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Optical Solar Messenger Bag

Optical Solar BagThe Optical Solar Messenger Bag can not only carry your laptop, iPod, cell phone, PDA, or other small devices, it will charge them as you travel. At a size of 13 x 17 x 5-inches and with a weight of about 2 1/2 lbs., the bag contains both inner and outer pockets and stores enough energy for two charges. It comes with adapters for the iPod/iPhone, Samsung, LG, and mini-USB, among others. You can get the solar carrier for $129.99.

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Apple beta testing iPhone 2.1 firmware, adding more GPS features

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, GPS, Handhelds, Software

iPhone 2.1

We just got word that has released a beta version of OS 2.1 to developers. Along with the 2.1 firmware, a new version of the iPhone SDK has been seeded as well, but the new SDK can’t be used for submitting applications to the at the moment.

A few new things we are seeing in this version of the software is the addition of a bunch of Core Location features that track the direction you are heading, and the speed you are traveling. Looks like we might see a turn-by-turn GPS app after all on the iPhone 3G.


Beats by Dr. Dre unboxing gallery

Beats by Dr. Dre headphones removing plastic

We’ve been following the headphones ever since we first got some hands-on (and ears-on) time with them back at . The Gear Live group that got to try them out included a few serious audiophiles, and we were thoroughly impressed by the sound that they were putting out, and this is when they were still in the development phase.

We just got a pair of the final production model, and early indications are that they are full of a bit more awesome than they were back then. We will hit you with a proper review soon, but for now, we wanted to get you a nice Beats unboxing gallery, chock full of unboxing shots. We’ve got over 30 images for you to chew on while you wait for these bad boys to launch on July 25th. If you want them, you will find them exclusively in Apple Stores and Best Buy, as well as over at BeatsByDre.com. They will run you $349.95, $50 less than they were announced for back at CES.

Also, in case you missed it, check out our Beats by Dr. Dre unboxing video.

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DirectVoxx Muso

MusoDirectVoxx’s pocket-sized Muso can be plugged into your iPod or iPhone and allows access to music with voice commands. It syncs with the iTunes library and the company promises the learning curve is almost non-existent. Portable and self-powered, the battery will last up to 10 hours of usage. The Muso comes with remote and a sync/charge cable and will be available beginning in December for $159.00. You can also pre-order now at the DirectVoxx site.

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Gear Live custom iPhone contest winners

Gear Live iPhone giveaway

We wanted to shout out the winners of the customized Gear Live iPhone giveaway that we held a couple of weeks ago. We let three winners walk away with a piece of the action, with the grand prize, of course, winning our orange painted .

The grand prize went to

Kat. She gets the iPhone, an LRG T-shirt, a couple of Monster Cable accessories, and a few LRG Monster iPhone cases. Second place went to x1xtomx1x. He doesn’t get an iPhone or anything, but he does get a couple of the LRG Monster iPhone cases, the shirt, and the accessories. Third place went to Shan Gee, and he gets one less LRG case than x1 gets.

So there you have it, the end to another Gear Live contest. Stay tuned though, we still have a bunch of stuff that we plan on giving away to your readers. You know, like , Microsoft , etc. In the meantime, be sure you are a Gear Live member.


How to tether your iPhone 3G to your laptop

iPhone 3G tether

With the launch of , many have been waiting and hoping for a method that would allow tethering of the iPhone to a mobile computer like, say, a MacBook. Well, lucky for your mobile warriors, that time has finally come - it’s just takes a bit of work to get it functioning. Do remember, though, that AT&T isn’t offering any sort of tethering plan with the iPhone, so if you get caught, you may be forced to pay a bunch of money out of pocket. Or your service could be shut off. Still, if that isn’t something that matters to you, then click on through for the instructions, provided by my pal Nate True. He took a bunch of different pieces of software and solutions, and mixed them together into a powerful concoction that allows you to use your iPhone 3G as a modem by way of 3Proxy, Terminal, and WiFi. Now all we need are batteries for the iPhone 3G that don’t die in a matter of seconds.

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iPhone Tattoo Protector Set

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Misc. Tech

iPhone ProtectorMost of them are rather girly, but if you have a 4, 8, or 16 GB iPhone, you might want to grab a Tattoo Protector Set. The transparent screen guard protects against dirt and scratches, and comes with graphic wallpaper. Brando claims that the Tattoos reduce eye strain by filtering UV light from the display with a minimal effect on the brightness level. Reusable, the covers go for a mere $12.00 per set.

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E3 2008: Live from the EA Media Briefing

We are seated for the Electronic Arts E3 2008 Media Briefing. We start the conference off right, with a montage of a ton of upcoming titles, focusing on some new sports titles, upcoming Sims releases, and a bunch of casual games like Monopoly, Boogie, and Operation (aw yeah!) Of course, Spore is also featured here as well.

John Riccitiello hits the stage to talk about what EA has this afternoon to show us, and he says they won’t be doing PowerPoint, statistics, or sales figures. Instead, they are going to focus on the games, and we will be hearing from the people that make the games.

Rod Humble of The Sims Studio comes out to talk about The Sims. He announces Sim Animals. in this game you create groups of animals and their friends, habitat, etc. Some animals are friendly like deer and rabbits, while wolves and bears can stir up trouble. We then get a trailer. We get a baby cub bear interacting with a squirrel, and then a fox joins the fray. It seems that you basically control the game by using the world as your UI, you have a hand similar to Black and White. Will be exclusive to and Nintendo DS in January 2009.


Bleeding Edge TV 281: E3 2008 EA Highlights: Left 4 Dead, NBA Live 09, Spore Origins, Mirror’s Edge

At , we got to see some amazing new games from EA.  Among the games demoed were Mirror’s Edge, the freerunning/parkour spy-courier game; Dead Space, a space horror dismemberment fest; Left 4 Dead, an intense zombie first-person shooter; and more from the ever-anticipated Spore, including an iPhone version called Spore: Origins. If you are into sports, Peter Moore shows us the evolution of a bunch of EA Sports titles like Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 and NBA Live 09 with Dynamic DNA.

We’ve highlighted the best of the media briefing here, so be sure to hit the video above to get a look at all the goods yourself. Oh, and if you missed it, be sure to check out our full coverage in our E3 2008 EA Media Briefing live coverage.


Sanwa iPhone 3G 400-BT001 Rechargeable Battery

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Misc. Tech, USB

Sanwa iPhone 3G BatteryFile this one under “That Was Quick.” Sanwa Japan has unveiled their 400-BT001 Rechargeable Battery that will extend the iPhone 3G an extra 3.5 hours of talk time, 36 hours of audio play, or 7 hours of video playback. The 1,200mAh Lithium Ion device features an LED to measure battery life and comes with a retractable USB cable. At a size of 46×72×13mm and a weight of 50 grams, look for the battery by the end of the month in Japan for ¥4,980 (~$47.00.)

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