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    Sunday
    Aug302009

    Verbatim comes up with a tough and tiny usb drive!

    The Tuff-‘N’-Tiny USB drive is so small you could hide it under two pennies! And the thickness is about the same as that of a penny. It’s most compact, durable USB flash drives I’ve seen so far. It’s small enough to put in your wallet or change purse without creating much a bump. Verbatim Tuff-N-Tiny USB Drives are significantly more rugged than standard flash drives because they feature SIP technology, which encapsulates all of the electronic components into a single miniaturized and sealed unit. As a result, the tiny drives are resistant to dust, water and static discharges. They include a key ring lanyard which you should attach immediately so you don’t misplace the entire drive! The Tuff-N-Tiny USB drives are available in 4GB (emerald green) and 8GB (royal purple) capacities. For security conscious PC users, the Tuff-’N’-Tiny USB Drives also include password security features to protect sensitive data in a user-defined private zone. The public zone is for open access and sharing of non-sensitive content. Since it’s so tiny, it’s easy to put T-N-T drive in the USB port upside-down. That won’t damage the drive, or the computer. With no room for a light on a drive this tiny, you’ll know it’s installed correctly when the computer recognizes it. Leo said a person could install www.portableapps.com on this device and be able to have a ‘personal PC’ anywhere they plug in their Tuff-N-Tiny USB drive into a PC. When you take it, your apps and files go with you, leaving nothing behind. Works with PC, Mac and Linux. MSRP US price is $29.99 for the 4GB drive and US $49.99 for the 8GB drive. But if you do a web search you can find them for a lot less!

    www.verbatim.com

     I did a Daily Giz Wiz Netcast on this gizmo. Hear it here: www.twit.tv/dgw901

    CLICK ON "NEXT 5 ENTRIES" FOR MORE!

    Thursday
    Aug272009

    A new version of the popular SanDisk Clip, the Clip+

    Sansa Clip+ $40 & up This is the newest version of the Sansa Clip, called The Clip + (plus) It has a 1.5” LCD display and it’s still thin. Just over 0.6" deep and it weighs only 0.9 oz. It now has a memory card slot that accepts pre-recorded songs, or blank memory cards (up to 8GB) for endless recording with the built in mic. So it’s great for taking notes in class. There’s also a built-in digital FM Tuner. On a single charge San Disk says you should get about 15 hours of battery life. (There are 2, 4 & 8 GB models available.)  It ships with ear buds, USB cable and owner's manual. Supported formats include MP3, WMA, secure WMA, Ogg, Vorbis and FLAC. The card slot accepts microSD and microSDHC memory cards. It’s also slotRadio and slotMusic card-ready, which means you can buy 1,000-song albums from San Disk for about $40 each. The songs are Billboard compilations and cannot be copied, but you’re paying about 4 cents per song! See the slot music website for full details. And yes the new clip still includes a clip that lets you attach the MP3 player to a pocket, backpack or purse strap. PC and Mac compatible. The 4GB model will be Best Buy for $49.95. You can preorder it now.

     Here’s info on slot music cards:

    http://sandisk.com/consumer-products/music-player.aspx

    When this was posted, Sunday, August 30th, 2009, San Disk had not listed info on the Sansa Clip+ yet on their website. But Best Buy has it listed on their website, although not for sale just yet:

      http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9448537&type=product&id=1218106627473 

    Thursday
    Aug272009

    Have kids 3 years old & up, but not old enough for school yet?

    Here’s fun tech toy: Leap Frog Text & Learn. This new toy looks like an oversized PDA. Just like the parents have. (And maybe if the kids have their very own PDA, they won’t try to play with the real one! It has built in games, and even a QWERTY keyboard. Kids can send a text message which doesn’t go anywhere, but is acknowledged by Scout, the built in puppy dog! Scott also can messages back.  They can check Scout's planner to see what his week entails and more in the pretend browser mode.  Other learning modes offer practice with letter matching, shape identification. There are also silly animations and sound effects. I was so good I've almost mastered the "pop the letter balloons" game! Parents can connect to the online Leap Frog Learning Path for customized learning insights and ideas to expand the learning. Price is under $22.00.

     http://www.leapfrog.com/en/preschool_toys/text_learn.html

    Thursday
    May212009

    NATIONAL HARDWARE SHOW GADGETS! Let there be light - and with new lantern, music too!

    From Lumilite, it’s the Mixi. This is a new product that changes the old fashioned lantern into a whole new multi-use gizmo. There’s a 7W U-tube fluorescent with it’s own high and low power mode. For nighttime operation there’s a nightlight mode which glows green, so you can easily locate the lantern in the dark. But there’s a bigger hidden surprise. Just press one button and twin speakers swing open to let you to play your music from your own device in any environment. Underneath the speaker-release button is the volume control for the built-in 2 watt amplifier. The unique designed speaker box delivers very decent sound for their size. Designed into the back of lantern is a slide holder for your iPod or any music player. Just use the attached universal input cable. It goes into the headphone jack of your music device. 4 “D” batteries power the entire unit, or you can use the external AC/DC adaptor (included). The Mixi lantern can be used indoors and outdoors. This is also a good device for emergency preparedness. Under $50. This is another item that won’t be on the market probably until July.

     

    www.lumilite.com

    Saturday
    May162009

    Where is that *(&^^* Remote Control?

    You’ve probably said something like that more than once when the TV remote you were just using, vanishes! Here’s a perfect solution. Remote Buddy holds four remote controls and has a place for your drink. But this device has a nice twist. If you misplace one of the four remotes push the color button from the empty pocket and your remote beeps so you can find it quickly. Just stick the color-coded receiver to the back of the remote and Remote Buddy keeps track of it up to about 30 feet. It ships with a drink holder that can be clipped to the right or the left side of the Remote Battery. It also includes 5 batteries; one for the main console and one for each of the remotes. Under $60

     

    www.stuckontools.com