October 24, 2005


The Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System ($2,300 direct) is by far one of the coolest Media Centers out there, and also out of the ordinary. The XL1 can replace your TiVo, CD changer, DVD player/changer, DVD recorder, and any older Media Center PC you have. Designed to look like stereo equipment, you can load and rip 200 CDs or DVDs into the changer, so you can have your music or movie collection in one place. A wireless keyboard with a built-in touchpad is a light and easy-to-use complement to the included MCE remote. Its 2.8-GHz dual-core Pentium D 820 processor is great for performance, but one major issue is the relatively small 200GB hard drive. Source: PCMag.com

Skype and Linksys partnered together to offer a cordless phone. Priced at $129.99, this phone allows you to make calls for free using the Skype service without the inconvenience of being next to your computer. If you have not heard about it yet, Skype is an amazing Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) service allowing you to talk for free with all friends around the word. Source: TMCnet

Propertycast: When real-estate industry and podcasting meet. Next time you are on the market to buy a house, you might want to use your MP3 player to save time. A la mode, a leading developer of tools for real estate professionals has launched Propertycast allowing future buyers to listen to home audio tours on their MP3 players. MP3 player is not only for music anymore…Product Page

THE $90,000 PHONE
Vertu is set to release a very expensive handset that will feature tiny diamonds, a keypad with eight carat's worth of diamonds housed in a body of white gold (or platinum), under pinned with ruby bearings and furnished with the same ceramic material that was initially manufactured for the space shuttle. The phone will set you back 88,300, and doesn't even have a camera .Vertu is producing 200 phones that will only be sold in jewelry stores, or department stores such as Harrods. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, Gweneth Paltrow and David Beckham own a Vertu phone according to this article, and so does the Royal Saudi Family. [Source: Luxist]

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