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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.

Edirol provides high-quality portable audio recording for $400


We all know that the built-in mic on most MP3 players is pretty much useless other than for personal voice recordings, and so to capture high-quality audio, you need to turn to some other device. Up until now, the only real option has been M-Audio’s MicroTrack, but now there’s an alternative that’s cheaper and just as good. The new R-09 ...

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Apple’s new iBook to feature Front Row and iSight


As if being Yonah chipset-powered wasn’t enough to get our juices flowing, word on the street is that the new Apple iBook is going to also feature Front Row. The new 13-inch notebook will probably come in the standard issue glossy white, though with the direction the company is currently heading, I wouldn’t be surprised if a glossy black version ...

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Bouncing Ball camera by Satugo


We’ve seen 39-megapixel cameras, ones that can go underwater, even those that can withstand being run above by cars, but those people in R&D never run out of ideas, do they? SatuGo has launched a digital camera that is designed to bounce along the ground and take high quality pictures. With 1GB of integrated NAND Flash memory you can be ...

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Sony unveils car deck with built-in MP3


Everyone is drooling over iPod connectivity kits for their automobiles, but Sony is taking a slightly different approach. Given that most head units these days come with detachable faceplates, why not integrate some flash memory in there and create a drag-and-drop MP3 player? That’s the thinking behind the company’s new GIGA Panel in-car sound system. Simply take the removable front ...

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No WiMax from Nokia until 2008


Don’t hold your breath, Nokia won’t be releasing any WiMax enabled handsets until at least 2008. The company is saying that the technology is still in its infancy, and they would like to wait until mobile WiMax (802.16e) develops into a more substantial market before jumping in. Instead of striking the pan before it heats up, Nokia wants to jump ...

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Audi launches 444 hp S8


In the market for some high-end German bling? Look no further than Audi’s monster of an S8. The German-engineered full-size sedan combines the comfort of a luxury car with plenty of performance juice to hit the Autobahn. Look behind the new VW/Audi trapezoidal grill and discover a whooping 5.2-litre V10, putting out 444 horsepower at the crank. Enjoy some fantastic ...

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$40 to Wi-Fi that old Laptop


If you’ve got an old notebook computer kicking around and don’t use it for much other than a word processor or for solitaire, Prismiq Inc. has come up with a cheap solution so you can hop up onto the interweb in all its Wi-Fi glory. The Mini-Fi is a USB 2.0 wireless 802.11b/g adapter that can easily breathe new life ...

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TPod Neo with Video is a Nano Killer


If this thing ever hits the nearest Best Buy, Steve Jobs and the people at Apple just might have their work cut out for them. The 1GB TPod Neo is an obvious rip-off to the iPod Nano, both in name and design, but it’s got a couple of big advantages over its shiny white contemporary. For one thing, the TPod ...

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Metal Gear Acid 2 for PSP


Console veterans of Metal Gear Solid might find themselves in some rather unfamiliar territory when picking up Metal Gear Acid 2 for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). Immediately, the hyperactive cell-shaded graphics are quite a different look than the ultra-realistic look of the PS2 counterpart. Moreover, a card-based strategic scheme defines much of the game play. If you’ve played the first ...

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Walmart stocks Bratz Mobile


It’s clearly the dawning of a new age when mobile phone makers are starting to produce cell phones specifically targeted at the pre-teen market. The Bratz Mobile phone is a far cry from the “keep your kids safe” mentality of the Firefly. The Bratz brand of dolls and accessories produced by MGA Entertainment is huge with the younger set of ...

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Making you an offer you can’t refuse: Godfather game hits PSP


Leave the gun, take the cannoli. Electronic Arts (EA) and Paramount Pictures are set to launch the video game version of the classic Godfather film starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. You can take the personality of a Corleone, and take the family with you on the road via the PlayStation Portable (PSP). Other versions of the game will also ...

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USB MP3 FM modulator from Yifang


Yifang Digital of China is launching an FM modulator that instead of using a stereo headphone jack, opts to take all your USB flash drives. The Yifang EM192F will read MP3 and WMA files directly from a thumb drive and pump it out to whatever FM frequency you designate through its tiny display, or choose from one of 16 preset ...

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All-conditions snapshots with the Olympus MJU 720SW digicam


For all you outdoorsy, fishing and camping type people, Olympus has got a sleek and rugged waterproof camera for your all-conditions snapshots. The new MJU 720SW digital camera will survive drops of up to 1.5 metres; no worries if it falls out of your bag. Want to take some underwater pictures? Not a problem, as this handy little thing will ...

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First DSLR with live LCD Previews


It actually comes as quite a bit of a surprise that there haven’t already been any DSLR cameras out there that have live color LCD previews. Olympus is launching their new E-330, saying that it is the first to have this feature. The average consumer has already enjoyed the luxury of ditching the traditional viewfinder for years—practically all regular digital ...

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Sony launches Bluetooth mic for Handycams


Usually, when the talk turns to digital cameras and camcorders, the focus is on picture quality. Everyone loves uber-high megapixel figures and HDTV-level video recording, leaving sound quality on the backburner. Hey, hearing your son’s 1st birthday party is just as important as seeing it, so why not look into the new Bluetooth Wireless Microphone (ECM-HW1) from Sony? Designed to ...

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