I have my personal thoughts on Blu-ray, mostly concerning its viability as a successor to DVD for pre-recorded movies, especially in the face of downloads, but there’s one area where a big optical disc is still useful: backing up large chunks of data.
MCE Technologies’ new Mac specific Blu-ray burner takes care of this. Gone is the need for specific software. The Blu-ray SuperDrive behaves just like any other optical drive. Slide it into your Apple Mac Pro and you can drag, drop and burn files right from the Finder.
The 6x speed in the title refers to authoring one 25GB …read more
You know, when I got a Sony laptop with an 80GB hard drive it seemed huge but after about five minutes of BitTorrent downloads, I realized that was naive of me.
I also realized that offloading files, especially music files, to an external drive is problematic. The point of a notebook is portability, and hooking up a USB drive just to listen to podcasts in the kitchen is a pain.
What I need is something like Maxtor’s Central Axis, a one Terabyte Network Attached Storage (NAS). It has a Gigabit Ethernet connection to keep speeds up near those of a …read more
Belkin’s latest power-strip adds a very smart feature for travelers: USB ports.
The strip has a couple of charge-only sockets along with the three-way mains AC extenders and even comes with a mini-USB cable, obviating the need to carry chargers for most gadgets.
The $25.00 USD box also squeezes in a surge-protector for those untrustworthy hotel power outlets.
It initially seems odd that Logitech would launch a Mac-only webcam: All Macs but the Mini and Pro have a built in iSight camera.
Reading the specs gives the answer — the QuickCam Vision Pro is a significant step up in performance from the built-in option.
The two megapixel Quickcam can supply 720p video via an autofocus Carl Zeiss lens, and has a built in microphone.
The camera will cost $130.00 USD and – floating eerily as it does in the product shot – the Quickcam reminds me of nothing other than the Empire’s Imperial Probe Droid, or Probot.
Source: Logitech QuickCam …read more
The ITC One from SE2 Labs resembles nothing so much as a two foot high photocopier, but inside it has just about every home entertainment gadget known to man.
The ITC One contains a 125 watt amp which is fed from a THX capable sound processor and a Netlinx controller so everything can run from one remote control.
There’s a built-in Hi-Def DVR and the touchscreen on the front takes care of things when you’re not on the couch, but what makes this $25,000.00 USD box special are the third party add-ins.
It comes standard with an Apple iPod dock and …read more
Handlink’s Wi-Fi Kiosk is an admirable combination of the old and the new.
This coin-op 802.11b/g wireless access point is a throwback to better times, a golden age when the coins in your pocket were good for something other than tossing to a hobo in the street while on your way to buy a $5 coffee and enjoy some “free” Wi-Fi.
The kiosk works like this: drop in some pocket change and you’ll receive a ticket with an access code. When your time is up, you’ll need to go back and feed the meter.
I imagine it’s designed to work in …read more
Microdia has announced a new Compact Flash card, the 64GB XTRA ELITE CF, which will strike fear into the heart of the stoutest photographer.
The massive 64GB CF card is the first to market, beating out Samsung, among others, and can carry 19,000 jpegs from a 20 MegaPixel camera.
Of course, that also means you’d have almost 20,000 images sitting in one place; hardly a sensible option for anyone who has suffered a corrupted or worse, lost, memory card.
I also wonder why anyone professional enough to be using a 20 MegaPixel camera and a presumably very expensive CF card would …read more
This rather clunky-looking Apple iPhone add-on brings real GPS to the soon-to-be-obsolete original iPhone.
Consisting a Holux M1000b GPS unit, a custom dock-connector cable and some software which requires a jailbroken iPhone to run.
Here’s a demo video below in which the GPS seems to work fine, updating your position on the iPhone’s built in Google Maps application every second or so:
What it also shows is that you’ll need a minimum of three hands to use it. Darn. I only have two… har har.
You can check out some screenshots over at the company’s blog that show the software turning the …read more
If the tiny 7″ screen of Asus Eee PC is big enough to work on, it’s certainly big enough to act as a secondary mini-monitor for another computer. That’s exactly what Asus new UFOTO UF735 will do.
Sold in the guise of a music playing digital photo frame, the 800×480 UFOTO will also act as a “Sub-Display”, letting you either mirror the computer’s main screen, extend it, or just select a part to display.
The specifications list only a USB port for connection, so I assume that it uses some kind of DisplayLink-like tech to send the video signal via USB. …read more
Apple Core is a company which sells Apple TVs with upgraded hard drives and, until yesterday, a very handy little USB stick called aTV Flash.
The thumb drive was a plug and play solution to hack your Apple TV, bringing a slew of extra features for just $60.00 USD. After restoring your Apple TV to factory defaults, you slip in the aTV. It goes to work and installs all the extra software needed.
Because the process is reversible (just do another factory restore) and it doesn’t involve physically opening the Apple TV, it doesn’t void your warranty.
Here are the features, …read more