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Description Each week, Gear Live gives away awesome tech prizes courtesy of . The winner of the last contest was Ben Vante, who walked away with a brand new .

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about how Logitech was giving away 100 Harmony 676 remotes per day for a week. If you weren’t lucky enough to cop one, we have your hookup. While we aren’t going to give away anywhere near 100 of these, we are going to give one away to a lucky reader. All you have to do is let us know what you would use this item for in the comments area. What kind of setup do you have in your living room? And hey, it’s a random drawing, so you can still win even if you have a poor man’s system. Don’t thank me, thank PrizeCube. As always, this is open to US residents only. You have a week.


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Wires on our devices are still a pain. Just last week, someone accidentally snatched my headphones right out my ear when they walked too close to me.  If that wasn’t enough, people who wear sunglasses are even more limited, because generally only one device can loop around your ear at any one time.  Today at 3GSM Motorola and Oakley announced their new line of premium Bluetooth wireless technology, sure to keep you connected and cool at the same time.  The Oakley RAZRWire is simply a pair of Oakley’s that have an earpiece attached to the frame, allowing you to talk on your cell phone wirelessly. The device is expected in the second half of 2005, and will be available in three different frame colors.  No word on the pricing, but the word “premium” should hint to that.

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Vaja Rio Case  We’ve seen some really nice leather products from the folks over at Vaja Corp.  Their Vaja cases have proven to be a very successful solution for folks looking to protect their cell phones, mp3 players, and PDA’s.  What sets them apart is that they make your gear look cool while offering great protection and accessibility in the process.  Their customers are treated to some quality leather grain, and even a bit of customization for their cases. 


We got a chance to chat with Federico Fiocchini (Vaja Marketing Manager) & Michaël MASSAT (Director Innovacases)  regarding this unique product line:

Gear Live: Can you tell us a little bit about each of your functions at Vaja Corp?

Frederico: I am marketing manager of Vaja Corp (Buenos Aires - Argentina). I am in charge of communication and all resellers (worldwide).

Michaël: I am in charge of Innovacases (Soon Vaja Europe, based in Saint-Tropez - France). I work on marketing and communication (the promotion of Vaja brand in Europe) on our website, magazines, radios & webzines. In addition, my job is to find the best partners in Europe (resellers).  Innovacases allows us to avoid the problem of custom duties, VAT and improve delivery time (for European customers).  We stock best-seller cases to improve our service. At the moment, we are working on a Vaja Europe website that will propose many languages and avoid a lot of problems due to shipping.

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MonsteriPodThe iSports Case, iCar Play, iCase Travel Pack, iSpeaker Portable, iCar Charger, iSplitter and iCable. Do any of these sound interesting to you? Digmax India is an authorized distributor of Monster products and has launched all 7 of these accessories.  Most of these accessories are available in the U. S already with the exception of one not mentioned above, the iCruze. Scheduled for launch this month, the iCruze allows you to plug the ipod directly into your car stereo system.  This nice little gadget however, comes with a heafty price tag of $250.  For more information on the iCruze, check out MonsterCable.

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Mad Catz NBAMad Catz Interactive will be producing customized NBA team controllers for the Xbox and the Playstation 2 video game systems. Mad Catz has signed a license agreement with the National Basketball Association that will allow them to produce these customized controllers, similar to what they earlier did with the NFL. Each controller will be fully customized with each of the 30 team’s logos and team colors, and will be available in March 2005. Be on the look out for these controllers so you can support your team while beating that annoying little kid from across the street.

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Speck iPod Shuffle CaseHey Speck, it’s great that you have been able to show a couple of images of your prototype iPod shuffle case. Really, it is. However, at $20 USD, don’t you think it might be a bit steep for a cover for a device that is just white plastic? I mean, the iPod shuffle has neither a screen nor a scratch prone metal back - the two main reasons to own some sort of case or skin for the other iPods. Ah well, I am sure someone will want one.

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Griffin Smartdeck

The Griffin Smartdeck brings you one step closer to iPod car integration. All those iPod users out there who are still listening to their iPod using a cassette adpater are in luck: the new product from Griffin allows you to control your iPod via your cassette player’s buttons! Play, Pause, Fast Forward and Rewind are all interpreted by the iPod using the headphone connector. The Smartdeck even sets your audio levels to the optimum level for line-out. Its not the best solution out there, but for cassette adpater users its as close as it gets! For a price of only $24.99, this is in direct competition with similar devices from Pioneer and other deck makers, whose products sell for hundreds more. This is a must have product for iPod owners. The price alone makes it worth the purchase. Check it out from Griffin.

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Made For iPodSo you want a new accessory for your new iPod and you head to your favorite online or off line store to buy one. You discover a vast array of products and manufactures to choose one. Which one do you choose? The cheap one that may not work and potentially damage your precious gadget or do you choose the more expensive one? Set aside those worries with Apple’s newest certification: Made for iPod. Next time you are on the market for a new iPod accessory, be sure to look for the new branding and make your iPod a happy gadget.

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Zen Micro HeadphonesAnother development to come out of the CES this year is the new Creative Zen Micro wireless headphones. Using magnetic induction technology, the wireless headphones are able to produce stereo sound unlike previous RF and Bluetooth headphones, such as the ones used in cell phones. For a hefty tag of $149, you better have a real need for these, but the style points and cool factor are definitely there.

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Shure E seriesI know that I hate those Apple iPod earbuds because they really hurt my ears (I went out and got a pair of Sony MDR-Q22 clip on headphones for my iPod). Now, Shure has a set of headphones that not only match the iPod, but feel comfortable and fit in your ear to cancel outside noise. The E-series phones aren’t like earbuds because they go directly into your ear canal, creating a seal that blocks outside noise from your ears.

Thanks to devices like the iPod, the portable headphone has seen a recent surge in purchases. Many new models have been released, all with varying degrees of price and need. Items like the buds, clip-ons, traditional, behind the ear, and now the noise-canceling phones have all come within the past several years, and have seen sales increase with the rise of MP3 portable players.

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