Elvis had a pink Cadillac, the delicious treat known as cotton candy is traditionally pink, and come September 21, 2010, you can show that you're a real gamer with a pink PlayStation DualShock 3 wireless controller.
The rumored controller is all but confirmed thanks to a pre-order page on Gamestop's website. And in case you're wondering who would want such a thing, Gamestop says "the stylish Candy Pink Dual Shock 3 wireless controller is perfect for female gamers and households with kids." Or as a complimentary accessory to go with your "Real Men Wear Pink" T-shirt.
The Candy Pink controller costs $55, the same as every other official PS3-manufactured controller runs, including blue, black, white, silver, and red.
Nikon rumor site NikonRumors.com (fitting, isn't it?) received word from an anonymous source that Nikon is constructing a carbon fiber body for an upcoming professional level DSLR.
"For the last few months Nikon has been working on a carbon fiber body for a Nikon pro-level DSLR," the tipster writes. "They are specifically looking at the manufacture of a resin-infused 3D woven CRFP body as well as fatigue testing of some CFRP components."
The tipster goes on to say that the body would be a full sized DSLR, and because of the carbon fiber construction it would offer increased stiffness and a "slight reduction in mass." Light weight and sturdy? Sounds like a winning combo to us.
To those of you who pledge allegiance to the united iPhone 4 owners club of America, here's a reminder that you have until September 30, 2010 to claim your Apple provided case to help aid your smartphone's signal when you insist on holding the thing wrong -- you know, like a cell phone.
September 30th is the same date Steve Jobs first quoted when the announcement was initially made, adding that Apple would "evaluate" whether an extension would be necessary or not. According to a statement on Apple's website, it appears the Cupertino company has come to a decision, and that's to stick with the original cutoff date. After that, you're just going to have to start holding your iPhone correctly, or get an Android device.
"A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we wan to continue providing them a Bumper case for free," Apple said in a statement. "For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case."
Have any of you taken Apple up on this offer, and if so, did the case help?
When it comes to Apple PC’s most Maximum PC readers will likely take a pass, but when it comes to portable music players, we are willing to bet more than a few of our readers are rocking out to iPods. The fact that vast majority of iPod users use Windows must secretly burn away at Steve Jobs, but a quick balance check on his bank account probably helps keep his blood pressure in check.
The new iPods are smaller, have better battery life, and are downright impressive. Want to see them torn down to PCB’s in the name of science? So do we! Check out the links below or after the jump for the full iFixit teardown off all three new models.
Amazon keeps the exact number of Kindle’s sold under wraps, but since we know it been the bestselling item on the website for two years running, it’s not hard to imagine that it leads the pack in the e-reader market. The Nook was slowly nibbling away at its market share prior to the price cut, but the only real advantage competitors had left was a presence at brick and mortar stores, something Amazon is finally going to change.
Best Buy & Staples will be getting all three Kindle variants heading into the fall giving consumers a chance to test Amazon’s best against the Nook, Sony Reader, and several other lower end e-book devices. This isn’t the first time the Kindle has hit retail stores, but it is a first for this generation of device. Placing the Kindle in the retail channel is understandably a difficult decision for a company that has built its entire business model around selling via the web, but one that ultimately can only help move more devices.
The decision is likely a result of the Kindle team being divided into two parts, one devoted to selling books and the other to selling hardware. Each team can make decisions to further each section of the business without worrying about the impact on the other end. Giving consumers a chance to check out the Kindle in person is a wise decision, and one that will likely pay off well going into the holiday season.
No official date has been given for stock to arrive at either Best Buy or Staples, but we imagine this is a result of the current backorder situation on the website.
3DTV’s have been all the rage (at least if the TV manufacturers are to be believed), but a recent Nielsen survey suggests that people are indeed interested in 3D, but can’t seem to justify paying extra for it.
Nielsen, along with the Cable & Television Association for Marketing have finished off the first comprehensive study complete with focus groups in which they learned that the lack of content, along with the goofy glasses all add up to a feature nobody seems to be willing to pay for until 3D programming becomes more common place.
The numbers look a bit better when it comes to gamers with close to 71% of regular and hardcore gamers describing themselves as interested in 3D, but the limited availability of content continues to be a “marketing challenge” for 3D display manufacturers.
Apple and Google seem to get all the press in the mobile industry, but it’s easy to forget that Garmin has had a smartphone in the game now for over a year. GPS junkies aside, these handsets never seem to have reached the market share levels the company was expecting and CFO Kevin Raukman has suggested that they might finally be pulling the plug on their handset division. In an interview with Reuters he said they would need to make a decision on how to proceed within the “next couple of quarters”.
Raukman’s decision will boil down to either continuing forward with what appears to be a failing platform, or “pull back”. Garmin has had a tough time gaining a foothold in the mobile industry, but it would be rather unfortunate to see them give up all together. I think most smartphone enthusiasts would agree that the days of a dedicated single purpose GPS are numbered, which means Garmin could face a tough road ahead if they give up on mobile.
A new report from Gartner Research claims that Google's Android operating system will grow rapidly in the remaining months of 2010, passing both Apple and RIM. If you don't follow the smartphone world closely, you could be forgiven for forgetting Nokia is still number one worldwide. While their phones are rarely offered by US carriers, the market in other nations often encourages users to buy unlocked phones. Those are often Nokia handsets.
In late 2009, Android had only 3.9% of the market - Apple had three times more. Google is expected to hit about 17.7%, which will clobber Apple's iOS, and just edge out Blackberry. While iOS is still growing, Blackberry has been falling. The tepid response to the Blackberry Torch isn't helping matters.
Android has spread to all US carriers, and more manufacturers are getting in on the fun. It's impressive to see Google come from behind so quickly, especially considering the state Android was in before the release of the Motorola Droid.
Social networking addicts have a new entry-level camcorder to play with in Sanyo's VPC-GH4. For $200, this newest addition to Sanyo's Xacti line purportedly offers easy tagging and uploading of videos and pictures to sites like Youtube, Facebook, and Picassa. Twitter users will also benefit from the bundled software, which serves up a convenient link for use with the microblogging service, Sanyo says.
"More than ever, consumers are interested in easy to use imaging solutions that deliver with cutting edge technology," says Tom Van Voy, General Manager of the Consumer Solutions Group for SANYO North America. He added, "SANYO’s GH4 offers the perfect blend of style and performance while recording archive quality photos and videos that people will be proud to display on their HDTVs or share with friends and family from their computer."
Looking over the spec sheet, Sanyo has a compelling package in the budget camcorder arena. The $200 Xacti boasts 10MP photos, a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, Full HD videos at 1080, 60i (1920x1080), 10X dual range optical zoom, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card support, and mini-HDMi port.
We can pretend like we're all surprised that T-Mobile took the wraps off HTC's G2 smartphone, the long awaited followup to the now crusty G1, but it's not like we didn't know this was coming. We are, however, stoked that it's finally here, which means we can officially put the G1 in our rear view mirrors.
T-Mobile says the G2 is the first smartphone designed specifically for the wireless carrier's new HSPA+ network covering 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolis areas across the nation. It also comes with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, and like the original G1, there's a full QWERTY keyboard tucked inside.
"T-Mobile ignited the spark that set the Android world ablaze two years ago with the launch of the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone, the T-Mobile G1, which remains an important milestone for both T-Mobile and the Android operating system," said Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA. "Now, with the launch of the T-Mobile G2, we are re-teaming with our partners at Google and HTC to provide T-Mobile customers with another first — the first Android smartphone designed to deliver 4G speeds on our new network."
The G2 crashes the smartphone party with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 processor clocked at 800MHz, 4GB of internal memory with a pre-installed 8GB microSD card, built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, 720p playback, and a 5MP camera with LED flash all wrapped in Google's Android 2.2 (Froyo) platform.
We had to dig a little bit to find any pricing info, and it looks like you can snag one "on approved credit [for] $125 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $125." That comes out to $500, and we expect around $200 with a 2-year service agreement.