In a connected world such as the one we live in today, we are constantly bombarded with news non-stop. This is why we sometimes need a way to distinguish what's important and current from the rest of the fluff. Newsmaps helps us visualize the world of news in a easy to understand format. This tool visualizes Google News results using a treemap visualization algorithm that helps display all the information in a user friendly way. Bigger font? Popular story. Colors? Categorize the topic of the story. Color intensity? How fresh or old the story is. We can customize our news by interest and even location. Although the colors and fonts can seem a little harsh on the eyes, it gets our attention to what is important.
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Cocoon Innovations features an interesting line of bags and cases with an organized, internal “grid” system to keep your MP3 player, cell phone, accessories and cords tidy. The material is flexible elastic fabric that can work in any configuration you can devise. The company calls their design “a place where technological extensions of our lives and work could be kept safe and organized.” We call them a OC perfection. Contact Cocoon for prices.
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Security experts suggest that you change your log-in information often to avoid identity theft. Atek’s Logio Secure Password Organizer will keep track of all of them with only one master passcode to access the data. The 1/8-inch thick organizer stores over 200 logins, ATM and debit card pin codes, credit card numbers, frequent flier program numbers and driver’s license numbers, as well as other data that is important. Available in black or white, it carries a MSRP $29.95 and is recommended for anyone who forgets their passwords but not their wallets.
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With all the miscellaneous junk we have floating around on our workspace, we could certainly use one of these. The Keyboard Organiser is the same size of a standard one but is a clamshell which, when you open it, can keep discs, notes, pens, paper clips, or anything else you want to stash. The device has 18 multi-media hotkeys, a PS/2 connection and works with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. With a 1 year warranty, the Organiser is available for £24.99 (~$50.00.)
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Bluelounge’s SpaceStation is a nifty little organizer for those with laptops. Rest it on its rubber pad and it will ergonomically raise the keyboard 5mm while allowing a cool flow of air. Cords will roll up into any of the parts of the case. Use the front for an iPod, the back for the laptop or camera, and the side for a scanner. We don’t want to forget the handy rail and page holder. Available in black or white, you can also position it off center for other accessories. All this and an included USB hub are yours for $79.95.
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Tired of that mess of cords behind your computer? Fingers is a prototype created by Oof Design that keeps the untangled when you unplug your laptop. Made of acrylic, each slot is made by laser for different types of plugs. The device also raises the height of your laptop making it more ergonomic. We have practically become accustomed to the clutter that hides back there. If we get that organized, we may get around to throwing away those faded post-its with ancient reminders of chores that we never accomplished.
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