Posts Tagged ‘Tech’

Thundercats return!

July 11th, 2010 David 1 comment

Thundercats New Series Picture Thundercats return!

Now before you say anything i aprove of the new costume changes – this day and age super heroes aren’t in their underwear. Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) announced today a partnership with Bandai America Incorporated, as the global master toy licensee for the animated series, “ThunderCats.” Under the new agreement, Bandai and their international affiliates will create and distribute products worldwide that will complement both the classic brand property, as well as Cartoon Network’s fresh take on the animated series, with new television episodes set to air in 2011.

“With their legacy of cultivating fun and fresh play experiences for beloved character properties, Bandai is the ideal master toy license for ‘ThunderCats,’” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We are thrilled to team up and introduce the ‘ThunderCats’ property to a new generation of fans.”

“’ThunderCats’ have been a cult pop culture phenomenon for the past 25 years, and Bandai America looks forward to developing modern and engaging toys for these beloved characters,” said Masayuki Matsuo, chairman and chief executive officer, Bandai America Incorporated. “Through the Bandai America and Warner Bros. Consumer Products partnership, die-hard devotees as well as a new generation of fans will be introduced to quality, innovative toys that will create magical playtime experiences capturing the adventurous spirit of the brand.”

An all-new animated series, based on the iconic 1980s action classic, “ThunderCats,” is currently in production at Warner Bros. Animation. The companies say that the new “ThunderCats,” a 21st century reimagining of the series that will air on Cartoon Network, “will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.”

“ThunderCats” is executive produced by Sam Register (“Teen Titans,” “Ben 10,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”). Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) are the producers. The series marks a creative collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation and Studio4°C, one of the most vibrant animation studios in Japan.

Debuting in 1985, the “ThunderCats” roared onto the broadcast air waves and created feline frenzy with their band of cat-like heroes from the planet Thundera. Behind their fearless leader Lion-O, the ThunderCats strove to protect their new home on Third Earth and their headquarters, Cat’s Lair, from the Mutants of Plunn-Darr. The “ThunderCats” pop culture phenomenon had its paws sunk deeply not only in television, but also toylines, apparel and comic books.

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Hybrid Amplifier offers ipod input and other goodies…

June 24th, 2010 David No comments

hb1501 d Hybrid Amplifier offers ipod input and other goodies...
Technical Pro changes the face of amplifier technology with the introduction of Hybrid, a technological advance that makes bulky and inefficient amplifiers a thing of the past. they started with the same revolutionary technology found in their power amplifiers, and incorporated a pre-amp, tuner and a Karaoke mic mixer in one 2u package (2 wireless mics included in the HW series) With high power output, versatile loading options, high thermal capacity and reliability, the HYBRID series brings you all of what Technical Pro stands for—incredible performance and sound, versatility, and the ultimate in reliability under harsh conditions.

  • Powers 4 loudspeakers
  • Separate gain control for preamp and subwoofer
  • 1500 watts peak power with options to upgrade to 3500 watts
  • Inputs: RCA (2 audio sources)
  • Outputs: Banana binding post (to speakers)
  • 1 RCA dedicated for record line output
  • 2 mono RCA dedicated for subwoofer output
  • 1 RCA dedicated for preamp output
  • Digital fluorescent output display meter
  • iPod / MP3 input with cable
  • Dimensions: 19
  • Weight: 18 lbs (8.2 kg)
  • 110-220V Switchable
  • MSRP: $249.00
  • J&R has it for $149
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iPad or iDisappoint

February 5th, 2010 David 1 comment

ipad iPad or iDisappoint

While we all anticipated the iPad and finally it came true last week, I can’t stop feeling disappointed. In the past when Apple was asked if they are making a iPhone nano the answer was “we’re not looking to make cheap products we’re looking to make the best products”. With that being said the iPad should have been the Best Tablet out there, above and beyond the competition when in essence its a really big iPhone Lacking a few features. Now i know what your thinking this thing is super cool! and this writer has clearly lost it. You can imagine yourself using one of these magical 10″ iPads in the train or on a plane and of course your going to try to read some books on there, the NY Times app looks like the future of Newspapers especially if you can download the whole paper and take it with you when you can’t have service or want to save battery. Oh and the price can’t be matched Apple hit the price we all wished for and never imagined would be possible $499 and an optional 3G internet service for $15 and $30 BUT lets talk about why its a huge disappointment.

Let’s talk about that price point $499 that price was just to magical, so magical it caused apple to cut out some key features which left this iPad as a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Now I’m not saying i don’t think its cool or “magical” but at the end of the day if i want something Magical I’m going to Disney, and if i want something powerful I’m going to Apple. with that said i will now stop venting and let you know what’s missing from this Magical Device.

  1. No Front Facing Camera:  iChat
  2. No Multi Tasking:  With all the magic in the iPad you could only run 1 app at a time. With such a big screen : how cool if it could splint into 4 iphone screens tiled!
  3. No Widgets: 0 Widgets! there should be some way that i can take iPhone apps and use them like widgets
  4. No USB Ports: There is 1 but its solely to import images!
  5. Network Jack: if they can get one on a Macbook air i want one on here, hardwired internet is so much faster than wireless LAN
  6. Flash: are you kidding there is no flash support still!!!
  7. No Snow Leopard  rather we got a cheesy iPhone OS
  8. No Magsafe connector
  9. 3G we want 4G!
  10. At&t come on it’s time to offer the best service with the best unit!

In truth Apple iPad is not  that much better than a rock see below, haha.

iPad vs Rock iPad or iDisappointslate chart v2 iPad or iDisappoint

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Aircurve – Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone

January 19th, 2010 David No comments

 Aircurve   Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone

    * Acoustically amplifies your iPhone
    * Custom-engineered waveguide requires no power
    * Allows syncing/charging using Griffin Dock Cable or the charge/sync cable that came with your iPhone
    * Great for nightstand or tabletop
    * Amplifies by about 10 decibels

Loud and Clear

Your iPhone, that is — and without using speakers. AirCurve is a cleverly-designed acoustic amplifier that turns your iPhone into a no-power-drain alarm clock on your nightstand, or a mini sound system that never needs batteries or adapters.

AirCurve looks like a simple, elegantly minimal stand for your iPhone. But inside is a coiled waveguide “horn’ that collects the sound from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, amplifies it (by about 10 decibels), and projects it into the room. AirCurve’s waveguide has been mathematically engineered to deliver amazing amplification — you’ll swear there are full-sized speakers in there. And AirCurve’s see-through translucent polycarbonate body lets you appreciate the graceful curves inside that do all the work.

So will AirCurve charge my iPhone?

By itself, no. For this reason, we’ve added a pass-through slot so you can feed a dock cable through AirCurve. Connect that dock cable to your computer or power adapter and you can sync or charge while you listen.

AirCurve’s pass-through slot will accept Griffin’s Dock Cable (available separately) or the dock cable that came with your iPhone. It may accept others, as well.

Newegg has it for $10 + 2 Shipping

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Tech wishes for the next year

January 18th, 2010 David 1 comment

There are some things we hope for, but that we realistically know aren’t going to happen. In that same spirit of fruitless hopefulness, here’s a list of the tech T would like to see in 2010..
Rendering all forms of public transport instantly obsolete, the advent of teleportation would make it possible to be anywhere in the world in a physics-defying instant. Fancy a stroll on a Caribbean beach before bedtime, or the Northern Lights for lunch? No problem.
2. PS4
Sony released the PS3 Slim in 2009, upping sales and receiving plaudits aplenty, so it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see the much-anticipated PS4
any time soon. Still, we can dream. And in the meantime we’ll wait for the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii to include Blu-ray drives.
3. Augmented Reality Glasses
AR specs could paint dreamlike worlds over the top of our dreary, grey-scale existence. Your commuter train home? A huge, fire-breathing dragon. Your street? Paved with gold. The chap accosting you with a knife? A mugger; but one who looks like an elf in a conical hat. That’s much better, isn’t it?
4. Mass-Market Bionic Upgrades
Growing weary of your perishable flesh? Feel the need to breathe underwater or scale ten-storey buildings in a single stride? Thanks to morally ambiguous advances in medical science you’ll soon be able to do more to improve your body than a lunchtime shot of botox. We’re hoping to have a new, bionic arm by Christmas 2010…
5. Video Referees
Despite Thierry Henry’s recent brazen hand ball against Ireland, some people are still against video referees in football, claiming it will ruin the flow of the beautiful game.
6. Affordable eBook Readers
With most e-readers looking distinctly overpriced – even the “budget” Foxit E-Reader and COOL-ER eBooks set you back a not-so- cool £190 – it’s hard to foresee the downfall of the written word. We want a sub-£100 e-reader, complete with bendy paper, by year’s end.
7. Driverless Cars
The EU has already begun developing road trains that drag your car in a convoy so that you can relinquish all driving duties. If it means never having to traverse Spaghetti Junction or the Magic Roundabout in Swindon again we’re happy to let go of the wheel right now.
8. Nanotechnology
Whether subsuming the world in a mound of self-replicating grey cyber-goo or, as our own James Wallman promised in a recent column, serving up “tiny robotic bees that sting cancer to death”, nanotech needs to start delivering.
9. StyliSh 3D Glasses
3D is expected to make more headlines in 2010 than Gordon Brown and Katie Price combined, so it’s reasonable to demand a pair of 3D spectacles that don’t make us look like a low-rent Elton John impersonator. Would a pair of 3D Aviators really be too much to ask?
10. Apple iTablet
It could all be a massive lie concocted by hype-hungry Apple fanatics, or it could already be available at the Apple Store by the time you read this. We’re betting by the time you read this, you won’t have to wait too long to find out what Apple’s been beavering away at.
[Thanks T3]

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Sony Dash taking a hit on the little Chumby

January 13th, 2010 David No comments

Sony Dash Front 610x479 540x424 Sony Dash taking a hit on the little ChumbyMaking a case for the “Chumby category” is the Sony Dash. This tabletop Internet gadget features a 7-inch color touch screen (measured diagonally) and has access to more than 1,000 free Internet apps, including news, calendars, weather, sports, social networking, and more via your existing home wireless connection. On top of that, you can tap into audio and video content from Sony’s Bravia Internet video platform, from sources like YouTube, Pandora Internet radio, Epicurious, Crackle, Livestrong, and

chumby one Sony Dash taking a hit on the little Chumby

Very cool like the chumby but there’s 1 obvious difference the size of thes units. If i was looking for a night clock then Chumby is the way to go but if i want a device by my computer or kitchen or living room etc. Sony is the way to go.

[Thanks Jasmine]

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Skiff Reader will replace your newspaper in 5 years.

January 12th, 2010 David No comments

skiff Skiff Reader will replace your newspaper in 5 years.

Move over Kindle and Nook: there’s a new e-reader in town. The Skiff Reader ($TBA) boasts the largest, most high-resolution display of any consumer e-reader yet, clocking in a 11.5 inches and 1200×1600 resolution. Made using LG’s “Metal Foil” e-Paper technology, it removes the risk of breakage found in other, glass-based screens, and offers full touchscreen capabilities, as well. The device will be sold and supported by Sprint over 3G, and also offers a built-in content store and Wi-Fi.

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WordPress 2.9 arrives, with an image editor and a trash folder

January 6th, 2010 David No comments

WordPress 2.9 arrives, with an image editor and a trash folder

wordpress2911 WordPress 2.9 arrives, with an image editor and a trash folder

Good news for users of the popular WordPress blogging platform: WordPress 2.9 has arrived, and it includes some major new features that make blogging easier, as well as hundreds of under-the-hood improvements to important stuff like databases and SEO. The most visible new features are a built-in image editor, a much easier way to embed video, a better plug-in updater, and a trash for your deleted posts and files.

The image editor allows you to resize, crop, flip or rotate your images from within WordPress, which makes fitting your image into a post a whole lot easier. Sometimes it’s just not worth opening Photoshop for those quick adjustments. On the video front, you can now paste a URL from any of several major video sites (including YouTube, Daily Motion,, Flickr and Google Video) and WordPress will recognize and embed the video automatically.

The new plug-in updater does batch updates, so you can install the latest version of up to 10 plug-ins at once. Previously, you had to click each one individually, which was tedious for people with lots of gadgets installed. The new updater also automatically checks to make sure a plug-in is compatible with your WordPress install, so you don’t have to fear something mysteriously breaking when you do an update.

Trash seems like something WordPress should have included a long time ago. Now instead of asking whether you really want to delete that post or file, WordPress will just move it to the new trash, where it can be recovered if you change your mind. It’s a simple feature, but I think it will avert a lot of data loss catastrophes and save a lot of hassle.

All in all, WordPress 2.9 looks like a major improvement, and it should make your blogging life easier and more productive.

[Thanks Jay ]

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