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LaCie shows off tiny MosKeyto flash drive

Posted in LaCie by Shane McGlaun on September 3rd, 2010

I have a bunch of flash drives lying around my office and they are all fat drives that block USB ports and need to be plugged into a port with a lot of room around it. This is a huge pain, especially if you are on a netbook or notebook with only a few ports.

LaCie has debuted a new flash drive called the MosKeyto that is tiny and looks more like one of those nano receivers for wireless mice and keyboards than a flash drive. The little drive measures 21 x 16 x 10mm and weighs 10g. You can plug the tiny drive into the USB port and just leave it if you want.

PadTab wall mounts iPad and other tablets

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on September 3rd, 2010

I have always wanted to have one of those fancy home automation systems that would control the lights in my home with the push of a button. I also want a touchscreen on the wall to control the system too. If you have the home automation system and want the touchscreen controller on the wall a new system to mount the iPad to the wall may be perfect for you, assuming you can control your system with the iPad.

The mount system is called PadTab. It is pictured with the iPad, but it would work with most tablets. The system is a couple plastic tabs with a square that goes on your iPad and is about as thick as a nickel. Another tab mounts to your wall or other vertical surface and is much smaller than the tablet side.

FCC tears new iPod touch to shreds on camera

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 2nd, 2010

Generally when we catch photos and details on new products via the FCC the things are seen in maybe one blurry shot like we had with the Griffin PartyDock not long ago. The FCC has been at work on the iPod touch for it to get the certifications to hit stores in the coming weeks.

The FCC has taken the new iPod touch that was unveiled yesterday, torn the gadget into pieces, and filmed the whole thing. This is something rather new that I haven’t seen the FCC do very often with the complete teardown. We usually have to wait until iFixit and other sites like it get the gadgets to see a teardown.

Creative launches T12 Wireless Speaker System in Singapore

Posted in Creative by Shane McGlaun on September 2nd, 2010

Creative has been unveiling several new wireless speakers systems over the last week or so. The latest offering from Creative will land this month in Singapore and should make its way stateside eventually. The speaker system is called the Creative T12 Wireless Speaker System.

The new speaker system is a 2.0 system and is compatible with all Bluetooth devices including the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone. The system can also pair to other iPods with an optional transmitter or to notebooks with another optional transmitter.

Sony offers three new digital photo frames

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on September 2nd, 2010

When it comes to digital photo frames Sony already has several offerings. Digital frames are very popular and are one of the best ways to show off all the pictures you take without spending time and money printing them all out.

Sony has added three new frames to its lineup. The new fames include the DPF-XR100, DPF-VR100 and DPF-D830. The XR100 and VR100 are very similar with the notable exception that the XR100 is a portrait mode frame. Both can show AVCHD format video and have 10.2-inch LED backlit screens. Both of these frames also have an internal image processor that will scale pictures up to 256MP to fit the screens.

Sharkoon unveils Bandit PC case with SATA HDD dock and memory card reader

Posted in Cases,Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on September 2nd, 2010

If you are a computer geek that likes to upgrade your hardware frequently, you are probably like me and have a number of older HDDs sitting around with data on them that you don’t want to delete. The problem is if I need data off those old drives I have to open my computer and dig around for another SATA cable and power cable to get the thing running.

Sharkoon has unveiled a new computer case called the Bandit that has a very cool feature. That feature is an integrated SATA docking station on top. You can take any SATA HDD and just plug it into the integrated dock to access data from the HDD. The case also has an integrated memory card reader.

Epson debuts Stylus NX625 AIO printer

Posted in Epson by Shane McGlaun on September 1st, 2010

Epson is one of the biggest printer makers around and when I hear the name I automatically think about expensive ink. I once had a printer from Epson that cost more to fill with ink than I paid for the printer. Epson has unveiled a new printer called the Stylus NX625.

The NX625 is a printer that is aimed at the home user and can print, scan, and copy. The thing can print in black at 15 ppm or in color at 7.2 ppm. It is also capable of printing on two sides of a page automatically at 7.6 ppm in black and 4.6 ppm in color.

HP debuts new Mini 210 netbook computer

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on September 1st, 2010

HP has announced several new computers today including the Mini 210 series. This machine comes in a variety of colors and has the size and performance that mobile types want when on the go for general computing tasks.

The little netbook has a 10.1-inch screen that is LED backlit and supports 720p resolution. The machine can be optioned with the new Intel dual core N550 Atom processor or the older N455 processor. The machine runs Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium.

Logitech offers new speaker options for laptops

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on September 1st, 2010

Of all the notebooks I have tired over the years it’s safe to say that 99.99% of the have crap sound systems. They sound flat, lack volume so you can actually hear what’s going on and have no bass. This is the reason there are some any different external speakers and headphone options around.

Logitech has announced a couple new laptop offerings called the Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 and the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515. Both speakers are aimed at notebook users with Mac or Windows machines. The Z515 is a wireless offering with a USB transmitter that uses 2.4GHz tech for 50-foot range. The speaker can also connect to the iPad or iPhone wirelessly as well.

Creative rocks out with its rock out

Posted in Creative by Shane McGlaun on September 1st, 2010

Creative has been around for a long time and I first knew them as the company that made sound cards for gaming PCs and other computers. Today Creative has all sorts of gear from MP3 players to speakers and still makes those sound cards too.

Creative has announced a new speaker for outdoor use called the Sound Blaster Wireless Rock. The speaker is one of those outside jobs that looks like a granite stone sitting there. It gets power from a lithium ion battery pack that is removable for charging.

Finis set to ship training tool for swimmers called Swimsense this Christmas

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

If you like to run or walk Nike and Apple have the Nike Plus system that will record your workout and help you to reach your exercise goals. A company called Finis has announced a new device called Swimsense that does the same thing for swimmers.

The Swimsense device looks like a watch but records all sorts of details about your swimming workout. The device records things like the number of laps you swim, total distance swam, calories burned, lap times, pace, and stroke count.

Skitterbot is the world’s fastest legged micro-robotic toy

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

I am a sucker for robots and remote controlled toys so when you combine them I am interested. A new product has been unveiled from a company called MyDeskpets called the Skitterbot. The little RC robot toy is very fast and runs on a rechargeable battery.

The bug has a 5-function remote control and can be had in four different colors. Each control can be set to one of four frequencies to let up to four players race at one time. The robots will sell for $19.99 at Toys R Us and Radio Shack stores around the country.

PhotoFast shows off sweet iPADock

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

Keeping gadgets like the iPad and iPhone charged up when there are multiple devices in the same house can be a challenge. We have four Apple devices in our house and we only have one charge cable plugged in. We end up jockeying the devices around for charging and that gets to be a pain.

A new dock from PhotoFast has surfaced that is perfect for people with multiple Apple devices. The dock is called the iPADock and has two slots that can support up to four iPhones or iPods for charging. A single slot can also support one iPad as well.

Canon outs world’s largest CMOS sensor

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

Canon has a bunch of cameras on the market that run the gamut from entry-level units up to high-end professional cameras. The company also designs and builds its own hardware like sensors and lenses for use on its cameras as well.

Today Canon has announced the world’s largest CMOs sensor with a size of 202 x 205mm. A sensor that large will surely be expensive considering that only one can be made from the typical 300mm silicon wafer. Canon says the sensor is 40 times larger than its next largest commercial CMOS sensor.

Cloud Storage for the Real World

Posted in Designs by Shane McGlaun on August 30th, 2010

Say cloud storage to a bunch of geeks and we start to think about storing our photos and other important content online rather than locally. There are lots of cloud-based storage options around and not all of them are what you think.

A new design concept shelf for the wall that looks like a cloud has brought cloud storage to a new meaning. The design concept looks like a puffy cloud and is called Shelf Cumulus. It is made from metal and painted white.