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Kenwood MEDIAkeg HDD Music Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Kenwood by Darrin Olson on December 2nd, 2006

Kenwood Mediakeg MP3 PlayerThis MP3 player from Kenwood is debuting in Japan this month, and has probaby gotten less attention than it should compared to it’s iPod and Zune rivals.

The HD10GB7 Mediakeg is a digital audio player that can play MP3, WAV and WMA files, and can hold up to 10GB of them. It’s dimensions are only a width of 44mm, 62mm in height and 17mm deep, weighing in at less than 80 grams.

A lot of work went into the design of the Mediakeg to ensure a superior sound quality and little or no interference or vibrations from the 10GB HDD embedded in the center of the device, which gives it a balanced feel in your hand. A special gel was used around the drive to absorb vibrations and ridding the chance of it affecting sound quality.
The buttons on the front allow …

Canon PIXMA MP960 Photo All-In-One (AIO) Printer

Posted in Canon,Printers by Paul Patterson on December 2nd, 2006

Canon PIXMA MP960This is the PIXMA MP960 Photo All-In-One (AIO) Printer from Canon. The MP960 is the flagship model in Canon’s line of photo printers and the only seven-color photo AIO on the market using the ChromaLife100 system and the FINE print head technology.

The ChromaLife100 System ensures that your prints enjoy a long life span. ChromaLife100 in conjunction with select Canon photo papers and inks, allows your prints to resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album. The FINE technology print head is a next-generation 3,584-nozzle print head that ejects precise ink as small as one picoliter.

The interface to the PIXMA MP960 includes a 3.5-inch high-definition TFT screen viewable at a 170-degree angle and a revolutionary Easy-Scroll Wheel user for navigating menus. The MP960 is the third model in Canon’s photo AIO lineup to feature the Easy-Scroll Wheel interface. …

Motorola Krzr K1m From Sprint

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola by Darrin Olson on December 1st, 2006

Motorola KRZR K1m This version of the Sprint MOTOKRZR K1m from Motorola has a shiny sleek design not found on the gray colored version from Verizon, but has the same basic functionality.

The K1m has a thin clam shell design with a 1.3 mega pixel camera and some really cool touch sensitive buttons on the front to run your music playback without having to open up the phone. Buttons like this on the outside of phone are really nice and convenient, but they usually involve some protrusion that looks clunky. This one definitely does not, and gives some common and convenient functionality while keeping a clean look.

A somewhat uncommon and nice feature in this phone is a slot for a memory card to move music and image files easily between devices or your PC, as well as adding extra storage. A memory card slot is pretty …

Self Destruct Button / USB Hub

Posted in USB by Darrin Olson on December 1st, 2006

Self Destruct ButtonNumerous times throughout the course of a normal week at work, a self destruct button like this could seem all too appropriate. Make sure someone else holds the key to ensure that more than one person is involved when the decision is made to “pull the trigger”. If nothing else this self-destruct gadget would make for a cool conversation piece or stress reliever on any desk or meeting room.

For functionally the device acts as probably the most unpractical 4-port USB hub ever, but aside from that it has a key switch, light, toggles and a big red cover-protected self destruct button that gives audio messages through your PC speakers when pressed (example in video below).

Once you get it plugged in, you can flip on the two toggles, switch on the key which activates a red light, and then flip open the safety cover …

Epson Pro Cinema 1080p Home Theater Projector

Posted in Epson,Home Theater,Projectors by Quagmire on December 1st, 2006

Epson 1080p Projector
This is the recently introduced PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080p Home Theater Projector from Epson America. The Pro Cinema 1080p is engineered to fully utilize the benefits of the 1080p high definition video signal by taking advantage of some exclusive technologies developed by Epson.

Epson develops and manufactures most of the major technologies that go into its line of projectors and who better than Epson to integrate all of those technologies into one cohesive system. These technologies include:

Epson’s C2 Fine 3LCD Technology – A three-chip high definition system that produces full-time color with dramatically higher contrast ratios.
Epson’s 1080Perfect Video Processing – Reproduces images without noise and artifacts, while maintaining the full integrity of the signal.
Epson Absolute Black Technology – Helps to deliver dramatically high contrast ratios (up to 12,000:1) adding depth to images for the most captivating scenes possible.
Epson is unique among projector manufacturers …

CNET’s James Kim and family missing near Portland

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on December 1st, 2006

CNET Kim Family
We’ve received word that a respected member of our tech community, James Kim (whom many of you may know as CNET’s senior editor of digital audio), and his family have gone missing. As we understand it, last weekend James, his wife Kati (above right), and his very young girls Penelope (left) and Sabine (baby), drove from their home in the SF Bay Area to Seattle. They were expected back some time Sunday, but were last seen by a hotel clerk at 5:45 PM on Saturday in or between Gold Beach or Portland, Oregon. We sincerely do hope they are all safe, and our hearts go out to the Kim family.

We’ll have more information as we get it. If you have any information as to the Kim family’s whereabouts, please contact the SFPD at 415-558-5508 during normal business hours, and 415-553-1071 after hours.

Update: Crave

YouTube Plays on Verizon Wireless

Posted in Google,News,Verizon by Paul Patterson on December 1st, 2006

YouTube-VerizonYouTube has announced that its videos will now be available on mobile devices starting in early December. This announcement marks the first step by the Google-owned video-sharing service to deliver video entertainment to mobile consumers.

Initially, YouTube will give exclusive access to Verizon Wireless V CAST consumers. The service will give Verizon customers limited access to a sampling of YouTube videos from their mobile phones. More partnerships and features from YouTube for the mobile phone are expected to be rolled out over the coming year.

The YouTube videos will be available on any one of the Verizon Wireless V CAST-enabled handsets. Consumers will also will be able to record and share their favorite moments using their mobile phones.

Verizon Wireless customers can purchase a V CAST VPak monthly subscription for $15.00 or $3.00 for daily access. The VPak subscription includes unlimited basic video, but application download fees …

USB Slippers that Warm Your Feet

Posted in Foot Apparel,USB by Chetz on November 30th, 2006

USB Slippers Foot WarmersMany times I have been sitting in a room working away on my PC wishing my feet were not so cold. If only there were a way to warm them up, maybe with electricity that I don’t have to plug into a wall outlet? Maybe with electricity from my computers USB port?!?!

Well, after intensive searching I’ve found my solution. These USB slippers are the answer to the cold feet problem of computer geeks everywhere. They are two independently adjusted foot warmers that plug into the USB port on your computer and heat up to the desired setting to keep your feet warm. No electrical outlet needed.

The cords come at 118cm in length, but any USB extension cable can make them longer, and you can adjust the heat and power on/off for each slipper with an inline control. The heater portion is zipped …

HP is First with Blade Workstation Solution

Posted in HP,PCs by Paul Patterson on November 30th, 2006

HP Blade WorkstationHP today introduced the industry’s first blade workstation solution. The new platform combines the benefits of a centralized data center with the performance of workstation-class machines. IT managers looking for a new workstation solution that delivers the security, reliability and manageability of a data center need look no further.

The heart of the HP Blade Workstation Solution is a small form factor client device that supports up to four displays. The client can make multiple blade connections when additional computing power is needed, thus dramatically reducing the heat, noise, and power consumption found in most desktop configurations.

Network administrators can now pack more computing power into their data centers; while adding, moving, and changing out PCs will be much easier and won’t affect operations. Other advantages include easier system maintenance and remote site operation, power and cooling, improved data security, disaster recovery support, and system uptime.

HP …

AMD Shows Off Native Quad Core Processor

Posted in AMD,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 30th, 2006

AMD Native Quad-Core X86 Processor Today AMD did a demonstration of the world’s first Native Quad-Core X86 Processor, (codenamed Barcelona), at the annual Industry Analyst Forum in California. The demonstration was done on a four processor server platform running Windows 2003 Server 64 bit. The demonstration also showed the ease of upgrading the server simply by replacing the four DDR2-based Opteron processors with the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron’s and updating the BIOS.

Randy Allen, the corporate vice president for AMD in the Server and Workstation Division stated “AMD is guided by an overarching strategy to reduce datacenter complexity and to deliver performance increases without forcing customers to endure disruptive platform transitions,”. Allen added, “We discussed quad-core requirements with our customers and their end users, and determined that, as we did with the introduction of dual-core x86 processors in 2005, only a native quad-core x86 server processor …

TRENDnet 108Mbps 802.11g Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter

Posted in USB,Wi-Fi by Paul Patterson on November 30th, 2006

TRENDnet Wireless USB Adapter TEW-445UBThe TEW-445UB 108Mbps High Power Wireless USB 2.0 adapter is the latest USB adapter from TRENDnet. This adapter combines high output power with dual band 802.11b/g network compatibility to give you reliable WiFi connectivity to a variety of home, business, and 802.11 b/g hotspot locations at much greater distances.

The design of the TEW-445UB includes an extended cable connected to a high-powered, detachable antenna base. The base is installed and positioned to provide connectivity for any desktop or laptop PC giving you a range of up to 50-100 meters indoor or 150-300 meters outdoors (depending on the environment).

The device supports high output power up to 23dBM for network coverage and uses Atheros eXtended Range (XR) Technology to eliminate dead spots. Supporting advance power management, the adapter’s detachable antenna can be replaced with a higher gain antenna for an even farther wireless …

Noise Canceling Stethoscope

Posted in Digital Audio,News by Chetz on November 29th, 2006

Noise Canceling Stethescope Prototype Honolulu – Adrianus J. M. Houtsma with the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory has announced a prototype of a stethoscope to be used for patient chest auscultation in high-noise environments.

One of the big problems with traditional stethoscopes is the inability to accurately hear the heartbeat or breath sounds of a patient while in a high noise situation, such as a helicopter, a battlefield, a high traffic area and sometimes even in the back of an ambulance. Trained first responders often use electronic devices such as an EKG when available to pick up a heart rate, or simply use there hands to feel for bilateral chest movements or rough airway obstructions instead of a stethoscope when the noise level is just too high. Unfortunately this isn’t the most ideal way to identify problems at an often critical point in the care of …

Yahoo! Mail and Messenger Now on Nokia Phones

Posted in Mobile Phones,News,Yahoo by Paul Patterson on November 29th, 2006

Nokia 6300Mobile phone giant Nokia and Yahoo! announced today that they will be expanding their partnership to include Yahoo! branded internet services including Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger on Nokia mobile devices.

The services will be made available on Nokia phones running Nokia’s Series 40 platform. Series 40 is the software system that powers many of Nokia’s mobile devices. With Series 40, users are able to access a broad range of applications and features, including messaging, browsing, music and video standards as well as personal information management.

Yahoo! internet services will initially be available on the new Nokia 6300 (pictured), the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic and the Nokia 5200. These services and the ability to synchronize Yahoo! contacts, tasks and calendar on the PC and phone will eventually be added to an even wider range of Nokia’s Series 40 devices.

The Nokia and Yahoo! partnership dates back to …

Mvix Wirelss HD Media Center Bridges Gap From PC

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on November 29th, 2006

Mvix Wireless Media Center with HD Looking for a handy multimedia gadget to bridge the gap between your PC and your HDTV? This multimedia device could do the trick. The Mvix Media Center is really an external hard drive enclosure with it’s own processor, a Linux OS and some tools to playback just about any multimedia file you have.

This new version of the Mvix adds support for HD video output to your TV and wireless connectivity via 802.11b/g. (You can also connect via an Ethernet cable.) You can connect to your TV like you would connect any other audio and video components with composite, component, s-video or DVI, and you connect audio out with RCA jacks or even use a FM transmitter to play the sound on your FM stereo.

Once set up you simply transfer files from your PC to the Mvix device and play …

Lenovo ThinkPad T60 is Lightest 15.4-inch Widescreen Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Paul Patterson on November 29th, 2006

Lenovo T60Lenovo has released the ThinkPad T60, the first 15.4-inch widescreen in Lenovo’s T Series of notebook computers. According to Lenovo, the T60 weighs in at only 5.1 pounds, making it the lightest 15.4-inch widescreen notebook among the top five PC vendors.

Widescreen notebooks are becoming increasingly popular as users crave the extra screen real estate. The 15.4-inch widescreen WXGA display gives users up to 30 percent more data on the screen than the current 14.1-inch or 15-inch ThinkPad T60 XGA displays.

The ThinkPad T Series notebooks have five built-in communications options including: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, 56K V.923 modem, and Infrared port. RJ-45 and RJ-11 ports are standard on all models and high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connectivity is featured on select models. The built-in UltraConnect antenna supports IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g wireless technologies. The T60 and T60p models offer optional high speed WWAN broadband access.

The ThinkPad T60 …