I was perusing the aisles of my local Best Buy as I sometimes like to do, and noticed that they had the Mac mini available for purchase. I know, what a major retail chain chooses to stock isn’t the most exciting topic in the world - but the significance here is that this is the only Mac available for purchase in a nationwide chain. The Mac mini has gone mainstream, and this is a nice coup for Apple. Now the Mac mini will be seen by the casual shopper looking for the best deal, and the price tag on the mini is very attractive.
If you haven’t heard by now, the Treo 650 will soon be available from Verizon Wireless. Yes, they are once again late to the game with this phone, and yes, you can expect the Bluetooth features to come home crippled. Hey, what did you expect?
It looks like the UK Amazon site put this one up a bit early, as it isn’t even available for order - but that doesn’t mean we can’t show it to you. This is the next Network Walkman from Sony, which will be available in silver, red, and black. No word yet on the specs, but we will know soon enough.
Read More | Amazon.co.uk - Not sure how long this one will be up
Video Games - our escape to life’s everyday dullness and stress, but just what new games can you expect to see in this week’s store shelves? Well here you go – this week’s video game release list.
Smart Bomb - Eidos Interactive
Classified: The Sentinel Crisis ~ Global Star
MX World Tour: Featuring Jamie Little~ Crave Entertainment
Rise of the Kasai ~ Sony Computer Entertainment
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga ~ Atlus Software
Spy vs. Spy ~ Global Star
World Championship Poker ~ Crave Entertainment
A hot girl wearing spandex and can kick butt - interesting combination. Jennifer Garner stars in Elektra as the heroine who can kick butt with the best of them. The classic battle between good and evil continues in this expansion to 2003’s Daredevil. Be sure to also check out Adam Sandler in Spanglish. Spanglish is the story of an American family and the family of their housekeeper and how they try to cope with the American way of life. This one if sure to entertain the whole family while relaxing after a long day at work or school. Not much else this week.
The Apple iPod Camera Connector seems like a must have for any iPod photo owner who uses a digital camera, but is it as good as it sounds? iPod Lounge set to find out, and put the device to the test. Good news is that it does just what it is meant to do – transfers pictures from a compatible digital camera to an iPod photo. However, its slow speed and the fact that full computer sync is required before a slide show is viewed are just a couple of its annoyances. Check the review, then decide if it’s worth your $29.95.
Read More | iPod Lounge
Most iPod owners love the iTrip, but many admit that it could be better. Battery Technology, Inc. hopes to provide that missing functionality with their Tunestir three-in-one iPod accessory. It is an FM radio receiver, transmitter, and remote control, all in one package. With a long cord, one could definitely use this in a car or truck to access the iPod functionality over the radio via the remote. The Tunestir is compatible with all iPod models that have dock connectors, and will be available later this month for $69.95.
Read More | iPod Lounge
We told you about Gmail Drive before, but now that just about everyone has a Gmail account, we thought a reminder was in order. If you don’t need 2 GB of storage for email, why not take advantage of all that extra space Google provides? With Gmail Drive, you can move files to and from your Gmail web space through Windows Explorer. This is completely experimental and Google has blocked older versions of the Gmail Drive shell extension, so don’t expect this to last long. This version should still work with the new 2 GB update, as we have tried and succeeded.
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We have gotten so used to giving away free gear, we now feel bad about neglecting to offer something for you to carry it all around in. Please accept this giveaway as our official apology. Tom Bihn is known for making super-functional bags for all sorts of needs, and they fit right in with the needs of those who are obsessed with technology. One item we were particularly impressed with is their Brain Bag - so much so that we are going to give one away. To enter, leave us a comment telling us what gear you currently have to have on you at all times. We want to hear about what our readers just can’t live without when they are on the go. As always, this one is open to US residents only. For more information on the Brain Bag, check out the product page.
Push up your taped glasses and adjust your pocket protectors (don’t worry, we’re doing it too). For every coding need Windows Notepad has suited everything from HTML to C and everything in between. If you can believe it, there is a way to improve upon the simple Notepad interface - enter Notepad2. Author Florian Balmer has made a unique new GUI for Notepad that you may find useful for all your programming needs. The download is a free, however it’s always nice to support a hardworking author with donations.
Read More |flo’s freeware
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