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Bone Calculator

Posted in Calculators,Pets by Reuben Drake on August 10th, 2007

Bone CalculatorNo, this isn’t some kind of cool device to calculate skeletal bone density, the number of the bones in your body or anything like that. It’s simply a calculator shaped like a bone which must be targeting dog lovers (or dogs themselves) with each of the little keys shaped as paws.

The Bone Calculator has a clamshell design that flips open to show the number pad on the bottom and a single-line LED display on the top part, and would compliment the desk at any pet shop, veterinary clinic or dog lover in general. The calculator measures 4.5 inches wide and sells for $19.95 at TheSpoonSisters.

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Donut shaped FM Radio

Posted in Radio by Reuben Drake on August 9th, 2007

Donut FM RadioSome gadgets are cool for their technology, some are cool for their looks and some have both. In this case I don’t know if it has either but it caught our eye nonetheless – probably just because we like donuts.

This Donut FM Radio has no ground breaking technology as it plays FM radio out of a mono-speaker’d plastic ring. It runs off of a single AA battery and has a wire antenna that pulls out of the battery case if needed. Operating the donut radio is simple. The inner ring turns to power the radio on and off and adjusts the volume causing a glowing blue ring to light up indicating the device is operational. The outer ring turns to tune in your station which always has one preset – whichever station you had it on last (provided you didn’t move the ring).

The device has …

Ultra-portable CD and MP3 player

Posted in Concepts,Media Players by Reuben Drake on August 9th, 2007

ultra portable CD and MP3 player conceptCheck out this portable CD player concept by Yong-Seong Kim we found over at Yanko Designs. The device looks a little longer than the radius of a CD and can store and play MP3′s just like a normal portable MP3 player might. If you have a CD that for some odd reason you haven’t ripped to MP3′s (maybe you want that original, old-school CD quality sound) you can spread out the arms of the MP3 player, slide in a CD and play away. It would also be really cool if you could use it to read data from a CD or rip your CD’s directly to the device.

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New iMac from Apple

Posted in Apple,iMac,News by Reuben Drake on August 7th, 2007

Apple releases the new iMac’s made of glass and aluminum along with other upgradesToday Steve Jobs announced Apple’s new iMacs at the companies summer press conference. The announcement came as no surprise to most as rumors of the new iMacs and their features have been plentiful over the past weeks.

Jobs made heavy reference to the construction materials of aluminum and glass with the new iMacs, talking of its “elegant” look, the fact that the glass is scratch resistance and how both materials are recycle-friendly. The new iMacs will come three models of 20-inch and 24-inch glossy frames.

All three models feature USB 2.0, Firewire, 8x SuperDrive, and an iSight camera as you might expect. They also house aCore 2 Duo processor, ATI Radeon HD Pro graphics card, 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.0 and 1GB of RAM.

Pricing runs from $1,199 for the 20-inch model with a 2.0GHz processor, 250GB …

Commodore Gravel C200 Media Player

Posted in Commodore,Media Players by Reuben Drake on August 6th, 2007

Commodore Gravel C200 medial playerThe Commodore name is making a comeback with this Gravel C200 handheld playing its part. The C200 media player features a 1.8″, 65k color OLED display, houses a speaker, WiFi and comes in capacities of 512MB, 1GB or 2GB. The device supports a nice broad range of media including MP3, WAV, WMA, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, DivX, XviD, WMV, JPEG, BMP, GIF and SRT & SUB subtitling.

The dimensions are 45mm x 80mm x 13mm and is available in one lonely color of grey, which seems fitting for its overall features. Data transfers happen via USB 2.0 and the battery promises to provide up to 18 hours of music playback or 2 hours of video and the whole thing retails for around $183 if you can find one at a location in Europe.

C200 Product Page via TechDigest

Sidekick 4 “Shuriken” cool with the FCC

Posted in News,Sharp,Sidekick,Sidekick 4 by Reuben Drake on August 6th, 2007

Sidekick Shuriken approved by the FCC, could be the next Sidekick 4It’s still hard to say if this is going to be the actual next generation Sidekick 4 or if it’s going to be another staller like the Sidekick ID. According to Engadget this model, through the ID you can see on the label as PV250, is encouraging and has been dubbed “Shuriken” internally by Sharp.

The Shuriken model number is higher, which isn’t much of a good sign, but a good one nonetheless. The Sidekick 3 is PV200, and the Sidekick ID is PV150, so we have to agree that we like the direction this is going. Not too much new information is available in the way of features. We’re looking so far at a 3 inch widescreen display, microSD card slot, 1.3 megapixel camera and will be made by Sharp, …

Cursor Kite for the geekiest

Posted in Humor,Outdoors by Reuben Drake on August 5th, 2007

Cursor KiteThis picture of a kite shaped like a mouse pointer looks a little photo-choppy to me but made me laugh when I saw it either way….

PQI U510 – Credit Card Sized 32GB of Flash

Posted in Flash Memory,PQI,USB by Reuben Drake on August 3rd, 2007

PQI U510 USB Card Drive has capacity up to 32GBPQI has been at work packing more storage capacity in the same wallet-sized USB memory device. They’ve doubled the maximum capacity previously available in the super-slim, 3mm thick flash drive from 16GB up to 32GB. Now you can easily carry 32GB of data in a place as small as a credit card slot in your wallet.

The 32GB U510 connects via USB 2.0 with a slide-out dongle so there’s nothing making the card any larger, and no additional parts you need to have with you to make it work. It connects and transfers data like any other USB Flash memory device would except that it’s in a slimly designed frame instead of the shape of some animated character you’d be embarrassed to take out during a meeting. The 32GB PQI U510 is available now, retailing for around $285….

Navilock Bluetooth Mouse / GPS Receiver

Posted in Bluetooth,GPS,Mouse by Reuben Drake on August 3rd, 2007

Navilock BT-451 Bluetooth Mouse and GPS ReceiverThis is an interesting combination of peripherals if nothing else. A company called Navilock out of Germany who specializes in GPS products has produced a Bluetooth enabled mouse that also acts as a GPS receiver. This is convenient in that if you are looking for a powerful GPS antenna and you are going to be using a mouse anyway, you can now just get them both in one device adding less clutter to your workspace.

The BT-451 mouse from Navilock connects to your PC, laptop or other device that supports wireless Bluetooth connectivity. If this thing is really a mouse at all or just looks like one, the company boasts that the powerful antenna under your hand will perform better with getting indoor signals than most GPS receivers, and obviously performs well outdoors, too.

The BT-451 is currently available at stores in …

Transcend’s T.sonic 840 Media Player

Posted in Media Players,Transcend by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2007

T.sonic 840 media player from TranscendTranscend has a new player out going by the name of T.sonic 840, which boasts some pretty cool multimedia features along with a nice, solid look.

The player measures just 82mm long with a 1.8″ color TFT-LCD screen and sports a mirrored surface on a metal frame to give it a clean and sharp appearance. It supports a nice array of media types as well including MTV, JPG, BMP, MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10, and WAV files. Music playback can be enhanced with an equalizer that has some presets or can be set custom and a full battery charge will bring you up to 30 continuous hours of playback time.

The T.sonic 840 also supports reading ebooks and houses an FM tuner and recording capabilities for both voice and the FM signal. It supports 13 different languages and has an A-B repeat feature commonly used …

Monster Wireless iPod Audio Bridge

Posted in iPod Accessories,Monster by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2007

Monster wireless iPod audio bridgeThere’s nothing real new technology-wise with this wireless bridge from Monster, but it definitely has the looks to get our attention. The wireless bridge is designed for use with an Apple iPod (what isn’t?) by connecting a transmitter to the base of the player. A 2.4GHz signal is then sent from the player attachment to the base station at a distance of no more than 30 feet.

The base station connects to your home theater and allows you to play your music from your iPod wirelessly on the couch, not unlike the one we saw from Denon last week, minus the remote. No price or launch date is available yet for the Moster wireless audio bridge but the looks alone will keep us watching for this wireless iPod accessory.

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Sony Unveils Pocket Bit Mini USB Drives

Posted in Flash Memory,Sony,USB by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2007

Sony Pocket Bit Mini USB Flash drives USM-HX with Vista ReadyBoostSony has announced a new series of flash drives called the Pocket Bit Mini (USM-HX series). The USB flash drives come in capacities of 1GB and 2GB are Vista ReadyBoost compatible with virtual expander, encoding and secret file lock built into the drive.

They come in colors of black or white and has a two-way carrying case to make them convenient for different USB port locations. The little drives are 14.5mm long and weigh just 1.5 grams. They will retail for $34 and $52 for the 1GB and 2GB, respectively. Expect to see these guys showing up September 2.

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Some new features in iPhone’s 1.0.1 update

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2007

iPhone 1.0.1 update has some new features along with the security updatesApple’s iPhone update, which by the release notes indicated that there was only some security fixes, also came some new unexpected features. The 1.0.1 update for the iPhone also added on a BCC option when sending email which was previously not an option. It also now gives you up to an hour to request the password when the phone is idle which was before limited to a minute. According to MacNN there have also been users reporting some enhanced stability in general along with a resolved issue where the battery would not fully charge.

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….

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 …