Before the days of the backlit LCD-display, portable gaming — like reading — required a certain amount of ambient light. Sure, that original Game Boy was great — and you were a wiz at Tetris and Mario Bros. — but you needed an assist from your trusty floor-lamp… that was, before the Light Boy. The Light Boy was an accessory for Nintendo’s popular Game Boy portable gaming system that provided its users with two benefits. First, it illuminated the device’s monochromatic screen, allowing owners to game in the dark. And second, it had a magnifying glass that hovered over the screen, making gameplay a little easier on the eyes. The Light Boy allowed us to play our Game Boy in our favorite location forbidden by our parents: between the sheets after bedtime. In the 1990’s, it was a thing of beauty. Anyone out there own this handy little accessory? More →
The Motorola ATRIX 4G is the fastest smartphone not yet on the market. Come March 6th, however, it will be. AT&T has landed a screamingly fast Android device courtesy of Motorola, and that’s not all. The device is so powerful that it can power a laptop with full Firefox browser, and spit out 1080p video like it’s nothing. We’ve spent almost a day time with the phone and thought it was sufficient for a review, so read on past the break for what we think, alright?More →
An Android Central forum member claiming to be a Best Buy employee brings news of possible pricing for Motorola’s upcoming laptop dock smartphone accessory. The unique dock, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, transforms the Motorola ATRIX 4G into a smartbook with a full-sized keyboard and a trackpad. According to the forum post, the dock will initially be a Best Buy exclusive and it will retail for around $150. The source of the claim is said to be an AT&T district rep who also stated that Motorola’s ATRIX 4G would become available before other 4G phones from AT&T like the Samsung Infuse 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G. Unfortunately, no specific launch timing was provided, though earlier rumors point to a March 1st release. More →
Research In Motion has just introduced a new Built For BlackBerry program that aims to make sure verified and approved third party manufacturing partners deliver specifically designed accessories and peripherals for BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM details the program as offering, “technical, strategic, and marketing support” to members of the program, in addition to a snazzy Built For BlackBerry logo that will appear on accessory packaging. We have reached out to RIM to try and get an idea of what requirements third party manufacturers will have to meet to be accepted into the program, and most importantly, if RIM is planning on taking a percentage of the sales in exchange for manufacturers using the Built For BlackBerry logo, much like Apple does with their Made For iPod/iPhone program. RIM’s announcement is after the break. More →
Earlier this morning, we told you about HTC’s EVO 4G Shift (although this morning it was called the EVO Shift 4G) making a cameo in a RadioShack flyer, and this afternoon it looks like accessories for the device have made their way to Best Buy as well. Engadget was sent in images of the Invisible Shield screen protector, designed specifically for the 4G Shift’s 3.6-inch window, that arrived at a Best Buy retail location. Between this, the RadioShack advert, and CES being next week… the writing seems to be on the wall. Who’s interested in a EVO 4G Shift? More →
Is Kinect worthy of all the hype? That question was on everyone’s minds ahead of the hotly anticipated device’s launch earlier this month. As they say, money talks — and Kinect is speaking loud and clear. Microsoft said Monday that it has sold over 1 million Kinect units thus far. Microsoft Kinect, which launched less than two weeks ago on November 4th, is an Xbox 360 accessory that allows players to control games simply by moving their bodies. Microsoft said ahead of launch that it expects to sell 5 million Kinect units by the end of the year and with the holiday shopping rush still to come, the company is certainly on the right track. “It’s a strong start,” Microsoft’s head of gaming Don Mattrick told Reuters. “Consumers are loving it.” More →
Following a report on Tuesday claiming Bluetooth headphone maker Wi-Gear was acquired by Apple, the company’s CEO confirmed Wednesday that the report is false. Mark Pundsack, Wi-Gear’s CEO, confirmed to Macworld that Wi-Gear and its intellectual property are currently for sale, but Apple did not buy the company. “Two words: ‘I wish!’” Pundsack wrote in an email. Wi-Gear developed and manufactured Bluetooth accessories optimized for use with Apple’s iPod and iPhone product lines. The company was recently forced to shut down its operations due to lack of funding. More →
Saddleback Leather Co., a San Antonio based purveyor of leather products, has sent us a few items to give away to you, our beloved readers. The company sent us over a large gadget pouch (retail $55), which is designed to fit Apple’s iPad but will fit any gizmo of similar proportions, as well as a small gadget pouch (retail $31) that is perfect for the mobile device of your choosing. The raw-hide pouches are made of thick, high-quality leather, very unique, and come with the following warranty:
All of our products are fully warranted against all defects in materials and workmanship for 100 years. If you or one of your descendants should have a problem, send it back to me or one of my descendants and we’ll repair or replace it for free or we’ll give you a credit on the website (be sure to mention the warranty in your will).
To enter the giveaway:
- Drop a comment below and specify whether you are interested in the small pouch, large pouch, or if it doesn’t matter.
- Multiple entries will disqualify you and the devices are not included in the giveaway.
- The contest will run from now until Monday, September 13 at 11:59 PM ET.
Well it’s official — Microsoft formally announced the Kinect on Sunday evening with the aid of a performance by Cirque du Soleil. Previously known known as Project Natal, the Kinect plugs directly into the Xbox 360 and contains dual-cameras that are capable of tracking 48 points of motion without requiring gamers to use peripherals. The idea is that the Kinect will become the hub of home entertainment systems with titles and software for hardcore gamers while also attracting non-traditional gamers such as young children and the elderly to the Xbox. Exactly which game studios are backing the system have yet to be communicated, although titles touted Sunday by Microsoft include Kinect Sports, Kinectimals (an animal sim), Joyride, and Star Wars. Pricing, a release date and further details were not announced, although that’s hardly surprising considering Microsoft has its big E3 press conference scheduled for Monday morning.
Rumors of a multi-touch trackpad for desktops Macs have been along for ages, but the last time we really heard of them was last October. Since then it’s essentially been relegated to the annals of Apple rumor history, but oh look! Just hours before Steve Jobs & Co. are to take to the stage at Moscone Center for the WWDC 2010 keynote, a trio of photos said to be of the mythical multi-touch accessory have surfaced by way of Engadget. The images look extremely convincing, but let’s try to not lose our heads over a rumor this early in the morning. We’ve got a long day ahead of us. More →
How can you not love Sprint when it pulls stunts like this? Following up on its 4G iPhone commercial, the Now Network has absolutely outdone itself with the introduction of the Sprint 4G Case for iPad. That’s right… the Sprint 4G Case for the freakin’ iPad. Available for free at Best Buy with the purchase of a Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, the case — which technically is a folio plus removable zip-up sleeve — will not only afford your iPad a lot more protection than Apple’s craptastic iPad case, but also give you significant amounts of geek cred. And life’s all about the geek cred, right? Respects. More →
Sure it’s not a Tuesday but Apple apparently decided to switch things up and intro the new and improved Time Capsule duo this morning. What’s new? Space. The old $300 500GB model has gone the way of the Dodo and the 1TB model slides into its price slot (down from $500). Of course Apple wouldn’t be Apple without offering a “bigger and better” model carrying a significantly wider profit margin, so a 2TB version of the Time Capsule makes its debut in the vacated $500 slot. Time to get your backup on, Apple fans.
At this point in the game, it appears as though the question isn’t will the iPods touch and nono get a camera? – it’s when? Chinese accessories manufacturers have cooked up more cases for the iPod duo than we can count on our fingers and toes. Surely they aren’t making these for impending knockoffs, one would presume. The accessories also jive with the news we reported earlier this month about Apple’s tremendous order of cameras. We don’t typically say pictures don’t lie, but the sheer volume of the iPod accessories pictured is either overwhelming evidence of a camera-equipped iPod series or a major manufacturing malfunction in China. Take your pick. Hit the jump for more shots.