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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So 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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Another 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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I 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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For 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!
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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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.
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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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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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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