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08.17.2006

Chargebox

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To all of those readers who have found themselves on a trip hopelessly looking for the cell phone charger that has just as hopelessly been forgotten at home, I am sure the ChargeBox service would be more than welcome.

ChargeBox stations look like mini storage lockers where you can safely place and recharge your mobile devices; a full recharge will cost you just 1, payable either by inserting a coin or by SMS. An indicator at the top will let you know when your device is fully charged.

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Each ChargeBox has six lockers, each of them suitable for a different device or manufacturer. The service is available for all major cell phone brands, the Blackberry, the iPod and the all important PSP.

ChargeBoxes can be found in locations such as hotels, gyms, train stations, airports, hospitals, internet cafes and on the high street, though, as far as I can tell, currently only in the U.K.

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08.17.2006

Philips SBA1500 portable speakers

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Philips has brought out its latest offering in the portable speakers category the SBA1500, which is not only unique in design but has good sound quality as well (unlike some of the other portable speakers floating around in the market).

The unique thing about the speakers is their portability after you're done, you can fold up the speakers into a neat little egg-shaped package which easily fits into a small bag, and it's ready-to-go the next time you're traveling. The other features are quite standard and include the speakers themselves (2 x 1 watt) which come with an amplifier base unit. The speakers are attached to each other via cable. The package requires 3 AAA batteries which will have the speakers going for a good 20 hours of decent sounding audio.

You might go for the SBA1500 if you're primarily a non-headphones person. The package looks cute and is worth its price. The SBA1500 is currently available only in Europe at $48.

Via Unobtainable Info.

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08.17.2006

Motorola's 2nd-Gen Wearable Electronics

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It 's not enough for clothing to keep us warm and stylish anymore -- it's got to be Bluetooth enabled and provide music.

So Motorola and Burton Snowboards joined forces to create the 2007 Audex collection of wearable electronics.

The Audex Bluetooth stereo system is built into a plaid jacket that wirelessly communicates with Bluetooth phones, so users who are outdoor fanatics can control music and phone calls with transport and volume controls sewn into the jacket's sleeve.

My favorite is the beanie and helmet with built-in controls so you can take a call or blast your music while navigating a 90-degree slope.

It's everything you ever wanted , except maybe fashion.

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08.17.2006

Recycled rubber purses

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I'm a big fan of DIY and recycled chic. Take for example these recycled rubber purses. With contemporary shapes and serious hardware, both pieces look durable and edgy. With army green twill tape handles for the "mini" and seatbelt straps for the "model T" you will find your belongings well secured. Great as an everyday bag and especially cool for vegans it seems.

Also available: rubber bi-fold wallet.

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08.17.2006

A mobile and its cradle never looked so good: benQ Siemens

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The benQ Siemens SL91 is one sweet phone. This 3G capable mobile phone is also equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera and a 2 inch QVGA display which offers 16.7 million colors. It also comes with a sleek cradle, which seamlessly fits the contours of the phone.

The phone comes out in November, 2006. No pricing information has been released yet.

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08.16.2006

Give your iPod a makeover with iPod Mods

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If you want to play around with the look and feel of your iPod but you don't have that hacker inclination, try one of the many iPod modding services, like iPod Mods. Besides doing repairs on Apple's portable music player, they also make cosmetic mods like changing the backlight coloring to blue, orange or green. I like green (and to a lesser extent orange) because it reminds me of my monochromic monitors from the 80s. Note, they are not just adding some colored film, but going into your iPod and changing LEDs to your requested color.

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08.16.2006

Make movies for your cell phone with muveeShow

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Brought to you by the same wizards who make that great editing software for your home movies (muvee autoProducer), this is cell phone software for all you budding Spielbergs,

muveeShow automatically sets your pictures to music, with synchronized style effects and graphics. The music, effects and graphics are determined by the muvee "style" that you choose (3 to choose from.)

The "Quick muvee" option lets you choose a style and automatically creates a muvee using the most recent pictures taken on your phone.

The "Custom muvee" option gives you more choices by letting you select the pictures, style and music that you want. You can also personalize the title of your muvee (yes, they are out to change the English language while they're at it.)

For your soundtrack, select "Free Music" to download more music directly to your phone via their WAP site. muveeShow supports WAV format music clips (up to 44KHZ, 8 Bit, Mono).

muveeShow supports JPEG, BMP, GIF, and PNG images.

Here's the twist though -- at the moment muveeShow only supports the following phone models:

- Nokia 6600
- Nokia 6620
- Nokia 6260
- Panasonic X700

A one-day free trial of muveeShow is available for download; Users can subsequently purchase a 30-day license for �2 (US$2.40) or get the full license for �9.90 (US$12). The muveeShow free trial can also be shared with others by sending it to another phone via Bluetooth using the "send software" function.

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08.16.2006

Grandma's Cell Phone

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Your Granny probably doesn't want a sleek, pink RAZR -- heck, she can't even read the buttons -- so Emporia has designed a cell phone for the senior set with big buttons and an LCD with large text. Smart.

The other senior features are a red emergency button to call for help and back-up batteries for the forgetful. It even works with hearing aids.

The downside: when Grandma learns to text message: "U kds come visit soon!"

No word on how much this is going to cost you.

Via Slashphone.

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08.16.2006

Don't leave a CD trail

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There was a time before flash drives really hit the market but writable CDRs were rather inexpensive. During that period, it was sometimes just easier to burn a CD in order to share files. For a long time, I was wondering what I was supposed to do with the tons of CDs with temporary work files on them. Enter this cool CD/DVD shredder to remove your concerns about having important or not so important data at risk.

Buy it at ThinkGeek

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08.15.2006

Segways get updated styling and controls

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The Segway Personal Transporter didn't wind up revitalizing the way cities are built, but it did find uses with a few commercial entities and police departments. New updates to the Segway line are hoping to encourage more average consumers to purchase Segways for short commutes and leisure activities. Features on the updated i2 and x2 include a wireless key that does double duty as a dashboard, and new Saphion lithium ion batteries that have increased drive time. Both models have been redesigned with sleeker profiles, but the i2 wins the beauty contest with clean Italian modern styling.

The control system has been greatly improved. Novice riders reported problems coordinating the handlebar turning controls on previous Segways, but the new models use lean-to-turn steering. Wanna go left? Lean left! It's a control scheme similar to skiing, but not nearly as difficult or dangerous.

Of the two new models the ruggedized x2 is the more attractive for leisure. Monster truck styling with aluminum fenders and big knobby tires make this the option for rolling over hill and dale. Theres even a golf bag attachment for ditching the caddy when running through the back nine.

I originally agreed with the naysayers that declared the Segway as a gadget without purpose, but divergences from their original business plan will be what finally saves the Segway. For example, the 2004 Centaur concept makes me salivate. A four wheeled cross between a Segway and a go-kart could be just the fun zip machine that the city street commuter is looking for. (Thats a hint, Mr. Kamen!)

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