Tuesday, January 29, 2008

iLive iT188B Speaker Bar for the IPod and iPhone

The speaker docks for the iPod just keep on coming and coming. Here is the latest offering from iLive. The the iLive iT188B, as you can see is a speaker bar that should accommodate your iPod or iPhone. It comes with built in dual subwoofers and includes auxiliary input, dual A/V jacks, and video out. You will also find an AM/FM radio with clock.

The iT188B sound bar should be available in April

Source: SlipperyBrick

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D60 Digital SLR from Nikon

Nikon are ‘keeping up with the Jone’s’, well Canon to be precise; with the introduction of their D60 digital SLR. This is a replacement for the current D40x and competition for Canon’s Rebel XSi.

The D60 still comes with 10.2 megapixels, but gets the addition of SDHC, vibration sensor cleaning, and a smaller body than the D40x. The new D60 does not come with ‘live view’ that is present on the Canon Xsi.

Expect to see the Nikon D60 in stores in February / March 2008

Source: Engadget

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Logitech Alto Cordless Notebook Stand

If you are using or planning on using a notebook as your main computer at home, then having a good laptop stand is essential. I am just about to get my first laptop and even though it will not be my main computer at home, if it was to be, then the Logitech Alto Cordless Notebook Stand, would be one that I would seriously consider.

The stand presents the laptop screen at eye level and the included full size cordless keyboard comes with an integrated, soft palm rest provides extra wrist. Add to that Three Hi-Speed USB ports that allow you to connect your choice of peripherals.

The Logitech Alto Cordless Notebook Stand retails for around $90 at Amazon (affiliate link)

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Panasonic DMC LS80 Camera Powered by AA Bateries

Panasonic have just released their newsy LUMIX digital camera; the DMC-LS80. This latest edition to their LUMIX line comes with a newly developed LUMIX DC VARIO lens system, 3x optical zoom, 8.1-megapixel high resolution and it is powered by 2 AA batteries (which is always good to have on a camera).

The DMC LS80 also comes with:

MEGA O.I.S – Reduces camera shake with Gyrosensors that detect hand-shake and an Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) lens system

Intelligent ISO - determines if the photo subject is moving and changes the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly; enabling a blur-free photo.

Auto Macro – automatically switches to the Macro setting when in close proximity to the photo subject, ideal for those extreme close-up shots.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LS80 will be available in pink, black and silver models in February 2008 for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $149.95.

Source: Panasonic Press Release

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

The New EOS Rebel XSi from Canon

If you are in the market for a digital SLR then you might want to hold off for a month or so, as the new Canon EOS Rebel XSi is set to hit stores in April.

The new EOS Rebel XSi incorporates some of canon’s high end functions found on more expensive models. The Rebel XSi has an improved autofocus sensor, enhanced 14-bit A/D conversion, an advanced Live View function, and the proprietary DIGIC III image processor. Compared to the EOS XTi model, the XSi comes with a larger 3 inch LCD, larger 230,000 pixel screen and a 12.2 megapixel APS-C size Canon CMOS sensor.

For the first time in their entry level digital SLR, the Rebel XSi gets Enhanced Live View, which was previously only available on the EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital SLR. Live View allows users to frame shots through the LCD screen rather than the viewfinder, just like those compact cameras that you are familiar with.

The Rebel XSi will be priced around of $799.99 for the body only and $899.99 for the kit that will come with a new EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens.

Looking at the specs, this camera will definitely be worth a second look when it hits the streets

Source: Canon Press Release

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Get Your Valentine a Pink iPod Nano

No sooner have we got Christmas out of the way, we now have to turn our attention to Valentines Day. Those kind folks over at Apple have already made it easy for you guys out there.

Stuck for a Valentines gift; then go ahead and order one of the new pink 8GB iPod Nano’s. This is the same 3rd generation Nano that retails for $199 and Apple are even throwing in FREE engraving (they are so generous!).

Stay tuned for more Valentines ideas.

Source: Apple

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Worlds Largest Outdoor Swimming Pool

There is big and there is BIG. This is the worlds largest and I must say 'way too cool' outdoor swimming pool in Algarrobo, Chile

The San Alfonso del Mar pool measure a whooping 3,500 ft in length, asurface area of around 20 acres and is filled with 250,000 cubic metres of salt water.

The pool is so big that you can jump on a boat and navigate around the pool. Has anyone been here, let me know?

Source: Daily Mail

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Master Chief Vacuum Cleaner from Samsung

Genius or coincidence, you decide. But Samsung’s latest vacuum; the Silencio SC9540 looks like it has come straight out of Halo. The Master Chief lookalike does everything that you would want from a vacuum. May be a gift for that Halo fan in your life?

Source: Engadget

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Griffin PowerDock 4 Does What the Name Suggests

Personally I do not have the need for this product, but if you have at least 4 iPod’s in your house then the Griffin PowerDock 4 should may be on your ‘to buy’ list.

The PowerDock 4 as the name suggests gives you the ability to charge up to 4 iPod players at the same time – genius. The PowerDock 4 comes with a set of Universal Dock insert adapters to ensure that every iPod gets a place to charge.

Some Specs:
Charging base plugs into standard 120VAC wall outlet
Heavy, brushed metal base stays put on your desk
Charges any combination of 4 iPod models at a time
Works with iPhone
8 Universal Dock inserts included to fit iPod models that charge by Dock Connector

The PowerDock 4 should retail for around $70

Source: GriffinTechnology

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Does Your Surgeon Own a Wii

Does your surgeon on a Wii?
This may seem like a strange question to ask, but a recent study has shown that trainee surgeons that spent 1 hour playing on a Wii, scored 50% higher on tool control and overall performance.

Games that require delicate movements were found to be effective at honing scalpel skills. The Wii will probably not make it into the residency programs as an official tool, but who knows.

Source: BBC News

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Yamaha YPS 3000 Soundbar

Pure audiophiles will steer you away from soundbars, but not everyone wants or can accommodate a full 5 or 6 speaker system into their lives. This is where the Yamaha YPS 3000 comes in.

The YPS 3000 packs 2 HDMI inputs, Neural Surround Dolby Pro-Logic DTS 5.1, SRS TruBass, a Compressed Music Enhancer for MP3s, their 3rd Generation IntelliBeam with optimizer microphone and is compatible with Apple iPods.

Measuring in at 35.5 x 6 x 4.5, the YPS 3000 reproduces its sound with its digital amplifier that individually drives 21 sound beam drivers and two woofers to deliver true multi-channel surround sound.

The YPS 3000 should retail for just under $1000 at Amazon (affiliate link)

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

LaCie Little Disk is Small and Functional

Looking for storage in a small form factor, then take a look at the Little Disk from LaCie. Packed into this shiny box is 30GB of storage, integrated USB 2.0 connector and it requires no power supply. The Little Dick comes with LaCieSync software and ‘1-Click’ Backup Software.

The LaCie Little Disk will retail for around $130

Source: LaCie

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MacBook Air Can Thin Be Too Thin

As you can see from the image, this is the new and very thin MacBook Air. With vital stats that would make any up and coming catwalk laptop feint in disbelief; the MacBook Air is the thinnest laptop in the world (unless you know different).

Here are the specs:
Weight a mere 3lbs
16 inches at its thinnest
76 inches deep
13.3 inch screen (LED backlit)
80GB Hard Drive or optional 64GB SSD)
1.6 or 18GHz Core 2 Duo
802.11n wifi
Bluetooth 2.1
iSight Camera
5 hour battery life
Optional Superdrive as there is no optical drive.

Priced at around $1800

The only downside – you will not be able to replace the battery yourself (at the moment)

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

SeaLife EcoShot Underwater camera Takes You Deep

The Sealife SL321 EcoShot digital camera allows you to take photos upto 75 feet deep. Unfortunately, the camera has no zoom, but does offer a 4 X digital zoom, along with a 6 megapixel sensor (so your shots should turn out pretty good(.

6.0 mp CCD Sensor - For sharp images
Depth Rated to 75ft / 23m
Shockproof Tested to 6ft/2m
Large 2" LCD for easy viewing and aiming
Land & Sea - Exposure Modes for vivid colors on land or underwater
Video mode with audio
Spy Mode - Takes continuous pictures at set time intervals
Fast start-up time and shutter response so you don’t miss the action
Long battery life powered by 2 AA Batteries
Instant Focus - from 2ft / 60cm to Infinity
Fully rubber armored for sure grip and extra shock protection
SD Card Expanded Memory up to 1 GB
4X progressive digital zoom (no optical zoom with this camera)

The SeaLife SL321 EcoShot is available at Amazon for $192 (affiliate link)

If 75 feet is not deep enough, SeaLife also offer the ReefMaster Mini (good for 130 feet) and the DC600 with 4X digital zoom (good for 200 feet)

Cheak out Amazon for more SeaLife Underwater Camera’s (affiliate link)

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

OutCast by SoundCast Wireless Outdoor Speaker

If you are looking for an outdoor speaker for your next BBQ party, then the OutCast could be for you. This is an ‘all weather’ speaker system that features an 8” downward firing woofer, four 3” high frequency drivers in an omni-directional array, a 100 watt digital amplifier and the Soundcast receiver.

Fully charged the Outcast can pump out your tunes for 10 hours and can also be powered by AC while charging the batteries. The included iCast transmitter allows you to stream music direct to the speaker from your iPod or you can use the direct input to play tunes from any mp3 or audio device.

Controls on the speaker give you; volume, on/off, and mood lighting.

The OutCast as the name suggests is not discreet, and for $699 would you want it to be?

Source: SoundCast via Ubergizmo

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Motoroloa Z10 Kick Slider Mobile Phone

This is Motorola’s new Z10 kick-slider mobile phone aimed squarely at the ‘would be’ YouTube film maker out there. The Z10 allows you to capture video, edit and create transitions and a soundtrack directly on the phone. The results can then be uploaded to sites such as YouTube, Google, Yahoo! and ShoZu

The Z10 also comes with media playback capabilities, a 2.2-inch QVGA screen that displays video at 30 frames per second in millions of colors and an external storage slot that will support an external memory card with up to 32GB of capacity.

The 3.2 megapixel camera can capture three images a second using the ’Superfast burst mode’ and its smart auto-focus keeps pictures sharp.

Source: Mobiledia

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Canon VIXIA HF10 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

Canon has just updated their whole line of camcorders and this is the VIXIA HF10 Dual Flash Memory camcorder. The VIXIA HF10 gives you the added bonus of recording 6 hours of High-Definition video to a 16GB internal Flash drive, as well as the option of recording to an SDHC memory card.

Along with this recording capability the camcorder features 12x HD Video Lens, a robust Canon 3.3 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, and Full HD Lens-to-Screen (1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution to capture, record and output), along with a large 2.7" Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD.

Other camcorders in the new VIXIA lineup are the HF100 Flash Memory camcorder and the VIXIA HV30 HD Camcorder

Source: Canon

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Casio Exilim EX-F1 is Insanely Fast

This is the new Exilim EX-F1 from Casio and it’s insanely fast. The Exilim EX-F1 features a 60 frame per second burst rate (for 1 minute) and an incredible high speed video capture speed of 1200fps. The camera also comes with 6 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 12X Optical Zoom lens, 2.8inch LCD, SD Based storage, and HDMI-mini out.

Priced at around $1000, it’s not cheap, but it’s fast.

Source: Casio

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Squeeze Box Duet Fills Your Home with Music

Logitech have just released their Squeezebox Duet network music system. The system allows you to listen to music stored on your PC on any audio system in your home (provided you have one of the receivers connected to the audio system). Not only can you listen to your stored music, the Squeezebox Duet allows you to listen to internet radio and also subscription music services.

The system comes I two parts; the controller and the receiver. The receiver is connected to your PC via WiFi and the receiver to your entertainment system by standard audio cables. A simple wizard then sets up the system and you are good to go. Just browse your music collection using the controller and the 2.4 inch color display and play your desired tracks or radio station.

The Squeezebox Duet network music system is retailing for $399. Additional receivers will be available for $149

Source: Logitech

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Stylish Weather Light by Oregon Scientific

Here is a very cool looking Weather Clock from Oregon Scientific. The Weather Light (BAR210) gives you the current weather by displaying one of three weather forecast symbols; Sunny, Cloudy and Rainy. With just a wave of your hand you can switch between, indoor and outdoor temperatures as well as the precise time from the Atomic time clock. If waving your hand is too much trouble, just set it to toggle between displays automatically.

Displays weather forecasts with illuminated icons: Sunny(Red), Cloudy(Green) and Rainy(Blue)
Self-setting Atomic clock
Displays indoor and outdoor temperature
Infrared motion sensor changes display options
LED backlight (Amber)
12 or 24-hour time format
Celsius or Fahrenheit temperature display
Temperature resolution 0.1°C (0.2°F)
Dimensions: 7.75" Height × 2.75" Length × 2.75" Depth

Retails for around $67

Source: Oregon Scientific via GeekAlerts

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Dell Release Inspiron 1525 into the Wild

Dell has finally updated their Inspiron 15.4” laptop with the Inspiron 1525. Available at the very low starting price of $499 and customizable as usual, this new laptop refreshes their Inspiron line-up.

The Inspiron 1525 can be configured to have any of the following specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7250 (2.00GHz,2M L2 Cache,800MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450 (1.66GHz,2M L2 Cache,667MHz FSB)
Intel Core Duo Processor T2330 (1.6GHz,1M L2 Cache,500MHz FSB)
Intel Celeron 540 (1.86GHz,1M L2 Cache,533MHz FSB)

Up to 4GB shared Dual Channel 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM

Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

Up to 250GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive.

USB 2.0
Integrated 10/100 LAN (RJ45) and 56K Modem (RJ11)
8-in-1 Memory Card Reader
VGA video output & S-Video
HDMI high definition video output
1 ExpressCard 54mm Slot
Integrated dual digital mics
Dual headphone jacks
Microphone jack

As you can see from the above specs the 1525 is currently only available with the Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100; which is a bit disappointing. Hopefully, Dell will offer more options in the near future.

Personally, I would prefer the XPS 1530 laptop

Source: Dell

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