April 30, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Asus RT-N13U Router


How kewl is this Asus Router that allows downloading even if the PC is turned off? The WiFi RT-N13U can also work as an FTP server and manage your printers for several PCs. Plug and play, the router runs at 300Mbps and features EZ Bandwidth Prioritization, an interface that optimizes connections.

Via Asus Routers

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April 30, 2010

Samsung 20 NM Class NAND Chips


Samsung has proudly released 20 nanometer (nm) class NAND chips that can be used in SD cards and other devices with memory. They claim that they have a 50% higher productivity level than 30nm-class MLC NAND, and deliver a read speed of 20MB/s and write speed of 10MB/s. Memory cards with the technology will soon be available with 4GB - 64GB memory.

Via Samsung

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April 29, 2010

Study Shows Internet Addicted Collegians


A recent study shows that college students are addicted to the Internet. While this is no big surprise to those of us past that age that admit our addictions, some of the results were certainly amusing. Two hundred University of Maryland students gave up all media for 24 hours. At the end of that time, many showed signs of craving, anxiety and withdrawal.

Project director and journalism professor Susan Moeller says the students not having their electronics was equal to losing their friends and family. Clearly, these students have try to wean themselves by hitting the library, getting a small pet or reading a newspaper, just in case there is an extensive Google or Twitter crash.


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April 29, 2010

Onkyo Adds TV Tuner and Radio to Netbook


We suppose that Onkyo hasn't been selling their netbooks as much as they would like to and decided to include a TV tuner and radio in its DC213. Available soon through their Direct Store, it features an Atom N450 with 1.66GHz, 1GB of RAM and a 10.1" WSVGA display. The 265 x 165 x 25mm netbook weighs 1.2kg and offers up to 3.3 hours of battery life.

Via Akihabara News

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April 28, 2010

Verizon Adds More Net Content to Fios


Verizon has added more Internet access to its Fios TV service. Users can now access YouTube and tunes from iHeartRadio. The free upgrade is the company's latest attempt to compete not only with cable providers such Comcast and Time Warner, but also online sources like Netflix and Amazon.

We don't suspect they have too much to worry about. A recent survey by Consumerist found Comcast the Worst Company In America for 2010 and gave them the "Golden Poo" award.

Via ZDNet

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Seagate adds Netflix and YouTube Streaming


Seagate's FreeAgent Theater+, HD media player and Go External Drive has added a free firmware update that will allow it to stream Netflix, YouTube, vTuner and Mediafly. It also serves as a UPnP/DLNA device to play content stored on PCs and external drives.

Via Seagate FreeAgent

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April 27, 2010

DISPLAX Super Thin Touchscreen


DISPLAX is a cleverly designed super thin polymer film touchscreen that can be placed on glass, plastic or wood. It can detect up to 16 touches (or even if someome blows on it!) simultaneously and its technology processes input signals it receives from a nanowire grid in the film itself. The DISPLAX will begin shipping in July.

Via Psyorg

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FloTV Offers 6 Mos. Service Freebie


If you have been considering owning a FloTV, maybe now is the time. The company is offering a free 6 month subscription with purchase, a $90.00 value. If that isn't enough to tempt you, think of the kidlets being able to watch TV no matter where you have to go. That kind of quiet is priceless.

Via FloTV

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April 26, 2010

Marusys Set Tops Stream to iPhone


Marusys has two new set top boxes with DVB-S/S2 tuners, the MS630S and MS850S. PVR ready, both have composite, component and HDMI video outputs. They are Linux-based, have Magnum DX6225 media chips and an interesting ability to stream content to your iPhone via WiFi.

Via Linux Devices

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SEC Looks Into HP Dealings With Russia


Funny how you never consider certain businesses can be crooked, but the Wall St. Journal reports that the DOJ and SEC believe that HP may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. They say that the company may have paid $10.9 million in bribes in order to win a computer equipment contract from the Russian prosecutor general's office. Tsk, tsk.


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April 23, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Allegro Portable Internet Radio


Grace Digital's latest product is the Allegro Wireless Radio and Streamer. The portable radio supports Pandora, SIRIUS, NPR, BBC, CNN and over 17,000 stations. It has its own recharging unit, AC adapter or can run on regular batteries. With 10 station presets and up to 100 saved favorites, it also has a class D digital amp and rear full range speaker.

Via Grace

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JetFlash 500 Features Retractable Connector


How clever of Transcend to design their new JetFlash 500 with a retractable connector. Not only does this eliminate a cap, it cuts back on dust and debris inside the drive. Compatible with USB 2.0, the flash drive will soon be available in capacities from 2GB to 32GB and comes in five colors with a free download of Elite data management tools.

Via Trandscend

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April 22, 2010

Motorola Develops 3D Update for DCX


Motorola has been working on 3D for about a decade and has announced a firmware update for their DCX set-top boxes. The software automatically detects and processes 3D signals while it adjusts onscreen graphics. Closed captioning, emergency alerts, text overlays and EPGs are all supported. No release date has been set as yet.

Via Motorola

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Do Your Share for Earth Day


It's Earth Day. What better way to network than to help save the planet? Okay, that's a bit of a stretch, but humor us anyway. Plant a tree, recycle those old National Geographics or used electronics, sign the Climate Declaration and then settle in with organic popcorn and a viewing of Avatar, released today.

Via Earth Day

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April 21, 2010

uPlay Connects Wirelessly


The QED Live uPlay Bluetooth Receiver was made for iPod, iPhone, PDAs, laptops and other Bluetooth enabled electronics. The Puck wirelessly connects to your audio system, amp or home theater with a range of 5 - 10m, as long as it doesn't need to go through walls. Connect the transmitter to your Bluetooth device and the receiver to the audio source for a simplified connection. The device has yet to hit the states and no price has been released as yet.


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FreeAgent Go Loaded with Star Trek


Seagate has teamed with Paramount to preload the FreeAgent Go USB 2.0 drives with the 2009 "Star Trek", unlockable after you register your new external storage system. Twenty other titles will be available on the minute HDD with 2.5" 500GB disc for prices from $9.99 to $14.99.

Via Seagate

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April 20, 2010

Free TV Browsing With Kylo


Hillcrest Labs recently launched Kylo, a free Mozilla-based browser that can be used to connect to a TV via PC or Mac via HDMI, component, VGA or S-video cables. CEO Dan Simpkins came up with the idea and says that set-top boxes are really only alternate displays for the computer. Kylo has the ability to visit any website, zooms and pans, works with any mouse and an onscreen keyboard appears when there is the need.

(Thanks, Jeremy)

Via Kylo

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Data Robotics Delivers Drobo File Server


Data Robotics has utilized its DroboShare chassis, added an Ethernet jack and a dual-core CPU, increased its RAM, made a few other changes and came up with a 4x faster Drobo File Server. Users can mix, match, swap and upgrade the storage unit with other Drobos with 5 bays to work with. An empty FS unit starts at a price of $699, while others can hold 4.5, 7.5 and 10TB.

Via Drobo

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April 19, 2010

Sharp Joins 3D TV Bandwagon


Not content to merely add yellow to its HDTVs, Sharp now plans to launch 3D TVs this summer with the same technology. The company believes that its high response speed will help eliminate "crosstalk," the ghostly double images that can occur in 3D. Sharp also plans to make displays for cellies and other mobile devices that will not need glasses, but you will still need them for the TVs.

Via Reuters

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WCI Plan for Next Gen WiMAX


The next generation of WiMAX is due and the WCI (WiMAX 2 Collaboration Initiative) has formed to support the 802.16m standard in order to keep up with the 4G to come. Backwards compatible, it will deliver speeds of more than 300Mbps, have lower latency and increased VoIP capacity. Alvarion, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Sequans, XRONet and ZTE are some of the companies that have joined to support this next step that should start showing up in products later this year.

Via Business Wire

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April 16, 2010

Freakin' Friday! LCD and HDTV Prices Lowered


While others are running out to get their new 3D or Blu-ray TVs, you can take advantage of less expensive prices on HDTVs. Toshiba is offering a 15.6" Widescreen LCD with built-in DVD player. It has a 1366x768 resolution with 800:1 contrast, a 150/170º viewing angle and playback of WMA, MP3, JPEG and DIVX.


And while Samsung is hoping you will grab their 3D Bundle, you can pick up a 40", 120 Hz HDTV with a 1920x1080 resolution, stand included, for less than a third of the price. It features Auto Motion Plus, Wide Color Enhancer 3, a side-mounted USB port, PIP and Game Mode.

Via Toshiba LCD with DVD Player

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Toshiba Releases Canvio Hard Drives


Toshiba has a new line of portable hard drives that can handle from 500GB to 1TB of data. The Canvios weigh about half a pound and come in black, silver, blue, red or green. Each plugs into your USB and can automatically and regularly back up files with NTI BackupNow EZ software. The largest drive, the 1TB model, can hold up to 285,000 digital photos, 263,000 digital music files, or 820 digital movies. Prices go from $119.99 to $199.99.

Via Toshiba

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April 15, 2010

NU super Thin Blu-ray Writer


NU claims that they have the planet's slimmest, portable external writer at dimensions of 1.55 x 141 x 18mm and a weight of only 380g. The Blu-ray EBR240 attaches to USB and records and burns at speeds of up to BD-R 6X and BD-RE 2X. Not only is the writer faster with its dual-layered burning, storage and backup, it can automatically adjust speed to minimize errors.

Via Ubergizmo

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Scratchproof Your iPad With Carrying Case


Accessories are already out there for iPad owners like this Protective Carrying Case. The outside is made with high-density nylon and has a pocket to store accessories. Inside, the scratch-resistant FlexWall interior can support the iPad, dock, adapter and connector. The case has a 3 year warranty and the package includes a cleaning cloth and blower brush. The company has even included a shoulder strap so you can look nerdy European.

Via iPad Protective Carrying Case

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April 14, 2010

Netflix Comes to iPad


Ready to face life with your new iPad? Netflix is already available in the iTunes App Store. According to Netflix's VP of Corporate Communications Steve Swasey, the free application will soon be accessible for iPhone and touch users as well.

Via Netflix

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Turn On With GE Motion Detector Adapter


Want more automation in your life without it costing you a fortune? GE's Outdoor Adapter attaches to an existing light and works by motion sensor. When it detects movement up to 50 feet away, it will turn itself on. The device can be used on any type of incandescent lamp and has an auto-activation switch for both day and night.

Via GE Adapters

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April 13, 2010

Motorola H17txt Headset Customizable


Motorola's new H17txt with MotoSpeak is fairly advanced with its ability to read SMS in real time when paired with an app. The Bluetooth headset can be customized to have an automated response and text-to-speech enabling. The H17txt is available now through Verizon.

Via Fareast Gizmos

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AirPower Absorbs Energy From WiFi


RCA has discovered a method of absorbing energy from WiFi. The first commercial product will be the AirPower, a pod about the size of a flip phone, that recharges your small device via USB connection. A full charge takes about 5 - 6 hrs. of exposure, but you can charge your phone, MP3 player or digital cam at the same time. The best part is that it never needs plugging in. Wherever there is WiFi, including walking by a hotspot, the AirPower automatically sucks up energy. Look for a holiday release.

Via Dvice

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April 12, 2010

EzAir Kit Streams from PC to TV


With the EzAir, you can wirelessly stream content from your PC, laptop or notebook to TV. The kit consists of an HDMI/D-SUB Base and USB dongle. The device is due out this month in Japan for ¥13,800 ($147.00) but we suspect it will move worldwide eventually.

Via EzAir

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DC Court Rules For Comcast in Net-Neutrality Issue


Last week, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Comcast, who had denied users from posting content on BitTorrent. This is not good news for the FCC in their efforts to create Net-neutrality in broadband companies. Comcast claims that the FCC did not have the right to enforce policy principles because the Supreme Court deregulated broadband in 2005.

The reason for the blockage is probably because sites like BitTorrent can handle large video files, thereby threatening broadband companies business. But Comcast argued that uploading large files slows down access for other subscribers. We will have to keep an eye on the FCC's next move before other companies decide what sites we cannot use for whatever reasons they choose.


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April 9, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Samsung 3D Bundle


If you are not in danger of losing your house, have a steady job and feel secure in your life, 3D is probably calling your name. Samsung is offering a 3D Bundle with 55" LED HDTV, 3D capable Blu-ray player, 2 pairs of glasses and "Monsters vs. Aliens 3D ." Included in the $3329.97 price is free shipping. Yay.

Via Samsung 3D Bundle

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Pioneer's DMP and Mixer for Budding DJs


Anyone can become a DJ with Pioneer's new Digital Media Player and 2 Channel Mixer. The CDJ-350 can handle MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF files stored on discs, USB devices or other electronics. It includes rekordbox software to manage files and carries a MSRP of $850.00.


The DJM-350 has 4 kinds of effects, an isolated 3-band equalizer, a front USB port for input and a price of $750.

Via Pioneer

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April 8, 2010

Dune BD Prime - Definitive HD


The Dune BD Prime 3.0 brings everything HD into one convenient box. It has full HD playback and a built-in Blu-ray drive. Play video, music and photos from any media source. Included are three USB 2.0 ports, eSATA port, Ethernet, HDMI 1.3, S/PDIF, 7.1 analog audio, 2.0 analog audio, component video and composite video. The Prime is available for $449.99.

Via Dune

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Kenwood Stylin' With New Dock


Leave it to Kenwood to come up with a stylish iPhone/iPod dock, music player, FM tuner and digital frame all-in-one with a 800 x 480 resolution. The 7" AS-iP70 has SD and USB card inputs and alarm clock with snooze and sleep timer. The device is due out next month with a $270.00 price tag.

Via AV Watch (translated)

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April 7, 2010

NY TW Subscribers to Get Free WiFi


About one million lucky New Yorkers will be receiving free WiFi. Time Warner Cable paired with Comcast to offer the service to RoadRunner High Speed Internet customers at Cablevision hotspots. About 2 million have already used them and hopefully TW will expand the service to other areas as well. Check out their hotspots via the link.

Via Time Warner Cable

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Belkin Share, Play and Play Max Routers


Belkin has included apps in their new 802.11n Wireless Router line. Play music, surf the interweb, attach your game system and show HD videos on the Share, Play, and Play Max Routers. The Print Genie app allows you to share pics and print wirelessly anywhere while automatically. Their Self-Healing app automatically resolves any network problem and runs routine maintenance scans, while the Daily DJ can create playlists.

Via Belkin

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April 6, 2010

Kisai Escape C Wireless Connection


Tokyoflash, home of the unique timepieces, has expanded its line and its newest accessory is the Kisai Escape C. The wireless gadget can connect to your cell phone for hands free calls, can connect with your MP3 player and play music, and acts as a VoIP connection for Skype or IM applications. The Escape has volume control, displays time and comes at a price of $105.53.

Via Tokyoflash

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Cisco Valet Routers For Home Usage


Cisco released their first wireless router for home consumers. The company bought Pure Digital, the Flip camera company, and used the technology to produce Valet. The simplified device uses a USB Connector that fits into a computer, then password and web keys are set automatically with software. There are two versions, the Valet for small to midsize houses and the Plus for larger ones. Both have parental control with domain blocking and Website filtering. Extra Connectors are also sold separately.

Via Cisco Valet

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April 5, 2010

Fijitsu Develops Faster Flash Memory Macro


Fujitsu claims that their new flash memory macro with NOR circuits not only have a 100,000 write/erase speed, but they are guaranteed to retain data for 20 years. The technology, which improves access speeds by 2.5 times to 10 nanoseconds, will be placed in microcontrollers for automotive, industrial and consumer electronics.

Via Far East Gizmos

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Sanyo Improved Gorilla PNDs


Sanyo has released a new series of Gorilla PNDs with some extra features. The NV-SD740DT, NV-SB570DT and NV-SB550DT have 16GB SSED memory, backlit LED, better mapping with a 5m zoom and 5 levels of color scale. Record and save video, photos and music and use it as a digital photo frame when not in use. The Gorillas have a 1SEG TV tuner, a 2×1W stereo speaker set, a 7" monitor, a VICS Traffic module and 3 hours of battery life.

Via Akihabara News

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April 3, 2010

Pros and Cons of the iPad

After seeing the iPad last night on Jimmy Fallon with Engadget's Josh Topolsky, we have come to this conclusion. We love the eReader part of it, hate the price, love the gazillion applications, hate that you can only do one thing at a time, love that you can download stuff from your iPhone, hate that it has no camera, love some of the games, hate that it will not play flash. There you go. Do we still want one? Of course. What do you think? Here's another clip to help you decide.

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April 2, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Mythos XTR-50 Speaker


Need a speaker to match that super thin HDTV? Definitive Technology has released the Mythos XTR-50 that is only 1.5" thick. It utilizes XTDD technology to deliver a high dynamic range performance. The speaker has a 27 x 6" cabinet, weighs a mere 5.1 lbs., comes with a glass table stand and wall-mounting bracket, and can be used both vertically and horizontally.

Via Definitive Technology

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EN-V Makes Us EN-Vious


So it barely holds two and will run only 25mph, but the GM concept EN-V, built in conjunction with Segway and Shanghai Auto, is clever enough to make us want one now. Less than 60" in length and weighing 1,100 lbs., there are three different models. Each can can make a 180º turn on one axle and runs on a 3KW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. It automatically shifts its weight from front to rear and features GPS, WiFi, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and distance sense technology. Best of all, it can run you home by itself in case you had a bit too much to drink.

Via Inside Line

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April 1, 2010

Maplin USB Wall Plate


How clever of Maplin to incorporate a USB connection into a 13A wall plate. Charge your cell phone, MP3 player, game console, digital camera or other small electronics without losing the rest of the socket. The device has an input of AC 100-240V/50/60Hz/ 80mA /3W, an output of DC 5V/V600mA and is available for £14.99 (~$23.00.)

Via Maplin

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Panasonic SC-SP100 Dock


Panasonic's new iPhone/iPod dock is about as stylish as they come. The 2.1 channel SC-SP100 has 20W output of power and an integrated subwoofer, a 6.5cm cone woofer and dual passive radiators. The dock has an analog input as well and a price of $129.95.

Via Panasonic

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