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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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decalgirl Nintendo DS SkinFor everyone who has grown tired of the standard silver color of their Nintendo DS system, Decalgirl has a way for you to add new life to your console. Forgetting the fact that if you need new life breathed into a console you have had for a month at most you must be a selfish bastard, I invite you to take a look at Decalgirl’s Nintendo DS Skins.  For about ten bucks, you can choose from their selection of almost 50 different DS Skins to further set yourself apart from the crowd. More on the product:

Everyone gets the same silver Nintendo DS… boring! We’ve got the cure for you and your new handheld… a CAD-designed, full-color, five-piece Nintendo DS skin kit! With your order, you’ll receive a ready-to-apply DS full-color skin with a high resolution full-color “Retro” design printed on premium grade adhesive-backed cast vinyl. The skin is then covered with a clear protectant layer for the ultimate in durability! All full-color skins use a patented repositionable/reusable adhesive backing for fast, easy and accurate installation. The best part - they can be removed at any time without leaving any sticky residue when you decide to change to a different look!


Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T3

Our good friends here at I4U got a chance to look at Sony's latest digital wonder, billed as the World's Thinnest 5MP Digital Camera. You can import one from Dynamism for about $599. The latest model features some subtle but valuable improvements, including better picture quality and warmer colors. You even get an English user's manual with it, plus the black model is exclusive only to Japan.

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ZipKord Retractable Earbuds
My wife always says that I’m obsessed with wrapping up my earbud phone cords when I’m done with them.  What can I say?  I like things tidy and neat, at least when it comes to gear, considering how expensive things can get.  Imagine my curiosity when I discovered that ZipKord offers a pair of in-ear buds that, get this, auto-retracts the cord for easy storage.  We here at Gear Live had to check it out.

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Audio Technica iPod mini earbuds



Japan always gets the cool stuff, huh? Well, I guess that's true if you can consider earbuds that have a slight hint of color which match those of the Apple iPod mini line a cool item. Seriously, what is taking for long to someone to release something like this stateside? These babies are available in Japan from Audio Technica.

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Treo 650 Vaja Case

Due out by next week, Innova Cases is ramping up to offer new Treo 650 owners their specialized brand of quality leather protection. I love the sexy angles they have on their site. These cases allow easy access to all commands, along with access to the headphone jack, camera, and sync ports. If you like to keep your gear scratch free, Vaja cases are among the best, but you do pay a hefty premium. These will retail for around $100.

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T-Mobile Sidekick II $24.99 Hiptop 2 Review



Yes, you read that right. What is arguably the hottest phone currently available right now for all the hipsters out there can be had for just $24.99. The T-Mobile Sidekick II (a.k.a. HipTop 2) is a great device, combining a cell phone with internet browsing and an IM client. The negative? It only works with T-Mobile, so good luck finding reception. Some things are just too good to be true.

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Rio Vaja Case

Didn't get to mention it on the Rio Carbon review a while ago, but the carry case that comes packed with the unit itself is a real piece of crap. It's quite hard to slide the Carbon out of the case, and though it allows access to the power and scroll wheel, it completely covers the display. Enter Vaja and its wonderfully crafted cases, made specifically for the Carbon. Vaja makes some really classy leather-based cases for a variety of portables, and just seeing that I could access the D-pad and the screen makes me want to have one. Plus you can get them custom-embossed with whatever text you'd like. There is a downside, of course. Cases are about $55, and that's without tax, shipping, or embossing.

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palmOne Universal Keyboard

Recently, palmOne unveiled three new accessories for the Fall. First up is their new cross-platform compatible Universal Wireless Keyboard which is designed to work with handhelds and smartphones from palmOne, Dell and HP. Hey, $70 isn't too much for what can essentially replace a laptop for your typing-on-the-go needs. Also new is a leather Treo 600 smartphone side-loading case; and a Bluetooth GPS bundle, which comes with a Zire 72 handheld from palmOne.

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Kingston USB DataTraveler

Does anyone even use floppy diskettes anymore? These days, thumb-drives are all the rage. Not only do they hold more memory than conventional diskettes, they're much smaller and faster. We take a look at the tiny, but affordable offering from Kingston, their 64-Meg USB DataTraveler.

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