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Targus Folding Speaker System for iPod

Targus launched this ultra portable, yet powerful iPod speaker system, AEM0702AP, for music on the go.  The speaker system can be powered by a handful of AAA batteries or via USB power.

targus ipod speaker

Why Targus hired a marketing firm who places their speakers in a pile of rocks with weeds sticking out is a complet mystery.  If these folks are trying to send the message of a lovely afternoon at the park, then grass, picnic basket and a couple glasses of wine should have been the props here. Maybe they are trying to convey the portable iPod speaker system will get you to “rock out.”  Doubt that. In either event, the Targus speakers will run you about $45 bucks plus a plane ticket to Korea. Source: AvingUSA. Continue Reading

FilterMyRSS – Mosaic – Contest – You Win

So exactly what IS going on here? Well, today I found my FilterMyRSS logo on an internet mosaic image [yes I run that site]. There must be a thousand websites which make up the mosaic. I think they found me through this site. Anyway, I spent a good 40 minutes trying to find my logo somewhere in the mosaic page. The FilterMyRSS logo looks like this: ..and somewhere in the crazy looking web mosaic is my logo. Here is a smaller pic of the mosaic: mosaic So the question becomes. Can you find the logo? I’m sure you have better things to do with your time, but I’ll reward you with a 2GB Flash Drive if you find it. Just send me the image with a circle around the location. If there happens to be more than one entry, I’ll do a random draw. I’ll keep this live for two weeks [July 10th] before updating the image with location. Good Luck! Continue Reading

New Star Wars Mimobots – Well Almost

star wars mimobot

Mimoco is on the verge of announcing another set of Star Wars Mimobot USB drives.  This next line is their Series 3 and Mimoco will be announcing new drives between now and July 23rd.  Mimoco is having a Star Wars Mimobot contest – you can enter here – so enter to win a free drive!  I did.  It’s a fun little guessing game. The Series 2 Mimobots are still available.  Maybe they aren’t as hot as we are led to believe (announcement of 2,000 available back in Nov ’07). Continue Reading

Flip Your Bit USB Utility To Make Local Drive

BootIt is a Lexar based utility to flip the Removable Media Bit setting of a USB drive.  What this means, is you can take a Lexar drive (and many other brands) and make it appear as a Local Drive on your PC rather than Removable Storage.

This is absolutely necessary if you are looking to partition your USB drive or try some trick hack like run your iTunes from a USB stick.

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The RMB or Removable Media Bit is present on all flash drives, but whether the Lexar utility can flip it is something of trial and error.  Although it goes without saying…and I’ll say it anyway…the utility works with Lexar drives, everything else, use at your own risk.

Flip your bit BootIt is a freeware program.  Download it here.

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Kensington ShareCentral – It’s a USB Hub Two Computers Use

sharecentralIt’s a USB hub two computers use.” Sounds off doesn’t it? It’s not. What the Kensington ShareCentral does is provide a single USB box you can plug your USB devices into so they maybe shared between two computers. This is ideal for printers or scanners that need to be shared between computers (small office). Or ideal for placing a USB hard drive on a small network for automated backup. Or simply a KVM switch to centralize your keyboard, video monitor and mouse between two PCs. Actually I could use that now between my “work” computer with dual monitors to my “test” PC which could use dual monitors. I spotted the ShareCentral while over at GizmosForGeeks earlier today. They had a good point:
Chances are that if you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably got multiple computers in your household, but on the other hand, you’ve probably decided against cluttering your home with multiple printers, external hard drives and the like. But it can be such a pain to keep swapping those devices amongst your various computers. Enter the Kensington ShareCentral USB sharing device.
If this bit of news peaked your interested you can check out the latest price on the Kensington ShareCentral at Amazon.

kensington sharecentral

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GetUSB Dealz: 8GB Flash Drive Only $22

zmate dane elecDane-Electronics is offering up their zMate 8GB UFD for only $22 plus free shipping. If you have never used Google check-out you could drop that 8GB drive to $12. Now that aint bad for 8GBs of memory. Grab the GetUSB Dealz now! The company line: Small, practical and high-performance, the zMate Pen lets you carry all sorts of computer files wherever you want (music, video, spreadsheets, texts, pdf, etc…). The Dane-Elec zMate Pen is certified High Speed USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 compatible. The Dane-Elec 8GB zMate Pen is your perfect companion either at work, at home or abroad. Dane-Elec zMate 8GB Dealz page. Continue Reading

Not A Hack: ProTracker Turns Your iPod Into Pro Audio Recorder

Alesis ProTrack is a buddy device for the iPod turning it into a Pro Audio digital recorder.  Not that many of use would need up to 160GBs of high quality audio recording, but it’s out there if you need it.  The Alesis ProTrack includes 2 combo XLR input jacks for in line mic recording [or other line recording] that will digitally record those spoken word masterpieces at 16-bit, 22kHz or 44.1kHz stereo. The ProTrack offers up 1/8 output stereo connection along with limiter and volume control.

alesis protracker

Designed for any on-spot location the ProTrack will run solid for five hours with just four trip-A batteries.  The little guy is also threaded for tripod mounting to set it & forget it.
ProTrack is ideal for capturing sound effects, recitals, jam sessions, speeches, interviews, rehearsals, performances, meetings, lectures, notes-to-self, or any other audio material directly to iPod. It will be available from pro audio dealers Q3-2008.
The ProTrack is due out in 30-45 days (although Alesis is notories for pushing back release dates) with an undisclosed price tag [damn]. Source:  Engadget via Brad Linder’s Blog. Continue Reading

USB Cube Hub – Lots Of Color and Little More

Brando has a small collection of USB Cube Hubs to color up your desktop.  The USB ports are spread all over the USB Cube for easy connection of fat devices or bulky gadgets.  The USB Cube Hub includes two On/Off switches to take control of Bus power to the device.

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Brando gives you light blue, white, green, yellow and orange as your collection options along with a $12 price tag for those on a budget.

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Loopt Coming Soon to the iPhone 3G

Wish you knew where your friends and family were at all times? Have you heard of Loopt yet? Loopt is a mobile phone application that enables users to spy on see the location of their friends on an interactive map (see image below). The application also allows you to message friends in your general area and setup automatic alerts to notify you when friends are nearby.

In the last few months, Loopt has published several BlackBerry versions of its software for all major American cellphone carriers including T-Mobile, AT&T, Alltel and Sprint. Loopt also demonstrated an Alpha version of their software for the 3G iPhone at the 2008 World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). You can sign up to be notified when the full iPhone version of Loopt is released here.

If you have a Jailbroken iPhone, then the function and features of Loopt might sound similar to Twinkle. Twinkle is a native Twitter client for the iPhone that pairs your GPS location with your Twitter posts. Twinkle also gives you the ability to add images to your Twitter Tweets. But whether or not you use Loopt, Twinkle or Twitter.. it’s not any fun unless all your friends are also using the service. methodshop Continue Reading

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