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skype_phone_signedin.jpgOne of my parting gifts as Netgear’s CES Blogger In Residence was a WiFi Skype phone. But wait. There’s more! They also provided me with their new dual-mode Skype phone. Believe it or not, there’s only so many Skype phones I can use. So one lucky reader is taking the WiFi model home.

Quick summary… What I like: Wireless handset with Skype – no computer needed. What I don’t like: Battery life and lack of web browser (to sign on at Starbucks). I loaned Kevin Tofel of jkOnTheRun the phone who has written a more thorough review.

Here’s how ya win: Leave a comment linking to something we wrote in January, 2007 and tell us why you selected that as a notable topic. No two submissions can use the same post. ;) I’ll pick a random winner sometime next week.

Update: Good news for the winner who also connects at Starbucks… A beta firmware update allows T-Mobile Hotpost authentication.

TiVo Antennae Giveaway

Dave Zatz —  May 8, 2007


I don’t know if my TiVo really gets me (I’m so misunderstood), but if your TiVo does and you’d like to frighten your spouse or children with a pair of funky antennae just leave a comment. I’ll randomly pick a winner tomorrow.


Want to upgrade your TiVo Series3 with external storage? Me too. After a failed journey Micro Center yesterday, I started researching online deals for eSATA drives. In addition to finding a good price, my criteria also included 500GB drives that come enclosed and with an eSATA cable.

So far I’ve found two decent deals worth sharing:

slingbox-classic.jpgI just received word that Woot is blowing out refurbished Slingbox Classics for a low $70. As with all Woot deals, this is one day only and while supplies last. To answer the obvious question: A primary difference between the Classic and the current lineup is resolution. The new boxes broadcast at higher resolutions up to 640×480… However, unless you have FiOS, you’ll only see it on the LAN. So for most WAN and all smartphone playback, the quality is similar amongst Slingboxes.

In conjunction with the Woot deal, we (I’m employed by Sling Media) are running a secret ;) promotion for $20 off the 4-port Slinglink Turbo. This is a zero-config powerline ethernet adapter pair with four ports — meaning you can network multiple devices like my Xbox 360, TiVo Series 3, and Slingbox PRO… or whatever you need to connect.


Need a Joost Invite?

Dave Zatz —  April 27, 2007


Joost is up to v0.9.4 now (Mac & PC) and I’ve got another 5 invites to giveaway. It seems like I’m supposed to make you work for these, but let’s do it on the honor system: Tell your buddies about ZNF, check out some older posts, visit some of my advertisers… you know, things you should always be doing. ;) Upon completing the mission, leave a comment stating that you want in. Tomorrow, I’ll randomly select the recipients.

FYI As mentioned before, I’ve been trying to get a larger number of invitations to distribute. Joost tells me to “be patient” — amusing, since I’m doing them a marketing favor. My other source hasn’t panned out yet. But hope springs eternal.

s3-tag.jpg Tired of waiting for that Comcast Motorola TiVo? Get a TiVo Series3 plus wireless adapter for $500… Direct from TiVo without rebates. $500 is nothing to sneeze at, but it’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen and a whole lot more palatable than the $800 MSRP. Too late for Sascha to reconsider?

(via Gizmodo)


The Mio DigiWalker C310x GPS is on sale at Staples for a low $199 with no rebate paperwork to mess with. It’s not a Garmin Nuvi and it doesn’t offer text-to-voice, but where else you going to find a color, touch-screen, SiRF Star III GPS this cheap? Heck, it even plays MP3s (though no one knows why). Check out the review on GPS Lodge.

If Staples is out of stock, you may want to check back. I noticed it was out last night, but it’s back in this AM (for my zip). I did place an order, since I sent Mom the Garmin after she moved.


TiVo’s giving away a Series2 dual-tuning TiVo with Lifetime Service each month through July. All that’s required for entry is an email address.

Interesting factoid #1: The package is valued at $549.98.

Interesting factoid #2: Contradicting speculation on the TCF, “Each DVR requires its own TiVo service subscription and activation, and it cannot generally be transferred to any other DVR.”

I assume this contest predates TiVo’s new advertising agency, The Kaplan Thaler Group. Wonder if they’d have told Mom (above) to show a bit more excitement?