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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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Baby Flash DrivesWe somehow cannot get through a week without displaying nauseating

cutesy stuff. These three USB flash drives come in both 2GB and 4GB models. Choose between the Baby Panda, Angel and Devil, each with a hole in its head for the drive. Carry it on your backpack, key chain, or laptop case with a metal ring and nylon string. The devices are each 55 x 40 x 40mm and weigh only 10g. You can get one for $22.00 for the 2GB model, or $37.00 for 4GB.

(Thanks, Fanny)

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Elliptical Cabinet

The firm FAK3 designed this very unique piece of furniture. The Elliptical Wooden Cabinet rotates 360º with sides that house a keyboard, desk, storage center, and TV. It is made with industrial strength ball bearings that can support up to 2 tons. Large as it is, it only takes one finger to rotate the cabinet. Because it has an off-centered axis, when the unit turns, each side is has its own design. We want one!

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Rotary ToasterThis toaster works like a regular one and also comes with a unique basket that tosses your croissants as well as toasting your Pop-Tarts. It features an extra large 33mm slot, an automatic timer and shut-off, and two drawers to keep whatever you have grilled warm. At a size of 30 x 29 x 18.5 cm and a weight of 2.5kg, one button press will change the mode from toast to cooking. Made of a polypropylene body, the toaster is priced at € 57,50 (~$90.00.)

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4-in1 WebcamHere’s a 4-in-1 for those with crowded desk tops and only one USB port. The gadget is a Webcam, microphone, fan, and LED light. The USB 2.0 device works with any chatting software, including Skype, has a dimmer switch, an on/off button, and attaches with a suction cup. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, it is 75 x 75 x 228mm high and weighs 211g. Get yours for $23.00, which makes it less than $6.00 per item if purchased separately.

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Charger Set

Sanyo has unveiled their Contactless Charger Set for the Wii controller. Place your remote into the stand and it will charge in about 220 minutes. Licensed by Nintendo, the device can handle up to 4 controllers sequentially. The custom nickel-metal hydride batteries will last for about 6.5 hours of play. Available in Japan August 25, the set includes a battery pack, charger, and AC adapter. We suspect it won’t be long before every gamer can have one.

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Martin Jetpack

Yesterday, inventor Glenn Martin displayed his jetpack at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The machine is five feet high, has rotors in two large ducts, a 200-horsepower engine, and rests on 3 legs. It weighs about 250 lbs. and provides 600 lbs. of thrust. Martin has spent 27 years developing his baby and plans to sell them next year for $100,000.00 each if all goes well.

Martin’s wife was the first guinea pig and dubbed it “The Beast.” Fortunately, it also has a parachute for an emergency landing that we figure won’t be needed as the jetpack only flew about 3 feet off the ground. We give the man props for the attempt anyway. Check out the video if you would like to see the launch.

 

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White Knight

Richard Branson has partially moved on from inner space travel to the final frontier. The founder of Virgin Airlines and Galactic calls 2008 the “Year of the Spaceship.” His White Knight mothership and spacecrafts were unveiled in Mojave, Ca. The project took about 4 years to complete and will house rich tourists. Designed by Burt Rutan, the project already has involved more than 250 budding astronauts that paid $200,000.00 or gave deposits to be the first to blast off for only 5 minutes about 62 miles above the planet.

 

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WowWee Polar Bear CubWowWee is at it again with new cubs to cuddle. These Alive pets come in Polar Bear, Panda, Lion, and White Tiger. Each cub purrs and mews with blinking eyes and animated mouth. Leave it alone and it will enter sleep mode, snore for 5 minutes, then power down. Recommended for kids over three, each pet comes with its own adoption certificate. Look for the cubs with a price of $59.99 each.

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One Bicycle

Take a look at Thomas Jowen’s One. The bike itself is pretty cool looking and this would definitely help the environment, but it is the ability to fold up that really got our attention. You can carry, stow, or store when it is in itself, with no parts sticking out to trip unwary coworkers. This is a terrific prototype that will please both those who live in cubicles and mini-apartments. Check out Jowen’s website for more details.

 

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