November 24, 2009

Tengu Gets His Own Shop

Tengu is a clever companion created by our bud, Mr. Jones. It seems that it must be selling well as he is now opening his own shop in at the Oxo Tower, London. If you live across the pond and can make it to his opening by December 6, you will receive a 20% discount with the coupon shown below. You can download a PDF version here.

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By the way, Crispin also makes a killer line of watches and the discount applies to them as well.

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Via Tengu

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November 23, 2009

Panasonic MW-10 iPod Dock

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Panasonic has a new go-along for iPods. The MW-10 dock has a built-in CD player, an AM/FM tuner with 45 station presets, built-in amp with low-density bamboo speaker cones and of course the ability to playback video on its 9" display with 800 x 480p resolution. It also acts as a digital frame and has 4GB memory, a SD card slot and USB port for downloading, and a price of $299.95.

Via I4U

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November 21, 2009

NAV 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time again. Drag out that dusty wallet/purse and feed our economy. And while others freak out after losing their car at the mall or wait for Black Friday deals, we are shopping online which, in our opinion, can be just as inexpensive as the real world, especially when you consider gas, tax, obnoxious salespeople on commission and the fear factor when someone beats you to that last copy of Band Hero at Wally World. We have found audio and video goodies, gifts for kids, as well as gifts to fit every budget, even if yours is small. So without further ado...

Over $100.00 Ultimate Wish List

yoostar.jpgYoostar literally lets you perform with their Entertainment System. Act in a movie, TV episode or NBA game by replacing an actor or adding yourself to a screen. It comes with webcam, greenscreen, stand, remote and software. Yoostar will only work with PC although a Mac version is on the way.

hpdream.jpgHP's DreamScreen 100 puts every other digital frame to shame. Simplified remote, buttons and screens makes for easy access to music, photos and videos. Built-in WiFi connects you to your existing network for content on your PC or through the Interweb to access radio, weather, news and more.

zunevid.jpgThe Zune 120 GB Video MP3 Player with 3.2" color LCD is as ultimate as it gets. Not only does it hold 30,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or 375 hours of video, it has the unique distinction of being able to tag songs you hear on FM radio that you might want to purchase. Play games, share with other Zunes and thumb your nose at those Apple folks.

160ipod.jpgTo be fair, Apple fanatics would love a new iPod classic 160 GB that has up to 36 hours of music or 6 hrs. of video playback and a 2.5" color LCD with LED backlight.

coolpixaccess.jpgHow kewl is the Nikon Coolpix S60 10MP Digital Camera with touchscreen? Even more so when it comes with an accessory kit with a 4GB memory card, carrying case, cleaning kit, screen protectors, tripod, spare battery and free prints with a promo code # on your invoice.

Under $50.00

pogo.jpgThe Next Generation Remote Control Extender not only looks unique, it turns any IR remote into RF by simply installing its battery transmitter and works up to 100 ft. away. No company knows film like Polaroid and their PoGo Instant Digital Mobile
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lives up to their reputation. You get 2 x 3" borderless images from your camera or cell phone that are dry to the touch, water and smudge resistant.

memorexkaraoke.jpgWe know someone who signed up for a checking account so that he could get a free portable DVD player. Technology is so advanced now that almost anyone can afford one, like the Philips Portable DVD Player with 7" LCD display and 2 hour playback. AC and car adapters, and AV cables are included as is the built-in rechargeable battery. Nothing says you are the life of the party like this Memorex's portable Karaoke Home Entertainment System. It includes a CD player, echo control for those off key and a 2 digit LED display. Practice enough and you may be Oprah's next $250,000 winner.

Under $20.00

sonyremote.jpgSpeck's ToughSkin Rubberized Case is compatible with 80/120/160 GB iPod classic 6G and is built for those that are on the clumsy side. It also comes with a belt clip. Sony's RM-VL 600 Universal Learning Remote can handle up to 8 different inputs, is pre-programmed for most brands and has an easy one-touch control.

If you know somebody with a Flip Camcorder, we can't say enough about how grateful they would be if you got them a Tripod. Adjustable, it comes with interchangeable rubber feet.

motorolah350.jpgThe Motorola H350 Headset works with any Bluetooth-equipped phone up to 30 ft. away. Considering cell phone usage while driving is a no-no these days, this would be a simple hint in the guise of a gift. No gift list is complete without at least one I-Dog and our pick is the inexpensive Dance. Plug him into your iPod or MP3 player and he plays your music through his speakers and does a doggy dance. He obeys certain verbal commands and his lights move to the beat.

Under $10.00

The Iluv i203PUR Lightweight Earphones for iPod come in various colors but we kind of lean towards the purple ones. Lightweight earclips are included for those on the go and inline volume control makes them easy to adjust.

usbipodcharger.jpgiFrogz Luxe Case in blue and black fits iPhone 3G and 3GS, is soft to the touch and allows full access to all controls and functions. The Universal iPod USB Charger Kit works with most iPods and includes a car charger and a retractable 31.5" coil cable.

foldingspeaker.jpgINSTEN's Folding Stereo Speaker supports all iPods and other musical devices with a 3.5mm plug. The aluminum speaker folds up when not in use and are great for traveling. Nothing says portable as well as this Kinamax USB 3D Optical Scroll Wheel Mouse. With an ergonomic design, it has a retractable cable and comes with its own mouse pad.

A/V players

fuze.jpgIt's difficult to compete with the top of the line SanDisk Sansa Fuze. The player holds 4GB of media (expandable with SD slot,) which translates into up to 1,000 tunes. It also has FM radio with 40 presets and built in microphone.

Sony fans will appreciate their latest Walkman Video that holds over 1,800 songs or 30 hrs. of video on its 8GB. Its 2" TFT color display is LED backlit and the player supports most audio formats. Coby's MP305-4G combines an MP3 player, FM radio, and USB flash drive with the company's usual affordable price.

playaz.jpgOne of the most creative MP3 players we have found is the Jada Interactive Playaz . The little guy has built-in speakers, and audio output for additional speakers and gets down to whatever tune is playing.

For Kids

twilight.jpgThis is not to say that you can't share, for we have found that any time we buy something for our own kids, we dig them as much as they do. Nintendo's DS Lite Limited Edition Bundle comes with Super Mario. With advanced touchscreen, mic port and WiFi connection, watch them clean their rooms for the next month at least. The Scene It? Twilight Deluxe Edition will probably sell out quickly now that the movie is out.

We had to include something from Sesame Street as they recently celebrated their 40th birthday. The Silly Sounds Remote resembles Cookie Monster but press any of the number buttons and Elmo speaks or it makes a silly sound. The light flashes as well and when your kidlet wants to quit, he issues a time out phrase to keep her/him playing.

vsmile.jpgVtech's V.Smile TV Learning System is one of the hottest toys this season. Connect to your TV, pop in a Smartridge and your child can play games as well as learn. The included joystick works for left and right-handed users and games can be found for various age groups.

We personally recommend anything by Leapfrog, one of the best series of learning tools we purchased for our own kids. The Tag Reading System is almost a juvenile version of the Smartpen. With over 20 books available, touching with it makes the words speak and the pictures sing. Parents can connect to keep tabs on their kids.

minddflex.jpgAnd if you want a toy for yourself, give the Mindflex Game to your kids and, when they tire of it, take custody. The device features a cushion of air that a ball rests on and brain waves literally can be trained to move it up and down or through hurdles, hoops and other obstacles.

Ucreate Music allows kids of any age to become a DJ. An online library holds tracks special effects and filters and finished compositions can be shared online. Ucreate also comes in a Games & Artimation version for those who lean in another direction.

It's easy to get carried away when money isn't a major factor, but for most of us, that's the way it is. We hope we have made it a bit simpler. NAV hopes you have a great holiday this year no matter how you celebrate it!

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November 18, 2009

Charge Your iPod/iPhone with PocketDock

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SendStation's PocketDock is an inexpensive alternative for your iPhone/iPod. Attach by USB to your home or car stereo, PC, PDA or any other audio equipment and sync and charge with HiFi stereo quality. It comes with both a 3.5mm to 3.5mm connection and a 3.5mm to mini RCA plug. Add to that portability, charging and less power usage and we think the low price makes it a winner.

Via Sendstation

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November 16, 2009

Creative ZEN X-Fi2 Makes Better Music

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Creative's ZEN X-Fi2 has arrived. The MP3 player has a 3" LCD touchscreen display, integrated FM tuner and built-in speakers. The player supports multiple audio formats including FLAC and iTunes Plus. At a size of 4 x 2.2 x 0.4", it has 8GB of memory and a Micro-SD card slot for expansion.

Via Creative ZEN X-Fi2

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November 11, 2009

Revo Heritage Table Radio

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The Heritage is Revo's contemporary digital version of a 60s European table radio. In addition to offering coverage of DAB, DAB+, FM and Wi-Fi Internet radio, it wirelessly streams audio and acts as a dock for your iPod. Made of walnut veneer and aluminum, the Heritage has a 7W amp, an OLED display and joystick control. Preorder yours for £229.95 (~$375.00.)

Via Revo

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November 10, 2009

Sonos S5 ZonePlayer Debuts

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Sonos just keeps pumping out those kewl music makers. The latest is the Sonos S5 ZonePlayer wireless music system. With 5 integrated speakers and 5 digital amps, play unlimited tunes from the Interweb and your iTunes (and control it with a free iPhone/iPod app.) Their Software v3.1 software has incorporated Twitter into the controller interface so you can tweet the name and artist to all your buds. Additional S5s can be added in other rooms for more music.

Via Sonos
(Thanks, Thomas)

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November 6, 2009

Freakin' Friday! AKG Pro Earbuds for All

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AKG has been around since 1947, so they probably know what they are doing by now. One of the latest additions to their line are these K 330 in ear headphones. Weighing only 3g, they provide professional high output and frequency response. The buds block out ambient noise when placed in your ear canals, even though your mother told you not to put anything in there smaller than an elbow. Compatible with any portable device, including iPhone, they come with a carrying case and cable winder.

Via AKG Headphones

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November 5, 2009

Ion Tape Express Converts Tape to Disc

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Still have old cassette tapes strewn around the house? The Ion Tape Express will turn them into digital discs. The device is compatible with all kinds and lengths of tape. At a price of £49.95 (~$83.00,) it is also portable so that you can do the same for friends and family. The ITE is available for pre-order now.

Via Firebox

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Sharp iPod/MP3 Player i-Elegance

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Sharp, in its increasing effort to make more products than other companies, has recently released the i-Elegance Docking Station. Available in Black/Red or Black/White, the DKAP7 features HDSS technology, a 2.1 channel portable speaker system and an extra input for charging non-Apple MP3 players. It also comes packed with its own an AC adapter and carry bag for travel. We have to admit we certainly like its looks.

Via Sharp Docking Station

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