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Artec T14A Mini USB 2.0 Digital TV Tuner

Posted in Bargains,Digital Video by Quagmire on October 12th, 2006

Artec T14AEnable HD Digital TV on your PC or laptop anytime, anywhere with the Artec T14A Mini USB 2.0 Digital TV Tuner. Just connect the TV Tuner into your USB port with the USB extension cable and antenna provided, and install the software required – and bam! You are ready to view HDTV. Make sure your PC or laptop supports this function.

Artec T14A Mini USB 2.0 Digital TV Tuner $59.99 with Free Shipping. [ZipZoomFly]

iPod is Ultimate Stereo Remote with Belkin TuneStage II

Posted in Bluetooth,Digital Audio,iPod by Paul Patterson on October 12th, 2006

TuneStage IILooking for an easy way to listen to your iPod through your home stereo? The Belkin TuneStage II turns your iPod into the ultimate remote control so you can play the music from your iPod through your home stereo wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. You can have complete control over all iPod functions: change playlists, search for artists or individual songs, and adjust volume – all with the iPod click wheel.

Featuring advanced Bluetooth v2.0 technology, TuneStage II provides enhanced audio quality, improved rejection of interference, and lower power consumption. TuneStage II is fully backward-compatible with Bluetooth v1.2 and v1.1.

Some of the features of the TuneStage II include:

Bluetooth Version 2.0 with EDR
Access your playlists and all iPod features from up to 30 ft. away
Makes your iPod into a wireless remote
Up to 7 hours of playtime on a fully charged iPod3
Requires no batteries, …

Sony Walkman Noise Canceling Headphones

Posted in Digital Audio,Sony,Walkman by Chetz on October 12th, 2006

Noise Canceling Sony Walkman

The noise canceling feature is what is being boasted by Sony’s new NW-700 series Walkman‘s, but there is more in this new offering than just that.

First things first, the new MP3 player Walkman has a tiny specialized microphone in the ear bud that it uses to pick up external noise and apply noise canceling sound. This is great when in a plane, car or in a busy place so you can better hear just want you want to hear. Noise canceling headphones are great, and ear bud styles make it even better.

The NW-700 Walkman Noise Canceling headphones come in an array of colors including black, brown, a couple shades of blue and pink, and you can get it with capacities of either 1G or 2G.

One really neat feature on the new Walkman’s aside from the noise canceling feature is the Electroluminescence display. This …

Novogo Car Navigator GPS

Posted in GPS,Novogo by Darrin Olson on October 11th, 2006

Novogo GPS

The Novogo Car Navigator GPS V Series system has an offering of a much more sleek design compared to many of the GPS systems on the market to day. Shown here with a nice car docking mount, it also detaches to be a stand alone hand held device not much bigger than many mobile phones. It also comes in many colors to fit your style or to match the interior of your car.

Seamless maps come for regional or for the US or Pan-Europe. The Novogo allows for voice commands, which makes this a lot safer GPS system than some so you are not fumbling with on screen buttons while trying to drive, along with voice guidance and speaker. This is all great in the car, not always so cool when walking in public.

Some cool accessories for the Novogo V Series GPS include interchangeable face plates …

Orb Networks MyCasting For Your Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones,Nokia,Services by Darrin Olson on October 11th, 2006

Orb MyCastingNokia is hooking up with a place called Orb Networks to make what seems to be a little competition for the SlingBox with something called MyCasting. The product will be software that will allow people to stream media from your home PC to your mobile phone, and specifically they are rolling it out with the Nokia N80 internet enabled mobile phone.

The software will allow users to seamlessly work with different media files on your PC at home, such as record television shows and watch them on the mobile phone, view videos, music and pictures. THe Slingbox’s main focus is television shows streaming to laptops without the need of a home PC to facilitate it, but Orb Networks and Nokia have a little different spin on this. It really takes a decent size step forward to being more mobile with more types …

80KHZ Frequency Response with Sony Altus Headphones

Posted in Headphones,Sony by Paul Patterson on October 11th, 2006

Sony AltusToday Sony announced the upcoming Altus portable stereo headphones. These new headphones are designed to give those finicky listeners the high-fidelity audio they demand in a portable headset that can be used at home, in the office or on the go.

The high-definition driver units on this headset deliver up to 80 kilohertz frequency response, which enables the Altus headphones to deliver pristine, high-quality sound previously unavailable in a portable headphone.

“We named this product Altus to represent the incredibly high frequencies and natural-sounding audio the headphones deliver,” said Jim Leahey, Sony’s general manager for peripherals and enhancements.

The Altus headphones will be available in November and will retail for about $150. You can pre-order the headphones at sonystyle.

Altus Headphones [Sony]

I want “Frickin’ Laser Beams” on my TV

Posted in Television by Darrin Olson on October 10th, 2006

Laser TVOK, anytime I hear anything about laser beams anymore I can’t help but think of evil geniuses.

Mitsubishi has manufactured a prototype of a television based on the technology of two other companies that uses a type of laser beam projection instead of plasma or liquid crystal displays (LCD). This is still in development but they think something might be ready for production towards the end of 2007.

The Laser TV is intended to be a replacement, or at the least direct competition to the reigning plasma televisions for brightness and picture clarity. Makers boast that the new laser projection television will have a better quality with more detail, consume less power and cost significantly less than plasma or LCD TV’s.

If the new laser TV’s do all that then I guess you really can’t go wrong with that. Is it really to much to ask to …


Kingston 1GB SD Memory Card $14.95 after Rebate

Posted in Bargains,Storage by Quagmire on October 10th, 2006

Kingston 1GBStop trying to cram all those movies on your puny 512MB SD card that came with your digital camera. $14.95 gets you a Kingston 1GB SD memory card from Buy.com – after a $13 mail-in rebate naturally.

Hey, at least shipping is free. Expires 10/14 Kingston SD Card [Buy.com]

Ultra Portable Snow Leopard

Posted in Notebooks by Paul Patterson on October 10th, 2006

CompAmerica Snow Leopard
Since I lug my laptop with me pretty much everywhere I go, I like to my portables lightweight and rugged. Weighing in at a nearly imperceptible 2.8lbs, the Snow Leopard by CompAmerica is a great solution for those road warriors like me who need a super-lightweight laptop.

The Snow Leopard features Ultra Low Voltage, Ultra Long Battery Life, Intel Core Solo CPU, Intel Centrino Mobile Technology, 12″ WXGA LCD Active Matrix Display, 4-IN-1 Flash Memory Reader, Built-In Fingerprint Reader, Intel® Pro/Wireless Lan, and Optional Bluetooth.

The case is an ultra light and ultra durable magnesium alloy which will standup on all those bumps along the road.

The Snow Leopard is available now with a starting price of $1399.

Snow Leopard [CompAmerica]

Samsung Releases 10MP Camera with Phone Built In

Posted in Digital Cameras,Mobile Phones,Samsung by Darrin Olson on October 10th, 2006

Samsung SCH-B600

Samsung has been at the forefront of providing large picture quality with their camera phones, and the SCH-B6000 is not an exception.

Samsung is doing another first with releasing a 10 megapixel camera phone. With this new phone they have made it slight lighter and slightly thinner than their previously released 7 megapixel phone, but still managed to add more megapixels with camera features that rival other 10 megapixel cameras.

There is also a TV out jack on this camera phone to show still or motion pictures on a television, as well as a Digital Multimedia Broadcasting function built in to connect. The SCH-B6000 utilizes Bluetooth technology and supports the AnyCall band for providers.

SCH-B6000 Press Release [Samsung]

Yeah, I’d Do Her

Posted in Robots by Chetz on October 9th, 2006

Actroid Der2So she’s a robot, there’s some advantages.

This is actually an Actroid Der2 from Kokoro in Japan. They specialize in animatronics and robots and rent out these actroids for “special events”.

They have various types of actroid robots and animatronics aside from hot females, and use them for shows and productions. The site describes and rents out a “working girl” robot that is described as “Elegant, feminine, and lively at times…”. You can choose from different costumes including a business suit, nurse, maid and traditional japanese clothing.

This actroid, fembot type robot from Kokoro has lifelike skin made of silicone, has facial expressions, talks and can move it’s limbs and torso. The actroid rents for around $700 a night day.

FemBot Rental [Kokoro]


YouTube Hits Google Jackpot

Posted in Digital Video,Google,YouTube by Paul Patterson on October 9th, 2006

Google Buys YouTube

What does 1.65 billion dollars buy you these days? Well, if you are Google it buys you a popular free video sharing web site and a fair share of controversy.

YouTube, which lets users upload, view, and share video clips was founded in February 2005 by three early employees of PayPal. YouTube has made headlines recently due to the scuttlebutt concerning copyright violations. Most videos posted on YouTube are original, but the site also features a certain amount of copyrighted material. This problem has caused some pundits to predict the startup eventually would be sued into oblivion.

This recent purchase by Google is the latest in a line of purchases by the search engine behemoth. Last year Google spent $130.5 million buying a total of 15 small companies.

Video sharing websites appear to be all the rage these days as marquee names like …

Logitech NuLOOQ Gives New Look To Mousing Around

Posted in Logitech,Mouse by Darrin Olson on October 9th, 2006

Logitech NuLOOQ
The NuLOOQ navigator (pronounced ‘new look’) from Logitech is not new to the market as it’s name might imply, but it is probably “Nu” to you if you are not a graphics designer with a Mac.Up until now the NuLOOQ has been available and on the market, but it came with an Adobe Suite of products, and was only supported by the Mac. Now it is sold separately and works with Windows XP SP2 or more. It works with a few products where the design of the NuLOOQ is probably most handy and practical, such as some Adobe graphics programs, MS Word and Excel, Final Cut, iMovie, and iTunes, but it can be configured to work with just about any application with it’s programmable buttons.
The NuLOOQ is stationary and weighs about a pound, but with it’s navring you can spin it around to zoom …

Dyson Airblade Dries Hands Properly

Posted in Bath,Dyson by Paul Patterson on October 9th, 2006

Dyson Airblade

Finally, a breakthrough in hand drying technology has arrived. The Dyson Airblade is another breakthrough product from British vacuum cleaner company Dyson. The Airblade is touted as being more energy efficient, faster, and more hygienic than any other hand dryer on the market. The Dyson Airblade takes just 10 seconds to dry hands, thus allowing you to do your business and get out and hopefully avoid any uncomfortable bathroom talk with overly-friendly strangers.

Energy Efficient
Dyson claims that the Airblade uses up to 83% less energy than other hand dryers. This energy savings is due to the Dyson Digital Motor which consumes just 1600W of energy, where other hand dryer motors typically require 2400W of power. An additional energy savings is gained with the standby mode which allows the Airblade to use just 1W where other hand dryers consume up to 5W of energy …

Sony NV-U70 All-in-One GPS Solution

Posted in GPS,Sony by Paul Patterson on October 8th, 2006

Sony NV-U70

The one feature that really makes this GPS stand out is the generous 3.5-inch touch screen. The anti-glare/anti-fingerprint touch screen produces clear, sharp text that is easy to read. The touch-screen control is easy to navigate with the intuitive menu system. The Intelligent Auto-Dimming Feature keeps the screen readable all day as the screen automatically adjusts the brightness level of the display based on the amount of light around the unit.

The unit comes pre-installed with maps of the 48 contiguous states and a database of 1.6 Million Points of Interest (POI). With the included DVD you can load USA, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico on the 1GB internal flash memory.

Battery life is always a concern when it comes to GPS units and the NV-U70 comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and home and car chargers. The unit can last …