01.18.2008

You can never have too much money or flash memory: Corsair Flash Voyager 32GB

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Corsair, a company known for their high performance computer and flash memory products, announced at CES the expansion of their Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor USB family lines with new 32GB capacity offerings.

Think of it -- enough storage capacity to hold over 16 full-length, high-definition movies or even an entire season of your favorite TV series. Best of all, these Corsair 32GB USB 2.0 drives are bootable, which means users can actually store full versions of operating systems and applications in order to quickly “re-create” the necessary software environments to troubleshoot system problems.

Depending on your lifestyle, you can pick either the all-rubber Flash Voyager ($289) or the aluminum-encased water-proof Flash Survivor ($300). (The most dangerous adventure my flash drive has had is a spin or two in the washing machine.)

Available at Amazon.


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01.16.2008

Toshiba unveils 1.8-inch external hard drives

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Compact and stylish is how one would describe the latest 1.8-inch external hard drives from Toshiba, which were seen during a sneak preview at the recently concluded CES 2008. As far as looks are concerned, the drives have a sleek black finish with a splash of color in Carbon Grey, Hot Rod Red and Gecko Green. This visually appealing design places them in a different league than the normally rugged-looking external drives. The 1.8-inch HDDs will be available in capacities of 60GB, 80GB and 120GB, and will also include backup and encryption software. However, if you are looking for higher capacity, there is the new 320GB, 2.5-inch external HDD available right away for $199.99.

No other information has been released about the 1.8-inch drives just yet, so the pricing is anybody’s guess - a reasonable upper limit would perhaps be around $100 for the 120GB version. Look forward to seeing these beauties around by spring 2008.

Via Mobile Magazine.

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01.11.2008

CES - It's a wrap

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The CES convention, the world's largest trade show, wrapped up last night and not a day too soon. After 4 days of covering 1.85 million net square feet of exhibit space, bumping into 140,000 people, trying to visit more than 2,700 companies, hitting all the keynote speeches - kicked off by Bill Gates' news that he is leaving Microsoft - and attending all the parties (hey, someone has to do it), attendees are dragging themselves to the airport, too tired to even network on the shuttles.

The big buzz words this year included "connectivity," "HDTV" , "digital entertainment" and, surprisingly, "green technology."

While over 20,000 products were introduced to the market, nothing blew our socks off.

Highlights included Panasonic’s Toshihiro Sakamoto's opening keynote address and unveiling of a 150” plasma HDTV, the largest in the world. Intel’s Paul Otellini spoke of his vision for the future of information technology, Comcast’s Brian Roberts demonstrated the first portable DVR and General Motors’ Rick Wagoner unveiled a new car model during his CES keynote and spoke to energy efficient innovations, including advancements in fuel cell technology and electronically driven propulsion systems. "If the automobile was invented today, it would have debuted at CES," said Wagoner. "Because more and more, that's exactly what today's cars and trucks are – highly sophisticated consumer electronics."

We were moved by Nicholas Negroponte's speech, founder of the One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC) and the MIT Media Lab. At the CES Industry Insider Program, “Technology and Emerging Countries: Advancing Development Through Technology Investment.” Negroponte spoke passionately about OLPC's goal of eliminating poverty in third-world countries through education. He explained that most of the nearly two-billion children in developing countries are poorly educated, suggesting that, "We must restore, introduce and create the passion for learning in children."

We loved the Logitech booth, made to look like a typical home, with gadgets suitable to each room and we really appreciated the free coffee bar. Sony's booth took up an entire city block and wowed us with the new nav systems, phones and skinny OLED TVs.

Appropriately for a company that makes headphones, speakers and the popular Zen MP3 players, the Creative Labs booth resembled a raucous rock party.

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Celebrities, present for often no clear reason, included Jerry Seinfeld, Dr. Dre, Ryan Seacrest, Will.I.Am, Natasha Beddingfield, Kevin Costner, Michael Douglas, Mary J. Blige, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, David Ortiz and many others.

We're exhausted, overloaded with gadgets, and hung-over to boot, but wouldn't have missed it for the world. See you there next year.

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01.11.2008

Microlink solar-powered survival device

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The universal Red Cross caught my eye at a booth at CES this week. Well, everyone has a booth these days. Actually, it was the Eton booth, whose motto is "Reinventing Radio" and they were showcasing their new FR 150 Microlink solar-powered, self-powered AM/FM/Weatherband portable radio with flashlight and cell phone charger. (Say that 5x quickly.)

The Microlink brings together some of the most popular features of their Voicelink, of which I was already a fan, in a more compact design. (Figure that as the appocolypse comes, it will be while I'm driving down the 405, so this is going in my trunk AND in my earthquake kit.)

Ultra-portable, you turn the hand crank to power the Microlink, or capture the sun’s energy and run it on solar power. Thanks to the AM, FM, and weather bands you always stay on top of alerts or tune in to the FCC and EAS public alert systems. Add the flashlight, the cell phone charger and you’ve got one versatile, potentially life-saving device.

It won't be available until February and will cost a very reasonable $30, so earthquakes are just going to have to wait.

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01.10.2008

CES booth gimmicks

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At CES, booth owners will do almost anything to get your attention, from "booth babes" to all sorts of silly give-aways, to gimmicks such as the oxygen bar at the wall mounting solutions company Vantage Point. Attendess looked for a quick hit of energy but remained apathetic to the product pitch.

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Meanwhile, at Showstoppers on Monday night, exhausted show-goers enjoyed a short massage. I'd listen to a sales pitch for anything after one of those.

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01.10.2008

Altec Lansing speaker system for iPhone

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Altec Lansing, maker of all things for iPods, is releasing the T612 speaker system for the iPhone. It features clear sound for music and multimedia, while also providing iPhone incoming call support. If a call comes in while music is playing, the iPhone gives priority to the call by pausing the music. Once the call is completed, the iPhone is re-docked in the T612 and the music resumes playing where it left off - same song and place. (It works with all iPods as well.) What's more, you don't get feedback because of the internal GSM shielding which keep its speakers from picking up potential intermittent noises emitted by the iPhone or other mobile devices. The handsome T612 features powerful neodymium speakers and XdB™ bass-enhancement technology for exceptionally rich audio reproduction from a reasonably small system.

At their booth at CES, the product manager for the device proudly explained that that there is "a lot of competition" coming, but Altec is first to the market. A bit pricey at $199, but if you love your iPhone as much as I love mine, you'll fork it over come February.

Full press release here.

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01. 9.2008

Tell your phone off - Sony Z555a with gesture control

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Imagine the ability to decline calls by just swiping your hand over your phone. Sony let us play with the new, stylish Z555 model that works by gesture control. With its diamond design and reflective finish, the Z555a is an attention-grabber. When your phone rings, the caller's name appears on the outer shell, a very cool effect.

To buy this phone you have to really love the gesture feature - handy when driving - as it only has a 1.3 MP camera and lacks a Walkman media player. But for $179 (although with carrier subsidies it could be as cheap as $29 with a two-year service agreement) it's a fun, basic phone.

Available in "Dusted Rose" and "Diamond Black" colors, but probably won't be available until February '08.

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01. 9.2008

Fun facts from CES

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Because you've been so dutiful about reading up on all the breaking tech news from CES, we bring you some fun stuff that won't change your life, say, like Bluetooth connectivity, but is guaranteed to make you popular at the water cooler.

1) Michael Douglas is still sexy. (XStreamHD’s press-only conference.)

2) The Pussycat Dolls, who performed at the Microsoft party at the popular "Pure" nightclub are just girls in lingerie with musicial aspirations. Oh, everyone already knew that?

3) Yoko Ono and Sony recording artists Natasha Bedingfield, will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas and Pat Monahan of Train unveiled an all new John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at an invitation only press reception . Bedingfield also performed later that evening. Do you get the connection to CES? Me neither.

4) Kevin Costner and his band played at the reception. Kevin, don't give up your day job. Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige knocked everyone's socks off at the Monster Cable Monster Concert.

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5) My favorite Indy race car driver (alright, alright, because she's a woman)-- and 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year -- Danica Patrick, raced into the GoDaddy.com booth on Monday. The Danica Maniacs were out in full force.

See, all gossip you were dying to know and not a GB in site.

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01. 9.2008

Goodbye Bill, we'll miss you

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No matter how jaded you are, if you were among the 140,000 attendees at this year's CES, you couldn't help but be moved by Bill Gates' last keynote speech on Sunday as he announced that he is stepping down from Microsoft in July to devote all his energies to his philanthropic foundation he started with his wife, Melinda.

Even though it has been rumored for a year, many thought Bill incapable of walking away from the company he founded 30 years ago. But sure enough, there he was on stage Sunday, pledging to leave his day job (though he still retains his "chairman" title). Gates injected some levity into his presentation by kicking off with a humorous sketch featuring friends, including former Vice President Al Gore, rapper/producer Jay Z and U2 front man Bono. The video began with NBC News anchor Brian Williams gravely intoning that Gates' last day marks the end of an era, and then flashing to Bill in his office, idly playing with Star Wars toys and trying to figure out what to do with his day now that he's "retired" from Microsoft. (Watch the video here.)

Prediciting the future, Gates described the "next digital decade," of an expanding HD experience, saying that displays will be everywhere, including walls and desks. In addition, all devices will be "service-connected," with a seamless experience of content and devices. Gates noted that the next digital decade will also see the power of the "natural user interface" take hold, with "touch" technology and speech recognition appearing in more products, as indeed we are already seeing in many concept products here at CES. Gates also announced a major partnership with NBC, in which MSN will be the exclusive online provider of live, on demand footage from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Over 3,000 hours of footage will be available at NBCOlympics.com.

Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division, took the stage to boast about Xbox Live, which has surpassed 10 million members. Xbox fans in the audience cheered this announcement. Bach also announced a partnership with MGM, in which the entertainment company will provide a library of films for Xbox Live.

Regardless of where you stand on Microsoft, you knew you were watching history on Sunday at Gates' eleventh and final keynote address.

Good luck in the future, Bill and write if you find work.

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01. 9.2008

CES- LoJack for your computer

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This may sound like a joke, but if you can put LoJack in your car, why not in your laptop? At the CES LoJack booth, they first scare you with statistics -- over 600,00 laptops are stolen every year, or one every 53 seconds.

Just like in your car, the software in your computer reports its location if stolen and the recovery team works with the police to get it back. They claim to recover 3 out of 4 laptops and that's a statistic to love.

$49.99 for a year's subscription; just register on the LoJack site.

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