And now Panasonic is taking back orders from retailers instead. Panasonic’s 50-inch plasma TV went on sale at Best Buy, bundled with a pair of 3D glasses and a 3D Blu-ray player for $2900 on March 10th. Panasonic is the first manufacturer to get these products to market even though there is very little content available to watch.
If you’ve been following the phenomenon, than you know that folks over in South Korea have been using snack sausages as a stylus for their iPhones, which is especially useful in the winter because you can’t use the iPhone’s touch screen through your gloves.
And now CaseCrown, a company known for selling iPhone cases has received a large shipment of these sausages and is offering them for $0.99 each. It has the added bonus of feeding you when you get hungry too unlike a normal stylus.
Motorola’s latest Android 2.0 handset, the Motoroi is headed to US shelves in March. So it’s not a Korean exclusive. Head of Motorola Korea, Rick Wolochatiuk, confirmed at the Korean launch that the new handset “will be launched in other markets around the world”. The US was specifically confirmed for a March release.
The Motoroi features a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen and can record 720p video with HDMI output. Onboard is also an 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash.
Nokia’s 5530 XpressMusic Games Edition is now available in the US and should help you in your batle against boredom. The device is known as Nokia’s most affordable touchscreen phone and the handset comes with a total of 20 games from developers like EA Mobile and Gameloft.
The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Games Edition features a 3.2-megapixel AF camera, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, 70MB internal memory, and an included 4GB microSD card. The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Games edition can be had now in the US for $269.
Pure is known for unusual and elegant radios. Unfortunately they have not been available in the US. Well, now Pure is correcting that oversight with five WiFi radios. There’s the Sensia, shown above which features a 5.7-inch touchscreen, an oval enclosure and access to the Pure Lounge: a portal that gets you into internet radio stations, Twitter and Facebook. There’s also an auxiliary input jack. All for $349.
The $449 Sirocco 550 is like a mini boombox with the WiFi radio capabilities, a USB socket, iPhone and iPod compatibility, a CD player and an SD expansion slot. There’s also the $139 Siesta Flow alarm clock radio and the $249 Oasis Flow, which is rugged and waterproof.
MSI’s all-in-one Wind Top AE2220 just arrived in the States. We can only assume that it arrived with all the fanfare of the Beatles arrival so long ago. And why not? It has some nice specs, like a 21.5″ screen with 16:9 widescreen display, full HD 1080p resolution and high-fidelity 5.1-channel SRS Premium Sound.
Under the hood you’ll find NVIDIA ION graphics and the latest Intel Core 2 Duo/Pentium Dual Core processors, along with VGA and HDMI input ports. The Wind Top AE2220 all-in-one PC will start from $749.99 and go up from there.
Originally it was rumored for an October release date, but then that changed to November 17th and sure enough Tony Hawk Ride was all ready to go on November 17. It will cost you $120 and the game/peripheral combo let you do all of the simulated skateboarding you want on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii.
European availability is December 4 with Amazon for $149. So go get your fake skateboard and park it next to your fake guitar and drum set.
Looks like Sony’s PS3 Slim is paying off for the company. Sales of PS3 hardware at “top retailers” jumped 300% for the first week of September compared to the week before the system’s price was cut to $299 for the “slim”.
Yes, people are actually buying the console. This news surely makes the folks at Sony feel all warm and tingly, but that’s not it for good news. According to a survey by GamePlan Insights, five of consumers’ top 10 most-wanted games are actually on the PS3 (Gran Turismo 5, Final Fantasy XIII, God of War III, Assassin’s Creed 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2).
NEC has a pair of spiffy new LCD displays available in the U.S. today to match a recent release of similar models in Japan. The LCD2490WUXi2 and the LCD2490W2 both feature 24-inch screens and IPS panels. These displays offer a much better image quality than TV or PVA screens and allows them to show 96.7% of the sRGB color space.
Professional graphics editors and photographers are going to love these models. Some other features include auto-brightness, 12-bit color lookup tables, ambient light sensors a 320cd/m2 brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, VGA and DVI inputs.
MSI’s X-Slim X340 is now available in the US for only $599. The laptop features an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz CPU, a 2GB RAM, a 250GB HDD, a 4-cell battery and Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium OS. The laptop uses the Intel Menlow US15W chipset with the GMA 500 integrated graphics.
Some other features include a 13-inch 16:9 display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and LED backlight. A 1.3MP webcam, stereo speakers, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, an Ethernet LAN port, three USB ports, a 2-in-1 media card reader, and a VGA output.
People really really love the Mushroom Kingdom. In the first week alone in the US, the big N managed to sell a whooping 435,00 DSi handhelds. Here’s something more amazing. In the month of March Nintendo systems accounted for just under 60 percent of all video game hardware sold in America.
This during a 17 percent drop in Wii sales during the same month. The news definitely gives Mario and Yoshi something to get excited about.
This could be an April Fools joke, but we know it’s coming anyway. A company named Voss & Mauser is claiming that they have a new GPS implant tracker that can be directly implanted into the skin and that it’s now available in the states.
Our tipster states “Many parents and governments across this planet have been demanding for a GPS Tracker device that can be embedded directly into the skin and cannot be removed or noticed by them. Follow the tracked person’s exact satellite location on any computer with Internet, no matter where they are in the world.” Yeah, I’m sure it’s a dream that many people share, while others cringe.
The idea of hackers bringing down the entire US power grid is scary. Most people think that this scenario strictly belongs in sci-fi movies and that it couldn’t happen, but according to security analysts, the threat is real. The threat is a real possibility due to the use of smart grids involving two million devices, which are largely wireless, sending data back and forth between power stations and homes.
Researchers at Seattle based IOActive claim that they have proven that the devices are vulnerable to virus attack by hacking. Equipment worth just $500 was enough to create a worm virus which spread rapidly across the network. Had that been a real hacker, there would have been some serious damage.
We Americans will finally be able to get our hands on the Violet Mir:ror home-based RFID reader for $59. It will come with a few Nano:ztags nd three Ztamp:s which will let you specify certain computer functions that will trigger whenever one of the RFID tags gets close to the Mir:ror.
So if you always put your keys on the Mir:ror, for example, it will tell you if your keys are there or not before you leave home. You can get some extra Ztamp:s by the dozen for $20.
HTC has confirmed through twitter updates, that the touchscreen/QWERTY slider known as the Touch Pro2 will be available in all major markets, including North America. So never fear, it will be everywhere.
Not many details to be had unfortunately. For instance, we don’t have an exact date. We just know that the launch should be in Q2 if all goes well. We’re also curious about whether or not 3G compatibility will be added. We’ll have to wait and see.