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Table Tennis Trainer

January 9th, 2011 David 1 comment

table tennis trainer Table Tennis Trainer

Unless you’ve got Forrest Gump-like skills, odds are your ping pong game could use some work. That’s where the Table Tennis Trainer ($150) comes in. Like a mini tennis ball machine, this handy gadget serves out a steady stream of hard plastic balls with one of three spin settings at a rate of 12 to 70 per minute, or so fast you’ll be running on empty in no time. Other uses Office Combat Canon now you can really show that 4 eyes who’s boss. [Thanks Uncrate.]

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Podcast mixer kit for everyone, even you Mr Deeds.

December 16th, 2010 David No comments

pm21 d Podcast mixer kit for everyone, even you Mr Deeds.

Making podcasts can be a lot of fun. Whether you want to make podcasts for your business, as a fun side project, or as an entrepreneurial venture, you’ll want the best equipment for recording your show. That’s where the PM-21 comes in. It’s got a great mixer, mic, and headphones for you to record your show, plus great software and tips so your recording will be nothing but professional.

Includes mixer, microphone, headphones, and software; Required computer sold seperately.

Technical Pro introduces the first affordable all in 1 box Podcast Solution. Anyone can create a podcast but to make it sound exceptional you need more than a microphone and buying pro-quality recording equipment is beyond the budget of most amateur podcasters.

Technical Pro’s Podcaster could make the difference between listeners taking your podcasts seriously and subscribing to them or passing them by for lack of professional quality.

For experienced professionals making podcasts is a fairly simple process. However for the first timer, the process can be daunting. The Podcaster package includes all the required software and a step-by-step tutorial developed by Podbean. This tutorial covers everything from scripting, podcast content community websites and tips on how to promote your podcasts. Also included is a CD of Audacity audio editor for PC and Mac. Audacity is a very capable open source package for recording, editing and exporting podcasts. Finally, the Podcaster package also includes an easy step –by-step setup guide covering the technical aspects of the hardware and software.

[Thanks Vann's]
on sale for $89

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Baseball Podcast

December 16th, 2010 David No comments

Baseball Podcast

With the PM21 Podcaster from Technical Pro you can podcaster from…anywhere.

BaseBall Podcast

Funny Video Showing you the power of the Technical Pro Podcaster – Podcast from just about… anywhere.

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iPad Wine Menu

October 6th, 2010 David No comments

iPad wine tablets 1 iPad Wine Menu Chuck the paper card menus as iPads are taking over as the latest display device at swanky restaurants. Setting the trend is the NYC’s South Gate restaurant as they have launched custom designed iPad wine tablets. Assuming that their wine-drinking customers are tech savvy, the restaurant has listed more than 650 bottles on their wine tablets. These iPads will dole out detailed information about the major wine regions and varietals at the touch of the button. Also it is programmed to automatically update the wine list as labels sell out. Guess the occupation of wine steward is endangered as the iPads are taking over as the current age wine guides at restaurants!

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Dunk Mug

September 29th, 2010 David No comments

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The Dunk Mug

The problem: How on earth will we carry our cookies, coffee, and stack of magazines all to the couch?
The solution: The Dunk Mug ($21). Stash your cookies for easy carrying or snacking on the go. In a stroke of true brilliance, it’s also available in a left handed model, so lefties won’t end up with a lap full of cookies!

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September 26th, 2010 David 2 comments

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Fresh off the success of Root, its organic, alcoholic root tea, Art in the Age is back with another organic alcoholic treat. Snap ($33) is an 80 proof, 100% organic spirit inspired by authentic ginger snaps made with blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger, featuring flavors of both ingredients, with a hint of butter. Serve it straight, with a splash soda, or mixed with a good bourbon for a cold weather pick-me-up.

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Daily Digg iPad App

September 22nd, 2010 David No comments

Screen shot 2010 07 17 at 09.25.55 Daily Digg iPad App

If you own one of Apple’s “magical and revolutionary” iPads, chances are you’ve already utilized the device’s glorious 9.7″ HD screen to do a variety of things – including reading the news.

Indeed, users are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a decent news reading app for the iPad. Steve gave Pulse News Reader a bit of special attention at this year’s WWDC keynote – an RSS reader app that exists along scores of others, including Reeder for iPad; a sleek, feature-packed Google Reader app that is my own personal favorite.

In addition to these, some might prefer actual newspaper apps – and by this I mean iPad apps like NYT Editors’ Choice or The Times of London: applications that offer newspaper content in a newspaper form.

However, if you’re looking for an app that bridges these two realms, look no further: The Daily Digg – an app recently discovered by MacStories - does this by presenting a variety of Digg categories in a newspaper-style setting.

Screen shot 2010 07 17 at 09.41.05 Daily Digg iPad App

Tapping on an article opens it up for you to read, and running along the bottom of the screen is a bar highlighting the different sections of Digg. Touching a section brings up the relevant articles in a flash.

Additionally, the application makes use of the iPad’s 9.7″ screen perfectly, not letting an ounce of space go to waste – which is a nice feature.

However, what’s even nicer about The Daily Digg is its price: the app is completely free, and is available now in the App Store. If you’re in the market for a simple-but-great Digg app for your iPad, be sure to check out The Daily Digg – and let us know what you think of the app in the comments box below!

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iKey Audio HDR7

August 29th, 2010 David No comments

iKey Audio, a division of GCI Technologies (aka Gemini —Ed), has debuted the HDR7, a new portable digital recorder.

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The HDR7 features digital recording of anything from MP3s (in 3 different bit rates) to WAV files (up to 24-bit/96kHz); on-board high-quality condenser mics in X/Y configuration; an SD/SDHC slot that will accept up to a 32GB card; Mic Sensitivity switch (L/H); Adjustable record level with VU meter; mic & line input jacks; headphone and line out jack; Auto-Compression/ Limiter/AGC (Auto Gain Control); a USB port to connect the unit to your PC to transfer and edit files; and AA battery or AC operation.

Then, the HDR7 adds a color LCD screen; direct recording to USB Thumb Drive; recording of AIFF and AAC files; on-board conversion of existing files to other formats; an Input gain Switch with 3 levels; Auto-Record and Auto-Track Mark functions; mark or file timer mode with user adjustable times; date and time settings; noise gate function; 5 second pre-record buffer; and even a built-in Guitar or CHroMATIC Tuner.?

A nice list of accessories comes with the unit, including a Tripod Stand, AC Adaptor, Wind Screen, 4 x AA batteries, Cloth Carrying Case, USB Cable, and SD Card (1 GB), so you can start recording right away.

The iKey HDR7 will set you back $279.99 when it premiers this Fall. More information on the iKey HDR7 portable recorder.

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Altec Lansing MIX

August 23rd, 2010 David No comments

altec lansing mix Altec Lansing MIX
The MIX features a high-contract display that scrolls artists and song titles, is powered by D batteries, and has a killer carrying handle – if you want to hoist this puppy on your shoulders and go Old Skool. (However, if you really want that throwback vibe inna iPod Dock Stylee than check out the Lasonic i931 —Ed.)

» Audio Alignment – Drivers, enclosure and electronics are balanced for optimum sound.
» Clear high end sound – Specially engineered horn-loaded polypropylene tweeters designed for smooth, wide dispersion.
» Full mid-range – Two custom-designed drivers push room-filling mids and mid bass.
» Bad-Ass bass – XdB bass-enhanced side-firing subwoofer and tuned passive radiator deliver formidable bass.
» Digital FM radio – Tune in to clean reception with telescopic antenna and 4 station presets.
» Dual AUX IN jacks
» Clip-on remote – Change the sources; control the speakers, playlist and song navigation all from the remote.
» Music Pause – Automatically pauses music when a call is received on the iPhone.
» Interference Free – Unique design is claimed to be immune to mobile phone interference
» AC or battery-powered – Plug in or lose the wires with up to 30 hours of play with 8 D batteries.
» High-contrast LCD
» 7-band graphic equalizer – Multiple EQ modes let you select your sound.
» Grab handles
» Universal dock for iPhone and iPod – Recharges while it plays your choons.

Altec Lansing’s MIX costs $299 and is available now. More information on the Altec Lansing MIX.

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Scratch DJ Academy

August 22nd, 2010 David 2 comments

scratch class Scratch DJ Academy

Since my freshmen year in college, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of mixing two different records with similar beat structure in a seamless fashion. Before I was brought onto the staff at The Booth, I would spend a great amount of my spare time teaching myself basic DJ techniques on Virtual DJ. It’s my passion.

It just so happens that on the same day Kobe hit a fade away game winning bank shot on D. Wade and I inquired about my current position at The Booth, I was introduced to the Scratch DJ Academy. Good day right? I remember thinking to myself, “What a great idea” and “Where was this school 10 years ago?”. Scratch describes their DJ 101 course as the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to become a DJ. I couldn’t agree more.

While most courses are designed for students to attend once a week [100 minutes per day] for six weeks, the good folks at the Miami location were able to squeeze me into their schedule all in one private lesson.  After exchanging pleasantries with Miami’s Director and Head Instructor, DJ Immortal, we were right down to business.

Upon first glance, the standard DJ set-up [Serato, Two Turntables and a Mixer] can be intimidating. After a quick overview of the equipment, ranging from Serato Audio Interface to the various mixer controls, I felt right at home using the essential instruments needed for a professional DJ to Rock the Party.

After becoming familiar with the equipment, Immortal gave me a tutorial on the Principles of Mixing. The first step, described by Immortal, as the most indispensable skill for any DJ, was learning how to Drop on the One. Dropping on the one, can best be described as taking the first sound from a given record and releasing it with perfect timing into another beat matched record.

Following some intense practice, we moved on to basic Old School Beatmatching, where Immortal instructed me on how to use the turntable pitch controls and my trained ears and take two records with different tempos and match the kicks and snares so that they would hit at the same time when playing simultaneously. Along with Dropping on the One, Beatmatching is a essential element for any DJ who wishes to create a seamless mix.

So what’s next, now that I have the basic Principles of Mixing under my belt.  This is where the fun starts. Knowing when to bring in a certain record can seem like a daunting task, but Immortal was able to simplify basic Music Theory for me.  In DJing, careful phrasing allows the transition between two records to be seamless.  Lucky for me, I was able to get a decent handle on this at the same time one of the many stunning women that litter the South Beach area was checking out the school.  Yes, being able to smoothly transition Kanye West’s “Heard “Em Say” into Snoop Dogg’s Who Am I” not only makes you seem cool, it sounds really dope as well.

While were on the subject, the sound system set-up at Scratch is top of the line.  During the multiple hours of my free practice time, I was blasting music from Outkast to The Roots so loudly that I’m surprised the neighboring offices didn’t complain. To truly be considered a great DJ, practice is of the foremost importance. Luckily for enrolled students, Scratch has plenty of space, equipment and time slots to make this possible.

DJ 101 concludes with a rundown of the basic scratches needed to perform an above average mix. Many of the instructors at Scratch describe this portion of the course as the most fun because let’s be honest everyone relates scratching as the coolest part of being a DJ.  When it comes to cutting records on the 1’s and 2’s, both Immortal and fellow instructor DJ K-Razor are Ice Cold.  Don’t take my word for it though, check out the school for yourself at 5 “Spins”.

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