I usually listen to music on my MacBook Air rather than on my iPhone or iPad, so initially I wasn't sure how much use I'd get out of the ChicBuds Chicboom. The Chicboom is a small, portable 2W amplified speaker that is attached to a key ring that lets you have a speaker wherever you are. It's super small, so it's not inconvenient by any means to have with you. You connect it to any device using the included 3.5mm stereo jack connection.
If you didn’t know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. SonyStyle is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness with the purchase of the Pink W Series Mini notebook PCBundle or Rose Reader Pocket Edition. They plan on donating $110,000 in conjunction with the October sales of these two products.
They are also planning on donating all profits earned at SonyStyle stores from 6PM to 8PM on October 20th to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and that applies to all purchases, pink or not.
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We are finally bringing you our look at the recently-updated Apple iMac early 2009 model in this episode. Not much has changed on the iMac front, although the price has gone down and the screen size has increased from 20-inch to 24-inches for the standard model. You also get the new NVIDIA graphics chipset as well, which results in a nice speed boost in the graphics department. Get a look at the video for the full scoop, and if you want one, you can find the Apple iMac on Apple’s site.
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HP isn’t typically known for women’s fashion, but they are definitely turning that perception on its ear with the release of the HP Mini Vivienne Tam edition netbook. We get our hands on this netbook in this episode of Unboxing Live, and give you a look at what happens when the words of technology and fashion converge. The result is a notebook that has become the talk of the town, with the peony design being done by Vivienne Tam herself, turning the HP Mini into a digital clutch. Get a look by hitting the play button above, and don’t forget to take a look at our HP Mini Vivienne Tam edition gallery as well.
If you are interested, you can pick up the Vivienne Tam edition HP Mini now.
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Don’t wanna splurge on something like an iPhone or BlackBerry? After checking out the Palm Centro, we think this might be the device to pick up for that loved one. You can get one for as low as $49.99 on AT&T, and it’s a great introductory smartphone - a huge step-up from your typical flip camera or music phone. It supports instant messaging, web browsing, has a full QWERTY keyboard, 320x320 touchscreen, media player, 1.3-megapixel camera, 64MB internal storage, and Bluetooth. Seriously, that isn’t bad for a $50 smartphone. Oh, even better? Pick it up on Amazon, and it’s free with contract.
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Purchasing gifts for a loved one is often difficult, especially when expectations are high. So, gentlemen - if you’re struggling to find the perfect present for a significant other, please let me share a story about one of my most “memorable” gifts.
Back in 2001, my then-boyfriend (now husband) and I had our 1st real Christmas together. Although it was technically our second time celebrating the holiday, I didn’t really count the first. Since we had only started dating weeks beforehand, I didn’t anticipate much. But after a whole year together, I was curious to see how well he knew me. Apparently not as well as I had hoped.
To be fair, I did receive two gifts that day. The first was a beautiful green necklace. (Thankfully, it did not come attached to a Benny Bear.) And while I appreciated the tasteful choice in jewelry, the item was unfortunately not the thing I remember most about that December 25. It was a completely random selection still waiting in the wings: the ice crusher.
An ice crusher that my boyfriend/husband saw in Pottery Barn and thought was “cool” and “very pretty.” (Granted - the Metrokane Ice-O-Matic did have a nice art deco design.) An ice crusher I didn’t know I needed. An ice crusher my husband’s coworker told him NOT to buy. (She said it wasn’t exactly a “romantic” choice.) An ice crusher that said “crush my heart” and “ice queen” all at the same time. An ice crusher that up until last night (when I reminded my spouse of its existence), hadn’t seen the light of day in years.
So in case you missed the lessons from my cautionary tale, let me list them out for you:
- “Pretty” things don’t necessarily make good gifts.
- Don’t ever buy your loved one something YOU want.
- Products that require manual labor should never be given, unless it’s something they requested.
- If you ask another woman for a second opinion, please heed her advice.
- Read our Holiday Gift Guide, and let us help you.
If you want to pick up a camera for your loved one that is as much a fashion statement as it is a photography device, you’ve gotta consider the fashionista-friendly Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T700. It’s not all about the looks, though, because this camera packs in a bunch of features. Like what? How about anti-blink and Smile Shutter technology? It also features a 3.5-inch ultra-high resolution touchscreen display, shoots at up to 10.1 megapixels, and includes 4GB of internal memory. It also includes the Picture Motion Browser software package, but seriously, who’s gonna use that? The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T700 retails for $399.99, but on Amazon we were able to find substantial discounts, depending on which color you were interested in:
- Grey DSC-T700 for $339.99
- Pink DSC-T700 for $366.47
- Silver DSC-T700 for $375.64
- Red DSC-T700 for $375.64
There’s also a gold version, but we didn’t include that one since there was no discount available on it. Definitely a good gift for the woman in your life.
Want beauty, practicality and the opportunity to get a free pair of chicBuds? Then read on, because we’ve got something you’ll want to hear…
On the beautiful side, chicBuds are detailed with Swarovski Crystals, and come in five delicious colors. On the practical side, they have a cool little clip that allows you to attach them to your bag (so they donʼt get lost,) or to your clothes when you’re at the gym (to keep them from flying around.) The cord also has five stopping points so you don’t have to deal with a cord that’s too long or too short and they are completely retractable so they don’t get tangled. They also come in a candy-like designer tin that will allow you to store both your iPod and the earbuds.
The best part, though, is where the whole “free” thing comes in. Purchase a pair of chicBuds from Dillard’s (online or in-store) or Fred Meyer (store only) before midnight PST on November 28th, and email your copy of your receipt along with your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 100 people to send in their information will get a free pair of chicBuds sent to them - how’s that for a giveaway? Be sure to check which stores carry them in your area - or just order them online and email in your receipt. The giveaway is only available to US residents only, you know how that goes.
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With so many women living on their own or with female roommates, we’re surprised this wasn’t invented sooner. The Miss MacGyver Tool Set is a cleverly-named collection of 5 tools, each in a pretty pink color, that perform a total of 45 functions! Includes a hammer, two sets of pliers, wire cutters, knives, screwdrivers, scissors, openers and much, much more. Plus, you get not one, but two pink tool belts! The set is lovely, feminine and means business—just like you. Available for $46.45 USD.
Laptop. iPod. Headphones. Camera. Phone. Wallet. Home keys. Car keys. Moleskine, writing implements, Bluetooth earpiece, DS, games, maybe a spiral notebook or two, possibly even a textbook. And this is all supposed to go into a messenger bag and arrive unharmed and somewhat organized at my destination?
Faced with this issue while packing my regular carryon for a trip last month, I realized something had to change - I needed a better receptacle for all of my junk. After shopping other messengers, slings, totes, and various other bag designs, the best solution was the Burton Women’s Day Hiker 12L. This bag has some serious pockets - plenty of organized space for my phone, various pens and pencils, a fleece-lined pocket for my camera, a clip for my keys, even a separate pocket for my iPod with a cutout to run the headphone cord through. There’s a shovel pocket on the inside of the bag that houses a 13” notebook (although it’s not the most protective pocket on Earth - a sleeve might be a good idea). Two outside board straps make schlepping your sporting board of choice a breeze. Most importantly, the shoulder straps - which are made for women - were comfortable while carrying a heavy load.
The Burton Women’s Day Hiker 12L is available in six colors, including basic black, and retails for $49.95. Just in case you guys get jealous, there’s a men’s version as well.