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Amazon may ship 8 million Kindles

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Amazon could exceed expectations and ship as many as eight million Kindles this year, according to two tipsters. Analysts have estimated five million, but the new figure would be about 60 percent higher. About 2.4 million Kindles shipped in 2009, according to Bloomberg.

The claims aren’t verified yet but were supported by Amazon’s own public results. The company shipped “millions” of Kindles in 73 days this fall and exceeded all of its 2009 sales in that period.

Apple to ship more iPads in 2011 than Android tablets combined?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Looks like Apple will dominate the tablet market for at least the next year, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. He estimates that Apple will ship 13.4 million iPads in 2010 and 25.5 million in 2011. The closest to Apple is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which will reach 1.5 million by the end of the year and move another six million in 2011.

The combined Android platform fares a bit better, with Dell and Motorola contributing two million and three million tablets of their own next year, but Apple will still have most of the sales. This is due its headstart and its positive UI experience.

Millennium Falcon Dreamcast

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. Very true. Especially when you cram a Sega Dreamcast into a Millennium Falcon toy. User “Pezzapoo” of the Ben Heck forums sure made this one look good.

The DC game port facia fit into the toy with only about a millimeter to spare. That’s when he knew it was magic. In case you were wondering, two side docking ring fans keep the hot DC from melting. Anytime some modder puts a console in a Star Wars ship, somewhere far far away, an X-Wing gets it’s wings.

Awesome Star Wars Y-Wing bed

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2009

Awesome Star Wars Y-Wing bedI, like you, clearly struck out on the parent lottery. Some moms build a 98-inch screen on their kid’s bedroom ceiling, while some dads build an AT-AT bunk bed. Yeah, I’m kinda ticked off at my parents now. Now that I see how some kids are lavished with awesome nerd decor.

Well, here’s the straw that broke the camel’s back. Now, we learn about a father who built half a Y-Wing in his son’s bedroom, hanging from above, with the bed on top. Mom, dad, if you are reading this, don’t even bother calling.

Nintendo: No plans to ship black Wii in USA

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2009

Black Wii has a black boxYou know the old saying, once you go Wii black you never go back. Sadly, we will never know if that’s true or not. Why? We can only assume that Nintendo hates God, America and Apple pie. Sigh. Fans have been waiting for a Wii of any color other than white for years. And it looks like we will go on waiting.

A Nintendo rep told GameDaily that there are “no plans to have other colors of the Wii in the United States.” Like many of you I will always remember what I was doing on that fateful day our Wii dreams died. Today. It is a sad day for our nation.

Star Trek USS Enterprise webcam

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2009

Star Trek USS Enterprise webcamHere’s the final frontier in geek accessories for your computer. Let your geek flag fly high with this USS Enterprise-themed USB webcam. Perfect for making video Captain’s logs to send to other nerds. It won’t fight other webcams shaped like Klingon or Romulan ships, but it does feature an adjustable focus, and the red engine lights light up. So that ought to mesmerize you for all of a minute.

The cable even features the Star Fleet Insignia. Nothing on a release date or price, but it will be available in lieu of time spent with girls very soon.

Where no hamster has gone before

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Where no hamster has gone beforeHamsters are like people. Most are lazy and just sit around eating. Some enjoy the simple pleasures of a wheel, so they can stay trim. Then there are those select few who dare to dream and have “the right stuff”.

To paraphrase Kennedy, “We choose to put a hamster in a rocket before this decade is out, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” So, make your hamster a national hero by buying him this Hamster Rocket Ship Funhouse so it thinks that it’s part of NASA. Just leave him in there for a while and change the scenery in front of the widow. He’ll never know. Then when he comes back to Earth, you can give him a parade in one of these.


The New U.S.S. Enterprise

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2008

The New U.S.S. EnterpriseOr, the old one actually. But new to us in 2008. The above pic should get your geek juices flowing like Romulan ale at a Klingon orgy. The first look at J.J.’s Enterprise. It’s a mash-up of the classic and movie versions of the ship. It’s pretty sweet looking. JJ Abrams was struck by that scene in ST: The Motion Picture where Kirk takes a shuttlecraft to the ship and we get a nice long look that shows us all of the stunning detail, including many of the individual tiles that make up the hull. Apparently there will be a similar scene in the new flick. What do you guys think? You like?

R/C Star Trek Enterprise glider

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

R/C Star Trek Enterprise gliderAs far as I’m concerned the best Trek Vehicle ever is the Final Frontier bike, but this RC Enterprise glider sure looks like a ton of fun too. It took a long time, but we finally have a remote controlled Star Trek ship. For the most part, it’s just as graceful as the real deal and seeing the Enterprise soar through the air gets my geek blood boiling.

It’s made of foam and features a touch-control controller designed to look like the communicator from the original series. Check out the video below. The thing even flies after it took a hard landing and lost a nacelle. Also near the end the operator manages to make the smoothest landing the enterprise has ever seen on or off the movie screen. The Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 should arrive in May of 2009 and can now be pre-ordered for $79.99.

Original TIE Fighter model on sale for $170k

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2008

Original TIE Fighter model on sale for $170k
All you Richie Rich’s who love Star Wars better pay attention. Over at eBay you can drop a fortune and bid on one of four original T.I.E. Fighter models that was actually used in the filming of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

More specifically, this is the Fighter that ran into Darth Vader so Luke could blow up the Death Star. It was constructed from resin and cannibalized parts from other model kits. The auction doesn’t begin until August 1st, but as the world’s richest nerd, you’ll want to get ready. The starting price is $170,000. After you win it, you can hang it over the dining room table and make pew pew pew noises while eating your steak tar tar.

Millennium Falcon cake is too good to eat

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2008

Millennium Falcon cakeWe’ve seen our share of geek cakes, whether you’re talking Star Trek or R2-D2. But the Millennium Falcon cake is the best yet. Probably the best ever. It takes the cake.

It’s super detailed and would leave a trail of sickeningly sweet icing through hyperspace. It was made by Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and some lucky guy who isn’t me received it this weekend for his birthday. I wouldn’t know whether to eat it or get my old action figures out and play. It just needs a blockade of Star Destroyer cakes to outrun and the scene is complete.


A bike for the final frontier

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

A bike for the final frontier
This right here is a nerd dream come true. It’s not new by any means, the picture being from the 1982 San Diego Comic Con, but it is worthy of sharing since it shows that nerd evolution has been at a stand still for almost 30 years.

I’m guessing it didn’t score the owner any hot babes, but it must have been very satisfying watching jaws drop as the U.S.S. Enterprise rolls down the street. It’s really a sweet piece of work. If I could take a moment to nitpick over geek detail, the flag should be a United Federation of Planets flag and the seat should more closely resemble Kirk’s. I wonder if you can fix it with a tricorder.