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i-mice speakers

10/31, 5:50pm

i-mice speakers

Xcell's i-mice speakers put an emphasis on aesthetics and portability. With only two 3W satellites, they can't deliver as much power as competing products, but the i-mice's glossy red exteriors and collapsable "head" lids may be appealing. The speakers also require no special audio inputs, since they connect through USB. A matching remote lets users control muting and volume levels. The i-mice are on sale for $20 at Xcell's website.

Sanyo Eneloop batteries, solar charger

10/31, 5:00pm

Sanyo Eneloop charger

For nearly a year, Sanyo has been producing the Eneloop line of rechargeable batteries. Unlike some rechargeables, Eneloops are said not to bleed power, and can be charged over 1,000 times before losing initial capacity. To complement the batteries, Sanyo has today released an Eneloop solar charger, says Akihabara News. Up to four AA batteries can be placed in the back panel. If you have a USB device such as a phone or a PSP, a port is provided for recharging that as well. Eneloop products are only being sold in Europe and Japan at present, so interested North Americans should check sites such as Amazon.de.

Cooler Master NotePal active laptop cooling stands

10/31, 4:40pm

Cooler Master NotePal

Cooler Master recently launched two cooling systems for high-performance laptops. Both the NotePal and NotePal Wide Screen feature two 70mm, low-speed fans that actively reduce the temperature of the laptop; the operating heat can drop by as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the company. The stand is USB-powered and includes a second USB port as a passthrough for a secondary device. Either model is available in anodized black or silver aluminum; the Wide Screen model is specially-made for 15-inch or smaller widescreen systems such as the MacBook Pro. No official pricing has been listed, though the NotePal models are shipping now.

USB Turntable archives vinyl for Macs and PCs

10/31, 4:10pm

USB Turntable

In addition to its recent Stripy Speakers, Firebox is also offering a simple turntable intended for converting vinyl records into digital files. Connecting to any MacOS X or Windows system, the USB Turntable can send the music of any 33 or 45 RPM record to an audio capture program such as Audacity (included with the player) or GarageBand. The less-common 78 RPM format can also be recorded by adjusting the playback speed in editing, Firebox says. Anti-skating control prevents the needle from slipping, and the turntable can plug into any minijack input to double as a conventional record player. Firebox is shipping the device for $228, though sales are currently limited to EU buyers.

TC 245 Telescope with Video Capture

10/31, 3:55pm

TC 245 telescope/camera

Gadget Universe is marketing the TC 245, a telescope equipped with a 3.1MP camera. The company claims 15-45x zoom with a 60mm lens, at a range of up to 100 yards. Photos are captured in JPEG format and transferred to an SD card you buy on your own. To preview images, users can rely on either the normal telescope-style viewfinder, or a 2.5-inch LCD. A remote button lets you take shots while minimizing camera-shake. The scope also comes with a protective case. Gadget Universe is selling the 245 for $450, though the company is presently out of stock.

Fujitsu offers low-cost iMac alternative

10/31, 3:35pm

Fujitsu EK30T All-in-One

Fujitsu today introduced an all-in-one PC meant to satisfy the frequently space-limited Japanese. Its EK30T draws upon design principles similar to Apple's iMac and mounts the entire computer vertically behind the display, including the optical drive. Fujitsu's system, however, is intended as a basic PC and emphasizes cost over features. The 17-inch EK model is driven by a 1.46GHz Celeron M and is supported by 512MB of RAM as well as an 80GB hard drive. While modest at best, the system is also very energy-efficient, according to Fujitsu. At peak load, the computer draws no more than 82W of power. This most recent all-in-one ships from Fujitsu today for the equivalent of $1,111 US, a low price for the Japanese market. Images of the side and back are available after the jump.

Stripy Speakers with multi-directional satellites

10/31, 3:00pm

Stripy Speakers

Firebox is currently offering the Stripy Speakers, a miniature speaker set with a rare level of flexibility. Both satellites can twist to change the direction of their sound without changing position, including directly upwards, Firebox says. The polished aluminum speakers are also controlled through a minimialist central dial: tapping the dome inside toggles the dial between bass, treble, and volume. The dome changes colors to reflect its new settings and will also turn red when the system is muted. The speakers are compatible with any 3.5mm minijack source such as a computer or iPod and can be imported from Firebox for $95.

Pioneer unveils AVIC-D3 with iPod, satellite support

10/31, 2:35pm

Pioneer AVIC-D3 Head Unit

Pioneer marked the opening of SEMA by announcing a new, deluxe head end unit for car stereos that it hopes will fulfill virtually every requirement a driver may have. The AVIC-D3 uses its 6.1-inch touchscreen as both a control for music functions as well as a display for DVD movies, DivX video, and GPS navigation. The latter feature is comprehensive, according to Pioneer, as the head unit includes maps of North America with over 11 million points of interest. XM Satellite Radio subscribers can integrate an optional tuner for XM's NavTraffic service that provides real-time updates of accidents or traffic flow.

Click through for more details.

Lowrance unveils iWAY 250c, 600c at SEMA

10/31, 1:50pm

iWAY 250c and 600c

Lowrance premiered its two newest personal GPS units at the opening of the SEMA show today. The mainstream iWAY 250c (pictured) is designed to be portable, Lowrance claims, and has a design not much larger than its central 3.5-inch touchscreen. Standard 2D and 3D map views are included, but the GPS system also ships with a 2GB SD card of map data for North America, ensuring that the 250c can store both the necessary routes as well as millions of points of interest across the continent. Free space on any SD card can be used to store and play MP3 songs as well as JPEG photos. Lowrance is shipping the budget iWAY for $349.

Details of the iWAY 600c follow below.

Saitek Obsidian mouse

10/31, 1:45pm

Saitek Obsidian mouse

Saitek has developed the Obsidian, a wireless mouse that somewhat resembles the Motorola PEBL. The Obsidian's contours contain five standard mouse buttons, plus a four-mode touchpad, which replaces a scrollwheel. The charger cradle is likewise unusual, laying flat and charging a second battery while the first is still in use. The mouse has 1,000dpi resolution and is only compatible with MacOS X or Windows XP computers. It's currently available for pre-order, but only for 43 ($82) from Interactive Ideas.

Nintendo confirms DVD-ready Wii for Japan

10/31, 12:55pm

DVD-ready Wii for Japan

Nintendo has reversed an earlier decision to exclude DVD playback from the Wii, at least in Japan, GamesIndustry reports. The game console had initially been planned to play DVDs everywhere, but the company later reasoned that this would be an unnecessary expense. A spokesperson is now saying there are "currently plans" for a DVD-ready Wii in Japan. The exact date of its release is unknown, but the same spokesperson cautions Western gamers that they may not receive DVD playback. "There are currently no plans to bring this model to Europe or the US," the spokesperson says.

JVC DD-8 home theatre system

10/31, 12:25pm

JVC DD-8 theatre system

JVC has debuted the DD-8, a home theatre system that can stream PC content, writes T3. Aside from playing DVDs and music CDs, an onboard network component allows you to browse files from a LAN-connected computer. Users unwilling to string Ethernet cable through their home can opt to use an added wireless router. Video can be upscaled to 720p through an HDMI cable. And though the DD-8 has only three speakers and a subwoofer, JVC claims it can support 5.1 surround sound. A companion model, the DD-3, lets cost-conscious buyers drop network and upscaling support. Neither system has been given pricing or release information.

Motorola ships T305, T605 Bluetooth car kits

10/31, 12:10pm

Motorola BT Car Kits

[Updated with T605 photo] Motorola used its presence at the SEMA car enthusiast show to announce the release of two new Bluetooth car kits. The first of these is the T305 (pictured), a cellphone-oriented hands-free speaker. It can fit easily in someone's palm, Motorola says, making it easy to carry in a pocket as well as useful for conversations outside a vehicle. Despite it size, the T305's battery is expected to last for approximately 14 hours between charges. It can also charge via USB from either a computer or a bundled USB-to-car adapter. Motorola is selling the T305 immediately for $80 online as well as in stores. Details of Motorola's new car kit for music are available after the jump.

Pat Says Now Ghost mouse

10/31, 11:30am

Pat Says Now Ghost mouse

A Swiss company called Pat Says Now is selling the well-timed Ghost mouse, a three-button optical design with a scrollwheel. Its resolution is 800dpi, and it should connect to any computer running MacOS or Windows 95 and up. A PS/2 plug allows the Ghost to connect to computers without a free USB port. Pat Says Now is shipping the mouse direct for 30 ($38), but you can also find the mouse for 20 ($36) at Fabstuff. All Ghosts are covered by a three-year warranty. Click through for a full-sized image.

Supertooth Light Bluetooth hands-free kit at FCC

10/31, 11:15am

Supertooth Light BT Kit

SGS is planning a new Bluetooth hands-free calling device with unique features, according to a recently uncovered FCC approval. The documents show an adapter with an extendable microphone boom with active noise cancellation, which should help improve audio clarity over other, one-piece designs. The Supertooth Light also has a high-capacity lithium-ion battery that runs for as much as 15 hours on a single charge, roughly 50% longer than most rivals. A mini-USB port is also present to give owners the choice of recharging the battery directly from their PC instead of a dedicated AC adapter. No launch information is revealed in the filing, though FCC approval is often a precedent to a formal release.

Cowon iAudio D1 media player

10/31, 10:50am

Cowon iAudio D1 player

Cowon's iAudio D1 serves as a higher-end counterpart to players like the recent F2. It can for instance play and record DAB radio, in addition to the voice and FM options presented by the F2. Likewise, the D1 can play its videos in the superior MPEG-4 XviD format, converted using a bundled software package. Further enhancements to the player include 4GB of storage, a new touchpad control system, and a maximum 30 hours of use through the lithium polymer battery. As with the F2, the D1 will still display photos and text, or play FLAC, MP3, Ogg, WAV, and WMA music files. Advanced MP3 Players is selling the unit for 155 ($295).

ASUS debuts W6 Leather Collection laptop

10/31, 10:45am

ASUS W6 Leather Collection

Catering to laptop owners who are both style-conscious and who need real portabily, ASUS today expanded its Leather Collection to include the 13.3-inch W6 line. The W6Fp adds either brown or camel-colored leather to both the inner and outer shells of the laptop, improving the style without sacrificing durability or the system's 4.1-pound weight, ASUS says. The performance of the W6 has also been upgraded alongside this new model, with Core 2 Duo processors available between 1.66GHz and 2.33GHz depending on configuration. Each system ships with a matchhing carrying case and USB mouse. Both colors should be available now, though ASUS does not list prices as they can vary depending on individual resellers.

Photos of the laptops are available after the jump.

Big Electronic Games ships two retro arcade machines

10/31, 10:10am

BEG Retro Arcade Machines

Enterainment company Big Electronic Games said today that it has begun shipping two new stand-up arcade machines aimed at recreating the original experience of playing classic titles. The Konami Classics edition is a multi-game cabinet that lets users choose between 12 famous titles from the Japanese developer, including "Castlevania," "Contra," and "Frogger." The more focused Golden Tee 3D Clubhouse Edition system includes only the classic golf game but also recreates the original controls, including the trackball used to aim and power shots. Both cabinets require no setup beyond assembly and are available both online and in stores for under $500.

BenQ releases MP510 ultra-portable projector

10/31, 9:50am

BenQ MP510 Projector

BenQ today unveiled its new MP510, a DLP projector the company says is made for classrooms, offices, or other areas where portability is a crucial factor. The MP510 has a surface area of 8.2 by 10.9 inches -- just smaller than a standard sheet of paper, BenQ notes. The system also weighs 5.9 pounds and is light enough to be carried between buildings. The DLP processing allows for a full 16.7-million color palette, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 1,500-lumen brightness level. While the device displays only an SVGA (800x600) resolution, it can accept most HDTV formats including 720p and 1080i. Input focuses on analog sources such as VGA, RCA, and S-video. BenQ hopes to ship the MP510 in November for an inexpensive $499.

iPod shuffle to be available on Friday

10/31, 9:30am

iPod shuffle Available

Putting to rest initial fears that the device might not be available until the middle of next month, Apple today announced that the second-generation iPod shuffle is now shipping and should be available both in Apple's retail stores and Apple resellers as of Friday, November 3rd. The 1GB flash player had been introduced during the September "Showtime" event but was given no firm release date until today. Notably, Apple states that the new iPod shuffle requires iTunes 7.0.2, which isn't yet available to the public. Early pre-orders of the music player already started shipping this past weekend.

Virgin Mobile intros Kyocera Cyclops phone

10/31, 9:00am

Kyocera Cyclops Phone

Virgin Mobile announced on Tuesday that it would begin carrying a designer flip-phone from Kyocera that will also mark the introduction of new features on the former's cellular network. The Cyclops is a style-oriented phone in Virgin's signature red and white that revolves around a central, 1.3-megapixel camera. The design also features a slim external display for caller ID and ships with games including Lumines Mobile.

Click through for details about the phone's new services as well as a detailed photo.

Sling Media releases beta SlingPlayer for Mac

10/31, 8:35am

Beta Sling Player for Mac

Users of the Slingbox line of media streaming hubs are no longer required to use a Windows PC or specific mobile phones to watch video away from their home, Sling Media announced today. A free public beta of Sling Player for Mac is now available for both American and Canadian editions of SlingPlayer, Sling Media's program for streaming Slingbox video through the Internet regardless of the device owner's location. The initial version is a Universal Binary but requires MacOS X 10.4 in the interests of a quick release, Sling says. Support for earlier versions of the OS as well as additional regions are expected in the future. The Slingbox devices themselves require either a router with Ethernet ports or a wireless bridge.

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