Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series

Forget the typically awkward name: this is an all new Windows smartphone experience. Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series is a complete re-build of Windows Mobile, with a spartan interface replacing the clutter that had become synonymous with the platform. Key features of the new OS are a series of “hubs” dedicated to specific activities, including one for people that integrates contact information with that person’s various online social networking accounts; a pictures hub for viewing, sharing, and taking pictures and video; a hub for games that offers complete integration with Xbox LIVE; the new music and video hub that borrows heavily from the Zune HD to offer complete Zune functionality and competent media playback; a new marketplace hub for purchasing and downloading new applications; and an Office hub for all you productivity types. No clue on prices yet.

Thermaltake Level 10

A concept case from Thermaltake designed in conjunction with BMW DesignWorks. Rather than a standard aluminum box, the Thermaltake Level 10 incorporates a central pillar, with individual compartments hanging from it for the motherboard, PSU, optical drives, and hard drives. So awesome it has its own website. Over 47 pounds and $800 at Newegg.

Google Nexus One

There hasn’t been a phone since the iPhone that has received the amount of hope the rumored Google Phone has gotten. Today Google is putting the rumors to rest with the announcement of the Nexus One, Google’s first official in-house cell phone. Unlike the other Android phones, the Nexus One is a Google design from the ground up featuring a new UI design, a 3.7” touch screen, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, 5MP camera, and 4GBs of storage via the included MicroSD card. The phone will be available unlocked for $530 or through T-Mobile initially for $180. Nexus One will be available on Verizon in the Spring. More at Google.

New Year, New Homepage!

Firstly, I am sorry for the recent absence. A lot has changed over the past two weeks. Here is one of those changes. To start off the New Year, and our new life in Nashville, I’ve redesigned my homepage. It is simple and minimal (my style), but hopefully it is also straightforward, and intuitive. Now the following domains will redirect you to

Please leave comments and let me know if you like it or not. I wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year!.

Tivoli Model One

Tivoli Model One

In many ways, the Model One is the culminating achievement of famed audio engineer Henry Kloss’s long career. Designed from the ground up by Kloss, who passed away in 2002, the radio exudes understated class and elegant simplicity. The Platinum Series Model One features a hand-lacquered, high gloss dark walnut cabinet that is simply gorgeous. According to Tivoli, the genuine wood casing isn’t just for looks as it provides “an acoustically inert housing” that maximizes the speaker’s sound quality. At just over 8 inches wide, 4.5 inches high, and 5.25 inches deep, the Model One is about the size of a toaster turned on its side– plenty small to fit on a desk, dresser, or nightstand. The Model One’s single rotary dial handles tuning for both AM and FM stations. It feels sturdy and smooth in the hand. The dial is designed to move between stations at a speed that is a bit slower than the speed at which the user turns the knob– a 5 to 1 ratio, to be exact. This “ratio” dialing technique makes it far easier to tune stations accurately and quickly. It’s a nice touch that sets the unit apart from other desktop radios. The Model One’s single, 3″ driver is protected by a handsome metal speaker cover. Tivoli adds that the speaker is enhanced by a “multi-stage frequency contouring circuit that adjusts the speaker’s output over half-octave increments.” The result, Tivoli claims, is “musically accurate tonal balance and bass response.” $150 at Canoe.