Is it just us or is the convenience and power of your super-smart iPhone starting to make your laptop seem a little stupid? The only bitch is that so much typing leads to lots of typos. But with just one click, the new Slim One Keyboard from Ontario-based brand Matias, lets you switch from typing on your PC or Mac to texting in turbo on your iPhone. Nice for us multi-device multi-taskers.
How safe is your external hard drive? You know, the one with all your highly sensitive files? Chances are, no matter where you’ve got this data stored it is not as hacker-proof as the rugged Amphibious 7X. It offers AES-256 CBC Real-Time Hardware Encryption, with NIST and FIPS validated Cryptographic modules. You don’t know what this means but the guys who want to steal your identity do. It also features an embedded keypad requiring a PIN and additional Smartcard security. Take the first step in protecting your data, get one. Available by Spring 2012.
To say Apple’s influence is far-reaching is an obvious understatement. And when you look at the new All-In-One 24 & 27-inch PCs and sleek laptops from Vizio, it’s a surprise there hasn’t been a lawsuit launched already. If you’re a staunch believer in the Windows platform, these new machines should really light your fire.
If you’ve been waiting for the release of a legit iPad rival, the wait could be over. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime just dropped. It’s a 10-inch Android tablet with a quad-core processor that makes it the most powerful Android device on earth. It’s also got a Sunlight Readable Display and a slick keyboard attachment option allowing you to “transform” from tablet to laptop.
Obviously intended to compete head-on with the MacBook Air, Acer drops this little nugget into the ultra-light notebook ring. Tidbits include a second generation Core CPU, a 13.3-inch HD screen, both a SSD and HDD, and a 0.51-inch thick chassis made out of aluminum and magnesium that weighs just 2.98 pounds. Available later this week.
Yes, we know it’s hard to believe but some of us who use Macs also occasionally use numbers. Adding, subtracting, you know. But if you have the wireless Mac keyboard you’ve got only the top-row numbers to work with; not ideal. You number-crunchers will jump with glee at this new app that turns your Magic Track Pad into a number pad with the ability to add custom shortcut buttons. And don’t worry, setting it up is way easier than addition
The worst thing about a wireless keyboard is replacing the battery every other month or using weak rechargeables. Cut all that out of the equation with a solar powered keyboard. Don’t tell anyone it charges even indoors, so when you get bored of work, you can step outside for a “recharge.”
Backing up your files would be easier if you didn’t have to think about it. Thanks to the geniuses at LaCie, their new CloudBox makes a life-safer into a no-brainer. Simply load your valuable files onto the box and they’ll be automatically backed up online to the cloud. The CloudBox includes a 1-year, 100GB subscription to cloud storage that’s easily renewable.
When it comes to laptops, the letters PC, should really stand for “Pretty Chunky.” Most are thicker than a Double Whopper and weigh somewhere in the vicinity of 13 pounds. Before you and your precious spreadsheets develop digital diabetes, you should consider going on a diet. Sony’s new lean and light Vaio-Z is a much healthier option.
Way back, when photography was a chemical process rather than a digital one, pictures were shot on film that came on rolls. (History lesson for the kids in the audience.) Ah … the good old days. But, those old rolls of film only held 24 or 36 images. This 4GB USB drive will hold thousands. And yes, they’re made from real, reused antique film cans.