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Zune Z2K Caused by Leap Year?

Dead ZuneBy now, you have probably heard of the temporary sepuku occurring in 30 GB Zunes. If not, then you either don’t have one or undoubtedly haven’t plugged yours in the last few days. Many have suggested that the “Z2K” problem was caused by 2008 being a leap year. Microsoft offers tips if your Zune has ceased to exist. They suggest disconnection, allowing the battery to drain, then reconnect the Zune to its USB port on your computer or AC adapter. Check with Microsoft if you have questions or your own theory.

Read More | Zune FAQ

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Sharon Osbourne Schools a Charm Contestant

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Reality, Cable, Gossip, Rumors,

Sharon Osbourne Police are officially investigating an incident which occurred on the set of VH1’s Rock of Love Charm School. According to reports, host has been accused of attacking one of the contestants on the show.

That’s not very charming.

A police spokesman had this to say: “We know a battery incident is alleged to have occurred on a taping of a reality show Sharon Osbourne hosts.” Do tell!

So far, there’s no confirmation whether or not a police report has been filed, and reps for Osbourne aren’t commenting on the incident.

The kafuffle is said to have occurred between Osbourne and contestant Megan Hauserman, 26. Evidently, the contestant called Osbourne’s husband, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, a “brain-dead rock star” while on camera. Hauserman was booted from the show early on, but returned for a reunion special.

Strangely enough, Hauserman was expelled from the house for kicking a fellow contestant. Upon booting her, Osbourne said “the one thing I cannot stand is violence.”

Read More | E! Online

Sanyo eneloop Electric Hybrid Bicycle

eneloop bikeWe are so pleased that Sanyo has produced the eneloop bike. The electric hybrid vehicle has a power-up mode assist ratio of 1:2, a 25.2V 5.7Ah loop self-charge function that works while it is being ridden, and a 2-wheel drive system. A part of their “Think GAIA” series, energy is generated by the rider to recharge the auxiliary battery while conserving from the main battery. The bicycle features a cruising range of 100km in auto-mode. The eneloop bike will be available in Japan in February in 4 different colors for ¥136,290 (~$1,461.00)

Read More | Sanyo via Akihabara News


Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Mophie Juice Pack 3G

Mophie Juice Pack 3GYeah, we know that the is probably a little rich to purchase for someone during the holidays, plus there’s the whole activtion conundrum. Instead, focus on the people who already own the iPhone 3G, and get them an accessory that we absolutely love. The Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G gives the iPhone more than double the battery life that it has on its own. That means you get up to 250 hours standby time, 6 hours talk time (or 12 hours if on EDGE), 28 hours audio playback, and 8 hours video playback. The cost on this one is $99.95, and is totally worth it for iPhone road warriors.

Read More | Mophie Juice Pack

MINI E Goes For Early Test Drive

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Hot Deals, Science, Transportation,

MINI E

Five hundred lucky folks in Southern California, New York City and New Jersey will be given a chance to test drive the new 3-door MINI E before it is released to the general public. The vehicle is powered by an electric motor and can reach 62 mph in only 8.5 seconds, with a top speed of 95 mph. The motor is made of over 5,000 individual power cells to make up a single battery. Head over to the MINI site to sign up and you may be one of the lucky ones to be chosen.

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Datapal iPhone 3G External Battery

Datapal BatteryThe Datapal External Battery can extend your phone or iPod touch or nano, 3rd generation, for additional play of up to 30 hours of music, 6 hrs. of video, or 3 hrs. of talk time. The device has an LED working status indicator and a built-in 1900mAH rechargeable Li-On battery that connects through Apple’s fast port. Recharge with included USB cord in about 3 hours. At a size of 70 x 62 x 12.5mm and a weight of 54.5g, the battery is available for $30.99.

Read More | vavolo

iPod to iPod Transfer Device

iPod Transfer DeviceSuppose you and your best bud want to exchange tunes or you have recently bought a new iPod and want a fuss-free way to switch your music to it. The iPod to iPod Transfer Device works without a computer and automatically knows when you plug in. Transfer rate is 5 seconds for a 3 minute song or only 3 minutes for a 30 minute video. The rechargeable battery can be used up to 1 1/2 hours, and an AC adapter recharges in 4 hours. At a size of 3/4 x 2 1/4x 3 1/2-inches and a weight of 2 oz., it also recharges your iPod. The TD is available for $99.95.

Read More | Hammacher Schlemmer

GM Finally Unveils Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

If you live in Michigan, you couldn’t help but be inundated with news about the official unveiling of the Chevy Volt. Run on electricity from its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, it has a gas/E85-powered engine to sustain the battery and keep the car moving. GM estimates that a driver who drives about 40 miles per day should save about $1,500 a year. Other features include a 7-inch touchscreen display, climate and infotainment controls, GPS, and Bluetooth capability. Unfortunately, GM won’t even begin production until 2010 on the $40,000 car.

Read More | Autoblog Green

Neuton Battery Powered Lawnmower

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech,

CE 6.2 MowerNeuton has released the CE 6.2 Mower. The energy conscious company’s product has a removable, rechargeable battery that will run about an hour on an 8 hr. charge. The cost of recharging is only about a dime, a price that puts a gallon of gas to shame. The lawnmower cuts a 19-inch path with 360 watt-hours of energy. At the end of the summer, fold up its handlebars and stow it in a closet or under a table. The CE 6.2 comes with a collection bag, a side discharge chute, a mulching plug, a battery charger, and safety key. The price is $449.00 for a tool that should pay for itself in about a season.

Read More | Neuton

Love Meter T-Shirt

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Wearables,

Love Meter T-Shirt

In our quest to find the gaudiest clothing around, we couldn’t resist this Love Meter T-Shirt. When you move closer to someone, you grow more bars. Of course the other person has to be wearing one, too. Go to a party where everyone dons one and it becomes a veritable lovefest. There is an on/off switch in case your preferred mate is of the wrong sex, and it comes in 4 sizes. Made of cotton, the tee has a removable battery pack that needs 4 AAAs and is priced at $47.34.

 

Read More | Lazybone

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