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Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Creative launches portable speakers


Creative might be a distant second to Apple in the portable audio player market, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t produce quality products. Got yourself a Zen Micro or similar gadget? Then you should definitely look into getting some portable speakers for the thing, and the i-Trigue L3800 and I-Trigue 200s from Creative itself are quite intriguing. The 200s ...

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PocketPower by Gear4 recharges all things USB


Access to a USB port is always readily available, so what do you do when one of your little gadgets is running low on juice? The new PocketPower device by Gear4 clearly has some Apple influence in its i-design, but they say it’ll work with anything that needs power from a USB port. Interestingly, this gadget by the company formerly ...

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A 24-bit color scanner at your finger tips


Scanners have come a long way from the days of flatbeds that take up way too much room on your desk. PLANon has launched its new DocuPen RC800, which looks like nothing more than a fancy ballpoint pen, but look a little further and find indicators for battery level, resolution and memory. This pen-shaped scanner will do black and white, ...

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Pentax releases limited edition waterproof cam for Valentine’s Day


If you thought getting a $100 bouquet of flowers and whole whack of chocolate was enough, Pentax has a bit of a rebuttal for you. In honour of (or cashing in on, depending on your perspective) Valentine’s Day, Pentax is releasing the OptioWpi waterproof digital camera in his and hers colours: red and blue. For other occasions, you can go ...

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Philadelphia and California to get free municipal Wi-Fi


Tired of paying so much for your high speed internet, and thought you didn’t have much of an option to do otherwise. Think again, at least if you live in city of brotherly love. Philadelphia officials are on the verge of completing a deal wherein the entire city would receive free municipal Wi-Fi. The service would take care of all ...

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FM Transmitter for Sony’s Walkman Phones


So, you think you’re all set with your iTrip, but what about that nifty MP3-playing Sony mobile phone you just picked up? No worries because now can jam away on your car radio or nearby stereo with all those tunes you have loaded up on your Walkman phone with the new Sony Ericsson MMR-60 FM transmitter. This will work with ...

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Pilot pen first with USB storage


New notes stored in a tried and tested note-taking device is the latest innovation from the people over at Pilot. Two things have become an absolute must in any office, one of which has been around for the longest time – a ball point pen – and the other is a more recent office supply necessity –a USB flash drive. ...

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Digital cameras see impending DOOM


There’s a handful of PMPs out there already that have integrated gaming capabilities, but I would have never expected the mating of digital picture-taking with world of shotguns, monsters, and rocket launchers. Thanks to some guy that has a little too much time on his hands, you can now upload a version of DOOM, one of the pioneers in the ...

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Microsoft Windows soon to be integrated into Fiats


Microsoft already has a virtual monopoly on the home PC market, with Apple coming in a distant second. The software maker even has huge penetration in the smartphone market with Windows Mobile 5.0. And now, a version of the Microsoft OS is about to implemented into an automobile near you (if you happen to be in Europe). Fiat will be ...

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Control your home appliances via cell phone


Here’s another nifty gadget that’ll be hitting the Japanese market, but probably won’t ever make to North America. NTT DoCoMo is going to carry the “Remokon Saucer” by Sugiyama Electron, allowing you to essentially “call” your home air conditioner and turn it on before you get home from work. This remote control (“Remokon”) unit works with infrared to communicate with ...

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CompAmerica unleashes a monster of a laptop


I might not go as far as to say this is “the most powerful laptop on Earth”, but I admit you’d be hard pressed to find anything else quite like CompAmerica’s ORCA FX2. This thing really does have it all and then some. The AMD FX-60 Dual Core CPU (2.6 GHz each) and nVidia 7800 GTX video are among the ...

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Memories in 4.3MP with Canon DC40 DVD Camcorder


Whether you’re going on vacation or celebrating your child’s first birthday, recording those memories as vividly as possible is of great importance. Canon has always been recognized as a leader in photography, and continues to be at the forefront of digital imaging. With the launch of the company’s new DC40 DVD Camcorder, you can be sure that the picture of ...

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Nissan Terranaut for the lab on the go


So you and all your scientist buddies are planning a trip to Antarctica to study the march of the penguins, but can’t seem to find the right vehicle for the job? Look no further than Nissan’s latest four-wheel-drive concept. The Terranaut (get it, it’s like astronaut but on the earth) is a vehicle that will handle the harshest of conditions ...

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RAZR slider out in China


A big trend in mobile phones these days is to get them to be as slim as possible, and many will attribute this phenomenon to the Motorola RAZR thin clamshell. Even Motorola itself has taken the concept of the RAZR and made it into a candybar-like design (the recently available SLVR). The only other main design yet untapped is the ...

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Woize announces new VoIP smartphone technology


It seems like the day is getting closer and closer when anyone can pick up their cellular phone and talk to their heart’s content without paying a penny. Woize International has developed Woize for Smartphone (or SmartphoneWoize), allowing anyone with a Windows Mobile 5.0-equipped PDA phone to make free calls over VoIP. Users can simply connect to any available Wi-Fi ...

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