Friday, September 29, 2006

Ain't nothing but a Pink thing.

Pioneer Electronics, XM Satellitle Radio and Circuit City teamed with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation to raise money for breast cancer research. Each sale of their brainchild - a pink variation of the Pioneer inno XM2go portable XM raises $30 for breast cancer research.

The Pioneer inno XM2go, the world's first portable player to combine XM’s radio content with the flexibility of MP3 playback, "was awarded the CNET “Best of CES 2006, People’s Voice Award” because of its revolutionary portable, handheld features combining the two most popular forms of audio entertainment: satellite radio and MP3 music. The wearable device, now available in two colors, silver and electric pink, combines live satellite radio “on the go” with a paid subscription* and stored XM content with MP3 and WMA audio files."

Not only will you be adding a sleek stylish device to your already bursting supply chest, you’ll also be donating to a great cause.

read [Pioneer Electronics]

Friday, September 15, 2006

Hyundai releases their Roadbank DMB/PMP/GPS Device

What do you want out of a navigation system? Whatever it is, Roadbank's probably got it.
Equipped with a SiRF Star III chip and an SD slot for DivX application, and an AV in/out for integration with an external display, Hyundai's grab at the DMB/PMP/GPS device market seems like a sound business decision. There's been a certain scarcity of Korean representation in the field lately, which probably explains the pricepoints. The Roadbank is modestly priced at about $313-417, not too bad compared to systems with similiar features.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Trick your PSP with its own GPS System

Take your PSP to a whole new level with Denniska's method to connect a GPS reciever to your PSP. Dying to replicate the experiment? No problem, we've got the goods:

Necessary Equipment:
  • Holux GPSlim236 ($100)
  • Intec G6704 PSP remote control ($11).
  • USB (Mini B) cable ($5-10) (NOT the included USB power cable)
  • 1K 1/4watt resistor ($1)
Only those who feel at home with soldering irons and blades my proceed. All you really have to do (after you get all that equipment ready) is cut the USB cable and PSP remote plug and connect em to the right places.

To see if you did things correctly, Deniska thoughtfully included a GPS program viewer to check if you installed it the right way, which could also be downloaded here.
He also included a few words of advice:

HTC Artemis

According to NaviGadget, HTC's rumored GPS enabled Pocket PC Phone is called the "HTC Artemis". I figure the device is not so aptly named as the Roman goddess Artemis was goddess of the hunt and would frequently roam mountain forests and uncultivated land, not at all analagous to what HTC is doing with this new device - it's a sort of been there, done that idea.

The phone is reported to be featuring GPS, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a FM radio (which means the device could also support the TMC-service for GPS navigation), W-LAN and a 2 megapixel camera. It's expected to run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and is powered by a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz.

Wonder how much it will retail for and what the market for this thing will be like?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Google Genericide

Last month, the Washington Post noted that Google had officially entered Merriam-Webster's Dictionary.


One entry found for google.

Main Entry: goo·gle
Pronunciation: 'gü-g&l
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): goo·gled; goo·gling /-g(&-) li[ng]/
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: Google, trademark for a search engine
: to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web
You'd think Google would have been proud, in just eight years they've been able to make their own addition into the English language. They've, it seemed, "coined a phrase". Google however, took offense to the Washington Post article that read: "Google, the word, now takes its place alongside the handful of proper nouns that have moved beyond a particular product to become descriptors of an entire sector -- generic trademarks."

Although perturbed Google offers to lend a hand with correct and incorrect usage of the word.

" Appropriate: He ego-surfs on the Google search engine to see if he's listed in the results.

Inappropriate: He googles himself."

" Appr opriate: I ran a Google search to check out that guy from the party.

Inappropriate: I googled that hottie."

Hmm. Wonder how that one managed to slip past Google public relations.

via [Washington Post]

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Zumo 550 - a GPS device for Motorcycles

Garmin is poised to release a GPS device for motorcycles, the Zumo 550. The new Garmin Zumo features built-in Bluetooth for spoken directions via a compatible helmet. Its Bluetooth capability also makes it possible for riders to retrieve and dial numbers using a supported phone's contact list. Its UV resistant, 3.5-inch touch-screen display screams for attention, and Garmin affords it the oppurtunity as it is intended to sit atop the handlebars of your already sexy motorcycle.