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Æsir, the $61,000 Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2011

The Æsir is just about making calls and sending texts. It has an interesting Scandinavian design and is named after the ‘Norse gods’. The CEO of the company calls it ‘an anti-smartphone’. It also has an anti-smart price at £6,400.

The phone took three years to make, and offers ‘watch-grade material’ crafted by European craftsmen. It also has custom created ring tones. The regular model will cost you £6,400($10,560), while a gold-plated version is £37,000($61,000).

Flickr accidentally deletes 4,000 plus photos

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2011

“The best online photo management and sharing application in the world.” may not be able to make that claim any longer. It has deleted more than 4,000 pictures from a very prolific user. Flickr then sent photo blogger Mirco Wilhelm a so-called apology.

Understandably it irritated Mirco even further as he took to his blog with a post titled “You have to f**king kidding, Yahoo!” So, how did this happen? Well, Mirco realized that another blogger was using his photos and wanted Flickr to help, so he reported the problem. Then Flickr “accidentally deleted” Mirco’s account and when he contacted Flickr about this they responded like this:

Apple offering up $10,000 to 10 Billionth Downloader

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 15th, 2011

If you are a music lover then you have probably dreamed of what you could do with a $10,000 iTunes gift card. Well, Apple is giving away just that to one lucky person who downloads the 10 billionth app from its App Store. It could be you.

The company is on track to hit that milestone. So far around 9.76 billion apps have been downloaded. The counter is going up up up. Users are limited to 25 downloads a day, automated software will disqualify you, and you have to agree to let your name and image be used for Apple.

A $50,000 Android Phone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2010

If you think that your phone was expensive, think again. The Ulysse Nardin Chairman phone is $50K and doesn’t even run Froyo. Instead you get 2.1. CrunchGear recently went hands on with the phone to see what you get for $50k. Turns out, you also get a dock.

A dock unlike any other, with polished wood panels, speakers and USB ports. Still not worth $50K, but we won’t tell the rich. Hit up the link to get the full scoop if you are shopping for an insane luxury phone.

Android Market passes the 50,000 apps milestone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2010

Let us play the Android Market’s overbearing Aunt for a minute as we pinch it’s cheeks and tell it how big it has grown since we last saw it and dig in our purse for a quarter as we pet it’s head. Though Apple is still top dog when it comes to its App Store, the Android Market is also growing at a very rapid pace.

The latest reports say that the Android Market has crossed the 50,000 app mark, which is about a week after Google confirmed the 38,000 app mark. 50,000 is still a way off from the App Store’s official 185,000, but at the rate it’s going, it’ll provide Apple with some healthy competition in no time.

BenQ GL series LCDs with 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio

Posted in BenQ by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2010

BenQ’s new GL series of monitors boast a 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. It’s the industry’s highest and, according to BenQ, helps to add “color depth and definition to darkened and complex visuals.” Aside from that, the 18.5-inch GL930, 19-inch GL931, 20-inch GL2030, 21.5-inch GL2230 and 22-inch GL2231 models each have fairly standard specs.

We don’t have specs on all the models yet, but some of those specs include a 5ms response time, LED backlighting, and a 1,600 x 900 resolution on the 20-incher, which will be the first model available in July.

Apple sold 300,000 iPads on launch day

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2010

Apple iPad launchHere are the numbers. 300,000 iPads were sold, leading to 1,000,000 app downloads, and 250,000 ebook downloads from the iBook Store.

The original iPhone sold 270,000 units in the first 30 hours. So 300,000 is pretty impressive. Remember, many are holding out for the 3G version next month and this was a US-only launch. Not bad at all. But then we knew they would have no trouble selling them.


JVC’s DLA-SH7NL, a $15,000 projector

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Looking to spend $15,000 on a new projector? Then check out JVC’s DLA-SH7NL projector. For that price you do get an amazing resolution of 4,096 × 2,400 and it will show off more than four times the detail found in full HD resolution. Pretty sweet, if you have the spare scratch. Which you don’t. And neither do I. Maybe there’s a payment plan.

How about a native contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and a 330W lamp capable of producing 5,000 lumens? It uses D-ILA (Digital Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier) technology, allowing it to display two or even four displays in WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) and full HD resolution simultaneously.

$3,000 Swarovski-studded netbook from Smartbook AG

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

$3,000 Swarovski-studded netbook from Smartbook AGSmartbook AG has unveiled the Zenid GC Crystal netbook which comes covered in Swarovski crystals. If the shiny exterior doesn’t blind you, you’ll find standard netbook specificatoins like a 10.2″ WXGA LED display, an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The non-swarovski version retails for just 299 euros, while the blinged out version will cost you 2,001 Euros. Hey, it will go with that rhinestone jacket you wear out to Disco night.

$3,000 Steampunk USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2009

$3,000 Steampunk USB flash driveWe love Steampunk around here. We’ve certainly featured our share of steampunk gadgets. And this USB drive is another pretty nice example of the art form, but it’s insanely priced at $3000. I would pay maybe $100 for this flash drive. Maybe $300 if I had some disposable money.

It has some great detail work and looks pretty awesome, so it’s a shame that it’s priced so high that no one will own it. Could be a typo, but somehow I doubt it. Now the Steampunk phone from Russia. That I could pay handsomely for.

The Phantom Bar features real ejection seats for $225,000

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2009

The Phantom Bar features real ejection seats for $225,000This bar consists of real Martin-Baker Mk7 ejection seats, taken right out of a F4 Phantom (minus the jet packs). At last you can experience the effects of alcohol while pretending to be a Top Gun pilot. That bar does have drinks right? It looks grossly tiny.

All it takes is $225,000 to own. I say you make the ejection seats fully functional. Then you can have a good drinking game. First ones to pass out get ejected through the ceiling, while the last guy sitting gets to relax and enjoy his victory.


FH001 transparent speakers are eco friendly, cost $26,000

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2009

FH001 transparent speakers are eco friendly, cost $26,000Some people really love transparent gadgets. Sometimes they can really beautiful, but sometimes they just look like 2 giant transparent bullhorns with a woman wearing a nightgown in between. This is a new design from Ferguson Hill dubbed the FH001.

The horn speaker pumps out 3 to 50 watts, so it isn’t much of a speaker, but they are green. How are they green? Well, the speakers are made of clear acrylic and have a ultra high efficiency design. There’s also a spherical subwoofer that looks like a fishbowl.

Almost 700,000 Palm Pre apps downloaded so far

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on June 20th, 2009

Almost 700,000 Palm Pre apps downloaded so farIt hasn’t been long and there may not be a ton of Pre apps available yet, but apparently there are enough for an impressive 666,511 downloads as of June 17th. By now it is likely close to or past the 700,000 mark.

I’d call that a success. As shown in the above graph, they’ve been rising steadily as more apps become available, and we don’t see any signs of the numbers dropping. It’s still early, but things are looking great for Pre app downloads. That graph is sure to spike as more fart and beer apps show up.

Palm sells 50,000 Pre smartphones in opening weekend

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2009

Verizon getting the Palm Pre in 6 monthsPalm and Sprint haven’t confirmed the numbers officially, but according to JPMorgan in a Wall Street Journal article, “sales in the first two days probably exceeded 50,000.” The figure was “aligned with expectations, but probably fell short of the 146,000 reported first-gen iPhone sales” during its opening weekend. And that was due to “capacity constraints in manufacturing.”

So it looks like the Pre launch was a success. Next weekend’s sales may put it all in perspective. It’s great news for Palm, but it isn’t all roses. We’ll have to see if new Palm owners are still having problems or not.

HP recalls another 15,000 laptop batteries

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

70,000 HP laptop batteries recalledA few weeks ago HP recalled 70,000 laptop batteries, but they aren’t done yet. They are recalling another 15,000 batteries sold in China. There aren’t any reports of actual fire or flames this time, but the batteries are prone to overheating, and can pose a fire hazard.

At the moment, details about the models affected are scarce, but the batteries were used in laptops manufactured between late 2007 and early 2008, and include models sold under the HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario brands.

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