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HD DVD Recorder With 1 Terabyte Hard Drive

HD DVD Recorder With 1 Terabyte Hard Drive
Toshiba just announced the first combination HD DVD burner/hard disk recorder. The recorder has a massive 1-terabyte drive, allowing for up to 130 hours of high-definition recording, with the ability to archive up to 230 minutes of high def content to a single HD DVD disc.

Samsung Releases “World’s Slimmest” Cellphones

Samsung Releases “World’s Slimmest” Cellphones
Samsung has unveiled three new phones, the X820 (6.9mm thick), the D830 (9.9mm thick) and the D900 (12.9mm thick). The X820 is a one-piece design, while the D830 is a clamshell, and the D900 is a slider.
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Bose Quiet Comfort 3 Headsets Announced

Bose Quiet Comfort 3 Headsets Announced
The Bose Quiet Comfort (QC) headphone series has always been my favorite of the noise cancelling headphones out there. Now before you start saying “no highs, no lows, must be Bose…” or “they’re totally overpriced…”, I’ll give you my take.

Official Sidekick 3 Details Released

Official Sidekick 3 Details Released
Today T-Mobile announced the Sidekick 3. Upgrades include a 1.3 megapixel camera, EDGE data, Bluetooth, a miniSD memory card slot, and a music player application. They guys at MobileBurn have posted a full review and highlights video and more pictures.

New Divx Compatible DVD Walkman

New Divx Compatible DVD Walkman
DivX and Sony have partnered up to release a new DVD Walkman player, capable of playing high-quality video content encoded in DivX format. (The player should also support DVD, DVD

Belkin Introduces Tunedeck for iPod Nano

Belkin Introduces Tunedeck for iPod Nano
Belkin has just announced their new Tunedeck accessory for the iPod Nano. The Tunedeck combines a cassette adapter with a a swiveling iPod Nano mount, so you can just plug it into your cassette deck, and the Nano will sit nicely at eye-level with your stereo.

Weatherproof Your Satellite Dish?

Weatherproof Your Satellite Dish?
The folks at Cytonix Corporation claim they’ve got a solution to rainy/snowy-day satellite dish outages with their new WX2100 spray-on coating. According to the company, “WX2100 is a long-lasting, super hydrophobic coating that repels rain, snow and ice, keeping satellite dishes and radomes dry even in heavy precipitation and preventing the buildup of snow and ice.”

Conceal Your Speakers in Artwork

Conceal Your Speakers in Artwork
Artcoustic offers custom made in-wall speaker systems which can incorporate specially manufactured acoustically-transparent grills. These allow you to hide your speakers behind a work of art without affecting sound quality. Artcoustic offers a variety of beautiful designs or you can even submit your own design for incorporation into your speakers.

Directv Titanium: Watch Every Channel (Just $7500/Year)

Directv Titanium: Watch Every Channel (Just $7500/Year)
For those who absolutely need have to have EVERY channel, DirecTV has introduced its Titanium package The package includes every premium channel, every movie channel, every pay-per-view movie, every sport channel, every adult channel every HDTV channel and up to 10 HD DVRs.

Play Your PSP Tunes in Your Car

Play Your PSP Tunes in Your Car
Griffin Technologies, has just introduced their new iTrip for the PSP. For those of you not familiar the original iTrip series, these devices enabled your iPod to wirelessly (using FM) transmit to your car stereo, blending in seamlessly with the design of Apple’s ubiquitous music players.

Microsoft Working on iPod Rival (Day Late, Dollar Short?)

Microsoft Working on iPod Rival (Day Late, Dollar Short?)
Apparently, it’s official. Robbie Bach, who oversaw development of the original Xbox, is now working on a device and music store combination to try and grab up market share from Apple’s iPod and iTunes services. Supposedly they’ll be doing more to inject a sense of community into the music/video store experience than Apple has, so that MIGHT be interesting, but it wouldn’t take long for Apple to do the same.

Sneak Peek: Xbox Live Anywhere on Mobile Phones

Sneak Peek: Xbox Live Anywhere on Mobile Phones
Microsoft’s announcement from E3 that they would be making portions of the XBox Live system available through other mobile devices was cryptic at best. Now, we see exactly what Microsoft was talking about. At the 2006 Qualcomm BREW conference, it was revealed that the Live Anywhere service will be running on non-Microsoft platforms, and a variety of intriguing screenshots have now been posted at QJ.NET.

Worst USB Device Yet: Decapitated Teddy Bear

Worst USB Device Yet: Decapitated Teddy Bear
Here’s a strange one for all you USB device freaks… The head comes off, and you plug the neck into your USB port. Everyone should have one of these. Read More [via The Raw Feed]

Forget 1080p, How About 5000 X 2000?

Forget 1080p, How About 5000 X 2000?
Three companies in Germany demoed their prototype Cinevision 2006 digital movie theater system yesterday with a 10 megapixel resolution.

Ds Lite: Time’s Gadget of the Week

Ds Lite: Time’s Gadget of the Week
Time magazine has selected the recently-released Nintendo DS Lite as their favorite gadget this week. By pushing hard on brain teasers like Soduku, Brain Age and Big Brain Academy, it looks like they’re trying to broaden their demographic appeal to an older audience, and potentially more women.

“Ultra-Portable” Coming from Apple?

“Ultra-Portable” Coming from Apple?
Word on the street is that Apple is working on a series of “ultra-portable PCs,” potentially for release at the upcoming MacWorld event in January 2007. Speculation is that these devices could operate either entirely from flash memory or from a flash memory/hard drive combination.
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