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Tech Deals of the Day: Walmart clearance, tons of rechargeable batteries

Walmart clearance sale

Here's today’s  list, where we bring the the top discounts on gadgets and consumer electronics for the day. The highlight for today is a huge Walmart clearance sale and  a Sony VAIO Core i3 laptop for $550 with free shipping:

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


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Apple Battery Charger makes wireless devices less annoying?

Apple Battery Charger kit and batteries

I was thinking about why would want to release their Apple Battery Charger product, since you can pretty much get batteries anywhere, and I think it comes down to Apple wanting to do their part in eliminating the annoyance that many have with changing batteries when a device runs out of juice. With the introduction of the , Apple now has three devices that are powered by AA batteries, with the other two being their wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse. According to Apple, they were able to come into the battery market with a few key advances. One such feature is an intelligent power management system so that once the batteries are charged fully, it goes into a low power state, using about 90% less power than your average charger. That’s nice. The batteries also have a long service life, which Apple says is up to 10 years. Also nice. Still though, this isn’t really a market that Apple needed to be in.

In our opinion, Apple’s goal here was to innovate a bit for the benefit of their own products. They sell you six batteries so you can have two in a wireless keyboard, and two in a Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse, and then you can also have two always in the charger, ready to be swapped. It pretty much eliminates worry of running out of juice, which gives you all of the benefits of having wireless devices with none of the drawbacks since you always have two fresh batteries ready for you (unless you somehow have both the wireless keyboard and the pointing device run out at the same time.)

We like the strategy. You can pick up the Apple Battery Charger for $29 from Apple.

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AtoD Battery - Form Fitting Rechargeable Concept

AtoD Battery

For those who have been clamoring, nay, shouting for rechargeable batteries to be made more user-friendly and versatile, your day is close at hand.  Enter the AtoD Battery, a brand new memory-foam encased Nickel Hydroxide Rechargeable.  At 1.5 Volts it packs the same power as a AA, but with one substantial difference: its memory-foam casing allows you to shape it to match any size battery from AAA to D.  The starting size is that of a standard D battery, so while it may prove versatile it does present one small drawback: lag time in re-inflation.  Just make sure that you have the size right before you impress your friends by smashing a battery with your bare hands only to discover that your their Wii remotes take AA’s and not AAA’s. 

No release date has been named as of yet, but you can expect plenty of memory-foam laced witticisms from your local newscast (“Remember Memory-foam?”, etc.) when it is.  If nothing else, this may portend the re-introduction of ‘D-Battery Night’ at your local ballpark - not even Phillies fans could turn these into weapons.

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Flip Video Mino Camera

Flipvideo MinoYou know how we covet our Flipvideo. It seems they are at it again with the Mino, a smaller but slightly more expensive model in black or silver. At a size of 3.9 x 2 x 0.6-inches, it’s 2GB flash can hold up to an hour of video. The four buttons control zoom, audio volume, and video playback. The Mino has built-in integration with AOL Video and MySpace video players, a 2x digital zoom, and a 1.5-inch display. And although we don’t have a problem with ours because our eneloop batteries last for eons, this Flip has included rechargeable batteries that charge by USB, making it well worth the $179.00 price tag.

Read More | Flipvideo Store

Four More Reasons to Go eneloop

eneloop adaptersWe have extolled the virtues of Sanyo’s rechargeable batteries before, but we are so psyched on them that we found more reasons to invest in them.

  • One eneloop = 1000 alkaline batteries.
  • We still haven’t had to recharge them after a month of constant use.
  • You can use eneloops in most other brands’ chargers.
  • With a free coupon when we bought them, we got these super-kewl adaptors. You only need one AA battery in each to turn them into C or D batteries.

No, we don’t work for the company, but it is certainly a blessing to find a product that does what is says. We would like everyone to be enelooped.

Read More | eneloop Product Page

Maintain Your Manly Face With the USB Rechargeable Shaver

USB ShaverHere’s another reason to never have to leave your computer. The USB Rechargeable Shaver will keep you looking your natty best while you are commuting to your next business meeting. Plug it into your laptop and the blue LED indicates NiMH battery charge status. At dimensions of 10.9 x 5.3 x 1.5 cm with a weight of 74 gm, the shaver features a floating double-head system, an ultra-thin outer foil, a rotating plug, and is available for $22.00 at USB Geek (cleaning brush included.) 

Read More | USB Geek

Bleeding Edge Byte 030: A Look At Batteries

Being in love with mobile technology and gadgets, the one thing we all have in common is our dependence on batteries. What most don’t know is that there are quite a few varieties of batteries out there, each with it’s own pros and cons. In this episode, we show you a few different batteries, chargers, and hook you up with some knowledge to stay powered while on the go.


Logitech Harmony 1000 One-Touch Remote Launched

Harmony1000

Logitech has announced a new and improved Harmony remote control. With its cool silver and black finish, the Harmony 1000 boasts a 3.5” color touch-sensitive screen, Internet programability, a variety of one-touch activity options, and rechargeable batteries.

Logitech has redesigned its online interface to automatically match to characteristics, discrete codes, and infrared commands of over 175,000 devices from more than 5,000 manufacturers contained in Logitech’s online database. The Harmony can even function behind a closed door and will work with VCR’s, digital video recorders, high-definition televisions, many household appliances, as well as multi-room entertainment systems.
“The Harmony 1000 remote delivers affordable luxury — it simplifies control of today´s complicated home-entertainment systems at a fraction of the price of traditional custom-installed remotes, and it’s luxurious in its sophisticated design, which adds an element of prestige to any living room,” said Bryan McLeod, vice president of Logitech´s remote control products.
Luxurious? That’s putting it mildly. The Harmony 1000 will be available in both the U.S. and Europe later this fall at an SRP of $499.99 You can also purchase a wireless extender at the same time for $149.99.

Read More | Harmony 1000 Release

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