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Monthly Archives: January 2005

Think Secret on iPod 5G

Lawsuit? What lawsuit?… The guys at Think Secret are always good for coming up with delectable information about our favorite music player, hot water or not. Gotta love’em.

So here are the goods. The next mini (referred to as Osiris within Apple… Osiris?) will probably sport a 5Gb drive. Of course, we knew that already. It seems Seagate (as opposed to Hitachi) will be supplying them. Same form factor, new colors, new firmware with (possibly) added functionality.

For the big brother, it seems the white is getting a little fade-out. Instead, a more silverish finish will replace it, in line with the look of their latest products. There’s talk of 80Gb and single plate 40Gb (making them as slim as the current 20Gb).

And that, my friends, is the skinny on the next pods…

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iPod-like phone from Siemens

So one minute, Siemens’ mobile division is going to be sold to LG. The next minute, it’s not. I say, oh well.

Siemens' SF65 iPod-like phoneIn any case what’s undeniable to me is that they must be getting desperate to sell something. And you know what they say… “When sales are low, iPodify your products!” Well, that seems to be just what they’ve done here. It’s a pretty phone, I have to admit. Then again, I’m a sucker for anything Apple (I think their product designers are purebred garden gnomes raised by God Himself.)

The SF65 comes with a 1.3MP camera and flash, which is certainly lovely. Yet it has no bluetooth or POP3 email support, essentially making it a connectivity island. Some (me) would even call it… a bimbo.

Navigate to the SF65 in Siemens’ website to see for yourself.

Low cost 1Gb flash drives on eBay

So the iPod is ubiquitous. No one is contesting that. If you don’t own one, you’re no one. (iPod bashers, please restrain yourselves.) Yet, when looking at the specs of this cute little thing in the picture, it’s hard to resist the urge to splurge. Now by no means am I suggesting you purchase it (Heaven forbid!) instead of an iPod, or iPod Shuffle, no no. Perhaps then, as well as.Cheap Flash Drive

What is it, you ask? It’s a sexy little flash drive. 1Gb in storage. FM tuner. Voice recorder. OLED screen. Rechargeable battery (instead of AAA). Washes the dishes. Takes out the trash. Pretty much everything an iPod shuffle has, except for the USB 2.0 connection (this is 1.1). What’s the big deal? The 100$ price tage of course.

They’re all over eBay, so check it out.

For the next little while, here

Batmax: Battery Life Extender

Now why does that make me feel very skeptical? Why does this have a “Eat More, Weigh Less!” feel to it? Or “Wear This Bracelet and Win Marathons!!”? Or something. Well I don’t know. Perhaps it’s the big bowl of cynicism I had last night.Battery Extender Sticker

Whatever the case, this little thing claims to extend the life of your battery (of just about any electronic device apparently) by just sticking it on. Or, as their product page puts it, it:

    Extends the battery life.
    Reduces the charging time.
    Prolongs the battery life span.
    Rejuvenates the current batteries.
    Eliminates the “memory” effect.
    Protects the battery

See, see? Rejuvenates! It’s like a rejuvenation cream, but for your battery!

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iPod-like Dog Musicmaker Thing

When I was a young child, my parents took me to Disneyworld. Somewhere in there, they had this nifty contraption. You waved your hands over some spots of light, and you’d get some control over this orchestra of sorts. Music making dog It was fun… for about five minutes. Well, now Sega has made a little dog that can do just that. Yipee!

It can spew a combination of 720 different melodies. It’ll sort of dance around to the tune of it’s own music. You can plug an audio jack in it’s ass. It looks like an Ipod. It seems totally useless. Like most kid’s toys, I imagine.

By the way, guys, the link is in Japanese.

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Story via Engadget

PSP doubles as cellphone

Since E3, there has been some speculation about Sony adding some cellular capability to it’s already popular PSP. Popular in Japan that is. On this side of the pond, we’re still gritting our teeth.PSP could be used as a cellphone

Now, Sony’s COO is adding some fuel to the story by… flat out telling us about it.

Now, if you ask me: Who on earth would want to use the PSP as a cellphone? I mean, the unit looks awesome… but stuck to your ear? The word ungainly comes to mind, no? Or maybe it’s meant to be used to add some sort of online gaming functionality. I imagine we’ll find out soon enough.

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Angel Light, fka X-Ray Vision, aka Nut Ray

Angel Light, aka Nut Ray
I like the French. Rally, I do. They have nice wine, nice cheese and the very nice baguette. I wasn’t even one of those who got their panties all up in a bunch over their Iraq stance (being Canadian probably helped a little). It’s just that once in a while they come up with stuff that makes you wonder if they’ve had a little too much of that wine.

Now, I say French, but really, reading the article, I can’t be sure. It’s from a Canadian website and the name Hurtubise is typically French-Canadian (I’d know…). So it could be that he’s one of the French’s little brothers, and in that case, maybe things make more sense (French-canadians, please take no offence). See, the reason I’m all up in arms about this, is that Mr.Hurtubise is claiming to have invented a light source (strangely phallic in appearance) that when shone on a surface will allow you to see through it. And that, my friends… just sounds nuts!

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