Take TV is a storage device from SanDisk Sansa whose specific purpose is to provide a simple, hassle-free way to take video files from your computer and watch them on your TV. Take TV is easy to use. Like a USB flash drive you plug it into you computer and transfer files onto it; you can also download TV Shows and movies directly from SanDisk’s own video download site www.fanfare.com onto it. Once your files are on the device, you can place it on its TV docking station and use the included remote control to start playing your videos.
Take TV comes in two different sizes, 4 and 8 gigabytes, for $100 and $150 respectively. Available here.
I'm a person who loses everything. Yep, sometimes it occurs within 24 hours and it's an expensive experiment to run (both my iPod shuffle and nano were gone in mere moments -- too small and discrete for me to keep track of them. Bluetooth headsets are way, way at the top of the things I lose the most, to the point where I had to just give up on having one. So I'm no less than thrilled to have discovered and purchased a cheap-but-useful, and fully expendable, $19.99 bluetooth headset -- the FreeStyler500 by Soyo.
Here's why I made the purchase - one Amazon reviewer X. Liu wrote: "The urge to write something about this headset came from the joy of being able to use it after a washer accident, while the headset endured a 62 minutes washing cycle with warm water, detergent, and dirty clothings. For that, it should be praised."
Wacom's $2,000+ Cintiq (previously talked about here) and the fairly pricey Intuos3 model have lent their coveted technical talents to the development of an awesome and affordable alternative.
Has your inner-artist been craving a digital canvas to draw, paint, edit, and write? Does the amateur in you wish for a professional way to sketch in a new medium or touch up your almost-Ansal photos? For just under $100 you can put Wacom's Bamboo & Bamboo Fun Tablets on your holiday must-haves this season. You can also fulfill the techie dreams of your nieces, nephews, and BFFs. Both PC and Mac compatible, there are 512 levels of pressure sensitivity to more accurately mimic pen-to-paper drawing.
The tablet maps to your screen size regardless of the model. Speaking of which, you have a choice between the small or medium sized tables. We recommend the small size for just about everyone, but if you're a hard core graphic person who needs to work at the pixel-perfect level on large images or you just love using a mouse, go for the medium. Additionally, edit photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements, create artwork with Corel Painter Essentials, and apply photo effects with Nik Color Efex Pro. If you're one of those extra-creative or fashion-savvy individuals, Bamboo Fun is available in a variety of colors.
What do you get?
The Bamboo Fun pen tablet and pen, Bamboo Fun mouse, pen stand, package of 3 replacement pen nibs, USB cable, quick start guide, installation CD with tablet driver and electronic user manual, software DVD that includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 Win/4.0 Mac, Corel Painter Essentials 3.0, and Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 GE.
Other models and colors from $57-$180 at Amazon.
If you've wasted a good part of your life playing Guitar Hero (like most of us) then you'll want this iTunes compilation of songs unleashed in each of the Guitar Hero games plus some custom-made music playlists and a sampling of the guitar gods. With titles like Killer Guitar Gods, Air Guitar Classics, Shredders, it just makes your hands itch to pick up that guitar, doesn't it?
61 tracks in all for $60.39 at iTunes.
The next time someone is staring a little too intently at your chest, don't cover up with a jacket. Just take off your Sudoku necklace!
It was only $25 and that pewter pencil charm dangling above the silver-tone frame doesn't work anyway. Plus, the 18-inch black rubber cord everything is hanging from doesn't really match what you're wearing.
Via Shiny Shiny.
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Should anyone who would want this Barbie Petal Sound System even have an iPod?
Sure, the ultra pink speaker system has an AM/FM radio, can charge an iPod while it pumps out the tunes, and is compatible with all MP3 players with a 3.5mm headphone jack, but should a little girl have an iPod? Last I checked, the iTunes Music Store was still hammering out the details of acquiring the rights to sell "The Wheels on the Bus." I mean, what else are our future leaders listening to, right?
Do not say Britney Spears. Please do not say Britney Spears.
Via 7 Gadgets.
Okay, so you’ve spent the extra few bucks on a Mac or one of the ultra-stylish high-end VAIOs from Sony. Now take a cue from the fashion “don’t” section of your favorite tabloid (c’mon, we all read that every week religiously... I mean... once in a while), and keep the blah accessories away from your work-of-beauty centerpiece.
Take speakers, for example. They’re usually some shade of beige or grey, they all kind of look the same and, while many have incredible sound, the look just isn’t up to par with the beauty of your system. You’ve made a statement with your computer, so let your style be heard (and seen) through a set of high quality speakers from Art.Lebedev studios. The Sonicum speakers from Russian designer Artemy Lebedev are genius. What better place to take a design cue for computer speakers but from the speaker icon on the computer itself. The clever ‘outline’ shape of these beauties is sure to get nods from your style-conscious friends. The three-piece Sonicum boasts two speakers, a subwoofer, and an impressive list of specs that are sure to get the nod from your audiophile acquaintances, as well.
Available from our friends at Charles and Marie.
If you haven’t heard yet, Google is going green. No kidding – the Google store has introduced organic products on sale via its Green Initiative. Though they do not have a diverse range yet, I found the collection quite impressive. Most of the products are made from recycled or eco-friendly material.
For starters, there’s this Ladies’ Bamboo T-shirt ($16.20) that looks pretty regular except that it's made out of bamboo and cotton. Or the Hemp Travel Organizer that's 100% plant based (hemp plant) and priced at $31.20. And if you have a baby, dress him/her too with the Infant Cotton Rib Hat ($9.50) to complete the happy (Google) family look. For those who like none of these, there are other products to browse. Try the Footie Bag made from – you guessed right – 100% hemp and filled with recycled plastic. And, in the true spirit of green, your orders will be sent within recycled bags as well.
Check out the Google store to pamper your green temptation.
If you've ever had those tiny capsule or "dehydrated" sponge toys as a kid (the ones that magically "grow" when you add a few drops of water to them), then you'll already be familiar with miniTISSUEs. Atrocious capitalization and irresponsible breath mint disguise aside, each individually wrapped miniTISSUE is actually a hydraulically compressed 8.6" x 9.8" lint-free cotton tissue.
The biodegradable "washcloth" not only comes to life but also fully decomposes with water, which sounds like washing up could turn into a race against time to me.
Will the tissue turn into mush in your hands? Find out 96 times for just $12.95.