Foxl v2 from Soundmatters is a second gen pocket-sized speaker system that can connect to an iPod/MP3 Player, gaming system, laptop or other device. Connect with a standard audio cable and recharge its Lithium-ion BassBattery via USB or wall charger for up to 8 hours of fun. The system was conceived by an actual rocket scientist, former NASA engineer Dr. Godehard Guenther. A system with Bluetooth and hands free microphones is also available.
For very little funding, you can now park your iPad on the Keydex Stand that includes a 2×1.5W speaker. Easy to assemble without tools, it sits on slip-proof rubber buttons and can display your iPad vertically or horizontally. The device disassembles quickly for travel.
You know how annoying it is when you walk into your nearest Radio Shack and they ask you for your zip code? Have no fear as that minor invasion of privacy is no longer required, at least in California. The state's Supreme Court determined that except in limited cases, i.e. businesses that need the info for security reasons, they can no longer require that personal tidbit.
Jessica Pineda of Menlo Park began the lawsuit after a store used her name and zip code to identify her address and stored it for marketing purposes, including selling the information to other businesses. The lower courts rejected the suit but the CA Court agreed that issuing a zip code was part of the state's Credit Card Act.
iPod users, do we have a TV for you. JVC's LT42P789, a 42" 1080p LED, includes a retracting Teledock to play your music through its speakers as well as stored video. Of course it also recharges your iPod while it works. The HDTV includes 3 HDMI ports, 2 component video inputs, 2 AV inputs, an optical digital audio input, an S-video port and a USB port.
The next time your mom/mate complains that you play video games too much, you can claim that it is easing your stress. A survey conducted by East Carolina University and underwritten by PopCap Games arranged for 59 humans suffering for depression to play the games Bejeweled 2, Peggle or Bookworm Adventures for a set amount of time per day for a full month. The result was that those who played managed to reduce their stress by 57%.
Turn your iPhone/iPad into a credit card terminal with the small business service Pay Anywhere. Available through North American Bank, you can allow your device to accept payments on the fly, including trade shows, flea markets or other locations. While the reader is free, the bank charges both a percentage and small fee per swipe or key. So far availability is only in the US, but the company plans to expand the service to include Blackberry and Android smartphones.
It's Archos' turn to release an e-book. The Android run 70c eReader has a 7" TFT display, 4 GB memory, accelerometer, a 600MHz processor and SD card slot and built-in WiFi. The screen rotates in portrait or landscape mode, decodes HD, plays and stores video, music and text. You can preorder now and look forward to 10 hours of ePlaying before needing a charge.
Last.fm now has a premium subscription service with better quality than their ad-supported version. For $3 per month, users of iPhones, Android smartphones, Sonos products, Logitech Squeezebox and others can receive those clear tones. Click the link for a full line of covered devices and an option to subscribe.
Rock the house (as they say) with Sonos' Controller for Android, a free app that promises to turn your smartphone into a device that provides unlimited music, advanced control and great sound from any of your Sonos products. Due out late March, you can sign up now to be notified when it becomes available.
It becomes scarier out there every day for kidlets who continue to disappear on the way to school. Soft Bank Mobile's ZTE 005Z Phone has one pre-programmed number, limited outbound calls and a one button alarm should the child feel threatened. A cord that works like an early "The Farmer Says" emits a super-loud buzzer, and sends SMS and voice messages with location. The 005Z will be available this March, starting in Japan and a basic plan runs ¥490 (~$5.90) a month.
Although we are not prone to rumors, this one from Sony Computer Entertainment's President CEO Kazuo Hirai seems promising. They are thinking of partnering again with Google TV. (The Sony Bravia NSX-40GT1 has already included Google TV with mostly uninspiring results.)
The move means not only support for their Playstation Suite (another reason to keep playing) but a future that will include "PlayStation Certified" Android phones that can play in PS quality. The company will keep an eye on the PSS before leaping to the phone idea, but we see this idea as a keeper.
Sony is offering some of its electronics with savings of up to 43% off for Valentine's Day. Included is this Clock Radio that will house your iPhone/iPod in its hidden sliding dock. Wake up to your iPhone, radio or buzzer with its dual alarm. Both stations and alarm volume can be preset. The ICF-C7IP also features an AM/FM tuner, automatic time set and comes with remote.
As if gaming addicts needed an excuse, OnLive's new PlayPack allows gamers to play as much as they want for a flat rate of $9.99 per month. There is instant access to their continuously growing game library. You can cancel at any time so no contract is needed and your first month is free.
Finally, your credit cards and cash will be safe from evildoers, at a price of course. The Dunhill Biometric Wallet will only open with finger recognition and goes so far as letting your phone know by Bluetooth if it wanders more than 5 meters away from you. Made of carbon fiber, it features a stainless steel money clip and leather credit card holder. Safety is not inexpensive as the wallet will set you back $825.00.
Sharp has produced a nifty accessory to go with their some of their cellies. The JD-3C1CL/CW series has a 2.8" display with a 240×320 resolution that can show caller ID or, even better, an image of that person if you have it registered. The combination dock/digital frame has 64MB of internal memory and 32GB SDHC card support, and can double as a clock/calendar.
This is just wrong on so many levels. Ever since Barbie and Ken split, Mattel has been trying its hardest to reunite them because of complaints from buyers (and waning sales, no doubt.) The company has set up a site so that we can all vote to decide if Barbie will take her former beau back.
This marks Ken's 50th anniversary with the release of "Sweet Talking Ken" that is the ultimate boyfriend because he "says whatever you want him to say!" Oh, please. (That really means you can record what he says.) Mattel is also campaigning on Facebook, Twitter, hulu and YouTube to make its point.
This may still be at the rumor stage, but it seems that Amazon may be planning unlimited movie streaming for its Prime ($79.00 yearly) subscribers. Because the company hasn't made a formal announcement doesn't seem to have stopped inquiring minds that have seen some free VOD offerings that may be a test run at this point. To compete with Netflix, this seems a fine idea.
Razer has a new, portable set of speakers out that will last for twelve hours on their rechargeable batteries. The Ferox Sound System has an expanded bass resonance chamber, digital amplification and offers 360º sound. A carrying case is included in the speaker system that the company feels is perfect for gamers.
Sony's new PSP2 has a 5" LED screen and WLAN and 3G support. Gamers will be able to go online wherever they are and play games, and stream video and music from Qriocity.com. The PSP2 will also have front and rear cameras as well as two sets of button controls and motion sensors. Unveiled in Tokyo last week, the portable system is being named a NGP (Next Generation Portable) because of its advanced technology. Available at the end of the year, no price has been named as yet.
Head to the Soho district in London to partake in the pairing of technology and Asian-inspired atmosphere that is Inamo. E-tables provide food and drink menus and Canon projectors offer preview screens that are plate-shaped. Just as sometimes seeing your food before you order it can sometimes be not such a good thing, so might the kitchen webcam. During your meal you can watch movie trailers, web surf, play games and order a cab if you overly imbibed.
The Web Tube television to internet converter box is simply hooked up via WiFi or Ethernet. Plug it into the HDMI socket of your TV, then browse the web with an onscreen keyboard brought up by the remote. Receive 720p resolution of images or videos and utilize bookmarks for such sites as YouTube and Google Maps. The Web Tube carries a MSRP of $199.99.
Father of the Internet Tim Berners-Lee has a new project in the works, the World Wide Web Foundation's VOICES. This will give those who do not have ability to access the Net to do so with voice-enabled apps. VOICES CEO Steve Bratt says that billions of new users will find the love online. It will provide tools, technique and training and will include the areas of agriculture and health. The organization relies on donations, so if you need an extra tax credit...