Whether you have your own band or want to start a mini-music production company, Ripfactory has unveiled its NAS with integrated CD ripping engine. Plug the Ripserver into a network connection via USB and it will hold up to 1TB of music files. Insert a CD into the loading drive slot and it will be converted in a matter of minutes, adds it to your library with its UPnP media server, and spits it back out. No keyboard or monitor is needed. Ripserver runs on Linux and needs minimal setup. Select from 500 or 1TB capacity, black or white, for £599 (~$1,200.00) or £699 (~$1,400.00.)
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Pay attention, MSN IM addicts. The i-Buddy, who looks darn close to the icon, hooks up to your USB port and responds to incoming MSN messages with his glowing head and wings. The 3-inch figure does more. He will respond to emoticons within the messages and can even be programmed to alert you to one specific bud. How kewl is that? Pre-order for $24.94 from Firebox for a March 28 ship date.
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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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Logitech has unveiled its first wireless headset, created specifically for Internet calls. The ClearChat made its debut today at the CeBit in Germany and allows users to move up to 33 feet from their PC or Mac. If you are in a small place, that means a quick snack or bathroom break without interrupting your call. The VoIP headset has 2.4GHz technology, USB connectivity, a noise-canceling microphone, and stereo so that you can hear clearly while rustling through the fridge. There are also volume and mic mute controls, a padded headband, and plush ear pads. Look for the ClearChat to hit the U.S. and Europe in May with a price of $99.99 (U.S.).
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This one is so cool we had to take it old-school with the animated GIF! Boss on vacation? Then it’s time to break out the USB Desktop Dunk, a miniature version of those rapid-fire basketball games you see at carnivals or our favorite haunt, Dave and Buster’s. The toy comes with 4 mini-balls, a working scoreboard, and even sports sound effects like crowd noise when you score 10 points. Morale boosting! Works with both PC and Macs and has two modes: Practice and Competition (natch). Great for hosting your own office version of the upcoming NCAA March Madness, just don’t let your manager—or HR—get wind of it. Available for $25 USD.
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The Ultra Thin Credit Card Voice Recorder is another example of carry less, but do more. The 3.4 x 2.2 x .26-inch device weighs only 36g but holds 1GB of memory for almost 70 hours of record time. It has a rechargeable Li-ion battery with up to 4.5 hours of record/playback time and has flip-out USB 2.0 connectivity for file transfer or deletion. The Voice Recorder, which can also be used as an MP3 player and USB flash drive, includes earbuds and a neck strap, and is available for a price of $69.99.
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If you’re tight on desk space, consider this gadget. It’s the Wireless Finger Mouse, which fits onto your index finger, and is operated by thumb. It also works on any surface, such as clothing, making it perfect for business travelers. The cool thing is that you can type and use the mouse simultaneously, for the ultimate in computer multi-tasking. Comes with a USB receiver and 3 “finger rings” for customizable comfort. It’s also “Plug and Play”, compatible with Windows, including Vista. Available for $38 USD.
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In our quest for the most nauseatingly cute musical accessories, this one comes pretty close. The Speaker Monkey is a 7-inch full range stereo speaker that runs on USB or batteries. It is compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, CD and DVD players or any other gadget that has a standard audio jack. If the Monkey isn’t your style, we suspect that you can choose a Penguin or Turtle to appease your inner animal needs. Each one comes at a price of $6.88.
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You can save, edit and delete SMS and phone book entries that you have on your SIM card with the Cell Phone Spy Data Extractor. Or, if you are the nosy type, you can use its software to read someone else’s saved data. Plug the recovery reader into your USB port and check out your no longer loved one’s cell phone or other device’s info, even if it has been deleted. You can also use it to transfer information from one SIM card to another. At a size of 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/8-inch, the device will not work with Verizon, or some pre-paid and Nextel/Sprint 2-way phones. The Extractor is available for $149.00.
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For someone who is always on the go (or on the run,) the Runner Hub may be your answer. The 4 ports hub will work with either 1.1 or 2.0 USB, has a transfer speed of 480 Mbps, and will work with either Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, or Mac OS 8.6 or above. At a size of 100 x 60 x 123mm and a weight of 71g, the device, with its rotating connection, comes with its own USB cable. Find it at Brando for a mere $12.00.
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