If you are worried about someone grabbing your flash drive and learning all your secrets, Doculock’s FP71-Flash is about as safe as it gets with its fingerprint ID. Once you initiate it, you can use it in different computers with no software driver or password needed. The drive will remember all user names and passwords for you. The 1GB FP71 is available for £32.88 (~$65.00.) There is also a 2.0GB not available at this time so contact Doculock to pre-order if that is the one you prefer.
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A Pennsylvania couple is suing Google for invasion of privacy and mental distress. Aaron and Christine Boring claim that the reason they bought their property in the first place was because it was isolated and now it has been devalued. It seems that Google may have taken a street view shot from their driveway that was marked “Private Road.”
Google spokesperson Larry Yu claims that if the pair wanted the images removed, all they had to do was ask. Attorney Dennis Moskal said that their privacy was already hampered when the vehicle that took the shots drove on their property. It will be interesting to see if this has ramifications down the road. While Google maps increase in imaging technique, Big Brother surely gets closer every day.
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Want a sophisticated doggy door that won’t let in any other neighborhood pets or pests? The Pet Door Way offers automatic operation activated by your fuzzy friends. Made of an ABS plastic polimer body and aluminum alloy frame, the door is motor-operated with auto-dead bolt and security alarm. It comes with 2 sensors, remote, installation hardware, and a year’s warranty in three different sizes for $395.00, $495.00, and $695.00. At that price, hope that someone doesn’t wise up to the gizmo, steal it off your dog or cat, and sneak him/herself through the door.
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In downtown Atlanta, Rufus Terrill didn’t like some of the folk who were hanging around his bar, O’Terrills, so he built himself a simplified robocop which he controls by remote. Consisting of an old meat smoker that he says still smells like chicken, a spotlight, an IR cam, a water cannon and a loudspeaker, the bot stands 4 feet tall and weighs 300 lbs. Apparently the silly looking device is working since Terrill says there is a lot less “action” going on near his tavern. Check out the video to see it put through its paces.
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ProxMat is a handy tool for those who just don’t trust their fellow workers/roommates. Made by ComputerProx, the device is pressure sensitive and sends the Windows Key + L shortcut when you leave your computer and locks it down. The gadget works with KIT (Keyboard Interface Technology) and connects through your USB port, so it needs no special driver. It is compatible with any other security devices you may already have. It also doubles as an energy saver and can put your PC into standby. Available in four different sizes, contact ComputerProx for specific pricing.
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Home automation is becoming a big theme at consumer electronics trade shows like CES. Many companies have been promising the ‘smart house’ for years – a house that automatically anticipates and responds to its inhabitants wants and needs. HawkingTech was showing off some preliminary tech which could help hearken the days of the smart house with a variety of available now products – check out the video for a demonstration of what is to come.
The Responder is not only the smallest Viper yet, Directed Electronics claims that it is their best . Apparently the CES agrees as they awarded it with a Best Innovation Award in In-Vehicle Control. The 2-way vehicle security device offers multi-level arming, status by way of LED light, remote valet start, and power door and trunk locks. It will also keep track of event history, just in case you have neglected to take care of that menial task. Don’t you just love gadgets that do your work for you? Directed has more info on its newest addition to the Viper series.
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Want to know who some of the winners are at this year’s CES? Let’s start with the Best of Innovations Awards. The Computer Accessory chosen is the latest entry from Yoggie, the Pico, personal security with 13 applications such as anti-virus and phishing, parental web control, layer-8 eight security, and VPN client. With a dual flash memory system, the device blocks both known and unknown Internet baddies outside your computer while it boosts its performance. You can pick up a Yoggie for ~$130.00 online, depending on where you shop.
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Want people to think you are checking them out even though you can’t afford a pricey system? The Dummy Security Camera with blinking LED is just the thing to fool your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Five times smaller than most of these types of cams, it is only 6 x 21/4 x 2 1/2-inches and housed in anodized aluminum so it won’t rust. The camera pans and tilts, and will run for about 2 years on 2AA batteries at a price of only $14.99. Makes you wonder about all the other security cams out there, doesn’t it?
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