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The iPhone’s graphics are about to get even better

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

We know that the iPhone can be used as a gaming platform and the graphics can be pretty decent. Well, they are about to get even better. Imagination Technologies has acquired Caustic Graphics. Imagination Technologies makes the iPhone’s GPU and Caustic is well known for 3D graphics, so it’s a great combo.

This deal could open up the possibility for very realistic imagery to reach new real-time apps and markets. We can’t wait to see what comes from this new union. It should be very interesting.

Bulletproof Clipboards protect your documents from gunfire

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 12th, 2010

Working in an office can be dangerous. Sometimes people just snap and before you know it there’s gunfire. Be prepared for the next office shootout with this Bulletproof Clipboard. Ok, this clipboard from Ballistic Systems is not for the office.

It’s designed for law enforcement officials and the boards come in either 9” x 12” or 9” x 14” and start at $30. It may seem silly, but law enforcement needs all the protection they can get. It might just save some lives in addition to bullet proof vests.

Exploding Droid 2 was actually dropped?

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 11th, 2010

Remember that guy who claimed he was injured when his Motorola Droid 2 exploded in his ear? Well, a source within Motorola believes that the man’s claims are false. Big surprise. This source believes that the phone was dropped and that the guy likely didn’t notice that the glass had cracked, cutting himself when he put his ear to it.

Sounds reasonable to me. The images of the device didn’t give any indication that an explosion had occurred, and the phone still worked so this scenario makes sense. There was also no explosive damage apparent on the device, with nothing blown outward.

onLive gets into streaming apps

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

OnLive has expanded its scope beyond gaming with plans to stream regular apps and websites to other devices. The company is targeting it at mobile users and showed apps and features running through the OnLive Viewer iPad client (free in the App Store) that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Users could Internet Explorer with Flash on Apple’s tablet, or even a high-end professional rendering app like Autodesk’s Maya.

The support would also extend to Android through a beta for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and on all platforms it would support spectating on someone else’s session. However, collaborative editing isn’t possible with the current version, even though it hasn’t been ruled out.

Coca Cola vending machines go 3D in Japan

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

3D is all the rage this year and even vending machines in Japan are getting into the action. That’s because Coca-Cola Japan has decided to give their traditional vending machine a face-lift with “three-dimensional curves” and design.

The company plans to install almost a million units across the country by 2020. The CFC free units which are also called 3D Vis will have solar panels, LED lighting, a display and the option to process multiple cashless payments.

Man claims Motorola Droid 2 exploded in his ear

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 5th, 2010

The Motorola Droid 2, like a rookie soldier in Vietnam, has just claimed it’s first ear. The Droid 2 used by Aron Embry of Texas supposedly blew up on him when he was getting into his car. In an interview with Fox4 he claims, “I heard a pop. I didn’t feel any pain initially. I pulled the phone down. I felt something dripping. I realized that it was probably was blood.”

He goes on to explain: “As I got into the bathroom and once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kinda looked at my phone and noticed the screen had appeared to burst outward.” Maybe the phone didn’t like his death grip?

Pole Climbing Bike Lock

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

A team of bicyclists have come up with a great solution to bike theft with this pole-climbing bike lock created for Germany’s Conrad. We don’t know when this will go on sale, but the device straps around a light pole and carries your bike high into the air using a remote control.

Right now it’s way too big to carry around and what if someone puts their bike beneath yours? Once they work out those problems, it’s an awesome idea. As long as it doesn’t fall on someone.

Wire spring tires win R&D award

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

These super strong wire tires are made of woven wire. There’s no air. Just layers and layers of springs designed to withstand the most extreme environments possible. NASA and Goodyear have teamed up to build these ultimate off-road tires.

They can withstand impacts and survive them much better than your average inflated rubber tire. Since the material is made of springs, it also contours itself according to the terrain, giving you excellent traction. Plus they look neat and shiny.

Guy pays $15K to play an MMO on a 820 foot long display

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

We all know that MMos are addictive, but you have to really be devoted to shell out $15K to play one on a giant screen. That’s what this guy did. He payed $15,000 to use a giant screen in Beijing to play a MMO. The screen was 820 feet long and he sat in a deck chair playing the game and looking up. Hopefully he was happy with the purchase.

The story behind it is that this guy was not happy that a competing guildmaster got to play in an IMAX theater. So this likely outdoes the other guy. At least we hope so. We’d hate to see them in some long drawn out screen war.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops makes $650 Million in five days

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

We recently told you that Activision had sold around 5.6 million copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops on launch day, but the news gets even better. They have released more details, and in the first 5 days since it went on sale, it has made a massive $650 million.

And if you’ve played the game, it’s easy to see why. They did nearly everything right and it is an awesome experience. Call of Duty Black Ops has now made more than Modern Warefare 2 did when it went on sale in the first five days, and it has also broken other records.

Activision sets new First Day Sales record selling 5.6 Million copies of Black Ops

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

According to initial estimates from Activision, it looks like they have a mega-hit on their hands with Call of Duty: Black Ops. Everyone knew it would do well, but sales of the new game are beyond expectations, having sold 5.6 million copies on its first day. That beats last year’s record set by the Modern Warfare 2 launch of 4.6 million copies sold.

It’s the second year in a row that the Call of Duty franchise has set day one launch records. A shame no one is reading this since you are all playing the game.

E-Money Band is like having money on your wrist

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

Here’s a good way to carry our money around without actually having it with us. Hashy Top-In is a Japanese based company that’s come up with a device called the “E-Money Band”. It’s a silicon band that can be worn like a watch around your wrist and users can load up to $600 on it via chargers available at Japanese convenience stores and other places.

Just tap the band against a compatible reader that stores will carry to make your purchases. That’s it. You’re done. The band is priced at about $36, but it won’t even pull double duty by telling the time.

Windows Phone 7 bug prevents secure Wi-Fi on Venue Pro, HD7

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

A flaw that may be linked to Windows Phone 7 itself may be preventing devices from connecting to secure Wi-Fi points. That’s what new owners have discovered since launch. Those trying to reach a locked network are told they “couldn’t reach the Wi-Fi network” even when using a valid password.

And it looks like the issue isn’t just confined to one device. It has affected at least the Dell Venue Pro and HTC HD7, according to BGR. It hasn’t affected unprotected networks and hasn’t had any significant attention during the European and Australian launches, so it could involve US-specific firmware.

BBC One HD launches

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2010

Those living in the UK who love high definition will be happy to know that they now have the BBC One HD channel.

BBC One HD is actually a simulcast of BBC One scheduling. BBC HD will be bumping the BBC HD channel to Freesat channel 109, Freeview channel 54, Sky channel 169 and Virgin Media channel 187. You can check out BBC One HD on Sky channel 143, Freeview channel 50, Freesat channel 108, and Virgin Media channel 108.

HyperMac will now be called HyperJuice

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2010

You might remember that HyperMac had some problems with Apple, when Apple wanted them to stop selling their MacBook charging cables and car chargers. Well, the ruling was in the latter’s favor. So Hypermac will now be known as “HyperJuice” instead.

Somehow we don’t think that the rebranding will help them stay out of trouble with Apple.