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BMW to put iPod and iPhone menus on car navigation screens

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

Controlling the music and content on your iPod or iPhone is easy to do with the Apple menus. Things can get more difficult if you have to use a system on an accessory that is different though. BMW has announced that it will support the iPod Out feature on iOS4.

The feature will allow BMW to put the actual menus from the iPod touch or the iPhone onto the cars in dash screen. BMW will support the feature on future BMW and Mini models.

iPhone exclusive deal lawsuit granted class action status

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 12th, 2010

There have been a number of lawsuits filed against Apple in the years since the iPhone debuted. Many of the suits were for alleged patent infringement. One of the early suits was against Apple and AT&T over the exclusive deal for the iPhone.

The suit was recently granted class action status, which means anyone who purchased an iPhone all the way back to June 29, 2007 is part of the suit. The core allegation is that consumers who entered into the 2-year agreement were actually in a five-year agreement due to the exclusive deal with AT&T.

Metal detecting geek finds $1M in Roman coins

Posted in treasure by Shane McGlaun on July 12th, 2010

One summer my cousin had a metal detector and we went all around the beach on vacaiton lookgin for buried treasure. The closest we can to treasure was a bunch of those old-fashioned pull tops from cans and someone’s lost glasses.

A guy in the UK has had much better luck than I ever did with a metal detector. The person was working in a field in south-west England and discovered a pot filled with Roman coins. The pot held 52,500 coins and the estimated worth of the coins today is about $1 million.

Sprint says EVO 4G shortage is hurting 4G lead

Posted in Sprint by Shane McGlaun on July 12th, 2010

It’s been a long time since Sprint had a handset that most people actually wanted. The Evo 4G that landed on the Sprint network back in May was popular from the start and shortages quickly ensued.

The Evo 4G is the first smartphone to support 4G service with Sprint, which is WiMax. The WSJ reports that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has stated that the shortage of the Evo 4G is hurting the lead Sprint has in 4G service.

T-Mobile Garminfone price drops

Posted in T-Mobile by Shane McGlaun on July 12th, 2010

T-Mobile landed the exclusive Asus-Garmin GPS phone called the Garminfone back in April .I think most of us will agree that at the $199 price point the device surfaced at it was very unappealing.

T-Mobile has cut the price of the Garminfone in an effort to make the device look better to customers. Rather than the $199 price, point the Garminfone is now available for $129.99. The handset is Android powered and offers voice guided and on-screen directions.

Likea MPH rips off Leica style in cardboard

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on July 9th, 2010

So you really like the style and picture quality of one of those Leica cameras, but you don’t want to spend $7000? For a tiny fraction of that cost, you can at least have Lecia style, albeit in cardboard DIY fashion.

The Likea MPH is a camera that you have to put together with tape and glue. It uses real film to shoot photos that you can actually have developed. The maker says you can reuse the camera if you are careful with your tape and glue.

iPhone 4 catches fire and burns owners hand

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 9th, 2010

Apple has had its own share of trouble with its popular gadgets bursting into flames. The allegations resulted in an investigation in Europe. The iPhone 4 has had its share of complaints already with poor reception and other things.

A photo of an iPhone 4 has surfaced that reportedly caught fire as the owner was plugging the device in to charge with the Apple USB cable. The power reportedly burnt his hand.

Folding Bike Concept locks itself to poles

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on July 9th, 2010

Here in the sprawled out state of Texas most of us can’t use a bike to get around unless we are in one of the big cities. It’s also hot enough to melt the tires off your bike in the summer so you have that to deal with in additional to worrying about your bike being stolen.

A designer has designed a new concept mountain bike that has a bendable frame to eliminate the fear of theft. That frame is designed to allow the bike to wrap around a pole to prevent theft.

TomTom Yoda voice pack is greatest Star Wars character use ever

Posted in TomTom by Shane McGlaun on July 9th, 2010

When that TomTom Darth Vader voice pack turned up, I wasn’t excited about it. I was never a Vader fan he’s evil after all. I didn’t like Yoda much in the original films, but in the new flicks he was pretty cool.

TomTom has unveiled a video of a behind the scenes look at the recording of the Yoda voice pack for TomTom GPS units. This may well be the funniest commercial ever.

Patriot whips out 64GB SDXC card

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on July 8th, 2010

Patriot has been around for a long time and makes a variety of gear for the computer enthusiast. Patriot has a bunch of SSDs for storage and makes system memory and other devices as well. The company has announced its latest memory card is now available.

The card is the 64GB Patriot LX Series SDXC card. The thing has 64GB of storage, which is a ton of storage space for a small SD card form factor. The LX card is a UHS-1 device meaning it has bus speed up to 104MB/s.

Canon DSLRs get ugly 3D lens from Loreo

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on July 8th, 2010

When it comes time to shop for a new gadget, I’m not one to buy based on looks alone. If you show me an ugly device and a cool device with the same performance, I will go for the attractive gadget for sure. If the ugly device is the only option then ugly it is.

Such is the case with this new 3D lens from Loreo for Canon DSLR cameras. The lens is not pretty in a silver looking color attached to a camera that is black. The fact that the massive lens is wider than the camera in the picture makes it look even stranger.

Adidas unveils Han Solo SL-72 shoes

Posted in clothing by Shane McGlaun on July 8th, 2010

When it comes to clothing, I rarely choose gear that has characters on it. You won’t catch me rocking a t-shirt with Darth Vader for instance. I might rock these shoes with Han Solo bling though.

Adidas has unveiled a new pair of shoes for its Star Wars collection that is called the Han Solo SL-72. It appears that the tongue of the shoe has a shot of Solo encased in carbonite.

Toilet cart is the coolest geek chariot ever

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on July 8th, 2010

Sometime I run across stuff that is so great it’s just amazing. Today is such a day. A guy named Dave has created the coolest go-cart ever. It’s perfect for cruising at the racetrack and would make the perfect golf cart for drunkards.

The cart is made out of what appears to be a normal enough go cart frame and motor. Rather than seats, the thing has a pair of toilets on it. The tanks for the toilets are replaced with red coolers.

Pioneer CDJ-850 DJ media player unveiled

Posted in Pioneer by Shane McGlaun on July 8th, 2010

Pioneer makes all sorts of DJ gear for the pro DJ that costs a ton of money. If you are a DJ somewhere between the pro and beginner level looking for high-end gear without the pro price tag, Pioneer has a new media player for you.

The device is called the CDJ-850 and it uses the same club-inspired layout as the more expensive CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 units. The 850 has a big 206mm jog dial, rotary selector knob, and enhanced mixing features.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A310 AIO unveiled

Posted in Lenovo by Shane McGlaun on July 7th, 2010

Lenovo has unveiled a new all in one computer that is very thin. The machine has a 21.5-inch full HD resolution screen and is only 18.5mm thick. The machine is so thin it has no internal optical drive.

The optical drive that ships with the A310 is an external USB unit. Other features of the A310 include Bluetooth and a wireless mouse and keyboard. The processor in the machine is an Intel Core i3-350M CPU with an Intel HM55 Express chipset.