October 3, 2007

Time to hand over some more of that dough to Steve Jobs, papa needs a new Gulfstream G5! Right now Target.com has the new Apple iPods available for 10% off with the coupon code TCTARGETWELC plus $5 for shipping. 10% doesn’t seem like much, but as I’ve said before, Apple isn’t exactly a frequent discounter. I’ve included a rundown so you don’t have to do the math.iPod Touch 8GB for $300 – 10% + $5 shipping = $275 shipped
iPod Touch 16GB for $400 – 10% + $5 shipping = $365 shipped
iPod Classic 80GB for $250 – 10% + $5 shipping = $230 shipped
iPod Classic 160GB for $350 – 10% + $5 shipping = $320 shipped
iPod Nano 4GB for $150 – 10% + $5 shipping = $140 shipped
iPod Nano 8GB for $200 – 10% + $5 shipping = $185 shipped
iPod Shuffle 1GB for $80 – 10% + $5 shipping = $77 shipped
Just remember to enter the code TCTARGETWELC when checking out.
Whether you want to let out your inner Maxwell Smart or Richard Nixon, have I got a gadget for you! The new Brando SIM Card Spy Ear is here. The Spy Ear is a high tech remote listening device that can be set up in a snap. You simply insert the SIM card from your cell phone into the device, place it where you want to spy monitor and call it from another phone. Once it connects, shazam, you’ve got yourself a nice set of remote ears wherever you’ve placed it. The Spy Ear is rechargeable via the included USB power cable and AC adapter and will work anywhere your cell phone works. Here is a link to the product page; however, it seems to take forever to load. The Spy Ear is available right now for $85.
Bang & Olufsen and Samsung have gotten together for their first collaboration to produce the new Serenata music phone. With parents like that, the Serenata is sure to have an equal share of great technology coupled with outrageous pricing. This new 3G cell phone will have 4GB of storage capability for your music, a beautiful metallic navigation wheel and a 2.26-inch LCD touch screen that sits just below the wheel. Sort of like an upended old style iPod. In addition, the Serenata features a built-in speaker and bass system that can play amplified music for up to five hours through the speaker or for around 13 hours through a headset before requiring a battery charge. On the phone side, the Serenata will work with GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks in the 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz bands, and with HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) services on 3G (third-generation) networks. Poke around the site a bit, the UI and physical design is pretty interesting.
If you’ve been reading The Hit List, you already know about vampire power and just how significant it can be. So maybe it’s time to do something about it. Let the new USB Ecostrip be your mirror and garlic necklace in the fight against it. Besides the usual surge protector functionality, the Ecostrip is also an intelligent, power-saving eco-gadget. It connects to your PC via USB and when you shut down your computer it sends a signal to the strip where it then shuts down all of your peripherals thereby drastically reducing electricity bills in your home or workplace. The folks at Ecostrip say with an average computer configuration, you can save up to $70 in the first year alone! The Ecostrip has been in Europe since 2005 and is on its way to the US next month for around $35.
Man, when Steve Jobs and Apple warned iPhone users that future firmware updates would essentially “brick” their unlocked iPhones, they weren’t kidding. Not only did the new firmware 1.1.1 render those phones useless, it also basically wiped out every third party app that wasn’t sanctioned by Apple on perfectly legal phones! And people say Microsoft is greedy. I can totally understand Apple taking a stand against unlocked phones: after all they have an agreement with AT&T, but bricking them and on top of that, wiping out third party apps, that’s just downright mean. The sad thing is that many of these apps have done nothing but made the iPhone a better device.