Elecom offers strange wireless headphones for iPod shuffle

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Nov 17, 2010 12:00 PM CST

I am sure that we are all familiar with wireless headphones. Typically, we are talking about headphones that use Bluetooth or headphones that use special 2.4GHz dongles to connect to computers and other things from across the room. Elecom has unveiled a new set of Wireless headphones for the iPod shuffle that are far from what you would expect in wireless headphones.

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The headset doesn't need wires, but it is not what you would expect to find. Rather than having Bluetooth gear or 2.4GHz wireless connectivity inside, the thing has a 3.5mm headphone jack on one of the earpieces of the headphones. Rather than having to run a wire from the headphones to the shuffle, the Elecom headphones - called the Actrail - have a headphone plug and the shuffle sticks to the side of the earpiece.

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TechOn gets engineers to tear down Sony Google TV

Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | Nov 17, 2010 11:08 AM CST

We really like our teardowns around here. If you take your shiny new gadgets and rip them apart so we can see if the are as pretty inside as you we will watch. We may make fun of you behind your back for killing a perfectly good gadget, but we will watch. Generally, a tear down involves a geek and your average set of tools. TechOn has torn down one of Sony's Google TV sets and had to get help from some engineers to do it.

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After laying the Sony NSX-24GT1 on its screen, the tear down started with the simple removal of a few screws to open the case up. Things quickly became much more complicated as the engineers helping with the tar down got into the boards the set uses. There are gobs of cables inside there with three circuit boards with one being the TV board and one an Android board and the other a power supply.

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Hulu Plus launches at $7.99 monthly

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Nov 17, 2010 10:06 AM CST

I would be willing to be that a DVR or two is not enough for many of you. My kids use the upstairs DVR to record all sorts of cartoons and the wife and I record all sorts of other shows on the DVR in the living room. Several nights each week we miss shows we really want to watch in favor of shows that we like a little better. The good news is that Hulu lets us catch up on some of those shows, but the offerings could be better. Hulu Plus promised to make that line up better and at higher resolution.

Hulu Plus launches at $7.99 monthly | TweakTown.com

The catch was that when Hulu Plus was first announced at $9.99 monthly, many people thought that was just too much to pay for the service. While the service has been in beta that $9.99 price has been reconsidered by Hulu for the official launch. With Hulu Plus now all official for anyone who wants to join the new price is a bit more palatable than the original with a $2 discount making the new price $7.99.

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Sapphire announces TOXIC Edition 6800 series cards

Don Lynn | Video Cards & GPUs | Nov 16, 2010 11:56 PM CST

The newest AMD cards are about to get a whole lot cooler as Sapphire has announced their TOXIC line of 6800 series video cards. The GPUs are build on the stock 6800 model cards but are receiving stock overclocks and the popular TOXIC cooler treatment.

Sapphire announces TOXIC Edition 6800 series cards | TweakTown.com

The HD6850 TOXIC is overclocked to 820MHz on the core and 1100MHz for the memory to give an out of the box performance boost. Two DVI, one HDMI, and two DisplayPort connections are included for maximum connectivity and support for up to four monitors in Eyefinity. Sapphire is also offering access to their new TriXX overclocking tool as a free download for Sapphire Select Club members for even more tweaking and performance.

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THQ debuts uDraw GameTablet for Wii

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Nov 16, 2010 2:00 PM CST

The Nintendo Wii is known for its innovative control system with motion that has been imitated in various ways around the gaming industry now. THQ has offered up a new and cool controller for various games and uses called the uDraw Game Tablet. The tablet is an accessory for the Wii that will land in time for Christmas in the US.

THQ debuts uDraw GameTablet for Wii | TweakTown.com

The uDraw will sell for $69.99 and comes bundled with a drawing, coloring art-based game called uDraw Studio. THQ also has two other video games that support the uDraw tablet. Those games include Dood's Big Adventure and Pictionary. Each of the games is available for $29.99 per title. The tablet will land in other countries next year. THQ will also offer more games that support the device in coming months as well.

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Lightscoop makes your DSLR flash work better

Shane McGlaun | | Nov 16, 2010 1:32 PM CST

One thing you can count on when taking pictures of a baby is that the flash is probably going to scare the little guy. That means you have about one or two shots to get the image you want before the kid is screaming. The same goes for pets, they don't like the bright light either. The other thing about the built-in flash on most DSLRs is that it's just not that great for taking images.

Lightscoop makes your DSLR flash work better | TweakTown.com

A cool product called the Lightscoop is available for just about every DSLR camera on the market. The thing hooks to the pop-up flash on a DSLR camera and has a mirror that shoots the light up to the ceiling and makes it more diffuse. The result is that the bright flash isn't right in the subject's eyes. The flash bounding off the ceiling also lights the subject more evenly.

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OCZ Vertex Plus SSD preview

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Nov 16, 2010 1:06 PM CST

The geeks over at AnandTech have laid hands on the new OCZ Vertex Plus SSD and are offering up a preview of the storage device and its new Indilinx Martini controller. The new controller came after the next-gen 6Gbps Jet Stream controller from the firm was delayed until next year. The controller used in the OCZ SSD is called Barefoot and is a new hardware revision and Martini is the new firmware for this new hardware only.

OCZ Vertex Plus SSD preview | TweakTown.com

The new controller sets aside more spare area for its garbage collection and bad block allocation than the older controllers. The older Barefoot controller would leave an SSD with 128GiB of NAND with 119.2GiB or storage and the new one leaves 115.2GiB. The target pricing for the SSD using the new controller will be $74.99 for 32GB, $114.99 for 64GB, and $194.99 for 128GB. That pricing is actually pretty good.

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AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile form Isis joint venture

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Nov 16, 2010 12:00 PM CST

When it comes to the mobile industry the major players like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon are at each other's throats in a fight for subscribers and dominance in the market. The three have managed to find common ground in the potential to make huge sums of money by revamping the way consumers pay for goods and services at the register. The joint venture is called Isis.

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The goal of Isis will be to work with the Discover Financial Services payment network to allow consumers to pay for products using their mobile devices and NFC tech inside the handsets. The user would present the mobile device at checkout rather than cash or credit card to pay. Isis plans to roll its tech out to select markets in the next 18 months. The tech uses "strong" encryption and privacy protection according to Isis.

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Samsung to support Google TV

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Nov 16, 2010 11:06 AM CST

Google TV is cool and when it was first announced I was really looking forward to getting it on my set with the Logitech Revue box so I could watching Hulu and online shows from networks. After the device launched, all of the major networks and Hulu blocked users of Google TV from being able to access any of their online content making the Google TV service much less appealing. At launch, the only TVs to support Google TV were from Sony.

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Sometime next year that will change. Samsung will be making an announcement in January that it will support Google TV. The specifics of their plans are unknown, but with January being CES time, we will most likely hear then what will happen with Samsung and Google TV. I would be surprised if there aren't some Samsung TVs supporting the service on hand at CES.

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