Category: Video Games

We’re clumsy, and it’s an inevitable fact, we will drop our shiny new toys. We’re always keeping an eye out for ways to keep our iPad securely in our hands, and theHandyShell Case ($55) has a new take on iPad security.

This case includes a rounded handle that acts as a foot if we want to stand our iPad up, a grippable handle when we really need to get a hold on it and a hook if we need to hang our technology up.Handy indeed!

Available at at 55$

If you’re not a fan of iPhone because of its lack of a physical keyboard, you may now rest, all thanks to Naztech’s Ultra-thin Sliding Bluetooth Keyboard for iPhone 4.

The keyboard “easily pairs over Bluetooth using wireless connectivity and features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that includes Search and Home buttons. It’s powered by a lithium rechargeable battery and is charged via its Mini-USB port.”

You can turn it on and off independently to help conserve battery power, and it works on any iPhone 4 (Verizon or AT&T).

The Naztech Bluetooth Keyboard for iPhone 4 is available from Hypercel for just $79.99, though it currently shows as “Out of Stock” with no indication of when shipping may occur.

The Bury CC 9060 IQ is a voice-activated touch-screen device that you attach to your car‘s dashboard. The CC 9060 IQ works with several smartphones, offering hands-free calling and memo recording functionality. This  is designed to fit you; the colour screen be tailored to suit the interior of your vehicle and the speech recognition technology enables the kit to learn your voice, just perform a quick voice training session to ensure maximum ease of use.

With some phones, the device offers text-to-speech capability, reading text messages back to you. And if you’re using a BlackBerry, the Bury CC 9060 IQ can read your e-mails out loud.

Drivers juggling more than one phone for work will appreciate the device’s multipoint functionality that lets two smartphones connect at the same time. Not all smartphones work with the SMS and e-mail read back feature, so before buying you will want to check the phone compatibility list (PDF)to see what features work with your phone.
Both Bury devices integrate with your car’s stereo system, and lower music volume when making or receiving phone calls. Although not listed in the specs, a YouTube video shows that the Bury will also mute music when turn-by-turn directions are announced on a Droid Incredible with external audio turned on.
This is an a very convenient gadget and worth the $’s, available at Amazon

The Google Chrome Book is making headlines with it’s simplicity. This may be the first desktop with a legitimate offering to replace Microsoft’s stronghold on schools, business, and enterprise computing. The Chrome Book loads directly into a web browser. The days of the desktop, as Google believes, is numbered.

This is definitely something to watch out for!

Design, the user interface, and the screen quality – very much. The device also has the reputation to deliver very good multitasking performance, which was surprising for a BlackBerry device. That’s thanks to the Playbook brand new OS, which is based on QNX OS, and to the Dual Core TI OMAP 4430 system on a chip (Soc).

The Playbook interface, the device elegant form factor, the great display, the compact size and the performance. However, the lack of exchange support and the absence of native email, calendar and contact apps is an adoption roadblock for non-BlackBerry users. Messaging and emailing is one of the regular activities that almost everyone performs on a tablet.

RIM has a short window of opportunity to make its offering better, and they are probably working hard on it. The Playbook hardware deserves it.

Bring your tablet-based gaming to the next level with the JOYSTICK-IT Tablet Arcade Stick. The JOYSTICK-IT gives you a real physical joystick for increased precision with touchscreen based games. Simply press down to attach the JOYSTICK-IT to your tablet based computer’s screen for improved gaming. No wires or batteries needed.

Any game that has an on-screen control pad of some kind is perfect for the JOYSTICK-IT. Simply run your game of choice, place the JOYSTICK-IT over the on-screen control pad and push down. The JOYSTICK-IT sticks to the glass of your display and is ready for action. The lightweight solid milled-aluminum construction of the JOYSTICK-IT adds more precise movement and faster response time for enhanced playability. When you’re done, simply pull-up on the JOYSTICK-IT to remove from the screen.

Add a real physical joystick to your tablet computer for enhanced gaming precision available at Think Geek

Porsche Design just announced the follow-up to P’9521, a quad-band cell phone milled from a single solid block of aluminum and a single sheet of scratchproof glass.

Besides the black and brushed appearance the P’9522 offers Wi-Fi, GPS, a 2.8″ AM OLED display, fingerprint sensor and a five megapixel still/video camera with flash and digital zoom.

iPhone and iPod friendly ladybug from VestaLife

Vestalife will launch the Ladybug iPod / iPhone Speaker Dock at CES International in Las Vegas in January 2008 (it won the CES Innovation Design and Engineering Award you know). This amplified speaker system sports stereo speakers, a subwoofer, LED volume level indicators, a USB port for synchronization and a remote control – I guess I don’t have to mention that it looks like a ladybug, do I?

A few weeks back, Borders opened up pre-ordering for the Kobo e-reader, a simple, $150 tablet that will be attached to its upcoming e-bookstore. We didn’t realize at the time, but the bookseller has no plans of stopping there. In fact, Borders will launch a series of up to 10 e-reading devices across the price spectrum in its retail locations. All the devices will make use of Borders e-bookstore and will be showcased in retail stores in an area called “Area-e.”

Next up on that list is the Libre, an even cheaper e-reading option manufactured by Aluratek. It will retail for $120, feature a 5-inch LCD black-and-white display and double as digital music player. It will also come with 100 preloaded classics. Borders is currently taking orders for the Libre, which will hit the market in July.

Personally, I like what Borders is doing here. When you boil it down, e-readers really just replace paperback books that you could buy for 5 to 10 bucks or borrow for free at your local library. In other words, the cheaper they can make a basic e-reader, the better. That and the fact that these devices are tied to a well-known name in books should make them an intriguing option for consumers, even if they don’t become a rousing success story.

Mmmm.. Fixed device against white background..

Granted, showing your device fixed up close with hands and fingers walking you through the features, all against a bright white background might just be the most logical way to show what your device got, but Bell’s new ad for Palm Pre does feel a bit inspired by Apple’s iPod / iPhone ads, doesn’t it? Just a tiny bit? Anyway, the device and interface still looks good.