitting the silver screen this summer. The toy is called Ultimate WALL-E and it will go on sale this fall for $189.99.

Share your Metallica collection with the Virtual Console USB duplicator

Posted in USB by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2008

Virtual Console USB duplicatorSo you have spent your precious free time making digital copies of all your various Metallica records and CDs and you want to share them with 60 of your closest friends on a flash drive. Virtual console has a new USB drive duplicator that makes producing 60 copies of your drive fast.

The Virtual Console USB duplicator is the fastest on the market and claims to be able to duplicate 60 1GB flash drives in a bit more than two minutes. If you have more than 60 friends that you want to share with units feature IP Multicast duplication to allow for control of multiple duplicators.