September 12, 2007

[THE GET IT]
Boy, the prices of these USB flash drives are getting ridiculous. This week Circuit City has a deal on a 3-pack of SanDisk 2GB USB flash drives for $59.99! And of course, because they’re USB, they are supported by Mac and PC and are hot-swappable. In addition, these Cruzer Micro models have a nifty retractable USB connector. That’s a lot of storage to be able to carry around on a keychain or in your pocket. For that price you can throw them at your neighbors!
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/SanDisk-2GB-Cruzer-Micro…
[THE GIZMO]
How are your feet? And I’m not asking if those dogs are barkin’. I’m talking about that malodorous redolence emanating from those hoofs of yours. You know who you are. Don’t worry, help is on its way from that wonderful land we gaijin call Japan. Trumping us once again, the Shoe Pure 100 is born. This egg-shaped wonder gadget claims it can remove the odor and bacteria from your shoes in a mere 30 minutes. It does so with the aid of warm air flow and an ozone generator. The boys over at Gizmodo got a chance to try it out at IFA 2007 and gave it a stellar review. They reported noticing a difference after only 5 minutes of use. The price is reported to be about $68 and seems to be only available right now on Amazon Japan.
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F…
[THE GORGEOUS]
There isn’t much information about this new design from Art Lebedev and Loit Designs, but it sure looks sweet. The Loit Eagle Audio System consists of a beautifully minimalist amplifier, a stackable CD player and a nice chunky metallic remote control. According to the ambiguous message on the website, the Loit Eagle “aims at delivering the best possible high fidelity audio from compact disc media.” I’m not sure what that means. To me, it looks a bit like some sort of doomsday machine but I think I need one. I love the blue, glowing under-light and those embedded glowing tubes.
http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/loit/
[THE GREEN]
Move over Prius, the E-Flex from Opel has entered the building. Take a look at this! Looking a bit like the surly little brother of the Prius, the E-Flex was leaked before the big auto show in Frankfurt this week. However, unlike the Prius which switches back and forth between gasoline and electric motors, the E-Flex has a 1.3lt turbo diesel engine that recharges the car’s lithium ion batteries when they run out. So instead of it sharing duty as a primary drive train, it acts as a backup generator for the all-electric drive train. Once the diesel takes over, it feeds the onboard generator which produces electricity while the car is operating. Most excitingly, it can be recharged by plugging it into a wall outlet. GM is saying that real-world proving tests on the E-Flex battery technology should begin early next year.
http://jalopnik.com/cars/frankfurt-auto-show…
[THE GOSSIP]
Okay, so the title of the article is a little severe, but early adopters of technology always pay a higher price. I remember paying $375 for one of the first Linksys wireless routers. However, I don’t think I have ever seen such a large price drop happen so quickly like the one this week for the iPhone. So if you are feeling a bit like Julius Caesar after Brutus’ hijinks, the folks at tuaw.com have put together a little primer to get you through it. Despite Apple issuing a $100 rebate for store credit, there may be some other things that you can do to get back the full nut. Some of the suggested methods range from taking advantage of Apple’s return policy to credit card price protection to just plain old complaining. So if you’re feelin’ burned, maybe it’s worth giving some of them a try.
http://www.tuaw.com/2007/09/05/apple-screwed-you-so…