Diablo III Details: Not Good

Posted in News by Reuben Drake on August 1st, 2011

Fans of the Diablo franchise from Blizzard have been waiting for Diablo III. Now some details on the game surfaced and gamers are not happy about them. For one thing the game will require a constant internet connection and there is no offline mode.

Yep, you can only play online. But it gets worse. Blizzard has specifically disallowed game mods and bots. This is one of the main reasons people play the game. The final nail in the coffin is that all of the items in the online auction houses will be sold for real world money. No farming for gold and making loot by killing enemies. It’s like this title has just committed suicide. Anyone

Nintendo 3DS, Wii U to get in-game downloads in late 2011

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on August 1st, 2011

According to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the company is planning to implement paid downloads for both the 3DS and Wii U. Iwata said that developers will have access to the system for the 3DS by the end of the year and he said Nintendo was thinking about extending the life of some games by making new levels available.

Iwata said that Nintendo will not support low quality content either, as in unlocking keys or stat increases. Don’t worry though, he also seemed to indicate that free games won’t have added chargeable content later.

Google+ Adds Star Memorable Post BookMark Feature

Posted in Google by Reuben Drake on August 1st, 2011

Google has unveiled another enhancement to its Google+ social network with stars which can be used to bookmark memorable posts with Google+. It works like an internal bookmarking system for personal use rather than using the +1 button which is more for public bookmarking.

The new star is located in the top right hand corner of each post with a “Starred” option added to the bottom of the circles list in the left menu list.

Incubot 2GB USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

Like most disasters, the tsunami and earthquake have faded from the headlines and so faded from people’s thoughts. Just because it isn’t the top headline doesn’t mean those folks are just fine now. They still need aid.

Incubot, in conjunction with World Events Productions and CustomUSB, have created a line of Japan Relief custom 2G USB drives. These are limited edition, fully licensed, and in colors that honor the japanese flag. The best part is that 100% of profits go to Japanese Red Cross Society and to Safecast radiation monitoring efforts.

Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go USB 3.0 hard drives in blue and pink

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

Is your storage lacking pretty colors? If so, why not spice things up with these Store ‘n’ Go drives. They are pretty standard 500GB HDDs, but they come in Caribbean blue and hot pink. So why not color coordinate your gear.

The drives sport USB 3.0 and come loaded with Nero BackItUp software. They retail for $100 from Verbatim’s site if you want a splash of color and you have to have it now.

ViewSonic reveals 24-inch V3D245 3D monitor

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

Haven’t gone 3D yet. You are far from the only one. But if you want to get your 3D on, ViewSonic is offering this 24-inch V3D245 monitor. It features a 1080p LED-backlit panel, an NVIDIA 3D Vision wireless emitter and a pair of 3D Vision glasses.

Other features include a 120Hz refresh rate, two millisecond response time, HDMI 1.4 socket and 300 nits of brightness. There’s also a three-year limited warranty. It will cost you $499 later this month.

7-inch Vinci Tablet for kids now up for pre-order

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

At last, a tablet that will gladly soak up your kid’s drool and take the appropriate beating as it is thrown around. It was first seen back at CES in January: a 7-inch tablet for kids. Back then it was actually a Samsung Galaxy Tab with a kid friendly casing.

Looks like they have figured it all out and you can now preorder it. There are two models, one priced at $389, another at $479. The differences are a 6-hour battery, compared to 3 hours on the lower priced model, and it includes more pre-loaded learning content.

Hexagons LED Watch Concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

This stunning watch design comes from designer Samuel Jerichow and is called the Hexagons LED watch concept. The watch uses neon tube-like hexagons to form shapes that display the time.

The hours are displayed in green, while minutes are in cyan. Users can also choose between 5 different difficulty settings. This one is nice and stylish and hopefully it goes into production one day soon. It stands out from the crowd.

Asus Eee Slider 32GB coming

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

The Eee Slider has many people drooling over it’s sleek lines and specs and there’s news that a 32GB model of the Asus Eee Slider will be coming our way soon, but that also means that they will ditch the 16GB model. Folks in Europe will be able to get the 32GB model for €499, we just don’t know when.

We also have no info on what the delay is about, but it is likely a software issue. There is a 3G version coming in 2012 as well.

Yoomi DUO Turns Your iPad into an Interactive Board Game

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

Despite the fact that touchscreen tablets are supposed to be free of unnecessary accessories and other gadgets, the DUO will gladly turn your iPad into an interactive board game. Just set it on top of the iPad or iPad 2 and it will work with a game called Yoomi.

The DUO comes with tokens, so at the end of the game there is a winner and a loser. It retails for $14.99 on Amazon and is also available at Toys ‘R’ Us, and Walmart. I guess this is where board games are headed, instead of coming in a large box.

PlayStation Vita out in October?

Posted in PS Vita by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

According to a British Blockbuster flyer, the PlayStation Vita will land in the United Kingdom on October 28th. This fall release date fits right into Sony’s “end of 2011″ launch window, so this may be accurate.

Of course, without official confirmation you should take this with a grain of salt for now. If this does pan out it will be a nice Halloween surprise. Hopefully it’s a treat rather than a trick.

Logitech officially drops Revue price to $99

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

We knew that it was coming and now Logitech has cut the price of its Revue set-top box from $299 to $99 on its own site and at retailers like Best Buy. That’s some cheap Google TV in a box.

It will also be receiving an update later this summer, which will give you a bunch of new features not included in the current version of the operating system, including the Android Market. $99 is a great deal. It will be interesting to see how many units they sell now.

Marvel Digital TBT-10C Mercury Pad Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

If you are looking for a budget-friendly Android tablet, why not check out the TBT-10C Mercury Pad. The device features a 7.0-inch 800 x 480 capacitive multi-touch screen, a 1GHz Samsung S5PV210 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, and 512MB DDR2 RAM.

Other features include 4GB/8GB/16GB of storage, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), a 0.3MP front-facing camera, a 2.0MP rear-facing camera, a G-sensor, 1080p Full HD video playback support, 3G module support, WiFi, a 3.5mm headset jack, an HDMI port, built-in speaker, a 2250mAh battery and Android 2.3 is running everything.

Onkyo UWF-1 Wireless USB Adapter

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

The new Onkyo UWF-1 wireless USB adapter helps you to remove unwanted cables from your life. It’s compatible only with Onkyo 2011 network receivers (the TX-NRxx9, HT-RC3XX, or later), TX-8050 network stereo receiver, and does not connect directly with computers.

The Onkyo UWF-1 also delivers an IEEE 802.11b/g/n connection so you can access music on a home network It will cost you just $49.97. Less wires is always a good thing.

New improved Google Search experience for tablets

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

Do you use Google to search for stuff while using your tablet? Well, if so, Google has a reward for you. The search giant has just announced that they’ve improved the google search experience on tablets. It becomes more tablet-friendly, since they have simplified the layout of the results pages.

Other improvements include the increased size of the page content and other tweaks so that users will have an easier and faster way to get the info that they want.