11. 5.2009

The Beatles catalog to be available on limited edition apple-shaped USB sticks

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The Gods need no longer be dependent on your whimsical bio-logical memory alone for their existence. For folks at Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music have collaborated on this wonderful, wonderful limited edition run of 30,000 USB apples that contain the whole of the Beatles re-mastered catalog for the benefit of fans in the UK and USA.

The 16GB USB drive will be sold on December 7th (UK) and December 8th (USA) with the audio and visual contents provided in FLAC 44.1 Khz, 24 bit and 320 Kbps MP3 formats, fully compatible with PC and Mac. The USB stick will integrate the re-mastered audio for The Beatles’ 14 stereo titles, as well as 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes. It is on pre-order right now at $279.99 on the official Beatles store. And well, if you are waiting for us to tell you that this is a great steal, buzz off coz you ain't no real fan.

Via Engadget.

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10.27.2009

Philips releases SBA1700 uber-sleek portable speakers

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Philips has unveiled its latest portable speakers for the Korean market - the SBA1700. And they are back with the disc-shaped profile, perhaps to please the purists. The speakers show-off an elegant silver finish and weigh a mere 0.3 kg - almost resembling a giant pocket watch, if only much sleeker. They are plug-and-play and connect to an audio source via a 3.5mm stereo connector with the promise of a 20-hour long playtime (3 AAA batteries, 1.5V). Then there is the trademark simplicity of design - the connector cable can be neatly hidden within the back-case when not in use and the speaker itself looped around your wrist like a vanity purse. The SBA1700 is rather dearly priced at around $60, but we bet it will be your every penny's worth.

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10.22.2009

Jabra STONE is Stone Cold Pretty

The Jabra STONE Bluetooth headset is one rock you won't want to toss willy-nilly at glass houses or at some offending person. Jabra's newest cell phone accessory combines great tech with ergonomically sound design and smoking good looks. The headset has approximately eight hours of talk time and thanks to the STONE's unique shape, the time will seem to fly by. Designed for the right ear, the STONE comfortably wraps behind your ear eliminating face obstruction caused by the usual bulky Bluetooth headset. When it's not curled on your ear, it fits snugly into its charger giving off the appearance of a smooth black stone.

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Feature-wise, Jabra's outfitted the STONE with Noise Blackout Extreme, an advanced noise-cancelling technology. Noise Blackout Extreme blocks out ambient noise while the dual microphones ensure you don't have to shout to get your point across which is good when you're in a crowded area. In addition, users can answer or reject calls, redial the last number called and place calls on hold via the near invisible controls on the front of the headset. STONE can also be used in conjunction with up to two Bluetooth compatible devices.

The Jabra STONE headset will be exclusively available through AT&T on November 8th for $129, It's a little pricey, but if the sound quality is anywhere near the device's stunning looks, it will be a worthwhile purchase. If you're concerned about possible hardware compatibility issues, go to Jabra's site and check out the compatibility box. If your phone is a match, you'll get a "Yes, it will work" message with a happy face.

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10.16.2009

Samsung announces Premium Plus memory cards for Taiwan

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Branded memory cards from Samsung are soon set to see the light of a Taiwanese day thanks to Samsung's interest in fortifying its presence in the flash-memory retail market.

The memory cards from Samsung, called Premium Plus, will be available in SD, microSD and Compact Flash (CF) formats with capacities of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB. So what really makes them "premium"? The cards comply with the Secure Digital class 6 ratings for performance. And they are designed for rugged wear - shock-resistant, water-resistant and protected from damage caused by magnetic interference. The memory cards have an average read rating of 17MB/s, with the CF cards upping the ante several notches higher at 45 MB/s. Taiwan will be the first to experience the Premium Plus memory cards when they release this month.

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10.13.2009

Epson's PictureMate Charm personal photo printer looks as pretty as a picture

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Photo labs get a few zillion degrees closer to extinction since the time Epson announced this latest news-grabber - the PictureMate Charm personal photo printer this morning. So the next time you find yourself at a party or just an unexpected get-together at home, all you need to distribute high-resolution (5760 x 1440 dpi), 4 x 6-inch full color prints in under 37 seconds is to press a few buttons on the PictureMate Charm.

The highest resolution printer in its category, the PictureMate Charm comes with ink and 100 sheets of either glossy or matte-finish 4x6-inch photo paper and boasts built-in auto photo correction and red-eye removal. You can also get an add-on Bluetooth adapter using which you can get prints straight out of Bluetooth cellphones and other Bluetooth compatible devices such as PDAs. The printer also supports direct printing from memory cards. Well we know what you must be thinking - yes, of course it allows for different color tones such as black and white, sepia, or color and the option to switch between popular photo layouts.

And most important - all these nifty features don't take the PictureMate Charm out of the common man's reach. It is very affordably priced at $150, and will be available from Epson online.

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10. 9.2009

Belkin Swivel Hub lets your USB cables stay away from general cable mess

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Ah finally, here comes a USB hub that's sensibility personified. Belkin's Swivel Hub could have been just another ordinary 4-port USB hub if not for its ingenious swivel head. The hub can be rotated around its connector to let you position your gadgets comfortably, thereby creating the additional advantage of allowing access to the other USB ports on your PC.

Hear ye all, and take a lesson in sense and simplicity hereforth. Available from Belkin at $29.95.

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09.29.2009

LaCie launches Sound2 designer speakers, keeps it within affordable reach

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Those glamor kids at LaCie have created something eye-catching again. This time, it is a pair of gorgeous high-end speakers called Sound2, designed by Neil Poulton in collaboration with acoustic engineering company Cabasse.

The Sound2 speakers not only look like a pair of conventional loudspeakers as they rest on your desk, but also claim high quality sound because they use the same sound engineering technology that is built into Cabasse's high-end loudspeakers. The setup itself is a no-brainer - the speakers connect rather simply to your computer via USB or to audio/video devices such as MP3 players and PMPs via the line-in port, with no driver installations being required. What you get under the hood is a Class D Digital Amplifier, magnetic shielding, a bass reflex system, and a 30W total peak output. The speakers also have built-in USB cable, and a dual power mode which means you can use them with a USB cable or with the included power supply.

The Sound2 speakers will be available through LaCie online, or in stores at a price of £89 (about USD $142).

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09.28.2009

Freecom struts out world's only USB 3.0 external hard drive

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No frills, sauciness, or eye-candy here. Instead, it is a hard drive that claims to hold enough raw speed to help you cruise to USB 3.0 readiness, supposedly to become a worldwide standard by 2012. It is XS 3.0, the world's first USB 3.0 external hard drive announced by Freecom. The hard drive guarantees rapid transfer speeds thanks to its 'SuperSpeed USB' technology, and what you will see on the grounds as proof of that claim is currently the quoted 130MB/s speed. Freecom is expected to launch a USB 3.0 "controller" to allow users to take advantage of the USB 3.0 speeds on the XS 3.0, though they don't promise that anytime soon.

To get into the specifics, the XS 3.0 is rather boringly clad in a black rubber enclosure and claims an almost silent operation as it is designed with a fanless cooling system. With looks that resemble pretty much a leather bound book, it weighs in at around 1.9 pounds. It is backward compatible with all USB 2.0 systems and sports AES 256 bit encryption standard. The pricing is quite reasonable too, with the 1TB drive priced at 119 Euro (about $175 US). Expect the numero uno to hit the market by mid November in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB sizes.

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09.11.2009

LG releases XD3 minimalist, portable HDDs

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It seems LG has sent out its portable HDDs for a facelift and ended up with a luscious makeover - the XD3 slim, portable HDDs announced for the Korean market.

And the results are appreciable in a single glance - a high-quality, brushed aluminum casing that comes in four colors (red, gold, black and silver) and with rubber padding for shock absorption, plus an enviable 13mm thickness. While it comes to specs under the hood however, there aren't many to make you blush - as with earlier storage drives from LG (XD1 and XD2), the XD3 is available in capacities of 320GB and 500GB, with the same USB and SATA II connectivity. It retails in Korea at a price of 110,000 Won (US $90).

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08.18.2009

Verbatim Shares its InSight

Glossy black finish polished to within a inch of its life? Check. High capacity storage? Check. Affordable price point? Check! Data storage maker Verbatim has just unveiled some seriously pretty tech. The InSight is Verbarim's latest portable hard drive. The palm-sized beauty has loads of storage space available in 320 and 500 GB.

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Resembling an oddly shaped cheese platter, the InSight allows users to personalize their drive by letting them name it. Your InSight's new name will be shown across the 32 x 128-pixel display along with the remaining amount of memory left on the system.

Easy to use, the InSight comes a five-year warranty and comes with Nero BackItUp Essentials that allows for system restore and backup. The InSight is currently retailing at $119 and $149 for the 320 and 500 GB respectively -- a good purchase for a stylish yet practical gadget.

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