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glofiish X500 Mobile Office

Posted in glofiish,Mobile Phones,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on November 15th, 2006

Glofish X500The glofiish X500 is a great contender for the ultimate mobile business solution device. ETEN boasts that at the time of its production, the glofiish X500 is the thinnest phone running Windows Pocket PC and having communications through Quad-band GSM, WiFi and GPS all in one device. On top of that, the X500 also supports Bluetooth to allow you to use a headset or full keyboard without wires.

A built-in Qwerty keyboard would always be nice, but it would certainly affect the size of the new glofiish mobile phone which will require you to type on the screen or with an external keyboard. The dimensions on this gadget are a mere 113mm x 59.5mm x 15.5mm and it weighs a svelte 146g with the battery installed. The display screen is also a decent sized 2.8″ TFT-LCD with a resolution of 240 x 320 and 65,536 …

FMP3 Watch is MP3 Player with FM Transmitter

Posted in FM Transmitters,MP3,Watches by Quagmire on November 15th, 2006

FMP3 Watch has MP3 player and FM transmitterAt first glance the FMP3 Watch appears to be just another watch that plays MP3s. Upon closer inspection we find that this watch includes a handy FM transmitter which allows you to transmit your MP3′s to FM radio. The FM transmitter will playback music on FM radio frequencies between 88.1MHz, 88.5MHz, and 88.9MHz with an approximate range of 6m-10m.

The FMP3 watch also contains an MP3 Player, Voice Recorder, and Line-in Recording capabilities. With the watch, you can control common operations such as play, stop, next, and back. Transfer your MP3 files to the watch via USB with memory capacities of 512MB and 1GB. Like a secret-service agent the hidden, built-in microphone allows you to discretely record your voice or sound directly to the device, and line-in recording is possible by connecting to an external source. Enjoy a continuous …

Karaoke for your iPOD

Posted in iPod,Karaoke by Chetz on November 14th, 2006

iKaraoke Karakoke for you iPodI’ve seen a lot of accessories for the Apple iPod, some not so impressive, but I have to say that I do like this one.

This is a karaoke for your iPod, and consists of a microphone, and connection cables to an external stereo. You attach the microphone to your iPod, and the iKaraoke will send the music to your stereo without the vocal track so you can sing along. You can connect to your stereo inline or through your FM tuner.

The device allows for pausing, fast forwarding and rewinding, and you can temporarily turn the vocal track back on for when you get stuck or your audience just can’t take it any more. The karaoke singing gadget even includes technology to help with reverb.

I’m sure Newcastle is going to buy one of these as soon as he sees the …

Yahoo! to Manage Advertising on Vodafone Mobile Devices

Posted in News,Yahoo by Paul Patterson on November 14th, 2006

Yahoo VodafoneVodafone and Yahoo! have formed an alliance which pools their collective expertise to create a new advertising service for mobile devices. The partnership names Yahoo! as Vodafone’s exclusive display advertising partner in the UK.

Yahoo! can leverage its sizeable sales force and technology team to drive the most benefit from Vodafone’s unique mobile advertising opportunities. Yahoo! will use its ample advertising prowess to provide a variety of mobile advertising formats across Vodafone’s varied content services.

The new service is planned to be initiated in the UK in the first half of 2007. Certain plans are structured to give savings on certain Vodafone services to customers who agree to accept carefully targeted display advertisements. This service could extend to other Vodafone mobile assets including the Vodafone live! portal, games, television and picture messaging services.

Microsoft Zune to get Holiday Shopping Dollars

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Microsoft,News,Zune by Paul Patterson on November 14th, 2006

Zune Player WhiteWhile no one can accurately predict how the Zune will fare this holiday season, one can guarantee that it will take a piece of the considerable market share now enjoyed by the iPod.

Microsoft is currently in the midst of celebrating the U.S. launch of the Zune digital media player and Zune Marketplace music service. The celebration consists of six free concerts in public parks and plazas in urban centers across the country.

At the inaugural concert in Seattle, Gates outlined the Zune vision of creating new ways for people to connect, discover and share music. Gates demonstrated that through Zune-to-Zune managed wireless sharing, consumers are empowered to promote and sample tracks, thus increasing exposure for artists. The service logs the music that people have shared, making it easier to purchase the songs they like the next time they synch up their player. Consumers …

Intel Launches Quad Chips, Gets Jump On Competition

Posted in Intel,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 14th, 2006

Intel Quad Core Chips ReleasedIntel has made significant jumps over the past year, and on Tuesday they have officially launched their Quad Core Chips which Intel says are more energy efficient, have better utilization and are more reliable and then previous generations of Intel processors as well as the competition. This chip offers the equivalent processing strength of four separate processors in one chip. This is the second major release this year after Intel announced the Core 2 Duo in August and now the Quad Core, doubling the offered processing power twice in a year.

“In one year, we’ve achieved a four-fold increase in performance. That is stunning,” Pat Gelsinger, head of Intel’s Digital Enterprise group, told the Financial Times.

The Xeon 5300 and the Core 2 Extreme are the first two chips being released with the Quad processing power and are intended for …

The Ring Thing Bottle Opener

Posted in Rings by Chetz on November 13th, 2006

Ring ThingThis picture is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you don’t make the connection this is a ring that has an opening on one side of it that works as a bottle opener. A little torque while wearing the Ring Thing on your “social” finger and you have solved the problem of always having to look around for an opener or some particularly strong surface area every time you want to open a bottle.

I have to say that this looks a little more sanitary than the bottle opener sandals we posted about in early September, but it may require some strong fingers. Finally some bling that has form and function, adn to top it off it only costs you around 10 bucks. The Ring Thing comes in sized from 9 to 14.

Thanks for the suggestion, Jeff!

Catalog Page [The Lighter Side]

ASUS Leather-Clad Notebook in New Shade and Size

Posted in Notebooks by Quagmire on November 13th, 2006

ASUS Leather PinkASUS has announced that they will be offering some new luxury computing options this holiday season with a new model in the leather-bound notebook series and a limited pink edition.

The new W6 Leather Collection has a 13.3-inch widescreen and comes with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The smaller S6 series, originally released in May, sports an 11.1″ screen and is now available in pink leather to match your pink RAZR.

Both notebooks come in Camel or Brown and are certain to make a fashion statement with the luxury computing set.

Press Release [ASUS]

Message Plant Has Secret Message Branded On

Posted in Home by Darrin Olson on November 13th, 2006

Message PlantThis might be a stretch for a site about technology and gadgets, but I think this is pretty cool anyway. This is the Message Plant, and is basically a plant that you get shipped to you in a can as a seed. You grow it and a message that was somehow stamped onto it will appear.

The plants can be purchased and shipped for about $15, and once you get the plant and add water and some sun, it takes a little over a week and the plant will have grown enough for you to see the message. The message can consist of two lines (one above the other) and up to 10 characters each for a total of a 20 character message. You can even have logos or simple images put on the plant instead of text if you want to call in and …

Cingular and Samsung Unveil BlackJack SmartPhone

Posted in Mobile Phones,News,Samsung,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on November 13th, 2006

Samsung SGH-i607 BlackJack SmartphoneCingular and Samsung have finally released the SGH-i607 BlackJack Smartphone in time for the holiday season and to have it in the race along side the Motorola Q and the Dash. The Blackjack fills a void for mobile phone users in the US with a Smartphone that has supports GSM along with EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA. The phone also supports Bluetooth, but unfortunately is without any built in WiFi support.

This phone comes with a slightly awkward looking QWERTY keyboard, a 320×240 screen resolution and a built in 1.3-megapixal camera. The Blackjack weighs in at only 3.5 ounces and is about a half an inch thick. The included battery gives it 5.5 hours of talk time and up to 11 days of standby, which is a nice jab to it’s main competitor the Q, which has some shorter battery life …

Trekstor i.Beat vision

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,TrekStor by Chetz on November 13th, 2006

i.Beat Vision DM MP3 PlayerTrekstor has a pretty cool gadget here with the i.Beat vision. The vision is an MP3 player at heart, with a number of other cool features.

The i.Beat vision can play multiple formats, including MP3, WMA, OGG, videos in TOM format and is WMA-DRM9-compatible for downloaded music. It also is able to receive and play FM radio with the ability to preset 24 different FM stations.

The i.Beat vision has inline recording, as well. This means that you can record FM radio, your voice from a built in microphone or audio from any line-in input device. It records and converts the data into an MP3 file right on the recorder. You can then keep, organize into folders and browse through the files along with any other files on your i.Beat vision player.

The vision also lets you view JPEG photos and has a slideshow …

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz

Posted in Games,Nintendo,Wii by Paul Patterson on November 13th, 2006

Banana Blitz WiiSuper Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is the next entry in the Super Monkey Ball franchise from Sega. Following on the footsteps of Super Monkey Ball Adventure, it is a Wii exclusive and also a confirmed launch title that is sure to make ample use the Wii controller.

Fans of the Super Monkey Ball series can expect to see returning characters: Aiai, Meemee, Gongon, and Baby as well as two new characters: YanYan and Doctor.

The game features 100 main game levels, over fifty mini-games, boss battles, and lots and lots of jumping. There will many varied situations to use the controller such as minigames, darts, ring toss, and a whack-a-mole variant.

Wii Controller Features
The Wii-mote is held parallel to the ground and then tilted in all directions to move the monkey character through mazes. The …

Sony ICD-CX50 Visual Voice Recorder

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Cameras,Digital Imaging,Sony by Paul Patterson on November 12th, 2006

Sony ICDCX50The Sony ICD-CX50 visual voice recorder is a handy little device that combines a digital voice recorder with a 1.2 megapixel camera. Now you can capture sound and images together, and the information will be saved into a synchronized file.

This ICD-CX50 has obvious utility for professionals such as claims adjusters, realtors and building inspectors, but is also very useful for students, homeowners and travelers. For example, you could use it aid you in performing a home inspection, documenting auto claims, or recording meetings and lectures.

The Visual Voice Recorder features a 1.2 inch color LCD, rechargeable battery and 4X digital zoom. 256MB of flash memory holds up to 4000 pictures (640 x 480 JPG) or up to 93 hours of recording time. The rechargeable battery can be recharged using AC adaptor or supplied USB cable. The built-in playback speaker lets you preview your …

Archos 604 Portable Video WiFi

Posted in Archos,Digital Audio,Digital Video,Wi-Fi by Chetz on November 12th, 2006

Archos 604 WiFi Portable Video Player

The Archos 604 WiFi is very similar to the previous version of the Archos 604 Video Player that we featured in September, but they’ve added a very cool feature – WiFi. The WiFi feature enables wireless connections to transfer files, as well as wireless surfing of the web and emailing (through web based email systems) right out of the device.

The Archos 604 is still the same great solution for watching portable videos, and also works great for viewing photos and listening to music, a lot of which you can do simultaneously. The 30 GB hard drive allows for storage of up to 25 full length movies, 130 hours of TV shows recorded through an optional DVR station, 300k photos or 15k songs. The video player also has a built in speaker and a little kickstand on the back so …

Motorola i880 2.0 Megapixel Camera Phone Launches on Nextel

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola by Paul Patterson on November 12th, 2006

Motorola i880Motorola and Sprint announced the availability of the Motorola i880 2.0 megapixel camera phone on Nextel. This is the latest in a series of higher-megapixel mobile phones offering better picture quality. The 2.0 megapixel picture resolution allows you to take quality 5×7 prints.

The i880 comes with a 64MB microSD memory card and features a video recorder, integrated music player with front dual-ported speakers. Other features include: GPS capabilities, Internet microbrowser, custom ring tone ID and picture caller ID, a 262K internal color screen, voice dialing, voice recorder, speakerphone, datebook and 600-entry contacts list.

“The i880 represents Motorola’s philosophy of intelligent handset design while delivering an amazing music experience,” said Peter Aloumanis, vice president, U.S. Markets Division, Motorola’s iDEN Mobile Devices. “This device combines first class Nextel Walkie-Talkie communications solutions with ultimate multimedia features such as a 2.0 megapixel camera.”

The …