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Another Skype phone…
Tacky to some, impressive to others, the USRobotics speakerphone looks like a hybrid spaceship cross stereo system. The USB speakerphone will feature echo-cancellation, volume controls and a mute button.
â€œ(January 5, 2006) â€“ USRobotics, a leader in Internet access and networking known for quality, innovation, and performance, announced the availability of its Skype-certified USB Internet Speakerphone, the newest in the companyâ€™s family of Skype products. The speakerphone will be available through resellers later this month and is priced at $49.99 (MSRP).â€? (USR Press release)
Skype, for those of you that have been living in a dark corner for the past year, is simply a computer program that enables you to make free international calls to any computer with that has an Internet connected and is Skype enabled. The program is free, works on most new computers, and is easy to install.
Now to the fun part, instead of using headsets and speakers, there now are an increasing number of USB input phone options available. One of which is the Doro Skype phone –
USB broadband telephone.
A 315cm cord.
Plugs directly into your USB port.
Real time volume adjustment.
Supports most Softphone programs
Comes with all the software you need.
Windows 98SE,ME, 2000, XP.
USB 1.1 or higher.
Broadband Internet connection required
Slim lined, ergonomic, and aesthetically pleasing, the Doro is easy to use and is space efficient. The Doro is currently available for around 50USD.
After you read this post, you will be thinking, â€˜Why wouldnâ€™t I want one?â€™ Donâ€™t look at me, I donâ€™t know.
The Pak Lite is not a gun, and its not hunting attire, but it is an ingenious plastic cap, with two LED lights, and when attached to a 9volt battery turns into a tiny torch. I know its not a new mobile phone, or an Xbox 360, but it has a reach of approximately 15 meters, costs about 30USD with a lithium battery, and comes in white, red, and green light.
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My name is Ben Cattanach and I am the new writer for tech.erati.com,
Iâ€™ll keep this brief by saying how much I appreciate this opportunity, and I look forward to being an active participant in the BlogMedia & Erati unit.
To kick-start this blog I will be showcasing the new, the cool and the weird of the gadget world. Take a seat and enjoy the showâ€¦
Madbum over at our sister site GamerzBlog is talking about the Xbox360 Shortages
Whatâ€™s worse than having massive shortages of Xbox 360s? Having massive shortages and being teased by having a few more trickle in here and there. Stores around the nation have begun receiving very small shipments, usually 20 to 40 per store for big stories, of the popular next gen console from Microsoft. Whatâ€™s even worse is the way these companies handle selling the systems. The systems are usually gone in the matter of an hour, and many times the company will jack up the price severely (Xbox 360s have shown to have sold for more than $1,000.00).
First thing you can do to cope. Is to go out an buy a PS3, or go fishing. Either way. I bet its going to be a long time before supply catches up to the high demand.
I have been considering switching to a MacBookPro from my current PC seems like a good idea now that they have Intel Inside. I have used a mac on many occassions but it seems like a good time to switch over. For one the applications have exceeded the quality of PC Applications for the tasks that do.
A few weks ago Keith Robinson over at Lifehacker posted his favorite Mac Applications. I picked through them and kept the once I’m most excited about.
- Adium X. A really nice chat
application. I donâ€™t chat too much, but I love the fact that I can
really customize my chat experience. There are all kinds of add ons and
extension for Adium that make it a bit better than the other options.
- Transmit. The best FTP application Iâ€™ve ever used.
- Omnioutliner. A writerâ€™s best friend. I use it to brainstorm, organize my thoughts, outline articles, make lists and more.
- NetNewsWire. A great RSS news reader. I love the interface and the features really work for me. The free version is great as well.
- Audio Hijack Pro. I use this to record my podcast and make good old fashioned music mixes. Works great for that and more.
- Pages. This one is
pretty new to me, but Iâ€™m loving it. Itâ€™s kind of like Word but better,
with features that remind me a bit of Adobeâ€™s creative products. Itâ€™s
kind of like InDesign lite. If youâ€™re looking for an alternative to
Word on the Mac, this could be it.
These products will replace what I currently use on a PC. The only downside I can see at this point is losing FireFox. I haven’t been that impressed with the Mac Version of Firefox. It just doesn’t seem as spiffy. But I like the functionality of Safari. And am looking forward to replacing Copernic with Sherlock.
Kojima is unleashing some small and sleak home furnishings line to match the other accessaries in your own. No you can get home furnishing to match you sleek looking new MacBookPro. Its about time peole start thinking about the uptight people like me who quadruple check to make sure our socks match in the morning.
Web Advertising is going to start getting a little more interesting. Atleast that’s my prediction. With Microsoft looking to push their way into the online advertising market more with the launch of a new Ad program. And the news of
An advertising program that will help bring online advertising to the big screen. Spotrunner offers a little customization and is a pretty nice little system. It also allows blogs, and other smaller technology companies a shot at advertising. What I’m really waiting for is the ability to upload your own commercials. That would be really nice. Think if you could also tag TV, and could do contextual advertising based on these results.
This could revolutionize the way we think about advertising on TV too. Let’s take Chris P’s Idea for a minute. Cable TV, and TV in general needs to change. Especially with more and more vCasters going online it all could change and if I was a play er like Yahoo I would move in buy TiVo and begin forcing it to change. Think about it. Plugin your Tivo to the web download todays programs via ITunes and customize your own channels,programming and the whole works. Interact that with custom contextual advertising and what you get is TV 2.0.
Let’s move beyond Advertising into Infomercial spots. Think of being able to upload your VCast directily onto late night TV. Now that would SpotRunner 2.0.
Matt just had a great post about essential tools for Apples. To bad I don’t use one.
I don’t have an apple, so here is my list of 6 Essential Technologies I use and I am cheap so I don’t want to actually pay anything. Because well I am starting a company for a quarter.
1. Text Editing: Notepad. Never had any problems with this one. It’s a oldie but a goodie. There are plenty of alternatives out there but this just works.
2. Browsing: The Performancing Flock
Yes thats right. I use Flock and I use Performancing’s plugin. It works great for all my browser and blogging needs. I am developing my own blogging plugin that allows me to score hot chicks and get girls numbers. But until I release that, this is going to have to cut it. Thanks Performancing and Flock.
3. Web Publishing: WordPress
WordPress is a great free tool. Yes Its’ Free. And its extremely powerful. I even run it on my desktop and use it to take notes and write my new book. So it absolutely does everything I want it to.
4. Word Processing: Writely and OpenOffice
Open Office is the powerful desktop alternative to Microsoft Office. It works great and allows me to create PDFs on the fly.Im happy. Often times I am unaway from home and so I have an idea and I don’t have access to word processing. So why not use a web based service like Writely. It works so well and does everything I need it to. So why buy Office. It’s fading fast any how. And its not free.
5. Web Server: WAMP
I run WAMP on my computer because it just works. Plus it allows me to run some great programs like WordPress right on my desktop. In fact I have a real time real look backup of all my blogs right on my laptop. Just in case I lose my entire blog network. Ala Paul Short.