If you originally thought that the Treo 650 was a letdown, this one just may change your mind. After all, who wouldn’t want a Treo that is iced out Canadian style? This one is being auctioned off by PalmOne, with all proceeds going to the Autism Society of Canada. You help the world, and in return get a smartphone covered in 2,000 Swarovski crystals - laid out nicely to replicate the Canadian flag. It also has a few Canadian-themed tracks preloaded onto the device.
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When most people attempt to upgrade their Mac mini unit themselves (so as to not pay an overpriced Apple tech), a putty knife is used to open up the little bugger. However, if not careful the case will not look the same afterwards – leaving a gap and possible scratches on the otherwise beautiful case. Never fear - there’s an alternative to get that little sucker open. By taking a six inch network cable and separating each of the wires, you may open Apple’s miniature computer with ease without damaging the case. Simply take each of the wires and loop them around each of the tabs that secure the case to pop open the top shell. MacMiniHacks.org has the full instructions complete with pictures. Hack away!
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Do your friends and family complain that you seclude yourself from the world when you are busy fragging away? Put an end to those complaints with the GameOptics X1620! This USB LCD interacts with your software such as Instant Messengers, POP email, music programs, stocks, local weather information, memos, and even display system information such as CPU usage/Memory usage/IP information. All that while playing your favorite game. The X1620 displays all that information through the use of a 2 line yellow/green display. I’m not sure if a 2 line display is enough to carry on a conversation on your favorite IM client, but at least it will bring some people one step closer to enjoying life outside of Half-Life 2 and Doom 3.
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People have always said “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” (at least they say it on TV a lot). Spam has certainly been a thorn in the side of just about every Internet user in this modern age. Instead of getting upset, how about stealing those catchy spam email subjects and making shirts out of them? That is exactly what SPAMSHIRT allows you to do. You can now sport all your favorite spam subjects, like “Fr-e.e Ci@l1s 4 U!”, right on your chest.
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Looks like the Yahoo! official from the company’s Australian offices was incorrect when they said that Yahoo! plans to ensure that all current and future services would be checked for full Firefox compatibility. Someone from the US office overruled that claim, saying that Firefox is still a relatively new technology, and some services just flat out might not work for the browser. Oh well.
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Toshiba is currently working on a MP3 player that will utilize its new 0.85 inch 4GB hard drive. The picture was taken by AV Watch Japan at CEBIT. You can see that the unit does not have an LCD, and uses a remote control for its functions. The unit even appears to be upgradeable via an SD memory card. Hopefully Toshiba can rework its design to provide us with a better looking final product. Nonetheless, it’s good to see that MP3 players are getting smaller without sacrificing drive space. We can only dream of the day when we are able to see a 20GB MP3 player which is the size of today’s USB flash drives.
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Could lighted underwear be the next big thing? Back in November we told you about GloThong, a glow in the dark thong. Now we bring you LED underwear by Puff-Buff. Much like the GloThong, expect to see these designs on the night club scene in the not so distant future. If clubbin just ain’t yo thang, perhaps using the garment as a night light for some late night reading would be a more viable alternative.
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While you can’t pick up a Sony PSP from EB Games just yet, apparently they already have some games in stock and ready for sale. That’s right, if you can’t wait until Thursday to get your hands on one of 2005’s hottest gadgets, head on over to your local EB Games store and pick up a game or two, close your eyes, and pretend you are playing that oh-so-coveted expensive gadget. Even better news is that EB Games is expecting to receive some PSPs as early as Monday to prepare for Thursday’s release day. Sony sure wants to make sure its highly anticipated portable releases with as little problems as possible. Be sure to get your desktop countdown wallpaper to see the seconds melt away until the PSP launch.
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GM wants to tap in to the Apple iPod market with its announcement of a new feature for some of its 2006 lineup. GM will now add an auxiliary channel and a front mounted auxiliary input jack. This will allow iPod users (as well as other audio player owners) to listen to their tunes via the stock stereo. The stereos will be offered as standard equipment on the 2006 models of Chevy HHR, Impala and Monte Carlo; Saturn VUE and ION; Pontiac Solstice; Buick Lucerne; and Cadillac DTS with other models seeing the new addition over the next few years. GM vehicles with DVD players will also allow an iPod or other audio device to be played though the on board stereo with the use of an adapter. GM is definitely making the right move in supporting these popular gadgets, but will this be the deciding factor when purchasing a new vehicle?
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Still wondering what makes Nintendo’s next console so revolutionary? It seems the ace up Nintendo’s sleeve might be touchscreen controllers…I wonder how much one of these will cost to replace. The story is that the newest issue of Game Informer has a lengthy article on the all of the next gen consoles, including the one from the Big N. A touchscreen with no analog stick or shoulder buttons, fully customizable so the developer can configure the buttons any way they see fit. This could be great if developers decide that they want to create contrller configurations in addition to games. This does seem to make sense seeing as how the touch screen is currently being used in the DS. The thing is, though, that the technology hasn’t been used in this way before. This also might be an answer to Iwata’s statement that developers may be wary of the new technology on the Revolution.
Read More | Game Informer Article Scan