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Tripod iPod speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2009

Tripod iPod speakerWe’ve covered our share of cheap crap gadgets ’round these parts, but sometimes what looks like a cheap gadget can surprise you. Like this Tripod MP3 speaker for instance. Yeah, iPod/MP3 speakers are a dime a dozen, but they aren’t all created equal. I picked up one of these Tripod speakers because although my laptop has great sound, it could be louder, so I figured I would take a chance on this one.

The design is cool because it pumps the music in three directions. And as far as loudness, it doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s surprisingly loud and I haven’t had any sound problems at all, like crackling etc. Just attach your MP3 player via the headphone jack, plug it into your USB port and you’re good to go.

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio app released

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2009

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio client releasedSlacker has announced a version of it’s free internet radio app for the smartphone, with 100 expert-programmed Slacker stations, over 10,000 artist stations or tons of custom stations. You can even listen to music without a network connection using Slacker’s station caching, which is exclusive to BlackBerry devices

It lets you store your favorite stations on a memory card instead of streaming them over the network connection you’re using. That way you have access to them even when there’s no signal. Slacker claims that it will also reduce battery consumption by as much as 5x.

Sound Blaster for iTunes

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

Sound Blaster for iTunesSound Blaster for iTunes from Creative Labs likes to party and aims to spread the music around. It will wirelessly stream your music to any room in your home where you have a Creative Wireless Receiver connected to speakers. It will also work with the new GigaWorks T20W speakers, which have the receiver built-in.

The Sound Blaster for iTunes transmitter plugs into your USB port and will fill your home with sound for $99. The Creative Wireless Receivers will run you $69.99. If you choose to use the GigaWorks T20Ws the price is $129.99. The Sound Blaster transmitter will be available this Spring.

iLuv i1166 PMP

Posted in iLuv by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

iLuv i1166 PMPiLuv is known for their various iPod docks and speakers, but now they’re hitting us with the iLuv i1166 PMP that features a 9 inch screen for playback of your DVD’s and movies via your iPod. It has built in stereo speakers and a rechargeable Li-Polymer battery for longer playback.

Some specs include: MPEG-4 Certified to play MPEG-4 Videos, Compact and light-weight portable DVD Player with iPod dock, Play back from DVD or your iPod video through the 9″ widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) TFT LCD, Watch your favorite video on TV through Video output, Built-in powerful stereo speakers, Enhanced user interface with detailed controls and graphics based display, Supports 3-way power sources,AC Power Adapter, and Car Adapter.

Tunelight MP3 speaker system

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Tunelight MP3 speaker systemYeah we know that there are tons of iPod docks available, but this one stands out as it serves several functions. It will keep your accessories all in one place, helping to clean up some desk clutter. The Tunelight MP3 Speaker System is part music system, part organizing helper.

It has a task light and some compartments to hold your belongings like paperclips,pens etc. And when you combine those features with an iPod dock and speakers, it’s actually useful. It will work with any MP3 player, which means you’ll always have music at your now cleaned up desk.

MPJ-101 Mini Projector and PMP

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

MPJ-101 Mini Projector and PMPLancerlink of Japan has introduced its MPJ-101 mini projector that also doubles as a decent portable media player. It doesn’t come cheap though at $1,000. Some features include: 640 × 480 resolution, 10 lumens brightness, 1GB internal flash memory, SD/SDHC/MMC/MS Pro memory card slot, USB connectivity and Two 0.5W speakers.

Supported file formats include MPEG-4 (AVI/ASF/MP4), H.264 (MP4)?MotionJPEG (AVI), MP3 and JPEG. MP4/ASF/AVI. It comes bundled with the ArcSoft Media Converter, so you can carry around your favorite shows and movies on a memory card and watch them whenever you want.

SoundBulb is a light bulb and a speaker

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

SoundBulb is a light bulb and a speakerWireless speakers are great. They eliminate wires, which is always a plus. Who wants to look at wires? So what you’re left with are just the speakers. Well, thanks to this concept, the speakers will no longer be seen either. Why not build speakers right into your light bulbs? Two devices, become one.

The SoundBulb is a wireless speaker inside a functioning LED light bulb. No speakers, no wires. Just sound and light. It cuts it down to basics. Bluetooth gives them the ability to stream audio from most computers or cellphones. You could control the volume by twisting the bulb’s outer ring, while the on/off switch for the wireless receiver is on the side. The speakers get power directly from the socket.

Music Drop MP3 projector concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Music Drop MP3 projector conceptHere’s a concept design you don’t see everyday. The Music Drop Player is an average MP3 player, with one difference. It uses a projector instead of a small screen as a display. This way if you want to see the track info, just push a button and project the info on a wall.

The projector would be bright enough to show on almost any surface like walls, tables, or even your own hand when you’re traveling. Oddly, it displays the information in a spiral pattern that forces the user to turn their hand around or tilt their head just to read all the info. With this device, you would get an on/off switch and iPod-style buttons for skipping tracks, rewinding, fast-forwarding, and volume control.

Apple lets you upgrade iTunes music to DRM-free, but it will cost you

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on January 14th, 2009

Apple lets you upgrade iTunes music to DRM-free, but it will cost youApple recently announced that it was doing away with it’s unfair DRM copy protection. Awesome news. Going one step further, the company is giving anyone who’s ever bought songs on iTunes the ability to upgrade their music to DRM-free versions. For a fee of course. There is a catch. As Wilson Rothman over at Gizmodo discovered, you have to upgrade all of them at once.

That really sucks, because if you’ve been at it for awhile just downloading away over the years, you have a problem. Costs can easily be in the hundreds of dollars. There is no way to upgrade your titles individually. Things like this are why some of us don’t use the service. They’re going to make you pay again for songs you already bought? Nice one Apple.

Maxell’s M&M Earbuds will melt in your ears, not in your hand

Posted in Maxell by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2009

Maxell’s M&M Earbuds will melt in your ears, not in your handiPod accessory maker Maxell is all set to release some music player earbuds that look like kid’s candy. Hmmm. I wonder if some young and dumb kids will try to eat them. I’m guessing yes. Even the packaging makes them look delicious. Plus, just like the candy, these earbuds come in many colors: Red, pink, blue, orange, and white.

You’ll note that the packaging proclaims “Sweet sounds”, which to a toddler who can’t read, simply says “Look at the funny candy people who want me to eat them.” It does say “Not candy!” but anyone old enough to read that probably knows better anyway. At $10, it’s a bargain choking hazard for the home with a curious toddler.

Sirius XM rolls out MiRGE satellite radio

Posted in Sirius by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2009

Sirius XM rolls out MiRGE satellite radioSirius XM has merged some of its channels and at CES they’ve rolled out their very first interoperable satellite radio: the MiRGE (Get it?, Sirius XM…Merge). It will let you switch between Sirius and XM signals easily and the radio will also display three other channels as you view your current channel.

You’ll even be able to pause and rewind up to 60 minutes of live programming. XM Sirius has also rolled out a new “Sirius Everything plus XM Everything” package for the radio, which will cost you $19.99 a month. Apparently it gives you everything you’d get when you subscribe to the two separate services.

Sony to offer wearable walkman

Posted in Walkman by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2009

Sony to offer wearable walkmanSony is all set to offer a completely different type of Walkman. This time it’s aimed at the budget conscious consumer who wants something to match their active lifestyle. The upcoming W-series Walkman has some nice aesthetics for such users. It sports 2GB of storage, and a low price point ($50-75).

The design looks a little too cutesy with the heart shape and all. It’s basically a sleek wrap around earphone that has magnetic connectors on each end to keep it bound together when not in use. That’s what forms the shape. What you see is the entire player. The earphones are 13.5mm EX quality, and currently supported codecs include MP3, AAC, WMA (w/ DRM) and PCM.

Contests

Merry Christmas: $20 iTunes gift certificate winners

Posted in Contests by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2008

Energizer teams up with Pandora: Win a $20 iTunes gift certificateTime to stuff some reader’s stockings with $20 worth of iTunes, which beats coal. Congratulations to the winners of our Energizer/Pandora iTunes giveaway, who are all listed below. It’s a win for me too, since I don’t have to actually climb down any chimneys and eat all of your cookies. Click through to see if you’ve been a good boy or girl this year.

Rockterscale measures how hard you rock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2008

Rockterscale measures how hard you rockThe Rockterscale is an advanced scientific instrument that measures exactly how hard a crowd is rocking out. The Hat of Rock measures the amount of head thrashing going on, while the dance floor mat pictured above measures the amount of dancing and foot movement happening. Note the crash barrier in front which uses a force sensor to determine how hard the crowd is pushing against it.

There’s also a webcam on the ceiling to measure the movement of the crowd as well as audio monitors to get a sound level reading. Basically, it determines if you are rocking or sucking. Rocking is complicated business after all. It’s not all just panties on the stage and ten minute guitar solos.Check out a video of the Rockterscale in action below.

Newsmy MP3 dolls are an evil pair

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2008

Newsmy MP3 dolls are an evil pairLook, I don’t care how rotten your kid has been. Nobody deserves these creepy MP3 dolls for children. Give them coal in their stocking if you must, but spare them the trauma that this wicked pair will cause. There’s not a whole lot of info about these unbalanced and obviously devious dolls, but their names are Man-Man and Niu Niu.

The controls are in the hands and feet, and they feature an automatic shutdown, you know, in case you catch them cornering your kid with a knife, while blasting the latest Britney Spears ear-rape. The MP3 players are hidden in the guts of the dolls. This fright-fest comes hot on the heels of H-Bouya, another creep-gadget that will have your kids shaking in the corner like a crack-addict and asking “Why daddy, why?”