December 16, 2009

ASUS O!Play Gets Thumbs Up

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Gizmodo recently checked out the ASUS O!Play and gave it pretty much a rave review. Among the pluses were the second USB jack that doubles as an eSATA port and its price point. Read it all via the link.

Via gizmodo

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December 11, 2009

Freakin' Friday! FlipShare TV

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You know how much we dig our FlipVideo Camcorder and now the company has come up with the FlipShare TV. Connect the TV Base to your TV, plug in the USB Key into your PC and watch all your videos and images on the bigger screen. The wireless FlipShare is available for pre-order now.

Via FlipShare TV

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December 8, 2009

Warner Trades Up

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Warner has offered to swap your DVDs for Blu-ray discs at a cost of $7.95 each. Your old discs will be recycled and if your order is over $25.00, you get free shipping. Fifty titles are offered to start including "Deliverance," "Michael Clayton" and "Body of Lies."

Via Time Warner

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December 7, 2009

LED Flashlight Doubles as Spy Cam

Flashlights are certainly getting more sophisticated. This one not only has a high-powered White LED to help you find your way, it will record both audio and video. It saves the files in a built-in 4G memory and they can be copied to PC via USB. The dimmable device also has night vision support, built-in charger, one touch control and has a price of $226.99.

Via USB Fever

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December 4, 2009

Creative to Release 3rd Gen Vado HD

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Creative has unveiled their 3rd gen Vado HD Pocket Video Cam. This time around it has better video quality, external mic support, still photo capture and motion detection mode. The cam still has a 640 x 240 screen res, a 2x digital zoom, one button operatopm and 4GB memory for up to 2 hours of 720p recording. Available in black or white, you can pre-order now.

Via Creative

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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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November 17, 2009

Blockbuster to Peddle Movies on SD cards

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In an almost never ending effort to keep up with those other guys, Blockbuster, teamed with NCR, has decided to rent movies on SD cards that can then be played back on mobile phones and TVs equipped with readers. Each will cost $1.99 and the user keeps the card, although it will expire after a certain date. Of course, you still have to travel to the kiosk to get the card. We think BB should try a new approach, say better advertising or cheaper rentals.

Via Fast Company

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November 9, 2009

Itoos Releases M8 PMP

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Itoos is a major and relatively inexpensive player in the PMP world and their latest is the M8. It has 1080p video and with a HDMI output it can also project on your HDTV. The player is compatible with H.263/H.264, MKV, RM, RMVB, RV8/9, MPEG4/ASP, VOB, DAT, ASF, WMV and MPEG1/2 formats. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

Via Tech Fresh

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November 2, 2009

Coby Issues Voluntary Battery Recall

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If you are one of the 19,000 who recently purchased a Coby TF-DVD-8501 player, the company has issued a voluntary recall on the batteries that came with them. They have overheated in 10 of them and caused fires in eight. Check your batteries and contact the company if the serial numbers start with "HY." Coby will replace them and in the meantime, use your AC adapter.

Via PR Newswire

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October 28, 2009

MinoHD Holds 2 Hours of Video

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We have extolled the virtues of our Flip Video before and they have released a new one in time for the holidays. The MinoHD captures up to 2 hours of video on its 8GB of memory. Compatible with PC or Mac, they have updated their FlipShare software so that it super simple to edit, and upload. We especially appreciate the still-image capture. Pick a frame, drag and drop, and you get game picture.

Via Flip Video

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