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HP Veer To Feature Proprietary Adapter Due To Size.

In the race to become the thinnest phone, sacrifices are often made. Sometimes, it’s done with little fanfare and clever engineering. Other times however, the reduction in size comes at too great a cost. Such is our view of the HP Veer — a miniature Palm Pre/HP Pre3 of sorts. Because of the overall thin design of the veer combined with sliding keyboard, HP simply didn’t have room to cram a 3.5mm audio port and micro-USB port. The end result is nobodies favorite outcome — proprietary adapter.

While some may say it’s not a big deal to need a small adapter to hook up, the reality of the situation is that it is. Lose the adapter and you’re left having to pay for another adapter just to charge/sync your device — all things that should be handled by your standard mini/micro-USB cable.

Yes, we’re saddened a bit that HP’s miniature Veer comes with a little extra baggage. But we’re also curious — how will the new law mandating one standard charging cable (micro-USB) effect future iterations of this phone and others of similar size? At some point, the generic charging standard will have to change as phones do. Sound off in the comments…

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Parallel DB25 > serial DE9 > serial Mini DIN-8 > USB converter > Flash drive: Awesome!

I don’t care who you are. This mad concoction of “adapters through the decades” is awesome. Whether or not it’s real of a Photoshop job remains to be seen. For the sake of all things holy however, I surely hope it’s real.

  • Parallel DB25 > serial DE9 > serial Mini DIN-8 > USB converter > Flash drive

Think you can top that?

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Put that 27-iMac to good gaming use: Belkin AV360 adapter

Now that Steam has been ported over to work with Mac OS X and after ATI, Nvidia, and several other hardware manufacturers have promised increased focus on the Mac platform, it’s only a matter of time before Macs become legitimate gaming machines. But until then, you can put that iMac of yours to good use with the Belkin AV360 adapter.

This handy little box of magic will allow you to plug in your Xbox 360 or PS3 in via HDMI, turning said signal into a usable mini Display Port for use with your 27-inch (only) iMac. The only caveat (and it’s a rather big one) is that the Belkin AV360 only accepts up to 1080p signals. A bummer given the iMac’s display is 2560 x 1440 pixels in size. Even more disappointing however is that the output of the AV360 is even lower — 720p.

So half-HD is about as good as you’ll get. But those pinching pennies will no doubt take what they can get by way of larger-screened displays for their gaming needs. Speaking of price however, the AV360 will set you back $150. Pretty steep (and a bit overpriced I’d add) for something that can’t even output true HD quality signals. But I digress. Would this work for you?

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Get your Gameboy on the big screen with NES adapter.

Tinkers in the whole modding scene will know that it isn’t your cute nickname that gets you street cred, it’s what you do that matters. That’s probably a good thing for Nintendo Age forum member “Bunnyboy” whose name is questionable, but his acts of kindness upon nerd kingdom are worth their weight in gold.

Using the guts of an old Gameboy and the case of an NES game, BunnyBoy created a masterpiece — an adapter to play Gameboy games on the big screen!

It’s really as simple as that — a GameBoy in a cartridge with some handy language translating going on in the controller, turning all of those NES commands into GameBoy friendly, button mashing fun.

In case you were wondering, you can get your very own GameBoy/NES cartridge for a cool $130. It may seem like a rather hefty chunk of change for the technology involved, but each cartridge is made to order. Anyone biting?

Geeky-Gadgets > Walyou > Nintendo Age Forums

End of world tool box: Water, flashlight, radio, Universal Network Cable.

Tired of spending umpteen dollars on various networking cables for simple IT related tasks? Whether you’re an IT guru in a massive company or a solitary home user, having a universal adapter for network connections seems like it would be a lifesaver. I’m sure we can all agree that realizing you need a different cable and then rushing to the store only to find they’re out or closed is a frustrating experience of epic proportions.

Featuring (5) cable options in a single, twist-style body, users of the Universal Network Cable can choose between:

  • Rolled: Connect to Cisco routher or switch
  • Crossover: Direct PC-to-PC to connection w/o a hub or switch
  • Straight-Through: Standard RJ45 patch cable
  • ATM/Loopback: Network test with no need for hub or switch
  • T1: Connect to DDS lines/T1 trunk lines

Ya, it’s $50 for an adapter. But this adapter could save you and your company a considerable amount of time and money. Money makes the world go ’round these days, so what are you waiting for?

Ok, it’s really $25 (thanks, Jeff) — much better.

[Product Page: ThinkGeek]


First USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter hits the web.

How about some more USB 3.0 goodness? Fresh off of Buffalo’s 4-port USB 3.0 hub, another little USB 3.0 compatible piece of gadgetry you’ll want to add to your collection is the SIIG USB 3.0 to eSATA adatper. The gist of the adapter is pretty straight forward — it turns a USB 3.0 port into an eSATA port for that external USB 3.0 hard drive you don’t have yet. Hey, it never hurts to be ahead of the curve now does it?

For now, the adapter is Windows only, lacking support for both Linux and Mac. Though I expect the aforementioned OS’s to gain some support in due time. As an added bonus, this adapter is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and thanks to the increased power specs of USB 3.0, should power most external hard drives without a separate AC adpater. Super!

Pick yours up for $49.99 and prepare for the USB 3.0 onslaught that is set to begin later this year.

[Proudct Page: SIIG]

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Read SD cards on your iPhon ewith “ZoomIt”

One of the chief complaints I see with certain Apple laptops is the lack of more ports. The SD port in particular was a big one until Apple recently added them to the Macbook Pros. But an iPhone? The makers of “ZoomIt” seem to think the iPhone platform is a perfect fit for their services. In order to get the full experience, you’ll need to pick up both the iPhone ZoomIt app and ZoomIt SD card adapter that attaches itself to the phone. Once plugged in, users can transfer over photos from the iPhone’s memory and save them to any plane jane SD card for easy, expandable storage. Likewise, you can push images form the SD onto the iPhone where they are viewable within the photo app.

Those hoping for a true USB-disc mode like environment will be disappointed to know that the ZoomIt only supports actual picture images at this time. That means that any data you do happen to push across to the iPhone’s memory that isn’t a photo is invisible as far as the phone is concerned. You can’t really fault ZoomIt too much for this as any feature that would allow access to any and all data types via the app would surely be rejected from the app store.

These rather limiting issues aside, mobile iPhone picture taking warrior may see the $60 price tag as quite the deal. From here however, it just looks like an over priced adapter, backtracking on the whole idea of cloud storage. Anyone use the ZoomIt and think otherwise?

Dvice > GadgetLab

Portable USB 3.0-to-SATA adapter the best $48 ever spent…

Think that old, decrepit dying hard drive you tossed in some box never to look at again is still useless? Think again. With as cheap and plentiful as hard drives are becoming these days, trashing an old drive simply because it’s too small is all too common. But those precious bits you’ve tossed aside have so much more potential.

One possible idea is to slap it in an enclosure or hard drive dock to make an external hard drive out of it. But who needs another USB 2.0 external hard drive? (I have 6…) It is that very question that Unitek has answered. Brando and Unitek to be exact. Now before you get all nervous by hearing the word “Brando”, make a mental note that this gadget is far from a onetime use, novelty gadget. The Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter is pure ingeniousness.

As one can gather from the name, the device is a simple adapter that attaches directly to the back of that old SATA hard drive and gives it USB 3.0 superspeed abilities. Super! There are a couple other such devices already on the market. However, those other devices require a large dock to get the bits flowing at super speeds.

Now all you need is a computer with one or more USB 3.0 ports and the motherboard to support it and you’re golden. Who says old things can’t be fast…

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Watch Blu-rays and play your Xbox 360/PS3 on the new 27″ iMac

Increasing reports of broken, defective, and all out f’d up 27″ iMac display problems aside, sometimes we just want to use that 2560 x 1440 of super hi-def goodness for things other than your typical computing needs. For starters, Blu-ray on such a screen would be a great start. Don’t have a hi-def TV or are tired of looking at two different screens — one for TV one for computing? Thankfully Apogee will soon be debuting their own HDMI to mDP adapter that will allow you oh so lucky 27″ iMac users to fully make use of that brothel of pixels waiting for a good flogging.

A few things worth knowing such as price and availability are for now unknown. But come on, do you really need to even think about buying this? With the big uptick in functionality added to your iMac, you can’t afford not to pick this up. Why have both a computer and TV when your iMac now serves as computer, blue-ray player, gaming screen, etc. etc.?

The only caveat I can find at the moment is that support is limited to the current gen 27″ iMac. While the 21.5 incher as well as the previous iMac generations would love to benefit from such an adapter as well, the focus of most of everyone’s lust is aimed solely at that 27″ behemoth is it not?