Archive for November, 2008

Black Friday Tips: Hunt for Savings Online and Skip the Lines

Black Friday Tips: Hunt for Savings Online and Skip the Lines

A lot of people like to get a head start on their holiday shopping by jumping right into the madness on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But following the big feast, it can be difficult to drag yourself out of bed Friday morning, super early, only to stand in line after to line to maybe get a good deal. Lucky for you, we've compiled some of the greatest savings to be had this Friday and here's the really great part: you can get them all online. That means no standing out in the cold at 5 a.m. in the dark waiting for store doors to open. No squeezing through stores and sorting through picked over merchandise. Convinced yet? Then, let's get right to the savings offers you should take advantage of this Black Friday, without leaving your home.

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Powergorilla Battery Charger juices up your portables

Powergorilla Battery Charger juices up your portables

If you're like me, you're always running out of battery life on your various gadgets during the day. Whether it's your cell phone, MP3 player or laptop, we all could use more battery life at some point. That's why the Powergorilla Battery Charger is nifty to have around.

This unit is portable and resembles a brick of sorts. It can be used to charge up your portable media devices or your laptop, if you wish. Specs for this battery charger include the ability to amp up your laptop for an extra 2-5 hours and other portable devices up to 20 hours.

There are adjustable voltage options as well, letting you specify just how much power you want. And LCD screen always keeps you in the know when it comes to how much power is left and its status. The Powergorilla Battery Charger works with devices charged by means of USB. You can expect to pay $299 for this gizmo. The added battery life is certainly worth it, almost $300 is a lot of money for some people....

Nanotechnology-infused material is completely water resistant

Nanotechnology-infused material is completely water resistant

Now this is pretty interesting. If nanotechnology news gives you the warm fuzzies then you'll be pleased to learn that some chemists at the University of Zurich have created a new fabric that can't ever get wet. Ever. I mean, it was in water for two months and it's still not wet!

This material is made from polyester which were covered with 40nm-wide silicone nanofilaments. Since these filaments are so tiny and so spiky, they make it so water actually sits above the material in a sort of pocket. This is a permanent state. The material won't ever be made wet.

So what are the potential applications of this technology? Well, it reduces drag in water by up to 20%, for one. It can also serve as a self-cleaning cloth. Regardless of how it ends up being used, this is still pretty cool and presents numerous opportunities....

Acer Aspire M7720 Core i7 desktop on the way

Acer Aspire M7720 Core i7 desktop on the way

The Intel Core i7 processor just keeps making an appearance all over the place these days. In fact, Acer just announced today that they will be selling the Aspire M7720 beginning this month, which will feature the latest and greatest in processing.

The Acer Aspire M7720, which is the first desktop powered by Intel Core i7 in the Acer arsenal, will be available in Taiwan only starting on November 29th as per the IT Month 2008 event. Specs will include the quad-core 2.66GHz Core i7 920 processor, 3GB of RAM and more. In fact, the RAM is expandable all the way up to 12GB.

This computer is also set to feature an ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card with 1GB of memory. A 750GB hard drive is also included, rounding out this powerhouse of a package. The base model of the Acer Aspire M7720 will retail for about $1,200....

V-Tech Wall-E Learning Laptop is educational

V-Tech Wall-E Learning Laptop is educational

Kids and adults alike enjoyed the Wall-E film that came out this past year, so it's no wonder all sorts of toys and themed-products have made their way onto store shelves. Take for instance the V-Tech Wall-E Learning Laptop. It's cute, fun and educational for kids.

This little laptop features five different learning modes including words, math, games, logic and letters. All of these modes focus on educational activities for kids and helps them build language and cognitive skills. The keyboard is a full QWERTY and flips down. The arrow keys or the arm controllers can be used to scroll through the various modes and options.

With an LCD screen to boot, Wall-E blinks at you every time you answer a question correctly. This is meant for kids in the pre-school age range, I'd say, as the activities are pretty limited. Priced at $29.99, this is a fun gift for any kid that wants to have fun and is perfect for parents that wish to help their children build knowledge from an early age....

TomTom Eclipse AVN4430 sneak peek

TomTom Eclipse AVN4430 sneak peek

No official information has even been released about the TomTom Eclipse AVN4430, but we got our hands on some information anyway. In fact, this new system is a navigation device and car stereo all in one showcasing a collaboration between TomTom and Eclipse. And the only reason anyone has gotten a look at is is due to the announcement that it will win an award at 2009 CES.

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Microsoft rumored to be developing Tegra-based smartphone

Microsoft rumored to be developing Tegra-based smartphone

A new rumor is floating around that indicates Microsoft is currently in the process of developing a new smartphone that would use a NVIDIA Tegra processor as its foundation. The idea here is to create a phone that would produce great performance and result in a sales boost.

The chip that is likely being referenced here is the APX 2500, which could make for 720p video playback on the mystery device and offer up 3D visuals. An unveiling is rumored to be slated for February 2009 at the Mobile World Congress.

It is believed any effort by Microsoft to develop their own smartphone is a reactionary measure produced by the success of the iPhone. At this point, it's just a rumor, but if we were to see a Tegra-based Microsoft phone, what would you expect to see from it? Would you be excited about it?...