It’s amazing how quickly others can copy a product. Still, I guess competition is a good thing. Behold the Imp-2003, an iPod shuffle-like device from I-Money Tech of China. It’s screenless and random, as you’d expect. But what makes it even better is the built in SD slot for additional MP3 goodness, and a plastic loop built into its chassis so that you can swing it on your neck - or other body part of your choice.
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We’re all for getting tech-heads together to share ideas and have an all around good time. Meetup.com is a free online service that helps you set up meetings in your area. It includes member profiles, links to maps, event planners, picture galleries, and even a built-in message board. We’ve even planned a series of get-togethers ourselves in New York for fans of the upcoming PSP handheld. Private messaging requires a fee on the service, but hey, that’s why there’s email and IM.
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The PodGear ShuffleStation reminds me of the Altec Lansing inMotion iPod speakers. Basically, you sit the iPod shuffle on the based provided on the ShuffleStation, and the two stereo speakers play the music from the shuffle. Very simple. If plugged in, the ShuffleStation will also charge the iPod shuffle while it is docked. The unit also works with 4 AAA batteries, but will not charge the iPod when using this method.
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According to MSNBC, Motorola is supposed to take the wraps of the much anticipated ROKR iTunes phone this Thursday, March 10. The device has been shrouded in mystery, as many have been waiting to see what Motorola and Apple had come up with ever since the initial announcement was made months ago. Motorola has had great success recently with the RAZR V3 line, which catapulted the phone manufacturer to the number 2 spot - right behind Nokia. With more RAZR versions on the way, as well as the PEBL and ROKR lines, Nokia better take heed, quickly.
Read More | MSNBC
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In an effort to reduce the amount of emails I receive per day asking for a Gmail invitation from about 300 to 295, I urge anyone that doesn’t seem to have a friend on the Internet (since it seems that everyone I know uses Gmail) that can simply send them an invitation to check out the iSnoop Gmail Spooler. Just head on over there and put in your email address. You can expect a nice, fresh Gmail invitation arrive in your Inbox shortly. If it doesn’t come, try it again. Just don’t email me asking why.
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If you still haven’t gotten around to getting a decent, up close and personal look at the Sony PSP, we have you covered. Our sibling site, I4U, has just put up a very detailed gallery which gives you a glimpse at every nook and cranny of the soon to be launched (in North America) Sony PSP. Put on a bib - you will drool.
View Gallery | I4U PSP Gallery
For those times when you get a Firefox crash in the midst of doing something important, SessionSaver has arrived to help. This extension remembers the tabs that were open before Firefox was manually closed and reloads the tabs the next time Firefox is started. SessionSaver even remembers past history and restores them next time Firefox is started. This extension is great on those times when reading stories on different web sites and your Internet connection is lost, no longer do you have to keep Firefox open until your Internet connection is re-established or manually save all the pages.
Read More | MozDev
PrizeCube is one of the main companies that started the incentive site movement on the Internet. While many have remained skeptical, thousands of people have received free iPods, computers, and other expensive electronics - at no cost - through companies like PrizeCube. We were able to chat with the founders of this company to get some insight:
Could you start out by giving us a rundown of PrizeCube along with what your positions are?
PrizeCube.com is a free gift website, that gives our users free quality electronics and is particularly known for giving free video game consoles. All users have to do is complete an offer with one of our affiliate companies and refer a few friends to do the same. It is a way for users to get quality electronics that they want for very little time, effort and money. I, Farooq Mitha and Joseph Abed are the founders of PrizeCube.
When did you decide to start PrizeCube?
We decided to start PrizeCube around October of 2004. We saw that many of these free sites existed and that many of them were illegitimate and were not shipping products to their users. We felt that we could start a site and build a solid reputation around it by shipping products and having a forum where people could discuss the products they received as well as post pictures of their prizes.
The much anticipated PSP GTA title has been delayed until third quarter 2005. According to their fiscal reports, the title will be set in Liberty City. Whenever they do decide to launch the title, it will sure to be a top seller just as the other GTA titles have been. Also stated in the report is news that the launch of Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition will occur in April for the PS2, Xbox and the PSP. Take-Two interactive promises a great line-up of video games once again this year that are sure to hit the top of the charts.
Read More | Yahoo!