January 28, 2010

The iPad Has Finally Arrived

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The iPad has finally become official. Steve Jobs introduced it at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco yesterday. Weighing about 1.5 lbs. and with a 9.7" display, the tablet has a battery life of 10 hrs. and is packed with YouTube HD and the iTunes Store. Apple's idea is that the iPad is more than just an e-reader as you can watch TV, listen to tunes, play games and Web surf. What it won't do is more than one function at a time. Look for a price of $500.00 when it debuts in March.

Via MSNBC

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January 18, 2010

Garmin Caters to Bikers With zumo 665

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Garmin has unveiled their new zumo 665 for bikers, and is both rugged and water-resistant. The GPS system's GXM 40 XM antenna gives access to XM satellite entertainment, NavTraffic and NavWeather services. The GPS system features a 4.3" touchscreen, Bluetooth music accessibility to the rider's helmet, maps of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico and can be pre-ordered before its upcoming release.

Via Garmin

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January 12, 2010

iHome Trio of Audio Gadgets

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iHome released the Studio Series line at last week's CES 2010. The iP48 Portable Rechargeable Stereo Alarm Clock is great for travel and Time Sync sets the clock to whatever is local time when you dock your iPhone/iPod.

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The portable iP49 Audio System combines a clock/radio, is rechargeable and features Digital Power Station technology and 4 neodymium compression drivers for better sound. Finally, the iHM79 Rechargeable Mini Speakers are small enough to fit in your pocket but have improved on the iHM77s with better sound and battery life.

Via iHome Audio

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January 11, 2010

ZOMM Seeks Lost Cell Phones

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ZOMM will help you find your misplaced cell phone without having to call yourself. The wireless device attaches to your celly and will hum, chime and blink when you leave it. It also lets you know when you have incoming calls and doubles as a speakerphone, as well as an emergency button. A Best in Innovation winner at the CES 2010, it was devised by a mom who kept hearing how her friends and children kept losing their phones and decided to do something about it. Look for a summer debut.

Via ZOMM

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January 8, 2010

Freakin' Friday! CES 2010: Flo-TV

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Audiovox' Flo-TV won the In-Vehicle Video CES 2010 Best of Innovation Award. This one really comes as no surprise as we first admired the in-car TV in October. The service is a gift to parents who want their kids or back street driver amused on long trips. The player is good for up to 5 hours on one charge.

Via Audiovox Flo-TV

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December 31, 2009

Teclast C430T Video Player

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Teclast's C430T can support video codecs H.264, DivX, XviD, MKV, VOB, MP4, WMV, AVI and FLV. It displays 720p video on its 4.3" touchscreen with an 800x480 resolution. The portable media player has 8GB internal storage, a USB OTG port and a TV-out port to show your fave movie on a larger screen.

Via Ubergizmo

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December 30, 2009

Play Tunes Via Scosche Cassette Adapter

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First you have to admit that your main vehicle is ancient. Then you can commit to the Scosche Cassette Adapter. Play your iPod, MP3 player, or other audio players through your car's cassette deck and charge it at the same time. The adapter plugs right into your 3.5mm headphone jack.

Via Scosche

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December 17, 2009

Dual Mechless Mobile Audio - Tunes on the Run

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The Dual XML8110 Mechless Mobile Audio system has an LED display, AM/FM tuner and the usual buttons, but behind its face lurks an iPod/iPhone dock for charging and playing your tunes. You can connect to Internet radio or, with a free Traffic.com app, find directions. And if that isn't enough, it will also make phone calls with an iPhone application.

Via Dual AV

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November 25, 2009

SanDisk Sansa Clip Plus MP3 Player

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We love advanced technology. Most known for their SD cards, SanDisk also ventures out into the music world with their Sansa Clip Plus MP3 Player. Storage of the 2.2 x 1.4 x .06" is immense considering its size. It will hold up to 1000 songs, 2400 photos or 12 hours of video on its 4 GB memory, expandable with memory cards, of course. lt also features a digital FM tuner with 40 presets, a rechargeable battery that will last up to 15 hours, a built-in clip and a price that won't break the bank.

Via SanDisk Sansa

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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
Printer
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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