Tech News Bento Box - Dec. 23, 2009 - General Tech 3@ DigiTimes:USB 3.0 controller chip prices drop below $3 USD which is down almost 50%. Manufacturers are expecting USB 3.0 to overtake USB 2.0 by 2012 / 2013. If you’re looking to adopt early, Brando has started to sell a $50 USB 3.0 enclosure. Funny, it looks like the 2.5″ Vantec NexStar 3 I bought not long ago. Gotta love these OEM parts.

@ Nikon: While Canon may hold claim to surviving a 3000 ft. drop, Nikon has claimed to survive the vacuum of space. NASA has ordered Nikon D3s cameras with the wide 14-24 f2.8 lens to be used onboard the ISS. In other news, Sony has announced plans to send their Alpha 900 into The Pit of Despair and be the first dSLR to go to Hell and back.

@ Akihabara News: It seems suitable that since this is the Tech News Bento Box that we cover some tech food articles. Bandai has just released a new Ampa-Man that will make perfect nori-maki.

@ Consumerist – What’s a day without someone’s notebook battery exploding and burning something? This time it’s a Dell Mini 9 and it burns a customer’s hardwood floor.

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@Logichp – New Pinetrail HP Mini 210 shows up on eCost. Pretty much the same specs as their previous Mini 110 but with Pinetrail. Anyone else feeling a bit underwhelmed by Pinetrail?

@New York Times – A professor at Bennington College wants to ban the word “nerd” and “geek” because “the words are damaging, much like racial epithets”. Sounds like someone needs to embrace their inner geek. What do you guys think? Are you offended by people calling you nerd or geek? I don’t mind being called either, just as long as you don’t ask my why your computer is so slow.

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