PVR / iPod Dock / Media Server

Mvix has a few multipurpose media boxes but the MvixPVR has almost everything. Official info is scarce but it supposedly functions as a PVR with component inputs for recording HD content to a 3.5 sata drive (not included). Additionally it includes HDMI output, 1080p playback, built-in iPod dock, torrent client, 5.1 Digital Surround Sound, USB, and 802.11g. Translated specs sheet .

The Best of Instructables Volume I

If your looking for a book to get someone for Christmas, the first volume of The Best of Instructables might be perfect. Over 300 pages of full color how tos selected from Instructables.com including instructions on how to build Magnetic Refrigerator Lights , a DIY Vacuum Former , a computer-controlled milling machine and a bunch of great stuff with LEDS. Available at Amazon and all other major book chains.

Incandescent-shaped CFL

The new 15-watt incandescent-shaped covered Energy Smart® CFL will appeal to people that want the energy savings and long-life performance of a GE Energy Smart® Spiral® CFL with the appearance, size and fit of a traditional incandescent bulb. The equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb, the new 8,000-hour rated life CFL is guaranteed for 5 years based on 4 hours of daily use. The new covered GE Energy Smart® CFL bulb, available only from GE, debuts nationwide at Target on December 28, 2008 . Youtube video demonstration .

1986 On Sale For Christmas

Lasonic's ghetto blasters are 80's icons. The new Lasonic i931 is similar in design and size but with tape deck replaced with a more practical iPod docking bay. They've kept the equalizer, am/fm tuner with telescoping antenna and the abundant number of buttons but added a SD card reader and USB input for loading music. On sale now directly from Lasonic or read Gizmodo's review to see if its worth the nostalgia.

VIA Pico-ITX Storage Server

Via's Artigo A2000 barebones home server box is 5" wide, 4.5" tall, 10" deep and can house two 3.5" SATA-II hard drives. Using a 1.5GHz VIA C7®-D low power processor on a pico-ITX motherboard, a VIA VX800 Unified Digital Media IGP chipset and one DDR2 SO-DIMM Socket the box is powerful enough to run Vista, XP or Linux so you can use this small quiet box for more than just a simple NAS. Comes with VIA Security Software Suite and is available for pre-order here ($299). VIA's page with full specs.

Cuckoo Loudspeaker

The above speaker is more like a speaker / cuckoo clock hybrid. Designed by French artist Stephane Vigny, the bottom speaker extends outward when the bass is loudest and retracts back into the cabinet when the sound softens. The two other speakers also extend and retract with the music all independent of each other. Translated description from Vigny .

Stock Ticking Mirror

If the idea of waking up to your rapidily sinking stocks seems like the perfect start to your day then the LED mirror by Suck UK is perfect. Housed behind the mirror is a large LED display that can be programmed to display messages at specific times. The LED shines through the mirror and can be fed information, through wireless, from your pc so you can scroll news, stocks or anything else available with RSS. Available now through various UK design stores like mylivingspace .

Inflatable Outdoor Projection Screen

The company Open Air makes inflatable surfaces for movie projection ranging in size from 9' to a massive 40'. The screen is made of a light weight material so the smaller sizes can fit into a large bag for traveling or camping trips where the wildlife isn't as entertaining as Die Hard. A 9' x 5' Open Air Home Screen cost $449.00 and is available from their website.

Denon Announces Blue-ray SACD Combo

Next month Denon Japan will release it's DVD-A1UD player. The ultra expensive ($5,860 us) unit is capable of playing Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-audio and SACD discs and features an SD / SDHC card slot, DivX support, HDMI 1.3, 1080p60 / 1080p24 output, internal decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD, 7.1-channel analog outputs, and Denon LINK tecnology. A European launch will follow in March 2009. Story Source and More Denon Announcements Here .

Robot Window Washer

Four MSU mechanical engineering students have designed a robot that clings to a window by vacuum suction and moves back and forth like the Roomba. Called the "Winboni", the robot cleans the window as it moves using tiny felt pads. Watch the youtube video for a demonstration.

Netgears New 1080p Streamer

Although not officially supposed to be announced until CES the specs for Netgears' new Digital Entertainer Elite look pretty good on paper. Dual Band Wireless N for fast streaming and a pretty comprehensive supported format list including the MKV Matroska Multimedia Container that's becoming more and more popular. No word on whether the unit will come with a service like Netflix. Also no word on pricing. Spec list . Follow the product on its AVSforum thread .

Brand Messaging: Manage your message or someone else will.

Ask any six people in your company the following question: What does our company do? If your employees don't answer consistently, your brand is likely weak and diluted. Identifying key messages and communicating those messages throughout the organization, and then externally, will improve the productivity of your communications and strengthen your brand. When the organization communicates with consistent messages and a unified voice, you will earn trust. Trust is the foundation of a strong brand.

Choice of Storage Media for Portable Multimedia Players

Unlike in the digital audio player market, the fight between NAND flash and hard-disk drive (HDD) on the PMP platform is far from over.

Classic Home Toys Installment #19 The Final CD Format: HDCD

HDCD is capable of higher quality sound reproduction because HDCD encodes the equivalent of 20 bits worth of data in a 16-bit digital audio signal by utilizing custom dithering, audio filters, and some reversible amplitude and gain encoding. Peak Extend, which is a reversible soft limiter and Low Level range Extend which is a reversible gain on low-level signals. There is thus a benefit at the expense of an increase in noise.

Content Insider #111 - Cloud Computing Netbooks, Cloud Computing - Work, Play Without Boundaries

Hammer Repair - Netbooks and cloud computing are great for certain times, certain activities and they will be used by lots of people - young and old - who just want to stay in touch. But when it comes to working with important information/material nothing beats a higher performance, higher capacity, heavier notebook.

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This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.