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LG Electronics LHT888 home theater system now available

Posted in LG by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2008

LG Electronics LHT888A home theater system with surround sound and a nice big screen TV is high on the priority list of many guys. The catch is that the wife or significant other often doesn’t want “ugly” cables running all around the room. LG Electronics introduced a nice home theater system at CES 2008 called the LHT888 that fixed that issue.

LG announced today that the LHT888 is now available for purchase at a MSRP of $649.95. For the money you get a home theater system with all four speakers on stands and wireless rear speakers that eliminate the need to run wires to the back of your room.

YelloMosquito Qingbar GP300 wireless video glasses get cheaper

Posted in Video Glasses by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2008

Qingbar GP300 video glassesYelloMosquito introduced its Qingbar GP300 wireless video glasses with built-in media player and Divx support late in 2007. At the time the glasses were billed as the world’s first wireless video glasses with Divx and a built-in media player.

What makes the GP300 wireless is the inclusion of an internal rechargeable battery that allows everything to be self-contained. An internal miniSD card slot allows content to be loaded into the glasses easily and an EQ mode is built-in.

$10 anti-iPhone released by Hop-On

Posted in Hop-on by Shane McGlaun on May 23rd, 2008

Hop-On HOP1800While you and I may not understand it, there is a certain percentage of the population that simply wants nothing to do with cool gadgets. I know these people really have no place in a civilized society, but in the spirit of brotherhood and acceptance I present the $10 anti-iPhone.

Hop-On has announced a new disposable cellular phone that retails for only $10 called the HOP1800. The device lacks anything fans of tech want to see on a mobile phone like good looks, LCD display and generally anything cool.

Pentax Optio W60 goes deeper, wider and colder

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on May 23rd, 2008

Pentax Optio W60When it comes to cameras typically if you get them wet you will soon be in the market for a new camera. However, there are times when you want to take pictures in and around water like at the beach or the pool. For these times using a normal camera can be ill advised.

Pentax has announced a new waterproof camera called the Optio W60 that has a 10 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom with a 28mm wide-angle lens. A digital wide function merges two shots into one for an ultra-wide-image.

Alienware updates and re-launches Area-51 ALX desktop

Posted in Alienware by Shane McGlaun on May 23rd, 2008

Alienware Area-51 ALX DesktopWhen it comes to Alienware one of the first things that always jumps to my mind are seriously expensive computers. For the computer gamers out there that just don’t want to bother with building their own gaming rigs, Alienware has been a popular alternative—so long as the budget allows.

We took a look at the ALX desktop in March when it was first offered with quad graphics. Alienware announced today that it has updated its Area-51 ALX desktop and was re-launching the line. The centerpiece of the updated rig is the availability of the industry’s first overclocked Intel QX9770 running stable at 4GHz available direct from the maker.

Clarity C120 helps dads losing their hearing

Posted in amplifier by Shane McGlaun on May 22nd, 2008

Clarity C120I remember when my grandfather started to lose his hearing. He would just make us yell directly into his ear so talking to family wasn’t that big a deal for him. What really made him mad was not being able to hear The Price is Right and Heehaw. Back then there was nothing to do for him but crank the volume.

Today technology is available to help dads or granddads with this problem. Keeping with the Father’s Day theme the Clarity C120 is the perfect gadget for the hard of hearing. If your dad/granddad watches Heehaw this is as much a gift for you as it is for them. We took a look at the Clarity C120 when it was first announced back in 2007 as well.

WinePod lets anyone try their hand at winemaking

Posted in Home by Shane McGlaun on May 22nd, 2008

WinePod Winemaking SystemIf you are rich and your dad really likes wine here is another Father’s Day gift idea called the WinePod. The latest version of the WinePod is a very expensive kit that allows the user to become their own winemaker producing 48 bottles of wine every 30 days.

The device is 4 feet tall and takes up 4 feet of space. It has a variety of sensors that keep tabs on the fermentation process inside the WinePod and wirelessly connects to software called WineCoach to help users monitor the fermentation process and to help correct problems.

Get pops the number 1 dad mouse for Father’s Day

Posted in Mouse by Shane McGlaun on May 22nd, 2008

MoGo Number 1 Dad MouseFather’s Day is coming up fast and trust me when I say pops doesn’t want a tie or something else that’s pretty useless. If your dad spends lots of time working on a laptop computer using the track pad what he needs is a notebook mouse.

The MoGo Mouse is available in a special #1 Dad edition just in time for Father’s Day. The mouse itself is pretty cool too and stores and charges inside the laptops PC Card slot. That means you will want to be sure your dad’s computer has the slot needed, but most notebooks will.

T-Mobile gets Nokia 5130 XpressMusic phone

Posted in Nokia by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2008

Nokia 5310 XpressMusicMusic phones are becoming more and more popular and will continue to do so as the available wireless bandwidth in the U.S. grows allowing for over the air downloads in more areas. T-Mobile announced today that it was launching its latest music phone from Nokia.

The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic phone features external music controls, stereo Bluetooth, wired stereo headset, USB cable for loading music and a memory card. The device ships with two tracks installed from Panic At The Disco and Phantom Planet.

DOORKICK helps keep your car looking new

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2008

DOORKICKI bought a new car not too long ago and it seems like every time I get in my wife or kids have added some new scratches to the plastic interior panels from kicking the doors open. I have often wished there was something that could keep the interior panels form being scratched.

A product called the DOORKICK looks like it may be just what I need to keep the door panels looking new. The product is made from a soft foam base and a vinyl material that sticks to the lower part of the door with an adhesive that can stand up to high temperatures inside a car in the summer.

Richard Solo announces battery backup for iPhone

Posted in Batteries by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2008

Richard Solo Battery Backup for iPhoneI find that I surf the Internet and watch YouTube videos on my iPhone much more than I ever thought I would. The bad part is that it seems like if I watch a few videos the phone is dead before I know it. Since the iPhone has no user replaceable battery you are out of luck when it goes dead and a charger isn’t handy.

Richard Thalheimer of The Sharper Image fame (or is it infamy?) has a new website where he sells gadgets called Richard Solo. While the site is apparently named after Han’s little brother, one of the first products is interesting. The Battery Backup for iPhone/iPod retails for $49.95 and is a 1200mAH lithium-ion that charges 100% in 3.5 hours via USB. The battery weight is 2.76 ounces and it measures 1.77” x 2.83” x 0.49”.

Super Talent has a whole lot of shakin’ going on

Posted in SSD by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2008

SuperTalent SSD ShakeSSDs promise to give computer users faster data access, faster boot times, better power consumption and more. The catch is that to get all the benefits of a SSD you have to be willing to spend lots more money compared to a traditional HDD and give up significantly on storage space.

Super Talent has a new video of a demonstration it did to show exactly how well its SSD is able to stand up to vibration. One of the MasterDrive 120GB SSDs that retails for about $670 was strapped to a paint shaker and shook around like crazy.

SanDisk launches first premium memory card for mobile phones

Posted in SanDisk by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2008

SanDisk Mobile UltraI am not entirely sure that my mobile phone needs “premium” memory cards. I can see the value of having more storage space for music, videos and images but there come s appoint when a bit more speed doesn’t really help. And in this case it seems premium just means an included USB adapter.

SanDisk announced a new line of mobile memory cards today that it calls the industry’s first premium memory cards. The line is complete and has flavors for many different brands of mobile phones. Available memory cards include Mobile Ultra microSD/SDHC and Ultra M2 cards.

Napster lays claim to largest digital music store

Posted in Handheld Entertainment by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2008

Napster Claims Over 6 million TracksNapster has walked onto Apple’s beach and kicked sand in the face of iTunes. Napster now claims to have the largest MP3 store around with 6 million tracks. Napster also claims that its tracks are iPhone and iPod compatible.

Napster says that its MP3 store is 50% larger than any other MP3 store and has the largest major label catalog of any digital music store. It also claims to have the largest catalog of independent music available as well.

New JVC Everio camcorder aimed at YouTube crowd

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2008

JVC Everio GZ-MS100There are lots of people from all walks of life that use YouTube for sharing videos for personal and business needs. The problem for many is that uploading and sizing videos for the service can be a pain and the dedicated YouTube camcorders are often junk.

JVC has announced its latest Everio camcorder called the GZ-MS100 aimed at giving YouTube users a quality camera that is easy to use. JVC says the camera features a UPLOAD buttons that allows users to press the button and then start recording. The camera will limit the recording to 10 minutes automatically to match the file size to the YouTube maximum file size.