Halloween seems the perfect time for a new set of Empire Brand
Wicked Helix Earphones, Okay, that's a stretch but they will make you stand out and are designed to stay in no matter how tough the workout. They have a frequency of 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz, an impedance 16 ohms, a 103 dB Rating and 10mm driver. With a chord length of 4 ft. and a rap around ear piece, it comes with 3 different rubber ear inserts. The buds also come in
black and white and blue and orange.
If you have finally decided it's time to get healthier, Motorola has one-upped the nano with their MOTOACTV. Wearable on the wrist or clipped on your belt or backpack, it will track your health statistics like heart rate and calorie intake, including long term stats online. With a 1.6 weather-resistant touchscreen, it not only can play tunes, it has GPS tracking, 5 - 10 hours of battery life, ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 support. We almost forgot to mention that it also can be synced to your Android phone, has FM radio access and a performance generated play list for your workout. Preorder now for a November 6 delivery.
Okay, like most of the world we want an iPad, but we gotta admit, Amazon has a whole lot of PR going for it with their Fire commercial, so much so that between that and the price, guess what we want for Xmas/Kwanza/Chanukah this year...
We want the full color experience along with the ability to escape into a movie, game, magazine or simply being able to check our email. The Fire features Amazon Silk, their cloud-accelerated browser that supports flash. And with 17 million tunes, millions of books and 1,000s of movies/TV shows, we might never get to those to-do lists.
Kudos to Ford for using Bluetooth Message Access Profile in their SYNC systems. The latest version G1 V3.2.2 allows drivers to receive text messages by voice. The system recently added live operator assistance to its on-screen navigation, hands free calling, driving statistics and mobile entertainment. Chevy may get all the props for its commercial blitzes for OnStar, but some should go to Ford too since RIM has embraced MAP and companies like Samsung, HTC and LG will soon be utilizing it as well.
Best Buy is pulling an exclusive for the holiday season to bring you and your family closer together. The Motorola XOOM Family Edition is available for $379.00, has 16 GB of storage and WiFi. With a 10.1" 1280 X 800 resolution display, the tablet features a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra processor. It comes loaded with software like QuickOffice for the adults, Kid Zone for the kidlets and Netflix for all.
Do you covet your buds' Android devices because you cannot play the latest version of Angry Birds or go outside and find the location of Pluto? Covet no more, just download the free BlueStacks App Player. The add-on switches between Windows and Android without the need for a reboot. It simply creates a minimized window on your PC or laptop. The player comes preloaded with 10 apps and you can install up to 26 more of your choosing. The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro will soon be available as well and will support unlimited apps.
Philips 8"BoomBoom PhotoFrame has been around for a while, but it is still a convenient and portable device for those who want to keep their photos, videos and music close. There is an AUX-In for iDevices and other MP3 players, a USB connection to play your camcorder video and it can be used as an additional PC monitor. You can even connect your SD card or flash drive and keep those home movies and slide shows coming. With 2GB storage, a remote control is included in the package.
Roku has an inexpensive alternative for those who want a streaming player but don't have a lot of extra cash. The LT can play over 300 channels i.e. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant and Pandora. There is no SD card slot or Bluetooth support but you get HBO Go with over 1,400 titles. At a price of only $49.99, look for its release in November.
Get your media from your smartphone with the Marmitek BoomBoom 75 Bluetooth Music receiver. As it can handle up to 8 different devices, you can send a movie to your iPad and music to your sound system. You can even use it in the car, with a CD player or dock if you have an AUX input and listen to Internet radio without a computer. The receiver is priced at $31.95, a moderate price for a simple fix.
TiVo Premiere Elite has been released with 4, count 'em, four digital tuners so that you can record four different movies, TV shows or the latest baseball game to save for later. The DVR also has a 2 TB hard drive, up to 300 HD hours of programming and THX certification. You still need to subscribe to their service for $19.99 a month ($499.99 one time fee) but you get the luxury or rewatching that grand slam over and over and over...
Hulu has decided not to sell their company because of a conflict regarding future streaming rights on the Net. That ends the auction that began in June and was said to be of interest to Dish Network, Yahoo and Amazon. Hulu is owned by News Corp., which is made up of ABC, Disney and other media companies. Getting back to business, the company says,
"Our focus no rests solely on ensuring that our efforts as owners contribute in a meaningful way to the exciting future that lies ahead for Hulu."
We hope that includes the freebie shows and movies that we have grown to love from them.
We know that you would never try to secretly capture someone who is doing something excessive or inappropriate, but you never know about those "other guys." The P3 International Camera Detector flashes and beeps when it detects a device between the frequencies between 50MHz and 3GHz. About the same size of a Bic lighter, it works on two included coin cell batteries.
Stem Innovation has a surveillance system that works via your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with an app controlled device. The iZon Remote Room Monitor can be used over 3G or WiFi to record, watch or upload said recordings to YouTube, in case you find someone doing something humiliating view-worthy. Sensors detect both audio and motion and a magnetic base means the camera can be mounted at almost any angle. Once you purchase the monitor, the app is free.
Just as the original Pogoplug turned a USB hard drive into a NAS server,
Mobile can do the same or use an SD card for storage. Stream music, video and photos to your iPhone, iPad or Android device with one button. There are no storage limits and no need to download to multiple devices. For Android users, back up is automatic and wireless and it goes without saying that the device is compatible with the company's desktop software. Pre-order for a mid-October delivery with an affordable $79.99 price.
If you opted for the least expensive "special offers" Kindle but they are driving you bonkers, Amazon will let you give them an additional $30.00 and wipe them out. Go to the Manage Your Kindle page, click Edit in the Subscribe column and follow the instructions. This upgrade is much easier than trading up just when you got used to the device you have now. So far the option is only for the latest keyboard-free Kindle, but should be available for the Touch when released.
JBL's On Stage IIIP Portable Speaker Dock is compatible with iPod touch, iPhone, iPod classic and iPod nano 3G. Features include their unique Odyssey driver, COE, auto-shutoff, evercharge (even when it is turned off) and AA battery usage for up to 12 hours of play. A 3.5mm mini-jack connects with MP3 and CD players, computers, game systems. An IR remote is included with full navigation control.
We ♥ these Zipbuds, even more so now that they are second generation. Compatible with Apple, Android and any other media devices with a 3.5mm connection, we were already impressed with its light and flexible zipper that keeps your cord from tangling. The buds themselves have 11 mm drivers, up 3mm from the first generation and they are 20% lighter. Choose from 5 color combos and Sport Ear clips are included in case you want to take them for a run. Buy them on Amazon and shipping is free.
Since this appears to be tablet week on NAV we decided to include a handy accessory for your iPad 2. The LaunchPort WallStation not only lets you park it there with magnetic mounting, you can also rotate it 360º with its PowerShuttle and charge it wirelessly with its Mini USB port. You can pre-order now for $199.00.
RIM has lowered the price of its PlayBook, undoubtedly to compete against some of the recent overload of tablets. With a 7" diagonal touchscreen, what was $499 for 1GB RAM, BlackBerry Tablet Os, 1 GHz dual-core processor and two cameras has had about 30% chopped off its price tag for the 16GB model. The Playbook is also available in 32 and 64 GB models and all have wireless Internet access.
In addition to its new Tab 8.9 release, Samsung also has a couple of new media players coming out this month. The Galaxy 4.0 and 5.0 are both handhelds. This is the company's version of the iPod touch and can be used to watch videos, play games and hit the internet via WiFi. At 4 and 5", they are due out next month, both have a 1 GHz processor, 800x480 resolution screens, GPS, and can expand up to 8GB with microSD slot. Look for respective prices of $229 and $269.
With 'nary the hoopla that other companies display, 4 new Amazon eReaders are now upon us. The latest Kindle is available now and holds 1,400 books, weighs less than 6 ounces, has a 6" screen and can fit in your pocket or backpack. The Touch and Touch 3G have text-to-speech and, in addition to being a reader, can play audio books and MP3s. The literally colorful Fire can handle books, games, movies, TV, music, surfing, magazines and apps. We shall see if the inexpensive reader can contend with its Appleish competition. The Touches and Fire can be preordered for a November release.