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Sling Media has launched their first SlingPlayer App for the Apple iPhone. For those of you not familiar with Sling Media, they are the creators of SlingBox, “The SlingBox™ allows you to watch and control your favorite TV source from anywhere in the world on your laptop or cell phone. So now you can watch your DVR, digital cable, satellite receiver, or DVD player wherever you see fit. With the Slingbox SOLO, you can watch your favorite TV shows and sporting events from anywhere” (slingmedia.com).
With such a great product which rated “8.1 out of 10″ from CNET.com they have embraced the power of the iPhone and launched their first App called SlingPlayer. (more…)
Five years ago, when you built a computer it was all about the “bling.” All kinds of LED lights in your fans, windows in the side of the case so you could see all the components inside, and some really funky looking alien face…if you didn’t have these, the hot new computer you just built wasn’t cool enough. Their is either the option of building your own extreme custom computer case mod (which takes a lot of work) or getting one of these hot cases pre-fabbed cases below. I for one am happy to say that the new style of choice is simplistic and stylish for most cases. It is almost as if the world has gone Apple on everyone.
I now present 15 of the coolest and most unusual pre-fabricated computer cases for your hungry eyes.
If your idea of a conversation piece is starting with your computer case, then this is a good way to go. The Skeleton is an open air, full featured case that only weighs in at 21.4 pounds without any components. The cooling system is a gigantic 250mm fan mounted on top of the case and one 92mm HDD cooling fan mounted on the front. It is capable of receiving most motherboard configurations such as Mini-ITX, MicroATX and Standard ATX. There are front ports for USB, Firewire, eSATA and Audio In and Out.
At around $150, this case seems like it could deliver a unique experience. Just make sure you have enough money left over to buy some canned air. I can imagine the dust accumulation on this case will be an issue.
ABS Canyon 695
The sleek, elegant Canyon 695 is quite unique and big. Produced by Lian Li, it is being distributed in the US and Canada by ABS. The case is very tall at 26.8 inches, and despite its size, the fully aluminum case only weighs in at 26 lbs. At first glance, one might think that there is something seriously wrong with this case; there are no optical drive slots in the front! Instead the optical drive bays are located on the right side of the case. The front of the case is an aluminum panel that can be removed to reveal a dust filter and three highly effective 140mm cooling fans.
Inside the case, there are three compartments for your components. A section for your hard drives is at the bottom, with another section in the center for the motherboard and her components. Finally at the top part of the case is the section for the PSU and optical drives. A project of passion, this case is not the basis for a quick and dirty computer build, and even comes with a screw driver to assist with securing your various components where they go. There are very few tool-free options on this case.
As far as cases go, this case is unique and stylish. Unless you’re a case connoisseur though, the $600 price tag might be a serious road block for you.
ThermalTake VF7001BNS DH101
Do you like home theater? Do you like computers? Why not put them together!? This simplistic case just screams for you to add it to your home theater setup. And why not? With so much of our entertainment content moving online, it’s easy to finally marry cyberspace to your living room. The DH101 blends in with your existing components so well, your friends might just ask you when ThermalTake started producing home theater audio video components. The built in front LCD is capable of displaying equalizers, status and different languages.
Ventilation is efficient, though you would still be wise to follow normal stereo component guidelines for keeping your equipment properly cooled. At the front is mounted a 120mm silent intake fan, at the rear you can find dual 60mm silent exhaust fans. The case supports micro ATX and standard ATX motherboards and most standard graphics cards. Larger graphics cards will likely not be able to fit in this case, but you’re not likely going to be fragging your buddies with this case set up are you? For a price tag of just over $200 USD, this case goes for just a bit more than many low end individual stereo receivers, but when paired with the right computer components, this case will be able to do so much more. See more.
- Zalman FATAL1TY FC-ZE1
Created by well known professional gamer and CPL champ, FATAL1TY, the Zalman FATAL1ty FC-ZE1 case looks deadly in its own right. What is FATAL1TY’s recipe for pixelized mayhem and destruction? Start with 5mm thick aluminum paneling. Add precision laser etched graphics. Combine tool-free HDD installation with anchored spinning bars and rubber wheels. One easy to open side panel opened with a single sliding latch, red LED accent lighting and fans that when combined with other FATAL1TY branded hardware creates an evil looking them.
Lovingly add your preferred hardware components and add a heaping teaspoon of knowhow and you have yourself one sharp looking computer system. With a price tag of $359.99, this case is not for the budget minded.
The XCLIO Windtunnel is a touted as a simple case with a simple design. Two massive 250mm blue LED fans are mounted on the side of the case, with an optional fan mount on the front and rear of the case as well. Each of the large side mounted fans are intended to cool the motherboard and her components and the drive bays respectively. A speed control feature enables you to control just how much air is being delivered to your precious components from the behemoths.
Installing drives is quick and easy with clips and rails that do not require tools. For the pack rat who doesn’t delete anything or the movie enthusiast who requires massive amounts of HDD space, there are 6 available HDD trays for your storage devices. The case is capable of supporting Micro and Standard ATX form factors. For around $110 this case is a decent value for the gamer that needs to keep their components nice and cool.
In January, Sony broke the news about the X-Series Walkman. Is it capable of going toe to toe with the iPod juggernaut? So far only time will tell.
The X-Series features a 3 inch 16:9 touch display and digital noise cancellation. It will come in 16GB and 32GB configurations and will offer standard support for many of the audio and video formats out on the market. Most importantly though, it will include wireless Internet functionality enabling X-Series owners to surf the web from the device. (more…)
Sony introduces the world’s first Organic LED (OLED) TV panel. Not only does this panel revolutionize the LED TV industry but it does it with style. It features a 3mm thin panel and outstanding contrast and color reproduction. Sony’s new OLED features fast response times, high brightness and various screen tilt capabilities. Most of all it is energy efficient and it uses organic material.
Sony’s new Organic LED TV is not only a must have gadget but also enviromentally friendly, what more can you ask for? (more…)
“The Twist” is the world’s first ultra-portable espresso machine. Produces espresso that is said to rival machines ten times its size. The Twist requires no external power, just simply add hot water, and your ready to brew. The power for the Twist comes from standard gas cartridges, which can produce up to 8 single shots, or 4 double shots on a single use. Along with not using external power, the Twist has more greening effects on the planet, with the gas cartridges being 100% recyclable. (more…)
Eye-Fi’s technology has digital photographers raving, since they can now transfer and publish photo and video without having to even lay a finger on their computer. How? Prepare to be amazed.
The tiny SD memory card is fitted with a Wi-fi antenna, which allows it to transfer its contents over a Wi-fi network. It is programmed to transmit the photo (or video) immediately after you take it, wirelessly to your computer.
Or it can bypass your computer entirely and upload straight to your favorite photo-sharing websites (Flickr, YouTube, etc.) (more…)
AT&T subscribers are about to get a new sweet treat.
This summer, AT&T will be adding the newest BlackBerry Curve 8900 to its lineup. This nifty little gadget has a lot to offer. Wi-Fi, GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a juicy 480 x 360 pixel LCD screen to start. (more…)
A stroke of gadgetry genius has produced a tool that gives us the power to direct and produce an amazing audio-visual experience, using the age-old technology of handwriting. Livescribe has been making digital recording pens, or “smartpens”, for a few years now but have recently introduced an innovative feature that puts a whole new spin on taking notes.
Coined “pencasts”, these Flash-based movies are created on-the-fly within the smartpen as you write. You can now record your thoughts from your next class or business meeting with ease, with both animated handwriting and recorded audio in sync with one another and blended together into a convenient movie file. (more…)
Have you ever wanted to carry your entire library in your hands? If your collection of books is as large as mine is, this could be a daunting task. Thankfully, the Amazon Kindle is here to save the day.
This morning saw the announcement of Amazon’s newest Kindle, dubbed the Kindle DX. The magazine thin device will enable you to carry up to 3,500 books with 4GB of internal storage. (more…)
I hope all of you out there are backing up your computer. If you haven’t, you have been putting it off for far too long. Lucky that Apple’s got your back (only, of course, if you use a Mac). The Apple Time Capsule is essentially a router with built-in storage, and, in conjunction with Time Machine software for Mac, will continuously back up your Mac or MacBook (again, sorry PC’s).