Casio’s Bluetooth 4.0 G-Shock watch hits the FCC

Posted in Casio by Reuben Drake on July 26th, 2011

The Casio GB-6900 has passed through the FCC. The device features Bluetooth 4.0 that will last up to two years on a single battery assuming that Bluetooth communications are used for 12 hours per day. The device will feature Casio’s Touch Solar technology that will recharge the watch when it is exposed to sun or artificial light.

Casio’s prototype version of the device featured incoming call and email alerts, a finder function and wireless time synchronization via Bluetooth. Casio is also working on sports, heath, home entertainment and communications applications for the device.

Netflix integration with Facebook not happening in the U.S.

Posted in Netflix by Reuben Drake on July 26th, 2011

Netflix announced that it is integrating with Facebook, which will allow subscribers to share what they watch through the streaming service on the social network.

This integration is coming for users in Latin America and Canada, but not for those in the U.S. That’s because of the the Video Privacy Protection Act, a 1988 law that forbids the disclosure of people’s video rental information. Companies that violate the law are liable up to $2,500 for each infraction.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE hits Verizon Wireless on July 28th

Posted in Verizon by Reuben Drake on July 26th, 2011

Just a few more days until this dual-core Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet arrives at Verizon Wireless. Best Buy already put the device up for sale last month. Verizon’s version is now up for pre-order, with a 10.1″ display at 1,280 × 800 resolution, a 3-megapixel camera right at the back, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, and 4G LTE connectivity.

The 16GB and 32GB models will retail for $529.99 and $629.99, with a two-year contract. A Wi-Fi-only 16 GB model is $499.

Dell UltraSharp U2412M display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution and IPS

Posted in Dell by Reuben Drake on July 25th, 2011

It’s not everyday you see a 1920 x 1200-pixel IPS panel for your desk. Dell is offering just that with their new UltraSharp U2412M. It has over 2.3 million pixels with its 24-inch LED-backlit display and features in-plane switching (IPS) with a wide viewing angle, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, DisplayPort and DVI connectivity.

There’s also a built-in USB hub, and height adjustability. Must be ultra expensive right? Not really. It retails for $399. Not bad at all for that price huh?

Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 Camera Shoots in 3D

Posted in Cameras by Reuben Drake on July 25th, 2011

Sony’s latest Cyber-shot camera takes 3D photos. The DSC-TX55 is also ultra-thin and compact. It measures just 12.2 thick, with a 16.2 megapixel sensor, the ability to record video in Full HD AVCHD, a 10X zoom, and the ability to take 3D photos.

It also features a super thin 5X optical folded zoom lens and a large 3.3″ Xtra Fine OLED wide touchscreen for viewing your photos. The Sony Cyber-shot TX55 digital camera will retail for $350 when it arrives in September in purple, gray, or black.

USB Bell Dings When You get Mail

Posted in USB by Reuben Drake on July 25th, 2011

The bell has now been merged with your computer via USB. Instead of computer generated dings to tell you when you have new email, this bell will ding to let you know. This would probably get old after a while, but at least you will know when you have mail.

The USB bell uses an electromagnet to activate the bells sound. It’s easy to build, you just need a few parts and then you’ll have to do some soldering.

Avatar Kinect arrives at Xbox Live Marketplace

Posted in Xbox 360 by Reuben Drake on July 25th, 2011

Xbox 360 users will be glad to hear that the Avatar Kinect is now available as a free download from the Kinect Fun Labs section on Xbox Live Marketplace. This comes two days earlier than expected. If you have the console and a kinect, the app lets you control your avatars over the motion-sensing add-on, including facial expressions and body movements.

You can even produce your own avatar TV shows and chat between friends online. The app includes 24 virtual environments within which up to eight avatars can interact.

ASUS SL101 Android tablet hits the FCC

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

ASUS’ Eee Pad Slider, the SL101, has had several delays since it was unveiled at CES earlier this year. It was originally to launch in May 2011 and then it was pushed back to August. Now today the Slider has hit the FCC, so we may see it soon. The Slider got approval for Bluetooth and WiFi, but there were no 3G capabilities mentioned in the FCC filings.

The Slider has a trademark sliding keyboard that emerges from beneath the screen. The Android 3.0 device boasts a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, front (1.2MP) and rear (5MP with flash) cameras, and several ports including microSD, mini HDMI out and mini USB. It is expected to have a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

Microsoft Apologizes for Amy Winehouse Tweet

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

Microsoft got themselves in some hot water after a small PR account for Xbox told followers to remember the deceased musician Amy Winehouse by purchasing her last album on the company’s entertainment marketplace, Zune.

Maybe not the best of ideas. After about an hour of retweets with comments that showed that people did not appreciate the tweet, the account tweeted a follow up, apologizing.

Elecom Nendo Orime Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

The Elecom Nendo Orime mouse was inspired by origami. It looks like it could also be a stealth fighter. It’s not very ergonomic though. I can see this really hurting your hand.

If you want one and don’t care about hand cramping and pain, the Elecom Nendo Orime 5 button mouse is available in black, red, silver, and white for $84.32 right now. We dig the unique design even if it isn’t very practical.

RIM Cutting 2,000 Jobs

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

Sad news for folks working at RIM. Research In Motion has announced that they will be cutting 2,000 jobs. That’s about 10 percent of their workforce. They will also be moving some of their executives to different positions in the company.

It’s part of a streamlining at RIM and anyone who looked at the situation would have seen it coming. The company has struggled to compete with Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iOS devices, and has been losing its smartphone sales share for awhile.

iPad 2 Display Dock

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

The iPad 2 Display Dock is made of high-quality clear acrylic, custom milled and hand polished. It’s the perfect way to display those i-devices since it comes equipped with dual ports, allowing you to combine your favorite Apple devices in one docking base.

It also features several slots for your charging cables and headphones. This dock measures 10-inches x 9-inches x 1.25-inches and weighs 2 lbs. The iPad 2 Display Dock retails for $74.95.

Zippo lighter with a built-in gun inside

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

If you light your smoke with this Zippo you are likely to get a mini bullet in the face. This Zippo is packing a miniature gun inside that actually fires. Those copper-cased 6mm cartridges will be fired out of a barrel, in place of the usual wick.

Just roll the flint striking wheel and it acts as the trigger. Too bad this isn’t an official Zippo product, then again, if it was, there would be a lot of smokers shooting themselves in the face.

Facebook glitch exposes private videos

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

If you have any private videos on Facebook, you better pay attention. TechCrunch first got wind of this problem and it could be embarrassing for some of you with sensitive videos. The glitch apparently has to do with restricted-access settings for videos posted to Facebook and shared with supposedly designated friends.

The titles, thumbnails, and descriptions for videos were mistakenly visible to all of a user’s friends, regardless of which had been granted access to the clips. And a list of people tagged in each clip was visible as well.

Last Year’s iPhone Still Selling Well

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

We already could have guessed as much, but last years iPhone continues to sell well, as recent numbers from carrier partners AT&T and Verizon show. Reporting earnings for its June quarter last Thursday, AT&T said it sold 3.6 million iPhones, which is more than the 3.2 million it sold during same period last year.

Verizon has sold 2.3 million in its second quarter. Together, the two carriers activated 11.7 million in the first half of 2011, that’s just 3.5 million under AT&T’s total iPhone sales for all of 2010. Remember this is a phone that’s been available for about a year already.