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Rubik’s Cube turns 40

Posted in Toys by Tam Yue on May 19th, 2014

Rubiks CubeHappy Birthday to one of the most frustrating puzzles ever invented. Most people can’t even solve the thing without cheating via the solution book or, now a days, YouTube.

The Rubiks Cube was designed by Erno Rubik and was originally meant to be a learning tool to help explain 3 dimensional geometry. When he turned all the pieces, it ended up taking him a month solve it. It was in 1979 that he took the cube to a toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany when it was bought and licensed.

Flappy Bird Returns

Posted in Games by Tam Yue on May 16th, 2014

flappy birdYep, you read that right, Flappy Bird is returning to the app store in August.

Dong Nguyen, creator of the game, said the new version will be less addictive and will have the option of multi-player capabilities. Nguyen previously had pulled the game off the market after he noticed people becoming addicted. He felt people should spend their time doing more productive things than playing a game. Ironically, at the high point he was making $50,000 a day with over 50 million downloads of the hit game.

Nguyen also announced that he created …

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.

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Sony DRX-S90U Portable DVD Burner Now Available In The U.S.

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2011

Sony Optiarc America has announced the DRX-S90U dual USB bus-powered external DVD burner for the U.S. It can burn dual-layer DVD+R at 8x speeds, regular DVD+R and RW media at 6x and CD-R and RW at 24x speeds.

Just be aware that it requires two USB 2.0 ports to power the burning speeds. The device is compatible with both Windows (XP or higher) and Mac operating systems. You also get the Nero 10 CD/DVD burning application with your purchase. The Sony DRX-S90U slim portable DVD/CD writer is $69.99.

Aluminum Keyboard Buddy Case turns your iPad 2 into a MacBook Air

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

Is that a MacBook Air? Why no, it’s MIC’s new Aluminum Keyboard Buddy Case, which offers both a protective case and an almost full QWERTY keyboard for your iPad 2. When you close it, the Buddy Case’s magnets will even put your iPad to sleep.

It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and will cost you $50. It only holds your iPad at one angle though which is annoying.

iLuv ArtStation Pro Turns the iPad 2 into an iMac

Posted in iPad accessories by Reuben Drake on July 6th, 2011

Most docks look the same, but iLuv is offering something different with their new imm517 and imm514 ArtStation Pro speakers for the iPad 2. This speaker systems puts your iPad above the speakers and makes it look like an all-in-one PC.

The ArtStation Pro system will come in both white/silver, or black silver, and comes with a remote and optional matching bluetooth keyboard. A wireless keyboard even helps to turn your iPad 2 into a neat version of the iMac Mini.

Turn Your iPhone Into An Air Guitar

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Reuben Drake on June 15th, 2011

Air guitar, the best instrument for those who are musically disinclined. We’ve all done it at least once. Now a Kickstarter project wants to turn your iPhone into an air guitar, with the Air Guitar Move, if they can raise $25,000 in the next 25 days.

It’s basically a motion sensing pick attached to the dock connector that works with an app. We don’t have a ton of details about how it all works, but we like the idea.

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PSN going down ahead of PlayStation Store’s return

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

Sony said today that it will be taking down the PlayStation Network for several hours to finish the restoration process. they said that starting “soon,” it will go down for multiple hours and this is key to bringing back the PlayStation Store. They are on schedule to get everything back to normal worldwide.

Users who are still online during the downtime will stay signed into PSN, but you won’t be able to login until the maintenance is over. Sony needs to get PSN back up and running in all capacities since it’s about to head into E3. Developers have already been very vocal about the fact that the PlayStation Store’s outage has cost them money.

PlayStation Network will return to Asia tomorrow

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2011

Good news for PS3 owners in Asia. The PlayStation Network is finally coming back online. Sony has announced that it will restore the gaming network across the continent, after over a month of downtime. The company’s PSN services are already up and running in other parts of the world and tomorrow it will be back in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.

Those in South Korea and Hong Kong still have to wait. Hopefully they get everyone gaming online again soon.

Vertical Vinyl Player turns the record player on its side

Posted in Turntables by Reuben Drake on May 26th, 2011

If you like vinyl but have no desk space, the Vertical Vinyl Player is perfect. It puts the record player on your wall. It operates the same as a standard record player, it just stays out of your way and makes a decorative statement.

Time to dig out all of that old vinyl and give this thing a try. It will handle between 33 or 45 RPM speeds and is battery powered so there are no wires messing up your wall.

Japan won’t let Sony turn PSN back on until they are sure it’s safe

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

As Sony is busy getting PSN back in place in America, they still have all kinds of other problems thanks to the outage. Their latest problem comes from Japan. Apparently the Japanese government refuses to allow Sony to reactivate its network until they are satisfied it is safe.

Japan has two issues. The first is that the company’s promised counter-hacking measures, which were announced on May 1st, have not yet been fully enacted. The second is that Japan wants to see even more preventive measures taken to ensure that users’ credit card numbers and other private data will be safe.

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Wow-Keys Keyboard turns your iPhone into a computer

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2011

This Wow-Keys keyboard has to be one of the coolest keyboards that we have seen yet. It’s a normal QWERTY keyboard, but where the number pad would normally be, there’s an iPhone dock, letting you use your iPhone more like a computer. You can also dock your iPod touch there as well and it will charge either device.

The dock works with an app that will turn the screen of your iPhone or iPod touch into the number pad if you need it. This keyboard is compatible with both Mac and PCs and has a button for changing between keyboard and iPhone mode. This will come in very handy in place of an extra PC.

Plextor PL-LB950UE Blu-ray burner

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2011

The Plextor PL-LB950UE Blu-ray burner has been available to Europeans for a few months, but now it’s coming to the US for $239.99. It comes in your choice of either USB 3.0 or eSATA connectivity, has a 12x write speed, which is twice as quick as the previous version and the ability to burn up to 50GB of data on a dual-layer disc.

The drive also handles 3D playback and has a low vibration system to make sure that it runs quieter and it is LightScribe enabled.

Typescreen turns your iPad into a Typewriter

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2011

If you are looking for a more old school way to type, check out the new Typescreen from Spinning Hat. It’s a typewriter style keyboard dock for the iPad and iPad 2 that allows you get all retro and actually type as if using a typewriter.

The Limited Edition Typescreen won’t allow you to rip a page out and toss it away in frustration, but it will allow you to experience the next best thing to writing on a typewriter. And you won’t have to replace any ink ribbons.

Pinball Magic turns your iPhone into a pinball machine

Posted in iPhone by Reuben Drake on March 17th, 2011

Who doesn’t love a game of pinball? Sadly those quarters add up and it can get expensive. Plus Pinball machines take up a lot of space. That’s why we play virtual pinball games on our phones and computer, but this doesn’t equal the same kind of fun.

Pinball Magic won’t give you the same experience as a full-sized pinball machine, but it will give you the experience of playing pinball on a machine designed for tiny people. It will work with a free pinball app that’s available from the Apple App Store, and it works with all iPhone and iPod Touch models that use iOS 3.0 or higher. Just $64.



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