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06.16.2009

Western Digital releases 4TB external hard drive

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Ask a nerd about his/her wealth and you are most likely to get an answer that points to the amount of storage capacity that he/she has accumulated over the years. And it is more than likely that the answer is also going to include the word "Terra-Byte" (TB) when it comes to the really (read virtually) wealthy nerds. No surprise then that Western Digital has decided to cater to this ever-growing hunger for computer memory, and has brought out an external HDD with a whopping 4TB memory as part of its MyBook Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems.

The 4TB drive is specifically formatted for Macs and offers four interfaces for connectivity : eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. The performance of the drive, the company claims, is "extra-fast" on account of the eSATA and FireWire interfaces, though no standard performance figures are on the specs sheet. Expect some silent data transfer as well since this hard drive comes without a fan and cools itself through an "efficient convection cooling architecture". The drive, however, has to be re-formatted to work on Windows Vista and Windows 7 (with the included s/w).

To acquire this virtual wealth, you will have to part with $649.99 of hard currency. And get included into the "trillionaire" community.

Via DVICE.

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06.15.2009

Get in the Loop with Hillcrest

With increasing numbers of households incorporating their PCs and Macs into their living room entertainment center, you'll need a reliable tool to help you navigate the depths of cyberspace and beyond. Lucky for us, Hillcrest Labs recently released the Loop Pointer to satisfy our lust for sexy and useful peripherals.

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Billed as a "mouse for your TV," the Loop combines cool motion control with the familiar tangibility of a mouse packaged in to an ergonomically friendly circular design, hence the name. Users control the Loop pointer via the four buttons and scroll wheel located on front of the device. But lets not forget the motion control, the patented Freespace motion control technology provides for tight responsive control for "in-air pointing", moving the cursor on the screen via your natural hand movements. No matter how you hold it or how far you are from the TV, the pointer will work. As long as you can see the cursor, you're in business. It even compensates for hand tremors for those of you with nervous dispositions.

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06.15.2009

Now you can Runpee without missing much of a movie

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There's no movie-related trauma worse than watching a film you've been waiting months for (and splashed out your hard-earned bucks on going to see) and not being able to enjoy it because that 64oz soda you chugged during the previews has left you desperate to pee.

When that happens, you have a couple of options: uncomfortably ride out your discomfort and dash to the bathroom as soon as the opening credits roll... or dash to the bathroom mid-movie and hope you don't miss anything essential to the plot.

Now there's a third option: check Runpee.com before you get to the theater. This site lists the best time to go to the bathroom in a number of movies, including summer blockbusters Angels and Demons and Terminator: Salvation. It may not be the most glamourous of websites, but your urinary tract will thank you later. (Or something).

Follow Runpee on Twitter for the latest news and keep your eyes peeled for the iPhone app, which is coming soon.

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06.14.2009

Another iPhone app we didn't need: Period Tracker

I know that some women need to keep an eye on their cycles because they are trying to conceive, or for health reasons, or just because they want to... but did we really need an iPhone app to remind us we're about to menstruate? Someone thought we did.

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For $2 you can download the Period Tracker application from the iTunes store, which allows you to add into your phone all kinds of info such as how much your cramps are bothering you (mine's going to involve some cursing I'm afraid) and in return you get a reminder of when you're ovulating and when your period's due, in the form of what Geeksugar rightly identifies as "twee 'lil hearts and flowers".

If you don't have an iPhone, you could use PMS Buddy, Mon.thly... or you know. a diary.

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06.14.2009

Web TV star Sarah Haskins skewers "women's" advertising (with a smile)

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Women may take on a variety of roles these days, from mother to CEO to computer programmer... but it sometimes seems like commercials designed to sell us stuff have remained stuck in the 1950s. We're expected to be obsessed with the cleanliness of our homes, our clothes and our kids - and looking after all those things is never portrayed as a man's responsibility. (I guess single men or gay guys have to live in hovels. Shame.)

The only good thing about the often woeful standard of advertising on TV is that now we have Sarah Haskins to make fun of the worst offenders. Taking a funny feminist look at advertising aimed at women, her show Target: Women is a must-see.

Take a look here (but be careful, it's not entirely safe for work).

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06.12.2009

Puff your way to better health with chocolate inhalers

Love chocolate but want to lose weight? Or just like the idea of inhalable food? Then the Le Whif (no, really) chocolate inhaler could be the answer to your prayers.

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Described as "akin to sucking a tiny bit of cocoa powder through a straw" (and who doesn't want to do that?) the Le Whif gives flavor with next to no calories, and comes in four different chocolate flavors, including plain and chocolate-mint.

It's around $2 for three puffs from the Le Whif shop.

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06.11.2009

Secure Your Computer with the Touch of Your Finger

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Worried that your computer might not be as secure as you'd like? Then check out the latest gadget on Chinavasion Wholesale Electronics. Compact and simple to use, comes the 16GB USB Fingerprint Security Lock Flash Disk. This little gizmo puts all your security concerns to rest. Encrypt important files and ensure that you're the only person accessing your computer, all with the touch of a finger.

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06.10.2009

The Palm Pre looks like a splendid new Smartphone

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Amid all the iPhone madness, equal time for the Palm Pre, please.

The Palm Pre Smartphone--released last weekend and running a brand-new fast and versatile operating system, WebOS--has been received most enthusiastically in nearly all quarters. BBC News has thoughtfully rounded up several reviews so you can see for yourself.

Reviewers particularly liked the Pre's real keyboard, which that other phone still lacks. The cool QUERTY keyboard slides out gracefully so as not to interfere with the Pre's attractive and ergonomically sound curve design. Another feature unique to the Pre is its ability to multitask--you don't have to close one app to open another.

But. A big disadvantage of the Palm Pre is those apps. The you-know-what phone has a giant online store with thousands of them. The Pre's online app store has only a few for now, %^(. But let's be optimistic, %^). Surely developers will rush in to fill the gap, and software updates are expected to add spiffy features in the next few months.

However--and for me this is a huge however--there are thousands and thousands and thousands of apps that run happily on previous Palms. When the Pre was announced earlier this year, long-time Palm-lovers like me were devastated to be told that existing Palm apps would not run on the new WebOS.

Happily, Palm saw the wisdom of making a place for those of us who kept the Palm faith through the lean years. It's appropriately called Classic and makes it possible for most existing Palm OS apps run on the Pre, only faster. Even PIM databases like Contacts, Tasks, and Calendar. $29.99 and available through the Pre Apps Catalog too.

I can't share my Pre experiences with you because I haven't had any. I use the nifty Palm Centro and my current contract won't run out until next fall. Plenty of time for Palm to shake the bugs out of the Pre and issue some software updates--and for the App Catalog to fatten up.

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06.10.2009

Chanel Brings High Fashion to Automobiles

We've seen quite a few fashion houses work with automakers to create designer vehicles. Usually the fashion house designs the interior while the car company designs the exterior. But if South Korean car design student Jinyoung Jo has her way, high end fashion vehicle will soon be taking their turn on the catwalk.

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06. 9.2009

Music on the Go: Philips GoGear SA018

Just in time for summer, Philips, consumer electronics company, has unveiled their latest mp3 player, the Philips GoGear SA018. Compact, sleek and cute to boot, the GoGear is also wearable. Simply clip it onto your outfit and you're good to go.

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GoGear has 4GB and can hold up to 450 songs for 12 hours of playback. It also has an integrated FM tuner. The mp3 player employs a drag and drop system eliminating the need for software and allowing for quick and easy operation.

To enhance the sound Philips has included FullSound, a new technology that has been patented by Philips. FullSound restores compressed mp3 files, enhancing it so the music is heard without any distortion.

Set to retail at $39.99 and $49.99 for the 2GB and 4GB versions, the SA018 might be the coolest clip-on accessory ever.

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