Verizon just announced a new plan for mobile users that distinguishes it from it's past offers, as it's the first time in a while that the biggest network in the US offers a truly unlimited data plan. Customers in select areas are reporting receiving the offer by mail. For $70 a month, one would get 450 minutes, with unlimited text and data. According to Verizon, this is a promotion, so there's no telling if this plan will hold for a long time. Still, this is a first move which hopefully other carriers will start following, as we users download more and more data on our iOS and Android phones. If you're already a Big Red customer, this may be worth looking into if you're a heavy data user.
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Verizon Wireless announced its long-awaited ZTE AD3700 USB modem on Friday. This modem plugs right in to the USB port of your laptop, and gives you EVDO in the United States and HSPA around the world with 3G service. It launched over the weekend with a price of $79.99, after $50 rebate.
Microsoft has launched Bing, a search engine tested under the code name Kumo, that replaces Live Search. Bing will supposedly make purchasing online easier, will be handier for finding medical information, and should facilitate travel arrangements. Besides searching, the engine retrieves and processes data, monitors history and displays it, and should be easier to read. Frankly, we were never all that fond of Microsoft Live Search so anything would be an improvement.
If you really want to know what’s going on with your body during that jog or other rigorous activity, eSoles will let your phone know cadence, power output, balance, speed and distance. The custom foot beds transmit the data from 11 pressure sensors via Bluetooth and are based on the company’s Imaging Kiosk System. A prototype has already been tested and Windows Mobile phones will be the first to try it out. Apps for iPhone and BlackBerry will be available later. Prices run from $49.00 for a basic version up to a deluxe model for $499.00.
This 2GB USB Memory Stick is cleverly disguised as a mini-cell phone. Keep all your documents, music, photos and other media safe on the 2.0/1.1 USB storage unit that is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista. At a size of 60 x 24 x 10 mm and a weight of a mere 80g, the plug and play stick needs no driver and the package includes a metal gift box at a price of $9.99.
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Worried that someone will steal data from your SD card, memory stick, MP3 player or flash drive that you uploaded to your PC? Or worse, that someone will expose it to a viral attack? NetWrix is freeware that can lockdown your USB port. If you have GPMC (Microsoft Group Policy Management) on your computer, then you can protect your data locally or remotely with the tool. The blocker is simple to use and technical support is also provided with no charge.
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This 2-in-1 Card Reader Cable is an SD (HC) reader and a mini-USB (2.0) cable combined. Plug into a USB device to charge and at the same time transfer data to your PC. At a length of about 90cm, it is compatible with SDHC / SD / MMC II / RS MMC / Ultra II SD / Extreme SD / Extreme III SD / MiniSD / T-Flash / MicroSD / MicroSDHC, although when the reader is working, the transfer function will be disabled. The cord is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS 9.0 or higher at a price of a mere $12.00.
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Nintendo has teamed with Panasonic Medical Solution, Hitachi and NEC to create an extra feature to Wii Fit. The add-on allows users to forward personal health data to a professional who will advise a better way to keep in shape and improve your BMI. The service is planned for April of this year in Japan. We figure that if you have Wii Fit and play with it every day, you are already halfway there.
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Drobo has been out for quite some time and serves the purpose of a “set-it-and-forget-it” backup solution. Drobo has added a few apps that bring a nice “value-add” to their storage capability. Data Robotics has released 19 applications for Drobo, and they seem to be highlighting three of those specifically due to their value to the average consumer. First, there’s the DroboApps Admin Utility, which allows you to manage your DroboApps via a web interface. The second is Yoics, which gives you remote access to your Drobo and DroboShare from a web browser or mobile device like the iPhone. Lastly, they are highlighting the Firefly iTunes Media Server that allows you to store all of your music, TV, and video content on the Drobo, and then serve that content to iTunes devices or computers around your home.
If you don’t yet have a storage solution and need a very reliable backup which also serves your media, then you should check out Drobo. They range in price from $349 to $1049 and offer USB 2.0 and Firewire depending on the model you choose. In order to take advantage of the apps, you’ll also need the DroboShare NAS module, which will run you $199, on top of the cost of the Drobo itself.
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We really like the looks of the JetFlash V20 USB Flash Drive. With its pearlescent chassis and color band that lights up, store all your files, music, images and videos. It is compatible with Windows Me/2000/XP, Mac and Linux, so you can transfer your data to any or all three. And it will hold 64GB in all, which to us is not too shabby. Contact Transcend for price and availability.
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