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5 Things You Don’t Want In a Mobile Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on September 26th, 2006

Mobile PhonesWith all of the new mobile phone models coming out it’s difficult to understand and keep a handle on what is happening with the technology.

Mobile phone features are ever-expanding, and the desired features are different for everyone. To make it a little simpler (and shorter), here is a list of things you might not want when choosing a mobile phone.

A phone you can’t hold. Many new phones are coming out in all shapes and sizes. Flat, clam shell, sliding, ones with wide QWERTY keyboards, etc. Don’t by a phone without trying it out in your hand. I like the one-hand test, personally. If I can’t operate 90% of the features with one hand, I’m not interested in the phone.
Phones that won’t hold a three day charge. Take inventory of your talk time and look for a phone that that has a battery …

What to use when your Heart Stops Beating

Posted in Health,Healthcare by Paul Patterson on September 26th, 2006

HeartMateIIAn artificial heart that doesn’t beat? The Food and Drug Administration approved the first fully implantable artificial heart. The new innovative design is based on a pulse-free, continuously-pumping architecture. The ground-breaking design brings hope to patients near death from certain heart failure, although some problems remain with its large size and relatively short lifespan.

The new device is dubbed the AbioCor and is made by Massachusetts-based Abiomed. The AbioCor uses a hydraulic pumping system to simulate a natural heart beat. An alternative design formulated by O.H. “Bud” Frazier, a prominent heart surgeon, pumps blood through the body in a continuous cycle, rather than with the systematic beat of a normal heart. In Frazier’s continuous flow design, a severely damaged heart is removed and replaced with two rotor-based pumps that continually cycle blood through the body.

Bring on the bacon and the chili-cheese fries.

via …

FujiFilm FinePix S5 Pro Camera Coming 2007

Posted in Digital Cameras,Fujifilm by Darrin Olson on September 26th, 2006

FujiFilm FinePix S5 ProFujiFilm has announced the development of their new “workhorse” camera to be released in 2007. The FujiFilm FinePix S5 Pro will be released with a host of new features and upgrades from the previous S3 version.

A few of the larger improvements to this line of FinePix cameras include:

Real Photo Technology Pro (a combination of Super CCD SR Pro and RP Processor Pro).
Six preset ranges between 100% and 400%.
Dual save mode to allow pictures to be save as jpeg and RAW simultaneously.
Mac and PC Support.
Shutter speed from 30 seconds to 1/8000 seconds.
2.5 inch LCD screen with 235,000 pixels.
Unique Face Detection Technology.
LAN and WiFi accessories.

There are many more existing features and features that will be added to the FujiFilm FinePix S5 Pro that truly makes this a nice addition to the FujiFilm professional line of cameras.

FujiFilm S5 [Digital Photography Preview]

Freedom with Helium Digital Bluetooth Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Paul Patterson on September 25th, 2006

Helium HDBT-700

As someone who wears headphones several hours each day I can appreciate what a wonderful thing wireless headphones can be. Now my headset options just got a little better as Helium Digital, a Canadian company specializing in trend-forward accessories, has announced the launch of their new HDBT-700 and HDBT-750 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones.

Helium has launched two models in its new line of Bluetooth headphones, both of which are Bluetooth-enabled devices. The HDBT-700 is a stand alone Bluetooth headset and the HDBT-750 is essentially the same headphones – with the addition of a Bluetooth stereo transmitter.

The HDBT-700 is slightly larger than a typical wired headset and weighs in at a svelte 50 grams. The headset operates on a rechargeable lithium ion battery which provides 6.5 hours Battery Life and has a working distance of approximately 15 meters, allowing you to remain untethered from your …

Cool your Bawls With the USB Beverage Cooler

Posted in Coolers,USB by Chetz on September 25th, 2006

USB Beverage Cooler

It’s not uncommon for me to be staring “blinklessly” for hours into my monitor, whether gaming or writing code. I’ll reach without looking away for the cold drink I brought in, seemingly minutes ago and haven’t opened yet, only to find out that it’s somehow slightly warmer than room temperature.

This USB beverage cooler would solve all my warm beverage problems. Working like a hot plate to make things cold, and running off of your USB port of your PC or notebook, you can keep your Bawls or anything else you want cool like your chillow.

Bawls Chiller [xoxide.com]

Sony VAIO UX Micro PC

Posted in PCs,Sony by Darrin Olson on September 25th, 2006

Sony Vaio UX

The Sony VAIO UX Series Micro PC works basically like a regular PC, but smaller. It runs the regular version of Windows XP and the VGN-UX280P pictured here has 40 GB hard drive and an Intel Core Solo Processor at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of memory (this is the max allowed).

The Sony Micro PC has a keyboard and a touch screen stylus, so you can use either depending on what you are doing with it. The battery runs from 2 to 4 hours and can run up to 9 hours with a larger capacity battery. There is also a port replicator available for the Sony Micro PC so you can dock it and use a full size keyboard and monitor when you would like. The screen size is 4.5″ measured diagonally, and the Micro PC resolution runs up to 1024×600.

For network connectivity, you …

Make Your iPod Videos Big With the iFlip

Posted in Digital Video,iPod,Memorex by Darrin Olson on September 24th, 2006

Memorex iFlip

Being able to watch movies on your iPod video is awesome, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to watch those movies on a little bigger screen, or if you want to entertain more than one person at once, the small screen on the iPod is sometimes difficult for two people to watch at the same time.

The Memorex iFlip allows you to take the video on your iPod from a 2.5″ screen up to the 8.4″ screen on the iFlip. The resolution stays the same, which looks incredible on the iPod, but can be a little bit “pixelated” on the iFlip, but it does give you the wide screen aspect ratio.

The Memorex iFlip is portable and can run up to 5 hours on it’s battery, which is great for watching on a plane or on the road, and has a 75 degree horizontal viewing angel …

Microsoft 4-in-1 Mouse Designed for Presentations

Posted in Microsoft,Mouse by Paul Patterson on September 24th, 2006

Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000

Designed specifically for the weary road warrior with too many gadgets to carry, Microsoft has created the Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000. The 8000 is a 4-in-1 device that functions as a slide presenter, a laser pointer with digital ink, a media remote control, and a 2.4GHz Bluetooth laser notebook mouse.

The mouse contains all the standard features you would expect from a wireless mouse with a few nice extras thrown in. The bottom of the mouse contains control buttons for screen navigation forward, back and full screen). The 8000 also contains some attractive media control capabilities that are compatible with RealPlayer, iTunes and Windows Media Player. The presentation keypad also acts as a media control that allows users to play, pause, change tracks, and adjust volume.

Microsoft plans to have the Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 available in mid-October …

Sick Brick

1GB iPod Shuffle for $69

Posted in Sick Brick by Quagmire on September 24th, 2006

iPod Shuffle Hard on your MP3 players? Need another one for the gym? Pick up a 1GB iPod Shuffle from Overstock for $69.

TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 For Your Handheld

Posted in GPS,Mobile Phones,PDAs,Software,TomTom by Darrin Olson on September 23rd, 2006

TomTom Navigator 6TomTom Navigator 6 is a software and hardware package that you can use with your existing smartphone or PDA. At first glance it may look as though this is another TomTom GPS device, but it is actually the navigational software and a wireless GPS receiver to integrate with your existing phone or PDA.
The software comes preloaded on a mini SD memory card with your country map and cross border navigation to anywhere in Europe. The wireless Bluetooth GPS receiver is the only actual significant piece of hardware. This is a pretty small device, but in some cases it may be actually bigger than your smart device your hooking it up to. This is to receive the GPS signal and transfer it to your handheld device. A car and A/C adapter also come with the TomTom Navigator 6 software.
This software comes …

Lose weight with EnterTRAINment

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Chetz on September 23rd, 2006


This Entertrainer is somewhat of a motivational exercise gadget for working out at home. This little decagon shaped device has two basic functions.

The first function is as a heart rate monitor. It wirelessly tracks your heart rate from an included strap you wear around your torso. The second function is a wireless remote to your TV or other entertainment that uses a wireless remote and has a volume.

You set up the Entertrainer with your own age, gender, length of workout and what type of workout you want to do. The gadget will then calculate a target heart rate for you.

The idea for this is as you exercise you must keep your heart rate up in order to keep the TV volume up, or whatever you are watching or listening to. If you start to slack off, the volume goes down. If you can lip read …

The World’s First SIP-Based Dual-Mode Handset

Posted in Mobile Phones by Paul Patterson on September 23rd, 2006

Hipi 2200

Paragon Wireless has announced the launch of what it claims to be the world’s first SIP-based Windows mobile dual-mode handset at the VON show in Boston.

The hipi-2200 utilizes Paragon Wireless’ VoWLAN / GSM dual-mode voice technology and the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system to further expand the usability and functionality of this handset. Now corporate users can use the hipi-2200 to log onto a corporate internal IP-PBX from a hotspot or VPN, essentially allowing them to take their company phone on the road with the same call features and number.

“The hipi-2200 joins our product line as a result of our commitment to dual-mode product development, our experience in the handset market, and our continuous improvement to dual-mode technologies such as FMC features, security, power management, roaming, and over-the-air management of handsets. Paragon is able to offer a family of dual-mode handsets which

Sony PS3 to Include HDMI Standard

Posted in Games,PS3 by Quagmire on September 22nd, 2006

Sony PlaystationSony has announced that the PS3 with 20GB hard disk will come equipped with HDMI output standard with the system. This is great news given the sharp increase in availability of flat displays supporting HDMI on the market.

PS3 with 20GB HDD will become available in Japan at a new recommended retail price of 49,980 yen.

Press Release [Sony PlayStation]

The Story of the iLiad

Posted in ebooks,Smart Devices by Paul Patterson on September 22nd, 2006


The iLiad is an electronic reader product from iRex Technologies. The iLiad allows you to read digital content with easy navigation based upon your personal reading behavior. In addition to reading, the iLiad allows you to write comments, mark or underline sections and comment within articles.

Weighing in at just under a pound (390 grams), the iLiad is a very lightweight and mobile device. The footprint of the iLiad is the size of an A5 document (folded letter sized document) with a screen large enough to accommodate most content. The iLiad has been designed for outdoor use including outdoor reading in full sunlight.

The iLiad operates on very low power requirements. You can read for approximately three hours a day for more than one week without recharging the battery.

Content can be delivered to the iLiad through many interfaces including:

USB type A connector for USB memory stick.
CF …

Sony Fontopia Headphones

Posted in Headphones,Sony by Chetz on September 22nd, 2006

Sony MDR-EX71SL Fontopia HeadphonesThe popular Sony MDR-EX71SL/WK headphones are an easy to remember, roll-off-the-tongue type of name that should make them easy to find on the internet.

Since you did happen to run across them here, these are some pretty high quality ear-bud style headphones. They provide some nice base sounds with 3 sizes of buds for different sizes of ears and an extension cord.

They only come in colors of black (pictured here) and white. They are a nice-fitting light-weight solution for headphones for almost any activity and come with a hard case to store them in which is nice because it will help keel them clean and help them last longer, and for me that is important when I spend around $50 on headphones.

MDREX71SL [SonyStyle]