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Geeky girly glam mouse

Posted in Peripherals by Shane McGlaun on March 17th, 2008

Swarovski Crystal MouseGeeky girls need a glam mouse I guess and we all know that gluing some Swarovski crystals to anything glams it up—right? A company from the UK has done just that and taken a mouse with a retractable cable and adorned it with blue, pink, green, and white crystals.

The mouse itself is a three button mini optical with a sensor that claims to be usable on any surface. The retractable cable can be locked to three different lengths. Each mouse is said to have about 350 genuine Swarovski crystals.

Survival kit in a can

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on March 17th, 2008

Survival Kit in a CanI have never been fond of food that has eyes and can look at me as I eat it. As such I stay away from salty, fishy snacks like sardines. ThinkGeek has a new survival kit that is packed in a sardine can to provide a waterproof seal for the necessities of life should you find yourself stranded on a desert island.

ThinkGeek says the can is airtight, waterproof, crushproof and packed with 25 survival items including a non-aspirin pain reliever, adhesive bandage, alcohol prep pad, antibiotic ointment, book of matches, compass, chewing gum, sugar, salt, energy nugget, duct tape, fire starter cube, first aid instructions, fish hook and line, note paper, pencil, razor blade, safety pin, reflective signal surface, tea bag, waterproof bag, whistle, and wire clip.

Samsung introduces quartet of new LCDs

Posted in LCD by Shane McGlaun on March 12th, 2008

Samsung 2253LW 22-inch LCD

There are probably a few of you out there still rocking the big CRT monitor from way back in the day or those tiny first generation LCDs. Well, it’s time to upgrade. Samsung has announced a new line of high-end contemporary LCDs with what it describes as industry leading performance. What else are they going to say?

The new line has four displays including the SyncMaster 953BW, 2053BW, 2253LW, and the 2253BW. The displays vary in size, but all share the same features for the most part. The new line has a fast 2ms gray-to-gray response time.

Imation jumps into the SSD business

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on March 11th, 2008

Imation SSDMost geeks can understand the allure of a SSD drive with much faster data access, read and write speeds. What most geeks can’t get behind is the huge price premium you pay for the SSD when compared to a traditional hard drive and the amount of storage space you give up.

Today a typical hard drives in a computer are at least 80GB, even in tiny ultra portable systems. If you opt for a SSD you typically get 32MB, though some larger SSD drives are available like the 832 GB BiTMICRO SSD from CES 2008.

Gameloft Promises 15 Games for iPhone in 2008

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Shane McGlaun on March 10th, 2008

Gameloft Bubble BashI really like my iPhone, but I have found myself sitting around a few times bored of surfing the net and watching YouTube videos wishing it would do more. Thanks to the announcement last week of the iPhone SDK it won’t be long until the iPhone has some sweet new games to occupy my time.

Gameloft has announced that it will develop over 15 titles for the iPhone in 2008. Gameloft points out that while the SDK is available, iPhone owners can’t get the games until the App Store launches in June of 2008.

iPhone SDK and iPhone Software 2.0 Get Official

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 7th, 2008

iPhone Software RoadmapiPhone users and iPhone developers alike jumped for joy yesterday when Apple announced the iPhone SDK. Apple also previewed its iPhone 2.0 software that is scheduled to release this June. Enterprise customers can register for the iPhone 2.0 software beta right now as well.

According to Apple the iPhone 2.0 software adds some significant features for enterprise users including support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync that provides secure over-the-air push email, contacts, and calendars. Several mail features will be added to the iPhone with the 2.0 update including the ability to view PowerPoint attachments along with Word and Excel. One feature that I have longed for is on the feature list as well, the ability to mass delete and move emails. Too bad Apple didn’t add the ability to mark emails as read in mass.

Otterbox launches Treo cases

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on March 6th, 2008

Otterbox Treo Case 1920There are a lot of people out there rocking the Treo, even though newer and cooler devices like the iPhone are available. If you are fond of your Treo and want to keep it pristine as the day you unwrapped it, OtterBox has your back.

OtterBox has a pair of cases designed for different Treo models, the 1920 fits the Palm Treo 650 and 750 and the 1921 fits the Treo 680, 750, and 755p devices. The cases are designed to keep your beloved phone safe from rain, dust, dirt and hopefully 3-year olds– the bane of all smartphone’s existence.

Samsung Gives you More Room for Stuff on your Notebook

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on March 5th, 2008

Samsung SpinpointThere are a few things most of us would like to have on our notebook computers including longer battery life, more performance and more storage capacity. Samsung can’t really help with the first two items I mentioned, but it can help with the storage space issue. Samsung announced today that it is now shipping its Spinpoint M6 500GB hard drive for notebooks.

The new 500GB M6 drive sports a trio of platters that each has 167GB of storage space packed into a 2.5-inch frame designed specifically for use in notebook systems. The drive is only 9.5mm in height and uses the SATA 3.0Gbps interface, making it a direct upgrade for many notebook users.

Iomega REV drive hits 120GB

Posted in Backup Solutions by Shane McGlaun on March 4th, 2008

Iomega 70GB Rev Drive

Iomega announced today that its popular backup drive called the REV was getting a significant capacity increase. The REV drive previously topped out with a maximum storage capacity of 70GB (70GB drive pictured). The REV drive will be available in April with 120GB of storage capacity.

Iomega says the new REV drive will be available in two interfaces—USB and internal SATA. A third version with an ATAPI interface is planned for mid-2008. According to Iomega the installed base for REV drives is 350,000 units, and it expects the new higher capacity drives to increase that user base.

Take digital notes without your computer with IOGEAR

Posted in Iogear by Shane McGlaun on March 3rd, 2008

IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe
Back when I had a real job I often wanted to take notes that I could store on my computer without actually having to take my computer with me to a meeting. I also had to endure the irritated looks my lab partner gave me when I was typing away on my notebook during class in college. IOGEAR has announced just the ticket for the times when you don’t want to use your computer to take notes, but want to be able to get the notes into your computer to store.

IOGEAR announced today its new Mobile Digital Scribe that allows handwritten notes to be written on standard paper using standard ink from an included pen. In fact IOGEAR says that the GPEN200N can capture handwritten information from any surface. The handwritten notes are stored in the ultrasonic transmitter and a special infrared pen that uses normal ink is required for the system to operate. The pen is included with the system.