Daily Giz Wiz 428: ZipIt

Episode 428 of the podcast

Subject: Review of ZipIt
Released:Wednesday 24 October 2007
Length:about 10 minutes
Download file:dgw0428.mp3 (4.6 MB)

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Short info

Who needs a computer to IM when you've got ZipIt, a small IM device that works with any open Wi-Fi access point.

Detailed information

The Zipit Wireless Messenger 2, or Zipit Z2, is a pocket-sized wifi-enabled (802.11b and g) device for instant messaging, which supports AIM, MSN and Yahoo IM clients.  Enter all your login information for your IM clients, and your contacts will appear on the MyFriendz list.  It has a mini-SD slot, up to 2B, for playing music (via My Tunez) and displaying photos (via My Photoz).  MyTunez also lets you stream your favorite music from the interne, and My Stationz plays internet radio.  Dimensions are 3.74" X 3" X 0.9", with a 2.9" LCD screen and a stereo headphone jack.

Old Tricks

The recent Bose press event for the Computer MusicMonitor (Episode 414) which Dick attended reminded Kevin Selle from Arlington, Texas of a similar experience he had in the 1980s when he went to Bose Mountain for sales training.  The idea was to trick the audience into thinking that they were listening to the Bose 901, when in fact the music was being played from the then new Acoustic Wave Music System.

New GizWizBiz Gagdet

Dick is developing quite a cottage industry.  New to his website is the GizWizBiz USB Smart Button.  Plug it into a USB port and the LEDs will light up and change colours.  Press the button and it will take you directly to Dick's website.  Selling for $17.99 plus postage.

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