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Dell cuts Adamo 13 price, ups the speed

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Dell has dropped the price of the Adamo 13 and they have also given it a major speed increase to keep it ahead of the MacBook Air. The price of the system has fallen from $1,099 to $899 while giving it the same specifications as the previous high-end model. Gone is the 1.4GHz, ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo from the old versions and it has now moved up to the faster 2.13GHz chip.

Other specs include a 128GB solid-state drive, 4GB of RAM, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, two USB ports (one with eSATA), Ethernet and DisplayPort. The six-cell battery is built in, but can last for as much as five hours.

YouTube will now help you keep an eye on your speed

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2010

Ever wonder how your Internet connection stacks up to people in your area? YouTube’s new Video Speed Dashboard will let you know just that, comparing your stats on an ISP, city, state, country-wide and global level, even giving you a 30-day profile of what your connection looks like.

You can also see the average results of users near you on other ISPs. This kind of thing isn’t new, but it gives everyone access to the info, which they really should have.

Pocket Radar is world’s smallest speed radar

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2009

We’ve seen our share of pocket-sized speed radar detectors, but the new Pocket Radar might be the first that could actually fit in your pocket. Or in the palm of your hand. Of course there are some trade-offs for the size.

Still, the company says that it “forges a new standard in speed radar performance,” and supposedly it can track the speed of everything from a fastball to race car within one mile per hour. We can only take their word for it.

New iPod Touch really is 50% faster, almost

Posted in iPod Touch by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2009

New iPod Touch really is 50% faster, almostAccording to Apple, the latest 32/64GB iPod touch is 50% faster than the old iPod touch. It’s an impressive claim. But is it accurate? Well, Macworld tested it out so you don’t have to worry about it. They found that the new touch comes close to that benchmark, even though it fell a tad short in some testing.

Booting: The old touch took 31 seconds. The new touch takes 19 seconds. Loading a web page went from 34 seconds to 15. And most games tested between loading 33% and 50% faster.

Cheetah GPSmirror Speed & Red Light Camera Detector

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

Cheetah GPSmirror Speed & Red Light Camera DetectorThis device will make detecting speed cameras and red light camera detectors easy. The Cheetah GPSmirror features a built-in GPS that comes preloaded with the locations of all of these enforcement cameras, thereby letting you avoid them and thumb your nose at the law.

It will automatically warn you when you are approaching a camera or passing over the speed limit, via voice, tone and visual alerts. This is a useful device that will keep you out of trouble. The Cheetah GPSmirror will cost you $250. Which is much cheaper than all the tickets you have already gotten.

Baseball with a radar gun built in

Posted in Sports by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2009

Baseball with a radar gun built inBack in the stone age, if you wanted to know how fast you could pitch, you needed a radar gun, which was huge and expensive. Only Major League dudes had them and they pointed them at every pitcher in the league, all for the sake of stats. Well this is the 21st century bub. You don’t need a radar gun anymore. We’ve shoved the whole thing into the ball itself.

The SmartBall shows you exactly how fast you throw it. I hear ya. The ball is no longer regulation with the added weight. And yeah, if you hit it with a bat, it will likely die. But it should be a great way to measure your speed and then improve your speed.

Next iPhone to get Internet speed boost

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Apple teams up with Adobe for iPhone FlashThere have been some rumors about the upcoming third generation of the iPhone, but now those rumors are shifting toward a serious Internet boost in the next model. Apparently someone in the know has stated that the new iPhone’s connection will be “significantly faster” but does that refer to the WiFi or the cellular connection? Maybe both.

Some experts suspect that the tip refers to a boost in Internet speed, with the addition of speed-doubled 7.2Mbps 3G. Which make sense, since Infineon will be releasing a new 3G chip this year. Also, AT&T has been testing their 7.2Mbps 3G service for awhile and that should roll out this year as well.

Stopper postcard measures Postal delivery speed

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2009

Stopper postcard measures Postal delivery speedThe Postal service better step up their game with gadget concepts like this one on the loose. The Stopper Postcard measures how long it takes that postcard to get from point A to point B. So, now postal workers have something else to stress out about. It’s a constant reminder of how far behind they are on any given day. Let’s hope it doesn’t push some of them over the edge.

My one question is this: How long does it count? I, like many of you have mailed things and have waited for things that have apparently been swallowed by a black hole. So, if you never receive a package, is it still counting the days up to infinity?

Honda Speedometer changes color to change your driving

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2008

Honda Speedometer changes color to change your drivingThe Honda Ecological Drive System (HDAS) will be included with the 2009 Honda Insight. It will alert drivers to their driving habits through a color coded speedometer. For instance if you’re going along at a grandmotherly yet fuel efficient speed, the speedometer goes green, indicating that you are a responsible and possibly elderly driver.

When you find yourself trying to outrun the fuzz at 90mph, the speedometer turns blue, indicating that you are most likely on COPS and should really slow down. Seems like red, yellow and green would have been better colors to use. It’s a great idea that should save many gallons of gas as well as keep you safe from yourself.

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.

Overclock your DS Lite with XCM Hyper Gear case

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2008

Overclock your DS Lite with XCM Hyper Gear caseOverclocking your DS Lite, without having to open it up or use software? The new XCM Hyper Gear case for the DS Lite not only gives your handheld a new look, it also turbocharges your DS Lite games thanks to a switch on it’s bottom right corner. Just flip it, and your DS Lite will run at 140% or 170% of its normal speed.

Seems like it won’t kill your DS, but your battery will die pretty fast. It speeds up your game’s graphics and audio, making everything seem like your DS has a coke habit. XCM expects to release the Hyper Gear case within the next few weeks. So when Mario says Wa-hoo! he’s gonna mean it this time.

Hands on: Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

Hands on: Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One PrinterPrinters can go either way. I’ve found that they are generally terrible due to high expectations, or in some cases they actually live up to the hype. I can tell you straight away, the Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer lives up to and even exceeds the hype. First, it looks great and it’s not much bigger then your standard printer, so you don’t need a lot of extra desk real estate. That’s a good thing for anybody, but being designed for small and home businesses, it’s a huge plus to have a work horse that looks good and goes just about anywhere. Some of the features on the 600 include WiFi capabilities, laser quality printing, fast printing speeds, built-in memory card reader, and a super handy LCD to preview your pictures and operate the whole thing effortlessly.

Right out of the box you get an ethernet cable, power cable, driver/software disc, user manuals, even sample paper, a small bit of phone cable and the necessary printer cartridges. No USB cable, which is common and with the Wi-Fi capabilities you really don’t need one.

USB Pole Dancer keeps dollars in your pocket

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2008

USB Pole Dancer keeps dollars in your pocket
You know how it is, you can’t always get to the strip clubs as often as you’d like. So you wish and wish, and yet somehow a pole dancer has never appeared in your workspace to shake her stuff at you. Until now.

Just plug this baby into your USB port and watch her twirl as you type faster and faster. She’s awesome because she’ll shake her money maker and never ask for a single dollar bill in her G-String. Lonely nerds everywhere will be abusing their keyboards and buying replacements in no time. It’s almost too much fun for $29.25. The only way it gets better is if she stopped to windex the pole so another girl could begin.

Das Ultimate Keyboard has no letters

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2008

Das Ultimate Keyboard has no letters
Think you know your way around the keyboard keys blindfolded? Want to look cool to those around you? Why not type away on a keyboard that’s completely blank, with no numbers or letters. Your co-workers will marvel at your skills.

The Das Ultimate Keyboard is designed to be one of the fastest keyboards available with honest to god German-engineered gold-plated mechanical switches, but if you need to look while typing, you won’t be breaking any speed records. The Das Ultimate keyboard normally retails for $129, but if you pre-order now you can grab one for just $99.

Measure ball speed with the Glove Radar

Posted in Sports by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2008

Measure ball speed with the Glove Radar
When you’re playing a game of catch, a radar gun isn’t exactly the most convenient way to measure a ball’s speed. The Glove Radar is an affordable way to measure how much heat your friend is throwing your way. It attaches to the back of your glove with a weather-resistant nylon cord. Sure, it looks dorky, but what are ya gonna do?

It uses microwave Doppler technology to measure the ball’s speed as it approaches. When the ball arrives you’ll see it’s speed indicated in mph on the LCD display. The Radar is powered by a single 3V lithium battery, which isn’t rechargeable, but it’s good for about 5,000 speed measurements. You’ll probably be bored with it long before then.