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The Dyle Mobile TV Receiver – No WiFi, No Problem


Handheld technology is amazing. I have every gadget and gizmo available to keep me entertained,  but I don’t really like having to pay for content. I’ve been searching for a device that would act as a sort of personal DVR, that would allow me to record live TV and take it with me…Maybe I’ve been looking for the wrong thing!

Check out the Dyle Mobile TV Receiver produced by Belkin, which can transform your iPhone 4/4S or iPad into a portable television, giving you access to regular broadcast TV, including news, entertainment and sports! and, with a mobile signal, you can walk, or even ride the bus, and still able to watch your beloved TV. You simply can’t do that with a traditional over-the-air TV signal. Best of all, this receiver Works Without Wi-Fi or a data plan!

The Dyle mobile TV Receiver connects directly to  your 30 pin i-device and then connects to Dyle mobile TV without requiring an Internet connection. So now you can grab some live TV, without having to sit in the library or local coffeehouse, and actually be able to watch, where you want to most, like waiting at the doctors office, or in line at motor vehicles, and you avoid spotty Wi-Fi connections and those pesky data overage charges.

Dyle Mobile TV is NOT currently available in all areas of the U.S, but the coverage is constantly expanding, it is likely that you can receive broadcast TV in most major metropolitan areas, but please check with belkin.com to verify service, and if you DO have coverage, you can get a receiver at amazon.com for just over a hundred bucks.
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Hi-Koala Huggable Portable Speaker exudes plenty of love


Koalas are extremely cute in nature – and they also happen to be one of the endearing mascots whenever you pay a visit Down Under (that is, Australia). Well, if that is the case, you might as well kill two birds with a single proverbial stone thanks to the $39.99 Hi-Koala Huggable Portable Speaker. The name of this particular portable speaker gives the game away – you get what looks like a stuffed animal at first, but in reality, it is a portable speaker since the koala itself will continue to hug your device as music is played back over it.

Apart from that, the Hi-Koala Huggable Portable Speaker will also be compatible with any other audio playback device or smartphone that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. This does seem to be the ideal purchase for kids if you do a whole lot of traveling, since they will have a new stuffed toy to hug, not to mention having their own portable speaker to soothe those wrangled nerves with their favorite tunes. A single set of batteries will be able to last for up to 10 hours of non-stop playback, but do keep a pair of AA batteries as a spare just in case.
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The iMpulse will make gaming and playing music on your phone much easier


We use our phones for just about everything. They play the part of taking and receiving calls of course, but we also have texting, games, answering emails, surfing the web, and listening to music. It has our whole lives hiding inside, and helps us to be more productive (if we choose to be). The only problem that many of us face, is that our screens and some of the controls on our phone are too small. That’s why many people have moved to phablets.

If all you’re really concerned about is playing games and music, then having a little controller that won’t be too cumbersome to carry around might be nice. The iMpulse is supposedly the world’s smallest gaming and media controller, and will fit snugly on your keyring. It has a D-pad and 4 buttons on the front, and two buttons on the back.

This has a 100 foot range, making it perfect for turning up the volume from afar. There is an SDK available so you can turn this into your controller for whatever you’d like. It has rechargeable batteries, and can be juiced up via microUSB. The buttons feature white backlighting, and it can chirp if you’ve lost it, but are still within range. That would be quite exquisite for making sure you don’t lose your keys every morning. It uses Bluetooth version 2.1, and can be used on either your Android or iOS devices. This will cost you in the area of $40, but seems like it would be worth it in the long run.

Available for purchase on ThinkGeek
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Musical iPhone Illumisphere brings a light and sound show to your living room


“There’s an app for that”, or so the saying goes. Having said that, is there also a piece of hardware for all sorts of zany apps out there which are in the market? I suppose after taking a look at the $99.95 Musical iPhone Illumisphere, you could more or less say yes to that particular statement. In a nutshell, the Musical iPhone Illumisphere is a device which will be able to synchronize its light show with music that is played back from a compatible iPhone. Coming in a geodesic-like shape, it will feature 40 triangular faces that results in a rather festive light show whenever the built-in 5-watt multicolored LED array starts to kick into action, resulting in more colors than your eyes will be able to take in – we are talking about over a million blends of colors.

You will hook up the Musical iPhone Illumisphere via Bluetooth to an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Android-powered smartphone right up to 30′ away, and the device itself will be able to offer clear audio via a pair of 3-watt speakers and a bass reflex port. Should you hold any parties in your home this holiday season, and want to spruce up an intimate setting, then the Musical iPhone Illumisphere would seem to be the ideal purchase. You can set the Musical iPhone Illumisphere to pulsate according to the beat of music, glow randomly, or shut off while music plays, and all of it can be controlled via the included remote.
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iRecorder, the portable iPhone speaker that looks like a retro cassette player


There are some moments in life where the old and the new meet, and retro is always in vogue – it is just a matter of which particular era that should take centrestage at that point in time. Well, the $39.99 iRecorder would be an interesting play of bridging both the old and the new, as it looks like one of those Retro Cassette Players, except that in reality, it carries a very different function – by being a portable speaker for the iPhone.

The iRecorder would play nice with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, anything older than the iPhone 4 would not work. Oh yeah, and one more thing – no longer do you need to keep a pencil around the house handy, as the iRecorder will not eat your tape. Those who grew up in the era where cassette tapes were the most popular choice for listening to music would be able to identify with me. The iRecorder would run on a trio of AA batteries, and connects to your iPhone via the standard issue 3.5mm plug. One thing that bugs me though, the gaudy color in which it comes in does not really appeal to my taste, how about you?
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AUUG Motion Synth will turn movements into music


We express ourselves in many different ways. Some need an outlet such as art or a physical activity to vent their emotions. Perhaps one of the most widely used methods though, is music. Listening to music is how we show others what we think of the world, how we’re feeling on a particular day, or in a specific moment. Most of the time though, it’s the music that other people have created, but has an element that we can relate to. What if you could create your own music, and didn’t even need an instrument to do so?

Much in the same way that we move to the beat of a song, the AUUG Motion Synth will allow you to create music based on your movements. It’s sort of the reverse of ‘feeling a song’. All you need is an iPhone or iPod Touch, and the Motion Synth will do the rest. There are three components of the Motion Synth you’ll need to make this work (excluding your phone), and it consists of the AUUG grip, app, and cloud.

The AUUG grip gives your phone a place to sit so that you don’t need to hold onto it. The app responds to intuitive natural movements, which means it will lessen the time it takes to start making something that sounds like music to your ears. The cloud will allow you to share presets with other AUUG Synth users, discuss techniques, and see tutorials. As it is motion-based, the sky is quite literally the limit when it comes to what you can create.This will cost you anywhere from $68-78 should you feel like dancing to the beat of your own drum.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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Swivl – Your Own Personal Cameraman


There are plenty of occasions where you might want to get a video of yourself. Whether it be a teacher recording a lecture. An aspiring singer that wants to “see” their own performance. Some kids practicing school presentations. A couple wanting to dabble in making a… well, you get the idea. Recording yourself can be awkward at best, and sometimes there simply isn’t anyone around to capture the action for you.

Welcome the Swivl, allowing you to easily record yourself, and follow your actions, using a nifty wireless marker. While recording, you just need to hold the marker, clip it to your clothes, or in the event that clothes are not available, you can wear it around your neck for both optimum sound quality, and fabulous image capture. The marker also allows you to start and stop your recording from almost anywhere in the room.

If you always wanted to shoot great looking videos of yourself with your iPhone or iPod Touch, this is the gadget for you. Using the specially designed marker device, and the included swiveling base, your iDevice will now be able to automatically follow you horizontally, vertically and it’ll provide your “show” with fantastic sound quality.

Swivl lets you you keep yourself in the picture, even with no one behind the camera. Just pair the wireless marker with the base, and connect your device and start shooting. The Swivl Complete Personal Cameraman base will smoothly follow your every move up to 33 feet away. It goes 360 degrees horizontally, 10 degrees down, and 20 degrees up vertically.

So the next time you want to watch yourself on screen, or make your next FaceTime chat a professional video event, or simply give that special someone the perfect Christmas present, head over to amazon.com and get the Swivl Personal Cameraman, for under 200 bucks. I’m ready for my close up!
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Tooks – Hats You Can Hear


Seems like headphones are all the rage this holiday season, all sorts of high dollar, over the ear headgear, or even special, custom made silicone earbuds. Most of them are way over-the-top in terms of cost, so they’re not going to be handed out to too many people on my Christmas list. I have to find something with cool-factor, that’s not going to break the bank.

Check out Tooks (pronouced two-ks) Hats, a new take on your classic winter hat, Tooks are a 100% acrylic beanie style hat, with high quality removable headphones built right inside. Giving you a fashionable beanie look, while providing you with amazing comfort, excellent sound quality, and freedom from bulky headphones or pesky earbuds, and, oh yeah… warmth.

Tooks feature small, (1.5 inch) very slim, removable headphones that are inserted into the inner layers of your comfy hat, and then adjusted to fit directly over your ears, with a small piece of velcro helping to keep them in place, and they’re also removable, so when the time comes, your hat can be washed.

Tooks come with a standard 3.5 mm connection plug, a 56 inch cord, and fits most folks ages 13 and up. Tooks come in many different colors and styles, with most prices right around 25 bucks. Perfect. If some Tooks Hats fit your gift giving needs, go ahead and get some at amazon.com.
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Olloclip 3-in-1 photo lens for your iPhone 5s and iPod touch


The iPhone and iPod touch do come with above average camera sensors where a smartphone or smart mobile device is concerned, and we have seen some pretty stunning image compositions captured in the hands of a skilled photographer. The thing is, what would happen if you had additional tools to help you out so that you can increase the quality of your shots even further? This is where the olloclip Macro 3-in-1 photo lens solution comes in handy, where you can now shoot great looking close up shots with the iPhone 5s as well as 5th generation iPod touch, all for $69.99 a pop.

There will be a trio of different macro lenses available – 21x, 14x, and 7x macro magnification, so that you will end up with the right kind of detail level that you have always wanted. After all, looking at things from a different perspective will more often than not open up your mind to something new and fresh. With the olloclip Marco, you will be able to examine small objects such as coins, stamps, rocks, relics, insects, plants, gems, circuit boards, and even your own skin, looking at those with a renewed sense of wonder. It is also tiny enough to be stashed into your pocket or palm of your hand, and will play nice with a host of popular apps where among them include Instagram, Facebook and iPhone’s Camera, iPhoto and iMovie built-in apps.

The trio of high-powered macro lenses found in the olloclip Macro happen to be engineered with a grand total of half a dozen elements, allowing it to deliver additional edge-to-edge clarity, greater depth of field, nicely diffused light on the image, less pincushion distortion and a higher degree of bokeh, which is also better described as aesthetic blur in out-of-focus areas. The extremely high magnification will be able to let you focus in on details and textures which are not seen with the naked eye easily. Any takers?

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The Selfie – Hot New Phone Accessory


Oh, you’ve done it, and you know who you are. Out with friends, down at the beach, at your friendly neighborhood bar. You’ve pursed your lips, or stuck out your tongue while holding your iPhone at arms length  and snapped a picture of  yourself. Yup, the selfie… a powerful enough phenomenon to be named Oxford Dictionaries’ word for the year.

The tradition started almost a decade ago, and it hasn’t changed much, until now. Welcome The Selfie, a brand new gadget that brings your amateur self portraits to a whole new level. Forget about trying to stretch your arm like a rubber band in order to fit everyone in, or awkward overhead arm placements, bad focus or weird cropping, The Selfie is an iDevice shutter trigger attached to a 4 and a half foot cord that lets you place your phone in almost any position to get the shot you really wanted!

Simple to use, you just take the cable and plug it into your headphone jack, open up camera mode, put on your best duck lips and snap your photo, or even a video, and then post them to any (or all) of your favorite social media sites. No software, no learning curve, no installation… just fun.

So if you’re looking for the perfect little stocking stuffer for your Selfie-obsessed best friend, kid, office mate, or teacher, look no further. My daughter loves it! Find yours in one of five different colors, for under 20 bucks, at amazon.com.
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