Archive for October, 2007

GameStop quits offering product replacement plan for the Xbox 360

GameStop quits offering product replacement plan for the Xbox 360

I would sound very much like a broken record if I mentioned the fact that the Xbox 360 has a reputation of dying on people (surely not!). Unfortunately, it's a very real fact, one which keeps fellow 360 owners up at night. At least when you go to purchase a new console you have the option of getting a replacement plan which will net you a new console if it should ever die right? Not at GameStop.

Walgreens to install movie burning kiosks

Walgreens to install movie burning kiosks

Next year when you mosey into your local Walgreens you may be greeted by something  quite interesting. In addition to their fancy photo editing kiosks, you'll see another large box that dispenses movies.

The new movie kiosks will burn and dispense flicks right as you wait. Apparently the laws regarding copy-protection have been eased ever so slightly, which allows for companies to sell DVDs that are created while you wait.

Apple gift cards can’t be used to purchase iPhones either

Apple gift cards can’t be used to purchase iPhones either

The  other day I informed you that Apple was no longer accepting cash for their iPhones. I wish this were one of those time where I was retracting that statement, however, I only have worse news to bring.

In addition to not accepting cash, they will also not accept gift cards. I guess it would only make sense, as you could use cash to buy the gift cards. It's really a bit disturbing when a company won't even take their own gift cards in exchange for a product.

Firebox Designer Binary Clock

Firebox Designer Binary Clock

Well you see, it’s a clock, and the time, its displayed in binary with lights. There is a row for each hours, minutes, and seconds.

The columns are in binary starting at the left with 32 and then decreasing by half all the way down to 1. I have no clue what the top most row is for, as the bottom three are the rows that actually tell time.

Roberts Radio Robi

Roberts Radio Robi

Those probably aren’t the three R’s your parents told you to learn in school, but they are the three R’s that bring you digital radio for your iPod. It also acts as a remote for the iPod, allowing you to control the iPod using this in-line device.

And, like I said, you can listen to DAB radio with it. One of these days we might see something like DAB stateside, but somehow I doubt it.

iShoes version 2 already

iShoes version 2 already

So not too long ago I wrote an article about a pair of odd looking skates that were powered by an electric motor and allowed you to be propelled up to about 15mph, now there is already a new version. Same idea, different design.

Personally I like the new design better, but there is no way you are safely taking version two off the paved path because those huge wheels from the last model are gone. On top of that, all the goodies, as in the motor, batteries, all that stuff is now tucked away under a metal cover, so they look better.

Razer Mako 2.1 PC Speakers

Razer Mako 2.1 PC Speakers

This 2.1 PC speaker system is absolutely amazing. Would you believe this thing will crank out 300 watts?

Furthermore its THX certified, and have a Class HD amplifier to power everything. On top of that there are THX Slot Speaker technology integrated into the system with its downward firing mids and highs.

Logic3 JiveBox iPod sound system

Logic3 JiveBox iPod sound system

Logic3 has launched the JiveBox, an apparently cubed iPod speaker system. If it is a perfect cube, then its 15cm cubed in size, not bad for all its packing.

Inside you will find a 90 watt RMS power source, a sub, 2 mids, 2 highs, an iPod dock, and a Digital Signal Processor. The sub is a 5.25-inch Hi-X woofer, the 2 mids are 3-inches a piece, and the pair of tweeters is 1-inch each.

Samsung i780 being released in Europe in January

Samsung i780 being released in Europe in January

Now is it just me or does this thing look remarkably like the BlackJack? I had to double check, and they are two different devices, but the impending BlackJack II and this device have more than some of their appearance’s in common.

This smartphone has 3G HSDPA, GPS, and Wi-Fi, that’s pretty good for a device like this. Oh yeah, you know that one area where the BlackJack models are lacking, the whole lack of a touchscreen thing? Not on this handset, it has a 2.6-inch touchscreen.

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