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.
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.
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.
Pre-orders are now available for the November arrival of Kindles. The new WiFi Kindle Fire 4G has 8.9" display, Dolby audio, dual stereo speakers and 4G LTE. Amazon is offering a $49.99 monthly data package with a one year commitment. A WiFi only version is available for those on a budget.
If you want a basic reader without the bells and whistles, try the Kindle Paperwhite or Paperwhite 3G with built-in front light. The claim is that there are 62% more pixels and a 25% better contrast and each comes with free wireless service.
Digital Storm claims that their x17E is the speediest gaming notebook on the planet. With a 17" 1080p display, it is available with either NVIDIA's GTX 680M or AMD's Radeon 7970M GPUs. Add to that up to 32 GB RAM memory, an Intel Core i7 3920XM, USB 3.0 port, eSATA connection and 9-in-1 memory card reader. Due out the end of September, expect a $2,453.00 price tag.
Liquid Image's appealing Ego can double as a WiFi hotspot. The HD video camera attaches to sports equipment and can be positioned to shoot the user. The camcorder shoots both HD 720p video at 60fps and 12-megapixel stills, and can be used in continuous photo mode. Remote control by smartphone is possible for on/off/recording and to change cam settings. The Ego supports microSD cards, has a two hour battery life and is available now.
Sharper Image has a Workstation designed to be a simple solution to those with little space. This laptop desk is made of steel and weighs a mere 20 lbs., and comes with a set of stereo speakers, a USB cooling fan and a 3-port USB hub with audio input. With a desktop area of 30 x 16", there is plenty of room for extra devices and non-marking casters make it portable.
Here's a rarety. Grace has designed a Speaker/Dock especially for the Kindle Fire. The Digital MatchStick delivers 16W power while charging and works in portrait and landscape mode with viewing angles of 38 or 50º. It comes with a remote that can turn on/off, adjust volumes and equalize sound, while an aux jack can bring in alternate audio. An optional rechargeable battery pack is also available.
We dig that this iPhone case not only looks sweet but can attach to your refrigerator with a magnetic cover. The Magnetic Smart Cover for iPhone 4/4S comes in two parts, a plastic shell and triple folding stand. With the stand it can be used in both landscape and portrait mode and will accommodate earbuds as well.
Sony is covering all its bases with its new F800 Walkman. Powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, it comes with pre-installed apps for GPS, email usage and media listening/viewing. With a 3.5" display, it is both WiFi and Bluetooth compatible and comes with earbuds at a starting price of $264.00.
The more affordable E470 is the slimmest Walkman yet at a mere 7mm thick. It features a 2" display, runs on Android, and comes with karaoke mode with lyrics as well as pre-installed games. Prices start at $79.00.
Where has Polaroid been lately? Designing their new Z2300 Camera with 3" LCD screen and integrated insta-printer with ZINK technology. With a 10 megapixel image sensor and built-in speaker, it can shoot 2 x 3" stills and video that can be uploaded to social media sites. An on-board editing system and lithium-ion battery makes taking pictures super easy. The Z2300 is available in black or white.
Nintendo plans to bring its 3DS XL to the States on August 19. The size of the display has grown by 90% with a 4.88" top screen and the bottom one is 4.18". The life of the battery is slightly improved and it comes in two color combinations of red/black or blue/black. A 4GB SD card is included with the portable game system and the price is set at $199.99. Super Mario Bros. 2 will be released concurrently.
The InPulse Notification Watch has been out for a while now and can alert its user to incoming email, SMS, calendar alerts and caller ID. For use with Blackberry or Android devices, it can be put it in vibrate or visual alert mode and customized with filters, colors or fonts. There are plenty of apps for the watch and Allerta is encouraging others to design them as well with its SDK. The best part is that you can now find them at prices starting at $99.00.
By the way, a Kickstarter campaign raised over $10 million for Pebble, an e-paper smartwatch for developers or those who admire Dick Tracy. It can receive notifications, comes in white, black or red and has vibrating notifications, messages and alerts that needs a simple wrist shake to end.
Portable and minute, the NuForce Cube is more than just a cutesy speaker. It has two 3.5 mm audio jacks, one for mobile devices and the other for headphones that can also boost audio quality and power. There is also a USB-to-digital converter to improve sound on your laptop and the Cube has an optional iPod nano docking connector. Each has a rechargeable battery to allow for 8 hours of continuous play. At a size of 2.3 x 2.3 x 2.4", the speaker comes in blue, red, black and silver.