In anticipation of the holidays, and undoubtedly the upcoming Superbowl, ESPN has released their digital Ultimate Remote. The one-device-fits-all works with TVs, DVD players, TiVos, set top boxes and probably all of your home theater equipment. Simple to set up, it also has one-touch wireless access to gamecasts, fantasy leagues, and sport news, stats, scores and other information. The WiFi network has a weather widget on the home page according to your zip code and updates new equipment codes by itself. Find it at various retailers for $299.00 and the Remote Shoppe, which is currently offering a $50.00 off sale price.
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Hey, sports fans. Next time you and your buds sit down for Monday Night Football, grab the Cheetos and brew, turn on the HDTV, then blast them with your mini-flood lamp. At a size of 510 x 170 x 185mm and a weight of 1.9 Kg, it has a chrome-styled finish and a swivel head and needs 6 bulbs that are actually included. Such a deal. Pre-order for £69.99 (~$111.00,) expect a late November delivery and let the kickoff begin.
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If you are planning to attend a concert, play, or sports event, Zigabid allows ticket buyers and sellers to negotiate by direct interaction. It also lists the most active events and current highest, lowest, and average prices to give you something to go on when haggling. Free for all, the site keeps a 15% connection fee from sellers and 10% from buyers. They then give a portion back to the entertainment source or charity. The service includes overnight shipping.
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In an agreement with the International Olympic Committee, YouTube will be streaming 3 hours of recorded Olympic coverage per day. Countries like the U.S. and UK will be blocked since they will be receiving it on BBC and NBC. About 77 territories will have access to highlight reels and wrap-ups, but they will not be showing live events. Director of television and marketing for the IOC Timo Lumme claims that “for the first time in Olympic history we will have complete global online coverage.”
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Have you ever watched the Olympics only to find that they didn’t televise the event you wanted to see? No need to leave your computer this summer as NBC has made plans to stream the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when they begin August 8. They estimate 4,000 hours of events which adds up to 200 hours per day. NBC’s SVP of Digital Digital Media Perkins Miller says that viewers can isolate events by sport or individual and can rewatch those that they want to see again. Over 17 different technology partners will be involved worldwide.
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Jogging to music is tough if your iPod won’t stay put, so perhaps the Sports MP3 Watch is a viable alternative. Made of rubber, the sweat-resistant timepiece holds 2GB memory, has a bit rate of 32 to 320 Kbps, supports MP3s, WMAs, and WMVs. It also is a RF/FM transmitter, an 2.5mm earphone, is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, and can download by USB. The watch comes with a built-in Li-ion battery and a price of $40.81.
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Is your dad/spouse/partner an extreme sports freak? Then he/she deserves the ESPN Universal Remote. This “Ultimate” DMR-1 remote has a 2.2-inch QVGA screen with built-in light sensor, gives real time stats and scores for both teams and players, allows you to browse and shop online with Click365 tech, and lets you text fellow sports fans from the remote. No PC is needed for set-up. Pre-order at Amazon for a hefty $299.99 and if you are lucky, it will make it by Dad’s Day.
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Once you acquire your new Shadow Caddy, you will certainly have to purchase Geostate’s golf balls to go with your tech savvy status. The British company uses satellite technology and places chips inside that inform the golfer how fast and far the ball travels, similar to GPS in cars. While an actual product will not be available for a while, Geostate is hoping that eventually the tech can be incorporated into other items such as jogging shoes and pet collars.
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It may be time for overworked caddies to find another line of work. The Shadow Caddy is a three-wheeled electronic device that carries golfers’ clubs without a remote. It works by a tracking system and simply follows you and your transmitter around. So far the caddy is only available for rent at Australian golf courses, but we are certain they would love to hear from anyone who wants one enough to import it to his/her countries. Check out the videos on their site to see the Shadow in action.
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Nintendo just announced yet another Mario-themed addition to the Wii lineup this morning during their media summit in San Francisco - Mario Super Sluggers. It’s exactly what you expect it will be, take Mario Strikers, remove soccer, add baseball.
“Mario is truly a one-of-a-kind character; clearly fans can’t get enough of him and his friends,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We’re giving Wii users brilliant new ways to enjoy him while expanding our series of active-play games.”
Players will swing their Wiimotes like a bat, or motion a throw towards a baseman - you know, all that Wii stuff Nintendo likes to do. Mario Super Sluggers is scheduled to launch later this year.