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USB Mirror Card Reader

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, PC / Laptop, Storage, USB,

USB Mirror Card ReaderThe USB Mirror Card Reader is for all girlie girls and metrosexuals who are geeky, yet vain at the same time. Foldable and at a size of only 64 x 55 x 20mm and a weight of 50g, the card reader supports M2/T-Flas /MicroSD/Mini SD, SDHC/SD, Memory Stick PRO/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, and MMC/MMC-II/RS MMC/MMC Plus. With a transfer speed of up to 480Mbps, the reader will work with both Windows Me/2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.2. Choose from blue or gray for $15.00.

(Thanks, Fanny)

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1920s Style Spirit Clock CD Radio

Spirit Clock CD RadioThe 1920 Style Spirit may look retro but is as modern as it gets. The device is a 4-hand analog clock with alarm, AM/FM radio, and a full feature CD player with programmable memory. Encased in wood, it has a metal handle, steel toggle switches, and a backlit dial. At a size of 5 x 11.5 x 6.25-inches, it puts out 0.8W per channel and carries a MSRP of £129.95 (~$257.00.) A Clock Radio version is also available for £99.95 (~$198.00.)

 

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Card Reader Doubles as USB Hub

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, USB, Misc. Tech, Storage,

USB Card Reader/HubWe are not exactly sure why this device was designed the way it was, but perhaps its inventors were going for something that would fit right in with your messy household. It looks like a can, but is in fact a Card Reader and 3-port Hub Combo II. It supports SD, SDHC, MMC, XD, CF, and T-flash/MicroSD. It will also transfer files to your PC by USB 2.0. At a size of 58 x 58 x 88mm and a weight of 101g, the plug-and-play reader/hub needs Windows 2000/XP/Vista to run, comes with a USB cable, and has a price of $20.00. Just don’t mistake it for a Coke while it is plugged in.

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USB Light Stick Speaks for You

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, USB,

Description

Light sticks have come a long way. This one features a 32 LED display and will support BMP and JPG banner creation via USB with 128 x 32 pixels. The Light Show Stick has a built-in memory and can store about 85 characters and powers up with 2 included AA batteries. It comes with a neck strap so you can take it to all the important events of the season and a driver CD to help you master its abilities. At a size of 295 x 36 x 18mm and weight of 98g, it has a $22.00 price.

 

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Holux GPS Logger Unveiled

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: GPS, Misc. Tech, Wireless / WiFi, USB,

Holux GPS LoggerHolux has released the M-241 wireless GPS logger with dual interface (Bluetooth and USB GPS-mouse) and memory capable of recording up to 130,000 positions such as longitude, latitude, altitude, and time. Running on one AA battery, it has a 32 x 8.9mm display for position, speed, available memory, date, and time. You can set it either by distance or time in one of 3 languages. The logger can be yours for ~$80.00 on Amazon.

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Game Show AMNE$IA Premieres On NBC

Posted by Jacci Lewis Categories: Games, Prime Time, NBC, Editorial,

Description premiered on last night and all I can say is - this is not your father’s game show nor is it a cheap ripoff of This is Your Life.

Game shows are inherently cheesy. The whole premise of doing some odd collection of tasks in order to win a prize precludes any sophistication or real style. Not that it isn’t entertaining to say, watch someone figure out how much Top Ramen, pantyhose and a coffee maker cost (The Price is Right), but generally the viewer agrees to suspend any expectation of real humor or insight in order to watch someone try to make a few bucks or win a new car.

Amne$ia is different somehow. Maybe it is the delightfully droll host or a better crop of contestants, but this show may just be an exception to the cheesy game show rule.

First of all, the premise is interesting: one contestant, all the most important people in his or her life and the chance to win big bucks by remembering the most minute details of their past. Sounds easy, right? I mean afterall who knows you better than yourself? But would you recall your 3rd grade music teacher’s name? How about her classroom number or even where you sat? Those are the kinds of facts that Amne$ia producers mine from contestant’s lives to try to stump them.

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Train Your Brain With Headstrong

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Science,

Headstrong

Headstrong is now in beta testing and is allowing its brain training software free of charge. Take their “fitness” test which then creates a custom program for you and suggests exercises to help thwart Alzheimer’s or what we simply refer to CRS disease. Developed by clinical neuropsychologist Nicola Gates, one of their claims is that you never have to worry about memory lapses again. We were a bit hesitant to take the test, but figured we would take a shot at it. It seems that they have forgotten us as they haven’t sent the results. Patience is not one of our virtues.

 

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Transcend Into 16GB Flash

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Software, USB,

Transcend V60Transcend has released its JetFlash V60 with up to a generous 16GB of memory. Plug in the battery-sized device into your USB for speeds of 2.0 and 1.0/1.1. It will not only transfer your data, it features password protection, a boot-up and PC lock, LED usage status display, and a lifetime warranty. Compatible with Windows 98SE/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ Vista, Mac OS 9.0 / OS X and Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or later for simplified transference, the V60 is available in 4 colors for prices of $12.40 for 1GB up to $134.00 for 16GB.

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Kindle Receives Widespread Attention

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Kindle

Although it has been around for about 3 years, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezo is hyper-touting the Kindle, the book size device that can store up to 200 books in its memory, as well as newspapers, magazines, and blogs. We watched Mr. Bezo explain its virtues Monday night on the Canadian “Charlie Rose Show,” such as its being able to handle multiple books at a time, free first chapter previews, an included Oxford English Dictionary, auto-page memory, and 30 hour recharge time.

He also mentioned that most of the 90,000 books that you can download are on best seller lists and are only $9.95 apiece. The only thing he didn’t mention were its rivals, the Sony e-reader and Illiad, and the exorbitant price of $399.99.

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Samsung Announces 32Gb 40nm Flash

Posted by Brian Viele Categories: Design, Storage,

Samsung Memory Cards

Samsung has announced that it has produced the first 40-nanometer (nm) memory device.  This new 32Gb 40nm flash device incorporates “Charge Trap Flash” (CTF) architecture, which improves both performance and manufacturing efficiency.  This new architecture greatly decreases inter-cell noise by replacing the normal floating gate technology with what Samsung calls “TANOS” which is comprised of tantalum (metal), aluminum oxide (high k material), nitride, oxide and silicon.  The lower noise levels will allow the technology to be further scaled to as small as 20nm.

Samsung’s 32Gb devices will be used in devices ranging from 4GB to a tremendous 64GB!  That’s up to 64 Hours of DVD quality video or over 1,300 Hours of MP3 audio. Expect to see the new more efficient CTF devices begin to replace current floating gate systems over the next year.  With these new chips expected to potentially hit 256Gb meaning up to 512GB memory cards, this is a huge step towards PC’s with purely solid state storage drives. 

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