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Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is in full swing - we are adding our recommendations daily, aimed at men, women, teens, families, techies, and more. If you need help figuring out what to get the people in your life, head on over to our Guide for some ideas. We’ll even be giving away some of the items featured this year!
We have another entry in the sometimes wacky world of iPod docks and holders. They’ve invaded our bedrooms, closets, cubicles, backyards...and now the bathroom. Yes, we’re talking about the iCarta Toilet Paper Holder, which holds, charges and plays your iPod while you do your thing. The dock is moisture-resistant, but somehow we don’t think the iPod is, so be careful if taking a hot shower. The iCarta has four stereo speakers, includes an AC adaptor, measures 8x4x5”, and can be used with all iPods with dock connectors. Available for $70 USD, iPod and toilet paper not included.
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Are you a frustrated “air drummer”, tired of all the air guitarists getting all the love, including their own documentary? Well, to cheer you up, we’ve found a device made especially for you: iPod Digital Drumsticks. They’re motion-activated, with a control module that connects to both your iPod (or any MP3 player) and to a stereo system or headphones. You can then hear yourself play to your favorite tune, and the drumsticks have buttons that allow you to play different types of drum or cymbal effects. You also have the option to play along with your choice of six background songs instead of your iPod. Unfortunately, Hammacher Schlemmer has already been inundated with aspiring Ringos, as the $30 USD device is currently sold out. Stay tuned…
Not too long ago, we informed you about the latest version of iTunes, which addressed most incompatibility issues with Windows Vista. Apple has now released an update that will “...correct an issue that caused some iPods to become corrupted when ejecting them using Windows Explorer or the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ function in the System Tray,” according to Microsoft’s Windows Vista Team. The team also states that “...[Microsoft and Apple] recommend you download this software.”
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FrontGate’s new Home Theater comes with an inflatable, hi-def white vinyl HD screen, just in case you are sitting in your outside jacuzzi and want to catch the Grey’s Anatomy finale during Nielsens sweeps this month. Made of mesh reinforced PVC, it also comes with an Epson Movie Mate 30 DVD Player/projector, CD/DVD player, a high-speed air pump, and two full-range self-powered speakers with 30 foot audio cables. Included in the $2,499.00 to $2,999.00 price is your choice of an 8 or 12 foot screen with 16 x 9 widescreen, a ground sheet, ground stakes, and nylon rope for stabilizing, just in case a storm’s abrewin’. When it finally hits, FrontGate claims it will fold up neatly into its own padded bag.
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Boomwave has designed a new series of alternate covers for your iPod nano 2G. In contrast to their demoniac cases, the cutesy Beraphims are crafted of silicone and come with cutesy names such as Articlaw, Ursa Mire R, Eyestein, Drizzly, Paw-a-tree and Flambear. The skins, at sizes of 60 x 105 x 18 mm and weights of 50 g, feature screen and click wheel protectors, paws for wrapping earphones, and included neck straps. Even more creative than the Beraphims are their descriptions. This Japanese company certainly knows their PR. They are available from ProClip Direct for 290 Yen (~$25.00.)
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Vavolo, maker of inedible USB products has gone creative again and has released these clever canine speakers. Company spokesperson Cassily told Gear Live that they are compatible with iPods, MP3 and MP4 players, PCs, cell phones, and other PMPs via its 3.5 video outlet. They feature a USB port 5V power source. At a size of 11 x 9 x 9-inches per pooch and for only $11.99, you can adopt the amplifying pups for your very own.
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It didn’t take Blackberry long to get around to another device they hope will add coins to their coffer. Dubbed the Curve 8300, it measures 107 x 60 x 15.5 mm and weighs 111 g. It features a 2.0 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom and built-in flash, EDGE/GPRS/GSM connectivity, Blackberry Maps, access to up to 10 e-mail accounts, can handle polyphonic, MP3 and MIDI tracks, and even has a spell
checker. The Curve also supports Blackberry Messenger, Google Talk and comes pre-loaded with Yahoo IM. The multi-faceted gadget is expected to make its debut this June.
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Apple has a last minute Mother’s Day treat. The set comes with an iPod 4 GB nano, a gift card, and a 10% off coupon for future shopping of accessories. Best of all, hidden under the nano, is that most wonderful of gifts, nummy chocolate. This one is an exclusive for Best Buy for $204.99 with an instant $10.00 rebate and comes in either pink or silver. You had better hurry over there, as supplies are limited and you only have 2 days left to appease Mom.
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Now that disco is invading our lives again, what better way to celebrate its resurgence than with this Disco Ball Alarm Clock. Wake up to the overly pink item with its colored lights swirling around the room. If you are not quite ready to face the music, hit the snooze button until you’re ready to feel the beat. The 110 x 120 x 160 mm clock requires 1 LR and 3 AA batteries, not included. You might also consider the gadget an appropriate Mother’s Day gift if your mom still plays her old BeeGee records. Pre-order the clock for a May 15 delivery from Latest Buy for $25.46.
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This appears to be the latest idea in spam just by using your cell phone. With Yodio (created out of the terms “you” and “audio,”) you record an MP3 audio tag line on your phone, call the website and post it, add images and captions, and send it to unsuspecting folks’ e-mail addys or blogs. If you just want to use the beta service to wish your parental unit a happy Mother’s Day in a 2 minutes or less e-card, Yodio is free, but if you want to create a mini-commercial or tour you set a price, and Yodio will pay you royalties.
The only problem here is that you can only use the tool on their site and must link to it to see your work of art. To get you started, the site has a practice run and is now offering a $10.00 reward if you can get five people to view your creation.
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