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Satellite Radio on the Go

by Tod Maffin

One of radio’s strengths has always been its portability. You could carry a small radio from room to room or take it on a walk with you.

Until recently, though, the satellite radio offerings in Canada have been tethered devices -- mostly intended for the car, though with an optional “home kit” you could position the radio in one place in your home.

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Cellphones as threat to radio?

by Tod Maffin

I had the opportunity the other day to play with LG's Fusic cellphone (fronted by Bell) which, at first glance, appears to be your average cameraphone. The Fusic, though, comes with a FM transmitter - LG claims it's the first phone with an FM transmitter. A nice touch, but a killer app when it's paired with the on-board EVDO high-speed data, which lets you download songs right from the phone, though you're limited to a selection of songs from Bell's library.

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Web mashups faves

by Tod Maffin

Now that it's clear Vancouver's weather is official screwed up, I've become quite addicted to various weather sites. That is, until I found WeatherBonk.com -- it's a mashup between various weather services and Google Maps.

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iPhone: Cool yes, in Canada no

by Tod Maffin

It was one of the most anticipated product announcements in Apple's history. And now, the computer company that makes the iPod and Mac computers has added a new product that has the gadget industry buzzing. It's only a centimeter thick. And to look at it, it doesn't seem like much. A flat screen, a bit taller than a deck of cards, and just one Power button on the front.

But don't let Apple's new iPhone fool you. Judging from how quickly the stock market pushed Apple's stock up within minutes of its announcement this morning, the iPhone could become a big player in the technology sector.

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Technology can't help the stupid

I'm always amazed to see product like this one come out: Some new gadget flashes a red light when it's too loud around you. The idea is it's supposed to help you know when to, you know, move the hell away from the ear-piercing noise.
     This is one of those "it looks good on a news release" kind of products, in my opinion. It has one fundamental flaw: You have to have the device with you for it to work. Duh.
     As the article notes, "Say you're near a tractor and worry the noise is loud enough to cause ear damage. Press your thumb on the handheld device's sound port to see whether it's too loud. Likewise, you can press your iPod's ear buds against the port to know whether you ought to turn the volume down."
     Really? Has society gotten this dumb?

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Buying a new television set

by Tod Maffin
It used to be so easy to buy a television set. You'd buy it, plug it in, and it would work. Not any more -- today, you need to know about resolution, technology, and all sorts of other geeky things. Here's a primer.

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