Motorola XT531 Smartphone. its Android 2.3 and its budget

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(credit: Motorola Mobility) Motorola XT531 Smartphone | US$tba | www.motorola.com

Motorola has just announced its newest addition to its growing list of Android handset. dubbed the Motorola XT531 Smartphone, it is touted to be a budget-friendly Android smartphone that runs on Android latest 2.3 Operating System (aka Gingerbread) but just exactly how ‘budget’ it is remains to be seen. China will be the first country to received this handset this month, followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan and selected countries in Europe and Latin America starting this Fall. Continue reading “Motorola XT531 Smartphone. its Android 2.3 and its budget”

Magnetic Switch Cover for $24.95 or make yourself one

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(credit: Jake Frey) Magnetic Switch Cover | US$24.95 | shop.thefancy.com

there is nothing magical here. the Magnetic Switch Cover is your regular switch cover plate (US) integrated with a high power magnet underneath. so what good does it do? well, it will hold your keys when you step into the room and (the keys) be ready for you when you are heading out – unless your keys and key ring are made out of plastics. as Glenn Santos has noted, this probably is just a “semi-gadget” (or half gadget, if you like) but if it were to incorporate with a subtle glow night light or sort, then it would probably justify the hassle involves in changing switch cover. Continue reading “Magnetic Switch Cover for $24.95 or make yourself one”

Canon X Mark I Mouse – mouse, calculator and keypad in one

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(credit: Canon) Canon X Mark I Mouse Slim | US$59.90 | usa.canon.com

honestly, a calculator is the last thing we expect to be integrated into a mouse but that’s exactly what the Canon X Mark I Mouse Slim is. it is, in fact, a three-in-one device that serves as a wireless 1,200 dpi laser mouse, a 10-digit calculator, as well as a keypad. i’d say it might just be the perfect peripheral for any road warriors who aims to reduce their on-the-road clutter. if you often lug around a mouse, a calculator and an additional keyboard while on the road, the X Mark I Mouse just did you a flavor by cutting lose two peripherals for your next trip. Continue reading “Canon X Mark I Mouse – mouse, calculator and keypad in one”

RIM introduces five new BlackBerry 7 Smartphones

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(credit: RIM) freshly announced BlackBerry 7 Smartphones (from L-R) Torch 9810, Bold 9900/9930, and Torch 9850/9860

yes, RIM is very much alive and undaunted by their recent set back, they have announced plans to launch not one but five new BlackBerry smartphones powered by its BlackBerry 7 OS. the five smartphones include the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, and the new Torch 9810, 9850 and 9860 smartphones. the Bold duo are the thinnest smartphones from RIM to date and is designed in the tradition of the BlackBerry Bold with the integration of a 2.8-inch multi-touch display. the Torch handsets, on the other hand, features large touchscreen display of 3.2-inch and 3.7-inch for the 9810 and 9850/9860, respectively. additionally, Torch 9810 features a slide out keyboard for faster typing. Continue reading “RIM introduces five new BlackBerry 7 Smartphones”

Infiniti launches 2012 Infiniti FX35 AWD limited edition model

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(credit: Nissan) 2012 Infiniti FX35 AWD Limited Edition | US$52,550.00 | www.InfinitiUSA.com

along with the announcement of the refreshed 2012 Infiniti FX performance luxury crossover yesterday, Infiniti also announced an FX35 AWD Limited Edition model. price from $51,500, the LE model features an exclusive Iridium Blue paint job, huge 21-inch 10-spoke graphite finish aluminum wheels, dark tinted headlights with Adaptive Front Light System (AFS) and auto leveling, and dark tinted side air vents and lower door trim. Continue reading “Infiniti launches 2012 Infiniti FX35 AWD limited edition model”

NuForce uDAC-2 Signature Gold Edition headphone amp

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(credit: NuForce) NuForce uDAC-2 Signature Gold Edition | US$399.00 | signature.nuforce.com

Nubox’s uDAC-2 solves your woes of less-than-ideal music quality pumped out from your laptop to your headphone, desktop speaker system or home stereo system with its 24bit/96kHz USB Digital Audio Converter or DAC. it is not new. it exist as a plain black version, and later a special violet version and now, this latest rendition sports a gold-plated enclosure with a subtle touch of Swarovski crystal, tastefully embedded on its volume control. it will definitely look perfect on your mahogany laptop desk – if you happen to have one. standard outputs include a pair of RCA out, a digital coaxial, and as well as headphone output jack. want one? then be prepared to shell out $399 for it or you could go for the “lesser kind” which starts from $129. a more few look after the break to convince ourselves why we should fork out premium for this gadget. Continue reading “NuForce uDAC-2 Signature Gold Edition headphone amp”

turn your iPad 2 into an oversized Game Boy-lookalike

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(credit: LOOTIFUL) LOOTIFUL Game Boy case for iPad 2 | US$tba | lootiful.com

still miss your old school Game Boy handheld? well, fret not my friend. LOOTIFUL, a Massachusetts-based company is offering cases that will make your iOS devices looks like a Game Boy. well, it will look like one from the back of the device. granted Game Boy-style case isn’t new for iPhone or even iPod Touch, but coming soon from LOOTIFUL is the Game Boy-style case for your iPad 2, simply dubbed iPWN!. if you love to pretend that your modern day iPad 2 is an old school handheld game machine (albeit, an oversized one), this is the case for you. however, there is no word on its price or the exact availability of the case at this point. the image you see above is a render of the would-be product. if you can’t wait for it, perhaps you can grab yourself a more ‘regular’ version for iPhone 4 which cost just $17.99 a pop. Continue reading “turn your iPad 2 into an oversized Game Boy-lookalike”

Elecom JAGUCHI Stand for smartphones and tablets

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(credit: Elecom) Elecom JAGUCHI Stand | ¥tba | www.elecom.co.jp

what looks like a faucet magically floating in the air and pouring water is actually the latest smartphone/tablet stand from Elecom. the JAGUCHI (Japanese for faucet) as it is called, is the 5th Elecom collaboration with the Tokyo-based design studio, Nendo. the “ripples” not only adds to its realism but also doubles as a ‘barrier’ to prevent the device from sliding off when leaning on the ‘faucet’. the concept of this design is to come up with something that will also look nice when not in use. well, in that respect, i think Elecom JAGUCHI has succeeded. Continue reading “Elecom JAGUCHI Stand for smartphones and tablets”

Saitek PRO Flight Cessna Bundle with Free Switch Panel

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(image credit: Saitek) Saitek PRO Flight Cessna Bundle with Free Switch Panel | US$449.99 | www.saitek.com

any flying enthusiast will agree that the next best thing to the real deal is flight simulator on our PC machines but that wouldn’t be complete with a solid set of flight yoke and rudder pedals. the new officially licensed Saitek PRO Flight Cessna should put a smile on any flying enthusiast’s face. the PRO Flight Cessna consists of the flight yoke, a set of rudder pedals, and trim wheel control panel – all which are modeled in accurate 1:1 scale after the real stuff as found on the Cessna 172 / 182 aircraft. in addition to replicating the look of the real flight control, the yoke also features extra hard buttons, including a point-of-view hat switch. the yoke has a full 90 degree of turning and an integrated USB hub for connecting other parts from the Saitek Pro Flight range of products, such as the PRO Flight Throttle Quadrant. Continue reading “Saitek PRO Flight Cessna Bundle with Free Switch Panel”

Darth Vader Meet the Maker Holiday 2011 Deluxe Mini Bust

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(image credit: Gentle Giant) Darth Vader Meet the Maker Holiday 2011 Deluxe Mini Bust | US$75.00 (pre-order) | www.gentlegiantltd.com

Gentle Giant has announced the availability of the Darth Vader Meet the Maker Holiday 2011 Deluxe Mini Bust for 2011 premier guild members. the bust is sculptured based on LucasFilm holiday greeting card that features the dark sith releasing a white dove. yea, i know it’s kind of ironical cos’ white dove is usually associated with peace and loving, but the Darth Vader is anything but that. luckily, it has an interchangeable hand that doesn’t hold the symbol of peace. this deluxe version also includes another interchangeable hand holding C3-PO’s disembodied head. along with it, is a Dark Horse comic-inspired “Thank the Maker” story from Star Wars Tales #6 that tells of how the ever-chattering golden droid friend ended up on Vader’s hand. Continue reading “Darth Vader Meet the Maker Holiday 2011 Deluxe Mini Bust”