Never be late again with The Neverlate Executive Alarm Clock. With a “his and hers” alarm every day of the week (for 14 different alarms) and seven extra “everyday reminder” alarms give you a total of 21 alarms. The alarms allow you to wake up to one of four buzzer ringtones, [...]
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Goldstriker International, dare I say it - strikes again, and you will be able to usher in the new year with the first iPhone and B&O Beocom 4 Platinum Editions in the world. We've seen the Beocom 4 come plated in gold before, but platinum is definitely a class above King Midas' favorite color. There will only be 250 of such iPhones available, while the Beocom 4 is even more exclusive with just 50 sets floating around. The iPhone Platinum Edition will retail for £1,099.95 while the B&O Beocom 4 Platinum Edition is a ten quid cheaper at £999.95. Fancy blowing your year end bonus on these?
Online banking and shopping we have heard off, but quitting smoking online? Taiwan's Bureau of Health Promotion has brought its anti-smoking support network online, offering support and help for smokers in need of advice in the form of e-mail as well as Skype conversations. There will be an anti-smoking chatroom as well as forums for smokers to pick up tips from their brethren who have kicked the habit. The convenience, anonymity and flexibility of such a communication method aims to cater to those who are too shy to pick up a telephone. I suppose this is a double-edged sword, since the anonymity such a vehicle affords you would also mean less accountability, making it harder to quit such a habit.
The LG PC12 radio comes in a totally far out design, and I presume that is to go with its HD radio tuner which is head and shoulders above what AM/FM radio offers in terms of quality. Other features include a display and an USB port for you to playback tunes from USB flash drives or compatible MP3 players, all packed into an oval form factor. One can only wonder just how stable this thing is - it looks as though the slightest knock will topple it over, and woe to you should it hit the floor as all the king's horses and men will be able to do as much for it then as they did for Humpty Dumpty when he fell off the wall. There is no word on pricing and availability as at press time, but it will be making a splash at CES 2008.
If you aren't rocking to MP3 tunes in your car, now is the time to do so. The Portable Car Media Player from Chinavasion is powered by your vehicle's lighter jack, with its bottom part made of anti-shake adhesive surface, letting it stick to your dashboard like a barnacle no matter what kind of snaking turns you make. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with any sort of internal memory, so you will have to provide the SD/MMC memory card or portable hard drive yourself. It retails for $30 and gets cheaper if you decide to order in bulk. Would be nice to see this feature Bluetooth connectivity though, turning this into an impromptu hands-free speaker kit as well.
Lenovo will be rolling out its Thinkcenter A61e compact desktop computer in Korea that allows you to choose between the AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core processor or AMD Sempron Single Core processor, depending on your needs. Strangely enough, the recommended retail price in Korea starts from $730 and can only go upwards - that's nearly a 100% increase of what folks are paying for in the US with its $399 price tag.
iPod docks seem to be making their way in just about any home entertainment equipment these days, and the Advance Acoustic EXY-7 is no different from the rest. This device boasts a musical amplifier of 2 x 50W under 4 Ohms, AM/FM tuners RDS, four line-level inputs and a single set of speaker terminals. In addition, it features an integrated iPod dock that can be controlled via the infrared remote provided. If you want to serenade your family and friends this Christmas with your digital music collection, why not pick up the EZY-7 for $800?
The M120 portable media player from China does all the usual tricks - support for WMV,ASF, AMV, MPX, MPEG, MOV and AVI videos, MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA and WAV audio files, and a bunch of image formats. The 1.8" 65k color CSTN display isn't much to shout about - you will probably squint your eyes after a short while, and CSTN isn't really the way to go these days compared to much better technology lying around. In addition, you get an integrated FM radio, an e-book reader and voice recording capability in the M120. What makes this PMP stand out is its large, arcade style buttons that remind me of the way the Olympic rings are arranged.
The GMP Game Media Player targets those who do not mind settling for an unbranded portable media player, as it not only supports both video and audio playback (MPEG-4, AVI, WMV, MP3 and WMA), it also boasts an integrated game emulator that does NES and SNES ROMs as well. Remember, downloading ROMs are illegal, so if you want to keep your conscience clean, settle for homebrew ROMs that abound all over the Internet instead. Other features include a D-pad, 4-button control for gaming and navigating the UI (although I'm not sure what happens to SNES titles that require all six buttons to play), a pair of integrated speakers, a built-in FM radio, a 3" TFT LCD display and an SD/MMC memory card slot. Prices start from $105. Looks like the offspring between a PSP and a GBA after a drunken night out.
Word on the street has it that Sony will be reviving its deceased Aibo in the form of the Aibo PS. As the name suggests, this new robotic dog can hook up with your PSP and PS3 directly via WiFi, allowing you to control the Aibo over the Web, watch streaming view as well as retrieve e-mail alerts whenever the integrated camera senses motion.
The web-control feature is really cool (and long over due), but I hope that it can also connect to a computer, in addition of the PSP and PS3. If not, that would be a major blunder from Sony. The Aibo PS will not increase the console sales, but there is a slim chance that with the right features and most importantly the right price, the Aibo PS might succeed where its ancestors failed.