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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.

Mario Kart DS pros and cons

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Everyone is looking forward to the forthcoming online play for the Nintendo DS, and one of the most anticipated games capable of online play, Mario Kart DS which is shipping this Tuesday. The staff over at IGN.com had a chance to test it out, saying the online play is no Xbox Live. But there is enough functionality in the online ...

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Mutant Nightmare is shell-shocked on the Nintendo DS

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Anyone growing up in the 80s and early 90s will remember waking up bright and early Saturday morning to catch Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo beat the living tar out of foot soldier or two as they battle their way to get at Shredder and Krang. Of course, we all flooded the arcades as well in the hugely popular Teenage ...

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XM Radio now helps you find a parking spot

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In the ongoing battery for satellite radio supremacy, XM Radio has taken another step toward taking Sirius out of the picture . Working with Nu-Metrics and InfoGation, XM Radio has now started testing “Dynamic Parking Information,” a system that works with your car’s navigation system to find you a parking spot. It searches parkades in your area and tells you ...

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iCel Extends iPod battery life by 200 hours

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Have you ever had the experience where you’re on the bus, or walking down the beach, and your iPod dies on you? Battery life (or rather, lack thereof) keeping you down? Lithium House now offers a solution to keep your head bobbing. The iCel external battery pack charges up your iPod via Firewire, and contrary to initial reports, it is ...

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Fingerprint-protected Sandisk Cruzer Profile

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This is an age where we want to store more and more, but not let anyone else have access to it. Sandisk has come up with a handy little solution by combining their uber-popular USB flash drives with biometric technology. The Cruzer Profile locks up your data all nice and secure…and your finger is the key. The fingerprint-protected Cruzer has ...

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Monstorous storage in a tiny shiny package

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We’ve all seen flash drives. We’ve all seen external hard drives. It was only a matter of time before someone decided to combine the minuteness of flash with the capacity of hard drives. Well, US Modular is on the cusp of releasing the Monstor Drive (no, that’s not a typo), a mini hard disk drive. About the size of a ...

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Wi-Fi USB Adapter for Nintendo DS online play

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Nintendo’s Wi-Fi service is scheduled to come online next week, and best of all, it’s free. At launch, this seamless connection to the internet will provide online play for Mario Kart DS and Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land, but expect more WiFi compatible games to come. Of course, playing your Nintendo DS online requires a wireless connection. If you have wireless ...

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Xbox 360 to support iPods but not iTunes?

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The Xbox 360 should be in a living room near you sometime this month, and one of the coolest features that Microsoft has been promoting is the console’s ability to stream music from iPods on its “dashboard” front-end. Choose your own background music during your gaming session. What they might not know is that the platform cannot play songs purchased ...

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Nitgen’s eNBio Gate incorporates facial and fingerprint recognition

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Biometric security seems to be the next big thing, and Korea’s Nitgen is riding the bandwagon with their new eNBio Gate solution. Combining facial recognition with a fingerprint reader, this simple PC-compatible device has a camera that can track your face for its first line of defence. A dual thumbprint reader provides its second line of defence. And if that ...

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ROKR on with the iTunes-enabled RAZR V3i

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Well, Motorola’s RAZR line has been out for quite some time, but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Just today Motorola announced a series of RAZR models and now, it has just been confirmed that the new RAZR V3i will be ROKR-enabled and have iTunes support, playing music purchased directly from Apple’s online store. Other upgrades include a 1.23 ...

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Netgear gets faster and farther with Airgo Gen3 MIMO chipset

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Netgear has announced the release of the new Airgo Gen3 MIMO (Multi-In, Multi-Out) chipset, the latest addition to their RangeMax wireless line. When using RangeMax 240 products on both ends, it is theoretically possible to get up to 240Mbps, though to be able to achieve that kind of speed, some serious fiber-optic technology is going to be needed. Of course, ...

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Konica Minolta zooms out of consumer products

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With a constant dwindling market share, Konica Minolta has decided on a major restructuring plan for their company. They are scaling back most consumer operations, with the biggest hits on their film and digital camera lines. Industry experts and a number of picture-taking enthusiasts place the blame on a lack of marketing, placing Konica Minolta well behind such competitors as ...

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Spark Technology’s CellStik enables cell phone data backups

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For those of us out there who aren’t as technically-inclined, or more likely, those of us out there with cell phones that aren’t Bluetooth compatible. Spark Technology has come up with the CellStik, it provides a simple solution for cell phone address book backups. Mind you, a lot of people don’t bother backing up their cell phone’s information onto their ...

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Cowon A2 Portable Media Player ships

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Korean gadget manufacturer Cowon has finally started selling their A2 Personal Multimedia Player in the United States via their online store. The 30-GB version is priced at $449. The A2 was on display early this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, showing off its gorgeous 4-inch widescreen TFT LCD display with a 480 x 272 resolution. It also features built-in ...

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ROAD’s Handy-PC smartphone to hit stores early next year

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Remote Office Access Devices (ROAD) announced in a press release this week that their new Handy-PC smartphone should hit store shelves early next year. No actual product shots have been released, nor have any working units been put up for scrutiny, but ROAD, a German company, announced its plans for this phone in February. The clamshell-style smartphone was described, at ...

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