D-Link today rolled out the Securespot, an Internet security device designed to provide business-level threat protection for up to four computers on a home or small business network. This new device is priced at $99.99, the price of which includes one-year licenses for the computers being protected.
The Securespot, according to D-Link, uses a combination of hardware, software applications and Web-based management services to prevent unwanted content from breaching a protected network. Features included in this Internet security device include firewall and intrusion detection, a plug and play design, web-based control panel, multi-layer security, support for Windows and Mac based operating systems and content filters for 82 categories. The Securespot is powered by Bsecure Technologies.
Read More | D-Link Securespot Product Page
A major player in wireless transmission of music and video says that a purely wireless and digital home is still about a decade away. Sonos CEO John MacFarlane believes that although both Redmond and Cupertino are banking on the technology, as well as third party hardware companies like Belkin and Philips, consumer interest and technology are still in their infancy.
The issue may be that the technology relies on home networking, and at current time, only 1 in 6 users have a network. This is largely due to the “flashing VCR” crowd not understanding what a home network can really do. When all that changes, the tipping point for consumer interst and technology isn’t far behind.
Read More | BBC Technology
Perfect for a backyard BBQ party or a game when you need a chilled beverage in a hurry, the Cooper Cooler can chill a can of soda, bottle of beer, or even a bottle of wine in a few minutes. And when they promise refrigerator cold 43F/6C or even “ice cold” in about 5 minutes, they aren’t kidding. The secret is 35 cubes of ice water, 2 cups of water, and rotation of the beverage as the chilled water is pumped over it. And the best part is, it doesn’t shake up the contents of whatever you’re drinking before you open it. Optional car lighter plug can even make it portable for that tailgating party. At around $80, it’s a must for anyone who entertains.
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Fujitsu is now offering in North America their second generation PalmSecure biometric authentication device. This little security product is already in wide scale use in Japan, seeing over 10,000 sensors already installed in banks, universities, hospitals and private condominiums.
The PalmSecure, which can be used in a variety of settings such as room access security systems and PC/network login systems, “offers a contactless, hygienic and non-invasive means to authenticate identity by leveraging each person’s unique palm vein architecture. The device works by capturing a near-infrared image of the palm vein pattern. The proprietary algorithm takes this data, converts it into a digitized biometric template, and then matches it against a pre-registered template.”
Read More | Fujitsu Product Page
The Ice Cream Ball, or Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker if you prefer the long name, does just what it says - it makes ice cream. However, with this contraption there’s no handle to turn monotonously, and no electricity to do the work for you. Rather, you fill one end of the sphere with ice and rock salt, and the other end with your ingredients, and then shake, roll or toss the thing around (after you close the end caps obviously). In about twenty minutes you’ll have about half a quart of ice cream to snack on, and if that’s not enough, a MEGA model is available that makes one quart of mind-numbing goodness.
Is it just me or does this thing look a great deal like a hamster ball? Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll stick to my electric ice cream maker, or have my good friends Ben and Jerry stop by.
DVR pioneer ReplayTV, looking to “redefine the DVR experience”, today unveiled a new PC-based DVR solution which lets users with PCs equipped with TV tuners enjoy a Tivo-like experience. The new ReplayTV PC Edition, expected in September, will cost $99.95, with additional yearly fees after the first year of $19.95.
The ReplayTV PC Edition makes a compatible PC much like any DVR currently on the market. Specialized features of this software product include a “surprise me” mode which automatically records programming featuring favorite actors, directors and genres; a mode for finding other shows and movies that are similar in genre or feature the same actors or directors as the one being watched; a variety of ways to search; and networking functions which include multi-room support and consolidating listings.
Beyond the highlighted features other notable items include presenting shows by airing, recorded shows organization which reportedly makes navigating through large listings less painful; overlap management; and a add-on product for viewing shows on computers with without tuners.
Read More | ReplayTV Product Page
Remember the naysayers of years past who said that computers would kill books? The ones who said that Ray Bradbury’s apocalyptic visions in Fahrenheit 451 would come to pass? Yeah, I don’t remember them, either; I don’t run in those circles. But if those people ever did really exist, they are being proven wrong by a new killer app: LibraryThing.
Think of LibraryThing as kind of a MySpace for bookworms; users enter their libraries into a website database for personal use or to share with others. As of this writing, the site catalogs over 3.3 million titles, the most popular of which are fantasy and science fiction titles, with J.K. Rowling’s books topping the list. Users who already have their libraries in databases (we know you’re out there, you bibliophiles) can import their books in one fell swoop or export a database to a file. Imagine being a bookseller whose inventory is on this system; you could check availability of a particular book from just about anywhere, even your mobile phone.
The service allows users to enter up to 200 titles into the database for free. Beyond that, there are two options: 1) pay for unlimited service at the rate of $10.00 per year, or 2) pay for a lifetime unlimited account for only $25.
(Thanks, Jason Musgrave!)
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So you’ve got a rather drab looking deck that needs a little pizazz? Why not try some nice deck lights? Even though their illumination can be a bit meager, they do provide safety, and even a touch of class. Now, before you run out and buy whatever is on hand at your local home improvement store, be aware that not any old deck light will do. Nope, being the ultimate consumer of gadgets and tech items that you are, something a little different is in order. Something like the Aurelle LED Deck Lights from Philips.
The Aurelle lights come in a convenient ten-pack, and are available in your choice of either brilliant white or soft blue LED lighting. The kit contains just about everything needed for installation, minus the tools, and even includes a remote control.
Street pricing for the lights is quite respectable at $100 USD.
With a sleek, sophisticated looking exterior the new Philips Streamium WAK3300 is an alarm clock with 802.11g wireless networking built in. The wireless networking provides the connection to Philips’ Wireless Music System, which includes their WACS700 Media Center that was announced during CES 2005. Using the WACS700 as a source, the WAK3300 can stream music for your listening pleasure, or merely provide variety for your morning wake-up call. Unfortunately, it seems that this also precludes the use of any other media server as a source for the Streamium WAK3300.
Additional details are a bit scare and no pricing or availability is known at this time.
With touchless fixtures in public restrooms all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before the technology, uh, trickled down to the the average home. Sure, you can spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on high-end touchless faucets, but for a lot less you can get the iTouchless EZ Faucet.
While not as svelte as the expensive, integrated models, the EZ Faucet performs just as you would expect it to and attachs to almost any faucet in your home. Stick your hands under the faucet and the water comes on. Remove your hands, and, well, you get the idea. If you desire water without having to hold your hands beneath the sensor, then a simple push of the manual override button will accomodate your needs.
Features of the EZ Faucet include:
* Compact Design - 20% smaller size than the previous model.
* Side Mount Design - Increased more than 30% of the working space below the sink area.
* Improved Infrared Sensor - Detects faster and precisely with Point-N-Lock technology.
* Low Energy Consumption - Increased battery life up to 1 1/2 year (Powered by just 4 AAA batteries).
* New Battery Compartment Design - Easier to open and close the battery slipcover.
* Softer Touch Button - Better manual on/off control.
Available now for $59.99 USD.
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