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LG to unveil slimmest LED LCD at CES 2009

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

LG to unveil slimmest LED LCD at CES 2009LG is the latest manufacturer to stretch the limits of LCD TVs. LG will unveil the “LH95,” the world’s slimmest LED LCD TV at CES in January in Las Vegas. The LG LH95 is expected to be only 24.8mm thick, which should be good enough to back the manufacturer’s claim. The LH95 will feature a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio screen and come with 240Hz TrueMotion Drive technology.

According to LG, this LED LCD TV will be the 2009 CES Innovation Award winner in the Display category. I’m not sure how much thinner they can go, but this one is pretty darn skinny. Hopefully it lives up to all of the companies boasting.

iPhone Nano concept photo surfaces

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2008

iPhone Nano concept photo surfacesRumors of an iPhone nano have been persistent for weeks now, and here are the first pics of the so-far fantasy phone. It looks about 3/4 the size of the iPhone, slimmer but still sexy. Is this just wishful thinking?

It could be true, but many don’t see it happening in January. For an announcement of this calibur, Steve Jobs would be making it, right? He’s not going to be at the Macworld keynote next month. But think about this. Why does he have to be there to make the announcement? Why not “phone it in” on an iPhone Nano?

iGo set to launch new chargers at CES 2009

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on December 23rd, 2008

iGo Laptop ChargerThe vast majority of laptop chargers on the market have one thing in common, no matter if the battery if fully charged or absolutely dead, they send the same amount of power to the system. The amount of power a notebook uses can be greatly reduced by eliminating vampire power sent to a system when the battery is full.

A company called iGo is set to debut a line of new chargers and devices at CES 2009 in a few weeks that promise to reduce power consumption by notebooks on the charger up to 80%. The iGo Laptop charger has built-in technology that reduces the power going to the laptop when the battery is fully charged.


LG announces new 14.1-inch LCD for outdoor/indoor use

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2008

LG announces new 14.1-inch LCD for outdoor/indoor useThe one problem with working on a laptop outdoors is that the screen does not adapt to the natural light, which takes the portable out of the whole portability thing. Well, LG has rolled out a new 14.1″ LCD monitor for use both indoors and in outdoor environments, bringing adaptive backlight displays to a new level.

LG’s latest offering will give you optimum screen visibility under virtually any condition, since you can switch from Transmissive mode to Reflective on-the-fly. LG claims that the innovative display will also help prolong your notebooks’ battery life, although that remains to be seen.

Slacker introduces Radio Plus service

Posted in internet radio by Shane McGlaun on December 22nd, 2008

Slacker LogoDigital music is available in many forms. You can buy digital albums and tracks form music stores like iTunes or you can subscribe to services that allow you to download all the music you want and keep it as long as you pay the monthly fee.

Slacker is yet another alternative where you choose the tracks you want to listen to and create your own streaming radio station customized to your tastes. Slacker announced a new service called Radio Plus. Radio Plus costs $3.99 per month and offers features not previously available on Slacker.

Lexicon intros I-ONIX USB desktop recording interfaces

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2008

Lexicon intros I-ONIX USB desktop recording interfacesLexicon has a new line of I-ONIX Desktop Recording Interfaces. Interestingly, the USB-enabled I∙ONIX U22, U42S, and U82S were designed to fill that empty space between your keyboard and monitor. Each unit features dbx microphone preamps on all analog inputs.

The U22 will record two channels at once and even includes a pair of analog combi-jack mic / line inputs, two TRS balanced line outputs, a Hi-Z instrument input, a 0.25-inch headphone output and MIDI I/O; the U42S and U82S include four and eight analog combi-jack mic / line inputs, S/PDIF I/O, two instrument inputs, and two 0.25-inch headphone outputs.

New PS3 accessories add a Joystick, use of Xbox 360 controllers

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2008

New PS3 accessories add a Joystick, use of Xbox 360 controllersThere aren’t many arcade-style joysticks available for the PS3, probably because there aren’t many fighting games on the console. That are worth playing anyway. Despite this, the XCM Dominator is headed our way. No price or availability just yet.

Another addition is this strange XCM Cross Battle Adapter hub. It lets PS3 owners synch up their wired Xbox 360 controllers and play games using them. It will cost you $40. This might be a little more useful since it’s a better controller, but won’t you be plagued by mapping issues? Hell if I know.


iLuv introduces 2.1 soundbar speaker system for PC

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on December 19th, 2008

iLuv iSP 200I have seen soundbars for home theater sets ups that provide good sound and a clean install look. They place speakers inside a long, slender box that is designed to sit under the TV in your living room rather than boxy speakers that are designed to stand beside the TV.

iLuv has introduced a new 2.1 speaker set for PC that looks like a soundbar. The long and slender device has a pair of speakers inside with a subwoofer. The system uses SRS-XT technology to simulate surround sound for movies and games.

iLuv announces i9500 iPod sound system

Posted in iLuv by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2008

iLuv announces i9500 iPod sound systemiLuv offers plenty of iPod docks these days, but if you’re looking for something a bit more stylish and elaborate than the average desktop model, you’ll be happy to see the new i9500 system. It sports a cool vertical design that can handle four CDs and your iPod.

Wait, there’s more. The system will also handle SD cards and USB storage devices, and you’ll also get all the typical stereo features like AM/FM radio and alarm clock functionality. It should pump out some decent tunes, with 45W of power and a separate, somewhat subwoofer.

Apple announces final MacWorld, no Steve Jobs

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2008

Apple announces final MacWorld, no Steve JobsI guess you could say that it’s the end of an era. Apple just issued a press release saying that this next MacWorld in January will be the last, and sadly Steve Jobs won’t be there. Instead, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will be heading it up. It marks an end to the daily conference that has launched some of the most important pieces of consumer tech in recent years.

Apple is reaching more people in more ways than ever before, and trade shows have become a very small part of how Apple reaches its customer base. Also, the increasing popularity of Apple’s Retail Stores factor into it as well. More than 3.5 million people visit them every week. Plus the Apple.com website lets Apple reach more than a hundred million customers around the world.

Hourglass Lantern replaces sand with LED light

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2008

Hourglass Lantern replaces sand with LED lightThis is a fairly interesting lantern concept from designer Young Bok Kim. It puts a modern spin on the hourglass by draining the light from LEDs instead of using sand. While conspiracy theorists will no doubt say that the ancient Egyptians already had such technology, no they did not, get a grip and throw out your series of Paranormal Time-Life books.

If you adjust the dial in the center, you can control how fast the light “drains” from top to bottom. I’m not sure it would be all that practical as it looks like it would be hard to tell tell how full the bottom is getting.


Viewsonic introduces 24-inch HDTV for small spaces

Posted in Viewsonic by Shane McGlaun on December 15th, 2008

Viewsonic VT2430When it comes to a new HDTV, most of us want a big screen. We end up having to settle for the biggest screen that fits the room we want it in and the budget we have to spend. It can be hard to find a decent TV if what you need is a smaller screen.

Viewsonic has announces its first 24-inch full HDTV called the VT2430 that is perfect for smaller spaces like a bedroom, dorm, or office. The set offers 10,000:1 dynamic contrast and has integrated ATSC, NTSC, and QAM TV tuner along with multiple connectivity options. The set features HDMI 1.3 connectivity and a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Rockstar Games announces free content for Midnight Club: LA

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on December 15th, 2008

Midnight Club: LAI am a big fan of racing games and driving games, especially those that let you race on the street and do things you can’t do in real life without risking life, limb, and jail time. One of the coolest games this holiday season to meet this need is Midnight Club: Los Angeles.

Rockstar has announced that free download content will be coming for owners of the game. The DLC is called the South Central Upgrade Map and will include a new area of the city that is about 1/3 the size of the entire original map. The pack includes Exposition Park, USC campus, Crenshaw Plaza, and more.

RadioShack officially announces subsidized Acer One netbook

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on December 12th, 2008

Acer Aspire OneNetbooks are selling in huge numbers this holiday season. Leading the netbook pack in sales is the Acer Aspire One netbook. Most netbooks are created pretty much equal today, but the One provides a good mix of portability and price.

Earlier this week I reported on the leaked sales flyer that claimed RadioShack would be selling an AT&T 3G equipped version of the One for $99 with a 2-year agreement for mobile broadband service. RadioShack has officially announced the $99 deal and confirmed the story just as we ran it on the 9th.

SRS Labs introduces iWOW for iPod and iTunes

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on December 11th, 2008

iWOW Adapter for iPodIt seems like everyone has an iPod today. When I take my son to school, even the second and third graders are listening to them. Many people like the iPod but wish for better sound, which is what SRS Labs is promising with its new iWOW products.

Two products are in the iWOW family with one being an adapter for any iPod using a 30-pin connector. The other product is the iWOW software plug-in for iTunes. The iWOW devices are intended to improve the quality of sound form iPod and iTunes.

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