Archive for Nov 28, 2007

Today France gets the iPhone, officially

Today France gets the iPhone, officially

Today, in the evening, in France, 12 different stores will be selling the iPhone on Orange’s behalf, actually I am pretty sure they are all Orange stores, but you get the idea. The pompous Didier Lombard thinks that he can sell 100k iPhones in France alone by the end of the year.

France is the second country to get an Apple unlocked iPhone, once again, because the law says they have to offer it. The unlocked handset is about $965.32 in France, and about $1485.91 in Germany (the first country to get an unlocked iPhone. The locked phones will be selling for about $593, a considerable premium over what they are selling for here.

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Futuro House – Housing of the Past and Present?

Today at Christie’s in Paris this house was auctioned off. It was created by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen almost 40 years ago. It was first displayed in London in 1968 and more recently at the Luxembourg Museum of Modern Art.

Planex GW-MS54G MiniSD WiFi Card – adds WiFi connectivity to your smartphone

Planex GW-MS54G MiniSD WiFi Card – adds WiFi connectivity to your smartphone

If upgrading your phone is not an option, but you still need WiFi capability on your smartphone, then Planex miniSD wireless LAN card GW-MS54G might be a good solution for you. It supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption protocol and works with any 802.11 b/g WiFi network. The card will be available in Japan by the end of December from retailers and Planex direct. No information on pricing and availability in US is still unknown.

[via slashphone]

Quieter Incoming Calls – Signal Cell Phone Holder

Sometimes after a hard days work the last thing I want to hear is my cell phone. Even though my ringtones are my favorite songs, it makes me cringe at the thought of talking to anyone, and that annoying vibrating is well…annoying. But I suffer from what I call ‘gottaknow’ syndrome. I want to know when I’m being called, it gives me great pleasure when I know I’m ignoring someone, so I can’t turn my phone off.

Apparently, I’m not the only one. Lexon has put out its Signal cell phone holder. It comes equipped with LED lights which flicker for you when you have an incoming call. No more noisey phones, just soft blinking lights. Genius!

LG Shine sold over 5 millions unit worldwide – now available on AT&T

LG Shine sold over 5 millions unit worldwide – now available on AT&T

LG Shine has done quite well on the international market as it has sold over 5 millions unit since its debut in October 2006. Now US consumer gets to see what Shine is all about as AT&T is making the LG handset available in US market. According to BGR, AT&T is now pushing its own HSDPA capable Shine. AT&T priced the Shine at $149.99 with 2 years contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

LG Shine surpasses the 5 million mark, now available on AT&T [via bgr]

Hello Kitty – Has the Cat Gone too Far?

I never gave Hello Kitty much thought before today, but after what I’ve seen I must admit I’m a little afraid. Hello Kitty is slowly but surely taking over the world.

It started innocently enough, I’m sure, with DVD’s, clothes, etc… and even this item, the Hello Kitty Bicycle Tires, aren’t that bad. They have the cutesy little kitten’s face imprinted in the tread so wherever you go, Hello Kitty goes too. You can buy them for $20-$25 a piece. To be honest, I passed this item up my first time through. It was the next item that really caught my attention.

XV6800 from Verizon is now available to order

XV6800 from Verizon is now available to order

The awaited XV6800 is now available on Verizon Wireless. Verizon listed the price at $349 with two years of contract and $50 mail-in rebate. The XV6800 is the same phone as HTC Mogul that is available on Sprint. It features 2.8-inch QVGA touch screen with resolution of 320 x 240, Windows Mobile 6, 64MB RAM/256MB ROM, 802.11 b/g WiFi, EV-DO, Bluetooth with A2DP support, slideout QWERTY keyboard and 2-megapixel camera.

Verizon's XV6800 in the wild, finally available to order [via engadget]

MultiGame Tabletop Arcade Machine

The only thing I could think to add would be the world ‘Ultimate’. It is the ultimate arcade game machine. For all those old school gamers out there, let me alleviate your burning curiosity.

You will find 48 amazing, flashback to your childhood, games on this one machine. They include some of my personal favorites like: Dig Dug, Pac Man, Space Invaders, Galaga, Galaxian, Donkey Kong, Frogger, New Rally X and Super Breakout. These aren’t remakes either, they are the real deal, live and in color on a 20” screen and you will not be disappointed.

Guitar Hero the Commodore 64 way

Guitar Hero the Commodore 64 way

I know there are still many Commodore 64 fans out there, and one of them is Toni Westbrook; a guy that work on a project called Shredz64, that aim to create connectivity and interaction between Guitar Hero controller with C64. The project plans also include the game itself that runs on C64 using the retro 8-bit beep and blips to output the sound. So far Toni has gotten the controller to work with the C64 and the game development itself has been started earlier this year. Way to go Toni!

Guitar Hero For The Commodore 64 [via kotaku]

Carpet Cleaners – Gift guides for the cleaning fanatics

Every year I’ll hear some female member of my family claim they’d like a vacuum, steam cleaner, etc… for Christmas. If you’ve heard this complaint from one of your nearest and dearest, here are two items worth a look into.

The first is the Metaphys Uzu Cyclone Rechargeable Vacuum. The best part of this is that’s rechargeable. That means there are no cords to fuss around with, just plug it into the wall until needed. Aside from that it’s good features are that it’s lightweight and looks really cool. It appears to come in grey and black and prices around $400.

Fujitsu MHZ2 BH – Yet another 320GB 2.5″ SATA drive in the market

Fujitsu MHZ2 BH – Yet another 320GB 2.5″ SATA drive in the market

Not to be outdone by Western Digital and Toshiba, Fujitsu announced its latest 2.5” SATA harddrives that sport up to 320GB of storage. The MHZ2 BH series spins at 5400RPM and uses SATA2 interface. It is available in capacity of 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 200GB, 250GB and 320GB. According to Fujitsu’s press release, the drives consume only 1.9 watts during its read and write state and 0.6 watts during its idle state. The drives will be available for retail in February of 2008. No pricing information was released by Fujitsu at this moment.

[via press release]

I’m a Mac and I’m a Fish Tank – MacQuariums

I’ve seen many computers disguised as different things but this is the first time I’ve seen anything disguised as a computer. I have to say this MacQuarium is really nifty!

Apparently turning your old Macs into aquariums is quite popular. There is a whole site dedicated to creating your own. You can find it here at iMacQuarium.

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