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Custom Boomboxes Fashioned from Vintage Suitcases 27th Dec 2010

Custom Boomboxes Fashioned from Vintage Suitcases

Mr. SiMo makes BoomCases, beautiful speakers hand-set into old thrift-store suitcases. The cases have been treasure-hunted and are then gutted and re-filled with electronic goodness, ready to be hooked up to any music source with a jack-socket.

The cases can be specced with a variety of speakers to make a 50-Watt or 200-Watt system, come with a rechargeable battery that can run for over eight hours, a USB port for charging your iPod, a volume control and a mains cable.

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Microsoft: 1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Handsets ‘Sold’ 19th Dec 2010

Microsoft: 1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Handsets ‘Sold’

The early numbers are in for Microsoft’s brand-new phone operating system Windows Phone 7: 1.5 million handsets sold to date. However, that number requires some explaining.

Microsoft on Tuesday morning published a faux interview with Achim Berg, vice president of business and marketing for Windows phones, who says Windows Phone 7 is growing fast.

The “sales” number is a bit tricky.

“Another is phone manufacturer sales — phones being bought and stocked by mobile operators and retailers on their way to customers,” Berg said.

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Mac App Store to Launch January 6 14th Dec 2010

Mac App Store to Launch January 6

The Mac App Store will go live on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, ready to download for Mac users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, available in 90 countries.

Coincidentally, that’s the same day that the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off, which probably indicates Apple’s intention to steal the spotlight from other tech titans.

More importantly for the rest of us, this will also mark the date when regular people start to buy third-party software.

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Lab for iPhone Gives Gorgeous, In-Depth Photo Data 12th Dec 2010

Lab for iPhone Gives Gorgeous, In-Depth Photo Data

The iPhone takes some great pictures, but when it comes to organizing and, well, doing anything else with those photos, it sucks. LateNiteSoft aims to patch at least one gaping hole with Lab, a detailed photo-viewer for iOS.

Lab tells you everything you want to know about a picture, and it does it with a gorgeous interface that makes it easy to use. Fire it up and you see all the photos in your library (album support is “coming soon”).

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Google’s Cr-48 Netbook Looks Gorgeous, Ditches Caps-Lock 6th Dec 2010

Google’s Cr-48 Netbook Looks Gorgeous, Ditches Caps-Lock

Google’s Chrome OS, announced Tuesday, comes along with a little something that makes us gadget-freaks pretty excited: the monolithic, plain-black Cr-48, an Atom netbook that will be shipped to selected developers and others as part of Google’s Chrome Pilot Program.

Just look at it. Normally Google’s wares are utilitarian but plain, if not plain ugly.

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Pentax Swallows Paint and Robots, Vomits Camera 2nd Dec 2010

Pentax Swallows Paint and Robots, Vomits Camera

Somebody at Pentax has just plain lost it. Here you see the forthcoming limited-edition K-r, a custom version of the regular 12 megapixel DSLR. It seems to have been built from eye-searingly bright children’s building blocks, and somebody has even wedged a robot-head into the hot-shoe.

Pentax has a history of colorful experimentation, from the “world’s reddest DSLR” to the rainbow-colored K-x which “requires sunglasses to use”.

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PCWorld: Apple ‘Smoked the Competition’ in Reliability Survey 29th Nov 2010

PCWorld: Apple ‘Smoked the Competition’ in Reliability Survey

Apple products earned the highest marks for reliability and service based on a recent poll of 79,000 gadget owners.

PCWorld this week put out results of its annual survey, gauging customer experiences with various gadgets including laptops, desktops, HDTVs, cameras and printers.

Generally, customers reported high reliability and service ratings for Apple, Asus, Brother and Canon products. Apple, however, was the outlier.

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Acer Jumps on Android Tablets Bandwagon 22nd Nov 2010

Acer Jumps on Android Tablets Bandwagon

Acer, Europe’s favorite budget computer maker, has jumped into the tablet game. Introduced yesterday, and available in April, the 7 and 10-inch tablets will both run the Android OS, and both have the slim body and foolishly long widescreen display we have come to expect since the Galaxy Tab arrived.

The ten-incher has a capacitive multi-touch 1080p screen, Wi-Fi and 3G, HDMI-out, a 5MP rear-facing camera plus a front-facing webcam.

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Lady D, a Laptop Bag You’ll Want to Be Seen With 17th Nov 2010

Lady D, a Laptop Bag You’ll Want to Be Seen With

Meet Lady D, a girly laptop sleeve inspired by the “granny wallets” of yesteryear (or perhaps the kiddies’ Hello Kitty wallets of today).

Quilted on the inside, and with a variety of fabric choices on the outside, The Lady D is a little classier than the usual schlubby neoprene envelope. The closure is one with which you’ll be familiar, although not at this size. Two metal jaws open up to allow access to the bag and the notebook within, and each jaw has a little metal ball which interlocks with the one on the other side to keep it shut. The advantage of this design is that it exposes a good chunk of the computer’s edge to make grabbing it easy.

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Nook Color: Hands-On Review and Thoughts for the Future 15th Nov 2010

Nook Color: Hands-On Review and Thoughts for the Future

Nook Color is the only “reader’s tablet,” straddling dedicated e-book readers like the Kindle and multipurpose tablets like the iPad. I was expecting tradeoffs. I wasn’t expecting its advantages.

The first advantage is the ease of the product in the hand. Seven-inch tablets aren’t just less expensive to produce than their ten-inch counterparts: they’re easier to hold, particularly when they’re as thin and light as the Nook Color (or NOOKcolor, as Barnes & Noble likes to style it).

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