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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bring the Power Along with the Tekkeon TekCharge MP1860A

Posted by Ron Hostetter in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Mobile Power
Manufacturer:Tekkeon
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
Price: MSRP $69.95
Specifications: Please see manufacturer website.

Pros:

  • Easily provides power for your devices;
  • Can charge two devices at once;
  • Long lasting battery.

Cons:

  • Cheap on/off switch can accidentally be switched;
  • Flashlight seems gimmicky.

Summary: Like power windows in a car, this little battery is the product you never thought you'd need, but once you have it, you won't want to live without it. The MP1860A gives you a pocket full of juice for your devices. Read more...


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pose Your Gadgets with the Friendly Neighborhood Spiderpodium

Posted by Anjuan Simmons in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Gadgets are usually in one of two places: a hand or a storage location (pocket, carrying case, purse, etc.). However, there are many times when a gadgets needs to be in a "third place". For example, a digital camera may need to be put on a table to take a time delayed picture of a group of people. Or, a smartphone with GPS capability may need to be positioned on a bicycle handle in order to measure speed, pace, and distance along a trail. The Spiderpodium ($19.99 direct) by Breffo seeks to be the accessory that you reach for during these "third place” moments. Read more...


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Is Microsoft a Dying Consumer Brand?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:30 PM

http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/27/tec.../microsoft_pdc/

"Consumers have turned their backs on Microsoft. A company that once symbolized the future is now living in the past. Microsoft has been late to the game in crucial modern technologies like mobile, search, media, gaming and tablets. It has even fallen behind in Web browsing, a market it once ruled with an iron fist."

This is your typical link-bait article in some ways, and I'm complying by linking to it, but I felt it was worth discussing. Windows 7 is selling like gangbusters, and it's the best OS Microsoft has ever released, so it's hard to blindly say that somehow Microsoft is losing in the consumer space...but I think the author has a point that Microsoft has no answer to the next wave of consumer computing: instant-on appliance-like devices. I don't own an iPad, but I understand what that device represents and why it resonates so powerfully with an increasing number of people. Read more...


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

iHome iB969, For All of Your Charging Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

http://notebooks.com/2010/09/28/iho...toys-and-tools/

"iHome has just come out with the iHome iB969 Charging Station to help you "Charge Your World!" The charging station is a compact device that will charge up to four devices."

The hard thing to find these days, with so many electronic devices that have different connectors, is a charging solution that works for anything. But it appears iHome has come up with one. The iHome iB969 [affiliate link] is truly an all-in-one solution, with capability to charge just about anything, from iPods to Kindles in a compact device. It will also, depending on the type of protective covering, charge devices without having to remove the case. And it comes with two Apple docks built in that can also be used for iPods or iPhones, to allow for charging and/or syncing. The device is supposed to be available later this month for $59.99 USD, which seems pretty reasonable to me for an all-in-one device such as this one.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Big(ger) Screen Entertainment For Your iPod With Panasonic

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wc...102009045823696

"Sporting an elegant silhouette, the MW-10 sounds as good as it looks. It pumps out audiophile quality sound from its built-in CD player, and its FM/AM radio tuner has 45-station (30-FM/15-AM) Preset Memory. The speaker is constructed with rigid, low-density bamboo cones to achieve pure sound and crisp dialogue."

No matter where I go, everything has an iPod dock. Alarm clocks, charging stations, speaker systems; they all have iPod docks. I wouldn't be surprised if I felt around the back of my head and found an iPod dock. It was only a matter of time before someone built a mini-tv solution that hooked up to an iPod. Lacking an iPod? The MW-10 still offers a lot of functionality, acting like a photo frame, but with the ability to play music, but to be honest, this thing is really meant for the iPod crowd since it also offers video playback. While it cannot compete against the home theater in your den, or bedroom, it probably will fit right in in the kitchen, dorm room, or even out on the road.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Reactions of a Zune Fan to the September 2009 iPod Announcements

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 12:33 PM

Because I'm sitting here watching the superb gdgt coverage of the Apple iPod event, I figured I might as well multi-task and jot down some point form reactions and thoughts on what I'm reading. It's important to understand what "the other guys" are up to - that's the main reason why I bought an iPod Touch earlier this year; I wanted to understand how the App Store worked, to see how good the browser was, and to get experience using the on-screen keyboard. Here are my reactions to today's Apple event, in chronological order:

  • Good to hear Steve Jobs is healthy - organ donation is so important. I've signed my organs away if something happens to me, and you should too. If you're dead, they won't do you any more good, so why not share?
  • 1.8 billion applications downloaded - that's a huge, impressive number. Apps matter. Microsoft has always said that software matters, but they've historically done a poor job of showing that on Windows Mobile and the Zune. They're finally getting rolling with a Windows Mobile app store, but apps on the Zune are still a bit of a question mark. Sure, we've had a couple games since the last generation units, but no cohesive plan on Microsoft's part to roll out a Zune games store, or to sync up with what the Xbox guys are doing.
  • iTunes is in 23 countries. The Zune Marketplace is in one. Microsoft's US-centric approach with the Zune is maddening...I thought there was some light at the end of the tunnel when they launched the Zune in Canada last year, but we never got the Zune Marketplace here, and now the devices being sold here are being killed off. "Disaster" is a good word for how well the Zune launch went in Canada. Between the Zune HD being US-only at launch, and all of the IP-based geographic blocking madness that the Zune software and Web site does, it's like the Zune team is doing everything they can to alienate everyone in the world outside the US. More after the break. Read more...


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

iPod Explodes, Refund Offered Only With Gag Order

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 12:27 PM

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk...icle6736587.ece

"Apple attempted to silence a father and daughter with a gagging order after the child's iPod music player exploded and the family sought a refund from the company. The Times has learnt that the company would offer the family a full refund only if they were willing to sign a settlement form. The proposed agreement left them open to legal action if they ever disclosed the terms of the settlement."

If your product explodes, endangering the owner, the least you can do is offer to replace that product, no strings attached. Apple, in their typically controlling manner, was only willing to offer a replacement product if the owners agreed to never tell anyone about what happened, on fear of prosecution. That's not unusual when we're talking about multi-million dollar settlements, but for an iPod? Gross overkill.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

iZel Universal Device Stand

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.myizel.com/

"The iZel is a totally unique and innovative way to support your device for hands free use. Its remarkable design supports a wide range of the world's most popular devices. It has a clever method for adapting its shape to landscape or portrait orientations and it is easily adjusted to position your screen for the optimal viewing angle. Best of all, it folds flat and travels easily. The iZel's durable construction is made possible by using a sophisticated slip-resistant elastomer that helps to keep your device in its place and looking new. Use the iZel when you want to watch a video, make a hands-free call, monitor your email, surf the web, or to simply use your device as a digital picture frame."

This is certainly one way to go about things, but it seems a bit larger than what I want to carry around. Personally, I keep a few paperclips in my bag and just make myself a quick stand on the few occasions that I need one.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sony Touch Walkman Materializes

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:30 AM

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/arch...tos-surface.php

"Incorporating a wide 3-inch OLED touch screen, the display delivers a picture with extremely high contrast, exceptional color reproduction and a rapid response time. Usability is also enhanced with this model as the device utilizes both touch panel operation and a hybrid button system to improve upon the navigation experience."

Sony revealed its rumoured touch-enabled Walkman at CES 2009. The NWZ-X1000 strikes back against Apple's iPod Touch and is armed with several new features to do this. It includes digital noise cancellation, an OLED touch screen and Wi-Fi connectivity with web browsing and YouTube support. The walkman itself is also smaller than the iPod Touch, making it very pocketable. The interface looks fairly slick, and the hardware buttons are a nice touch, however will it be enough to act as a strong competitor to the iPod empire? Without a direct analog to the iTunes store, I'm not holding my breath.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Escape iTunes With the TuneClone Audio Converter

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 11:45 AM

http://www.tuneclone.com/

"You are considering buying a Microsoft Zune as you broke your iPod or had your iPod stolen. And you bought a lot of songs from iTunes store because you had money left on your iTunes gift card. You still want to enjoy those purchased songs on your Zune MP3 player. Or you own an iPod while your boyfriend/girlfriend has a Zune. And you hope to share the library of M4P music songs purchased from iTunes store under your account with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Here comes the headache! The M4P music you bought from iTunes is DRM-laden! You cannot transfer the iTunes M4P music to the Zune software, not to mention playing the iTunes M4P music on your Zune player."

So, you want to migrate from the iPod to the Zune but the main reason you haven’t made that jump is because you have your iTunes library. I’m sure that’s a very common reason for not coming over to the Zune world. (Ok, maybe not, but I’ll maintain my delusion.) This is a serious issue though and if you do want to change platforms, then your only options are mostly time consuming and wasteful.

TuneClone Audio Converter has come to the rescue! You can use this to move your library of M4P DRM protected music to the MP3 format that you can use on any player out there worth its salt. This is a useful tool for anyone looking to break their relationship with the iPod. This software does cost $34.95 to register but that price does give you what appears to be a full feature application. The best part is that it maintains all of the music file’s metadata. DigitalMediaOnline has a nice little tutorial that shows how it works.


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