Posts Tagged 'gadget'

Gadgets: Sexy Portable HD by Verbatim

Looking the part is half the battle (the other half is lasers). Nothing short of sexy, Verbatim offers up the Insight, a hot little number dressed in piano black. Comes in 2 flavors: 320gb and 500gb reasonably affordable for those willing to spend $20 for some added style. The little display shows it’s name (volume name I’m guessing) and available free space. A nice feature which does not require it be plugged in.

The good: style, lcd display, includes software, 5 year warranty.
The bad: speed (5400rpm with 8mb cache), price.

Want vs Need

Gadgets! Can’t get enough of them. If I had my way, I’d be maxing out my credit card every week. However it is important to distinguish between what you want vs what you need. That “high” of a shiny new gadget quickly wears off after the first week. Before you reach for your credit card do you actually “need” it? Are you going to put the new features/design to good use? Are you buying it because the model number is simply higher than the one you already have? Does you existing gadget still meet your needs?

want: new model/color/design, latest materials, “cool” factor
need: storage capacity, useful features, broken,

Sure we all “want” the latest and greatest but we don’t necessarily NEED it. So, no you should run out and buy that cell phone with a 12 megapixel camera. And no you should buy a new quad core laptop for basic web surfing and email. So you won’t be the coolest kid on the block, big deal. At least you won’t be putting yourself in the poor house.

Gadget: 3G MiFi

3G connectivity can sometimes be hard to find and when you find it sometimes you wanna share it. This gadget from Novatel Wireless might be for you. It’s 3G, it’s a router, it’s wireless, plus it in a cute little tiny shell. What more could you ask for. Oh and it’s probably gonna cost around $200 …

Supports VPN, email syncing, and plenty of 3G/WiFi Internet access. Get your hands on a MiFi to match your iPhone when it comes out next year.

Excuse to wear a watch … phone

I haven’t worn a watch in years. Having a cell phone pretty much eliminated any need for one (as well, not caring about being on time also helped). However this phone might make me reconsider my position. When hearing about a watch phone combo you’d probably think that it would be a ginormous hunk of tech on your wrist but no so. Take a look at the video. Unless the size perspective is deceiving me it doesn’t look that big. For one, it’s a girl in the video, as well the specs indicate that it’s a 1.4″ screen. Stylus, touchscreen, bluetooth, tri-band, up to 1GB micro SD, and it comes in pink. Seems to be pretty loaded with features but at a $180 CDN price tag and the fact that it’s coming from a place in China makes me a little hesitant to jump on this. Resist the gadget urge!

Gadget: Galaxy, my next watch

Housed in a sleek, newly designed polished IP silver case and finished with a custom linked, brushed silver strap with polished detail, this design offers you the chance to wear a fashion statement, unlikely to be seen anywhere else on the planet.

The cryptic looking display is deceptively easy to read; one touch of the upper button initiates a programmed animation of light, and then presents the time. Twelve yellow bars represent hours in a clock wise direction, eleven red bars represent groups of five minutes and four green bars show single minutes. Pressing the lower button presents the time immediately. No ordinary design, Galaxy has a modern look with futuristic style. (link)

Gadgets: USB A/C tie, USB Carabiner

Does it really get this hot in Japan? … in the office? … to warrant a USB air conditioned tie? OR do people walk around with their laptops with a USB cable running to their ties? However … it does look quite refreshing.

For that hiker in you, here’s a USB device to store your data when you get the urge to climb mount everest. AND it comes in 6 colors ($32)
USB carabiner flash drive built-in flash memory lets you store your data on the go. You are easy to hook in your bag, it’s another fancy stuff for your daily life. (link)

Another reason to hate that guy with the iPhone

Know someone who loves gadgets and can’t wait to buy the newest model? Chances are you would describe them as assertive and a strong leader — and possibly arrogant, according a U.S. research.

An online study evaluating the characteristics of 25,000 American adults found avid technology consumers tended to score highly in personality traits such as leadership, dynamism and assertiveness — but low in modesty.

“A lot of previous research points to wealthy young males as early adopters of technology,” said Sarah Welch, lead researcher at Internet ad network firm Mindset Media that conducted the study in partnership with Nielsen Online.

“But this study tells us that there are characteristics beyond age and gender and income that are also extremely highly correlated with tech consumption,” she added.

The study looked at 20 personality traits or “mindsets” including openness, creativity, self esteem and spontaneity. (link)


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