Archive for July, 2007

iPod Touch Coming Next Week?

Posted in Apple,iPod,Rumors by Reuben Drake on July 31st, 2007

iPod Touch could be the latest iPod coming from Apple next weekRumors are running about regarding a new iPod from Apple that may be released next week, and presumably will be called the iPod Touch. The word is the Touch design will be a 2×2 inch square that plays music and videos, coming with flash-based storage capacities of 4GB and 8GB.

It would essentially be a “nano” sized iPhone without any phone capabilities and will run $299 for the 4GB and $399 for the 8GB. Some type of announcement for the potential iPod Touch is expected to happen on August 7th but just this afternoon it sounds like invitations went out from Apple for an event on that day regarding the new Mac. So maybe we’ll have to wait a little longer to see a new iPod, but we’ll be watching Tuesday to see exactly what pans out….

Docking Bay BooM1

Posted in Dock,iPod Accessories,Speakers by Chetz on July 31st, 2007

TwinMOS BooM1 ipod speaker dockBritish-based TwinMOS has a brand-new speaker/docking system designed for the aesthetic needs of the iPod generation. The BooM1 is a 2.1 audio system that delivers 8 watts per channel and has a 25-watt sub-woofer that acts as musical meat between the slices of sonic bread. The BooM1 is completely compatible with all dockable iPods ever made plus you can connect other MP3/CD/mobile phones up to it via a connecting jack to share the tunes. A laptop or a television can also connect to the BooM1 if you want to view video or images via a connected device.

It comes in both white and black so you don’t have to throw out the rest of your furniture to fulfill your dream of a color coordinated living room. A remote control is tossed in with the speaker/docking bay system when you slap down your £149.99 (or …

Secret Agent on a Budget

Posted in Accessories,Headgear,Spy Gear by Chetz on July 31st, 2007

spy micro agent listener If you have a reason to follow someone around and eavesdrop in on their conversations — or heck, even if you don’t — what better way to say “privacy shrivacy” than with the Micro Agent Listener. This compact gadget has an 12-inch extendable microphone on one end so you can stand around one side of the corner while hearing all of the dirt that’s being said on the other side. Of course it comes with an earclip but you will still look like a dork if you wear it like that plus you will blow your cover at the same time.

The listener also has an automatic volume limiter that will stop the relay of louder noises, handy when you’re on surveillance on a construction site, by a busy freeway or when your about-to-be-ex-girlfriend catches you following her. It’s powered by one button …

For the Serious Halo Fan

Posted in Games,Toys,Weapons by Chetz on July 31st, 2007

Halo replica weaponsWhat’s left for the universe of “Halo” to conquer? Handheld guns, of course. Jasman Toys got the license to make replica weapons from the upcoming “Halo 3″ video game and are set to release the first two models this October.

A Plasma Rifle (pictured) and Pistol from the Covenant side of the game (those are the bad guys) will arrive in toy shops and video game stores a few weeks after Microsoft releases the final chapter in the bestselling FPS franchise. Sometime in 2008 a Covenant Energy Sword will also hit store shelves. Jasman is making their “Halo” line of toy guns as authentic to the game versions as possible; for instance, the plasma pistol will have the same kind of lights and sounds as its gaming counterpart does, as well as a recoil vibration when you shoot. Also, when you hold down …

AT&T and eMusic bring songs direct to mobile phones

Posted in AT&T,eMusic,Mobile Phones,News,Services by Chris Weber on July 31st, 2007

eMusic partners with AT&T to provide independent label songs to download to mobile phonesToday eMusic, who is the second largest online retailer of music behind iTunes, announced along with AT&T that they together will be providing a service to allow people to buy and download songs directly to their cellphones with no computer in between.

eMusic will be offering through the mobile service almost all of the 2.7 million songs available currently from the online service, DRM free as always, which feature only independent labels and not as many mainstream artists as rival services. They do however carry a number of popular artists such as Paul McCartney’s and his latest album.

The songs will be priced a little higher then they are online due to the increased cost of transferring them through the mobile network. Where $9.99 would get you 30 songs online, $7.49 will get you only 5 …

Pink TASER C2

Posted in Weapons by Darrin Olson on July 31st, 2007

Pink TASER C2If you’re going to carry a TASER around with you, at least now there’s more color options for the thing so you can try to coordinate with your outfit for the day. This Pink TASER also comes in colors of gray, silver and blue, but just because it’s colorful doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. The TASER C2, pink or not, still packs a wallop that will leave most would-be assailants stuck in their tracks.

The device is purposely non-gun shaped and has a large lightening bolt on the front to let the person on the business end of the C2 know exactly whats in store. The TASER uses Electronic Control Devices (ECDs) that will shoot out up to 15 feet away and can penetrate two layers of clothing to cause a serious lack of controlled motor functions to the recipient.

The company says the lithium battery …

SeaLife EcoShot Digital Camera

Posted in Digital Cameras,Waterproof by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2007

SeaLife EcoShotFinding a rugged digital camera which is waterproof can prove to be a challenge at times. A company by the name of SeaLife Cameras thinks it may have solved your search with the new SeaLife EcoShot.

The SeaLife EcoShot is a six-megapixel digital camera which is reportedly waterproof up to 75 feet. It makes use of technology SeaLife says lets it capture “action under varying elements with virtually no shutter lag and a fast recycle time.” It is also compact and shockproof up to six feet, being able to handle being run over by a SUV and still work.

TabletKiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC

Posted in Notebooks,PCs,Tablet PC by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2007

TabletKiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PCTabletKiosk is a mobile products developer which seems to fly under the radar most of the time. It has a new product out now though which is turning heads for its slate form factor featuring both pen and touch screen input.

The Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC, priced at around $2,295 for the default configuration, runs either Windows XP Tablet Edition or Vista Business operating systems. The touch screen input is based upon resistive touch technology, said TabletKiosk, that responds to contact from a finger, gloved hand or stylus. It does not require direct skin convergence to react. There’s also a biometric fingerprint reader, 12.1-inch wide angle display and built-in 802.11 wireless networking.

Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive

Posted in Computer Components,Hard Drives,Iomega,Networking,Storage by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2007

Iomega StorCenter Network Hard DriveIomega has definitely come a long way since the days of the Zip drive. Today the long time data storage equipment provider unveiled a new line of Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drives, available in 1TB ($389), 750GB ($359) and 500GB ($269).

The Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drives are designed for home office and small business networks. They offer features like media and print server capabilities, backup and disaster recovery software and compatibility with both Mac and Windows based computers. All three products use 3.5-inch 7200 RPM SATA-II hard drives with an 8MB cache and the 1TB unit is a two-drive product supporting RAID 0 (striping), RAID 1 (mirroring) and JBOD (which treats both drives as a large single drive).

SouthWing SH440 Bluetooth Headset

Posted in Bluetooth,Headsets by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2007

SouthWing SH440SouthWing, a developer of Bluetooth products, announced today a new Bluetooth headset available for sale through AT&T. The SH440, while not the prettiest girl on the block, seems to at least have a thoughtful price of around $50.

The SouthWing SH440 offers some interesting features to help distinguish it among budget Bluetooth headsets. When you first turn it on the headset automatically goes into pairing mode and uses voice guidance to help you find a connection with your mobile. The SH440 also uses the same voice to speak the number calling you, as well as telling you how much battery talk time is left.

USB Eye Massager

Posted in USB by Reuben Drake on July 31st, 2007

USB Eye MassagerThe number of seemingly useless products you can connect to your USB port is not even coming close to ending. Case in point is this USB Eye Massager from ThisNext. I mean seriously, how do things like this come to be?

Did someone sitting at their desk really wish they had a USB powered device shaped like two little fingers that vibrated so they could massage their eyes? Or, did someone have access to a few components they couldn’t sell and decided to combine them into one kick-ass vibrating USB eye massager?

Either way the device comes in four colors and vibrates at two different speeds to provide you with eye-relaxing massaging action when just rubbing your eyes with your softer and non-electric fingers just won’t do. We couldn’t find an actual price on this device but then again, I can see how it would be …

iTunes song sales exceed 3 billion

Posted in Apple,iTunes,News by Chris Weber on July 31st, 2007

Apple says its song sales through iTunes has exceeded 3 billionAccording to a report just last month Apple became the third largest retailer of music in the U.S. beating out Amazon.com and trailing only the likes of Wal-mart and Best Buy. Now Apple has announced that its overall sales have reached an incredible 3 billion songs with the last holiday season undoubtedly being a large contributor to this number.

This number consists of songs only, mind you, and doesn’t include any videos. And with Apple’s 100 million plus iPods in the market the recent launch of the iPhone and improving technology for media downloading this trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down for any music vendor, much less Apple.

Reuters

Casio USB Label Printer

Posted in Casio,Office Gadgets,Printers,USB by Reuben Drake on July 31st, 2007

Casio egg-shaped USB label printerBrando has an interesting looking USB powered label printer which is kinda’ cool in itself, but they had to take it a step further and make the device egg-shaped. The Casio USB label printer, like it sounds, is powered by the USB connection from your computer and comes with some driver software to allow you to print out your own self-stick labels.

You can print in any TrueType font from your computer as the device uses a thermal printer head to create the your custom labels. The egg-shaped printing gadget is 79mm tall including the little stand its on and is a nice change in color and shape from most of the peripherals on a persons desk. The Casio USB label printer runs $29 from Brando.

via Gizmodo

In-Car GPS Jammer

Posted in Automotive,GPS by Reuben Drake on July 31st, 2007

GPS Jammer for use in your car to block GPS tracking devicesThis little gadget simply plugs into the cigarette lighter of your car and immediately starts blocking any GPS tracking device signal in a 2-4 meter coverage area, which should cover most passenger cars. The device works as a hack to stop anyone from using GPS to keep track of where you are or where you’ve been.

The GPS jammer jams signals in a broadcasting range of 1450 to 1600Mhz with 200mW of jamming power, powered only by the 12V adapter from your car. The device may not be legal to use in all countries but should be available for sale from Chinavasion in the near future.

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Brando Chromatic USB Hub

Posted in USB by Reuben Drake on July 30th, 2007

Chromatic USB Hub from BrandoBrando has unveiled a new colorful and unique design for a four-port USB hub. The square (comes in circles, too) chromatic USB hub is USB 2.0 compatible and provides you with 3 additional ports through colorful squares that can make various shapes.

The square blocks are connected together and offer ports at alternating ends to provide additional room to plug in your USB gadgets. The blocks can be shaped in a variety of positions or simply stacked together to keep them neat. If nothing else the chromatic USB hub can add a little color to your desk filled with Paraphernalia of black, gray and silver.

Brando via UberGizmo