February 28, 2010

NAV Monthly Round Up - February 2010

Google had problems with Buzz, HBO launched GO and it looks like it is turning into a 3D world. Check out this month's roundup if you missed anything. Our thanks to Janet Kelly, Wealthy Quotes, Tony Roberts, Newton M. Grey, Mortgage Help and Leona Kirby for following us on Twitter.

3D

Advertising

Audio Devices

Audio Streaming

Blu-ray Players

Digital Frame

Freakin' Friday

Game Console Streaming

HDTV

Home Networking

Home Theater

Image Streaming

Internet Video

NAVi Award Winner

Netflix Streaming

Networking

News

PS3 Streaming

Portable Media

Press Release

Speaker Systems

Steals and Deals

Storage

TV Streaming

TiVo

Twitter Support

USB Devices

Video Devices

Video Recorder

Video Streaming

Wii Streaming

Wireless Headphones

Wireless Music

Wireless Network

Xbox Streaming

iPhone Streaming

iPod Streaming

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February 26, 2010

Freakin' Friday! JVC Kaboom

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JVC's Kaboom may look like your basic boombox, but it is actually an iPod dock with USB connection for music stored on a flash drive. The 40 watt RV-NB52 Sound System has twin super woofers, an FM tuner and will also play CDs. The cleverly named device comes with remote and shoulder strap.

Via JVC Kaboom

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February 26, 2010

HP to Release Pocket Cam

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Okay, it's purple but it is also amazingly priced at $109.00. HP's entry into the mini-camcorder category is the V1020h with 720p recording, SDHC card reading, a built-in USB plug and HDMI port for uploading. It has only 128MB of memory but has the advantage of a 2x zoom. The pocket cam should be out this summer, along with a couple of budget-friendly point and shoot cams.

Via I4U News

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February 25, 2010

StorE Saves 2TB Media Files

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Toshiba's StorE TV will save up to 2TB of media files. It can stream audio, video and images from your PC to your HDTV, as well as via USB, an external DVD drive or SD card from your camera. The device will be available in Q4 with no price announced as yet.

Via Electric Pig

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February 25, 2010

Sunny Ocean - 3D Sans Glasses

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The Singapore company Sunny Ocean Studios says that they have a new 27" TV that will display 3D sans the nerdy glasses. It will feature a 64º viewing angle. The company plans to debut the device at the CeBIT in Germany next month.

Via engadget

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February 24, 2010

Ultimate Ears - Luxurious Listening

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Ultimate Ears, a subsidiary of Logitech, is the definitive in luxury for professional and amateur rock stars. Their 18 Pro Custom Monitors have 6 individually tuned speakers, 4-way crossover, dow distortion and triple sound channels. With an optional ambient feature for more isolation, the buds can be special ordered for $1,350.

Via Ultimate Ears

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Crestron Dock is Wall-Mounted

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Crestron combines their CEN-IDOCV Interface with an iPod dock to create a 6 x 4" wall unit. The CEN-IDOCV-DSW gives A/V, USB and Ethernet connectivity throughout an entire house via remote. Available in black or white, the device uses an Apple Authentication chip for faster iTunes browsing and is compatible with 6th generation (and later) iPod classic, and late model iPod nano, iPhone and iPod touch. Contact Crestron for price and compatibility.

Via Crestron

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February 23, 2010

Little Buddy Keeps Tabs on Kids

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Insignia's Little Buddy Child Tracker, available in blue or green, lets parents keep track of kids who are too young to have a cell phone. The device is small enough to fit in a jacket, book bag or lunch box and gives real time location updates. It also sends alerts when your kidlet reaches a destination. At a price of $99.99, you can opt to pay a flat monthly subscription or per search fee.

Via Insignia

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Toy Fair Concentrates on Electronics

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The 2010 Toy Fair was held last week in New York with lots of shiny new electronic things to play with. Mattel's entry, Puppy Tweets, is a sound and motion sensor that can attach to a dog's collar and post on Twitter in the pet's name. Hasbro unveiled a new Scrabble game that uses electronic cubes with "Smart Tile Technology." The game recognizes words and keeps score so you really cannot cheat.

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Rubik's has an electronic Cube and Hasbro is celebrating Monopoly's 75th anniversary with an electronic console with sound effects and song clips. WowWee's Paper Jamz is a line of six toy guitars, six drum sets and an amplifier that can make music from touch-sensitive electronic sensors. Obviously, this year the manufacturers are going all out with bells and whistles.

Via TIA

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February 22, 2010

Samsung HDD Packed With Jacko

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Lucky Europeans can order Samsung's S2 Portable HDD that will come preloaded with Michael Jackson's "This Is It." Timed to debut today, the same date as the video release, the gold 500GB drive also includes a "SecretZone" that encrypts and stores data and "SafetyKey," security with a password.

Via Businesswire

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Electronic Companies Venture Into Wireless TV

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Hitachi, Panasonic, and Toshiba are working on 60GHz RF transceiver chips that will work with integrated antennas on digital home electronics. In basic English, this translates into wireless TVs. We may get to see the next wave of networking sometime this year. Panasonic is also working on a version for kiosks that will transfer a standard definition film in 9 seconds or a CD in five.

Via Nikkei

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February 19, 2010

Freakin' Friday! MyGrid Simplifies Charging

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Duracell's MyGrid makes charging your small electronics much easier. You can charge up to 4 devices at once on only one cord in the same amount of time as other ones. At a size of 6.75 x 8.5", you only need to insert a miniUSB tip into the MyGrid's charging port. Other accessories are also available.

Via Duracell Chargers

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Treat Your Pets to 360º Tunes

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A farmer claimed that he piped music into his barn as it made his cows happier and they produced more milk. Pet Acoustics has devised My Pet Omnidirectional Speaker that has a 4" drive unit with cone reflector that emits music 360º, the way that they say animals hear it in nature. Recommended for dogs, cats and horses, the speaker will set you back $249.99, a price that would buy a whole lot of kibble. Although the company offers an app for testing the "specially designed" music, we suggest humming to your pets instead.

Via Pet Accoustics

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February 18, 2010

HBO Launches VOD GO

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HBO has launched GO, obviously in an effort to grab some of that online VOD money from Netflix and Amazon. You can get their movies, original series, sports and TV series in HD, as well as bonus features and extras. Unfortunately, you have to be a subscriber or have FiOs TV for the free service and if you would like to sign up for only the online viewing, that's not going to happen. So this is good news for HBO subscribers, but we don't think that Netflix users will want to give up their minimal $8.99 to get most of the same, including many HBO movies and TV series.

Via HBO GO

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Toshiba Combo Includes Digital TV Tuner

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Toshiba has a new Vardia DVD/VHS combo that will hold 250GB of HDD. In addition, it has a digital TV tuner for recording, DLNA with USB HDD Network and SKYPerfectTV support. The D-W255K is available for ¥60,000 (~$669.00.) The D-VDR9K combo is also available for ¥32,000 (~$357.00) without the fancy features.

Via Akihabara News

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February 17, 2010

Google Makes Changes to Buzz After Complaints

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Talk about having a bad hair day week month. Google is finally making some changes after Buzz not only automatically signed up users, it preselected frequent e-mail contacts as "followers" and made the list public. The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a formal complaint with the FCC, citing one case that created a woman's list with personal information that included her mother, boyfriend and abusive ex-husband. Apparently Google is making nice-nice to make up for their errors, including dispensing with auto-opt and auto-follow.

Did anyone else find it odd that Google partially blamed users for some of the mistakes with this remark in their official blog that referred to the contact list?

"On Thursday, after hearing that people thought the checkbox for choosing not to display this information publicly was too hard to find, we made this option more prominent. But that was clearly not enough."

Via Gmail Blog

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Sony Blu-Ray Player/Burner to Go 3D

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Sony's new BDP-S470 Blu-ray Player/Burner, due out mid-March, supports SACD and 3D and features BD-Live, BRAVIA Internet Video and is Wireless LAN ready. Other Sony players and home theater systems will also do 3D with a firmware update coming this summer. New to all of the above is a free "BD Remote" app that allows control from your iPhone/iPod touch and can be downloaded from the Apple store.

Via Sony Blu-ray Player/Burner

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February 16, 2010

TrickleStrip, the Greener Surge Protector

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As long as you are protecting your computer with a surge protector, you might as well make it a green one. TrickleStar's TrickleStrip has six outlets, one for control, 2 that are always on and three that turn power off when devices are not in use. The strips come in both PC and TV versions for $44.95 each.

Via TrickleStar

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Olympus DM-2 and -4 Audio Recorders

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Olympus has released two new audio recorders, the DM-2 (4GB) and DM-4 (8GB.) With a 2.2" color LCD and simplified interface, the visual index allows linking images to recorded files. Both can record PCM, MP3 and WMA files and have voice confirmation that can be turned on or off. They also feature DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) compatibility and rechargeable batteries. The DM-4 has both text to speech and voice recognition. Prices for the audio recorders are $249.99 and $299.99 respectively. Look for them this June.

Via Olympus

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February 15, 2010

The Rugged VideoTank HD

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Designed with the military in mind, the VideoTank HD is a heavy-duty video recorder that uses flash cards for memory. It will support up to 32GB, about 2 hours of content. At a size of only 3.3 x 3.3 x 1.6", it has a built-in microphone, automatic standards detection, built-in file safe operation and headphone connector. It can be controlled by an LCD panel and used in places where small HD cameras are deployed.

Via Aving

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Sony A/V Receiver Uses Bluetooth/WiFi

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Sony has devised a new A/V system. Instead of using Ethernet, the 7.1 channel STR-DN1000 can utilize either Bluetooth or WiFi adapter and wireless speakers or optional transmitter card. Compatible with Blu-ray disc players, PlayStation 3 and other sources, it has 7 HD inputs, 4 of them with "Active Intelligence." Being able to bypass your PC for less $400.00 makes the receiver an even better deal.

Via Sony STR-DN1000 Receiver

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February 12, 2010

Freakin' Friday! FloTV Ads Entertain and Help Haiti

We have to give a shout out to FloTV for their spots during this year's Super Bowl. Qualcomm certainly deserves a NAVi Award for convincing us that we shouldn't be without one. Case in point, the ad that featured Will I.Am. with the remix of the Who's "My Generation." By the way, if you download the tune for a mere $1.29, all proceeds go to Haiti relief.

Via FloTV

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Feel the Zen With Sound Scape

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Can you say Ohhhmmm? The Sound Scape Audio System is a design that can play healing music/sounds (like rainfall or the ocean) through a cut out speaker while an LED projector displays nature images. We can see this one going up in hospital birthing rooms or dental offices that have a tendency towards root canals.

Via Design Launches

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February 11, 2010

Hulu May Charge For Older Shows

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Hulu has been free up to this point, but the online viewing site may start charging for some of its programs. While trying to find a figure that most would pay for, the company may set a $4.99 per month subscription rate for older shows like "30 Rock," "House" and "Modern Family." Look for the change to take effect in the next six months.

Via LA Times

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Skullcandy Speaker/Dock

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Skullcandy's chrome Pipe Speaker/Dock works with both iPhone and iPod. With a diameter of 35mm, it has a frequency range 100-20K Hz, impedance of 4 K, a maximum input power of 200m and a fine-looking design.

Via Skullcandy Pipe Speaker/Dock

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February 10, 2010

Sonic Resurrected After 16 Years

After 16 years, Sega has finally designed a sequel to one of its most beloved game characters. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will be available for Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It will have 2D graphics with 3D visuals. In an interview with GameSpot, Sega brand manager Ken Balough said that the game will be available this summer by download.

Via GameSpot

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Versatile FireBall Music Player

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The Escient FireBall Network Music Player uses your TV to play your digital music on a home theater system or in different rooms. Supporting PCM, MP3, FLAC, WMA, AAC files, it has built-in 10/100BaseT Ethernet networking; Wired IR, RS232 and an Ethernet port for external interfaces. The ZP-1 features a web interface for remote control and a PDA interface for control via smartphone.

Via Escient

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February 9, 2010

TDK Wireless Headphones Use Kleer Tech

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TDK has unveiled their TH-WR700 Wireless Headphones that utilize Kleer technology. The 'phones feature 32 ohms impedance, 20Hz-20kHz frequency response and 108 dB/mW sensitivity. The small transmitter that is plugged into the electronic device giving allows signals up to 10m away. The company will release the "TDK Life on Record" brand headphones in March at a cost of $190.00.

Via TDK (translated)

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Comcast Launches Xfinity

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Comcast has decided to rename their broadband service Xfinity beginning next week, perhaps thinking that they need to update their image. Look for Xfinity TV, Xfinity Internet, and Xfinity Voice in 11 of their markets. Perhaps it is just part of the adjustment to Internet viewing as they launched Fancast Xnfinity OD for its subscribers in December. With such a high cost involved in branding, it might be a better move to simply lower their rates.

Via Comcast

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February 8, 2010

TiVo Top Ten Super Bowl XLIV Ads

We may not be huge Super Bowl fans, but this year we watched and reveled in the Saints win. We generally stick around for the pre- and half time shows, and of course the commercials. Todd Juenger from TiVo amazingly keeps track of detailed data each year and always remembers to send us the results. Here then is a list of which ones were watched the most, including the most popular Doritos "House Rules":

TiVo Top 10 Super Bowl 2010 Ads:

1. Doritos "House Rules"
2. Snickers "You're Not You When You're Hungry"
3. Focus on the Family "The Tebows Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life"
4. Doritos "Underdog"
5. 2010 Intel Core Processors "Jeoffrey the Robot Gets Hurt"
6. E*Trade Financial "Baby Love Triangle"
7. Bud Light "Observatory"
8. CareerBuilder "Casual Fridays"
9. TruTV's NFL Full Contact " Punxsutawney Polamalu"
10. Hyundai Sonata "Brett Favre MVP and Still Playing at 50"

See all of them via the link.

Via CBS Sports

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Netflix To Add 300 Indie VOD Titles

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Good news for indie fans. Netflix will be adding about 300 new titles for watching instantly. The company has reached licensing agreements with distributors and will make available such titles as "Departures" (Regent Releasing/Here Films), "Wendy and Lucy" (Oscilloscope), "A Nos Amours" and "Au Revoir Les Enfants" (Criterion.) Other distributors include Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber and Music Box Films.

Via Netflix

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February 5, 2010

Freakin' Friday! LG Blu-ray Theater in a Box

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Ya gotta dig LG's Blu-ray Theater in a Box. The 1000W LHB953 features Netflix, Pandora and BD-Live streaming and BonusView for PIP. With both Blu-ray and HD 1080p capability, it supports Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and dts-HD Advanced Digital Audio Out. To complete the package, there is a dock for charging and controlling your iPhone/iPod.

Via LG Home Theaters


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VTech Unveils Latest DECT Set

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While most of us continue to abandon our landlines, VTech has released a DECT 6.0 wireless Walkie-Talkie. The push-to-talk cordless LS6325 set can receive signals from as far as 1,500 ft. away. The set will come with three handsets at a price of $80.00 or four for $90.00 and will arrive this April.

Via PR Newswire

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February 4, 2010

Boxee to Release Payment Platform

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Admitting to the fact that they want to be more iTunish, Boxee has decided to release a Payment Platform this summer. They will offer TV shows, movies and channels with content partners with one remote click. This will include premium content, existing media and extras that are not otherwise available at prices not yet determined, although the company promises that it will be less than the 30% often charged by other app stores.

Via Boxxee

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Belkin TuneCast Seeks Stations With iPhone

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Belkin's TuneCast Auto Live FM Transmitter hooks up with your iPhone OS 3.0 GPS module and finds the best FM station available. You can also switch stations on your phone's display with its ClearScan one-push locator. Also compatible with the iPod classic and nano, it features a high contrast backlit display and in car charging ability.

Via Belkin TuneCast

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February 3, 2010

Pandigital Frame Comes With Email Addy

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With the Photo Mail LED Digital Frame, up to 6,400 images can be kept and displayed with its 1GB memory. With touchscreen control, the device has a dedicated email addy, so images can be sent directly to the frame via AT&T. It also supports AVI and MP3 files. Pandigital's 8" frame comes packed with a capacity to hold 300 photos at a price of $149.00. Additional storage is available for an extra charge.

Via AT&T

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Headsets to Appease the Cops

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Now that Queen O has decided that texting or talking on cell phones while driving is a no-no, this might be a good time to invest in a headset.

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Plantronics' flexible Boom Headset is compatible with any phone or device with a 2.5mm jack and includes a noise canceling microphone. Jabra has a Universal Earpiece with mini-boom mic and works with either ear.

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Motorola's Headset is mono but lightweight and comes with shirt clip as does this Universal Earpiece that works with most cell phones.

Via Headsets

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February 2, 2010

Donate Your Outdated Cellies to Help Haiti

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Look around for those discarded and outdated cell phones, batteries and chargers that you may have laying around and donate them to Recellular. One hundred percent of the value will be donated to the American Red Cross in their Haiti relief efforts. If they are fixable, they will be sent to orgs in the area at no charge. To get free shipping supplies and find out more, hit the link below.

Via Phones for Haiti

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TransferJet Wireless Networking

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Sony claims that its new technology works like Bluetooth without complications like security issues. TransferJet allows users to send data and images from one device to another by touching them together. The device is even compatible with other brands. With a range of 3 cm and a USB 2.0 cable speed, bundles start at $599.97.

Via Sony Style

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February 1, 2010

Clamshell Home Projector

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The Clamshell Home Projector opens up and displays images and video while also delivering sound with a built-in speaker. The design has a slotted cover to hide in and outputs, and the device features a start-up button. Available for $51.69, pre-order to get yours.

Via Uxsight

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NAV Monthly Round Up - January 2010

The first month of 2010 has come and gone. We wish the winter would as well. Thanks for reading NAV and a special appreciation goes out to our new Twitter pals Mauro Suzuki, Steve Topol, Aline Herring, Andrew Hunt, 2SNO and Carman Peters.

A/V to PC Streaming

Advertising

Audio Devices

Audio Streaming

Blu-ray Players

CES

Digital Frame

Freakin' Friday

General

HDTV

Home Networking

Home Theater

Image Streaming

Internet Radio

Netflix Streaming

Networking

News

PC to TV A/V Streaming

Popcorn Hour

Portable Media

Press Release

Remote Control

Speaker Systems

Steals and Deals

Storage

Twitter Support

USB Devices

VUDU

Video Streaming

Wii Streaming

Wired Home

Wireless Headphones

Wireless Music

Wireless Network

Wireless Speakers

e-Readers

iPhone Streaming

iPod Streaming

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Logitech Lapdesk Adjusts Positions

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Logitech's latest N700 Lapdesk plugs into your USB port and included speakers give you a better sound. Its angled riser makes it comfortable no matter what position you are in. A padded base keeps the heat away while a small fan keeps your laptop cool. Pre-order now for a June delivery.

Via Logitech Lapdesks

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