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Casio Solar WatchCasio is working on Tough Movement for radio controlled solar watches. Using metal and plastic to reduce its weight, the chronograph style is reduced by 0.55mm while the analog is 4.11mm smaller. The watches will be shock resistant and have a hand correction with LED. The hands are detected at 55 minutes and correct themselves if the time doesn’t coincide with the IC counter. The company intends to use the technology on both their Oceanus and G-Shock series. Look for the GS-1200 to debut this September with a price of ¥42,000 (~$388.00) in Japan.

 

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g Meso NotebookSylvania has unveiled their g Meso notebook. Weighing 2.2 lbs., it features 1.6 GHz Intel Atom and 80 GB hard drive with Windows XP Home or Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Available in black, white, yellow, or pink, it is webcam enabled, and has an 8.9-inch LED that is backlit. While it doesn’t look to be anything outstanding, it follows its previous g notebook, also not extremely “gotta have one.” That notebook runs for about $329.00 and we assume this one will go for about the same price.

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Zoom H4 Handy RecorderZoom has released the H4 Handy Digital Recorder for recording in 4 tracks that also serves as an audio interface. With it you can record 24bit/96KHz digital audio and MP3s with a 320 kbps bitrate. It features two condenser mics, has an included 512MB SD card, and 2 combo XLR-1/4-inch input jacks. Palmsize, it runs on 2 AA batteries, has a back-lit 128 x 64 pixel LCD display, and comes with a windshield cover and tripod adapter. We suspect audiophiles will realize that the $350.00 price tag is probably worth the extra expense after reading all the specs.

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For those of you out there who are fans of the Cooking Mama series of games for the Nintendo DS and , you may be delighted to know that Majesco is about ready to spring the second installment of the Wii portion of the series on you, coming this October. We were able to get a quick demo of the game during , and immediately realized that the successor to the original seems to be a better game all around. Specifically, a lot of the frustrating actions you needed to do in the original are replaced by very intuitive Wii Remote actions that anyone can pull off. Also, if you mess up, you aren’t pretty much eliminated like you were the first time around. A few new game modes round things out. Hit the video for all the details, and prepare yourself for more cartoony kitchen battles.

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Want to know what to go with your Budweiser Phone? A Cheeseburger or French Fry Phone, of course. The Cheeseburger is 4 x 4 x 2 3/8-inches, weighs 330g, has redial, tone/pulse option, and LED in-use display for $15.99. The red French Fry Phone is 115 x 75 x 35mm, weighs 196g, has the same features as the other phone, and will set you back $8.99. At those prices, you can have faux-edible phones all over the house.

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Sony DR-BT140QP EarphonesSony has a new Bluetooth clip-on with a connecting range of 10 meters and a 12 hour playback capacity or 200 hour standby. Available in black, silver, white, or pink, the open air dynamic earphones have a frequency response of 16 to 24,000Hz, a charge time of 3 hours, and have functions of playback, stop, pause, and tune sending. The DR-BT140QP comes with a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery and for now are only in Japan at a price of $149.99.

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KPC 4800

Dell isn’t the only one with a mini-desktop. Shuttle’s KPC 4800 has an optical drive and runs Foresight Linux, with an option for Windows Vista. It features dual-monitor support and you can sync your cellie, play tunes from your MP3 Player, organize your photos, use included office application, or go Bluetooth. You can also expand from the standard 512MB of memory to 2GB or add another hard drive. Note that with the inexpensive price starting at ~$99.99, you are on your own when it comes to peripherals.

 

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Dell Studio Hybrid

Dell has a new mini-desktop they call the Studio Hybrid. At a size of 72 x 211 x 197mm and a weight of 1.8kg, it can stand vertically or horizontally. The PC features an Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390 processor, Windows Vista Home Basic/Premium, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. The eco-friendly Studio has five USB and HDMI/DVI ports and can handle WiFi. Available in 7 colors, look for a $499.00 price.

 

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Spinn

We dig that PMPs are finally becoming smaller and more affordable. iRiver has finally released their Spinn with its 3.3-inch AMOLED screen. It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, and ASF audio, MPEG4, WM9, and WMA video, DMB, radio, and flash. The Spinn weighs a mere 70g and is available in both a 4GB model for 259000 (~$255.00) and an 8GB version for KRW 299000 (~$294.00.) Contact iRiver for availabilty in your area.

 

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Sirius/XM logoSirius has finally completed their acquisition of XM. The company will now be called Sirius XM Radio (duh) and will consist of 18.5 million subscribers. They will have more exclusive programming in addition to Howard, Oprah, and Martha. Users have the option of maintaining their current packages, but it remains to be seen if SXM can get new $13.00 subscriptions and radio sales with the economy being the way it is. We think consumers may opt for a couple more gallons of gas instead.

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