If you don't like carrying a USB on your key-chain or clipped to jeans or to the inside of your purse, the IOGEAR Wallet Drive might suit your data transfer needs and organization style. The Wallet Drive is touted as "cutting-edge portable storage on a diet." We agree!
Brilliant metallic blue, barely 3mm thick, and a length smaller than an average business card, this storage device allows you to bring your data (music, documents, photos) almost anywhere without compromising drive space. Pile on the photos and bring them to your mom's house next time you visit:)
Multiple operating system support and USB 2.0 & 1.1 functionality. Plug 'n Play, no separate power supply needed.
Price: $56.99 at Amazon.
Like the rest of us, some companies anticipated Jobs announcement last week of a touch-screen iPod. After the iPhone it was just a matter of time.
Today Belkin and Griffin touted their cases on the market for the iPod nano, iPod classic, and iPod. First, Belkin, if only because their press release hit my in-box first:
The collection includes the usual suspects:
- Sport Armband Plus for iPod nano (F8Z200-MBL), iPod classic (F8Z201-MBL), and iPod touch – $29.99. Made of breathable, water-wicking Coolmax material.
- Remix Acrylic Case (also available in metal) for iPod nano (F8Z215) - $24.99; iPod classic (F8Z212) and iPod touch – $29.99. Slim, lightweight, and stretchable neoprene material with a handy pocket for earbuds or a key.
- Leather Sleeve for iPod nano (F8Z204) - $24.99; iPod classic (F8Z205) and iPod touch – $29.99. Soft, durable leather with soft-suede lining.
One of my minor complaints about Scarlett Johansson's latest movie, The Nanny Diaries, is that a nanny cam hidden in the eyes of a teddy bear is such a painful cliche that you don't even have to see it in the trailer to know it's there.
You would think that a wealthy family on the Upper East Side of Manhattan would at least have something a bit less obvious, like this $149 Puppy Wireless Camera Set by Brando, for example. The camera is hidden inside the puppy's nose and can transmit both video and audio over a 2.4GHz frequency so as not to interfere with certain wireless routers or cordless phones (neither of which would be in a palatial apartment like the one in the movie, anyway).
This little pooch is way cuter than that raggedy old teddy bear, too. And you know that appearances are no small thing to the well-to-do.
Apparently, acupuncture beauty treatments are becoming all the rage in Japan. Interestingly, the inspiration came from Hollywood, where celebrities made this practice somehow glamorous. It has to happen this way, as acupuncture is too commonplace in Asia for it be considered trendy until trendy people in other parts of the world put a twist on it. No doubt, the hype will come full circle and cosmetic acupuncture will take off in the U.S. as a result of its growing popularity in Japan. And if the costs of acupuncture treatments in general is any indicator, acupuncture beauty treatments in U.S. clinics or spas will come at a much higher cost than in comparable facilities in Japan or other Asian countries (one clinic in Tokyo charges $86 for a 70-minute treatment). Where I live, near Washington, D.C., Asian-trained practitioners often charge a fraction of what their American-trained counterparts charge for similar treatments.
Unless you're throwing a surprise party for Heathcliff, I personally don't see the appeal of ice cubes in the shape of fish skeletons. Then again, for only about $10 per tray, I guess I don't have to.
Via Nerd Approved.
If you go looking for the restrooms at Bar 89 in SoHo, instead of a private room for women and a separate one for men, you'll encounter an open area upstairs with a row of hi-tech looking stalls. Through the glass doors, you can see the toilet and sink lit up in red and blue. I observed someone going into one of them, and when they closed the door, after a second or two, the glass door became opaque and the word "occupied" lit up at the top of the door. I entered a stall, saw that I could still see the guy sitting on the sofa across from me, and assuming that I was no more invisible to him than he was to me, quickly exited. But I went back to investigate and take some photos with my cell phone camera (my Helio Ocean).
Save! Save your data, save your pennies! Use this desktop bank, which looks like a super-sized "save" key, as a reminder to back up your data and a place holder for your nickels and dimes. A fun office gift, it's anything but subtle. There's a slot cut into the top of the plastic key for sliding in your spare coins, and a base that pops off with ease. If you're religious about the practice of "save" you may end up never losing data again, or in this case, at least, you may end up having a constant supply of pizza money.
Perfect for the friend who has everything or the friend that forgets it all!
Price: $10 at Uncommongoods.com
To appease the multitudes of angry, pissed-off, peeved, (insert your own adjective here), iPhone users who are furious about the $200 price drop Steve Jobs announced this week, a subdued Jobs wrote on the Apple website that they will give a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple retail store or the Apple online store to these early buyers. While the details are still in the air, this is a conscientious move by the "people's company." I, for one, am feeling slightly appeased.
Here's most of the open letter :
To all iPhone customers:
I have received hundreds of emails from iPhone customers who are upset about Apple dropping the price of iPhone by $200 two months after it went on sale. After reading every one of these emails, I have some observations and conclusions.
First, I am sure that we are making the correct decision to lower the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and that now is the right time to do it. iPhone is a breakthrough product, and we have the chance to 'go for it' this holiday season. iPhone is so far ahead of the competition, and now it will be affordable by even more customers. It benefits both Apple and every iPhone user to get as many new customers as possible in the iPhone 'tent'. We strongly believe the $399 price will help us do just that this holiday season.
I'm not sure what this says about me, but when I first saw these 1GB USB penguin flash drives, I hoped they were erasers. Don't they look like little pencil toppers? Not that I would want to rub one of these 1.6" x 1.2" x 0.8" critters to the point of disfigurement, of course, but something about a $34 flash drive with a flip-top head just isn't quite as exciting.
Skins are a great way to personalize the outside of your laptop. You find yourself in stealth-mode, keeping the other folks in the coffee shop wondering "Is she a PC or Mac user?"
Skynmobile, a company who we've reported on before, now offers a monogrammed skin. Pretty in pink, a sure-to-sell fun and very girlie design presents an initial in Swarovski Crystals (avilable in white, pink, red, purple, green ,blue, black & brown). Extra letters can be added for $5 more.
Show skin! Bust out a little bling! Personalization is always in style:)
Price: $40 at Skynmobile.com.