SolarKindle Lighted Cover
Light up your Valentine next Tuesday with a gift of the SolarKindle Lighted Cover from Solar Focus with a built-in solar panel that charges the reserve battery for the LED reading light while also providing extra power to the Kindle. Bright idea. $59.99.
SYNC by 50 Cent
If your lovebug has been especially sweet this year, treat them to one of the best-sounding headphones on the market.
50 Cent's new wireless headphones from SMS Audio integrates Kleer wireless technology allowing up to four listeners to simultaneously rock from a single source. Additional features include 16-bit digital sound, full on-board controls and passive noise-canceling capabilities. Here's our original review. Wireless cost a pretty penny - $399.95 - or choose a wired version for $299.95.
Soulra XL Sound System with Solar Panel
This solar-powered, heavy-duty sound system promises to play all day or, to be more specific:
5 hrs to fully charge in sun (depends on sun intensity)
8 hours of playback (depends on audio volume)
4 hours to fully charge iPod/iPhone (depends on model)
Snap in your iPhone or iPod to play while the 72 square inch enhanced monocrystal solar panel
recharges the lithium ion battery pack. Your Valentine will love you for it.
$250 at Eton.
At CES we see many products that , sadly, never make it to the market place.So we're happy to report that the new Blue Mic line is out now and we had a chance to play with them.
Blue Mic established themselves with the Mikey mic, which was a boon for home recording, and the new Yeti Pro takes it one step further for musicians.The versatile multi-pattern USB mic, is the world’s first ever THX-certified microphone, and features Blue’s premium condenser capsules in a proprietary triple capsule array, hosting four recording patterns (stereo, omni, cardioid, and bi-directional) that give the user incredible versatility to produce studio-quality recordings in a wide range of situations, i.e. vocals, live or event recording, interviews, broadcasts, instruments, bands, etc. ( Yeti Pro can capture digital audio with up to four times the clarity found on CDs. )
Not only is it a high quality mic, but at $250 its affordable to most aspiring artists. The installation couldn't be easier. (If you're a Mac user, GarageBand recognizes it.)
At CES, we saw the next gerneration Blue Microphones, which were impressive. If you're recording music or videos on your iPhone or iPad -and who isn't these days- there's the brand-new Mikey Digital, a plug-and-play external mic for capturing professional-quality audio on iPod touch, iPhone 4/S and iPad with any iOS audio app. Mikey Digital captures stereo recordings with the highest resolution possible on the iOS platform. A multi-input jack for easy plug-in of other sources such as guitars, instruments, handheld mics, and other sources and a USB pass-thru connection for charging in-use, makes Mikey Digital a perfect multifaceted recording interface for a wide range of sources. ($99) It took the 2012 CEA Innovations award winner in portable multimedia accessories.
Blue also showed off Spark Digital, the first studio-grade mic to offer both iPad and USB connectivity. The combination of Spark Digital’s direct connection to iPad, along with numerous available recording apps such as GarageBand, provides the first mobile studio setup for the iPad platform. In addition, Spark Digital offers USB connectivity, delivering studio-quality audio to any computer, laptop or tablet with USB. ($199)
You know what kind of phone your BFF carries of course, so surprise her with a stylish new holder, like the Glam model by Case-Mate. ($40.)
We love the way this iPhone 4 / 4S case sparkles with a glitter coated inlay. The clear-finish lacquer guarantees that it will stay shimmer-y, and makes it smooth enough to slip out of a jean pocket.
Your girlfriend will be thrilled.
PERK UP WITH PERFEKT: SMART COLOR TECHNOLOGY
Usually you can't gift a girlfriend with cosmetics - after all, how would you know her shade? - but with the Perfekt's Smart Color Technology, creating the exact color match is easy. We use the "Radiant" skin gel, which instantly improves our skintone, while looking like we're not wearing anything at all.
The multi-tasking, gel-mousse not only makes our skin per-fekt but reduces enlarged pores, fine lines and shine. It's like a foundation, primer, color corrector and powder, all in one.
For Christmas, they're offering a holiday set which includes their best selling skin perfection gel along with cheek perfection gel in bronzed and blushed.( $78.)
Tell your girlfriend she's "Per-fekt."
SANTA STOCKING STUFFER
How cute is this Santa iphone case? Made of silicone, for the 4/4s, it just makes you want to smile (while still protecting your iPhone.) The textured scarf and hat make for a handy grip and the frosty key charm adds to the charm.
$25 at Case-Mate.
ZEBRA-STRIPED STOCKING STUFFER
Oprah put it in her Gift Guide. Rachel Ray bring hers' to work . Believe it or not, they're all gaga over a toothbrush, specifically the new Violight "Slim," the first truly portable, electric toothbrush with a vented mascara-style cap.
It's also the first stylish toothbrush - one that you wouldn't be embarrassed to pull out of your purse at work. At only 2.5 oz. and vibrating at 22,000 brush strokes per minute, it makes an ideal travel buddy.
Comes with a replaceable toothbrush head and one AAA battery. Enter "popslim11" at checkout and all Slim Sonic toothbrushes in your cart will be reduced to $12.95!
$14.95 at Violight.
2,000 Songs Can't Be Wrong: SANSA MP3 PLAYER
There's a lot to like on the tiny Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip, such as the 2,000 songs you can upload on the 8GB player; the sound quality; the FM radio; the voice recorder and a memory card slot plus the new 1.1" full color screen. But most of all, you can't beat the price. $59.99 for the 8GB; $44.99 for the 4GB.
It supports WMA, secure WMA, DRM-free iTunes and comes with a free trial offer to Rhapsody Music.
As with all Sandisk players, there are "slotMusic" cards available which are preloaded with tunes ready to pop into the player's memory card slot.
Clip it on your shirt and you're ready to hit the gym with the built in stopwatch. Plug in the 500 Motown song SlotRadio card ( $39.99) and you'll have enough tune-age to fuel all your New Year's Eve resolutions.
Make anything your speaker with the Vibe-It bullet-shaped gizmo. For example, use your beach cooler for your amp or the empty soda can on your desk. Or, plug in any standard 3.5mm headphone jack to hear your tunes.
Anything hollow can be a potential speaker and the bigger and more empty the object, the bigger the sound gets. Just put two AAA batteries in your Vibe-It or use your computer as the power source (using aUSB chord.) It also works with iPod, DS, PSP or portable DVD players but really, isn't a big cardboad box more fun?
The Vibe-It works as an acoustic generator, you see. Clever? You bet. And chances are good no one else has seen these yet so they make a perfect holdiay gift for your gadget-minded friends.
$24.95 at Vibe-It.
For the next installment of our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide, we've complied a list of favorites from the far reaches... of our laptops... Well, OK, there was some hands-on experience. It's not all about the internet you know. Did I just say that??? I think I'm fatigued. I'll grab a lie-down while you read on. Mostly tech with a splash of fun, these selections aim to please all kinds of geeks and even the not-so-geek kinds. Click 'continue' to... um... er... ah... continue.
CREATIVE ZEN : MP3 Player
Don't let the size fool you; this tiny ZEN style MP300 media player packs almost everything you want/need into its pocket-sized bundle.
1) Features a microSD card slot that lets you store up to 32GB of additional music on top of its internal content
2) The player comes with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, so you can easily connect to compatible stereo Bluetooth headphones and speakers (such as the Creative WP-300 and Creative D80, and enjoy high-quality wireless music playback.)
3) Bulit-in integrated FM radio.
4) Touch-responsive navigation. Intuitive touch keys located around the 1.45" TFT display screen.
What it doesn't do is work with itunes or music subscription services but if that isn't an issue for you, it's a great deal at $60 for the 8GB music player at Creative.
You know how important it is to take a girlfriend along when you're shopping? You need someone to answer those critical questions"Does this look good on me?" or, "Do I really need this?"
Shopntella knows that so has taken their e-commerce site one step further by allowing it to integrate with your social networks . It goes far beyond price comparison, and product reviews, giving you real-time product-purchasing advice from your own social networks plus purchasing advice from their social networks and a community of users.
The site will launch publicly in September, but is currently pre-registering users for a preview prior to public availability.
We love the idea of an online shopping site which folds in the social media community, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to gather feedback and opinions. Shopntella brings the online buying experience closer to physical shopping with a girlfriend.
For example, the Shopntella "Ask a Question" module allows users to pose product queries to their trusted friends and social circles, industry experts and the larger Shopntella community.
Shopntella's proprietary ranking system, the "ntella score", quickly identifies new, trending and popular items by listening to what millions of shoppers are talking about and ranking the products accordingly there by answering the question, "Is this trendy?"
To pre-register and get a sneak preview of Shopntella before it is launched publicly, visit shopntella.
Take it for a test drive and let us know what you think.
Chances are, you or someone you know suffers from severe Hourglass Syndrome. Can you imagine how much more you could get done if you didn't have to wait so long for your computer to catch up with you? Not so long ago, when I worked as an IT consultant during grad school, I used to walk into offices where people would get to work, turn on their computers, then go get breakfast while their computers booted up because they so hated watching that hourglass spin. The average person spends three full days a year waiting for their computers to catch up. Based on what I've seen, it's probably not uncommon for that to be three weeks a year.
Do you want to have three extra days in 2011? Popgadget is teaming up with Intel this holiday season to give someone a complete state-of-the-art tech makeover!