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Crosley Traveler TurntableThis one is a throwback to the days of simpler, static-ier, music. The Crosley Traveler Turntable is a portable, all-in-one jukebox that will hold and switch out 6 records of similar size and speed using Crosley’s Stack-O-Matic technology. The turntable even has speakers built-in to the sides, so all you need to add is the electricity (AC adapter provided) and music. At $180 USD, it’s like an iPod shuffle for Grandpa!


Read More | Crosley Radio via Cool Hunting


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Canon 5D

For all of you photographer types who have been waiting for it, Canon has finally made the EOS 5D official, proclaiming it to be the smallest and lightest full-frame digital SLR on this planet we call Earth - with 12.8 megapixels to boot. Of course, these things don’t come without a price. Canon says it will drop later this year for “under” $3,300.


Read More | Canon EOS 5D Press Release


Mactel on eBayMan, I love when people try to take advantage of unknowing suckers on eBay, only to have their auction ended and account frozen. Case in point, an auction titled “*EXCLUSIVE* Intel Mac - P4 3GHz, OS X 10.4 with iLife”. Now, those in the know will look at this and write it off as utter crap. After all, this is just a PC with the pirated OSx86 installed. In the Q&A section, the seller admits that it is a “clone” of the official developer version, but still, how many average shoppers really know what that means? Click below if you want to see the auction, but don’t delay, as we have a hunch that this won’t be up for much longer.


Read More | eBay UK


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Prometia Mach II CoolerIf you are still looking to squeeze out those last few framerates out of your computer, this just may be the overclockers dream.

The Prometia Cooler Unit uses Phase-Change technology or Vapor Compression Refrigeration to achieve freezing temperatures. The main components include the Evaporator (Copper Cold Plate), Compressor, and Condenser. Heat from the CPU causes liquid refrigerant in the system to be evaporated and carried away to the Condenser via the Compressor. The Condenser then cools the refrigerant back to a liquid which returns to the Evaporator.

Using this device, some users have reported reaching CPU temperatures as low as -50C. Remember, these types of systems may result in condensation. Be careful, as we wouldn’t want to see the $931 you spend on this thing ruin any of your internal components.


Panasonic 1080p, Viera Price CutPanasonic is set to announce their first 1080p plasma display later today, which makes brings the technology that much closer to the forefront of our entertainment minds. Is what may be even more important news, the company is also going to cut the price of its 65-inch Viera HDTV by 50% over in Japan. Any time an expensive piece of technology sees such a large price drop, it normally equates to even better stuff coming down the pipeline.


Read More | Daily Yomiuri via Gizmodo


Google SidebarThe desktop search arena is an interesting one, with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and even some independants all vying for your attention. Today, Google dropped a major upgrade to its desktop search tool appropriately called Google Desktop 2. This one includes a Sidebar, which allows you to view and manage just about every component of your search experience, including stock management, weather, Gmail, Outlook information, RSS, and instant messaging. This one is for Windows users only, but I don’t see too many Mac users complaining - after all, we have Spotlight.

We’ve also improved your desktop search experience. With Quick Find, you can now launch applications and see search results as you type without even opening a browser. We’ve also extended our Outlook integration, so you can search Google Desktop with the Outlook Toolbar and see results within Outlook itself. Finally, you can search even more stuff, including your Gmail, files on network drives, many Outlook data types (including Contacts, Tasks, Calendar, Notes and Journal) and MSN Messenger chats. And if you yearn for even stronger security, you can encrypt your entire index.


Read More | Google Desktop via DigitalTechNews


Wardriving has become a favorite pastime for many, myself included.  Most wardrivers, again including myself, are not out to steal people’s identities, infect someone’s computer with spyware or pass along a virus.  Nor do they really have any desire to delve into the personal files and programs or track their behavior.  Most of the time, the interest is in finding a network connection, not exploiting it for any criminal reason.  In other words, plain and simple curiosity —
“Hey, I wonder if there’s wireless here?  No?  Well, what about here? Sweet!”

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Police have charged a Florida man with a third-degree felony charge, after he was arrested for accessing a St. Petersburg resident’s wireless Internet network without permission.

Curiosity, apparently, is now a class three felony.


Read More | CNN.com


GPS Cell Phone GamesWith more and more cell phones featuring location awareness GPS, more games utilizing the technology are coming into the forefront of mobile gaming. Several games have been released that take advantage of GPS for control. Imagine a Pac-Man styled game where each part of the maze (containing 3-5 of the 100+ pellets) was a city block, and the game board itself was a crowded downtown corridor. The interesting interaction here is how the physical world is suddenly drawn into the virtual by requiring the user to go running about in order to accomplish their goal. The two released games so far seem to be more focused on a battleship-style navel combat game where users can interact with other players and try to “torpedo” them down by guessing their current location on street maps. Gaming evolved, or revolutionized - you make the call!


Read More | About via Joystiq


Savitmicro NTP-25Savitmicro has announced their NTP-25, yet another screen-less portable multimedia device. The NTP-25 is designed to mouth a portable hard drive (meaning 100GB and 120GB models could be a reality) and allow a user to output hi-definition content to a television or other display. The NTP-25 features component video (with 480p, 720p, and 1080i support), support for Divx 3.x, Xvid, MPEG 1/2 (IFO,ISO,DAT), as well as the usual slew of audio formats, all the while packing it all into a surprisingly tiny package. No word on how well implemented the on-screen display will be, but if it’s well done then this sleek little device might just be a good solution for someone looking for a way to get their computer based content into the living room and onto a much larger high definition display.


Read More | AVing via DAPreview


Game Boy Micro Site

Nintendo has finally launched with Game Boy Micro official website. The website is lean on information at the moment, but includes a lot of pictures of the Micro and it’s various faceplates. The Micro certainly has found a place in the heart of many avid gamers for its diminutive “slip in a pocket” size and customizable faceplates. With the launch date looming near, Playfeed promises to present a full review once it launches.


Read More | Game Boy Micro


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