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USB Slippers that Warm Your Feet

Posted in Foot Apparel,USB by Chetz on November 30th, 2006

USB Slippers Foot WarmersMany times I have been sitting in a room working away on my PC wishing my feet were not so cold. If only there were a way to warm them up, maybe with electricity that I don’t have to plug into a wall outlet? Maybe with electricity from my computers USB port?!?!

Well, after intensive searching I’ve found my solution. These USB slippers are the answer to the cold feet problem of computer geeks everywhere. They are two independently adjusted foot warmers that plug into the USB port on your computer and heat up to the desired setting to keep your feet warm. No electrical outlet needed.

The cords come at 118cm in length, but any USB extension cable can make them longer, and you can adjust the heat and power on/off for each slipper with an inline control. The heater portion is zipped …

HP is First with Blade Workstation Solution

Posted in HP,PCs by Paul Patterson on November 30th, 2006

HP Blade WorkstationHP today introduced the industry’s first blade workstation solution. The new platform combines the benefits of a centralized data center with the performance of workstation-class machines. IT managers looking for a new workstation solution that delivers the security, reliability and manageability of a data center need look no further.

The heart of the HP Blade Workstation Solution is a small form factor client device that supports up to four displays. The client can make multiple blade connections when additional computing power is needed, thus dramatically reducing the heat, noise, and power consumption found in most desktop configurations.

Network administrators can now pack more computing power into their data centers; while adding, moving, and changing out PCs will be much easier and won’t affect operations. Other advantages include easier system maintenance and remote site operation, power and cooling, improved data security, disaster recovery support, and system uptime.

HP …

AMD Shows Off Native Quad Core Processor

Posted in AMD,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 30th, 2006

AMD Native Quad-Core X86 Processor Today AMD did a demonstration of the world’s first Native Quad-Core X86 Processor, (codenamed Barcelona), at the annual Industry Analyst Forum in California. The demonstration was done on a four processor server platform running Windows 2003 Server 64 bit. The demonstration also showed the ease of upgrading the server simply by replacing the four DDR2-based Opteron processors with the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron’s and updating the BIOS.

Randy Allen, the corporate vice president for AMD in the Server and Workstation Division stated “AMD is guided by an overarching strategy to reduce datacenter complexity and to deliver performance increases without forcing customers to endure disruptive platform transitions,”. Allen added, “We discussed quad-core requirements with our customers and their end users, and determined that, as we did with the introduction of dual-core x86 processors in 2005, only a native quad-core x86 server processor …

TRENDnet 108Mbps 802.11g Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter

Posted in USB,Wi-Fi by Paul Patterson on November 30th, 2006

TRENDnet Wireless USB Adapter TEW-445UBThe TEW-445UB 108Mbps High Power Wireless USB 2.0 adapter is the latest USB adapter from TRENDnet. This adapter combines high output power with dual band 802.11b/g network compatibility to give you reliable WiFi connectivity to a variety of home, business, and 802.11 b/g hotspot locations at much greater distances.

The design of the TEW-445UB includes an extended cable connected to a high-powered, detachable antenna base. The base is installed and positioned to provide connectivity for any desktop or laptop PC giving you a range of up to 50-100 meters indoor or 150-300 meters outdoors (depending on the environment).

The device supports high output power up to 23dBM for network coverage and uses Atheros eXtended Range (XR) Technology to eliminate dead spots. Supporting advance power management, the adapter’s detachable antenna can be replaced with a higher gain antenna for an even farther wireless …

Noise Canceling Stethoscope

Posted in Digital Audio,News by Chetz on November 29th, 2006

Noise Canceling Stethescope Prototype Honolulu – Adrianus J. M. Houtsma with the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory has announced a prototype of a stethoscope to be used for patient chest auscultation in high-noise environments.

One of the big problems with traditional stethoscopes is the inability to accurately hear the heartbeat or breath sounds of a patient while in a high noise situation, such as a helicopter, a battlefield, a high traffic area and sometimes even in the back of an ambulance. Trained first responders often use electronic devices such as an EKG when available to pick up a heart rate, or simply use there hands to feel for bilateral chest movements or rough airway obstructions instead of a stethoscope when the noise level is just too high. Unfortunately this isn’t the most ideal way to identify problems at an often critical point in the care of …

Yahoo! Mail and Messenger Now on Nokia Phones

Posted in Mobile Phones,News,Yahoo by Paul Patterson on November 29th, 2006

Nokia 6300Mobile phone giant Nokia and Yahoo! announced today that they will be expanding their partnership to include Yahoo! branded internet services including Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger on Nokia mobile devices.

The services will be made available on Nokia phones running Nokia’s Series 40 platform. Series 40 is the software system that powers many of Nokia’s mobile devices. With Series 40, users are able to access a broad range of applications and features, including messaging, browsing, music and video standards as well as personal information management.

Yahoo! internet services will initially be available on the new Nokia 6300 (pictured), the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic and the Nokia 5200. These services and the ability to synchronize Yahoo! contacts, tasks and calendar on the PC and phone will eventually be added to an even wider range of Nokia’s Series 40 devices.

The Nokia and Yahoo! partnership dates back to …

Mvix Wirelss HD Media Center Bridges Gap From PC

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on November 29th, 2006

Mvix Wireless Media Center with HD Looking for a handy multimedia gadget to bridge the gap between your PC and your HDTV? This multimedia device could do the trick. The Mvix Media Center is really an external hard drive enclosure with it’s own processor, a Linux OS and some tools to playback just about any multimedia file you have.

This new version of the Mvix adds support for HD video output to your TV and wireless connectivity via 802.11b/g. (You can also connect via an Ethernet cable.) You can connect to your TV like you would connect any other audio and video components with composite, component, s-video or DVI, and you connect audio out with RCA jacks or even use a FM transmitter to play the sound on your FM stereo.

Once set up you simply transfer files from your PC to the Mvix device and play …

Lenovo ThinkPad T60 is Lightest 15.4-inch Widescreen Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Paul Patterson on November 29th, 2006

Lenovo T60Lenovo has released the ThinkPad T60, the first 15.4-inch widescreen in Lenovo’s T Series of notebook computers. According to Lenovo, the T60 weighs in at only 5.1 pounds, making it the lightest 15.4-inch widescreen notebook among the top five PC vendors.

Widescreen notebooks are becoming increasingly popular as users crave the extra screen real estate. The 15.4-inch widescreen WXGA display gives users up to 30 percent more data on the screen than the current 14.1-inch or 15-inch ThinkPad T60 XGA displays.

The ThinkPad T Series notebooks have five built-in communications options including: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, 56K V.923 modem, and Infrared port. RJ-45 and RJ-11 ports are standard on all models and high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connectivity is featured on select models. The built-in UltraConnect antenna supports IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g wireless technologies. The T60 and T60p models offer optional high speed WWAN broadband access.

The ThinkPad T60 …

3Dconnexion adds SpaceNavigator to Line of 3D Navigation Devices

Posted in Accessories,Logitech by Paul Patterson on November 28th, 2006

SpaceNavigator3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, today announced the addition of SpaceNavigator and SpaceExplorer to its line of 3D navigation devices.

SpaceNavigator is an entry-level 3D navigation device designed for students and enthusiasts looking to take advantage of 3Dconnexion’s support of more than 100 of today’s 3D applications such as Google Earth and Google SketchUp.

The SpaceNavigator support of Google Earth allows you to instantly circumnavigate the globe, hover or move up and down like a helicopter, or fly through cities and canyons with precise control. SpaceNavigator also supports Google SketchUp which allows you to model nearly anything such as buildings, appliances, cars, or even people in 3D.

SpaceNavigator features two programmable buttons that allow you to perform common actions quickly. The device recognizes each new application and adapts the behavior of the control cap and button assignments automatically to free you from the repetitious steps.

All 3Dconnexion devices feature …

Epson P-5000 Media Viewer

Posted in Digital Imaging,Epson by Quagmire on November 28th, 2006

Epson P-5000The Epson P-5000 media viewer is a handy device that allows you to download, store and display photos, videos and other media without a computer. An essential tool for the photography enthusiast, it is easy to backup images right from your memory card or camera.

The P-5000 has a four-inch LCD screen that allows you to easily review your images or quickly share your portfolio with clients immediately after the shoot. You can view slide shows, videos with DivX support, or listen to audio files.

The P-5000 media viewer weighs approximately 1lb with battery and measures 3.5″ (88.7 mm) x 5.9″ (150 mm) x 1.3″ (31.1 mm). The rechargeable Li-Ion battery has enough battery life for those extended, on-location shoots. With an 80GB, high-capacity hard drive, you can view all your shots at the scene and connect to your PC when you get back to …

The enV by LG from Verizon

Posted in LG,Mobile Phones,Verizon by Paul Patterson on November 27th, 2006

LG-enVVerizon Wireless and LG Electronics have announced the exclusive availability of the LG enV mobile phone. The enV is the successor to The V by LG and offers loads of multimedia functionality including V CAST, V CAST Music, and VZ Navigator.

The enV comes with a 2.2 inch internal color LCD and features an integrated slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easy access to messaging applications. The enV features Wireless Sync, the proprietary e-mail solution from Verizon Wireless. With Wireless Sync, customers can synchronize their enV with a home or office PC for easy access to new emails, calendar, contact, and task information.

The enV is the perfect device for V CAST and V CAST Music fans. The V CAST music store offers over 1.4 million songs that customers can download and play whenever they like. Bluetooth capabilities allow customers to enjoy their music by pairing the device …

No Computer Necessary with RTX DUALphone 3088 Skype Phone

Posted in Skype by Paul Patterson on November 27th, 2006

RTX DUALPhone 3088RTX has introduced the DUALphone 3088 as the first cordless dual phone for Skype that does not require a computer. The DUALphone can be used as an ordinary telephone using your landline operator Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) as well as for calling via Skype – without a PC.

The wireless functionality of the phone is provided by DECT, which is known for high reliability, low cost, and no interference problems. The base station for the phone connects to the broadband router and phone line.

In addition to freeing users from their PC, the DUALphone incorporates a simple Skype interface and includes nearly all Skype voice features for which Skype software is known. The new DUALphone 3088 has a color display and an operating time of more than 10 hours of talk time as well as up to 140 hours at standby. The phone …

Iqua CPW-603 Bluetooth Wireless Headset

Posted in Bluetooth,Headsets,Iqua by Paul Patterson on November 26th, 2006

Iqua CPW-603This is the CPW-603 Bluetooth Wireless Headset by Finnish company, Iqua. The headset was designed by Finnish design studio Salovaara & Salonen and combines a clean design with solid functionality.

The functions of the headset include: answering or ending a call, redial, voice dial, and the ability to switch between phone and headset using a single button. The CPW-603 gives you an operating range of up to 10 meters and the battery supplies up to nine hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby.

The headset is available in pearl white, charcoal or pink – to match the colors of LG KG800 Chocolate phone. The CPW-603 is exclusively available through the Carphone Warehouse, either as a stand-alone product or bundled with the iconic LG KG800.

CellStik Backs Up your Mobile Phone Contacts

Posted in Accessories,Storage by Quagmire on November 25th, 2006

CellstikThe CellStik is a small USB device that allows you to backup, enter, edit and transfer contacts to and from your cell phone. This little device could come in handy should you lose your cell phone and all your critical phone numbers with it.

CellStik comes with the CellStik Central PC application which is where you add, delete, and edit your cell phone contacts using your full-sized PC keyboard. This will save you the hassle of entering in all your names and numbers using the keypad on your cell phone.

The current version of CellStik is strictly for backing up and transferring your cell phone contacts and does not work with photos, ringtones, games, or calendars.

CellStik [Spark Technology]

PetWatch Automatic Pet Feeder

Posted in Pets,PetWatch by Darrin Olson on November 25th, 2006

PetWatch Automatic Pet FeederThere are all types of issues that pet owners might deal with, especially when it comes to the nutrition of their pet. Feeding your pet too much, too little, too much at once or not at all! The PetWatch automatic pet feeder can solve a lot of these issues, especially for those of us that have to leave their pet at home all day alone.

The PetWatch pet feeder can be set to automatically dole out a serving of food for you pet up to 5 times a day at scheduled intervals. It is also accessible through a wireless network so you can get online and check how things are going and even view your pet through a built in camera in the feeder. There is also a remote control to make the set-up a little easier.

If your pet gets lonely without your …