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There were many years when the only "portable media device" I had was whatever Pocket PC I happened to own. Not only have all generations of Pocket PCs played MP3s, they have also been able to play video in Windows Media format. However, other than a constantly changing selection of MP3s and a small selection [...]

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Portable media players like the Datexx Pavio Portable Digital Theater or the Sony HMP-A1 Hard Disk Multi Player are great for on the road audio and video viewing. But when you're home and want to share your media content with your family and friends, passing around a small screened device isn't the most convenient. That's [...]

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Just as portable digital music players did away with the need to tote a CD player and a stack of disks, portable digital video players aim to do the same with bulky portable DVD players and their accompanying media. Various generations of these portable digital video players have been trickling into the market over the [...]

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Depending on the situation at hand, home surveillance cameras can either be a life / property saving tool or a fun way to just keep an eye on things. Families with a new baby might want to put a camera in their child's room so that they can monitor them while they sleep. Then people [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: Any audio device with a 2.5mm headset jack The PalmOne Treo 650 is almost the perfect gadget. It's a PDA, it's a smart phone, and it's also a digital audio player, all in a compact package. Did you catch that I said the Treo is almost perfect? The first annoyance that I [...]

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Sony LocationFree TV Review

What's the worst thing about TiVo? Watching TV anywhere else without TiVo. Until there's a TiVo iPod (Apple, are you listening??), the Sony LocationFree TV allows you to watch your TiVo anywhere… in any room in your house, from an airport lounge, from a hotel room, anywhere with access to broadband. LocationFree is a television [...]

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Product Requirements: Web Cam mode: USB port, MS Windows 98SE (install USB driver), WinME, Win2000, WinXP OS with DirectX 8.1 or later     Graphics Adapter capable of 800x600 resolution, 64k colors     Pentium II 266, with 64MB RAM (Win 98/ME), or 128MB RAM (Win2K/XP) Pen Drive Mode: MS Win 98SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP Updated 02/07/05 [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Camera Gear, Miscellaneous

Shhhhhhh... Don't tell anyone, but I've been cheating on my iPod for a couple months now! Yes, I know it's hard to believe, but it's true. These days I don't listen to the iPod at all on my drive to and from work. What is my new digital audio player of choice? Actually, it's not [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: Windows 98SE, 2000, XP, Mac, and Linux machines with a free USB port Digital photographers have it made, they can snap as many pictures as they desire and never have to worry that the pictures they end up printing will not turn out as expected. While there are many advantages to going [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Camera Gear, Gear

Product Requirements: Device: Windows XP or 2000, Mac 10.2 or higher AM/FM radio. Sounds a little retro these days with XM and Sirius satellite radio being all the rage. While satellite radio is undeniably cool, you still can't beat your local radio stations for community news, events, weather and programming. Wouldn't it be cool if [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Computer Gear

Product Requirements: Device: Windows 2000, XP with USB 2.0 port PVPs (Personal Video Players) are becoming much more prevalent these days. It seems like every week or so there is another one being announced. When Brando asked if we were interested in reviewing the Sony HMP-A1 Media Player, I was very interested as this would [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: Windows PC running 98SE, 2000 or XP. Digital cameras are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days. From the typical run of the mill point and shoot variety that we're all familiar with, to something a little more exotic like the James Bond Stealth cam that we reviewed here [...]

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LobeMan FM Radio Review

Product Requirements: A local FM radio station If you read Julie's and my CES trip report, then by now you know about LobeMan, the product that came from out of nowhere and pleasantly surprised me. No, I was definitely not in the market for an in-ear FM radio when Scott Hynd, their Director of Marketing, [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear

Portable cassette players used to come in two main flavors: the basic walkman, with ear buds or headphones, and models with built-in speakers for more “social” uses. The speakers weren’t ever very good, but then the quality of the cassette recordings wasn’t great either. Portable CD players provide a much better music quality through headphones, [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: TV or Monitor with RCA audio / video inputs I've made it a personal goal to "tech out" my home as much as possible in the next few months. Even though I'm the Gadgeteer, I do not have the latest and greatest smart home products. Heck, even my TV is an old [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Home, Kitchen

  "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast"  Right? Well, that really all depends on just how good your speakers sound! This review is going to take a look at the Audio Notepad Speaker System from Zmart Shoppers, which is actually a repackaging of the 56MS system from AcousticSpecialties. More about the repackaging details [...]

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Product Requirements: Basic set of hand tools, wire stripper, wiring harness and stereo installation kit for your specific car's make and model If you’re in the market for an affordable CD/DVD/MP3 stereo, then the feature rich FORYOU DV-200 in-dash car stereo may be, well, just for you. My Gadgeteer wife, Judie, received this review unit [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: PC with the following minimum requirements: Pentium®-class processor; Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, or Windows XP; Memory: 32 MB of RAM & 15 MB of hard-disk space; CD-ROM drive for software installation; Sound card or powered speakers; Available USB port. Wow!  Good things [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: An audio device with a headphone jack and a stereo with an FM receiver There are so many uses the Digiana Wireless Audio Portable FM Linker, that I almost don't know where to begin...but I will touch on just a few scenarios for those that didn't realize that they might be able [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: Windows 98 and higher Repeat after me: convergence, convergence, convergence. That's the name of the game these days when it comes to new home entertainment and PC interaction devices. No longer are we content to just sit in our home offices to listen and watch the media stored on our PCs. Instead, [...]

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