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.
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.
We previously told you about Western Digital's My Book Live that delivers storage at 100 Mbps, 3 times the speed of USB 2.0. Included is an integrated DLNA compatible media server for streaming video, audio or images to game consoles, Blu-ray players and other devices. Even better, after retooling, the new WD 2go app allow mobile access to files without a monthly fee. A Pro version for $2.99 lets you save locally and share nicely with others.
iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad owners can now receive music from Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air. With it, you can download and share tunes wirelessly on any iOS device. Then stream those tunes from any compatible device to an AirPlay compatible speaker. Best of all, the application is free and that means thousands of singles and play lists to choose from without the ads.
Want music without the complicated wiring? MusicLites is a cooperative effort from Artison and Sylvania that consists of a standard socket 10W LED light. Inside is Hi-Fi loudspeaker that wirelessly works via transmitter connected to a receiver, PC, smartphone or digital audio player. On top of the tunes, you get a 65W bulb to boot. Contact the company to find price and availability in your area.
Talk O'Clock is more than your basic speaking alarm app. The unique free call service is in the beta stage right now and allows anyone with a Facebook account to call anyone else to wake her/him up. You enter your phone number, select the gender of the caller and time you wish to waken and you are all set to be roused by a stranger. If no one is available, a CallO'Bot handles the chore.
Of course, the reverse is also possible and you can be the one who audibly nudges the sleeper. Available for PCs, the company is working on Android and iOS devices. So we are thinking that this would be nice if someone could get their mom onboard, but a complete stranger has definite overtones of creepy.
Docks are pretty handy to have around the house and now there is one to use when on the move. Once installed, the Oxygen Audio O Car can be rotated and/or tilted in any direction. With support for the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, it features a pre-amp, 4 x 55W output and AM/FM presets. Just think, with access to an iTunes library, Sirius/XM, Google maps and GPS navigation, you can have one more reason to not pay attention while driving.
Attach Bicom's playGo to your PC or Mac USB port and you can play any music wirelessly. It automatically installs and supports up to 24-bit/96kHz. With both digital and analog output, the kit comes with transmitter and receiver to attach to your stereo and is super simple to use with a range of up to 75 feet.
While most companies are concentrating on ways to make their smartphones more intelligent, capable and shinier, HTC CEO Peter Chou believes that concentrating on the sound is the way to go. With a 51% ownership of Beats, the two organizations are working to integrate for some new headsets this fall. And with a product as cool as Beats, we think they may just have something.
When Bang & Olufsen do music, they always do it with finesse and big bucks. As a follow up to their BeoSound 8, the smaller Encore has access to over 13,000 stations with video on its 10.4" LCD. The digital music system has playback of both WMA and FLAC lossless files from an external hard drive, music server or USB stick. If you already own a BeoSound 5 or BeoMaster 5, you can add tunes to other rooms. Look for its debut next month at a retail price of $3,350.00.