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Zune: Gears of War 2 Edition

Zune: Gears of War 2 Edition

Marrying two of its youngest franchises, Microsoft will be releasing a special edition Zune 120 for Gears of War 2 fans, with a laser-etched “Crimson Omen” and 244 bits of media.

Nintendo DSi

Nintendo DSi

The Nintendo DSi is a slimmer version of the DS; it axes the GBA slot but gets a larger 3 1/4″ screen, a 3 MP camera, built-in browser and SD slot. It’ll launch 11/1 in black and white.

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Toshiba E105 Laptop

Toshiba E105 Laptop

Toshiba’s E105 Satellite seems more like a MacBook Pro, with a squarish design and corner perforations. It’ll get a 14.1″ TFT LCD screen, max 4GB of RAM and integrated graphics.

Steiner Tactical Binoculars

Steiner Tactical Binoculars

Designed for military and surveillance ops, Steiner’s 10×42 R Tactical Binoculars feature a Mil Reticle for ranging, 10x magnification and high contrast, multi-coated optics.

WD ShareSpace NAS

WD ShareSpace NAS

Western Digital’s stylish ShareSpace targets small offices (or folks with too many media files); the NAS server handles up to 4TB with RAID 5 and is both quiet and energy efficient.

Concept: Blackbook M

Concept: Blackbook M

Emre Durmus’ Blackbook M concept is what T-Mobile’s G1 phone should have looked like: it gets a slide-out keyboard and runs on Android, but man, what a quantum leap in design!

JL Audio Fathom f212

JL Audio Fathom f212

JL Audio’s latest subwoofer, the Fathom f212, sports automatic room optimization tech similar to the Beolab 5, but ups the ante: we’re drooling over the 3000W amp and dual 12″ drivers.

LG Momo X110

LG Momo X110

Although it’s targeted towards the ladies, LG’s Momo X110 netbook has a two advantages: integrated 3G and a more useable keyboard thanks to thoughtfully placed arrow keys.

iRiver Spinn PMP

iRiver Spinn PMP

Our favorite PMP with the spinning doohickey, the iRiver Spinn, is finally available for sale in 4 GB and 8 GB varieties; you’ll get a 16:19 OLED touchscreen and FM tuner come 10/3.

Samsung Pixon

Samsung Pixon

While not the first 8 MP-equipped cellphone we’ve seen, Samsung’s Pixon is well-rounded, with a 3.2″ touchscreen, accelerometer, GPS and WXVGA video recording. Look for it 10/2.

iPhone Coasters

iPhone Coasters

Still drooling over those iPhone cupcakes? Check out these 3.3″ iPhone Coasters by Meninos Design; they’re made out of plywood and wrapped in vinyl with a rubber backing.

MDR-XB700 Headphones

MDR-XB700 Headphones

Despite 3000 mW of maximum input, Sony’s MDR-XB700 headphone is designed to pamper the ears: its thick urethane leather cushion is air tight and minimizes sound leakage.

Pinnacle Video Transfer

Pinnacle Video Transfer

Pinnacle’s Video Transfer gadget isn’t glamorous, but it is useful: it’ll easily pull video and audio off virtually any device in MPEG-4/H.264 and transfer it via USB to your PC or iPod.

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Simplifi iPod Dock

Simplifi iPod Dock

Hot on the heels of their AirCurve speaker, Griffin’s Simplifi iPod Dock packs three functions in one: it triples as an iPod Dock, a media card reader, and two powered USB ports.

Nova Slider X 600

Nova Slider X 600

Well-known for their gamer-oriented mousepads, Nova Gaming’s Slider X 600 mouse gets 3200 DPI and a lateral cable; the latter is a bit funky, but supposedly gives greater freedom.

Video: The Bricked Mac

Video: The Bricked Mac

With all the talk about bricked iPhones, this Mac Pro made out of Lego bricks is the real deal: it was built in 14 hours for MacMod Challenge 2008, and actually houses a working Mac Mini.

Concept: Scartel WiMax

Concept: Scartel WiMax

Uber-lux Optimus keyboard-makers Art Lebedev’s latest concept is the Scartel cellphone, which gets WiMAX, Wi-Fi and triple band 3G, plus a ginormous 850×480 pixel screen.

BoomCooler

BoomCooler

The BoomCooler is one of the stranger mashups we’ve seen, with Sony’s Xplod audio system (600-W amp!) built into its cover. Oh yeah, it’ll store food too, but it’s gotta be dry.

Powerflux Power Cord

Powerflux Power Cord

Some AV cables can get a bit pricey, but nothing compares to Furutech’s Powerflux Power Cord. For only $1,800, you get carbon fiber and nano-sized ceramic particles.

Slingbox PRO-HD

Slingbox PRO-HD

Sling Media’s Slingbox PRO-HD is now shipping; as the name implies, it can stream high definition videos to your PC or cellphone. It’ll also get TiVo-like pausing and time shifting.

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Solar Light Cap

Solar Light Cap

The geek factor runs high with this Solar Light Cap, but if you can bear the fashion faux pas it’s pretty handy with two solar-powered LED spotlights that get 2-18 hours per charge.

Panasonic Toughbooks

Panasonic Toughbooks

Panasonic’s line of go-anywhere Toughbooks have been improved with their 8-series of 14.1″ and 12.1″ notebooks. They all get Gobi’s hybrid EV-DO and HSPA 3G chipset, plus faster CPUs.

Korg DS-10

Korg DS-10

Korg’s DS-10 transforms your Nintendo DS into a virtual MS-10 synthesizer, with a six track / 16-step sequencer, as well as note entry via touch screen, keyboard or matrix screen.

Phase One Camera

Phase One Camera

For those who can never have enough megapixels, the Phase One 645 camera packs a hefty 60 MP; the professional-grade camera will work with glass from Leica, Mamiya and Hartblei.

Transforming Motorola

Transforming Motorola

Forget the iPhone–if you really wanna turn heads, this heavily modded Motorola ROKR E6 transforms into a robot, yet still works! Check out the Taiwanese ad above to see it in action.

iPod Boombox

iPod Boombox

Old school/80s fanatics will love Lasonic’s iPod boombox, usurping the cassette player with an iPod dock. It also has an SD/MMC card reader, AV output and runs on 10 D-sized batteries.

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