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Hitachi Notebook Drives Bring More Capacity, Encryption

Posted in Hard Drives,Hitachi,News,Notebooks by Darrin Olson on November 1st, 2006

Hitachi Notebook DriveNot long after Seagate announced its disc level security encryption, Hitachi was right behind them unveiling new 2.5 inch notebook drives for 2007 that have greater capacities, require less power due to flash memory utilization, and have encryption security right on the disk.

The encryption, similar to what is being done with disk level encryption by Seagate, happens right on the disk which allows it to be “bound” with a device and helps avoid having data stolen or lost since it encrypted at the disk level and doesn’t need an application to implement it.

Hitachi is also increasing the total drive capacity on their notebook hard drives starting in 2007. The company will be coming out with increased capacities of 200GB and 250GB for the 2.5″ drives. By the end of 2007 Hitachi says they could be looking at creating notebook drives with …

Dolce & Gabbana MOTORAZR From Motorola

Posted in Mobile Phones,MOTORAZR,Motorola by Darrin Olson on November 1st, 2006

MOTORAZR V3i DGThe MOTORAZR V3i DG from Motorola has all the features of a normal MOTORAZR with some added classy bling from DG.

The stylish gold frame is not the only flash, as you can accesorize with a gold DG Bluetooth headset, matching gold Motorola DG headphones, a nice light brown leather case with the DG insignia, and a fashionable gold DG lanyard, pictured here. These Motorola DG accessories do a great job in complimenting the stylish gold RAZR.

Of course this DG MOTORAZR comes with all the standard cool features of the standard thin mobile phone. Some key features include a 1.23 megapixel camera for still shots and video, many downloadable ringtones, wallpapers, themes and screensavers, and a polyphonic speaker.

The call management features allow you to manage groups, time stamp your calls, keep up to 1000 entries in your phone book (more with a SIM card), …

Sanyo Introduces Eneloop Solar Charger

Posted in Sanyo,Solar Powered by Darrin Olson on October 31st, 2006

Sanyo Eneloop Solar ChargerSanyo had introduced a handy little gadget to recharge batteries using solar power. The Eneloop solar charger will recharge 4 AA batteries using nothing but the sun. It also has a port to let you charge other devices with rechargeable batteries via a USB connection.

At the same time Sanyo has also released a small, hand held heater that is also rechargeable, and works similarly to the small little liquid packets you would put inside your gloves at the slopes, creating a small amount of heat radiant heat.

Along with the solar recharger from Sanyo, don’t forget that you can charge up the Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable NiMH batteries. The novel feature of these batteries is not that they are rechargeable, which they are, but that they hold there charge a lot longer than normal rechargeable batteries when not being used. So much so that …

Half Sized iPod shuffle Available On Friday

Posted in Apple,iPod,News,Shuffle by Darrin Olson on October 31st, 2006

New Smaller iPod ShuffleApple has announced that it’s newest member to the iPod family, the new iPod Shuffle, will be available for purchase this Friday. This will be the smallest of the iPod family to date.

The iPod Shuffle is a digital music player that can be connected to your Mac or PC via USB 2.0 and an included dock to sync up songs from Apple’s iTunes music store.

The new iPod shuffle has 1GB of flash memory which allows it to hold up to around 240 songs (avg 4 minute song), and the battery gives it up to 12 hours of life on a full charge depending on use and the number of charge cycles the battery has had. The new shuffle is only about half the size of it’s predecessor at only half a cubic inch in total size and half and ounce, …

Virgin Electronics BoomTube

Posted in Speakers by Darrin Olson on October 31st, 2006

Virgin Electronics BoomTube

Portable speakers in a tube.

At 3.2 lbs and 12 inches long, this handy little pack of speakers can be used indoors or outdoors running on batteries to allow you to provide the same listening experience that you have with your music player on to others.

The speakers twist off of the ends of the center tube, and then wires plug into the back of the Boomtube center piece from each speaker. Almost any MP3 player can then plug into the back of the center tube from the headphone jack with the supplied cables to have your MP3 player music come through the Boomtube speakers.

The speaker kit comes with required cables and a carrying case, and the battery is rated for 5 hours on a full charge, or the BoomTube speakers center piece can be plugged into an electrical outlet to use and to …

Seagate Adds DriveTrust Security To Notebook Drives

Posted in Hard Drives,Seagate,Security by Darrin Olson on October 30th, 2006

Seagate Momentus Drive with DriveTrust SecurityHave you ever bought a used PC or used hard drive and found someone else’s old data on it? Or worse yet, have you ever sold or lost a hard drive not being completely sure your data was erased before hand? This among other issues requiring an increased level of security has prompted Seagate to unveiled their DriveTrust security software. The technology will come built into the Momentus 5400 FDE.2 and the DB35 series hard drive and will encrypt the data on the drive without requiring external software or hindering the hard drive performance.

There are multiple situations that cause hard drive security to become and important issue, and having the encryption easily and cost-effectively implemented will improve the overall level of security with sensitive information. Everything from your own personal family pictures and financial information to health care organizations …

Nokia 330 Auto Navigation GPS

Posted in GPS,News,Nokia by Darrin Olson on October 30th, 2006

Nokia 330Nokia has announced a new GPS device for use on roads in Europe called the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation.

Using the ROUTE 66 Navigate 7 software along with map data from NAVTEQ, you can enter you destination into the 330 and have it map you a route and direct you with voice commands in multiple available languages.

The vice president of multimedia enhancements at Nokia, Razvon Olosu, stated “Consumers are increasingly eager to use personal navigation devices while driving and we are delighted to introduce the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation device to meet this demand.” Olosu continues, “Nokia 330 Auto Navigation complements the recently announced GPS and navigation solutions from Nokia. Finding your way across Europe is simple with this comprehensive navigation package, including an integrated GPS receiver and European maps.”

The Nokia 330 GPS has a 2GB memory card that …

SureShot GPS Golf Range Finder and Stats Recorder

Posted in Golf,GPS,Outdoors by Darrin Olson on October 29th, 2006

Sureshot GPS If you happen to be looking for a great golf gadget for the coming holiday season or an occasion, you will want to check out the Sureshot GPS. This small GPS enabled device come loaded with a large number of convenient features that can potentially be used on any golf course around the world.

For it’s simplest use, the Sureshot GPS can be used to measure your distance to the hole at the pin position for the day, along with distances to the center, front and back of the green from your current position. You can load up to 10 different courses into the device at a time with up to 33 recorded points for each hole identifying items such as hazards and the green.

As you are golfing you can also record statistical information about your play such as strokes, putts, elapsed playing time, …

Bang & Olufsen – Serene Mobile Phone

Posted in Bang & Olufsen,Mobile Phones,Samsung by Darrin Olson on October 29th, 2006

Bang and Olufsen Mobile Phone with Samsung Bang & Olufsen, together with Samsung have been working for the past two years on a minimalistic and more intuitive approach to a mobile phone. What their collaboration has come up with is the Serene.

The Serene is a different shaped phone that appears to be upside down compared to most mobile phones today. When being used, the circular keypad is in the top half of the clam shell design, and the display and microphone are in the bottom half, which gives the already different looking phone an even more different looking angle when being used.

The keyboard portion of the Serene mobile phone also contains a loud speaker and a thumb wheal used for navigating menu options and functionalities on the phone.

The phone comes with a stylish docking station for charging, and while charging the orientation of the display …

Crestron Isys – One Remote to Rule Them All

Posted in Home,Home Theater,Remotes by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2006

Crestron TPMC 10 Wireless RemoteThis WiFi touch panel from Crestron could quite possibly be the ultimate cool wireless remote control to run everything in your home. Imagine with a touch of a button, the Plasma TV, Stereo and DVD player all turn on, the window curtain goes shut and the lights dim.

This little tablet PC like device actually has Windows XP embedded as the operating system, and has applications on the device for browsing the web, watching streamed media, VoIP and remote desktop to your PC. Wow.

This remote control is a touch screen at 8.4″ with a resolution of 800×600 along with some handy dedicated softkey navigation buttons, a stylus, built in fingerprint scanner for security (you don’t mess with another man’s entertainment system), Bluetooth and has docking stations that can mount on a desk or on the wall when you aren’t carrying it around.

This …

Photos and Video with Instant Replay Binoculars

Posted in Outdoors by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2006

Bushnell Instant Replay BinocularsThe Bushnell Instant Replay Binoculars allow you to use them as you would regular binoculars, watching outdoor wildlife, football games or whatever. What makes this a pretty cool gadget is that you can take 3.2 megapixel digital photos through the binoculars, and you can actually record motion video through them as well.

The Instant Replay Binoculars are just like it sounds. You can be recording events as they happen and as you see them through the binoculars, and then save them and reply them or the photos on the 1.5″ pop-up LCD screen mounted on top.

The binoculars have 32MB of internal memory for storing video and pictures, and it has a compact flash slot for adding additional memory. The binoculars themselves have 8x magnification and a 32mm lens, and is powered by 2 AA batteries. Some additional stats on the Instant Replay Binoculars …

T-Mobile Dash A Serious Threat for the Q and Others

Posted in Mobile Phones,PDAs,Smart Devices,T-Mobile by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2006

T-Mobile  DashIt was only a matter of time before the Motorola Q would have some serious competition, and the T-Mobile Dash from HTC has proven to be just that, causing the Q to have to share some space at the top of the list of smart phones.

The T-Mobile Dash running Windows Mobile has made a nice design in a smart phone with a full Qwerty keyboard so users can bring their office with them in their pocket. The Dash has a pretty impressive feature set that makes it a force to be reckoned with, starting with it’s integrated WiFi, which immediately puts it a step ahead of the Moto Q and BlackBerry devices. It also has supports Bluetooth connectivity, the ability to push emails and a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera. The T-Mobile Dash also has an impressive battery life rated for 5 hours of …

Apple’s Fix For MacBook Shutdown – Is it Working?

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on October 27th, 2006

Apple MacBook ShutdownIf you are one of the many that have suffered from the random, unexpected shutdown problem that has been plaguing the Apple MacBooks as of late, you’ll be happy to hear that Apple has released a fix to the problem, and the fix can be done in lieu of bringing your MacBook in for service.

For about 4 months this issue has been cropping up in many places, and so much so that http://www.macbookrandomshutdown.com was created and has gained quite a bit of popularity due to the common issue with over 1500 reports listed with over 150 pages of user comments on the complaint site, and is an unfortunate hit to the new Apple notebooks with Intel Processors.

No reports have been issued as to the results of how well the update is working. Some users have said that the problem is related …

Energy Efficient StepNote NC1500 Notebook

Posted in News,Notebooks by Darrin Olson on October 27th, 2006

StepNote NC 1500 Energy Effecient NotebookEverex Systems, a maker of PC’s and notebooks, along with Via Technologies, who also has the world’s first carbon free processor, have together unveiled the energy-efficient StepNote NC1500 notebook.

The StepNote NC1500 comes with a 15.4-inch wide-screen display, built-in wireless LAN, a DVD burner, and contains the Via C7-M processor from Via Technologies to provide ultra-low power consumption, advanced security features, and does all this at a performance of 1.5GHz using only 12W peak power.

According to the two companies, the StepNote NC1500′s utilization of Via’s Enhanced PowerSaver technology along with its TwinTurbo allow the laptop to automatically transition between different power states, providing a 2battery life that can be up to 20 percent longer than other comparable systems. This combined commitment between these two companies was done to provide a more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly notebook. By using less electricity, the NC1500 …

Humminbird SmartCast Watch Fishfinder

Posted in Outdoors,Watches by Darrin Olson on October 26th, 2006

HumminBird SmartCastIt’s not too often that we see many fishing gadgets, but if you are looking for a gift for the fisherman that has everything, they might not have the Humminbird SmartCast Watch Fishfinder.

This wireless fishfinder utilize a transducer called a Remote Sonar Sensor (which adds a new definition to RSS). The sensor weighs only about one ounce and is cast into the water with your normal rod and real as if it were a regular lure or bobber attached to your line. The small Hummingbird fishfinder sends and receives sonar signals to find the water depth, the presence of fish and any underwater structures, and then uses a wireless link to transmit that data to the display on your wristwatch.

The floating fishfinder can transmit up to 75 feet from the watch, and can read accurately to depths …