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Purple Magic is Affordable

Purple Magic

Purple Labs has teamed with Philip’s NXP to create a low cost Linux-powered mobile phone. Somewhat appropriately named Purple Magic (although it is white,) it is based on their Cellular System Solution 7210 technology. The 3G phone offers video streaming,  music play back, high-speed Internet browsing with 64 MB RAM and 128 MB Flash in its clamshell at a price of less than $100.00. The companies are hoping that mobile operators will jump on their design, especially in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

 

Read More | IntoMobile

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Senses Make Music Combos

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Music, Toys

Unità ZeroWe dig anything that makes music electronically, especially if it involves a touch of creativity. Unità Zero takes the five senses and users hands and feet to create its own tunes. It consists of light feedback, video sequencing, and audio mixing. With 5 platform assemblies, the thought behind it is, “Five are the senses, many more the combinations of feelings. If senses describe reality, their combination is an ideal and intangible depiction.”

What more can we say except where does taste come in? Unità Zero makes its debut at dorkbot in Germany this week.

Read More | We Make Money Not Art

Quarterlife Makes The Big Time on Network TV

quarterlife cast

If you are a fan of “quarterlife,” you will be happy to know that the series, which is up to episode 24, has been picked up to run on network teevy, namely NBC. The series about neurotic twentysomethings was created by “thirtysomething’s” Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick and will premiere February 26. While we don’t see the show as exactly earthshaking, we recognize and note that other series (such as Lil’ Bush and TMZ) began on the Net and now have found a comfortable albeit moderately successful run on legitimate TV. Those that can, apparently do and literally get to capitalize their title.

 

Read More | NBC

Digital Frame Also Supports Other Media

Mustek Frame

Mustek is busy preparing for the PMA in Vegas this Jan 31 through February 2. Among its wares that it will display is its newest Digital Photo Frame. The PF-A950PS has a 9.5-inch screen with an actual flat panel speaker on its frame. With a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 800 x 480 resolution, it supports JPEG images in its 128MB storage. The device can read SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, xD, and CF cards. The frame plays AVI, MJPEG, and Xvid videos and MP3 audio. Look for its formal debut in May for ~$250.00.

 

Read More | Slash Gear

Panasonic Offers new LUMIX

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras

LUMIX DMC-LS80

Panasonic has unveiled its latest LUMIX digital cam. The DMC-LS80 features a VARIO lens system, an 8.1 megapixel high-res, and a 3x optical zoom. It also has OIS, IAO, auto-macro setting in close range and auto-focus.  Futhermore, the camera has a Venus Engine III processor with available high-speed burst shooting mode, video recording at 30 fps, and is HDTV compatible. In colors of pink, black, or silver, all this can be yours if the price is right, in this case $149.95, beginning in February.

 

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USB Device Charges Almost Everything

USB Charger

It’s great to see that not only are USB chargers becoming more accessible, but less expensive, too. This 4400mAh battery will charge iPhones, handhelds, digital cams, cellies, MP3 and CD players, PSPs and other electronic gadgets that the well-equipped techie has to have. At a size of 69 x 21 x 21mm and a weight of only 122g, it features an on/off switch, a 3-level LED indicator, and comes with USB cable for a price of $45.00.

(Thanks, Fanny)

 

Read More | Brando

Bleeding Edge TV 194: SanDisk Sansa TakeTV Demonstration

When it comes to the Sansa device, we’ve done an unboxing video and even show you how to set up the TakeTV in your home. In our latest video, we show you how the darn thing works. We have it hooked up already, so now it’s time to put some content on it and fire it up. Do note, the Sansa TakeTV does ship with a couple of sample video clips already on it in case you just want to test your setup.

Once we put some video files on it, we were able to watch some of them on the device - we forgot that the TakeTV doesn’t support high definition video, so those clips failed to play. Other than that, this is really a no brainer. There isn’t even a complicated menu system. You plug the device in to your TV, and you get a list of videos to play. Easy. Check it out, and let us know if there are any other questions we can answer for you guys.


Bleeding Edge TV 192: SanDisk Sansa TakeTV Setup

So, a few days ago, we hit you with our TakeTV unboxing video, where we showed you everything that was inside the Sansa TakeTV package. Today we wanted to follow it up and show you how you go about setting the thing up, just to prove that it really is as simple as it looks. We hook up the TakeTV device to our Samsing LCD in under a minute.

Stay tuned - we will have another video up in a couple of days that shows the actual usage of the device - putting videos on it, playing them through the dock, etc.


Unboxing Live 025: SanDisk Sansa TakeTV

‘s Sansa TakeTV product aims to make it super simple to view videos from your PC on your television. It comes with a 4 or 8GB flash drive, a dock, a remote control, and a power cable - that’s all you need. Drag and drop files onto the drive from your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, take the stick and dock it, and you are ready to watch. We feature the TakeTV in this episode of Unboxing Live.

Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!

Read More | SanDisk Sansa TakeTV

Bleeding Edge Byte 025: Melting Hard Drives With Thermite

We know many people who are wary of discarding their old hard drives, especially after the drives have died without offering the option to reformat. We know people who have opened them up and scratched up the platters manually, and others who just have a drawer full a bunch of drives. At Gear Live’s , Pablos of the Shmoo Group asked everyone to bring their old hard drives so that we could give them a proper burial. The result? An 8,000-degree hard drive meltdown, thanks to a little thermite.


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