December 31, 2012

BlackDiamond3 Speaker With Eye-Catching Lighting


Acase's BlackDiamond3 Speaker is a great way to bring in your own private New Years. Compatible with many Apple, HTC and Samsung Galaxy devices, the 5 x 4.7 x 5.1" Brilliant Wireless Speaker has a top half with LED lighting in up to 16,000,000 colors that syncs with the music in 3 different modes. The bottom contains two stereo speakers, equalizer and bass tube. A remote controls both the audio and video at a range of up to 10m via Bluetooth. The BWS package includes a 2-in-1 mini-USB/3.5mm to USB cable and a AC-to-USB Power adapter.

Via Acase BlackDiamond

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December 28, 2012

Freakin' Friday! RCA 32-Inch HDTV


December is a good month to purchase HDTVs since the price tends to go up closer to the Super Bowl. RCA is featuring a 32" LCD with built-in DVD Player and 3000:1 contrast. It features a 1366 x 768 tuner mode, 2 HDMI connections ATSC/NTSC compatibility and runs on 2 AA batteries (included.) All that for less than $300.00.

Via HDTV Deals

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December 26, 2012

New Years Ball Drop App


Now that we have told you about the NORAD Santa Tracker apps, we figured you should know that there are also free apps from the official Time Square Ball Drop for Android and iPhone. You get access to the midnight event and all the trimmings - music, photos, celebrity appearances and users can submit photos of their own celebration. Favorites will go on the humongous Toshiba Vision sign in Times Square.

Via Times Square Ball App

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December 24, 2012

Track Santa Via NORAD


Every year we look forward to the Santa Tracker and every year it improves. The traditional NORAD event starts Christmas Eve and if you hit the site now you will notice the countdown. Although there are some $1.99 apps out there with the same idea and activities for kids, NORAD has free ones for Apple, Windows, Android and Google. And of course they now have Facebook and Twitter pages that you can also find via their site.


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December 21, 2012

Freakin' Friday! Sony Cassette Players Discontinued


We have an older version of one of these Sony Standard Cassette Players for over a decade and it is still running. And although we have mostly moved on to digital, we still occasionally drag it out. It seems that as of next month, Sony will be discontinuing several models of their TCMs, so this is your last chance to scoop one of these puppies up super-cheap. It has some great features for a portable cassette player including speed variance, voice activation recording, built-in mic and headphone jack.

Via Akihabara News

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December 19, 2012

Bose QC15 Delivers Excellent Sound


If you have ever heard Bose in action, then you already know the fine sound that can come out of one of their players. They also manufacture headphones and their QuietComfort 15 is top of the line in terms of noise cancelling and fine acoustics. Designed for iPhone/iPad/touch, an optional Mobile Communications Kit makes them usable with other cellies. Features include an in-line, hands-free, detachable remote and microphone and it comes with an audio cable, airline adapter and carrying case. The QC15 needs a AAA battery (not included) for about 35 hours of play.

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December 18, 2012

iPhone Google Maps Finally Available


Google Maps for iPhones have finally become a reality. Apple's maps were so bad that even Tim Cook suggested users get Google apps and dismissed the exec in charge of mobile operations. This mapping offers street level photography, 3D views and public transit directions and listings. What it does not have is some of the mapping that Android does, like mall and building listings.

Google itself had some news last week that those who were searching for porn would have to be more specific because of the algorithms they use. As SNL's Seth Myers commented, those users are probably very ok with that.

Via iTunes

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December 17, 2012

Hit Up Fab for the Unique


If you are looking for unique holiday gifts, hang out at that not only carries unique items but includes designer clothing, kitchen furnishings, vintage pieces and various gadgets. Sign in via Facebook and add an app to your iPhone/iPad to see what new items are trending and being offered on a limited basis. The site has gone from one million users to 10 million in less than 2 years and almost half of their holiday items are sold via mobile electronics. You get free shipping on purchases more than $75.

Via Fab

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December 14, 2012

Freakin' Friday! UG007 PC Dongle


Sometimes tiny is a good thing. The UG007 is a mini-PC with a Dual Core CPU and runs Android 4.1. It has 8GB internal storage that can hold up to 32GB with SD card. Hook it up to your TV via HDMI and you've got game, well apps anyway. Its Bluetooth keyboard may be small but certainly easier than most smartphone keyboards. Compatible with most file types, the dongle comes with a charger, HDMI and USB cable and is also available in white.

Via UG007 Dongle

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December 13, 2012

Virgin U.S. Partners With YouTube


Beginning December 15, flyers on Virgin American will have the luxury of unlimited cute kitten and baby videos on Channel 11 when they fly. YouTube has partnered with the airlines on U.S. and Mexican flights. Not only can you laugh at other people's expense, you get access to web series such as "Blue", "Crash Course" and "H+." Watching original content is certainly a pleasant alternative than watching another family-friendly comedy. New shows and series will be added about every 2 months.

Via Variety

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December 12, 2012

Zynga Releases Mobile 3D Party Play


Party Place is Zynga's first venture into the 3D mobile gaming world. With it, any dud can turn into the best of party animals. Available on iTunes and Google Play, the game started off a movie and morphed into a game that allow players to design their characters, then dance, play music or even do battle with other partygoers. We guess the freebie is one way of not having to be the designated driver for the weekend.

Via Google Play

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December 11, 2012

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is Family Friendly


Amazon has yet another service to hook you into their cyber clutches. FreeTime Unlimited provides Kindle users with ebooks, games, movies, TV shows and Android apps for the entire family. For $6.99 monthly, an entire family gets access to unlimited access to ad-free content while individuals pay only $2.99. The family friendly subscription includes age appropriate, child friendly offerings from the likes of PBS, Nickelodeon, DC Comics and Disney. If you are planning to purchase a Fire or Fire HD this holiday season, you get a 1-month free trial to the service.

Via FreeTime Unlimited

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December 10, 2012

Windows Users Prefer Version 7


We have a tendency here to avoid major changes. While we love the latest in technology, we are often reticent to update systems or tools. So we didn't jump on that bandwagon to Windows 8. It seems that not so many have according to a survey from The results clearly show that their 50,000 members prefer 7 over 8 by about 2 to one.

It often takes a while for a new version of something to catch on. We didn't want to give up XP until we absolutely had to make that switch. So this is our justification for now until the early bugs and complaints work themselves out. That way we take that $39.99 upgrade fee and buy a new electronic toy. What do you think?

Via Windows 8 Forum

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December 7, 2012

Freakin' Friday! Microsoft Surface Pro


Now that the Surface RT seems to be moving along nicely, Microsoft plans to release its Surface Pro tablet in January 2013. It will run the full version of Windows 8 so it can access the full range of apps. The tablet will be bundled with a Surface pen and is compatible with optional Touch or Type covers. The 64GB model will retail for $899.00 while a 128GB version starts at $999.00. Both have an Intel Core i5 processor and 1080p HD display.

Via Microsoft Surface Pro

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December 6, 2012

Tubalr - Super Music App


Most music services cost too much, are too complicated or involves too much angst. So we were really impressed with Tubalr, a free app that makes it easy to find your tunes commercial free. While it draws its music from YouTube, the main screen has a search box that you can input your fave artist and there is also a "similar" button to find others that you might relate to. Watch videos, make playlists and share with friends. You can register for a free account or you can simply use it as an online radio station. Easy, peasy.

Via Tubalr

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December 5, 2012

NAV Monthly Round Up - November 2012

A bit late but still valid, check out our monthly round up for last minute holiday ideas.


Audio Devices

Audio Streaming

Freakin' Friday

Game Consoles





Speaker Systems


Steals and Deals



USB Devices

Video Streaming

Wireless Speakers



iPhone Streaming

iPod Streaming

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Shop With Easy Apps


Amazon's free Shopping App lets you search view and shop for those on your gift lists. Available for Android, iPad/iPhone/iPod touch and Windows phone, you get access to lightning deals, one click ordering, package tracing and of course price comparison. Each year we get more reticent about going out to the mall or dealing with humans when shopping by internet is just so much easier.

Via Amazon Shopping Apps

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December 4, 2012

AT&T Still Consumer Loser


It's time for Consumer Report's yearly carrier comparison and, as per usual, AT&T was rated the worst in terms of customer service. However, they did win in the area of best 4G LTE service so if you tend not to care about happy service reps, this might be acceptable.

Verizon took the top spot for assistance and voice and data service. Sprint and T-Mobile is somewhere in the middle but we find that this kind of survey really doesn't account for brand loyalty. You can read the entire report online or in the January 2013 issue which is out now.

Via Consumer Reports

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December 3, 2012

Latest iMac Released


Apple released their new 21.5" iMac last week that comes with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M at a starting price of $1,299. Go for one with a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics and it will set you back $1,499. Both ship in December, just in time to fulfill your own holiday wish list.

Via Apple

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