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08.22.2007

Mobile Gum -- for charging, not chewing

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Don't you just hate it when you run out of battery power for your mobile devices? Then you need the Just Mobile® Gum Portable Power Pack. With a capacity of 2200mAh, it can charge a typical mobile phone twice to full capacity. Only 70mm in length, it's small enough so you can throw it in your handbag (or briefcase or laptop bag) and forget about it.

With Just Mobile Gum, you can yak longer on the phone, use your GPS, play your MP3 , veg out with your PSP, surf the internet on your PDA...you get the idea. It uses the standard USB port as output, so simply connect your USB sync cable and you are ready to charge. The LED indicators let you know the charge left in the device and has an ON/OFF switch for power saving.

$39.99 at Just Mobile.

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08.22.2007

Peaceful pets via Q-Link

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This is one product I can't vouch for first hand, but I think I'm going to give it a try. I'm pretty type-A (that is to say, wacky in a neat-freak way) and I'm soley responsible for screwing up my dog Lucy. My little loved one is a rescue puppy, part pug, part terrier, part jumping bean. Yep, little Lucy is a spaz. While researching ways I can continue to help her make the best of her energy, I stumbled upon the "Q-Link."

Q-Link is a pendant worn around your neck (or your pet's neck) that helps to positively impact your biofield (subtle field that permeates and extends beyond the physical body). The Q-Link works like a "tuning fork" to help you find and live within "good energy." Yeah, it sounds hokey to me too, but there are a ton of great reviews out there (many from residents of LA), and if Q-Link can ensure more harmony and balance through it's biofield altering ways and help me out with Lucy, I'm game.

Of course, in the end, I'm probably the one who should be wearing Q-Link. Maybe a wacky over-energetic dog is just what my biofield needs.

$59.90 at ehealthsupplies.com. Other Q-Link health products are available at Amazon.

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08.22.2007

Hello Kitty credit card

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Until Hello Kitty takes the final step toward total world domination and starts printing her own currency, this Platinum Plus Visa credit card will have to do. It's 100% real, too, so you can actually use it to buy things that aren't branded with Hello Kitty and still collect on Visa's WorldPoints rewards.

Apply now and you'll even get an exclusive Hello Kitty business card holder for free. Credit cards and business card holders? Wait, you mean Sanrio isn't just for eight-year-old girls?

Via Crave.

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08.21.2007

Beer and gear: Happy Birthday CrunchGear guys

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Last night I found myself in attendance at CrunchGear's one-year birthday bash. I went partly because I was super curious about a few things. Like, how does a gadget blog celebrate one awesome year of publishing? What kind of crowd could a CrunchGear gig draw -- are there really gadget groupies? Lastly, in case I ever attend such an event again, what does one wear to a gadget get-together?

For the first 10 minutes I scanned the Manhattan bar where the party was being held. My observations: I spotted at least one iPhone for every three people, the phrase "web app" dominated most conversations, and editor-in-chief John Biggs or his big camera seemed to be everywhere at once.

A gathering of geeks on a Monday evening in Manhattan proved to be nothing short of another nutty experience. A distinct crowd (meet the new cool), nearly everyone had some form of geek currency to share, business cards made the rounds, and there were plenty of free hands for the free drinks (thank you!). Among the notables were a few CNET reporters, jovial and popular publicists, and some self-proclaimed "faux fans" (TechCrunch readers hoping for a Michael Arrington sighting and maybe some free swag).

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08.21.2007

Lifesaver for your keys

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If you’re going to spend some time on a fishing or boating vacation, the Key Buoy might be just the thing to give you that added peace of mind. Hang your keys on it and if they fall into the water, the buoy will be triggered, sending up an air tube that inflates automatically and rises to the surface within 30 seconds. With its cheerful orange colour, it’ll be readily visible bobbing on the water.

The Key Buoy is strong enough to rescue a weight of 4.2 oz (120 g) and is good for one use only. But that one use lasts for 40 minutes, which is plenty enough for you to get around to rescuing your keys from a watery demise!

Available at Firebox for $9.90 or €7,40. Via IDAsia.org. Also available at Amazon.

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08.21.2007

Stairway to Heaven - Zeppelin iPod Speaker System

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The legendary English company, Bowers & Wilkins, known for its high-performance loudspeakers, designed this speaker system with the iPod in mind.

Using the B&W 800 series as a jumping off point, the Zeppelin incorporates the midrange and tweeter drivers in a curved profile that produces smooth response and evenly distributed sound. Bass comes from a 5-inch subwoofer located in the center and twin rear-firing ports.

The Zeppelin includes a "pebble-like mini remote" handset for volume, source select and mute control that works with iPods’ play/pause and track-selection functions.

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08.21.2007

Saitek II Backlit Keyboard

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If you're in the market for a new keyboard, the Saitek II Backlit Keyboard makes a chic choice. You have a selection of backlighting colors (purple, red, and blue) which are adjustable by a dimmer. Both the laser-etched key characters and keypad illuminate, making the board useful whatever your lighting circumstances (especially if you're a night owl like me). There are media keys for volume control, play/pause, and skip tracks, angle adjustment and extendable wrist rest (for fatigue free experiences), and the ever-friendly 104 key layout.

It's a great keyboard and light-show all in one, and what suprised me the most is that the colors didn't bother me or cause my eyes to tire. In fact, they're rather useful (especially if you're sharing the bedroom with a special someone who gets irritated with your late-night Internet carousing).

Price: $59.95 at Alienware.com. Also available for $46.13 after rebate from Amazon

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08.21.2007

Homer Simpson AM/FM radio

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Aside from the clever writing and humorous story lines, one of the reasons The Simpsons has been on the air for over two decades (!) is because the characters never age. This blatant disregard for the aging process and the foundation of time itself is probably why something like this battery-powered Homer AM/FM Radio exists. Otherwise we'd be showing you a Maggie MP3 or Bart Blu-Ray Player.

Available now for $30 from The Simpsons Shop.

Via The Uber-Review.

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08.20.2007

The scientific explanation for pinkwashing

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I can't count how many times we've discussed pink gadgets, or just oohed and ahhed over something new and brightly colored (see two posts below), but some new research is showing that there is some scientific evidence that women prefer pink because of some evolutionary developmental differences between the sexes. Get this: women supposedly like reddish colors because in early days, they needed to be able to discern between ripe and unripe food and healthy or unhealthy faces. And men? They have a natural affinity for darker colors because they needed to spot dark-colored animals so they could kill it and bring it home to their fruit-juice pink decorated cave.

Is that why my husband just stands uncomfortably in the corner of Sephora, but if I point out the dark bottles of "MAN" products he goes running towards them?

This doesn't mean we'll stop calling out companies for assuming grown women want their computers and cell phones to be hot pink, but it's hilarious to think that the whole blue/pink separation of the genders can be traced so far back. I think I'm going to start a line of beauty products for men, in black, wooly mammoth-shaped bottles, and call it "Cro-Magnon".

Read more from Reuters.

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08.20.2007

New Line of Colored Phones -- Panasonic

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Up till now, when decorating our home, we didn't have much choice in color of the phones (unless you went kitsch or retro). Now, thanks to Panasonic, you can get a model in bubblegum pink, cobalt blue or "Moss Green" to complement your homes’ design and décor. Three quesses what color my daughter picked. (Pictured above.)

On their web site, Panasonic boasts they offer "consumers who demand style and sophisticated design for their homes, a chic collection of 12 bold, fresh and elegant colors available in three popular cordless phone models."

The Fresh Series includes Pearl Blue, Pearl Pink, Pearl Yellow and Pearl Violet
The Bold Series includes Green, Orange, Red and Violet
The Elegant Series includes Deep Blue, Copper, Moss Green and Wine Red

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