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Rhythm and the rock for Xbox on NBA Baller Beats

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There's a lot of technology news to cover in the world, and worthy items sometimes fall through the cracks. This week I'm going to introduce you to some things that came across my desk that I think deserve your attention.

1. NBA Baller Beats

This Xbox 360 Kinect exclusive is "the real deal," according to NBA All-Star Deron Williams. We all know the Kinect has been saddled with some lousy games. Often, the high concept games are the worst ones. This game, on the other hand, gets it right. Mixing excellent hip hop music with a quality motion-based basketball game is genius. Anyone who played Rock Band and wondered where all the funk and hip hop went will want to check this out. (http://www.nbaballerbeats.com/)

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2. Orb Audio Booster and speakers

Not a week goes by without someone trying to pitch me on a new speaker system for my phone, computer or MP3 player. Most of them are decent — some are garbage. This thing, on the other hand, is a tiny, beautiful beast with a roar that defies its stature. Booster is one of the world's smallest integrated amplifiers. Pair it with Orb's excellent, handmade speakers and you've got an elegant home audio solution that provides high performance sound to up to four audio sources.

I've been burned by big promises from small speakers before. Not this time. (http://www.orbaudio.com/)

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3. Tiki USB microphone

If you're tired of repeating yourself during Skype sessions because of your computer's weak internal microphone, this is the product for you. I've always preferred a headset. I don't know why. Perhaps it reminds me of my college days as a telemarketer. This thing, however, changed my mind. The folks who make the Tiki say it's the world's first USB microphone that "mimics the intelligence of human hearing by focusing on desired sounds, minimalizing background noise and knowing when to mute altogether."

I don't know if it's the world's first anything, but I know it works. And it has a pleasing retro style that looks more like an old microphone than another sleek, soulless piece of modern tech. (http://www.bluemic.com/tiki/)

Note: This was written by Victor Paul Alvarez, a Digital Crave contributor.
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