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Fujifilm offers details on X100 digital camera

Posted in Fujifilm by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

Fujifilm has a plethora of digital cameras that it offers covering the gamut from entry-level low-end units to high-end and very expensive cameras for advanced shooters. Fujifilm has unveiled a new digital camera today that is high-end called the Finepix X100.

The camera is aimed at the DSLR user looking for a backup camera that is easier to take along and use, but has high quality photos shooting capability. The X100 has a 23mm fixed focal length lens and an APS-C CMOS image sensor. The camera won’t hit the market until early 2011 so right now we don’t have all the goods.

Peek rolls out Peek 9 messaging device

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

Peek has been offering its communicator devices for a while now. These devices or sort of like a smartphone, but lack the voice capability. Peek has unveiled its latest offering called the Peek 9. The new device is available to purchase right now for $69.99.

The device with two months of service is $99.99. After that, the service is $19.95 monthly, $179.95 for a year, or lifetime service is $249.95. The Peek 9 measures 4″ x 2.7″ x 0.4″ and weighs 3.8 ounces. The screen of the device is 2.5-inches and has a resolution of 320 x 240.

OnLive gaming gets WiFi beta feature

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

OnLive is cloud-based gaming service that lets players buy video games in digital formats. The players can then play the games from any computer with a web connection and the OnLive software installed. One of the catches to the service was that officially you needed to be on a wired connection to play.

OnLive has announced that it now has a beta WiFi wireless gaming option available for people to try out. If the user launches OnLive on a machine using a wireless connection it will be detected by the game app. The user will then get a prompt where they can choose Wi-Fi Beta to connect.

Dell U3011 30-inch IPS display ships

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on September 17th, 2010

If you are a gamer that has the video card muscle to run really high resolutions like 2560 x 1600 that the average 30-inch LCD supports there are few things better than playing with such high res graphics. A big 30-inch screen is also great for those who work or play with lots of windows open too.

Dell has announced that it is now shipping its latest 30-inch LCD with an IPS panel called the U3011. The display has a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio and that contrast ratio is 100,000:1 dynamic. The screen has the 2560 x 1600 resolution you expect for a 30-inch panel and a 7ms response time that will make gamers happy.

Crazy Brother AirScouter beams images right to your retina

Posted in Brother by Shane McGlaun on September 17th, 2010

Video glasses are one of the things I just never saw a use for. Not only do you look like a goon when you wear them, but you can’t see what it going on around you either. That is not such a good thing if you need to be able to see what is going on around you at work or in other situations.

Brother has unveiled a new set of video glasses using tech from its printers that beams images directly on the retina of your eye. The small projector is attached to the side of the clear glasses and you can see what is going on around you with both eyes.

Combine Collective offers sweet wood keyboard tray for Mac

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 17th, 2010

I am an unorganized person by nature and don’t care for keyboard trays and other things that some folks use to keep their desk organized and tidy. I prefer to just set my stuff directly on the desk and work with what I have. There are a lot of folks out there though that want a keyboard tray and can’t stand the clutter.

If you are one of these organized sorts and happen to use a Mac, Combine Collective has a cool new keyboard tray made from black walnut wood that may be the best-looking tray ever. The thing is hand-made in Canada with water-based glue and a food safe stain finish.

MSI debuts slick GX660 and GX660R notebooks

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on September 17th, 2010

MSI has a wide range of notebooks and other computers in its line that include some nice netbooks and AIO desktop offerings. The company has added some interesting new notebooks aver the last month or so to its offerings and among them are the new GX660 and GX660R notebooks.

The two notebooks both have 15.6-inch screens WiFi, Bluetooth, 720p HD webcams, HDMI output, ATI Radeon HD 5870 Broadway XT graphics, and USB 3.0 ports. Some of the other hardware differs between the models. The GX660 has an Intel Core i5-450m CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB of storage.

Franklin debuts AnyBook Reader for kids

Posted in Voice Recorders by Shane McGlaun on September 16th, 2010

Franklin has been in the electronics market with things like digital dictionaries and spelling devices for a long time the company has announced a new digital reader that isn’t like a Kindle as you might think. This digital reader looks like a pen and is aimed at kids that can’t read yet.

The child and the parent would place special stickers on each page of any book to use the AnyBook Reader. After the stickers are placed the parent or reader would follow along and touch the sticker on each page.

Crosley unveils new portable CR6002A turntable

Posted in Turntables by Shane McGlaun on September 16th, 2010

I remember the old vinyl records that my parents had around the house as a kid. I had a few records when I was young too. I once left my copy of Funky Town in the sun only to find it melted and warped later. If you have a bunch of old records you want to listen to on the go or make into digital tracks Crosley has a new turntable for you.

The turntable is called the CR6002A and is a small and portable device that leaves the edges of the record uncovered. The device supports both 33 1/3 and 45-RPM records and has an integrated FM transmitter.

Ulysse Nardin unveils awesome Freak Diavolo Rolf 75

Posted in Watches by Shane McGlaun on September 16th, 2010

Most of us buy watches, assuming we even wear a watch, that are relatively cheap. There are some wealthy folks out there that buy watches more as a fashion statement than to tell time. One of the watchmakers that produce some of the coolest designs is Ulysse Nardin.

The latest creation from the maker is to celebrate the company owner’s 75 birthday. The watch is a limited edition and only 75 will be sold globally. The watch is called the Freak Diavolo Rolf 75. The cool part about the watch is that it lacks a true dial, crown, and hands. The pieces and gears that make the watch are exposed for all to see.

Mophie unveils juice pack powerstation for any USB gadget

Posted in Batteries by Shane McGlaun on September 16th, 2010

Just about every smartphone on the market today charges from a USB port and lots of cameras and other gadgets do too. That means that when you need power on the go you can use a single battery pack, assuming it supports USB.

Mophie is best known for its line of juice pack battery cases for the iPhone. The company has announced a new battery pack called the juice pack powerstation that has a large 3600mAh battery inside. The cool part is that the battery pack has a pair of USB ports on the bottom for charging anything that uses a USB port.

NewerTech debuts small Guardian Maximus mini external RAID storage device

Posted in Newer Technology by Shane McGlaun on September 15th, 2010

If you have important data on your notebook that you take with you so you can work on the go, you should be backing it up. The problem is that some data is so important you need to do more than just save it to an external HDD. This is why folks use RAID arrays in an office setting.

NewerTech has unveiled a new portable RAID storage solution that supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 with dual drives inside. The device is called the Guardian Maximus mini and it sports four different interfaces to allow it to work with Mac and PCs.

XtremeMac launches Tango TRX dock for iPod and iPad

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 15th, 2010

XtremeMac has all manner of accessories and cases for Apple gear like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Over the last few months, the company has been rolling out a lot of new audio docks that have some interesting features. The latest new dock from XtremeMac is the Tango TRX and the Tango TRX D.

Both of the versions have the same basic features. The both have a dock built into the main section of the device that charges while music plays. Both have Bluetooth and use 2.1 speakers inside. The speakers include a pair of tweeter, a pair of mid-range drivers, and a single downward firing subwoofer.

Magnetic nanodots let you build geeky stuff your kids won’t get

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on September 15th, 2010

When it comes to geeky toys that we liked when we were kids and many adults still play with today, building sets are right up there. I would wager a number of geeks play with Lego to this day and on occasion, we see an awesome Lego sculpture turn up. A new and suitably geeky building system called nanodots has now surfaced.

Nanodots are tiny little magnets that are round and look like BB’s. You can take the little nanodots and use them to build all sorts of shapes and other items with angles, flat surfaces and more. The magnets are powerful enough to keep their shape even with complex designs needing thousands of the little things.

Minimalist 4 iPhone 4 case is part wallet

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 15th, 2010

I am not the sort of person to pack a wallet with a bunch of photos, business cards, and general junk until it’s so swollen you can’t even sit on it. I like thin wallets that go in the front pocket and the only things I take with me are a single car key, my iPhone, and my wallet when I leave the house.

An awesome new iPhone 4 case has turned up that will let me ditch the wallet and only carry the iPhone and my car key when I go out. The case is called the Minimalist 4 and is made by Trtl Bot. It does all the normal stuff you expect a case to do like protect your phone if you drop it. The thing is made from recycled plastic right here in the USA.