August 18, 2011

Affordable nüvi For The Lost

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It's hard to believe that it was only about a year ago that we finally invested in GPS to get our navigationally challenged selves a chance to not get lost when out and about but now most cars and smartphones come with them. But for those who have not yet admitted to their inferior driving skills, Garmin believes it can change your mind.

Their nüvi 1300 4.3" Widescreen Portable Navigator is pre-loaded with 48 states, millions of points of interest, pedestrian usability and public transit mode. And yes, you get those annoying turn-by-turn directions with text-to-speech. Suck it up and take the plunge for about half the price that we paid.

Via Garmin nüvi GPS

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August 11, 2011

Elecon Digital Photoalbum

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While most digital frames sit there and look pretty, Elecom's new Un Photoalbum wants you to be able to hold it to show off your latest vacation shots. The DPF-A8WM10 comes in both black and white, has an 8" LED backlit screen with a 1280x768 resolution, 2GB memory and supports full HD video playback. It features a convenient SDXC slot, USB 2.0 connection and HDMI out. The frame comes with remote and battery that will give you about an hour and a half of play before needing a recharge.

Via Akihabara News

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July 7, 2011

Mitsubishi Pairs GPS. TV Tuner

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Not content with creating a basic GPS system, Mitsubishi offers their latest 2DIN AV GPS with a 12 Seg TV tuner. With 8GB of memory, users can watch or record TV shows for a later date. An HDMI port is included for recording videos so that you can watch when stuck in traffic during rush hour. The NR-MX50, due out in August, includes a USB connection, iPod support, Bluetooth and a handy 7" 800x480 touchscreen.

Via Akihabara News

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June 24, 2011

Freakin' Friday! Toshiba Battery Powered TV

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With more viewing going on in the family vehicle that is already built-in, there is less demand for battery run portable viewers, but Toshiba would like to recapture the market with the 19" Regza 19P2. The 1366×768 res LCD TV has a backlit panel with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a HDMI port and D4 input. Its lithium ion battery is good for about 5 hours, 3 if you want to use the integrated 1Seg tuner. The device is low energy rated, can be programmed to charge only during peak hours, includes a remote to switch to AC and comes out first in Japan next month with a price rumored to be $499.99.

Via Akihabara News

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May 23, 2011

Play On! Xperia Arrives

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The first certified PlayStation phone is out for those who cannot wait to take their games with them and play them on tiny 4" screens with slide-out gaming controls. Verizon will be offering the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play that runs Android and comes loaded with six games. Other titles will be available to download and multi-player participation is possible. The phone also comes with two cameras so that you can discuss your recent wins with those that lost.

Via Xperia Play

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May 10, 2011

Buffalo Portable DVD Burner

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Buffalo's latest compact 8x DVD Burner lets you watch videos and even burn discs. It is nicely powered via an integrated USB cable and the company promises simple set up (including an LED to let you know that it is functioning and/or low on power.) The sleek design doesn't hurt nor does its pre-loaded CyberLink PowerDVD 9 media suite. The drive is compatible with Windows Vista/XP/7, and Mac OS X.

Via Buffalo

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May 9, 2011

Fujitsu Lifebooks - Pico Projector Optional

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Fujitsu has two B2B notebooks coming out with an embedded pico projector. The Lifebook S761/C has a 13.3" screen and the P711/C has a 12.1" display. Both have an SVGA 800x600 video projector option but it seems to us that any time you add an extra something to an existing electronic (i.e. a disc player to a TV,) you get one more thing that will be difficult to fix should it break. However, it might be interesting to see if this trends. Prices start at $2,690 when the pair becomes available next month in Japan.

Via Fujitsu

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May 5, 2011

Nike+ SportWatch Eggs You On

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Nike continues to believe that we can all get fit again if we just believe it (and invest in one or two of their products.) The latest way to do this is with their Nike+ SportWatch. Included is GPS by TomTom, a sensor to track speed, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burn. USB contacts are built into the strap for uploading data and battery recharging.

User-friendly, the WM0069-077 has an auto-run reminder when you have slacked off for 5 days, keeps track of personal bests with 'attaboys' and can connect you with training programs on Nikeplus.com. The SportWatch can run your physical fitness life for $199.99.

Via Nike Store

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April 28, 2011

Chrysler Follows Up Eminem With Dr. Dre

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How do you follow up a new resurgence of a brand? In Chrysler's case, after you get Eminem on your side to spread the word, you join with Dr. Dre and his Beats. Not only will he be appearing in commercials beginning in May, his phone technology will be implemented in a 10-speaker system in the 300 Sedan, due out this fall. The company reported that the Em's Superbowl commercials increased sales by 191%, proving that music really does run the Motor City.

Via Chrysler

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April 18, 2011

Flip Video - R.I.P.

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It's kind of the end of an era as Cisco has decided to cease production of
Flip Video
. Originally acquired in March 2009 for $590 million, it was such a unique and wondrous cam that not only did I run out and buy one (and I never run out and buy anything) it's tough to reconcile the fact that they are just shutting it down.

Customers will still receive support, but the company plans to concentrate on Refocus, their home networking business, Business TelePresence products and Eos media solution.

Note: It seems that NY Times reporter David Pogue had mentioned that a new feature called FlipLive would have provided live broadcasting to Twitter, Facebook or email link if you are in a WiFi hotspot. Let's all take up a collection and purchase the rights to the original USB cam that I still use nearly daily.

Via Cisco

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