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Biometric Bluetooth enabled wallet looks to ward off pickpockets

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 29, 2011 2:45 am

Do you live in the inner city where pickpockets run rampant? Do you manage to leave your wallet randomly lying around? The Dunhill Biometric Wallet is a unique, if expensive, solution to thieves and forgetfulness.

 

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Boasting a carbon fiber shell that makes it nearly impossible to safely open without using the integrated fingerprint reader, this wallet also has a Bluetooth alarm that will go off if it is ever more than five feet from your phone. This sounds seriously annoying, but I guess it's better than leaving your wallet on the table at the restaurant; you'll soon be trained to never forget it. At $825, it's an awfully expensive training tool as well.

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Verizon possibly trading mail in rebates in for instant rebates

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 29, 2011 2:34 am

One of the things that keeps more people from joining the smartphone revolution is the fairly stout upfront cost. Even with mail in rebates, a lot of people can't fork out 300-400 dollars and wait around for 8-12 weeks for the rebate to come; if it ever does. Verizon apparently feels your pain and is according to AndroidCentral may be considering doing away with mail-in rebates for all phones over the $150 price tag.

 

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Phones at or below the $150 cutoff would have $50 rebates. With the standard new smartphone being around $200 after rebate, this is great news for those who want to score a top of the line phone without having to wait for a rebate. Instant rebates would take the place of mail-in rebates; to the happiness of customers everywhere. That is, as long as the prices stay the same and don't take a serious jump due to the new policy.

Nook Color gets a Honeycomb makeover

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 29, 2011 2:26 am

The new Honeycomb build for Android 3.0 has been out in the wild for a couple of days now, and we all knew it wouldn't be long until the modding community tried their hand at putting it on as many devices as possible. The folks at xda-developers are usually one of the first to release goodies like this, and their shots of Honeycomb running on the Nook Color are pretty sweet.

 

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The Nook Color is quickly becoming a favorite in the tablet modding community, mostly because of its reasonable price and reasonable ease of use. This emulator is a bit like the original release: slow moving and hard to work with. Still it's something new to play with while the world waits for the official release. Then again, quite a few Android freaks are still seeing Froyo as a pipe dream.

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NewerTech offers new eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 8:00 pm

NewerTechnology is one of the companies that seems to have an adapter to make just about anything fit into the USB port. The latest adapter from the company is one that will let you take your eSATA external HDD and adapt it to fit into a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port. The USB 3.0 use will make the data transfers much faster than eSATA is capable of. The adapter is called the eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter.

 

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This thing will be great if you have an external HDD that you use for backing up lots of data that has only eSATA connectivity. You can hook the HDD and adapter to your USB 3.0 port and get much faster transfer of data. You can also use the adapter to plug that eSATA only external HDD into a USB 2.0 drive in a pinch.

 

The adapter doesn't provide power for your eSATA HDD so you will need to plug it into the wall outlet. The adapter kit does ship with the USB 3.0 cable you need, but you will have to provide your own eSATA cable. You should have the cable for eSATA and power already. The adapter is shipping right now for $29.95.

Sonance shows off new outdoor speakers for music lovers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 7:04 pm

Sonance makes a wide range of speakers for different uses. Most of its speaker offerings are designed to be hidden away inside the walls or ceiling inside your home so you can hear your music without having to see speakers. Sonance has announced a new line of outdoor speakers called the Landscape Series. The line includes satellite speakers and a subwoofer.

 

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The satellites include very similar LS67SAT and LS47SAT offerings. They both have 0.75" tweeters and up to 25W of power handling. The difference in the two offerings is in price and woofer size. The LS67 has a 6" woofer and the LS47 has a 3.5" woofer. The speakers have several mounting options.

 

They are designed to be mounted in a tree and they can be stuck in the yard with stakes as well. The company has also unveiled the LS10SUB with a 10" woofer and 100W of power handling. It is designed to be buried or covered with a brown canopy that is included to hide it in the yard. The LS47SAT sells for $380, the LS67SAT sells for $720, and the LS10SUB sells for $2500.

USB flash drives from Bader Models give your notebook wings

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 6:00 pm

Your notebook doesn't need any Red Bull to give it wings. All it needs are these odd little wing flash drives from a company called Bader Models. The things have the normal USB port on the side and honestly, they aren't really wings, but tailfins from commercial aircraft.

 

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The tailfin has the logos and colors of the companies they represent on them. This would be the perfect thing for the pilot that needs some storage to take on the go. Geeks that like to collect odd flash drives will also appreciate these things.

 

The draw here is the novelty more than anything, and as such, the company offers no indication of what sort of tech is inside. You can bet they use the slowest and cheapest tech around and be safe. Each of the tailfins measures about 2-inches tall. You can get them in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities. Prices are $53, $63, $79, and $120 respectively.

Gun accessory for iPhone augmented reality shooter rocks!

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 5:02 pm

When the Wii hit the market it didn't take long for accessory makers to flood the market with a hoard of accessories that made the games you played a bit more realistic. You could get steering wheels for Mario Kart, gun controllers for shooters, and sports gear for golfing and other games. It's was pretty cool really. That same sort of controller to increase the realism is coming to the iPhone.

 

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A cool new gun accessory has turned up for a company called Apptoyz. It is a plastic gun that has a case to hold your iPhone on it and a trigger. The gun and associated app turns your iPhone into an augmented reality shooter.

 

Everywhere you point the gun the iPhone camera puts little aliens into the real world for you to shoot. It appears that the trigger pulls on the gun actually make a couple plungers that touch the iPhone screen activate to fire. The app for the gun is free, but the gun will set you back £20. This is a really cool setup.

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Intel purchase of McAfee gets approval by EU regulators

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 4:04 pm

It's hard to keep up with all the goings on in the tech world. The proposed purchase of security firm McAfee by Intel first surfaced back in the summer of 2010. The deal didn't get the nod in the US until December. While the US was eyeing the purchase, the EU was as well.

 

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Intel has now received the approval it needs in the EU to complete the purchase. The deal will cost Intel $7.68 billion and will let the chipmaker integrate its processors much more tightly with security software. Before the EU would approve the deal, Intel had to put some commitments in writing.

 

The commitments included an agreement to allow other security software makers access to the same hardware McAfee has access to, and to allow other hardware makers to be supported by McAfee. Specifically AMD is to have access. The deal is expected to complete this quarter.

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Download of the Day: Any Video Converter 3.18

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 10:36 am

Our Download of the Day today is Any Video Converter 3.18.

 

Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.

 

• User-friendly interface that is easy to use.

• Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more

• Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.

• Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video

• Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.

• Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion .

• World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.

• Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size...

 

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ASRock and Fatal1ty Taipei launch event video

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 10:26 am

Earlier on today ASRock and Fatal1ty held a joint launch event in Taipei at the at Y17 Taipei Youth Center to officially launch their relationship as well as the P67 Professional gaming motherboard to local press.

 

 

We already went over in detail about Fatal1ty's P67 motherboard in an exclusive interview with the man himself back in early December last year. You can watch that here to refresh your memory if it needs, err refreshing.

 

After some presentations by ASRock, Intel and others as well as a highlight of some of the top features of Fatal1ty's P67 motherboard by Johnathan himself, we got down to the business end of the show. The business we are talking about here is of course gaming. ASRock gathered together four top Taiwanese gamers (I think they were from what I gathered) and put them up against Fatal1ty playing Counter-Strike 1.6.

 

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If I recall, most gamers only managed to get one kill against Fatal1ty and it was first to five kills. I am sure if I got the chance to get up there on stage, I would have easily got to five kills before Fatal1ty.......... right? Well, we'll never know. Hah!

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