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By December 17, 2007

This week, Atelier reviews what is trendy on the web magazine of our great expert contributor. is dedicated to consumer electronics news and reviews. (click pictures to enlarge) Christmas Tree Ball with LED messages 

Now here's a Christmas tree decoration that allows you to display a message of your choice with its integrated LEDs. Each $14.95 Christmas Tree Ball will be able to store up to 18 scrolling season greetings, ranging from the classic "Season Greetings" to "Feliz Navidad". Just in case reading this post reminds you that you have yet to set up your Christmas tree, there is always the pre-lit Christmas tree to help you get started. Alternatively, you can check out the rest of our Christmas tree posts. Cellphone Holder  While this has been dubbed the Cellphone Holder, it is certainly capable of doing more than that. This piece of plastic helps you charge your phone while preventing it from getting stepped on should you leave your handset on the floor. I'm not sure how many people actually do that though, but by the looks of it, will you accidentally snag the charger wire and drag your cellphone onto the floor? The answer depends on the inpidual I guess, and the Cellphone Holder certainly looks capable of housing other devices like PDAs and iPods as well. If only there was some sort of fence built in to prevent accidental drops. The Cellphone Holder retails for $7.95. Newspaper telephone launched  Dagens Nyheter from Sweden has rolled out what is known as the first "newspaper" telephone in the world, featuring a handset that provides free access to its website for daily subscribers. This sounds more like a novelty item than anything else, unless you're a world leader who needs to know what's happening all the time. I figure out that a RSS news feed would be much better since you get the latest headlines at the top always instead of sifting through a whole paper. Either that or you can always get a WiFi capable device (even a DS Lite or PSP will do just fine) to check out the current news as long as you're within a WiFi hotspot. Dagens Nyheter subscribers can pick up the Nokia 6120 3G handset and fork out $33 monthly for this unique call plan. Do you think this idea will take off universally? First solar-powered bus in the world  Australia will play host to the first solar-powered electric bus in the world, with Tindo leading the charge in Adelaide, Australia. 100% powered by solar energy thanks to a BP Solar-sourced photovoltaic station, this green ride can ferry up to 42 passengers at once - without forking out a single cent. According to the Adelaide City Council, "The solar electric bus and the recharging system at the Adelaide Central Bus Station represent a significant investment by the Adelaide City Council into a sustainable future for the City of Adelaide, while providing leadership in sustainable public transport options for cities around Australia." When will we see such buses roaming the streets of US? Portable PC Theater concept  The Portable PC Theater concept was specially designed for your entertainment, so you don't get a display to go along with it. Instead, it comes equipped with a built-in projector that can be removed for better positioning. Flanking the projection lens are stereo speakers to get your kicks off - too bad there is no surround sound with this. All cords can be retracted into the Portable PC Theater when not in use just like how a vacuum cleaner works, and there is even room inside to store a collapsible keyboard. The Portable PC Theater concept is but a pipe dream at this point in time, but if I could pick something that measures a mere 3 DVDs high and 2 CDs wide, I would definitely jump at the chance. Shower heads react to temperature  These shower heads are capable of altering their color depending on the current water temperature. These colors range from white to blue, changing to pink and violet as the mercury increases and finally touching red as ample warning. While this is definitely a novel idea, I find it pretty pointless since you ought to be well versed with the temperature indicator on your own shower at home after taking a few baths. Kids ought to like this novelty though. Find all the sources, and discover more consumer electronics news and reviews at FEEDBACK For comments on this article, email us at

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