LG greased up the mobile phone slide earlier this year and threw the fashion victims down it with the Shine. It's a gloriously shinetastic piece of kit, and now LG has done the same thing for the MP3 market with the FM37--a super-stylish, metallic MP3 player with a touch-screen interface.
The FM37 looks like the voluptuous love child of the Shine and the iRiver Clix, with its epicurean good looks and its charming interface. It's also got some great features, such as MPEG-4 video playback and support for the delightful open-source OGG format of music compression.
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It's unclear exactly why anyone would need a radio to go with their DS Lite, unless it was just part of a broader goal toward full sensory overload. But Brando has made the "NDS Lite FM Radio Converter" anyway, to plug directly into Nintendo's handheld gaming device with a backlit LCD screen to indicate station and frequency info. There's no need for separate batteries, as it uses the DS Lite's power source. Now it just needs some "smell-o-phone-type technology for complete multitasking.
For those who like manually tuning in FM radio stations instead of using the automatic scanner, this stick-shift FM radio is the way to go.
The product page also shows a couple of output ports on the shifter radio, although it's hard to tell what they are. Ideally, one of them is an audio-out port, because I'd imagine the sounds coming out … Read more
OK, even I have to admit this is kinda sweet. DLO has upgraded its excellent TransPod FM transmitter to include video output to your in-car entertainment system, making it simple to play iPod content on all those handy screens mounted in the backs of headrests and flipping down from the ceiling. That's a bit overstimulating for me, but if I had kids--and an iPod, for that matter--I'd find this accessory hard to resist. The new TransDock, which will retail for $99.99, will continue to play music over the car stereo and charge the iPod. Here are some … Read more
In a few years it'll all be Wi-Fi and satellite, but until then, sharing your music by broadcasting it over short-range FM gets us about halfway toward wirelessly sharing our music with our friends. Toshiba's newly announced Gigabeat U series MP3 player lives in this middle ground. It's capable of receiving, transmitting, and recording an FM broadcast, giving you the potential to broadcast music from your Gigabeat to anyone with a device capable of receiving FM. If the receiving device happens to be capable of making recordings from FM (like the Gigabeat U), then you've effectively … Read more
Friendster makes Google its ad, search supplier. Google has unseated Yahoo for advertising supremacy at Friendster, one of the oldest social networks that still has 37 million registered users. … Read more
Coolest Gadgets has posted another gadget for making things easier when the lights go out.
The Blackout Buddy for $30 from Ambient Weather is an AM/FM radio and LED light with clock that comes on when everything else goes out.
Like the lava lamp night-light, you keep it plugged into an electrical socket to stay charged. It then automatically comes on when the electricity turns off.
The Blackout Buddy can also be used as an alarm clock, and even has a headphone jack.
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In brief: The Belkin TuneCast 3 is a simple, attractive FM transmitter that may be suitable for rural users and long, desolate road trips, but it just doesn't quite cut it in a big city.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed. In general, I shun the use of FM transmitters: The audio quality is not up to par with direct line-in or cassette adapters, and searching for an open signal is often a crap shoot. I was one of the fortunate MP3-player users to have both a CD changer and an "… Read more