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Keyboard key handbagThe creative artist Joao Sabino has announced his creative recycling hack of this unique and creative ladies handbag decorated with keys from old keyboards. The design is attractive, environmentally friendly, and makes a great geek statement for the chic girl on the go. The bag is available in both white and black keys, and no two are the same.


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Final Fantasy XIISquare-Enix has dropped the announcement that Dragon Quest VIII will be available in stores on November 22nd and will include a Final Fantasy XII demo. With two great gaming experiences bundled into one great package, we’re sure this one is going to sell well for Square and provide great cross marketing for Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.


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MusicAt this moment, 70% of the world music market is controlled by the Big Four.  For those who aren’t very record label concious, we’re talking about EMI, Warner, Sony/BMG and Universal.  What that means to you, or any other person who listens to the radio at some point in their day, is that those 4 companies have a huge influence over what you hear.  While that may be a depressing thought, hear this: many in the recording industry, including the aforementioned labels, believe that the power balance is quickly changing.  The rejuvination of independent labels, along with the all the internet has to offer(podcasts, downloads, file sharing, and piracy, to name a few) are helping to create a shift in power. 

In theory, the whole development of the market digitally should be to the benefit of independents.  Online, people are more likely to download catalogue, they’re more likely to download lesser-known bands - and that’s good for independents.

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It seems not everyone agrees with the RIAA’s bullying techniques.  On Monday, a Federal Court in Michigan overturned the RIAA’s case against the mother of a 13 year old girl accused of file swapping.  Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice due to the fact that the girl’s mother couldn’t be held responsible for her daughter’s downloading habits.  Don’t get too excited though - Judge Zatkoff did say in his decision that case was dismissed without prejudice to any other person other than the defendant, so I think it’s more than safe to say this isn’t the last time we’ll be hearing from the greedy plaintiff that is the RIAA.


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When it comes to business, there are thousands of entities which would be happy to take your cash in order to provide you with consulting services, analytical services, informational services, etc. The alternative is finding free tools on the internet that you can use to your advantage. One such resource is del.icio.us.

del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others. What makes del.icio.us a social system is its ability to let you see the links that others have collected, as well as showing you who else has bookmarked a specific site. You can also view the links collected by others, and subscribe to the links of people whose lists you find interesting.

So, basically del.icio.us is a collection of bookmarks which other users have saved to their profiles. All bookmarks are public, and organized by tag. This is the interesting part. Tags are one-word descriptors that one adds to their bookmarks. For example, if I found a website about buying Yahoo domains, I could save that in my del.icio.us profile and tag it with the word “domain”. Alternately, if I am really interested in Yahoo, I could tag it with both “yahoo” and “domain”. Aside from that link showing up in my personal profile under those tags, they are also now available to anyone who looks up the tag on del.icio.us.

Say I want to find out about marketing. I can hit Google and try typing in the word marketing with a bunch of other terms, and then dig through the results. It sounds like a reasonable way to do it, but I would much prefer using del.icio.us to look up the marketing tag. This is because I know that the links that del.icio.us gives me are those that others found useful. The formula for looking up a tag on del.icio.us is “del.icio.us/tag/PutTermHere”. So if I wanted to look up bookmarks that users put into the marketing tag, I would point my browser to http://del.icio.us/tag/marketing. Give the link a click and see what you come up with. If you want to look up AdSense resources, you would look at http://del.icio.us/tag/adsense.

This is a case where you have the community working together to find the cream of the crop on the internet. Check out del.icio.us the next time you want information on any subject at all. Let us know what gems you find.


w800 ROKRWe just discovered a neat little hack for the Sony Ericsson W800i. I’ve found that having an FM radio built-in to your phone can be fun. Hell, other than trying to take out the Memory Stick, there’s little about the Walkman that isn’t fun. Still, I was having a bit of ROKR envy when I realized that the answer is there, plain as day. I proceeded to tune the radio in the phone to my iTrip (the FM transmitter for the iPod) station, and bingo - all 20GB of my iPod tracks were ready to be played on the W800i. I must have sat there slackjawed for a minute or two as I marvelled at the little surprise. Sure, it’s a hack, and not the same as the real thing, but the phone does cut off the radio when a call comes in. It won’t pause the song, obviously, but otherwise, the functionality is just about the same. The quality is also not as good as a native MP3 player, but it’s more than tolerable - especially knowing that I am not limited to 100 songs.

It’s pretty clear now that the ROKR is a still-born platform. Sadly, it’s still going to sell, because people just don’t realize that there are better, less crippled options available.


Sony Ericsson W800iWe got a new toy in the mail today, which will be reviewed in full soon enough here on Gear Live. First impressions are incredibly positive. The packaging is quite impressive, and there is what feels like a ton of stuff packed into the attractive “bubble”. The headset cord comes in two pieces, with the microphone portion containing a standard 3.5mm headphone jack so that you can use any cans you want. The installed headphones are a variation on their popular in-ear headphones (of which I already own a pair), and the sound quality is excellent. Read on for more thoughts.

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Palm Treo 700wWe just finished watching the announcement of the Treo 700w, where we saw corporate leet-speak at its best. CEO’s aside, we were given a nice amount of information on the device:

  • Windows Mobile 5.0
  • EV-DO and Bluetooth support
  • 240x240 screen resolution
  • 1 Megapixel camera
  • 64 MB internal memory
  • Verizon Wireless exclusive until at least mid-2006

Interestingly enough, the phone has not officially been called the 700w. Check out this video from Dave’s iPaq.


TiVo hits CanadaOkay, so the news is that TiVo is finally in Canada. That’s cool and all, but why go there if you aren’t going to do it right. I mean, TiVo even says right up front that units must be imported from the US, and that warranties will not apply unless the replacement is sent to a US address. See for yourself:

Is the TiVo service available in Canada?
The TiVo Service is now available in Canada. Canadian residents will be given special instruction to follow when activating service. Please look for the link “Instructions for Canadian residents,” under step 1 during the activation process.

TiVo does not sell boxes in Canada, so Canadian residents must purchase boxes in the US and import them. If the DVR becomes defective, TiVo will not ship a warranty replacement box into Canada, and will only ship to a US address.

What the…? I don’t think that is going to fly with too many Canadians, fellas.


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EVDO PowerBookOm Malik has given a bit of advice to those looking for some EVDO love on their PowerBooks:

If you are looking for a EVDO card for Powerbook, I will recommend, Sierra Wireless Aircard 580, which after some hacking gives you better performance than any other PC card. However, it doesn’t work as well with Windows Laptops. It was giving me about 350 kbps on Mac and 115 kbps on a PC laptop. Novatel’s Merlin v620, however is a solid and brisk performer on Windows Machines, with average speed of about 270 kbps. It got 115-120 kbps on a Mac. The comparisons were carried out using Powerbook 15 (Tiger) and Averatec 1000. I sat in the same location for the two laptops, and repeated this experiment in four different spots in San Francisco. I look forward to your feedback from other cities. Kyocera 650 is known to work well with a Mac. Folks over at EVDOinfo.com have more details. These recommendations are only for Verizon’s EVDO service only.

Mike from EVDOinfo.com chimes in:

Did you run your tests more than once? We have found the KPC650 to be the best performer out of the 5 EVDO cards that are currently available. The KPC650 is the only card that Verizon supports on Macs, although, at http://www.EVDOinfo.com, you will find directions to get ALL cards working with PowerBooks for Verizon or Sprint.

Anyone out there have any personal recommendations, or horror stories?

(Thanks Doug!)

Read More | GigaOm


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