From the monthly archives:

April 2010

U+ USB Hub And Disk Scanner

by Johan on April 30, 2010

U+ USB Hub And Disk Scanner

Designer Wu Jiang has creatively created the U+ USB Hub and Disk Scanner that works in tandem with popular virus protecting software to safeguard your hardware. This gadget allows you to scan your flash drives, ensuring that the virus infection doesn’t spread. Too bad, it is only a concept so far. [Yanko]

Gsou USB Webcam With Anti-peep Capability

by Johan on April 30, 2010

Gsou USB Webcam

Chinese camera specialist Gsou is back with a new USB webcam that features the “anti-peep” technology. This webcam comes equipped with a robotic arm that will automatically cover its camera lens as soon as a video conferencing session completes. There is also a manual override, allowing you to uncover the lens by yourself. The webcam also provides a good video quality thanks to the 5-layer glass coating lens. Too bad, the Gsou USB Webcam doesn’t support HD video calls. [Everything USB]

New Nikon D700 Promotion

Nikon UK has recently announced a new promotion for all UK and Irish customers purchasing its D700 FX format digital SLR camera. They will be entitled to claim a free MB-D10 battery grip worth £343.99 ($525). The offer is available from 1 May 2010 to 30 June 2010 (inclusive) and all claims must be received by 31 July 2010. FYI, the MB-D10 features an alternative shutter-release button, multi-selector and AF start buttons. The MB-D10 is powered by eight AA-size standard batteries or rechargeable EN-EL3e or EN-EL4a batteries. [Nikon via Digital Camera Blog]

G.Skill Phoenix SSDs Available For Pre-Order

by Isaiah on April 30, 2010

Some European online stores have begun taking pre-orders for G.Skill’s upcoming SandForce-based SSDs, the Phoenix. Announced back in March, at CeBIT 2010, these high performance SSDs are equipped with the latest SandForce SF-1200 controller, a SATA 3.0 Gbps interface, an MTBF of 1.5 million hours and capable of providing read and write speeds of up to 280MB/s and 270MB/s, respectively. The Phoenix line is currently available in 50GB and 100GB of storage space, with the 100GB model retails for 389 Euro (about $517). [Softpedia]

Citizen Releases Bluetooth-enabled Watches In Japan

Citizen Japan today rolled out the I:Virt M series TM84-0351V and TM84-0352V Bluetooth-enabled wristwatches in the Japanese market. Using these gadgets, you will be able to read e-mails up to 210 characters directly on the watch, control your cell phone’s volume, accept or reject incoming calls, display your cell phone’s battery level and notify you of incoming calls. Both watches can also magnify the text characters up to 14pt from its original size. The Citizen TM84-0351V features a leather band, while the Citizen TM84-0352V sports a stainless steel band. No word on pricing so far. [Akihabara]