Mario is celebrating a birthday this year and Sonic the Hedgehog is as well. Sega is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Sonic in its own way, which is not as overt and out there as Nintendo is doing with the party for Mario. Sega is licensing Sonic for some interesting gear though like this new product from Mad Catz.
The product is an inductive charging stand with rechargeable batteries that you only have to sit on the stand to power up. Mad Catz is selling the limited edition Sonic inductive charger for about $50 and that price gets you the rechargeable batteries as well. Sonic appears to be warning you that only two remotes can be put on his little patch of charger.
The device uses magnets to align the controllers for optimum charging and it appears that it can charge the remote through the plastic sleeves that protect your TV from certain death. The design also will work with controllers that have the Motion Plus accessory installed. You should, be able to order one of these chargers right now if you want.
If you are a fan of the Nintendo DS and a fan of Pokemon, you have probably been following the coming title for the DS called Pokemon Black and Pokemon white. The games are basically the same under the specialized cover and the titles will be offered for the Wii and the DS. The only difference in the game versions is that each color pack has a special creature that can only be caught in that game.
Nintendo has announced that the games will hit store shelves on March 6 and that each of them will bring 150 new Pokemon and a new area for players to explore. The Black version of the game will have a special metro area called Black City and the white version will have a lush forest area called White Forrest on in that version.
The Black version of the game also gets an exclusive Pokemon called Reshiram and the White version gets Zekrom. I bet hardcore fans will be buying both versions and that is exactly what Nintendo wants. The games will sell for $34.99 each and can be pre-ordered right now.
We can credit Amazon with helping to revive the eReader market with its Kindle. Readers had been around for a long time before Amazon entered the market, but the Kindle and its feature set really got users to pay attention and kicked the market off in earnest. Today the Kindle is still one of the most popular devices on the market.
Amazon has announced that its latest Kindle is now the best selling device in the history of the company. The previous best selling product was the book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Amazon didn't get specific on the number of Kindles it sold in all. However, it did state that on its busiest day, November 29, customers ordered over 13.7 million items globally amounting to 158 items ordered per second. Amazon also noted that more Kindles were turned on for the first time on Christmas day than any other day in history.
The best selling products on Amazon this holiday season were the WiFi Kindle and the Kindle 3G. The most purchased Kindle book was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and that book was also the most gifted book in the store. I would like to know specifically how many Kindles were sold.
I would bet that most of you out there are familiar with the Trojan Condoms brand. It's hard to get away from the commercials on the radio and TV on shows where they think adults might be watching or listening. The company has announced that it will be at CES 2011 marking its first time to be at the show.
Why would a condom maker be at a tech convention? Apparently, Trojan is unveiling a new ultra thin condom at the show along with some "adult" electronic devices like the Trojan Vibrations. My favorite part of the Trojan press release is where the chief scientist and condom developer likens Trojan products to SSDs (not to be confused with STDs) and other tech.
Dr. Michael Harrison said, "Innovation in this category is critical. At the show, you'll see ultra thin TV's, tiny solid state hard drives and thousands of other innovations designed to improve the consumer experience. It's a show dedicated to inventiveness, and that's exactly why we're here. We'll be announcing a collection of new products in early January that we believe are every bit as innovative as some of the bigger consumer electronics announcements, and certainly as important."
If you are an iPhone user or use any other device with a touchscreen that needs skin contact to work you know when the cold season rolls around its hard to use your device. Short of dialing with your nose, you can get special gloves that have attachments to let you work your touchscreen. The catch is the gloves can be expensive and might not fit your style.
Quirky has a new product that any glove wearing iPhone geek will want to get their hands on. The device is called digits and is a set of four little pins that look like something you would put on a hat. The little pins have conductive metal on the inside that touches your skin and conductive silicone on the outside to allow touchscreen control without scratching.
The pins are as easy to use as a hatpin and all the user has to do is place them inside their glove and pin them down. The Digits devices come in packs of four at $13.99 each pack and can be ordered right now. They will work with any touchscreen device.
The rumor mill has been hard at work churning out possibilities for what Verizon has coming during their keynote at CES. While the iPhone possibilities get the biggest pub, the 4G handset possibilities seem to be more realistic. HTC's rumored Incredible HD, otherwise known as the mecha, suddenly stands out as a real possibility although under a different name.
A teaser ad released by HTC was launched a few days ago and the original URL the ad linked to was http://www.htc.com/4G?extcid=Thunderbolt-4G-Disp. The link isn't live yet, but this is giving us a possibility on the name of the new flagship Android device for Verizon. TweakTown will be there to bring you all the details when they go down at CES, so stay tuned!
Looking for a high end alternative to the iPod Touch? Samsung may have just the thing for you in the works. Samsung has confirmed that they will debut the 4 inch Galaxy Player media device at CES.
The Samsung Hub reported the device will feature a 4 inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, dual cameras, and come in 8, 16 or 32 gigabyte flavors. Tthe player is 9.9mm thick and runs Android 2.2 with a one-gigahertz processor, a microSD card slot, and access to Samsung Apps and the Android Market.
If you're a Sony fan and looking for the next big thing in earphones, they have a new product for you. The MDR-EX1000 earphones have just been released, boasting big time features and a big pricetag to match.
These earphones include 16mm drivers built from a liquid crystalline polymer, magnesium housing, and a response range between 3-30,000Hz for full clarity at all levels. These bad boys are only available in Asia currently, but can be imported through Audiocubes; that is if you've got the $799 that Sony is asking for this product.
Want a sneak peak at the new Android Music app from the upcoming 3.0 update? Take a peek below for a nice little video showing off the various features of the player.
Google boasted at Google I/O that their plans for the next-gen Music app is for it to be able to push your web-purchased songs to the device, and allows a user to browse their PC's music library directly from the phone - as if the songs were on the Android device itself. Nifty, eh?
I have three words for this one - Only. In. Japan. Seriously - I love some of the games they get and this one is no different. Konami have recently announced "Project Loveplus".
Project Loveplus is a dating simulator which is 3D-capable, but that's not it's selling point. It's selling point would be the "boyfriend lock" which uses facial recognition to prevent any "virtual cheating". If someone else picks up your 3DS and tries to play the game, your virtual girlfriend (yeah, that sounds normal) will act confused and ask "who are you".