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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.

Unique loop headphones soon to be in blue


Audio-Technica’s ATH-CK5 headphones have already hit the market with a unique “loop support feature” that is designed to bend and flex for a perfectly snug fit in your ear, but apparently the company thinks it’s pretty big news that you’ll soon be able to pick up a set in a navy bluish colour. The loop support, the only thing that ...

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3G on its way to China


Rumour had it that China would be issuing 3G licenses next year, and now the Chinese government has made it official. Wang Xudong, head of the Ministry of Information Industry, held a press conference yesterday announcing the news, and went on to say that the number of mobile phone users in China is predicted to increase by up to 1 ...

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Maglite finally adopting LEDs


It’s been a long time coming. Maglite, a giant in the flashlight market, has finally entered the LED market. Maglite is largely recognized as the leader in manufacture of heavy-duty flashlights that provide a wide controllable beam and excellent visibility. And with the advent of LED technology in other markets, it was probably only a matter of time until the ...

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Oregon Scientific makes phone-alarm-mp3 player


For many manufacturers these days, it’s all about shoving as many functions as you possibly can into the smallest package you can possibly imagine. Oregon Scientific has fully embraced this philosophy with its new CU328 Cubic Telephone. Yup, it’s a cute little cube of a phone, but that’s not all. The DECT telephone works over a wireless speaker design, running ...

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What a girl wants, what a girl needs…


A new Hitachi product is filling a need evidenced by a recent electronics survey. According to a survey by Consumers Electronics Association (CEA) Market Research, women highly value portability, reliability, and ease-of-use as the top criteria for electronic products. And among the list of devices featured in the “What Women Want” survey is Hitachi Global Storage Technologies’ Microdrive 3K6. The ...

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Samsung to make HSDPA handsets for Vodafone Group


The Korean mobile phone manufacturer Samsung has announced that it will be developing new 3G cell phones for Vodafone Group, as well as the possibility of working with Vodafone K.K. of Japan. Making use of Qualcomm’s modem chips (Mobile Station Modem, to be exact), the world’s third-largest handset maker will be implementing high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology. HSDPA takes ...

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Thomson announces wideband audio for wireless VoIP


First, there was VoIP. Then, there was wireless VoIP. Now, wideband audio functionality has found its way into the realm of wireless VoIP, thanks to Thomson. The company has announced the launch of a line of multiple-play residential gateways and IP DECT phones designed “for an enhanced telephony experience.” Wideband audio provides near-CD quality sound. Voice calls are enhanced to ...

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Imation Padlocked 4GB Micro Hard Drive


It may look like your standard gym lock, but the Imation 4GB Micro Hard Drive is quite a bit more. The shackle is a rubbery flexible USB connector that’ll let you connect it directly to your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, and when it’s not in use, you can lock the connector back into the portable hard drive itself. This ...

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Infinium Phantom Lapboard for the dedicated gamer


Infinium Labs Inc. is developing a PC wireless keyboard and mouse designed specifically for gaming. The Phantom Lapboard facilitates a more intuitive interface—historically, the one major weakness PC games have had compared to console gaming—and has all you lefties in mind, too. The keyboard can rotate for either right- or left-handed gamers, with two sets of inverted T-directional keys. With ...

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NetCODEC comes out with Bluetooth VoIP handset


Another VoIP telephone is hitting the market, and this time around, it looks like it comes with a Bluetooth handset so you can chat away without tripping over all those wires. NetCODEC’s new phone is marketed as something “you can use while moving with bluetooth [sic] handset.” The source webpage is pretty limited as far as information, but it seems ...

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MobiBlu DHH-200 HDD MP3 player


Not many people in the market for a new MP3 player have heard of MobiBlu, they are the ones with the tiny cube of a thing that launched earlier this year. Now they have a hard-drive based player which bears some resemblance to many other HDD players out there (think iRiver, iPods, and others of that ilk). They say that ...

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Acer joining PDA phone market


Smartphones have more and more features these days, and prices are slowly beginning to drop. The market is growing, and Acer wants a piece of the pie. The PC vendor plans to launch some smart handheld devices in the second half of next year “when the market for 3G handsets is more mature”. Yes, Acer’s first PDA phone will come ...

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Underpowered speakers for your shuffle and nano


With so many speaker sets out there already for regular iPods, shuffle and nano owners feel like they’re being left out in the cold with so few (relatively speaking) options. Princeton is addressing this shortage with their new PSP-IPSH (no relation to Sony’s portable gamer). Like most other speaker sets out there, this is a 2-channel set without a subwoofer. ...

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Yoga laptop bends the mind, adds detachable keyboard


There’s no denying that all this new-age lifestyle and alternative medicine stuff isn’t going away anytime soon with thousands (millions?) rushing to meditation halls and yoga centres. But, a “life in balance” isn’t necessarily incompatible with state-of-the-art technology, gadgets, and doohickeys. It is with that in mind that Lenovo is re-inventing the IBM Thinkpad, catering it the yoga demographic. According ...

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WiMAX deployed by Airnet New Zealand


WiMAX is quickly spreading and the people at Intel couldn’t be happier. Airnet NZ Ltd., a leading wireless ISP in New Zealand, particularly servicing Hawke’s Bay, officially started implementing WiMAX technology yesterday (December 21). Working closely with Intel, Airnet is one of twenty international ISPs aiming to bring WiMAX to the forefront. Standards-based WiMAX features high-throughput broadband connections, and can ...

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