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Targus Cable Lock

August 8, 2007 The loss of a keyboard, mouse or any other cable-attached PC device due to theft could be a considerable inconvenience. Not only is there the cost of replacing the item, but when on the road they may not always be easy to replace. That’s where the Targus Cable Lock keyboard and mouse attachment comes in – the small (9 x 4.5 x 3cm) unobtrusive security device is designed to protect cable-attached items and ensure that your PC is stays fully functional.  Read More

The new iMac

August 8, 2007 The unveiling of Apple’s new all-in-one iMac comes on the back of several other notable product releases including a new slimline aluminum keyboard design – available in wired and wireless versions – and a Bluetooth wireless “Mighty Mouse” that boasts enhanced laser tracking, four independently programmable buttons and a new scroll ball that lets users scroll in any direction.  Read More

Haptic Telexistence glove

August 7, 2007 Man-machine interfaces have predominantly targeted the aural and visual senses but improving technology has opened up the potential for new levels of interaction based on touch. At SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group for Computer Graphics) this year, Haptic Telexistence will be demonstrating its latest sophisticated touch interface and providing a glimpse of the huge potential for haptic interfaces.  Read More

Keyspan release USB 2.0 Server

August 3, 2007 This clever USB server from Keyspan provides network users with the ability to connect remotely to USB devices via Ethernet and WiFi and removes the need to use a dedicated computer to run printers, scanners, digital cameras and flash-drive memory sticks. The USB 2.0 Server enables multiple users to share two Hi-Speed USB devices on a network and is suitable for PC and Mac users - and at a US$129 price point, it looks to be a particularly useful addition to home office set-ups.  Read More

The new Portégé R500 features a 7mm optical disk drive

August 3, 2007 Toshiba has announced the new Portégé R500 business notebook computer featuring an impressive 12 hour battery life, 7mm optical disk drive and a transreflective LED backlight display for enhanced screen visibility. The ultra-portable Portégé R500 weighs in at just 999grams and is only 19.55mm thick, making it the world's lightest and thinnest 12.1-inch notebook according to the manufacturers. Toshiba has also updated its retail and business notebook ranges, including the flagship consumer notebook, the Qosmio G40.  Read More

Logitech VX Nano cordless mouse

July 26, 2007 With a growing number of laptop users abandoning the touch pad in favor of a cordless notebook mouse, the bulky and often intrusive USB receivers required for these devices have become an issue. In response to this problem Logitech have introduced the "plug and forget" VX Nano cordless notebook mouse which has the world’s smallest USB receiver. The unit is small enough that it sits nearly flush with any notebook (protruding just 8 mm from the edge) and can remain plugged in and ready to use at all times, eliminating the need to constantly remove it when in transit.  Read More

Stephane Pinel, a research scientist with the Georgia Electronic Design Center, demonstrat...

July 26, 2007 Just how fast does wireless data transfer have to get before it ceases to be a limiting factor in application design? Researchers in Georgia are working on new ultra-high-frequency radio technology that has already achieved a phenomenal 15 gigabits per second (Gbps) over short distances. For reference, that’s a whole DVD worth of data transferred in a little over 3 seconds – and they’re hoping to double that speed within 12 months. With such transfer rates available, high-definition media streaming and file sharing becomes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair. Backups and full hard drive synchronization between different machines will be quick and painless, and distributed application and file sharing around networks will become, for the most part, something the user will simply not have to think about. It’s estimated at about three years from hitting the market, but this amazing technology is set to make big waves.  Read More

Sandisk's Extreme Ducati Edition USB thumbdrive

July 20, 2007 Sandisk evidently believes its time as a sponsor of the championship-leading Ducati Corse MotoGP team has taught it a thing or two about speed and style. The company just launched the Sandisk Extreme Ducati range, including its fastest-ever CompactFlash and SD cards, as well as a high-speed USB flash drive, all co-branded with Ducati Corse logos. While the cards will spend much of their time hidden in digital cameras and other devices, the USB key is dressed to impress, faired in Ducati red and black like the exotic Italian racebike. Ducati fans, much like the Ferrari fans of F1, have never been afraid to wear their passion on their sleeve - now they can wear it on their keyrings too.  Read More

July 19, 2007 In 1982, Time Magazine made a bold move. Instead of bestowing its “Person of the Year” title to an actual person, it gave it to a thing: the Computer. Not since the Nixon/Kissinger year of 1972 had Time chosen to characterize a year with a choice so remarkably un-human. As the editorial explained, in all the turbulence of the year, the computer was the most crucial figure to emerge - “the greatest influence for good or evil.” But while Time proudly acknowledged that the “information revolution” was upon us, it was another man who truly ushered it in. In the same year, Rich Skrenta authored a program called Elk Cloner – it was the world’s first computer virus and it has shaped the development of the internet, software and social interaction ever since.  Read More

Jake Von Slatt's Steampunk LCD and keyboard.

July 18, 2007 The sleek, white, minimalist theme that dominates modern design speaks volumes about the age we live in. Plain, clean furniture and devices are deliberately sterile and devoid of any sort of character, in a nod to the fact that they'll be obsolete, broken or replaced within a few short years anyway. The Steampunk movement looks back fondly to the early 1900s when steam was the technology of the day and new devices were celebrated with beautiful and ornate wood and brass craftsmanship, giving a feel of permanence, durability and preciousness that's missing from today's designs. A couple of designers have teamed up to muse on what the personal computer might look like if it hadn't been denied its "Golden Age." We found their resulting artworks, as well as the underlying principles and construction methods, quite inspirational.  Read More

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