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Ectaco jetBook mini is a budget-friendly e-Book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2010

If you’re looking for a new e-Book reader, but need one at an affordable price, check out the jetBook mini from Ectaco. Sure, that design looks like it is made for a child, but cheapskates can’t be choosers. This baby is priced at just $99.95.

It comes equipped with a 5-inch TFT display, an SD card slot (up to 2GB), clock and date functions, adjustable font sizes, a multi-language interface and it runs on 4 AAA batteries which are included.

Copia Tablet is just $99

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2010

If you have been wanting to check out the tablet market, but find things a tad expensive, here’s a less expensive option. The Copia Tablet is obviously not the sexiest tablet around, but it won’t take up much room in your bag at just 5 inches in size.

It’s called the Ocean Reader. We aren’t sure who will want one even at that price though when you have your choice of big name tablets. Still, it might be worth a try if you want to take a chance.

Cheap Chinese Android phone on the way

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2009

Cheap Chinese Android phone on the wayRockchip Electronics Company is an MP4 chip supplier from Fuzhou, China. They love their work, but they yearn to branch out. And so they are about to dive headfirst into the wonderful world of Android with a trio of mobile chips: the RK2718,RK272 and RK2808.

The RK2808 would be the first mobile chip from China to support Android, and Rockchip also has plans to roll out a RK2808-based PMP sometime this autumn. This will be followed by their very own Android handset later in October. The Android handset will be powered by the RK2808 chip.

The Shoebox Fightstick: Al Bundy’s mod of choice

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

The Shoebox Fightstick: Al Bundy's mod of choiceThings are getting really really bad in these economically tough times. The modders seem to be hit the hardest. Need evidence? How about the Tupperware arcade stick? Need more? Check out these Shoebox Fightsticks.

They were created using Xbox 360 controllers, Happ joysticks and 14 buttons…in a pair of shoeboxes for cases. On the up side, Al Bundy has moved from women’s to men’s shoes. Sadly business is slow and this is the result. It beats spending time with the wife.

Tape Dispenser USB hub

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Tape Dispenser USB hubStill using a lot of tape? Well now you can have your tape and data too, all in one place, with this USB Tape Holder. This very useful device will hold a standard roll of tape and it also sports 4 USB ports.

It’s a great space saver for the home office desk. The USB ports are on the opposite side of the dispenser so it’s easy to plug in all of your gadgets. Sure, it isn’t all that flashy, but desk space is important, you messy slob. Time to clean up your act. It’s only $9.

Ghetto mod: Tupperware Arcade Stick

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

Ghetto mod: Tupperware Arcade Stick This is either pure genius, or pure “I’m broke as &%#&, but that ain’t gonna stop me from making an arcade stick.” I can’t decide which. Though I can sympathize. Sometimes you just don’t have a cool case for your mod.

In that situation I usually just wait to do my mod, until I’ve found a good case rather then assault my mom’s fake tupperware. But hey, that’s just me. The controller is compatible with the PS2 as well as picnics everywhere.

Budfits provide a cheap earbud alternative for the iPod Shuffle 3G

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2009

Budfits provide a cheap earbud alternative for the iPod Shuffle 3GSo you like the new iPod Shuffle 3Gs voiceover function, but you hate earbuds. It would be nice if you could use any pair of headphones you wanted, but sadly the device is controlled by proprietary headphones, because Apple is greedy. Sadly third party headphones will cost you as much as the Shuffle itself.

What to do? Well, don’t be a sucker. You can get one over on Jobs and his cronies for only $8.99. BudFits convert your earbuds into headphones that won’t keep slipping out of your ears. They just snap in and you enjoy your music without having to buy Steve another yacht.

USB Jewel Bracelet thumb drive

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

USB Jewel Bracelet thumb driveFor those looking to be stylish while always having some extra memory around their wrist, Brando has released its new USB thumb drive with decorative crystals.

The pros: No one is going to want to steal this tacky crapped up wrist-hugger with jeweled glass bits, so your data should be safe. Cheap crap should be in again this season. The cons: You’ve got a crappy piece of jewelry and already have plenty of flash drives lying around. For $33 you could do much better and probably get 3 rows of crap “Jewels” instead of 2. It’s available in silver or gold colors and the drive supports USB 2.0, Microsoft Windows XP/Vista, MAC OS and Linux OS.

Japanese inventor creates cheap, painless injection

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

Japanese inventor creates cheap, painless injectionIf there’s one thing people hate and fear, it’s needles.(Aside from snakes and politicians) There’s some good news. A Japanese inventor has created a needle-free and painless injection that will allow you to get your vaccinations without fear. It even has a nice name. “Mother’s Kiss” uses tiny plastic ampules to deliver medicine. I hear ya. It’s painless, but it must be expensive.

Nope. It’s cheaper and safer than regular syringes, which also makes it perfect for developing countries, because shared needles spread diseases like crazy. Assuming they can get costs down low enough, you may soon see this in your doctor’s office. Though I’m sure he’ll just find another way to scare you.

K-Mart circular leaks Xbox 360 price cut

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2008

K-Mart circular leaks Xbox 360 price cut
A forum user on High-Def Digest posted a scan from next week’s K-Mart weekly circular ad and it shows a price drop of $50 on the Xbox 360 Premium. Yes, the $299 price you see still includes a 20GB hard drive.

The timing of this apparent price drop seems to sync up with whatever announcements Microsoft will have at E3. The rumors on that front include a price drop or a newer version with more storage. The scan makes no mention of price adjustments for the ‘Arcade’ or ‘Elite’ models, but we expect they will be adjusted.

USB Hub Calculator: Cheap & useful

Posted in Calculators by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2008

USB Hub Calculator: Cheap & useful
I still can’t figure out why the calculator is making a comeback, but here’s yet another example of a new twist on the number crunching device. If the HP Quick calc isn’t enough or the keyboard calculator is too expensive, this USB Hub calculator has the added benefit of being a bit more useful.

Aside from the hub aspect, with 3 USB ports, it also has some other bonus features, like a 12/24 hour world clock with alarm, a calendar and a even a thermometer. And it’s only $19, so it won’t kill you in the wallet. If you absolutely need a calculator, it might as well have a few other functions.

Wii Knockoff: UltiMotion Swing Zone Sports

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2008

Wii Knockoff: UltiMotion Swing Zone Sports
Were you one of those kids who was forced to play with the far inferior Duplo blocks while all your friends rocked the LEGO world? This is alot like that, only far more embarassing where your friends are concerned. What we have here is a Wii for the insanely cheap, or for those who like to make their kid go to bed crying at night.

UltiMotion Swing Zone Sports is made by Jakks. And priced at just $80. You get a tiny console thing, a motion controller and five plastic accessories for the Wiimote that go with the five games in the console: tennis, bowling, football, baseball and golf. It’s the Fisher-Price of motion-controlled gaming.

TV remote control watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2008

TV remote control watch
What can you really say about a watch that controls your TV? This device would probably come in handy if you wanted to mess with somebody else who is watching TV, and change the channels, otherwise I can’t imagine actually replacing my remote with this cheap wrist-turd.

It’s got all the style of an old calculator watch that’s trying and failing badly at fitting in even at a Star Trek convention. The up-side is that it will only cost you $7.25, so if you think this is a good replacement for your TV remote, by all means get one. Even if the remote aspect stinks, at least you have a cheap watch, right?

The Nokia 5000 cell phone

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2008

Nokia 5000 eco-friendly cell phone
Here’s a new cell phone from Nokia that’s got a lot of features and is relatively cheap at the same time. The Nokia 5000 boasts a high-res QVGA display plus a 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player with recording capabilities and FM radio, bluetooth connectivity, GPRS, and it supports Nokia Xpress Audio Messaging. Expect it sometime in the 2nd quarter for about $140.