October 10, 2007

Pick a card, any card. This week we have all flavors of storage cards to choose from. Whether you’re looking for Compact Flash or SD, I’ve got you covered. This week Buy.com has great deals on both. First up we have the SanDisk 4GB Ultra II CompactFlash for a low $57.15 with free shipping. That’s 4GB folks. That’s a lot of storage. Next we have the 3 pack kit of the Dane-Elec 1GB Secure Digital SD Card for a lousy $29.99 with free shipping.
iLuv has been creating all things iPod for quite some time now. From cases to docking stations. Now they have upped the ante with the new iLuv Portable Video MP3 & DVD Player. This player packs a lot of functionality into a beautiful package. It’s a combo unit that allows you to watch movies or listen to music from either the built-in DVD player or your docked 30GB, 60GB or 80GB iPod. You simply place the iPod in its stand, close the lid of the player and the iPod reclines gracefully into the unit for a nice slim profile. Once in the unit, it still can be fully controlled from the exterior buttons. For your viewing pleasure, the player sports an 8.4″ wide-screen TFT LCD or can be directly outputted to your television. In addition, it features a transparent, protective screen, light-emitting, touch-sensitive function keypad controls and includes a car adapter, AC adapter, AV cable and remote control. Right now, the iLuv Portable Video Player is only available at Neiman Marcus for around $275, but I am sure after a few months it will start showing up in other places for a more reasonable price.
Back in January I told you about the upcoming Media Wall developed by Jeff Han. You remember? The giant wall size monitor that had a Minority Report-ish interface. Back then the pixel multi-touch interface was still a work in progress. Well, the good news is that it is now available for purchase. The bad news is that it has shown itself in the old Neiman Marcus Christmas’ Book Catalog, so you know it won’t exactly be a bargain. In fact, this eight-by-three foot screen will run you a cool $100,000. That’s quite a hefty price tag. But before you make your decision, take a look at this video of the Media Wall in action. It is quite remarkable. Words really cannot do it justice; you need to see it in action. The video is a bit long, but well worth the watch.
Okay, so it’s not exactly the Tesla, but there is something about the design of the new Loremo that is intriguing. However, there is more to the new Loremo than meets the eye. This isn’t your run of the mill high efficiency auto. No complex battery systems or hybrid drivetrains here, just a trimmed down, lightweight, low drag design which allows the Loremo to achieve an unheard of low rate of fuel consumption. The diesel engine tipples fuel like Les Stroud in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. How about 120 mpg! More importantly, all that great gas mileage doesn’t infringe on performance or safety. The GT flavor of the Loremo can still reach a top speed of around 137mph and has a large crunch zone and a rigid passenger cabin that makes the Loremo extremely safe. Loremo is planned to go into production in 2009. Here are plent-o-shots for your viewing pleasure.
Not happy with Apple getting all that Jesus phone attention, Blackberry just may be brewing up a little mystique of their own. This week Boy Genius posted a mock up of the much-anticipated Blackberry 9000 along with some teaser specs. It’s rumored to feature that oh so sweet 3G HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) mobile telephone data transmission protocol. This allows you to move some real data over the network. In addition to great voice and data speed, the 9000 will also feature a powerful 600MHz processor so application lag time should be at a minimum and an iPhone-ish touch screen. The 9000 is slated for release in early ’08.

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