One of the drawbacks of Apple's smallest and cheapest desktop is the lack of hard drive space. Given its tiny chassis, the Mac Mini can hold but one hard drive, and the largest unit Apple offers for it is a relatively puny 160GB drive. For the past year, Iomega has been selling the 250GB MiniMax Drive, which looks just like the Mac Mini and can be nested with Apple's tiny desktop. The drive is particularly useful for home theater aficionados looking to use the Mac Mini as a living-room DVR repository. It doesn't take long to fill … Read more
Note to industry: If you must make tons of remote controls for MP3 players, please don't make them as complicated as the six or seven we need to watch our TV right now.
We haven't yet laid hands on Keyspan's "TuneView for iPod" but fear that it may be going down this treacherous road. There's one obvious reason: Its manufacturer claims to have introduced a bevy of features that'll all make life simpler. Where have we heard that before?
The product language scares us already: "TuneView for iPod consists of a 2-way … Read more
It's not often that an attachment is nearly as big as the product it supports. But when the main device is the diminutive iPod Shuffle, size becomes something of a challenge.
The IncipioBud will still save some space, though, by allowing you to forego the iPod's docking station and plug it directly into any USB port in a Mac or a PC. As Ubergizmo points out, it would come in handy on the road--and, at $6, there's not much to lose.
After extensive therapy, we've been able to admit publicly that we have issues with exposed wires, cords and cables. And we're happy to say that, with the help of some sympathetic manufacturers, we hope to make significant progress in the new year.
Belkin may be one of those companies, if the "cable-free USB hub" it's about to ship is worthwhile. Not only does the $200 hub work without a cable to the computer but, according to Engadget, Belkin also claims connection speeds of up to 480 mbps as far as 30 feet away. That might … Read more
Disney never got the Web. We could go into all kinds of reasons why, but that's not important now. The reason: In its latest technological initiatives, it's been leveraging what it does best--which is basically marketing any physical object that bears its iconic logo.
The most effective way for the Magic Kingdom to capitalize on technology is through such hardware as MP3 players and cell phones, where it can distribute mouse ears to the masses. To that end, even peripherals like the new "Mickey Sport Collection" USB keys are fair game. Made by A-Data Technology, these … Read more
When you hear Los Alamos National Laboratory is disabling its computers' USB ports to prevent people from toting away flash memory drives filled with classified nuclear weapons information, it's not a stretch to imagine that there might be a market for thumb drives with a bit of security.
Enter Lexar's SAFE PSD S1100, a product line announced Monday geared for use at corporate or government customer sites where there's a need to keep the lid on sensitive data.
The drives offer built-in 256-bit file encryption and a mandatory password to gain access to the data. The encryption … Read more
Perhaps the best thing about this mouse is its name: DeathAdder. Now that's marketing.
The serpentine theme is continued with the blue logo of gaming gear maker Razer on the black mouse, which Electronista says delivers high performance with its "third generation infrared sensor." Other features include five programmable buttons and a Teflon base for quicker action that's obviously invaluable when you're blasting through enemy lines.
And even if you're only mildly into gaming, we think it would be the perfect accoutrement for those of us who multitask while watching our favorite episodes of … Read more
With monitor prices plummeting in recent years, it's not uncommon to have a few sitting idly around the house. If you use a Mac, there's a new way to connect them all without breaking your budget.
Matrox has just released Apple-compatible versions of its DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go devices, which can drive two or three monitors at the same time for desktops and laptops. Gizmag says the palm-sized boxes sell for $169 or $299 for the two- and three-screen models, respectively. That's a relatively inexpensive way to impress your friends when looking up stats at your Superbowl party … Read more
Note to Intempo: There's a concept known as too much of a good thing. That idea is apparently a foreign one to the company, which just began shipping its new monochromatic "I-Series" speakers apparently to match the iPod Nano's color spectrum, though it will work with other MP3 players.
This reminds us of the matching shirt-tie combos that were popular in the '60s and made a comeback in the '90s (as did everything else). You can mix and match, but that would kind of defeat the purpose. Once again, originality eludes designers in consumer technology.
For years repetitive stress injuries have sent manufacturers scurrying to build a better mouse, often at significant expense. But Japan's Elecom has decided to take a zen-like approach and look inward for the answer. Which is why it came up with the "M-D13UR" (such a clever name), a wireless optical mouse that changes shapes to suit its owner's needs.
The folding design makes it easier to store, and it definitely looks good. We have just one minor issue: It doesn't look like anything that would fit comfortably in one's hand, either folded or supine. … Read more