Archive for Jul 7, 2006

Wii Price and Launch Date: Coming This September

Yesterday, we reported that Nintendo’s upcoming Wii console could very well launch ahead of schedule – like, September-ish. Nintendo has responded to all these rumors by announcing that the concrete launch date, as well as the console’s final price, will be announced in September, but that the console probably won’t launch that soon. An October launch is beginning to look more likely, because unless the announcement comes on the day the consoles become available to the masses (which would probably send gamers into a frenzy), a September launch would make for a very tight schedule. We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t wii?


Lexar recalls 66,000 defective JumpDrives

Defects are common in most products, but dangers from a thumbdrive, thats really new. Lexar is recalling all 66,000 of its defective thumb drive due to the risk of causing burns to consumers and property damage. Lexar, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling a total of five different models, the 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB JumpDrive FireFly and the 1GB JumpDrive Secure II. According to the CPSC, 66,000 of the faulty units were sold between April and May of this year. although so far no injuries have been reported, consumers are advised to stop using affected models immediately.

[via The Inquirer]

Gameboy Micro lookalike

This is something for those who thinks a $100 Gameboy Micro is too expensive. This similar looking One Station costs about $40 in a Filipino electronic shop offers all the 8-bit Nintendo game all on the gaming machine and you wouldn’t expect that 32-bit quality games you normally play on your other Gameboys. Take a look.

[via Jepoyeng]

Next-Generation DVDs Hacked Already

So much for “unhackable copy protection.” Hackers have uncovered a way to hack the copy protection on the new HD-DVD and Blu-ray DVDs; Print Screen. That’s right, the most rudimentary computer function is able to get around the next-generation copy protection without batting an eyelash. While it might seem crazy to just sit there and hit Print Screen to capture each frame of video, anyone with experience writing Windows batch files could automate the process quite easily. Try again, guys; something as simple as Print Screen should have been thought of already.

[via I4U News]

Update on the Microsoft iPod-Killer

Thanks to our friends over at Gizmodo, we have some new details on the rumored Microsoft iPod-killer. First, the Wi-Fi capabilities of the device won’t be limted to just downloading new songs on the go; the “mPod” will allso allow you share songs with other listeners, allowing you to sample the music immediately and then buy it when you get home. Also, the Wi-Fi connectivity will be used to send ads to your device automatically, adding a 10% off coupon as a bonus for watching that ad. The other bit of news is that, should you have a sizable iTunes collection built up already, Microsoft’s service will scan this collection and give you the music for use with your “mPod” for free, giving users a huge incentive to jump ship as they wouldn’t need to pay for music twice.

iLuv Unveils New iPod Audio System

Those crazy cats over at iLuv have unveiled yet another iPod multimedia system. While yesterday’s i180 was designed to allow your iPod to become a makeshift DVR, the new i7500 is simply designed to allow you to blast your music as loudly as possible. Available in both black and white, the i7500 features an iPod dock, a remote control, and compatiblity with iPod 3G, iPod 4G (a.k.a. iPod Photo), iPod Video, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. As fas as playback options go, the device will playback anything that the iPod supports in addition to an AM/FM radio tuner, CD/CD-R/CD-RW/CD-MP3 capabilities, and the abilty ti playback files stored on SD/MMC/MS cards. So, the next time you need a loud audio system, just look no further than the i7500 and your trusty iPod.

iLuv Product Page [via iLounge]

Say Hello to the mPod?

Microsoft, everyone’s favorite computer empire, is apparently working on an iPod-style music and video player, hoping to have the final product ready to roll come this Christmas. What more, the Microsoft music player will come with an iTunes-style music program/store and will feature Wi-Fi capabilities, which is planned to allow users to download music and videos without being connected to a computer – this feature alone could spell trouble for Apple should a competing capability not find its way into the iPod. In typical Microsoft fashion, expect the launch of these devices to be part of a multi-million dollar campaign; also in typical Microsoft fashion, I would be surprised to see virii for the devices before they debut. Stay tuned.

[via AppleInsider]

Complete Computer Control!

For all of us geeks who have ever dreamed of controlling a computer without those low-tech mouse and keyboard devices. SmartRetina is the answer. This nifty little camera tracks its user’s movements, thereby allowing control over a computer’s graphical interface without having to ever touch an input device. While it might be designed to make life easier for users, we all know the real use of a device like this; hooking it up to a friend’s computer and controlling their machine “magically.” In all seriousness, the SmartRetina could represent a rather important step forward, especially in the way of computer accessibility, since most anyone can point at something on the screen. We’ll have to wait and see if this technology ever finds its way to the masses; stay tuned.

Product Page [via Gizmodo]

Wii to Launch Early?

In a revelation that seems almost too good to be true, it would appear that Nintendo might be priming the upcoming Wii console to launch a good month or two ahead of schedule, beating the Sony PS3 to the market by a couple of months. According to, Nintendo is already producing final versions of the new console, while Sony has yet to begin making the retail versions of the PS3. For comparison’s sake, the Xbox 360 was in production for only 69 days before it debuted, meaning that should Nintendo opt to travel the same path, the Wii could launch as early as September. Such a move is sure to have gamers (like me) salivating, and it sure to throw a wrench into Sony’s plans, since both competitors would have their machines out before them. No official word yet from Nintendo, but we’re sure that there will be soon. In the meantime, cross your fingers.

[via GameDaily BIZ]

Solar Powered EZ-Tent

Woods Solar Powered EZ-Tent comes with a set of solar panels that can be used to charge batteries or run LED light ropes that are integrated into the tent. There is also a central light that can be used as a flashlight or just keep it as a center light. For 2-4 hours of light, you will need to charge the tent for about 4-6 hours in direct sunlight. Another really great feature is that you can set the lights to come on once the sun sets. The tent comes in a 4-person and a 6-person version and will run $180 and $230 respectively.

[via TreeHugger]

CellStik Backup Drive

The CellStik is a backup drive for your cellphone data. It will allow you to back up and transfer cellphone data in a snap. It is small and compact so you can back up your data periodically and then if you need the information, just plug it into your computer’s USB port to retrieve what you need.

[via Red Envelope]

iLuv Introduces the i180 iPod Video Recorder

So, you just spent $300 on your new 30 GB iPod, but you want to be able to do more than just listen to your tunes? Well, there’s always the iTunes Music Store’s TV library, but in case you’re happy with the video library you’ve already paid for, iLuv has the answer. Say hello to the i180 iPod Video Recorder, an iPod dock that also allows you to turn your fifth-generation iPod into a DVR (the device doesn’t work with any other iPod but the 5G).


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