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USB Cools Hot Buns

USB Cools Hot Buns
I couldn’t make this stuff up. Japanese gadget importer Audiocubes is selling this device which, when connected to your USB port, and placed under your rear end, cools off your seat. The Thanko USB Cool Cushion uses a USB powered fan to suck cool air in and pushes it out through small holes in the cushion and cool off your derriere.

Tivo Series 3 Ships

Tivo Series 3 Ships
Today, TiVo began selling its new Series 3 high definition recorder. The long-awaited Series 3 features a 250GB hard drive, enough to store about 32 hours of high-def content or about 300 hours of standard-def programming.
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Apple’s Big News Day: Games, Movies, New iPods, New iTunes, Set Top Box

Apple’s Big News Day: Games, Movies, New iPods, New iTunes, Set Top Box
At today’s “It’s Showtime” event, Steve Jobs showed off a bunch of new iPod and iTunes features and products. Here’s the skinny on all the new stuff: Games for the iPod: To initially include: Bejeweled, Cubis 2, Mahjong, Mini golf, Pac-Man, Tetris, Texas Hold ‘Em, Vortex, and Zuma $4 per game from the iTunes store New iPod models: iPod Video 30gb – $249 iPod Video 80gb – $349 75% improvement to battery life and 60% brighter display with brightness control iPod Nano 8gb – $249 (various colors) iPod Nano 4gb – $199 (various colors, no black) iPod Nano 2gb – $149 (silver only) New colors, case design and up to 24 hour battery life for Nanos iPod Shuffle 1gb – $79 (smaller than ever, metal case instead of plastic, super tiny!) iTunes 7 Available later today (9/12/2006) New interface improvements “List View” – traditional iTunes view “Album View” – complete with album artwork “Cover Flow View” – sorta like flipping through your CD rack Free cover art downloads for any music in your collection Separate views for each device iPod updater integrated into iTunes now iTunes TV: over 220 different shows from every major network TV shows now encoded at 640×480 resolution using H.264

Itunes Movie Store Getting Ready for Launch?

Itunes Movie Store Getting Ready for Launch?
The Apple iTunes music store is offline this morning, presumably as they get ready to go live with a new store featuring full movie downloads. It’s likely that the store will primarily feature movies only from Disney (including Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax, Pixar and Touchstone,) with some question about what studios will come on board in future.

Xbox 360 Laptop Mod (Awesome)

Xbox 360 Laptop Mod (Awesome)
Console modder extraordinaire, Ben Heck has completed his latest masterpiece, and Xbox 360 laptop. Ben’s “portable” has a beautiful aluminum case with a 17-inch widescreen LCD, built-in keyboard, Wi-Fi and USB ports on board. Dimensions are a “svelte” 16.75″

Nintendo Wii Preorders Begin

Nintendo Wii Preorders Begin
Games importer Lik-Sang has started accepting preorders for the much anticipated Nintendo Wii game console. It’s an odd reservation system, since no pricing or release date have yet been officially announced. Lik-Sang is not requiring a deposit on preorders until pricing is confirmed, so there’s a pretty low risk for you if you decide to reserve one through them.

Fm3 Buddha Machine: the Anti-iPod

Fm3 Buddha Machine: the Anti-iPod
One of my favorite places for fun and unique items on the web is the $25 Giant Robot Store. I just came across a fun gizmo on their site called the “FM3 Buddha Machine.” The Buddha Machine is said to be the “anti-ipod.”

Nintendo NES Controller Alarm Clock

Nintendo NES Controller Alarm Clock
The folks over at ThinkGeek have just started carrying this fun little Japanese import. It’s a portable alarm clock that’s shaped like case from the classic Nintendo NES joypad. Looks like they went with the color scheme from the Japanese original Famicom system though.

Xbox 360 November Dashboard Update Details

Xbox 360 November Dashboard Update Details
The folks over at MaxConsole got their hands on these exclusive preview screenshots of the upcoming dashboard update for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. Of note are a new, cleaner look for the Xbox Live Arcade, a better organized Live Marketplace and most importantly, a link to the “Launchpad,” where you’ll be able to play demos and XNA homebrew games if you’re signed up for the XNA Game Studio program.

Ambilight Knock-Off for Your Pc

Ambilight Knock-Off for Your Pc
Philips Ambilight technology is said to improve perceived contrast and reduce eyestrain. Well now you can try a similar technology on your PC’s monitor. Smartbytes’ Ambient Reality Effects is a compact device designed to mount to the back of your monitor and produce colored background light on your surrounding walls.

Sony Playstation 3 Delayed Til March 2007 in Europe

Sony Playstation 3 Delayed Til March 2007 in Europe
The headline says it all. According to Sony’s European website the PS3 has been delayed until March 2007 in the PAL territories of Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa and Australasia. Launch date remains November 17, 2006 for North America and Japan, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that date slip given Sony’s recent track record.

Apple Releases New 24-Inch iMac

Apple Releases New 24-Inch iMac
With no advance hoopla, Apple has quietly announced the new 24-inch iMac today. The new model features a substantial widescreen display running at 1900×1200 resolution, a 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 250 GB hard drive, and 1 GB of RAM for $1999.00.

Your Musical Selection Really Stinks.

Your Musical Selection Really Stinks.
What’s that smell? Could it be Fergie’s ‘Humps’ or Justin’s ‘Sexyback’? Well now you can have a myriad of musically derived fragrances in your home thanks to this wacky new device. TokyoFM’s new USB powered system mixes six perfumes to automatically change fragance based on the music and artist currently playing on their radio station.

40-Inch LED Backlit LCD Panel Shown by Samsung

40-Inch LED Backlit LCD Panel Shown by Samsung
Samsung showed of their new LE40M91 LCD flat panel at the IFA conference in Berlin this week. The new set features a high-powered LED backlight, said to boost color gamut to 146% and the LCD panel claims a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, which is extremely good for an LCD panel.

Miniature Atari 2600 Games on Your Keychain

Miniature Atari 2600 Games on Your Keychain
These miniature Atari 2600 joystick and paddle controllers function as both a keychain and a functional video game console. Certainly they’re a bit cumbersome as keychains, but you cannot deny the cool factor here. I’ve seen differing information on which versions feature which games, but from what I can decipher, there are three versions, one with Asteroids and Millipede (joystick); and one with Yar’s Revenge and Centipede (joystick) and one with Breakout, Pong and Warlords (paddle).

Play Your Old Vinyl Albums on Your Pc

Play Your Old Vinyl Albums on Your Pc
The Ion iTTUSB Turntable from Ion Audio lets you digitize your vinyl LPs and listen to them on your PC. The turntable includes Audacity software for Mac/PC for recording as well as a trial install of Bias Soundsoap 2 for cleaning and restoring vinyl.
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