No Sony PlayStation Vita handheld this Christmas in US and Europe?

Posted in PS Vita by Reuben Drake on August 4th, 2011

Say what? Sony’s new handheld console already passed through the FCC and the rumor was that it had an October release date. But now it looks as if Santa has let us down this year.

Bloomberg is reporting that Kazuo Hirai says the Vita won’t launch in the US and Europe until early next year, but Japan is still getting the device before Christmas. We hope this is not the case. It’s like getting coal in our stockings several months early.

LiteLocker hides your Christmas lights

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2010

Christmas lights are cool, but they are a pain since you need to take them down again when the season is over. The LiteLocker will help make it less of a chore. The idea is that it will fold up and hide the lights behind a protective cover once the Christmas season is over.

That not only keeps them out of sight, but you also won’t need to go through the hassle of putting them all away. It’s available in 4-foot lengths and will ship with all of the necessary wiring, sockets and light bulbs to get you started.

Sears and Kmart to launch streaming video service this Christmas

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2010

Is it too early to talk Christmas? Not for Kmart and Sears. As physical media sales continue to drop, these two names are looking toward streaming content, with the Alphaline Entertainment service. Alphaline is powered Sonic’s RoxioNow and will be available on TVs and Blu-ray players manufactured by Sharp, LG, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, and RCA.

Setup of the device is included in the sale price, should you find your DIY skills lacking. The service will arrive this holiday season.

Amazon sold more Kindle books than physical books this Christmas

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Amazon’s Kindle broke an important record on Xmas. On Christmas, the company sold more Kindle books than physical books. Yes, they did have a huge push for the holiday. Many people got a Kindle for Christmas and ordered a bunch of eBooks. But it’s still impressive.

The question is can they maintain this momentum? Were it not for a huge banner on their front page for the last week, begging you to buy the Kindle in time for Christmas, sales would not have been so sweet. So we aren’t sure that they can maintain strong sales, but who knows.

Tweettree changes color with your tweets

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Your Christmas tree may have all of the coolest ornaments on it, tinsel, and flashing lights, but does it do Twitter? This one does. The Tweettree will change its color based on your tweets.

Just tweet @tweet_tree with the colors of your choice. hat’s when the magic happens. The Tweettree is perfect for the Twitter addict this Christmas. It even comes complete with a small embedded server inside that connects it to Twitter. Pretty tweet. I mean sweet.

The iPhone Christmas Tree

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

The iPhone Christmas TreeLet’s say you are really into your iPhone. Let’s say you you worship Steve Jobs. In that case it’s totally understandable to toss out all of the conventional Christmas gear in favor of Apple products. You’ve ditched the nativity in favor of a Macworld diaroma complete with baby Stevus. You hang Apple packaging by the chimney with glee, instead of stockings. You’ve even attached Reindeer antlers to dolls of the Jobs man, pulling a sleigh.

All that’s left is to decorate the tree. Take a cue from the folks over at iPhone Savior, who have decided to decorate their Christmas tree with iPhone decorations and Steve Jobs magazine covers. We suppose you are waiting on the Apple tablet to top the the whole thing off.

The Christmas Truck

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

The Christmas TruckCentral Iowa has had many versions of the Christmas truck over the last 25 years. Here’s how it began. Kris Marshall was carrying a generator and some Christmas lights to his church in his $50 used truck. Much like peanut butter and chocolate, the two combined to create something awesome and The Christmas Truck was born.

It’s not high-tech. Just lights taped to the truck. During the day it looks horrible. At night, it’s amazing. Marshall has since used eight trucks and added dozens of strands. The truck is always a 2WD Chevy/GMC with a regular cab and eight-foot truck bed.

R2-D2 string lights for your geek Christmas tree

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2009

R2-D2 string lights for your geek Christmas treeNothing says Christmas like a string or two of droid lights on your Christmas tree. Besides you probably already have all of the other Star Wars ornaments on your tree.

It’s like having a whole clone army of Astromechs. The little robot lights come in a set of 10 per strand and are 12 inches apart. These are priced at about $15-$25. And if you don’t want them on your tree they make great geek gifts.

Geeky video game controller ornaments

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2009

Geeky video game controller ornamentsHere are some ornaments that are sure to make your tree geek-chic this Christmas. Sure, you could go the usual route and deck your tree in cheesy plastic ornaments that are all generic, but these ornaments are so much cooler.

They represent you for the gaming geek that you are. Forget the boring Santas and the plain red ball ornaments. A Dreamcast controller is what the holidays are really about. Right?

$99 8GB iPhone 3GS for Christmas?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2009

$99 8GB iPhone 3GS for Christmas?All you want for Christmas is an iPhone for yourself right? But it’s too expensive, what with all of the other gifts you need to buy. How does an 8GB iPhone 3GS for $99 sound?

This one resides in rumor territory for now, but word is that Apple is toying with the idea of releasing the device for $99 in an effort to combat Motorola’s DROID. A cheaper iPhone 3GS is always welcomed, even if it is just an 8GB version, at least it gives users another option.

Really Snowing picture frame is the new snow globe

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2009

Really Snowing picture frame is the new snow globeI never understood the appeal of snow globes, myself. Why must you relive snow in miniature globe form? But I know that many people collect them and just can’t get enough, having to buy one after another like good little tourists. Well, the Really Snowing picture frame should replace the snowglobe once and for all.

Now you can put your family and anyone else into a snowy scene. Plus there’s no need to shake it. The snow is automatic thanks to a battery powered pump.

New PSP due before Christmas, two thumbsticks

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2009

PSP Concept is a slick & sexy sliderWe’ve heard all of the rumors that a new PSP will be arriving with a sliding touchscreen, but now Pocket Gamer says they’ve confirmed it with a developer working on the system. It will be here before Christmas.

The source repeats earlier rumors about the design: Like the touchscreen that will slide open to reveal a D-pad and….two analog thumbsticks. And as we told you before, the UMD will be gone in favor of digital downloads. According to Pocket Gamer it’s more like an iPhone than the last PSP you’ve come to know and love.

Kid goes nuts when he gets a Wii for Christmas

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2009


No one can really blame a kid for going nuts when he gets a Wii for Christmas, what with the current Wii shortage and all. Still, there’s something a little off about how excited this kid gets. He must have been dreaming about wrapping his little hand around the Wiimote and getting in on the busting up a TV with your Wiimote action, for months.

Because he sure is excited about receiving his game console. The video is weird, but worth a laugh or two. Go on and watch it. Then you tell me if this little guy isn’t destined to be the next this guy. Oh and keep the volume down.

Microwaves play Jingle Bells

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


Christmas is almost here and it’s time to celebrate. And by celebrate, I mean let’s watch a bunch of Microwaves, 49 to be exact, play “Jingle Bells” with their timer bells. Of course, the timers all had to be set manually, but they did a good job considering.

I picture this 49 microwave contraption rigged to the chimney somehow, as a Santa alarm. It could go off just as Santa is entering your home and cook him up some nice quick meals at the same time. He’ll surely reward you with an extra present or two.

Crazy Dalek Christmas tree exterminates holiday cheer

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2008

Crazy Dalek Christmas tree exterminates holiday cheerThis Dalek Christmas tree is scary. Scary because it’s a Dalek and scary because it’s so silly and bizarre that my brain has no idea how to process it. It was created by Minnesotan Lindsey Testolin and features a lot of flashing lights, no sense of style or attitude, some bulb ornaments on the base, and I hope they have a spare laundry basket or he’s gonna lose his neck.

If Doctor Who was a DIY production, this would be an actual screen cap of the Christmas special. Regardless of it’s ragtag DIY look, it warms our cold geek hearts. Video below.