January 25, 2005

MP3 review: Jens of Sweden MP-400

As published on CNET.com:
"Jens of Sweden (JOS) burst onto the MP3 scene in 2003 with no fanfare and a stable of tiny, envy-enducing flash players. Now the company has upped the ante with the gorgeous MP-400 in 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB versions. While we admire the bright, head-turning OLED display and the snazzy design, we were frustrated by its hard-to-use controls and so-so recording capabilities. Music lovers with patience and no need to record will warm to the bite-size MP-400, but audiophiles looking to record from another audio source should try elsewhere."
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January 13, 2005

DVD recorder review: Philips HDRW720

As published on CNET.com:
"On paper, Philips's new DVR-DVD recorder looks like the ideal combination. Boasting a 120GB hard drive, the slick-looking HDRW720 pauses and rewinds live video and archives your shows to DVD+R/+RW. Unfortunately, the deck comes saddled with some crippling limitations, including an electronic programming guide (EPG) that won't work with digital cable or satellite receivers, needlessly arcane onscreen menus, and the inability to record directly to DVD."
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Wireless feature: Shut Up and Drive

As published in Mobile PC:
"The next time you flip open your cell phone while you’re behind the wheel, hoping to squeeze in a quick call on your trip to the supermarket, consider this: Blotto drunks might be doing a better job of driving than you are. A new wave of studies suggests that cell phone users who talk and drive are so distracted by their conversations that they’re missing highway exits, blowing through traffic signals, and rear-ending their fellow road warriors. In fact, according to the latest research, you might be a better driver when you’re legally intoxicated than when you’re on a cell phone."
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