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Author Archives: Shane_McGlaun

Kids can get their Shred On with the Shredmaster JR

Shredmaster JR Micro Plug N Play Guitar (Image via dreamGear)
By Shane McGlaun

Parents with kids or really small adults that really want to get some shred time in on Guitar Hero, but don’t want to buy a game console and an actual copy of Guitar Hero to do it are in luck. DreamGear has a plug and play guitar called the Shredmaster JR Micro Plug N Play guitar that connects to any TV with AV inputs.

Once connected the guitar has a presumably Guitar Hero like game that features ten fully licensed songs that you have actually heard of. The list of tunes your little ones can jam to includes Smoke on the Water, I Love Rock and Roll, Iron Man, You Give Love a Bad Name, Billion Dollar Babies, Hotel California, Paradise City, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Paranoid, and Master of Puppets. The software also allows the creation of custom songs. The Shredmaster JR is available now and sells for $49.99, tight spandex pants and big hair not included.

VIA [ dreamGear ]

i-mate Ultimate 8150 Smartphone Available in America

i-mate Ultimate 8150 (Image via i-mate) By Shane McGlaun

i-mate announced recently that its line of Ultimate smartphones is now available in the Americas, including the Ultimate 8150. The Ultimate 8150 runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional and features WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The phone operates on WCDMA/HSDPA 850/1900/2100 MHz and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. Internal memory includes 256MB ROM and 128MB RAM. Memory expansion is available via a microSD card slot.

Other features include a 2-megapixel camera with flash, autofocus, 4x digital zoom and the camera is video call capable. The screen is a 2.6-inch touchscreen and the phone has a built-in FM tuner. A video output is also available for output to projectors and secondary displays for Office applications included on the phone. The i-mate Ultimate 8150 is available direct from i-mate for $725.

VIA [ i-mate ]

Samsung & AT&T Announce BlackJack II

Samsung BlackJack II (Image via Samsung) By Shane McGlaun

The original Samsung BlackJack was a big seller for AT&T and one of its most popular smartphones. Samsung and AT&T announced that a new updated BlackJack II would be available later this year. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2007 in San Francisco showed the phone publically for the first time yesterday.

The BlackJack II looks a lot like the original BlackJack with a full QWERTY keyboard and a large 2.4-inch QVGA color display and it uses the Windows Mobile 6 OS. AT&T squeezed some interesting new features into the new BlackJack II including AT&T Video Share that allows users to share live video during a voice call from the BlackJack II’s built-in 2MP camera.

Other interesting features include built-in GPS with support for location-based services, RSS reader client, significant improvements in standard battery life, and increased standard memory. The BlackJack II will also offer over-the-air synchronization of contacts, calendar, and task lists with Microsoft Exchange Server or AT&T Express Mail. The phone is expected to cost $149 with a 2-year contract.

VIA [ AT&T ]

Virgin Mobile USA Launches Kyocera Wild Card Phone

Virgin Mobile USA KYOCERA Wild Card (Image via Virgin Mobile USA)
By Shane McGlaun

Virgin Mobile USA has a new phone for fans of music and text messaging called the Wild Card by Kyocera. The Wild Card is an updated version of the Switch_Back from last year and weighs in at slightly more than 4 ounces. The phone has a full QWERTY keyboard that hides away when not in use.

A pair of color displays on the phone include an external 65k color 128 x 128 pixel LCD and an internal 65k color 128 x 160 pixel widescreen. A 1.3MP camera is built-in with a 3x digital zoom and the ability to shoot black and white photos. Web browsing is possible with an included WAP 2.0 web browser and the phone uses “Real-music” ring tones. The Wild Card will be available on the Virgin websites starting October 24 and is available now in stores like Best Buy and Wal-Mart for $99.

EDIT- Obviously not a slider, but the press release I saw said the phone can shoot black and white images, it did not say only B&W nor does the original post.

VIA [ Virgin Mobile ]

SILVER SEAL Antibacterial Dishwasher Safe Mouse & Keyboard

Silver Seal Antibacterial Mouse and Keyboard (Image via Seal Shield)
By Shane McGlaun

If you have small kids or work in an office where several people share your mouse and keyboard you are probably aware that the mouse and keyboard of most computers are hotbeds for germs and viruses. Seal Shield has a new mouse and keyboard called the SILVER SEAL that have antibacterial properties and can be washed in the dishwasher.

This is the ideal mouse and keyboard for use in medical settings since the silver ion is embedded into the plastic so the antibacterial properties don’t wear off over time. When it comes time to clean the mouse and keyboard of dirt and debris, they are both completely submergible and dishwasher safe. The SILVER SEAL mouse and keyboard will begin shipping in November at an undisclosed price.

VIA [ Seal Shield (PDF) ]

Alltell Wireless Launches Exclusive MOTOROKR Z6m

Alltell Wireless MOTOROKR Z6m (Via Alltell Wireless)
By Shane McGlaun

Alltell Wireless has announced that it has a new exclusive version of the MOTOROKR phone called the Z6m. The MOTOROKR Z6m is a slider phone with an integrated MP3 player and can be optioned with up to 2GB of storage allowing the phone to store up to 1000 songs.

The Z6m also features stereo Bluetooth connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and uses USB 2.0 for file transfers. Supported file types are MP3, AAC, AAC+, and WMA. The most interesting feature of the Z6m is the exclusive XM Radio Mobile Cell.

XM Radio Mobile Cell delivers 20 channels of streaming XM Radio Mobile with controls for navigating the stations for $7.99 a month. Other unique features are a “tattoo” on the back of the phone and the keypad, TeleNAV GPS navigator, and a 2MP camera with video capabilities. The phone sells for $129.99 after a $100 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate with 2-year agreement.

VIA [ Alltell Wireless ]

Sony Announces the HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album

Sony HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album (Image via Sony)
By Shane McGlaun

Sony announced a new digital photo album called the HDMS-S1D recently that features an 80GB internal HDD capable of storing up to 50,000 digital photos. The photo album connects to HDTV sets via HDMI and has multiple methods for importing photos available.

The S1D can import photos via virtually all memory card formats plus CD, DVD, and USB or over an Ethernet network connection. Once photos are imported, they can be managed with the included remote control. Organization options allow for grouping photos by date or events like birthdays and holidays.

Photos can be rotated, edited and deleted from the system via the remote. The S1D has the ability to arrange photos for a slideshow or into a digital scrapbook with Sony’s x-Application that is included. The application includes 30 pre-loaded music tracks to set your photos to and you can print photos directly from the S1D to your printer. Pricing for the HDMS-S1D digital Photo Album is around $400 and is available at Sony retailers or the Sony Style website.

VIA [ Sony ]

40GB Sony PS3 Available on November 2 in U.S. and Canada

PS3 40GB Heading to U.S. (Image via Sony) By Shane McGlaun

Sony officially announced today that the much-anticipated 40GB PS3 is heading to America and will be available for purchase on November 2. The 40GB PS3 version will retail for $399 in the U.S. and Canada and come bundled with Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray.

Sony also announced that effective immediately the 80GB PS3 console would be reduced in price to $499. The sacrifice the 40GB PS3 makes in the name of lower cost is PS2 compatibility. The 40GB PS3 will include HDMI out, Blu-ray drive, WiFi and all of the other features offered on other PS3 models with the exception of the PS2 compatibility and the reduction from four USB ports to two on the 40GB version.

VIA [ Sony ]

Nokia Officially Announces N810 Internet Tablet

Nokia N810 Internet Tablet (Image via Nokia)
By Shane McGlaun

Today Nokia officially announced its N810 Internet Tablet. The pocket-sized device connects to the internet via WiFi hotspots or your Bluetooth enabled phone. Using the N810, you can make VOIP calls, check web based mail services like Gmail and watch YouTube videos.

The N810 has a built-in VGA camera for video chat sessions. An integrated GPS receiver allows you to find local attractions with pre-loaded maps. You can also get voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions with upgraded Wayfinder service.

An optional 10GB memory card allows you to store up to 7500 songs and the N810 can play the music for 45 hours. Maemo Linux is the operating system used and the web browser is Mozilla based with Ajax and Adobe Flash compatibility. The Nokia N810 is expected to ship in November at an MSRP of $479.

VIA [ Nokia ]