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Carbon Fiber Graphix For Your MacBook

Carbon Fiber Graphix For Your MacBook

Mac fans are all about the elegant style, look, and feel.  Nowadays, everything is customizable so why not customize your Apple MacBook with a carbon graphix MacBook sticker.  Honestly, it looks a lot cooler than the color black, white, or silver.  In fact, is looks like an entirely different laptop under certain lighting conditions.  Just paste the carbon graphix vinyl sticker on your MacBook and it looks as though it's made of carbon fiber.

If your MacBook is white this might not be a smart choice, but if you're willing then go ahead.  The new carbon fiber sticker no only provides style, it provides extra protection by giving your MacBook a rugged external coating.  Everything from iPod covers to cars are going carbon fiber so this should be a nice fit for carbon crazed fanatics.

The stickers are easily attainable and ready for self-installation so there's no excuse not to buy.  This accessory will blend nicely with your carbon fiber printer, mouse pad, and other computer accessories.  The carbon graphix shell is a definite pick and it looks original so it should fit your taste if you like the carbon fiber design.

Price: $20

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Honda’s ASIMO Had A Few Drinks And Falls Again

Honda’s ASIMO Had A Few Drinks And Falls Again

Well, you all saw the recent fall of Honda's ASIMO robot and you thought it was over; not so. I came across an older video of ASIMO and this time he made it up the stairs but didn't quite make it downstairs in one piece. Honda's Humanoid Robot is currently an overprice piece of machinery and technology that continues to make the audiences laugh. ASIMO's job is to make us smile and ponder Honda's greatness but it fails again in the featured video. The Humanoid cost an estimated $1 million to manufacture in addition to thousands more for maintenance. Lets not forget the repair cost when ASIMO trips over thick-air, which doesn't exist.

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ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, has an excellent track record versus the competition, but as technology progresses it seems to fall more and more. Honda boasts that ASIMO is a "glimpse into the future", which sorta makes sense when you consider people will eventually fall and slip on ice or something they didn't notice. We're just following in ASIMO's footsteps.

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Intela Voice Dimmer Responds To Voice

Intela Voice Dimmer Responds To Voice

Remember the Clap On device that required you to simply clap and the lights or another device would power on or go off? Well, it gets even easier with Intela's Voice Dimmer. It's a simple device that does its job. The voice dimmer uses simple voice commands to turn on your Christmas tree or any device that is connected to the voice dimmer socket.

Don't worry you can record custom phrases and it will respond to them. I wouldn't advise you record, "Merry Christmas" or "Seasons Greetings" as your phrase because your device would power on and off countless times. Thinking of something creative like "Slashgear" as your phrase or pre-determined word and your device will be more than happy to power on or shut off.

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Top Notch, Halcro’s SSP-100 Full Audio Video HDMI Processor

Top Notch, Halcro’s SSP-100 Full Audio Video HDMI Processor

Perhaps the baddest and most expensive audio video preamp-processors on the face of the planet.  The Halcro SSP-100 is a full audio and video processor with a video scaler.  If you are not familiar with Halcro, don't fret.  Halcro is an Australian company known worldwide for their amplifiers, digital circuitry, and sound innovation.  For starters, the unit is huge, thick, with a satin-finished aluminum panel but weight doesn't matter when it comes to high-quality sound.  The large LCD screen located in the front is not joke.  It's a monitor that supports 480i sources so video is a snap.  The unit features USB, RS-232 connections, 10 sources (six audio/video, four video).  It also includes HDMI, component, six S-video, six composite and it goes on and on with connections.

The picture above is the exact model.  As you can see Finding Nemo is playing on the processor's front display.  The unit is professional grade so it comes rack mountable or free standing with a programmable touchscreen remote (seen below).  As far as audio it features 7.1 channel balanced inputs and outputs, 4 programmable output channels which means you can literally play everything on the fly at any time.  The audio features continue with the patented High Dynamic Bass (HDB) for superior, deep lows.  I almost forgot it supports calibration, DTS, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic standards, THX, and it passed various tests to gain certifications.

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2008 BMW V-10 M6 Cabriolet Convertible, 500-hp

2008 BMW V-10 M6 Cabriolet Convertible, 500-hp

It's possibly my favorite car because it makes so much sense. I am still amazed at the lack of hype this vehicle receives. The V10 BMW M6 is a car overlooked by many because buyers often prefer the BMW M3 or the M5 and are not aware of its existence. FYI, BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke or Bavarian Motor Works in English. Many owners are too lazy to Google the acronym and find out what they're actually driving so now there's no excuse. Okay, back to the car. The BMW M6 (convertible included) is a four seater, although it's not built for full size humans (backseat), it owns the Mercedes SL and other contenders in the room category.

The V10, 5.0-liter BMW M6 droptop packs 500-hp and it also has the convenient seven-speed sequential manual gearbox also known as SMG. The M6 has a prompt throttle response and redlines at 8250-rpm. The M6 cabrio version will sport a three layer softtop that opens in 25 secs. It also includes so much technology under the hood I would be making up terms if I tried to describe it, but it all equals ungodly speeds. It goes from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and it tops at 155 which can be tweaked but the ABS breaks should save you. Without controls the vehicle is said to reach 205-206 mph. The vehicle is more than just a car, it's a monster that is driven by very few people. If the buyer is going to spend thousands of dollars he or she might as well have room for some cuties in the back and that's why this car makes so much sense.

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Unboxing the Parrot Bluetooth Wireless Speakers

Unboxing the Parrot Bluetooth Wireless Speakers

It's your music is on the go with these hip Bluetooth Wireless Speakers. The 60 watt cabinet speakers can be networked with any device in your home including your phone, mp3 player(s), PDAs, PC, laptop, or any Bluetooth enabled device that streams audio. These speakers are a quick fix for those who hate wires everywhere and those who love to boast about their new ringtones.

The white-lacquered will match your decor and they're not too bulky so they should fit comfortably under a desk or hidden near a wall. The Bluetooth speakers also include EDR for up to 3Mbps and it can also support the A2DP and AVRCP format. When these wireless speakers were created they put thought into it by including a RCA line-in input for devices that lack Bluetooth technology. The specifics on sound quality are a bit sketchy but each speaker contains a built-in digital two-channel Class-D amplifier so it doesn't sound like a car wreck.

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2007 Jaguar XK8 Advanced Lightweight Coupe Concept

2007 Jaguar XK8 Advanced Lightweight Coupe Concept

Officially, it's a concept car and it made its debut at the Detroit auto show but it will hit the pavement soon.  The Advanced Lightweight Coupe is just that, light weight.  The new 2007 Jaguar XK8 has an aluminum skeleton with aluminum body panels making the curb weight drop by several hundred pounds.  It paid off because a typical XK weighs 3,671 pounds so any decrease in weight will help handling this monster.  The car will most likely be a supercharged V8 with top of the line sporty features.  The XK's interiors are described as techno and classy as you can see below.  The main specs of the new 2007 Jaguar XK8 is much speculation but from the looks of several images, Jaguar will not disappoint.  We know they won't.

The 2+2 cabin is modern with impressive curvature but it's still reminiscent of the classic muscle car.  The Porsche 911 should be nervous and for good reason.  For one, it's interior is far superior and the outside does a nice job.  It's eyecandy and many motorists will do a double-take when you zoom right past them.  If I had the funds I would be driving it right now.  I advise you take a look at more screenshots below.

2007 Jaguar XK8 Advanced Lightweight Coupe Concept [Via: Automobilemag.com]...

Dospara’s Elegant, Prime A Note Cressida NB

Dospara’s Elegant, Prime A Note Cressida NB

This baby weighs in at only 4.0 pounds and it includes my favorite processor AMD.  Dospara's Prime A Note Cressida NB has a AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 processor, 512MB of DDR2, and a NVIDIA onboard graphics card.  More features include a massive 80GB HDD, a DVD Super-Multi Drive, and a subtle 12.1 inch WXGA display.  Ports include three USB 2.0 and FireWire with a memory card reader, Gigabith Ethernet, and the lovely 802.11a/b/g WLAN so you can pick up various networks.

The fsb is 667MHz and it's Windows Vista Compatible so it's good for running several applications simultaneously and writing document.  Could you ask for much more?  Yes, a tv tuner but it does the job for a decent price.  This stylish notebook will, of course, run for hours without a recharge and the external casing is a nice, elegant finish.  Excellent piece of technology but it's currently available in Japan.

Price: $1,061

Dospara's Prime A Note Cressida NB [Via: Techeblog.com]...

Another Overpriced 19″ Samsung SyncMaster – 960BF

Another Overpriced 19″ Samsung SyncMaster – 960BF

Many may already own it, but for those who don't read this. So, what are you looking at; another overpriced Samsung SyncMaster. The Samsung SyncMaster 960BF 19" Analog/Digital LCD Monitor packs a lot of brand, but lacks the numbers I was looking for. For starters, it's a nice looking LCD monitor that comes with a hefty pricetag. Lets look at the stats. It's a 19" monitor that displays 16.2 million colors. The native resolution is 1280 X 1024, the brightness sits at 300 cd/m2. It has DVI and it comes with a 3 year warranty depending on where you buy it. The only thing that impressed me is the 4 millisecond response time.

Stats look nice if you like to spend money but there's a huge problem; the 700:1 contrast ratio. If you are not sure what that means, look at it this way. I admit I'm a geek but it's been a while so I did more research on the contrast ratio and why its so important when making a decision. The contrast ratio is the ratio of the brightest and darkest images a display can reproduce, so a greater ratio equals a higher quality picture and more fine details in color. I checked and a used one can run $230 but it's still not worth it. My LG monitor cost $240 with a contrast ratio of 2000:1 and I didn't spend the month's paycheck doing it. The SyncMaster 971P-R is another model in the series of overpriced LCD monitors by a respectable company we know as Samsung. If you like cute things then buy, you like saving, then shop around and look for comparisons.

Price: $470.00

19" Samsung SyncMaster 960BF [Via: Amazon.com]...

New 5.0 Mega Pixel LCD Digital Binocular Camera

New 5.0 Mega Pixel LCD Digital Binocular Camera

Anything that helps me spy and I'm all in.  The TC 242N Digital Binocular Camera is a 5.0 mega-pixel camera with many features.  The 5.0 mega-pixel binocular camera features an SD card slot, 8X non-digital zoom so your subjects can't be too far away, auto exposure, a 1.5" TFT color LCD, and it takes AVI clips.  These binoculars are excellent for basketball games but I wouldn't suggest them for baseball especially if you have horrible seats.  The binoculars are not huge so they will fit into your wife's purse or around your neck comfortably.

The pros include the the high-res 1600 X 1200 pictures it's capable of taking and its weight, but there are cons.  It has a USB 1.1 interface which shouldn't matter much, no night-vision, it's not Apple friendly, and it takes batteries are some of the various cons included, but it's still a nice piece of gadgetry.  The unit isn't rechargeable so it must be geared towards hikers and those who enjoy the outdoors.

Price: $199.95

5.0 Mega Pixel LCD Digital Binocular Camera [Via: GadgetUniverse.com]...

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