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Microsoft Zune

So, if the rumor mill is to be believed, Microsoft’s Zune should be launching this October, ready to get jacked on your trick-or-treat romp through the neighborhood. While others are hearing rumblings of a November launch date, one thing is for sure. If the Zune is to launch this year, it will hit retail by Black Friday. No one launches anything after Thanksgiving, as retailers want to plan out their holiday setup before the end of November. So, the good news is that this thing will drop by November. Other items of note appear to be that the Alexandria codename we have been hearing about may turn out to be the music and video service associated with the product. Not sure why Microsoft wouldn’t just play along with URGE here, since they have been pushing it pretty hard over the past month or so, but I guess we will all find out when all this conjecture becomes verified.

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PowerStation Cable OrganizerWith everything from Blackberrys to PDAs to Cellphones, is it any wonder why a desk can get cluttered with all the mobile gadgets one needs to stay wired to the office throughout the day?  Not to mention the power plug issues that come with trying to charge up more than two of said gadgets simultaneously?

ThinkGeek has the answer with The PowerStation Cable Organizer, which promises to clean up all that clutter and charge up your gear lickety split.  The PowerStation comes with the capability to charge up to three devices, using its inner power strip, and also comes with an extra short AC cord to accommodate oversized adapters.  It’s adjustable rubber dividers lock any mobile gadget in place, and cable ties are included for tidy internal cable management.

At $19.99, it’s a slam dunk of a deal.

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In this episode, Andru and Jake go head to head in Big Brain Academy, we review the Nintendo DS Lite, and we ask you to name our new movie review show (with a prize for the winner!) Here’s the format:

HEAD TO HEAD
Nintendo DS Lite vs. Nintendo DS

UNWIRED
Motorola Q Review

HIGH SCORE
Big Brain Academy Review

THE WIRE
Seattle International Film Festival Review

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Alright, time to show off Nintendo’s latest baby. In this Byte we put the Nintendo DS Lite up against the original Nintendo DS to look at the similarities and differences between the two models. If you have been debating the upgrade, check out the video. We give you a review of the Nintendo DS Lite, go over the pros and cons, and distract Jake from his Mario Kart session.

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Sony PSP White Ad

Not one to run from controversy (as evidenced by the last year’s DRM scandal), Sony has placed billboard ads like the one above in Holland.  Though the ad appears to carry a racist sentiment against black people, Sony responds to criticism by stating that it has numerous photographs in this ad series focusing on the contrast between the new ceramic PlayStation Portable and the classic black model, and that there are no racist overtones intended.  It is true that other photographs in the stark black and white series show the black woman in a dominating position, but even if this is the case, Sony’s argument that it is merely using chiarscuro for effect is weak in the face of the evidence.

Whether the ads take sides is not the issue.  At issue is Sony’s apparent use of racial schism to promote its products, and so far, the pictures speak much louder than Sony’s defensive rhetoric.

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So, we know everyone has been all over the Motorola Q - after all, it was hyped as the RAZRberry over a year ago and, more recently, as a Blackberry killer. We got our hands on one, and after using it for a few days, Sparky reports back with his full review in this episode.

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SeidioRemember last winter, when you dropped your Treo 650 on the ground and the SD card popped out and got lost in the snow?  Oh, wait ... that wasn’t you, that was me. Sorry.  Well, neither of us have to worry about that any more.  Seidio was kind enough to develop a Treo 650/700 holster called the Shield 2, which allows easy insertion and removal of the Treo while protecting the inward-facing screen with foam.  Most importantly, the clip slips right over the top of the memory card to keep that little bugger in there when you—er, I—drop it while getting out of the car.

At $29.95, the Seidio Shield 2 holster is a little more expensive than its predecessor, but the revised design features make it worth the few extra dollars.  Aside from the SD slot, all other buttons and connectors are available while the device is in the holster.  One minor complaint is that the spring clip covers the top-mounted ringer switch and IR port.  The IR port is not a concern; the device would be out of the holster when using that anyway.  But some people might find the inaccessible switch to be a problem.  Or, like me, they might be willing to overlook that in favor of extra security for the SD card.

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What happens when you create a giant slingshot, and use it to propel a piece of old-school technology into a solid cement wall at over 100 MPH? Find out in this episode of Breakin’ Stuff.


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Sony Vaio UX50We recently told you about Sony’s VAIO UX50 handheld computer, and reviews are finally starting to trickle in on the device. According to Digital Trends, the VAIO UX50 is a near perfect handheld PC, and is apparently everything that we hoped the UMPC would be:

The UX50 may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a highly portable device that can handle tasks usually requiring a full featured PC, take a serious look at the UX50. Sony has outdone themselves with the combination of software, hardware and aesthetics, resulting in a device unmatched by any ultraportable PC on the market. Forget the UMPC hype. This is what the UMPC was meant to be.

So if you need something even smaller than a laptop to keep tabs on everything, this one might be for you. Beware of the pricetag though - the VAIO UX50 retails fo $1799.99 USD. You can pre-order one at Dynamism.


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Treo 700pSo, they didn’t get the jump on Verizon, but Sprint has just announced that they will be carrying the Treo 700p. With a 2-year commitment, you can get the handheld device for $499 USD. Sprint is touting this one as being compatible with the Power Vision network, which means it can do games, music, television, etc. Oh, and Sprint makes it very clear that you are free to use the Treo 700p with their Phone as Modem service - so tether away.


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