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06. 3.2009

Stocco Maitre: The Tech in the Mirror

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Nowadays almost every gadget or appliance has that Transformers "more than meets the eyes" gimmick going. Some do it better than others.The market has been saturated with USB flash drives made to look like conch shell to cute jewelry and everything in between. Now your bathroom accessories are getting into the act.

From Italian high-end company bathroom furniture and design company F. lli Stocco comes the Maitre bathroom mirror. At first glance, it looks like your average mirror until you spot the touch screen console in the bottom right corner. The console controls an integrated radio, clock, a mirror demister with a sensor, and a barometer (although why one needs to measure atmospheric pressure in the bathroom is beyond us). The best feature has to be the built in mp3 player so you can rock out to your favorite tunes while you shower.

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06. 1.2009

News on the new Microsoft Zune (it's coming soon)

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USA Today reports that Microsoft will be launching a new improved version of their popular MP3 player this fall - and it's going to be packing some pretty impressive specs.

The Zune HD will allow users to play files through a docking station on HD televisions and will also apparently link up with the X Box "to create a game-changing entertainment experience". Even better (as far as I'm concerned) it will feature a touch screen, Web browser and HD Radio receiver. The screen's use of organic light-emitting diodes should also improve battery life and image quality.

However, the next generation of iPod Nanos is rumored to be coming equipped with cameras - which could provide Microsoft with a little added competition.

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06. 1.2009

Jill Sobule Releases CD Financed By Her Fans Via the Internet

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In 2008, we reported on indie rock musician Jill Sobule's experiment with a new way to create and fund music. After multiple contracts with major and independent record labels, Sobule decided to make music on her own. She launched a website asking her dedicated fans to donate money before the CD came out to finance the recording and production costs. Tiered donation levels gave devoted fans the chance to appear in a song (US$500,) to singing on the CD (US$10,000.)

One year and US$80,000 of donations later, Sobule has released "California Years." The title and songs, like "Palm Springs" and "San Francisco," are inspired by her move to LA. The CD also closes with a track called "The Donor Song," which lists some of the people who contributed money. Aside from Sobule being the writer of the first "I Kissed A Girl" song in the 90s and now pioneer in innovative music business models, Sobule is a talented singer, song writer, and guitarist. While the funding the album through donation via PayPal is notable, it would mean less if she didn't make great music that people want to hear. And now, they have that opportunity.

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06. 1.2009

Satio: The Ulimate Cameraphone

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Last week, mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson, announced the release of a trio of phones that will put the company back in the running for phone dominance. One of these devices is the Satio. Billing itself as the "ultimate multimedia experience," the Satio has some cool features that will definitely appeal to the amateur photographer in all of us.

With a 3.5 inch, 16:9 widescreen format with 640 x 360 pixels for a crystal clear view. The touchscreen menu provides easy access to your favorite media including your favorite images, videos, and webpages. Satio is being run on a Symbian OS which is a plus since there are tons of apps already available when the phone goes to market

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