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Buffalo MiniStation 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

Posted in Buffalo by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

Buffalo has announced a new line of MiniStation portable hard drives in Japan. The MiniStation 3.0 series is sleek, with a glossy black or white coating, and uses SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity.

They come in 500GB and 1TB storage capacities and are backed by a one-year warranty. They also come bundled with software for data backup, encryption and power saving. The 500GB and 1TB Buffalo MiniStation 3.0 retail for $141 and $206. Not bad at all.

Thermaltake Max 5G dual-fan USB 3.0 HDD enclosure

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I’m used to using external hard drive enclosures that are quiet. Oh well, looks like Thermaltake is about to change that with its new Max 5G dual-fan enclosure. It sports dual fans and LED lights that can be switched either on or off.

It also sports a USB 3.0 plug and supports high-end 3.5-inch SATA 3.0 drives. The fans are added to protect your hard drive and help it’s life just a tad more. The enclosure is available for pre-order right now for $52. We don’t know when it will be released yet.

SlingPlayer for iPhone: $30, WiFi only

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2009

SlingPlayer for iPhone: $30, WiFi onlyThe SlingPlayer app for iPhone will finally be available tomorrow. There has been a lot of discussion as whether or not AT&T (or other carriers) would let this bandwidth sucking app use their networks. Well, looks like the carriers had it their way and the Slingplayer app will work only with WIFI on iPhone.

If you want to use SlingPlayer on 3G, you’ll need a Blackberry or any other smartphone. AT&T complains that SlingPlayer would bring its wireless network down, while they’ve been trying to push their bandwidth-hog services like AT&T mobile TV. Which costs $30 per month. Thanks but no thanks.

iPhone 3.0 OS reveals new iPhones, iPods

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

iPhone 3.0 features cut-and-paste, a whole lot moreThere are always rumors of a new iPhone model, but how about two new iPhone models and a couple of new iPod touches? It looks like a deconstruction of the beta 3.0 build provided to developers this week has uncovered product code “iPhone2,1″ found before plus a newer, “iPhone3,0.”

The iPhone 3G is identified as “iPhone1,2,”. The current iPod touch is “iPod2,1″, but models “iPod2,2″ and “iPod3,1″ have both been rooted out of the binary. We would likely see new iPhone models in June.

iPhone 3.0 features cut-and-paste, a whole lot more

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2009

iPhone 3.0 features cut-and-paste, a whole lot moreAt frakkin last! Cut and paste. Apple fans have something to be happy about this afternoon with the news of the iPhone 3.0 update. The new OS delivers a number of features Apple iPhone users have been waiting for since the iPhone’s launch.

It adds features like cut and paste, turn-by-turn navigation, MMS, 3G tethering, shake to shuffle music, voice memo application. And a whole lot more too. There’s peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connectivity, maps inside other applications, a rumbling for games, and even audio recording.

LG recalls 30,000 830 Spyder handsets due to Poor 911 connection

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

LG recalls 30,000 830 Spyder handsets due to Poor 911 connectionIt’s always nice when your phone has some extra bells and whistles, but we tend to forget that the most important feature of your phone is it’s 911 functionality. That’s why LG must be feeling a bit embarrassed that around 30,000 LG 830 Spyder handsets are having a tough time dialing for help.

A product recall notes that a huge number of them have “difficulty sustaining a connection or have poor voice quality on calls to emergency 911.” On the up side, LG is acting responsibly, as it has only received a single report that did not result in any injuries.

USB 3.0 Specs Finalized

Posted in USB 3.0 by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2008

USB 3.0 Specs FinalizedUSB 3.0 has been officially dubbed SuperSpeed USB. It boasts transfer speeds of 4.8Gbps and it will move a 25GB HD file in about 70 seconds. Interestingly the architecture was given extra data lanes for more streamlined transfer speeds, instead of bursts, which makes it play better with camcorders etc. It will charge your gadgets faster too, by delivering more power than USB 2.0 and its new polling architecture also makes it more efficient.

Unfortunately, your old USB cables won’t deliver SuperSpeeds. You’ll have to have USB 3.0 gear from end-to-end to get the speeds, because the cables have extra pins. It is all backward compatible. The cables have three plugs: The standard one you all know, standard B which is the square one and mini B which is a weird two headed thing and micro. The first USB 3.0-equipped gadgets should arrive sometime in 2010.

Objet Alaris 30 Desktop 3D Printer

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2008

Objet Alaris 30 Desktop 3D PrinterHave you ever wished you had a real-life replicator that can actually create 3D objects from nothing? Like the Star Trek Replicator? It’s here. Actually 3D printers have been around for awhile, but are just now getting small enough to fit onto your desk. The Objet Alaris 30 is a compact desktop 3D printer that uses a peripheral with PolyJet Photopolymer Jetting. This helps it produce 600 x 600 dpi objects up to 11.5 x 7.7 x 5.9 inches in size.

That’s an improvement over the 5-inch cube that they did last year. The printer can manufacture small moving elements as thin as 0.0011 inches. According to Objet, the Alaris 30 Desktop 3D Printer will give you 36 hours of unattended printing from your 3D CAD files. No word on pricing or availability.

Stimuli 3.0 Lamp may be the work of aliens

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2008

Stimuli 3.0 Lamp may be the work of aliensLook at this lamp. It wins you over just by doing nothing. Could be the work of an alien civilization and in all likelihood it powers a starship somewhere in a far off nebula. I would buy it in a heartbeat to give my place that Sci-Fi feel. Looks aside, the spherical shape and panels have a function, they adjust the lamp’s light levels to correspond with what’s coming in through your windows.

An internal 3 axis gearbox moves the panels and keeps your home at a constant light level even as the sun goes down. Pretty neat. But will it enhance my life by making me feel like I’m an important Sci-Fi adventurer? Will it wow my guests so that they think I’m an undercover alien? Yes and yes. Those are really the only questions to ask when considering a new lamp.