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Blu-RayWe hope you all had a happy and safe New Year. Nothing like a night of gaming straight up to 11:59 PM to get one psyched for 2005. Oh, and if you didn’t know, there is plenty for all of you tech-heads out there to be excited about in this new year. After all, look at all the things we should be able to look forward to:

That is just my list. We are interested in hearing about what you are excited about this coming year. Let us know in the comments.

Gallery: Looking Forward to 2005


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It’s the end of the year, and you are gonna see these kinds of stories all over the place. Did you expect anything less from us? 2004 saw some pretty cool tech pieces come to the market, and we want to know what you thought were the best overall. Now, to keep this from getting chaotic, we split it up into a few key categories. We want you to tell us what you thought the Best of 2004 was in the following five categories:

1) Best Audio Gear
2) Best Home Entertainment Gear
3) Best Video Game Gear
4) Best Cell Phone Gear
5) Gear of the Year 2004

Simply post a comment listing what product you think deserve the top honors in the above categories. We will compile the results and report back next week. As if you needed any more incentive, you earn an entry into this week’s Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse giveaway.

Gallery: Gear Live Best Tech of 2004


Roly Barware Glass



I was just about to chuck out the latest Crate and Barrel catalogue I got in the mail, when I spotted this interesting shot glass.  It features a unique design that allows the base to roll in a circular motion, without spilling the drink held inside.  For $4.95 each, both you and your drink can “get tipsy” while ringing in the New Year.

Gallery: New Year Gear: Roly Barware Glasses


BeoCom 2 Cordless Phone

It’s time to look at a phone that doesn’t have to be used in conjunction with a cellular service carrier. Yes, this is just a cordless home phone - but it’s not your standard cordless. You are looking at the BeoCom 2, and it retails for over $1,000 USD. Why? This is the Hummer of all wireless phones. In fact, the method used to mold the pure aluminum chassis is the same process used to form the exterior of the Hummer H2. The phone pocks up voice data streams twice in order to make sure there is absolutely no interference or static. The curves are designed in a way to match the natural curves of the human face to reduce strain on the neck (sorry Fido!). If that weren’t enough, check out this quote:

How often do you reach out for the remote control when the telephone rings? With BeoCom 2, you can turn down the sound of your television or music directly from the telephone’s keypad.

Insane.

Read More | BeoWorld

Gallery: BeoCom 2 Cordless Phone


1 Terabyte Free EmailMove over Google, because the Hellacious Riders free email service has made Gmail appear a lot smaller. Believe it or not, you get 1 TB (that is equal to 1,000 Gmail accounts) of storage completely free. In addition, the maximum file size of attachments is 500 MB, fifty times larger than what Gmail allows. Oh, and no ads. Of course, you probably haven't even come close to filling your Gmail account, so the only real draw here is that you can store large files remotely.

Read More | Geek News Central

Gallery: 1 Terabyte of Free Email Storage


The CyberCar Cab model

An organization of 15 European research centers, have introduced the first road-ready vehicles that require no driver. While there are already airport carts that do this, they require embedded road tracers, while the CyberCar has a pre-programmed route. Coupled with a laser-sweeping the device on it's front end, it can also avoid or stop in front of obstacles. We wonder how you feel about cruising around without a human navigator at the wheel, but this could certainly be the future we're all destined for. Already the town of Antibes on the French Riviera, and other nearby areas are considering buying fleets to taxi tourists around their crowded streets. I'd like to see them pull some of the manuevers I've witnessed with the cabs in Manhattan.

Read More | Time

Gallery: CyberCar: The Driverless Automobile


Target Sell Marijuana



Hey, it turns out that Target is looking to reach out to the younger crowd within the next 4-8 weeks. That's right, no more trying to search for what you want on street corners or dark alleys - just go to Target.com! I guess this is just one of the many ways the retail chain is going to try and take down the almighty WalMart. Now, let's see how long these links remain active:

Marijuana

Crack

Hooker

(Thanks damn!)

Gallery: Target Has Everything You Need


HoverCopter

I saw this bad boy at the local toy store, and I immediately knew this was going to be a huge hit this holiday season. Essentially, it's a levitating frisbee with a remote for the fan that resides underneath. The analog fan control allows you to make the disc float in mid-air, or shoot skyward for up to 30 feet. You can also toss it for a mid-air launch. How cool is that? The remote uses a 9-volt battery, although some iterations come with a charging-like docking station. You can find it for about $20.

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Gallery: Hot Christmas Item: The Hover Copter


The One Ring to Rule Them All...

Man, how cool is this! Yesterday I received a catalogue from the Noble Collection company, which showcased some really beautiful sculptures and replicas for your desk or home. If I had room in my current place, I would totally jump for some Lord of the Rings gear, like the replica shown here. I also liked the Constellation Draco Compass and the Da Vinci Flying Machine. Very classy conversation pieces, indeed. Check out their entire online catalogue, or even better, order a print copy so that you can see them close-up in nice setting. You'll be impressed.

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Gallery: Treasures From Noble Collection


Google Logo

With any business, you need to keep growing or else risk getting overcome by your competitors. Google is really on the mark, looking to start a service that will allow people to search through book text using their engine. Users of "Google Print" will be able to view information about a book and browse select pages, though not the whole book. The pages will also contain links to booksellers, in the classic Google-ad tradition.

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Read More | CNN

Gallery: Google to Swallow Up Books


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