January 29, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Mp3 Player/Radio for Shower Singers


Secret singers (you know who you are) can dock an iPod or MP3 player while cleaning up with the MP3 Shower AM/FM Radio. The waterproof device can also give you local weather and traffic. It comes equipped with a built-in stereo speaker system and oversized fog-free mirror lit with 3 LEDs. At a size of 7.8 x 2 x 9.8", it needs 4AA batteries (not included.)

Via MP3 Shower AM/FM Radio

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January 29, 2010

SE HD Vivaz Comes With Major Pre-Packs

Not content to merely utilize HD in their TVs, monitors and laptops, Sony Ericsson's Vivaz has 720 HD video recording with 16 million colors, 3.2" intuitive touchscreen, 8.1 megapixel sensor, 4x digital zoom cam with autofocus, 75MB expandable memory and comes equipped with apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Google maps, games and YouTube. The 107.0 x 52.0 x 12.5 mm size Symbian OS device has WiFi, TV out and FM radio. Available in 4 different colors, no price or date is out yet.

Via Akihabara News

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January 28, 2010

The iPad Has Finally Arrived


The iPad has finally become official. Steve Jobs introduced it at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco yesterday. Weighing about 1.5 lbs. and with a 9.7" display, the tablet has a battery life of 10 hrs. and is packed with YouTube HD and the iTunes Store. Apple's idea is that the iPad is more than just an e-reader as you can watch TV, listen to tunes, play games and Web surf. What it won't do is more than one function at a time. Look for a price of $500.00 when it debuts in March.


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January 28, 2010

iHome Speaker System for Color Confused


iHome has an audio solution for those who think in color. The LED color-changing Speaker System has a built-in subwoofer and docks most iPods while it charges. There are 4 different change settings for the translucent cabinet. At a size of 6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3", the dock also features Reson8 stereo speakers, carrying handles and auxiliary input for other audio sources.

Via iHome

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January 27, 2010

Mix and Match Automation With Comfort Station


Cytech's Comfort System combines home automation, an intruder alarm, voicemail and intercom. The Controller has 8 inputs for security sensors and 8 outputs for relays and signals. The Intruder Alarm can be set in 4 modes and can be connected to a total of 8 telephone numbers. The Home Automation system can control heating, a/c, home entertainment, lighting or appliances.

Via Cytech

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Kindle Welcomes Developers


A Kindle Development Kit will be available to developers beginning next month. Included is sample code documentation and the Kindle Simulator. Creative folk can come up with applications for both the 6" and 9.7" Kindle and can charge a one time fee, subscription or no fee. Amazon mentions that as there is no charge for use on the Kindle, content must be priced to cover costs of download and usage. Sign up if you would like to get in on the ground floor.

Via Amazon

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January 26, 2010

Kitchen CD Player/Radio Fits Anywhere


Unless you happen to have a refrigerator with built-in computer, you might find the Kitchen CD Player/Radio a helpful addition. The Phase Locked Loop searches for the strongest stations and you can store up to 12 AM and 12 FM. With a built-in 3.5mm jack and USB port, you can stream the music of your choice. The 13 x 2 3.4 x 10" player also houses a cooking timer and comes with convenient remote at a price of £78.95 (~$128.00.)


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Funai Multi-Functional Universal I-Remote


Funai's I-Remote runs on Android 1.5 and has a 7" touch sensitive screen. The universal remote features a WiFi module for Internet access and can be used as a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) to play video clips from PC to TV. It can also be used as a digital photo frame to display both images and videos from an SD card. Look for it sometime this year with a price around $300.00.

Via Hot Hardware

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January 25, 2010

eCoupled Offers Wireless Charging Solution

Although it will be some time before this concept becomes reality, eCoupled is working on wireless charging. This means you can charge your laptop, MP3 player or other electronic device when an outlet isn't available. The technology consists of an electromagnetic conduit combined with an intelligent control system.

Via eCoupled

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Connect With Toshiba dynadock V


Connect your PC, laptop, monitor, printer and other peripherals with the Toshiba dynadock V. The port replicator connects with a USB cable and has 4 USB 2.0 ports, DVI and LAN port, as well as audio in/out and power LED. Look for the dynadock to formally come out in February at a price of $119.00.

Via Toshiba

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January 22, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Lexar Echo SE Backup Drive


At a size of only 5 x 0.5 x 7" and a weight of 1.1 ounces, the Lexar Echo SE is the company's smallest USB drive yet. With automatic backup software, the drive comes in capacity options from 16 - 64GB and has a speed of 28MB/s read and 10MB/s write. Due out in February, you can pre-order now.

Via Lexar Drives

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Netflix is Coming to Wii


Sometime this spring, Netflix will become accessible on Wii. Those with the game console and a broadband connection can receive the service at the regular $8.99 fee. This is not an embedding as an application disc is needed to access content. If you want to be a future customer, sign up at the Netflix site.

Via Netflix

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January 21, 2010

Canon Wireless File Transmitters


If you own a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II or EOS 7D camera, you can now wirelessly beam your photographs to your computer with one of their three Wireless File Transmitters. Its FTP mode allows event photographers to send images back to the PC for instant print or projection onto the event screen. Priced at around $700.00, the device can also turn on up to 10 cameras simultaneously with its linking function.

Via Canon

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Next Up, UHD


As soon as we get comfortable with one technology, another trots in. This time it is a higher def known as UHD (Ultra High Definition.) This means that the 1920 x 1080 resolution will be four times higher at 3840 x 2160. Don't panic as the new technology, displayed in an 84" LG screen, will probably not be commercially available until 2020.

Via CrunchGear

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January 20, 2010

Mobile TV With Tivit App


Tivit is a handy app for iPhone/iPod touch that allows you to view DVB-H mobile TV via WiFi. It offers channel listings and program descriptions, and once you select content, you can change channels, and adjust the volume and screen size. The application has recently undergone some improvements, such as better interface, channel logo and adding a program guide.

Via App Shopper

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Monster Hyper-Speed HDMI Cable


Monster's M2000 Hyper-Speed HDMI Cable provides 21 gigabits per second transfer. Made with a high velocity silver-coated center for better detail and color, the cable eliminates the need for digital to analog conversion. The company is also offering 3.5 mm SuperThin Cables at prices between $89.00 to $170.00.

Via Monster Hyper-Speed HDMI Cable

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January 19, 2010

US Census Bureau Uses Humor in PSA

If you are a fan of Christopher Guest, the creator of such movies as "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show" then you had to appreciate the PSA he created that was shown during Sunday's Golden Globes. With his cast of regulars that includes Ed Begley Jr., Bob Balaban and Jennifer Coolige, this is the first of five total spots for the US Census Bureau.

Via Advertising Age

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WiFi Available Soon on Amtrak Acelas


In an effort to compete with the airlines, Amtrak will be offering wireless Internet service beginning in March. Access will be available on Acela trains that travel between Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. and will be free, at least for now. The company plans to extend the service in the future to Northeast regional trains.

Via USA Today

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January 18, 2010

Lady Gaga Concert to Assist Haiti


Lady Gaga is doing her part to help Haiti earthquake victims. All proceeds from her January 24 Monster Ball performance in New York City will be donated to the cause. Sales from her merchandise that day will also be used for relief, so go to her online shop, order a T-shirt or other item and you can do your part as well.

Via Lady Gaga Official Site

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Garmin Caters to Bikers With zumo 665


Garmin has unveiled their new zumo 665 for bikers, and is both rugged and water-resistant. The GPS system's GXM 40 XM antenna gives access to XM satellite entertainment, NavTraffic and NavWeather services. The GPS system features a 4.3" touchscreen, Bluetooth music accessibility to the rider's helmet, maps of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico and can be pre-ordered before its upcoming release.

Via Garmin

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January 15, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Edifier IF-500 Audio System


Another Best of Innovation honoree at last week's CES 2010 was Edifier's All-in-one Audio System. The IF500 will dock your iPod, iPhone or MP3 player in a most artistic way. And when you want fresh tunes, it will go into FM mode.

Via Edifier All-in-one Audio System

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Popbox One Ups Popcorn Hour


If you dig Popcorn Hour then you will go nutso over the Popbox. It displays photos, videos, plays music and has access to YouTube, Netflix and even Twitter. Video processing supports 100Mbps bitrate (1080p video) and Popapps allow support for Java, Flash and Qt. Debuting at the CES 2010, it is also an open platform for third party apps and services and will make an appearance soon.

Via Popbox

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January 14, 2010

Spracht Aura BluNote Speaker System


Spracht's Aura BluNote Speaker System is handy for both Bluetooth enabled and wired computers, cell phones, portable game systems, iPods or MP3 players. The device has stereo widening for 3D sound and not only plays, it acts as a speakerphone for calling. Available for $99.00, the Aura comes with 120 VAC adapter, 12V VDC adapter, VoIP cable, cordless phone adapter and external mic. Not included are 4 AA batteries.

Via Spracht

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D-Link Pebble Debuts


D-Link unveiled the Pebble at the CES 2010, a new media player that can stream music, photos or video from an external hard drive, memory card, NAS device, USB thumb drive, PC or the Interweb. With an optional dongle available for wireless connectivity, the device has simplified navigation with its GUI. The Pebble should be out the first half of the year with a MSRP of $119.99.

Via D-Link

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January 13, 2010

LG Blu-ray Player Includes Hard Drive


LG's latest Blu-ray player, the BD-590, features access to YouTube, Netflix (with updated interface,) BD Live and other online sites via wired Ethernet or WiFi. Add to that a 250GB hard drive that gives you the ability to download and save music via MusicID and purchase movies from VUDU to watch at your convenience. Displayed at the CES 2010, no price is available as yet, but expect two other Blu-ray players with similar features minus the hard drive.

Via CE Pro

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Arkview Video Card Simplifies Presentations


The Arkview External Video Card can extend a presentation beyond one source. It can support up to 6 simultaneous displays, including widescreen, when others are added. The USB 2.0 to DVI/VGA or HDMI adapter comes with software and works without needing to turn on your PC and can be used for LCDs, TVs, projectors and your laptop as well.

Via Arkview External Video Card

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January 12, 2010

Sanyo Music Booster Saves


Sanyo continues to expand on their eneloop success with its latest Music Booster, designed for both amateur and pro rock stars who replace ordinary batteries rather than worry about them going out in mid-performance. The lithium-ion batteries keep their charge even when the instrument is idle. The power source runs at a steady 9V and an indicator lets you know when it is time for a recharge.

Via The Financial

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iHome Trio of Audio Gadgets


iHome released the Studio Series line at last week's CES 2010. The iP48 Portable Rechargeable Stereo Alarm Clock is great for travel and Time Sync sets the clock to whatever is local time when you dock your iPhone/iPod.


The portable iP49 Audio System combines a clock/radio, is rechargeable and features Digital Power Station technology and 4 neodymium compression drivers for better sound. Finally, the iHM79 Rechargeable Mini Speakers are small enough to fit in your pocket but have improved on the iHM77s with better sound and battery life.

Via iHome Audio

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January 11, 2010

Klipsch LightSpeakers

How clever of Klipsch to combine LED lighting and speakers into the same gadget. The LightSpeakers fit into both 5 and 6" fixtures and can be dimmed like other bulbs. The kit comes with a transmitter that can send audio wirelessly to up to 8 bulbs in 2 separate zones and the company claims that each will last for 40,000 hours. Each kit contains two speakers, remote, transmitter and cables. Pre-order at a price of $599.99, $249.99 for additional speakers.

Via Klipsch

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ZOMM Seeks Lost Cell Phones


ZOMM will help you find your misplaced cell phone without having to call yourself. The wireless device attaches to your celly and will hum, chime and blink when you leave it. It also lets you know when you have incoming calls and doubles as a speakerphone, as well as an emergency button. A Best in Innovation winner at the CES 2010, it was devised by a mom who kept hearing how her friends and children kept losing their phones and decided to do something about it. Look for a summer debut.


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January 8, 2010

Freakin' Friday! CES 2010: Flo-TV


Audiovox' Flo-TV won the In-Vehicle Video CES 2010 Best of Innovation Award. This one really comes as no surprise as we first admired the in-car TV in October. The service is a gift to parents who want their kids or back street driver amused on long trips. The player is good for up to 5 hours on one charge.

Via Audiovox Flo-TV

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CES 2010: Intellitouch Eos Converge


The Intellitouch Eos Converge won the CES 2010 Best of Innovation in the computer accessory category. The audio system can send tunes from your PC, audio system or other music source to whatever room you want wirelessly. It works up to 150 feet away, both inside and out with no static or interference. The system is available at prices starting at $99.95.

Via Eos Wireless

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January 7, 2010

CES 2010: MoSoNex Lets You Play Journalist


The Best of Innovation winner in the social category at this week's CES 2010 is MoSoNex. Take a picture or video on your 3G smartphone, press "use" and it will be sent to anyone on your group list. So far so boring, but the picture/video appears on their TV via a set top box. The software is free and you are charged a monthly subscription fee, based on the service level. We so want this.

Via MoSoNex

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Jaybird Sportsband for Athletes on the Go


Clearly Jaybird is as much into looking good as they are into function. The Sportsband is a padded Bluetooth Headset that fits over your ears. It has four-way adjustability with speakers that can rotate and rubberized underside for gripping when you are working that marathon. The Sportsband is available for pre-order now.

Via Jaybird Gear

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January 6, 2010

Send A/V to TV With Warpia


The Warpia USB Audio/Video Adapter allows you to hook up to your PC to your TV wirelessly with a simple display base station and a USB 2.0 adapter. The base station connects through your computer's VGA PC port or HDMI and audio connects via a 3.5mm stereo jack. When connected, it will work up to a 30 ft. range with HD at 720p with a max resolution of 1400x1050.

Via Warpia

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CES 2010: Plantronics Savi Office


The CES 2010, beginning tomorrow and going on through the 10th, is filled with all kinds of fun that we will be letting you know about for the next several days. This year there will be 300 new exhibitors added to the event.

One of the Best of Innovation Winners this year is Plantronics' Savi Office System, a wireless headset that can switch between a computer and desk phone. It has a range of up to 350 ft., integrated DECT 6.0 technologies and a noise-cancelling microphone.

Via Plantronics

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January 5, 2010

GenevaLab Model S, More Than a Dock


GenevaLab's Sound System Model S will dock your iPod or iPhone and play your tunes with 2 channel sound with its digital signal processor. It also features bass enhancement and the company's EmbracingSound technology. This is no ordinary dock. Its TouchLight controls remain hidden until you want to use them and the 30-pin connector disappears when your device is removed to protect it from dust and damage.

The device includes an FM radio with digital tuner and presets, a clock with programmable alarm and comes with a handy table stand stand. Available in black, white or red, the Model S Dock is available for $299.99.

Via GenevaLab

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Grace Lowers Price on GDI-IR2000


We have extolled the virtues of Grace's ITC-IR1000 Wireless Internet Radio and we noticed that their higher end GDI-IR2000 has been reduced in price. Stream 16,000 AM/FM Internet stations or tunes from your PC or music library. At a size of 11.2 x 8 x 6.6", the radio is Pandora ready and can handle Sirius Premium Internet radio service. Stations can be selected either by region, station name or genre.

Via Grace

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January 4, 2010

Ford Adds Open API to SYNC


Last week we mentioned that Ford has gone WiFi with their SYNC system, and now they have developed an open API for developers to create mobile applications to run on their vehicles. SyncCast is one of the first applications that allows streaming to iPhone Internet radio. The other is FollowMe that lets one iPhone equipped car to follow another with turn-by-turn directions of the path of the first car. Both were developed by students at the University of Michigan in Dearborn.

Via Ford

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Blue Ant Interphone Motorcycle Kit


Good news for bikers as Blue Ant has released the stereo F4 Interphone Motorcycle Kit. With it you can talk wirelessly on your cell phone, hear turn by turn GPS direction, listen to tunes from any Bluetooth A2DP profile supported device and talk to another rider by intercom within 1640 ft. Water-resistant and windproof, the Interphone can be used at speeds at up to 110 mph, provided your chopper isn't too loud. (Helmet not included.)

Via My Blue Ant

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January 1, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Bose Goes on Sale


The first time we were introduced to Bose we were in a mall many years ago and looked at the price then looked away, but it truly is a remarkable sounding system in its mini-form. The company is offering its 3·2·1 GS Series III DVD Home Entertainment System at a 10% discount through January 16. The media center includes a progressive scan DVD/CD player with HDMI output and AM/FM tuner, two Gemstone speakers with 2.1-channel sound and an Acoustimass module. All necessary cables and a remote are included in the package.

Via Bose

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NAV Monthly Round Up - December 2009

It's the end of the month, year and decade and time for our Monthly Round Up. We expect that by the end of the next one, most electronic gadgets will have touchscreens and/or voice recognition.

Again, our thanks to those who now pick us up on Twitter, including James Aldergrove, Brook Hopkins, Joe Nowly, Ambert Alert GPS, D-Link, Meeting ie, Online Business, Brand Anaustin, D-Link Shop, Soken Relation, Wolk Relation and Gadget Freaks.



Audio Devices

Audio Streaming

Blu-ray Players

Digital Frame

Freakin' Friday

Game Console Streaming

Game Consoles



Home Networking


Image Streaming

Media Center

NAVi Award Winner



PC to TV A/V Streaming

Portable Media

Press Release

Remote Control

Roku Netflix Player


Steals and Deals


Twitter Support

USB Devices

Video Devices

Video Streaming

Wireless Headphones

Wireless Network

Wireless Speakers

iPhone Streaming

iPod Streaming

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Talking Meteorologist Updates Forecasts


Another electronic gadget can now speak. Press a button and the Weather Direct Talking Meteorologist will tell you a current forecast via built-in speakers from one of the 60,000 locations available. The base station receives National Weather Service data 4 times daily after being plugged into your router. The 4 1/2" LCD panel displays updated time, date and scrolling text. The gateway is plugged into an AC outlet while the base station needs 3 C and 2 AA batteries. Get one to chat with for $99.95.

Via Hammacher Schlemmer

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