Archive for Mar 31, 2008

Nike+ Sportsband – now all profits going to Nike, screws Apple

With the Nike+ iPod product line you had to buy the Nike Trainers, the Nike+ iPod kit, and an iPod Nano, which was helping Apple make some dough. With this latest product Nike has cut out Apple completely making everything the previous Nike+ kit did possible, except for the music, without the iPod.

Instead the system uses a wrist band that communicates with the sensor that goes in your Nike Trainers and stores the data on its flash storage. The band then comes apart to reveal a USB interface which you can use to transfer up to 16 hours of workout data to your computer or upload and share it with the online community at


iPass giving consumers Hotspot access and more

iPass has long been a purveyor of WWAN and WiFi hotspot access, but up until now its been limited to employees of corporations who bought into the service. Today there are two new tidbits regarding iPass, first the addition of a lot of WiFi hotspots, second they are going to start offering their services to individuals.


Okoro ZX100 Home Theater PC is extreme – painted in any automotive color you choose

This HTPC has some pretty respectable specs including a quad-core Intel processor running at 3GHz, 3GB of RAM and NVIDIA’s GeForce 8600GT with HDMI out and PureVideo HD support. Add onto that the fact that you can have the unit colored in any automotive paint you want ranging from a basic glossy black to some $10k gold-flaked Lambo style paint job.


3G iPhone has mounting evidence for its upcoming release

Evidence for a 3G iPhone is mounting at an alarming rate. First there is the next iPhone firmware which won’t be released until the WWDC, which supports the idea that there is likely to be a new version of the iPhone hardware released to coincide with the new firmware.


Asus Eee with XP coming to Best Buy in 9 days

The 4GB 7-inch Asus Eee PC will be hitting Best Buy, a major retailer of computers and their components, on April 9th. This particular system will come with Windows XP pre-installed for $399, which basically means these things should start selling like hotcakes once they hit the shelves.

The system has 4GB of SSD storage and half a gig of RAM which push Windows XP Home boot times to a respectable 40 seconds. Other upsides to the XP version of the system are that you can now use the webcam for video chat functions, you can use the entire Office suite instead of having to settle for something similar, and you get WWAN modem support as well as everything else you’ve come to expect with such a system.


HP MV2120 Media Vault home server – now with Internet accessible goodness!

This particular Media Vault product adds to it the ability to make files accessible from anywhere where you have an Internet connection. Furthermore you can set up your own little Flickr on the server with their online picture gallery software that they have built in.

For some reason this seemingly large external, network attached storage device only packs in 500GB of storage space, and offers up RAID 1 functionality in that space, what a waste. Anyways, you can backup and share data, media, and system backups across your home’s network as well as stream media files to HTPC’s or possibly gaming systems.


40Gbps Internet connection used to dry laundry – grandma’s got a new bag

Last year Sigbritt Löthberg was connected to the internet with a 40Gbps line, at the age of 75. Her son, some sort of Internet expert (Read: Cisco Executive Peter Löthberg) , was the one that decided she needed the world’s fastest internet connection, at the time.


Grand Theft Auto IV coming to your Nintendo DS

According to this document that is supposedly from a game retailer the Rockstar Games’ upcoming All-Star is coming to a DS near you for some hardcore stylus action. I honestly have no idea what they are thinking bringing such a game to that handheld, but if Rockstar is at all involved in the port it should remain as epic as you remember the games.


Asus Eee Box coming soon – pictures to satiate for now

More specifically it’s a picture. We still know more or less diddly about the system specs. Also, we aren’t entirely sure this is a picture of the Eee Box, but judging from looks alone, it seems pretty accurate.

If it’s anything like the Eee notebooks it should be a pretty nice computer for an extremely low price. The only downside is that you’ll have to buy your own monitor, and possibly your own keyboard and mouse.


Sony PS3 getting a new 80GB system?

Judging from these tags from the FCC Sony is going to be pushing out a new 80GB model. It will feature a slightly repositioned Bluetooth module, a reverse F antenna for the same, and the 80GB HDD. The model number will remove the “A” from the original 60GB’s model number of CECHA01 and will replace it with an E making it CECHE01.


The Mesiro Merium media PC offers interchangeable covers

I love my PC case, but occasionally I do get bored with it. There are days I’d love nothing more than to swap cases as often as I please. I’d need a closet full of them to suit my moods though, not to mention it’s not really all that practical to do. Well the Mesiro Merium media PC offers a solution to keep your PC changing its look as often as you like.

Just swap out the interchangeable cover with another and you have a new look for the day, different covers are sold separately of course. The PC itself features a 1.66 GHz Core 2 Duo T5500 processor, 250 GB internal HDD, dual-layer DVD burner, GMA950 graphics accelerator, Wi-Fi, 5-in-1 multicard reader and bundled MCE remote.


The Consumption Feedback Switch shows your energy usage

If you’re a nut for conserving energy but sometimes a bit hard headed and flaky this switch is just the reminder to put your rear in line. It has a slight shining reminder when you’ve been using a bit too much energy around the house.


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