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Quirky Tilt for iPhone 4 surfaces

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2010

Quirky has made some of the coolest gadgets and off the wall products I have seen over the last few months. The latest product to come from Quirky is for the iPhone 4 and is called the Tilt.

The Tilt case has a flip down section that can be used to prop the phone up in portrait or landscape modes. The case is offered in black or purple/white colors and the thing is a bumper style case. It should keep you from blocking the antenna and help reception too.

Specs for new Nikon D3100 DSLR surface

Posted in Nikon by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2010

Nikon is one of the biggest names in digital cameras and makes a popular line of DSLR cameras and point-and-shoot cameras as well. A new entry-level DSLR camera is coming to market called the D3100 with one very impressive new feature.

The big new feature is that the camera has continuous auto focus in video recording mode and in live view mode. The camera will also have a new auto focus point configuration covering a large portion of the viewfinder.

SilverStone shows off cool Sugo SG07 SFF PC case

Posted in Computer Cases by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2010

I am starting more and more to appreciate small form factor computers. Not only do they take less space, but they are often quieter as well. SilverStone has unveiled a new PC case called the Sugo SG07 that is designed for Mini-ITX mainboards.

The case ships with a 600W PSU that is 80 Plus Bronze certified and has a single 12V rail. The case has a 180mm fan, which is larger than the mainboard the case is designed for.

Sharp BDXL discs hit Japan on July 30

Posted in Sharp by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2010

You may have thought that the capacity of a Blu-ray disc was plenty for your storage needs. Other folks don’t think so and a while back, the BDXL specification was released for 100GB and 128GB BDXL media.

Sharp has unveiled the first BDXL media in Japan with plans to launch it on the market on July 30 for 5000 Yen per disc. The company says that the media will only be compatible at first with its BD-HDW700 Blu-ray player and writer.

Tag-Heuer Eyewear offers $450 Squadro Night Vision Optics glasses

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 15th, 2010

I have a few sets of name brand sunglasses and surprisingly I have managed to not sit on them or lose them for a few years now. We can all understand the need for sunglasses when we drive, but some folks have a bigger problem with night driving thanks to glare than day driving.

Tag-Heuer Eyewear has unveiled a new line of glasses for night driving that have special lenses in them. The special lenses are supposed to reduce glare and help improve night vision. Apparently, a bunch of racecar drivers wear these things when racing at night.

GE iPhone app lets you set the mood in your room with light

Posted in GE by Shane McGlaun on July 15th, 2010

There is an app for everything on the iPhone. Many of the apps are for things that I never really needed or wanted though. A strange new app from GE has surfaced that lets the user take a picture of a room of their house with the iPhone camera.

Once the pic is taken the app then lets the user apply lighting filters to the pic to get an idea what different light moods would look like. If you find a lighting mood that you want, you can get a list of the bulbs to get to set the mood.

Logitech Z506 surround sound speakers up for pre-order at $99

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on July 15th, 2010

Logitech has unveiled its latest set of speakers for computers and other uses. The new speakers are called the Z506 and they can be pre-ordered now for $99. That is a very low price for a set of powered 5.1 speakers.

The speaker system is designed to be used with the PC, PS3, Xbox, DVD player, and Wii. The cables needed for connecting to the PC are included and connection to game consoles uses the cables included with the console.

HP Android tablet launch postponed

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on July 15th, 2010

If you had your heart set on a new tablet from HP running the Android OS, we have bad news for you. The tablet was expected to land in Q4 2010, but reports are coming in that say the project has been postponed.

AllThingsD reports that sources have told it that the launch has been postponed and there are no hints on exactly how long the postponing will last. Considering Android and WebOS, which HP paid a pretty penny for, are direct competitors the move is not surprising.

Opera 5.1 browser hits download for Android

Posted in Android by Shane McGlaun on July 14th, 2010

Opera has announced that the full version of the Mini 5.1 web browser is now available for download. The browser promises to speed up surfing the web on any Android smartphone. Opera claims that 61 million people are using the Mini browser globally.

The new version 5.1 for Android has some new features that will make it more appealing. 5.1 can be set as the default browser on Android smartphones. The browser is also optimized for use on devices with larger screens.

Bellperre back with new gold and leather phones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on July 14th, 2010

We have seen a phone from Bellperre before back in November of 2009 that was made from wood. The company is back with a new phone that can be customized with different types of leather, gold, and other materials.

The phone offers 125 different leather colors and the buttons can be made from brushed steel, silver, or rose/yellow gold. The leather options include odd things like pink crocodile and red shark.

BeerBot shirt from ThinkGeek is a frat boy’s best friend

Posted in clothing by Shane McGlaun on July 14th, 2010

ThinkGeek has all sorts of epic geeky clothing and gadgets. The company often combines the geeky clothing with some sort of useful feature like a shirt that has a guitar you can really play.

The latest shirt from ThinkGeek is the BeerBot Bottle Opening Shirt. The thing is offered for about $20 and is in small to XXL. The front of the shirt has a screen-printed robot that is in the shape of a beer bottle, but reminds me a lot of Bender.

Asus unveils Ares claims world’s fastest video card title

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on July 14th, 2010

In the video card world gamers want more power and performance and many are willing to pay huge sums of money for the hardware to allow that. Asus has unveiled a new high-end video card called the Republic of Gamers Ares.

The Ares video card is an Asus exclusive and is claimed to be the fastest single video card in the world. The card has a custom PCB that grafts a pair of ATI 5870 GPUs onto one card. The performance is claimed to be 30% faster than a single reference ATI 5970 card.

Metallic Velcro is super strong

Posted in Science by Shane McGlaun on July 13th, 2010

Velcro is one of the best inventions ever. It allows us to wear shoes that don’t need tied, keep swimsuits fastened without zippers or buttons, and hand stuff on the wall and still be able to get it down easily.

Velcro would be great in many industrial uses too, if it could withstand heat and chemicals. A new metallic Velcro has been spied that has hooks and loops made from metal. The stuff is crazy strong.

Grape-DR supercomputer uses less power than the typical light bulb

Posted in Green by Shane McGlaun on July 13th, 2010

Generally, a supercomputer brings to mind a power-sucking vortex of raw performance crammed inside a slick and simple cabinet that hides most of the hardware. The Grape-DR supercomputer isn’t your typical supercomputer model though.

The little beastie lacks the cabinet to hide all the hardware. Instead of that cabinet, the Grape-DR has a tangled mess of wires that will one day give a system admin a nightmare. The machine has super computer power though.

Crazy $250 carbon fiber and titanium coaster

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 13th, 2010

Carbon fiber and titanium are materials that are often used in the racing and aerospace industries. The materials are used because they are strong and very lightweight.

You don’t often hear of carbon fiber and titanium being used in the coaster market though. A company called Black Badger has unveiled just such a coaster. Each of them is made from a patterned roll of carbon fiber and titanium.