Slow days of summer? Not in tech. While New York City lit up its phone booths with WiFi, Yahoo Voice users scrambled to change their passwords, and Uber was offering ice cream trucks on demand, a number of gadgets were also being released.
For all those who dreamed of the day the Furby would be unleashed again, your wishes are now a reality. The powers that be have decided to reboot that creepy '90s throwback. This week also heralds the debut of a couple new Android phones from T-Mobile, new all-in-one PCs from HP, a treadmill desk, and a video game console that's taken the Internet by storm.
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Hasbro, the maker of the Furby, is re-launching its hugely popular toy with some 21st century twists. The most noticeable update will be Furby's new bright LED eyes. If Furby is happy heart graphics will appear in his eyes, if he gets all hot and bothered flames pop up. And the new Furby also loves the iPad. Using a Furby iPad app, you can feed Furby by swiping digital food into its mouth. The app can also translate Furbish to English. Unfortunately, like its 90s predecessor, the new and "improved" Furby can't be shut off; the only time parents will be free of the chatty creature is when it goes to sleep / their child stops playing with it. The new and improved Furby goes on sale this September for an estimated retail price of $60. Check out our first look. (Furby)
Looking for some budget Android phones? T-Mobile is adding to their myTouch series with the myTouch and the myTouch Q. The phones sport 4-inch WVGA screens, 4GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and a microSD expansion slot. The two phones are basically the same, save for the fact that the myTouch Q offers up a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Disappointingly, the phones will be running Android 2.3, which in our mind, is like running a brand new computer on MS DOS. The myTouch and myTouch Q arrive in stores August 8 for $50. (T-Mobile)
If someone told us that one-day we could do our office work and get in shape at the same time, we would have laughed. Well, fellow workaholic workout enthusiasts, you can finally have it all. The folks over at LifeSpan have brought out the TR1200-DT Treadmill. Complete with a spacious 46.5 x 31-inch workspace, workers can shed the pounds as they finish spreadsheets or write up the weekly TPS reports. They say sitting all day is bad, but for an estimated retail price of $1,299 (on sale from $1,999), this product might cater to those with slightly deeper pockets. (LifeSpan)
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OUYA has started a Kickstarter campaign for their new $99 OUYA "hackable" indie-gaming console. Within 24 hours, the campaign raised almost $4 million, and promise to launch a gaming revolution throughout the industry. With a "Hack Me" challenge issued by the developers, anyone can come in and create their own games, as well as customize the new console. Hardware and software hackers alike will indeed go to town on the Android powered machine. OUYA's creators hope to bring the same creativity seen on mobile devices straight to your living room TV. Look for this technological gem this February. (Ouya)
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Finally, this week HP has unveiled four new all-in-on PCs. All four PCs have Intel's latest processors, but two of them are going to be geared to business. The Elite 8300 will have a 23-inch screen, optional touch screen capabilities, as well as a two-megapixel webcam and dual microphones. The HP Compaq Pro 6300 is slightly smaller, with a 21.5-inch screen and no option for a touch screen upgrade. To make up for it, the 6300 does come with some nifty facial recognition hardware and encryption software. The Elite 8300 will retail between $879-$929, while the Compaq Pro will start at $799. Both are slated for release in September. (HP)