Archive for December, 2006

exGear ezEars SX50 Earphones

Posted in Headphones by Quagmire on December 26th, 2006

ezEars SX50These are the ezEars SX50 earphones from iPod accessory maker ezGear. The ezEars are inexpensive and make for a great backup or even a replacement set of earphones to replace the set that came with your iPod.

The ezEars SX50s use in-ear technology with soft rubber earpieces to provide a custom fit and extra comfort. The kit includes three different pairs of earpieces in various sizes to accommodate all ear sizes. The sound drivers of the in-ear earbuds provide good clean sound for a great listening experience.

The exEars also function well as earplugs to cancel out outside noise. The ezEars ship in black or white and are a great value at $29.98.

ezEars SX50 [exGear]

iCrib Adapts Your MP3 Player For the Crib

Posted in Digital Audio,Kids by Darrin Olson on December 25th, 2006

iCrib Sound SystemThe iCrib Sound System is basically a special speaker system that can mount on the rails of a crib and adapts just about an MP3 player to play music.

The iCrib has straps to mount to the rails of the crib, and has a holder for most MP3 players, provided the MP3 player is shaped somewhat like the iPod. The name, color and shape of the holder and the sound system in this case pretty much implies ‘iPod’ to me, but the manufacturer advertises that any MP3 player would work. The holder is removable so you can connect the MP3 player without removing the entire iCrib sound system from the railing.

The iCrib is actually more than just a set of speakers to play music, it has settings in order to help a baby fall asleep. The speakers have a sound output that limits the …

Wikipedia Founder To Create Search Engine – Wikiasari

Posted in News,Services by Darrin Olson on December 24th, 2006

Wikipedia Founder Planning to Create Search EngineJimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, is teaming up with to create a new search engine that is planned to rival the likes of Google and Yahoo according to reports from the Times Online.

Wales states that his search engine would be of value and provide more accurate search results by having the power of human reviewers to rank web sites. Google uses an completely automated algorithm which rates the value of a web site by the number of links pointing to it, among a number of other things. Even though Google does a good job of producing accurate results most of the time it can still be tricked and spammers take advantage of this from time to time. Wales stated he feels it will be easier for the human reviews to quickly and more accurately evaluate good web …

Gateway 24″ Widescreen High-Definition LCD Display

Posted in Gateway,LCD by Paul Patterson on December 24th, 2006

 Gateway 24" Widescreen High-Definition LCD Flat-Panel DisplayThe FPD2485W 24″ Widescreen display from Gateway features 1080p High-Definition Support, an impressive 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 1920 x 1200 resolution.

The display has an adjustable height setting and also allows you to tilt and swivel the screen for just the right viewing angle. The auto-rotation feature allows you to rotate the display 90 degrees to view long documents and web pages, or rotate it back to view documents side by side.
Gateway TDX Sound System
The monitor also supports the optional Gateway TDX Audio Sound System. The premium TDX system consists of six high-performance speakers in a slender speaker bar that attaches directly to the display. The Sound System helps you eliminate your existing speakers and free up some desk space.

Inputs include standard VGA, DVI, composite, S-Video, component video, and 2 USB 2.0 ports integrated …

Epson MovieMate 30s Portable Projector Combo

Posted in Epson,Home Theater by Paul Patterson on December 24th, 2006

Epson MovieMate 30sThe Epson MovieMate 30s is a portable projector, CD/DVD player, and speakers all in one unit. You can take the MovieMate with you anywhere to enjoy a widescreen performance – in your living room or your backyard. The MovieMate is perfect for sporting events, watching home movies, or video games.

The MovieMate can project directly on any white wall to create an 80-inch to 12-foot image. You can project an 80″ widescreen image from 6’6″ away and a 12′ image from 12′ away (16:9). Featuring offset lens shift functionality, you can align the image even if the unit is not aligned with the screen or wall.
Epson MovieMate 30s
The MovieMate also includes an integrated Progressive Scan DVD/CD player that reads multiple formats, two built-in 10W speakers, and remote control. It works with satellite and cable TV receivers, video gaming devices, …

Obopay Available on Helio Mobiles

Posted in Helio,News,Obopay,Services by Paul Patterson on December 23rd, 2006

Obopay on HelioObopay has announced that its mobile payment service is now available to Helio members. Helio’s hip, young, and connected members will now have the power to easily get, send and spend money directly from their mobile phone.

Obopay’s mobile payment service provides mobile customers with a real-time, secure, mobile peer-to-peer payment service, which is linked to an Obopay Prepaid MasterCard account. The prepaid MasterCard cards are accepted at 24 million merchant locations and over 1.1 million ATMS around the world.

With the service, Helio members are able to manage their Obopay accounts from a mobile application residing on their phone. They can check balances, view payment histories, and add funds – all remotely. Users will also have access to advanced mobile device personalization features such as contact list integration and specialized ring tones.

This is a significant announcement for the mobile payment domain. With Obopay on Helio, …

Lumi Flasher iPod Lights

Posted in Accessories,iPod by Chetz on December 23rd, 2006

Lumi Flasher iPod Accessory LightsAdding to the ever-growing list of iPod accessories available today, a Japanese company called Trinity has released this Lumi Flasher for the iPod. The LED light accessory plugs into the iPod docking port and has one white and four red LED lights.

According to NewLaunches, the Lumi Flasher has six different modes that the lights can flash in, including random, sequence and flashing based on the music playing. There is also a mode to simply use it as a flash light.

We’re not entirely sure of the purpose other than to obviously draw some additional attention to the music player, but I’m sure there are those who may find their iPod just not exciting enough as it is and would like to add a little flash, literally.

The Lumi Flasher is currently only available only in Japan for 2580 Yen (just under $22 …

Axion GE-632 Portable Navigation System

Posted in Axion,GPS by Paul Patterson on December 23rd, 2006

Axion Geo-632This is the Axion Geo-632, the first personal navigation unit from the California-based manufacturer and distributor of consumer electronics. The Geo-632 is the first device in a new family of navigation products from Axion.

Measuring 3.56″ x 2.95″ x 0.95″, the Geo-632 has a 3.5 touch panel TFT LCD screen that allows you to view road data in 2D, 3D or pan viewing modes. The device gives you logical visual and auditory clues to help you easily navigate each turn in your journey.

Comprehensive map data is pre-loaded, including a searchable points-of-interest database with over a million listings such as restaurants, hotels, gas stations, banks and other high interest destinations.

As with most GPS devices, the Geo-632 will automatically re-route your trip if you hit a detour or miss a crucial turn. You can route travel by …

Norad Uses Full Gamut to Track Santa

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on December 23rd, 2006

Norad Tracks Santa Using Radar, Cameras and Fighter JetsWhen it comes to tracking Santa Clause, once a year NORAD (previously CONAD) pulls out all the stops in it’s arsenal of technology to provide up to the minute tracking, answering emails and manning a hotline to keep children “in the know” as to the whereabouts of Santa Clause.

NORAD uses four main high-tech systems to track Santa during his annual journey. The first of these systems is the NORAD radar which is used to indicate the initial departure of Santa from the North Pole.

After departure, they rely on existing missile detection satellites to track the movements of Santa, but in actuality they are tracking Rudolph (Santa’s lead flying reindeer) since Rudolph’s nose puts off an infrared signature similar to that of a missile.

The third system involves high speed digital cameras (Santa Cams) that are placed around …

Teleglass Video LCD Screen For Your Glasses

Posted in Digital Video,LCD by Chetz on December 23rd, 2006

Teleglass LCD ScreenJapanese company Arisawa Manufacturing has a video headset solution that is expected to be available in Japan yet this year to allow the user to watch video in a tiny screen attached to there eye glasses.

The Teleglass has a mount that will attach to virtual any pair of glasses and allows the video screen to attach to it. The video screen is a .24 inch LCD panel that when viewed up close is equivalent to a 21″ television screen at about 3 feet away. A wire connected to the 8 gram mounted LCD screen connects to a player that stores the video that users could wear in their pocket.

The beauty of this design is not only that it can be attached to any existing glasses, but also that it allows the user to maintain their regular vision while using them since both …

Portable Handheld DVD Player

Posted in Digital Video by Darrin Olson on December 23rd, 2006

Portable Handheld DVD PlayerClaimed to be the most portable handheld DVD player by Hammacher Schlemmer, this DVD player is small enough to be held in one hand and tough enough to take the rigors of travel.

This player has a rubber frame to handle the bumps and drops that it might encounter in the car or on a plane, and can run for 2.5 hours on one battery charge. It has a 4 1/5″ screen to view on, or users can hook it up to their television with some included AV cables to use it as a traditional DVD player. It has has AC and auto adapters to run it from a home outlet or in the car.

The key features with this portable DVD player are the really small size considering it’s spinning a DVD inside, and the rugged exterior to help make it more durable …

Kodak Easyshare G600 Printer Dock

Posted in Digital Imaging,Kodak,Printers by Paul Patterson on December 22nd, 2006

Kodak Easyshare G600The Kodak Easyshare G600 Printer Dock is a portable printing solution that works with your Kodak camera to help you print high quality pictures anytime and anywhere. The new design measures 7.7″ x 4.0″ x 13.0″ and weighs 4.2 lbs making it small enough to take with you just in case you have an impromptu photo shoot.

You can print pictures in 60 seconds at the touch of a button or transfer your pictures to your computer with the included USB cable so you can keep on shooting. In addition, the printer will automatically charge your Kodak camera battery in 3.5 hours.

The printer creates waterproof, fingerprint-proof, stain-resistant, wipeable prints using Kodak XTRALIFE Lamination. The high capacity cartridge in the new G Series Photo Paper Kit is designed exclusively for the G600 to make up to 100 borderless 4 x 6 in. (10 x 15 …

Microsoft Extends Warranty to 1 Year on Xbox 360

Posted in Microsoft,News,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on December 22nd, 2006

Microsoft XBox 360 Extends Warranty to 1 YearToday Microsoft announced that it is extending the warranty of their Xbox 360 game console from 90 days to 1 year. This applies to new purchases as well as to those who have previously purchased the game console.

Xbox owners that have already had repairs done on their game console that were within a year of the purchase will automatically get a refund if they paid for the repairs. There is no need to fill out forms or contact Microsoft, reimbursement checks will be automatically sent and should be arriving in about 10 weeks according to Microsoft.

Microsoft says that the extension of the warranty for US and Canadian customers is to make it consistent throughout the world. The 1 year warranty will also be consistent with rival game consoles Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation. Nintendo also offers a …

Vibrating Pill Box Alarm

Posted in Home by Chetz on December 22nd, 2006

Electronic Pill Box Alarm Gadget Remembering to take your medications can be difficult, especially when you’re traveling for the holidays and out of your routine. This electronic pill box with an alarm can make it easier to remember.

The pill box has 5 compartments and 5 alarm times available to hold and remind you of up to 5 doses per day. When it’s time, the alarm can sound audibly, vibrate, or do both. You can also hit snooze just like an alarm clock if you want it to remind you again after a few minutes.

The pill box alarm is small enough to fit into your purse or pocket and runs on one AAA battery. The medications are not automatically dispensed, so you will need to know what compartment to open when the alarm sounds.

Catalog Page [Improvements]

HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion

Posted in GPS,HP,PDAs by Quagmire on December 22nd, 2006

HP iPAQ rx5900The HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion will help you navigate, stay connected, stay informed, and always be entertained wherever your travels may take you. Thin and light, this iPAQ is truly small enough to take with you wherever you travel.

The Travel Companion is a complete GPS navigation system that includes a car kit and TomTom Navigator 6 pre-installed. The navigation software has complete maps of United States and Canada. More than just a GPS, the device will also give you the current time and weather for cities worldwide, convert currency, size and measurement, customize your packing list, and more.

The rx5900 is a Windows Mobile 5.0 handheld and includes pocket versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can also synchronize your Outlook calendar, contacts, and email.

Connectivity options include integrated 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Bluetooth wireless technologies. You can access the Internet, email and other …