Posts Tagged ‘advent’

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 20

December 21, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #20 – Zune HD

zune

As the only alternative to Apple’s white thing, the Zune has endured its fair share of jokes and scorn. Microsoft has taken four years of ridicule to forge this rather fetching Zune HD. As one of the only players ou there that can match the iPod Touch in specs, aesthetics and pricing. This makes the Zune a perfect gift for the three people in the world who do not own an iPod and do not wish to. Here are the specs:

Specifications

Initially released models include a 16GB capacity in black and a 32GB capacity in platinum. Other color and size combinations, including those beyond black and platinum, are available through Zune Originals. The specifications as listed by the official web page of the Zune HD, as well as reported by various sources are:

Screen material: glass covered OLED display
Screen size: 3.3 in
Screen resolution: 480 x 272 px, with 16:9 aspect ratio
Input: Multi-touch screen, built-in accelerometer
Operating system: Windows CE
Storage: 16 and 32 GB flash memory
CPU and GPU: Nvidia Tegra APX with one ARM11 and one ARM7 processor cores and 6 other cores for dedicated tasks such as graphics, audio, video, and HD video processors
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) with Open, WEP, WPA, and WPA2 authentication modes and WEP 64-bit and 128-bit, TKIP, and AES encryption modes
Built-in rechargable 3.7 V 660 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery with up to 33 hours of audio playback (wireless off) and 8.5 hours of video
Size: 52.7×102.1×8.9 mm (2.07×4.08×0.35 in)
Weight: 74 grams (2.6 ounces)
A Wi-Fi version of the Zune Marketplace
HD radio tuner
Unicode Support
Equalizer
Web browser (based on Internet Explorer Mobile 6 for Windows CE)
Games
Audio output: Analog RCA and Optical Digital out (additional dock required)

Audio support:
CBR and VBR audio, up to 48 kHz sample rate
WMA Standard up to 384 kbps (DRM protected files can be played only if purchased from the Zune Marketplace)
WMA Pro stereo up to 768 kbps
WMA Lossless stereo up to 768 kbps
Unprotected AAC-LC (.mp4/.m4a/.m4b) up to 320 kbps
MP3 up to 320 kbps

Video support:
DVD resolution and frame rate, up to 10 Mbps bit rate, CBR or VBR for:
H.264, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.1 + B-frames support
WMV Main and Simple Profile, Advanced profile up to Level 2.
720p HD resolution, up to 14 Mbps bit rate, CBR or VBR for above supported video profiles
MPEG-4 Part 2 Simple Profile up to 4.0 Mbps bit rate
720p high definition video output – HDMI or Composite (additional dock required for both)

Purchases can be made here

Today we have Mr Sway Dasafo. Enjoy.

Dré

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 19

December 20, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #19 – Key Fob Camera

key fob

Still looking for that perfect gift for an aspiring spy? Me neither, but the Key Fob camera looks like a great little device to document those petty festive squabbles that start once Auntie’s Bailey’s dries up. Watch their faces drop as you play back footage on boxing day. There you have it, apparently mince pies did contain mince – now get the fuck out the house. See you next year!

Here’s the description.

Go undercover and record vital video evidence with this compact Key Fob Video Camera. Designed to look like a car remote control key fob this cunningly concealed camera can record high quality video and audio footage wherever and whenever you need it. The Camera has 2GB of internal memory so there is no need for fiddly memory cards, and is easily downloaded to your PC via USB.
This little camera blends in beautifully, just attach it to a set of keys and no one would ever be any the wiser as to your covert operation. The Key Fob Video Camera is powered by an internal battery that is charged via USB. Helpfully you can also set up a timestamp to appear on recorded footage so you know exactly when everything took place.

Features:

Video format: 640×480 AVI
Still image format: 1280×960 JPG
Recharges via USB
2GB internal memory
Records video and audio
Videos can be time stamped

You can pick one up here

Today we’ve got a bit jazzy. You may have seen this guys Inspector Gadget rendition a while back. Anyways, here’s a certain theme tune


Dré

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 14

December 14, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #14 – Freeloader Pro

free

Technology as we all know is becoming more and more advanced and subsequently, more taxing on the battery life. There’s nothing worse (okay, famine) than having that classic tune fade into obscurity just before the drop – leaving you bouncing around aimlessly like a deaf chimp. Well never again! Grab the Freeloader Pro, attach the relevant adapter and look for the sun.

Here is a little overview:

Freeloader Pro is the ultimate solar charger capable of powering virtually every electrical device, anywhere in the world, whether on a beach, a mountain, jungle or the Polar ice cap.

Freeloader Pro uses its high power solar panels or USB (cable supplied) to quickly charge its internal battery (7 – 9 hours in sunny conditions). Once fully charged Freeloader Pro is capable of delivering enough power to give a mobile phone 70 hours of standby time, 5000 page turns on an eBook or a 100% full charge for a digital camera battery.

Also by switching its Multi voltage switch to “9.5v” Freeloader Pro is capable of charging power hungry, high voltage devices such as MP4 players, portable DVD players and SLR camera batteries.
The metallic push button “Power Halo” indicates how much power is in Freeloader Pro’s battery.

Made in tough aluminium and finished in a stylish “piano” black, Freeloader Pro is the perfect companion for adventure travellers, journalists, explorers, expeditions, the armed forces and anyone who demands the best!

For those intrigued; you can pick it up right here.

And for your viewing pleasure today, Missy, Nicole Wray and Mc Solaar. Remember this one? Zig Zag Zig Zag….

Dré

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 11

December 12, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #11 – Dane-Elec Z-Pen

zpen

I actually own one of these. I would say it would be very useful for someone who has legible penmanship. Alas, not this lefty.

This bulky little pen may not look that impressive at first glance, but it has some very serious credentials. Still confused – here’s what it does:

The Zpen by Dane-Elec is composed of a pen and a receiver.

It will allow you to:

WRITE with the pen, on any kind of paper
(with the receiver on top of your page)

DOWNLOAD your handwritten notes on your PC
and view them on screen.

FIND keywords back on your handwritten notes.

CONVERT your handwritten notes in digital text,
to use it on your standard word processing.

That’s right, it converts your notes into text format. A perfect gift for the apathetic student or gadget obsessed sibling.

At 65 quid it’s a reasonable sum. Pick one up here.

The chosen song speaks for itself. Were pretty limited when it comes to songs about pens, but the Beatle’s gave it a bloody good go.

Dré