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Huge spaceship built in Germany: Giant kid toy

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2008

Huge spaceship built in Germany: Giant kid toyBehold. This new 9,000-square-foot, 3-story spaceship is called “Second Solar” and it has just been constructed in the German city of Böblingen. It’s a real looker. It’s got “giant engines, a thermal shell to protect the crew and landing runners designed to cope with unknown surface conditions.” And it was designed for the children. It’s amazing what can happen when a nation that loves David Hasselhoff stops watching Knight Rider re-runs and thinks about the children.

It’s an interactive exhibit designed by Different Futures for the Sensapolis fun park. Inside you’ll find such things as a 3D theater, a lab, alien breeding ground, a medical center and a warp-core. Pay attention nations of the world. Especially you U.S.A. This is how you need to treat your kids. I propose we have one in each state. It’s too damn awesome for words.

SanDisk introduces Sansa slotMusic Player

Posted in SanDisk by Shane McGlaun on October 15th, 2008

SanDisk slotMusic PlayerApple may run away with the MP3 player market with its iPod, but there are other makers who enjoy some success in the marketplace and SanDisk is one of them. SanDisk is offering players with a feature that you are not likely to see from Apple — a microSD card slot.

This slot is naturally a requirement to work with the new music format introduced last month called slotMusic. The slotMusic format is nothing more than digital tracks installed on a microSD card. SanDisk has announced a new Sansa player specifically for the format called the Sansa slotMusic Player. The device offers no internal memory, no LCD, and no rechargeable battery.

Acer introduces the X3200 and a new 24-inch LCD

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on October 14th, 2008

Acer X3200 Desktop ComputerComputer manufacturers are gearing up for the holiday season with new products being announced all the time. One of the biggest sellers over the holidays is usually computer systems. While many want notebooks for Christmas, several manufacturers are announcing small form factor desktops for users wanting larger screens and keyboards who don’t need portability.

Yesterday eMachines announced its own new SFF systems and today Acer is announcing a new SFF of its own. The Acer system is called the Aspire X3200 and it measures 10.4-inches H x 4-inches W x 14.4-inches L. Inside the compact case is a Phenom X3 processor, Blu-ray drive, 4GB of RAM and 640GB of storage. Pricing for the system is $679.99.


Microsoft announces new 360 bundles for the holidays

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2008

Microsoft announces new 360 bundles for the holidaysMicrosoft isn’t messing around this holiday season. They want consoles in homes. They dropped the price on all Xbox 360 SKU’s a few months ago, and it just got better. Microsoft has announced that later this month the new 360’s will hit store shelves with some free games included.

With the $199 Arcade, you’ll get 6 games, which includes SEGA Superstars Tennis, Uno, and Pac-Man. If you choose to spend more for either the $299 Pro or $399 Elite version, and you’ll get Lego Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda. Plus, all three will come with a trial subscription to Netflix. That might seem odd, but beginning next month you’ll be able to stream Netflix movies to your 360.

LED light bulbs as wireless access points

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2008

LED light bulbs as wireless access pointsResearchers at Boston University believe they can combine LED bulbs with wireless networking technology. The technology will be able to communicate data using light at speeds up to 10Mbps, and can even be adapted to existing power lines. Interestingly, the bulbs will use the same diode for lighting the room and providing the network connection, flickering “like tremendously fast signal lights.” They seem pretty lit up about it.

The researchers are working on the project in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of New Mexico, thanks to a $18.5m grant from the US National Science Foundation. The researchers don’t have full working models yet, but they believe it’s totally workable. I have to wonder if this would have any adverse effects on humans, especially those who are light sensitive and prone to seizures.

Silverstone introduces the carbon fiber Raven gaming mouse

Posted in Computer Components,gaming accessories by Shane McGlaun on October 7th, 2008

Silverstone Raven Gaming MouseI have covered a myriad of gaming mice here over the months and one thing most all gaming mice have in common is that they are all wired. Gamers don’t really want wireless products because of the lag they introduce. A new gaming mouse from a name that computer enthusiasts will probably recognize is now available.

The mouse is called the Silverstone Raven. Raven has adjustable sensitivity from 400 to 3200 DPI and connects to the PC via a USB cord. Adjustments to sensitivity are made with the rotating thumb button on the side. 3200 DPI isn’t as high a resolution you can find in gaming mice, the Razer Lachesis will do 4000 DPI, but 3200 is enough for most gamers.

Didiom placeshifting application for iTunes

Posted in iTunes,Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on October 6th, 2008

Didiom Placeshifting ApplicaitonApple’s iTunes store is hands down the most popular place to buy music around. Many people have tons of tracks in iTunes and teh ability to listen to those tracks on a wide variety of mobile phones while on the move would be a great thing for most music fans.

Didiom has announced that its placeshifting application for iTunes is in beta. The application allows iTunes users to stream music from iTunes on their PC to a mobile phone wirelessly. The software works with both BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices.


Amazon’s Kindle 2 surfaces

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2008

Amazon’s Kindle 2 surfacesBoy Genius has some pics of what is in all likelihood the Kindle 2. You’ll notice that this follow-up to the original reader is more rounded, more iPod-esqe, but still in boring white with the same screen. The LCD status bar is nowhere to be seen and a joystick replaces the clickwheel, and so you can avoid accidental page turns, it sports smaller buttons. The SD slot is gone too, since there’s 1.5 gigs on-board, along with grills on back that may mean stereo speakers.

Basically, it’s a lot less ugly. Current Kindle owners can probably skip the upgrade unless the ugliness of the original is really bugging you. No word on the availability yet. Hit the link for more pictures.

Nintendo announces the DSi

Posted in Nintendo DS by Darrin Olson on October 2nd, 2008

Nintendo DSi announced by Nintendo to launch in Japan November 1After numerous information leaks about an updated version of the DS, Nintendo has now officially announced the release of the Nintendo DSi. The DSi, is the third iteration of the handheld game console and the company has managed to pack even more features into the device while even making it slightly smaller.

The new DSi looks very similar to the DS Lite with the same clamshell design and dual screens but the chasis is about 2.6mm thinner. They’ve also made the dual screens a little larger, bringing them from 3 inches to 3.25 inches, but that’s those aren’t the most interesting features of this new handheld console.

Targus launches Mac line of accessories

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Targus launches Mac line of accessoriesTargus has launched its first line of Mac accessories, a bunch of stuff in stunning Wii white. There’s a $70 Bluetooth Laser Mouse, a $50 Wireless Mouse, and an $80 Bluetooth Presenter. Each features a touch-sensitive scroll button. On the presenter, it will switch to cursor control, while it will give you four-way scrolling on the mice.

If that’s not enough, there’s also a $50 USB file-transfer cable for direct file transfers between PCs and Macs, as well as a $30 four-port compact USB hub. Want more? How about MacBook and MacBook Pro privacy screens from $50 to $80, and a $50 dual-fan cooling pad. All can be had right now.

USB Volcano is useless, no sacrifices, no virgins

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

USB Volcano is useless, no sacrifices, no virginsWe’ve seen our share of useless gadgets, no question about it. They don’t get more useless then the USB volcano. I mean, they could have done something cool with this. How about a little diorama with some ancient civilization dropping a virgin or two into the thing? What about making it a real lava spewer(Okay, nothing harmful that will melt flesh) that’s also a bank, where you have to feed it coins so it doesn’t go all Krakatoa all over your desk? Or what about having a tiny remote control robot in the case with the volcano that you can send in and get readings like a real science kind of deal?

But no. No, sadly this craptastic gadget is just a volcano with plastic lava beads that erupt out of the water-filled desktop toy. And you even have to provide the water. $18 if you are actually impressed.


Firefly introduces new kid friendly phones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2008

Firefly glowPhoneWith everything kids have going on today, it’s often easier to get them a cell phone so you can keep in touch at all times. Even young kids age five and up use cell phones today. They are a great way for parents to know where the kids are, even if they are just down the street.

The catch is that kids don’t understand that using a cell phone too much or downloading things from the Internet can run up a bill significantly. You also have to worry that they could be subject to inappropriate calls from unknown users. Firefly has had a phone specifically made for kids on the market since 2006.

iTunes to be more accessible to the blind

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2008

iTunes to be more accessible to the blindApple has reached an agreement with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office and the National Federation of the Blind and they will make the iTunes service more accessible to the blind. It will be called iTunes U and that area of the iTunes Store will feature educational content from colleges and universities for the blind from December 31st onward. That’s just the beginning.

Apple will also continue toward providing full accessibility of iTunes before the June 30, 2009 deadline. To top it all off Apple will be donating $250,000 to the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. Nice move by Apple, because like the new windows campaign suggests, not all users come from the same mold.

Thrustmaster Wii Glow Saber, Dual Trigger Gun accessories

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2008

Thrustmaster Wii Glow Saber, Dual Trigger Gun accessoriesThrustmaster is getting in on the fake lightsaber game too with these Glow Sabers, which may arguably be the best take on the Wii lightsaber yet with their attention to detail. They actually resemble Jedi instruments of death.

The red and blue dueling Glow Sabers each have 17 LEDs and the Dual Trigger Gun comes complete with a Nunchuck holster. The Glow Saber 2-pack can be had right about now for $34.99, while the Dual Trigger Gun will be available shortly for $17.99. Pretty sweet deal.

I-MU Vibro Speaker turns surfaces into speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

I-MU Vibro Speaker turns surfaces into speakersThe I-MU Vibro Speaker claims to turn just about any hard, flat surface into external speakers for your iPod or compatible mp3 player. It does this with ‘patented super-energy crystals’. Wow. That’s a new one. The device will presumably give you a very loud desk. No comment on the shape and how this device could potentially be misused in other situations. If you’re a big believer in ‘patented super-energy crystals’, why not give it a go for £29.99.

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