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Is it Live, Or is it Xmod?

Posted in Digital Audio by Darrin Olson on October 4th, 2006

Creative XmodAlthough it looks like it might be a music player itself, the Creative Xmod Xtreme Fidelity gadget is actually used to improve the sound of you music for your existing player.

If you really like your music to be crystal clear with the X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity standard from Creative you might want to look into this. The Xmod device goes inline in between your player and the speakers or headphones that you are listening to, and actually improves the quality of the music beyond that of CD quality, according to the press release at Creative.com.

The Xmod works with a PC, Mac, ZEN, iPod or just about any MP3 player and will improve the sound of the digital audio files for MP3′s, WMA’s, iTunes or AAC. This allows you to hear your existing digital songs in an X-Fi format without having to actually …

Cigarette Lighter / Beverage Holder Drive Bay

Posted in Accessories by Chetz on October 4th, 2006

ThermalTake X-Ray Cigarette Adapter and Beverage Holder For your PC

OK, how cool is this?

Well… I guess smoking might not be considered so cool, and maybe drinks aren’t the best thing to be setting on your PC, but if you are going to be smoking and drinking at your desk anyway, then “How cool is this!!”.

This is the Thermaltake X-Ray Cigarette lighter adapter and beverage holder. It fits into your 5.25″ drive bay and runs off of the power adapters in your PC. The cigarette light works like a cigarette lighter would in your car, and the beverage holder actually has an eject button to run it in and out like a disk drive.

Even if you don’t smoke this is pretty cool to hold drinks alone. And, aside from using the cigarette lighter adapter for lighting cigarettes, you can use it to charge things you normally …

Software Makes Stolen Phone Scream

Posted in Mobile Phones by Chetz on October 3rd, 2006

Mobile Manager Screaming Phone Software

So let’s say your phone is stolen. Well, you can stop your service for that phone, but there are three things you may still be worried about:

You are out a phone and you have to buy another.
The data on the phone might be private and you don’t want someone else to have it.
The guy that stole your phone has one for free.

Well, chances are you’re out of luck for #1, but Synchronica might be able to help you with numbers 2 and 3. With Synchronica’s phone management software calle Mobile Manager you can take some action when you find your phone is missing and possibly stolen.

First of all, the software allows you to remotely delete the data that is on the phone, so the theif cannot get anything. That takes care of problem # 2. The next action is a “vocal” one …

Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is most Compact A2 Printer

Posted in Epson,Printers by Paul Patterson on October 3rd, 2006

Epson 3800Epson has introduced the Stylus Pro 3800 – a compact, 17-inch wide printer design with a new breakthrough screening algorithm and award-winning Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink technology. This sleek and sophisticated printer is targeted towards the printing needs of professional photographers, graphic designers, and prepress proofing.

For added productivity, a new auto-sharing black ink technology allows for automatic switching between photo and matte black ink modes to maximize image quality on a wide variety of media types.

The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 will begin shipping in December 2006 and has a MSRP of $1,295 (USD). Epson will also make a Professional Edition of the printer that includes a high-end PostScript Language Level 3 compatible RIP by ColorBurst and is priced at $1,495.

D-Link Announces V-CLICK Dual-Mode GSM Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Paul Patterson on October 3rd, 2006

D-Link Dual-ModeD-Link recently introduced its line of ‘V-CLICK’ dual-mode phones. These phones will allow users to easily switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks with the click of a button.

The V-CLICK phones have a compact form factor (4.17″x1.73″x.75″) with a two-inch (176×220 pixels) screen. The V-CLICK phones support the Opera MobileTM mobile browser.

The new D-Link line of phones will feature both tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900 Mhz) and 802.11 Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz) access. The Wi-Fi connection can be activated or deactivated with a simple press of the V-CLICK button. This will give users access to websites or an Internet phone service

The V-CLICK is expected to ship 1st quarter 2007.

D-Link V-CLICK [D-Link]

On the Edge with Logitech diNovo Bluetooth Keyboard

Posted in Bluetooth,Keyboards,Logitech by Quagmire on October 3rd, 2006

Logitech diNovo EdgeI think it is time for me to get a new keyboard. Logitech today announced its new ultra-slim diNovo Edge Keyboard. The diNovo is a minimalist work of high-technology art. The diNovo is laser cut from a single, semi-translucent piece of black Plexiglas and set into a brushed-aluminum frame which is an anorexic ¾-inch thick.

The diNovo also breaks new ground in technology as it becomes Logitech’s first rechargeable keyboard. The diNovo also features an integrated touch-sensitive navigation and scroll panel, and includes embedded Bluetooth wireless technology.

The Logitech diNovo Edge keyboard is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in November witha MSRP of $199.99 (USD).

diNovo Edge [Logitech]

Logitech Has the Edge with DiNovo

Posted in Bluetooth,Keyboards,Logitech,Mouse by Darrin Olson on October 3rd, 2006

Logitech Dinovo Edge DesktopDesktops are really becoming more popular as things are becoming more wireless in general. The new wireless keyboard and mouse combination from Logitech further enhances the move towards disconnected innovation, and is doing it with some style.

A really nice feature with the DiNovo Edge which is not common in other similar desktops is having mouse-like navigation on the keyboard. Anyone that has had their keyboard sitting on their lap while leaning back in their chair has encountered the incredible inconvenience of finding they need their mouse for something. Having the Logitech TouchDisc on the keyboard can eliminate the need for your mouse and let’s you lean back and relax a little while working.

Another nice feature is some of the “stealth” hot keys that are backlit and only visible when activated by touch, and then fade away. There is also a touch sensitive …

Twist with the Nokia 3250 XpressMusic

Posted in Mobile Phones,Nokia,Smart Devices by Chetz on October 2nd, 2006

Nokia 3250 XpressMusic

This is what I like to see. Another mobile phone that is breaking the mold. Too much emphasis has been placed on being so thin and it’s nice to see Nokia tout the full-figured look with their 3250 XpressMusic. Another credit to their design ingenuity for not making this phone with a clam shell design, but more so for taking a different angle and making the design so that the base of the phone twists to perform different functions.

In the normal forward mode, the Nokia 3250 operates like a regular phone with the keypad in front for dialing and common functions. Twist the base 90 degrees and you are using the camera to take a picture at 2 megapixels or to record a short video. Turn it the same direction another 90 degrees and the multimedia controls are facing the front to play …

Keep Security under your Thumb with Privaris plusID

Posted in Security by Paul Patterson on October 2nd, 2006

plusIDThe plusID line of secure, wireless devices is dubbed as the world’s first personal biometric fingerprint fobs. The plusID provides secure access to multiple facilities, computers, and networks. Security with biometrics has never been easier, more economical, or widely accepted.

The plusID works with select off-the-shelf logical access / single sign-on software applications, and can be easily configured to support one-time password functionality. The plusID can be added to existing physical and logical security environments with no changes to installed infrastructure.

plusID [Privaris]

COWON iAUDIO F2 Portable Entertainment Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Paul Patterson on October 2nd, 2006

iAUDIO F2Cowon Systems recently launched the sophisticated ultra-mini MP3P, the ‘iAUDIO F2‘. The iAUDIO F2 incorporates a stylish and unique design into a user-friendly and functional player.

You can play videos and view text or images with the 260,000-color high definition LCD – all while listening to music. The 1.3 inch TFT-LCD allows users to navigate all the device operations with ease. The 9 function buttons are integrated on the front control and can easily be operated with one hand.

The iAUDIO F2 can be used as a pendant as it weighs in at an unnoticeable 39g (including battery) ensuring for exceptional portability. The built-in lithium polymer battery provides up to 22 hours of continuous play with just 3 hours of charging.

You can record all of your great ideas with the built-in microphone or you can use the direct encoding to receive and record sound …

HD DVD Burner for Laptops

Posted in HD DVD,Notebooks by Darrin Olson on October 2nd, 2006

Toshiba HD DVD Burner for LaptopsToshiba has announced the first HD DVD drive that can read and write HD DVD’s, regular DVD’s and CD’s and is a slim design to fit into a notebook computer.The SD-L902A is only 12.7 mm high so that it it fits into the slim space necessary for laptop computers and other devices that conform to the cramped space.

With the increasing demand for HD media and sales of high definition televisions and HD camcorders, the need for the ability to write and edit this type of HD media at home and with a more mobile PC such as a notebook is a natural progression. The new SD-L902A HD DVD drive is going to be demonstrated at the CEATEC conference in Japan the first week of October. If you happen to be there, they are at booth 1A09.

Some specs for the HD DVD …

Keep the Beat with PP01 from Intempo

Posted in Digital Audio,Intempo by Paul Patterson on October 1st, 2006

Intempo PP01The PP01 is a digital radio that has been designed to complement and enhance even the most beautiful and sophisticated living and working spaces. The PP01 has a super-slim footprint which allows you to personalize it with your own design or photo. Intempo has teamed up with the folks at mybiggerpicture.com to print personalized speaker covers for Intempo customers.

The PP01 works by swapping the interchangeable speaker cover for one that suits your style or mood. You can choose from a variety of standard pop-on covers or use your creative energies to make your own designs or use your favorite picture.

Some of the features of the PP01 include:

Ultra-slim Radio with 2 X 2W Flat Panel NXT Stereo Speakers
DAB and FM (RDS) digital radio (DAB band III)
Truly portable with integrated Rechargeable battery pack giving 20 hours from full charge (DAB) – ideal for bathrooms …

Sony NW-S205 Walkman

Posted in Digital Audio,Exercise Gadgets,Sony by Chetz on October 1st, 2006

Sony Walkman NW-S205FSThis new MP3 player from Sony definitely has the athlete in mind when they designed it. When you look at the NW-S205 Walkman it has athlete written all over it, beginning with the small and sleek design.

The NW-S205 (part of the new NW-S200 series from Sony) is only 3.8 inches long and has a diameter of .6 inches. The trade off for having something this small is the interface. It only has a one line small visual interface for reading the information, and some small twist and rocker controls to navigate, but once you get it running you are set.

For transferring data to the Walkman, there is a small USB port on the end that you can hook up to your PC and use the supplied software (SonicStage) to manage the data transfer. Some features of the NW-S205 Walkman:

The NW-S205 can hold up …

Boot your PC by Remote Control

Posted in Logisys,PCs,Remotes by Chetz on September 30th, 2006

Logisys Remote Multifunction PanelIn response to the increasing requests for non-mainstream customizations to personal PC’s Logisys has come out with a Remote Multi-functional Panel for your PC. The panel fits flush into a 5.25″ bay in your PC and can be used to boot and/or reset the PC remotely with the included remote control that is similar to a car key fob from up to 15 feet away.

This multifunction panel comes in black or silver, and has two temperature gauges to monitor the temperature of your hard drive and CPU. There is also a switch to adjust the fan speed, two USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire port.

Multifunctional Panel [Logisys]

Book Smart with Sony Reader

Posted in ebooks,Sony by Paul Patterson on September 29th, 2006

Sony Reader

Sony has announced the release of its new eBook – the Sony Reader. Boasting a revolutionary screen that reads like paper, the Sony Reader comes in a very compact and lightweight design that you can take anywhere.

The screen is daylight-readable, high contrast, high resolution, and a boasts a near 180º viewing angle. In addition, the text can be magnified for sight-impaired readers.

The Reader measures 6.9″ x 4.9″ x .5″, making it smaller than many paperbacks. Weighing in at about 9 ounces, its light enough to travel with you everywhere you go. The rechargeable battery powers you through up to 7,500 page turns, so you’re ready for that exciting page-turner, and can be recharged in 4 hours with the AC adapter.

You will be able to fit plenty of reading material with the 64MB of internal memory. There is a slot for optional removable …