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Sick Brick: D2 Series Speakers

Posted in Sick Brick by Nino Marchetti on November 30th, 2007

d2-series.jpgThese speakers at right look like something out of a Star Wars movie. They are damm well pricey also, but it’s probably a case of what you pay for you get – in this case, rich sound. Meet the D2 Series Speakers, tagging in at around $20,575 for the biggest model.

The D2 Series consists of speakers which are housed in a high quality aluminum alloy case. They are magnetically shielded for placement near other A/V gear. You get can them in back, white or silver finishes and you’ll find you can add high gloss lacquer and satined finish options at no extra option – how nice.

Microsoft details Xbox 360 fall update changes

Posted in Microsoft,Xbox 360 by Nino Marchetti on November 30th, 2007

xbox-fall07-update.jpgMicrosoft today dropped the rest of the details on its upcoming Xbox 360 2007 Fall Dashboard Update. This includes the previously covered Xbox Originals download service. You can expect this update to populate your video game console sometime starting Dec. 4.

The Xbox 360 2007 Fall Dashboard Update is definitely a major overhaul with lots of new features. Besides the ability to download and play Xbox Originals you also get access to reduced prices on select Xbox Live Arcade titles. There will also be a new direct feed into the dashboard which gives you more updated information on new Xbox offerings. You’ll also be able to add more information into your bio for friends to view as well as being able to see the Friends Lists of other Xbox Live members.

YouTube, Google smoke online video competitors

Posted in News,YouTube by Nino Marchetti on November 30th, 2007

YouTube beats online competitors in video viewing trafficYouTube, that purveyor of all things online video, continues to grow in popularity, pulling Google right along with it. This is according to data released today from comScore, a measurer of Internet traffic trends.

comScore reported YouTube continues to lead the online video market through September 2007 with 28 percent market share. This in turn made Google as a collective whole the top U.S. video property with 2.6 billion videos viewed. It was trailed by Fox with a measly 387 million videos viewed and Yahoo with 381 million. Specific to YouTube, said comScore of the whole Google picture, was the note that nearly 70 million people viewed more than 2.5 billion videos. It seems like Google’s acquisition of YouTube was not that bad of an idea after all.

Cowon finally releases Q5W in America

Posted in Cowan,Portable Meda Players by Nino Marchetti on November 30th, 2007

Cowon Q5WCowon looks like it has finally begun American sales of a long awaited portable media player with wireless capabilities. The new Cowon Q5W comes in 40GB and 60GB hard drive sizes, priced at around $550 and $600 respectively.

The Cowon Q5W offers up a five-inch touchscreen display as its primary user interface. It offers both 802.11 wireless and Bluetooth wireless support and can playback many audio (MP3, WMA, ASF, OGG, WAV, FLAC, APE, MPC) and video (AVI, ASF, WMV, MPG, OGM) file formats as well as a bunch of photo (JPG, BMP, PNG, NEF(Nikon RAW file) up to 10MB) types also. It works over a USB 2.0 connection for data transfers and has audio/video playback times of 13/7 hours respectively.

Aegis Vault HDD does hardware encryption

Posted in Apricorn,External Hard Drives by Nino Marchetti on November 30th, 2007

Aegis VaultPersonal storage product manufacturer Apricorn is bringing to computer users a new external hard drive solution which is secured via hardware encryption. The new Aegis Vault line is available in sizes ranging from 80GB to 250GB and is priced at around $140 to $270 respectively.

The Aegis Vault from Apricorn uses AES-128 bit hardware encryption with password protection to secure data. It can be configured into multiple partitions for public data sharing and features an administrator password option for corporate applications. It connects through USB, making it bus-powered, and works with Windows operating systems.

CD and circuit board Christmas ornaments

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

CD and circuit board Christmas ornaments

I’ve got a ton of circuit boards taking up room in my closet. Partly because I’m a part-time artist and I have not figured out what to do with them yet. Partly because I like taking stuff apart. Apparently, some smarter people then myself have come up with a clever use for recycled circuit boards. CDs too. Christmas ornaments for a high tech looking tree.

Nigel’s Eco Store has filled up their shop with them for the holidays. The shininess of the CD and the glittering metal on the circuit boards should catch the light from any tree very nicely. They are only around $6 and come in all the shapes you would expect. Bells, trees, and stars.

Chocolate by LG gains new blue color

Posted in LG,Mobile Phones,Verizon by Nino Marchetti on November 30th, 2007

Blue IceVerizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones are out today with word of a new Chocolate by LG phone color for all you fashion trend setters. This time around the color is dubbed “Blue Ice” and it is priced at around $80 and contract and rebate.

Verizon says this of this phone that “the silky-smooth slim slider design comes coated with a frosty blue finish.” Choke! Silly marketing language aside, what you do have here is a colorful slider phone for those looking for something a little different. This Chocolate phone, like others in the series, has your traditional features like vibration feedback, navigation wheel with red trace motion lighting and microSD memory card expansion.

Play NES cartridges on your Nintendo DS

Posted in Nintendo,Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

Play NES Cartridges On Your Nintendo DS

I don’t know about you, but I have been meaning to hack my Nintendo DS so it can play more then just DS and GBA games. I just hate the idea of cracking it open and messing up big time. Thanks to this DS Famicom Adapter, I won’t have to worry.

It will let you play old Famicom (NES) games right on your DS. An adapter may be needed to play American NES games using it, it’s too early to know for sure, but who cares. You will be playing the classics on your Nintendo DS in no time. So what if those cartridges were huge and clunky. When you combine 2 systems in one device, the results are always cool. It hooks directly into your DS Lite’s GBA adapter slot.

Potty Time watch lets kids know when to go

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

Potty Time watch

The Potty Watch from Potty Time is designed to help young parents potty train their kids without having to go potty themselves. The watch is worn by the toddler, and plays music and flashes lights in 30, 60 or 90 minute intervals and then resets itself automatically.

When the lights flash, that’s the signal to drop what they’re doing and head towards the potty. What an amazing concept, you not only teach the little rug-rat to go potty, but you teach him that gadgets are fun. Next thing you know, you have bred a good little consumer.(Who can relieve themselves no less) The only downside that I see is if they become too dependant on the watch as they grow. Just imagine in 20-30 years, as businessmen and women everywhere rush to the bathroom the minute their watch beeps.

Casio makes printing CD labels easier

Posted in Casio,music by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

Casio CW-E60 Title Printer

I never use labels. I’m in the habit of using a sharpie when I burn CDs. The problem is that my writing is terrible. Lucky for me I understand my chicken-scratch most of the time, but sometimes even I’m at a loss. Printing out labels is a hassle. So the Casio CW-E60 Title Printer looks perfect for me. We all want more professional looking CDs.

It features a 200 dpi print resolution and uses a thermal transfer ribbon to print the label on your disc. Plus it comes with easy to use software to design your labels. It will also let you choose from 8 different colored ribbons for your prints. The price isn’t too bad either at $60. Sure beats trying to decipher bad writing.

Star Wars rubber ducks put the force in your tub

Posted in Humor,Star Wars,Toys by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

Pond Wars Ducks

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.(And just when you thought it was safe to assume that there were no original Star Wars/toy ideas left) You’ll have some bathtime fun with these strange Pond Wars ducks from a galaxy far far away.

You can get Luke Pondwalker, Pondtrooper, Duck Fader, or Princess Layer. What? No Obi-Quack Kenobi? They light up in a strange way when in contact with water and automatically switch off when out of the water. This may not be exactly how George Lucas envisioned things, but you can get them for £6.95 each.

Keep your data safe with the Maria USB drive

Posted in External Hard Drives,USB by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

Virgin Mary USB Drive

Finally, a USB drive for geeks who want to put some religion into their USB port and their lives. Normally it’s only after you’ve lost your important data that you would pray to Holy Mary, Mother Of God. Now you can do it at your leisure and hopefully she will listen and keep your data safe.

It will act as a good reminder to geeks to keep some religion in their lives. When she is hooked up, her red LED heart will beat, indicating how the Holy Mother watches over your computer’s innards. (If only she sang “Turn On Your Heartlight, huh?) Her halo is engraved with the prayer “Oh Maria, keep my data safe!”. So, it must work.

The iPhone will be faster next year

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on November 29th, 2007

AT&T CEO says Apple’s iPhone data downloads will be faster on a 3G network sometime next yearAt an event dinner in California on Wednesday AT&T Chief executive Randall Stephenson said that consumers could expect the iPhone to be available on a 3G network as soon as next year. This change would solve one of the major complaints many have of the iPhone with its currently slower EDGE network.

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, has said in the past that the iPhone didn’t initially launch on the 3G network due to the restrictions the faster network put on the battery life of the phone. He also stated that the 3G capabilities may be available by late 2008, so this news in general isn’t too much of a surprise.

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Sick Brick: Celestron NexStar 4SE

Posted in Sick Brick by Nino Marchetti on November 29th, 2007

Celestron NexStar 4SELook through any typical amateur telescope at a clear night sky and you might be hard pressed to identify celestial bodies staring back at you. You can change that though with computerized help via the Celestron NexStar 4SE, available at Frontgate for around $600.

The Celestron NexStar 4SE is your typical looking telescope except for the small computer device attached to the side of it. You can use this to enter information such as time and location to help you actually point the scope at the right item in the sky. A database of different celestial bodies helps you pick out the one you are seeking.

Venturer busts out cheap HD DVD player

Posted in HD DVD,HD-DVD Player by Nino Marchetti on November 29th, 2007

Venturer SHD7000Relatively unknown consumer electronics company Venturer has figured out a way to quickly get on the radar of a lot of people by introducing to market one of the cheapest HD DVD players to date. The new Venturer SHD7000 is priced at in the low $200 dollar range.

The Venturer SHD7000 is typical of HD DVD players, offering compatibility with a number of other disc formats including DVD, DVD-R/-RW, CD and CD-R/-RW. You get typical advanced multi-channel audio support for a variety of audio codecs like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. There’s also HDMI output and Ethernet connectivity.