Archive | December 2012

SiriusXM Sound of Change – Hungerthon 27 Drive

Another reason to love SiriusXM!

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This holiday season, help SiriusXM in the fight to end hunger and assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Support the SiriusXM Sound of Change project and WhyHunger’s 27th annual Hungerthon donation drive.

 

For the fourth consecutive year, several of SiriusXM’s music, talk and sports channels will participate in WhyHunger’s annual Hungerthon campaign by helping to promote WhyHunger’s online auction of rare memorabilia and experiences donated by popular musicians, athletes and celebrities.

 

Hungerthon auction items include trips to meet and see Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Muse, Kenny Chesney and Rick Ross in concert; autographed guitars from Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift and Andy Summers; and much more. Participants in the auction will also be able to bid on opportunities to sit in during SiriusXM shows with Opie & Anthony, Sway Calloway, Whoo Kid, Jason Ellis and Lance Bass; record a guest DJ session on SiriusXM channels including Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Grateful Dead Channel, Siriusly Sinatra, Ozzy’s Boneyard and Pearl Jam Radio; co-host with Dave Marsh on E Street Radio; and the opportunity to spend a day at the NFL training camp.

 

On Wednesday, December 12 at 5pm ET, Cousin Brucie will host a special edition of Cruisin’ With Cousin Brucie on ’60s on 6 (channel 6) promoting WhyHunger’s live auctions and the items up for bidding on Hungerthon’s website, including a chance to co-host with Cousin Brucie, the opportunity to win a tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the chance to receive a VIP tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland®.

 

To see all auction items on Charitybuzz, or to donate directly to WhyHunger,

go to at siriusxm.com/hungerthon.

Tech Toys for Kids 2012 Holiday Guide

Whether your child aspires to be the next Steve Jobs or just enjoys being plugged into the latest technology, here are some hot gift picks for little early adopters.

The Kid’s Table…t

Now kids get a seat at the tech table with ARCHOS 7” Child Pad.  The “Alvin and the Chipmunks 3”-themed children’s tablet features a WiFi connection to surf the Web and get emails, the latest 4.0 Android version, a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory — enough room to store five movies, 40,000 photos or 2,000 music tracks. It comes preloaded apps such as Angry Birds and direct access to a kids ap market for thousands of aps for games, education and more.  $129.99 Available at retailers nationwide.

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See Car Run

Rev up budding engineers’ interest in how things work with the Worx Toys, such as the Torch Fire Truck and Speedster Racecar, featuring transparent exteriors so kids can see all the parts inside.  A color-coded interactive manual guides kids through sequences they can press on the toy’s keypad to make the toy’s engine valves, transmission, cooling system, suspension and other components come to life with lights and sound.  Ages 6 and up.  $29.99 and up.Find specialty toy stores that carry Worx Toys at worxtoys.com.

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Two Personal

Coby’s TFDVD7752 Portable Tablet DVD/MP3 Player is just what moms and dads ordered on long trips — a personal DVD player with two screens for double the fun for backseat riders or kids on planes.  The on-the-go player’s car kit, dual 9” widescreen displays and two headphone jacks make it easy to share DVD viewing or MP3 player listening while traveling.  The Dolby Digital decoding delivers clear sound, and a built-in AV input jack allows connections to external devices like VCRs and video game systems.  $149.99. Available at Amazon.com.

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Hear and Hear Alike

One device, two kids, no problem.  Wicked Audio’s Heist earbuds ($29.99) feature a dual jack for sharing with a sib, or a friend.  The corrosion-free gold-plated jacks ensure long-lasting use, and noise isolation and enhanced bass technology offer supreme sound.  Available in slate/yellow, rust/ivory, and black/shite color combinations.  Wicked’s Helix ($19.99) feature the same superior sound tech specs as Heist in a secure, wrap-around-the ear earbud design that’s perfect for a singlet little listener.  Available in black/white, yellow/rust or orange/blue.  Available at Amazon and walmart.com.

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Wicked Audio Helix

Wicked Audio Helix

Tech the House for the Holidays with Cool Electronics

Make Over Your Home for the Holidays with These Hot Tech Products

‘Tis the season to host holiday guests and spend time nesting around the hearth with family.  Give your home a holiday hi-tech boost, and turn up the holidays festivities to 11.

Holiday Home Movie

Turn a ho-ho-hum holiday movie night into a big screen experience with the plug ‘n play BenQ EP5920 Video Projector.  The compact projector can sit on a coffee table or stand or mount on the ceiling and project huge, vivid HD images that make you feel immersed in the viewing experience.  Features native resolution of 1920×1080 and 4500:1 ration renders videos or games in full sharp detail.  The 1800 ANSI lumens provides a bright image even in low light, and the built in 10W speaker completes the picture with great sound.  With two HDMI inputs, D-sub, S-video and other connection options, the EP5920 can be used with just about any source. The projector features a EcoMode for low power consumption and long lasting lamp life up to 9.6 years.  Sale price $799.  Available at BenQ.com.

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Let it Show

Cozy up to watch all your favorite holiday DVDs and TV shows or play a slideshow of family holiday photos from your computer  in sharp detail on a Coby LEDVD2396 23” wall-mountable widescreen LED TV with 1080p resolution.  This affordable all-in-one system features a side slot for DVDs and dual tuners for standard and digital TV reception.  Two HDMI ports makes it hassle-free to connect your HD devices for the best-possible picture – without having to swap out cables to use a second device, and the USB/SD card slots makes for easy playback of your digital files.  You can hook up your computer via the 15-pin VGA connection to use the widescreen to share slideshows, videos or other files, or connect other external devices with the AV input.  An easy-to-follow menu of on-screen controls makes customizing the picture and sound, such as settings for theater, music or news, and V-chip allows for parental control of viewing.  $279.99.  Available on Amazon.

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If you desire an immersive and truly robust sound experience, pair your TV with a soundbar, like the super slim Coby CSMP95.   This wall-mountable space saving home theater system uses a powerful 2.1 Channel and built-in amplifier and 2.4GHz wireless subwoofer for full bass sound.  The high-gloss lacquered front of the soundbar is designed to complement your flat panel TV and can be operated by its own remote or front panel controls. $129.99 Available on Amazon.

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Built for Sound

Play it from the mountain top, play it anywhere you want.  The waterproof and dust impervious OT Turtle Shell Bluetooth Boombox ($149.95) can take whatever nature can throw at it while you enjoy the great outdoors to your favorite music played wirelessly from any Bluetooth device, or gather round it for speaker-enable calls using its built-in microphone.  The rugged Turtle Shell, named for its unique geometric dome shape, features Hi-Fi sound and deep bass and can deliver 10 hours of sound with its equipped rechargeable lithium-ion battery.  Clip it on to your bike for mobile music or calls with the easily removable OT Turtle Claw ($19.99) all-purpose mount.  Comes in white, red, blue, green pink and seafoam.  Available at outdoortechnology.com.

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The Tech Geek Gift Guide 2012

Give the electronics lover and gadget guru on your holiday gift list a plug-and-play present that will keep them turned on all season and into the New Year.

Hi-Fi Wi-Fi at its Finest

For audiophiles, Sonos is the ultimate gift of music.  The Sonos wireless music system allows you to stream music from your iTunes library, Pandora , SiriusXM talk or whatever is your listening pleasure on an expandable receiver speaker system that you can place in your home, office, or anywhere there is a an electrical outlet.  You control what you stream from your computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android device.  The Sonos PLAY3 ($299) is a great starter kit, which includes a compact player that can operate alone, or pair it with an optional Sonos Bridge ($49) to boost your wireless signal to reach faraway places in your home, office, or wherever you like to listen.  For a limited time, PLAY3 and Bridge are packaged together for the price of $299.  Available at Target, Best Buy, Amazon and Sonos.com.

 

The Sonos wireless music system allows you to stream music anywhere in your home or office.

The Sonos wireless music system allows you to stream music anywhere in your home or office.

Game On … the Wall

 

Gamers will love the portable Optoma GT750E ($799) projector, compact enough to carry in in its own backpack yet packing a big picture that can turn any video game into a full-emersion experience.  Even just five feet away from a wall or screen, the short-throw projector creates a huge 99’ diagonal image, and as the projector moves farther the image grows bigger.  Perfect for gamers who to be close up to the image without blocking a projector, and with Optoma’s 3D RF glasses ($99) gamers will truly feel like they are in the middle of the action.  The GT750E boasts a native widescreen display and bright 3000 ANSI lumens picture, DPL Link 120Hz#D-capable display technology options and 1080p signal inputs. Find dealers at OptomaUSA.com.

The Optoma GT750E  projector can turn any video game into a full-emersion experience.

The Optoma GT750E projector can turn any video game into a full-emersion experience.

A Century of Memories

You can’t guarantee any gift will last forever, but 100 years isn’t bad.  That’s how long you can preserve priceless photos on the SanDisk Memory Vault which can safely store data for at least a century.  The cell-phone sized vault uses Chronolock technology that protects against degradation, and its durable hard-shell design is built to endure.  The vault comes with a USB 2.0 transfer cable, writable labels and a storage pouch.  16GB, $89.99.  Available at SanDisk.com.

The SanDisk Memory Vault which can safely store data for at least a century.

The SanDisk Memory Vault which can safely store data for at least a century.

Square Plug in a Round Strip

So many electronics, so little space on power strips.  The cleverly designed Pivot Power flexible power strip bends to accommodate any plug, and it can wrap around furniture legs or form a right angle for a corner.  Available in black, white and green.  ($29.99) at quircky.com.

The cleverly designed Pivot Power flexible power strip bends to accommodate any plug, and it can wrap around furniture legs or form a right angle for a corner.

The cleverly designed Pivot Power flexible power strip bends to accommodate any plug, and it can wrap around furniture legs or form a right angle for a corner.

Hark, Can You Hear Me Now?

Give a boost to the phonephile on your list with the Wilson Electronics’ Sleek all-in-one cell phone signal booster. The magnetic antenna mounts on a car roof, and the handset cradle mounts inside the car and plugs into a car cigarette lighter for handsfree use with a headset or Bluetooth connection.  The booster amplifies weak signals for fewer disconnects, dropped calls and faster data transfer rates on 3G networks  $129.99  Available at WilsonElectronics.com.

 

The Wilson Electronics’ Sleek all-in-one cell phone signal booster helps eliminate dropped calls.

The Wilson Electronics’ Sleek all-in-one cell phone signal booster helps eliminate dropped calls.

 

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