Oh, brother. As we all know so well, the office can be a draining place. But devices such as these could make even the most burnt-out middle manager excited to clock in. The USB PC Prankster looks like a stock flash drive, but as you can clearly see above, a few toggle switches enable it to become quite the headache. Once plugged in, the unlucky PC that it's attached to will have its Caps Lock enabled and disabled at random, see garbled text splattered about quarterly reports and be victim to uncontrollable, erratic cursor movements. Thankfully, the drive will never activate the Enter key nor close or save documents, so you can rest assured that it's all in good fun. Turning your office up on its head costs just £19.99 ($33), but you'll have to wait a tick 'til it comes back in stock.
Uruguay's been a huge fan of the One Laptop Per Child initiative for quite some time, and while we're still unsure if it's the entity's biggest customer, the aforesaid nation is certainly doing some serious business with Nicholas Negroponte and Company. After the first swath of youngsters received their green and white XOs back in May of 2007, the final smattering of kids have now joined the proud group of laptop-toting tots in the country's circuit of primary schools. You heard right -- every last pupil in Uruguay's primary school system now has a laptop and a growing love for Linux, and we're told that the whole thing cost the country less than five percent of its entire education budget. So, who's next?
Keeping those dreams alive by scrubbing dishes at your least favorite eatery? Best put those aspirations on the front burner, as Panasonic's got a mighty fine robot swooping in to take your place -- and for a whole lot less cash, to boot. At Panny's robotics laboratory in Osaka, the company recently showcased its latest gaggle of prototype robots designed to help humans take it easy more often. Among the usual suspects were a porter robot designed to help with heavy lifting, while the star of the show was undoubtedly the dish washing bot that wasn't afraid to get its metallic digits wet and soapy. As expected, an array of integrated sensors kept it from grabbing a wine glass too tightly, and its four fingers enabled it to do most everything a human washer could (sans the kvetching). Have a peek at these guys in action just past the break.
Questionably christened the world's first 1TB portable hardware-encrypted hard drive, Origin Storage's extra-capacious Data Locker Secure Drive is certainly the one to get if you're paranoid about whatever it is you'd keep on such a large platter. Also available in 750GB, 500GB and 320GB models, the drives are secured by AES hardware encryption and a 6 to 18 digit PIN number which must be entered directly onto the device itself before the contents become accessible. Think James Bond, but for real. The USB-powered unit also packs rubber shoulders in case things get a little crazy between you and Mr. Data Thief, though we wouldn't try running this thing through the rain forest if at all possible. The 1TB edition will be available soon for £399 ($652), while the others are priced at £299 ($488), £239 ($390) and £180 ($294) from largest to smallest.
AMD's never been much for keeping to the roadmap, and it looks like the curious launch of its Congo platform is evidence of that very fact. If you'll recall, we actually saw a Congo-based netbook launch way back in June, and it was expected that a flood of other ultrathin machines would follow shortly thereafter. According to DigiTimes, the demand in the market just wasn't there (thanks, recession!), so everything was pushed back until November. Lo and behold, our Gregorian calendar has that very month on deck for next, and according to mythical sources at laptop makers, the platform should make its super-duper official debut within a matter of weeks. The dual-core Turion Neo X2 L625, Athlon Neo X2 L335/L325 and / or single-core Athlon Neo MV-40 should be front and center, and AMD is apt to announce progress on its Nile and Brazos platforms -- both of which should help carry the chip maker through the next two years. Look out Atom, you've got some delayed competition coming your way.
Details are scarce, since the official launch won't happen until January 7 at CES next year, but Plastic Logic is looking to crash into the "pro" segment of the e-reader market (currently mostly occupied by the Kindle DX) with its upcoming QUE proReader. The unit uses E Ink Vizplex tech in a shatterproof display the size of a regular piece of paper at 8.5 x 11-inches, and has 3G wireless capabilities courtesy of AT&T and a business-centric ebook store at QUEreader.com which will be powered by Barnes & Noble. There's also a touchscreen interface, but it's unclear if that covers the entire display, or is something more akin to the leaked photos we've seen of the Barnes & Noble reader. The device is "less than 1/3-inch thick," and can handle PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, including tools for "interacting with and managing the content," which sounds beyond the scope of most e-readers on the market currently. We'll have to wait and see how useful the interface really is, and how much damage (if any) that touchscreen sensor does to readability, but a bit of diversification in the ebook space sounds like a good thing on paper. Full PR is after the break.
In the past few years, the amount of money made on laptops has far exceeded the profits on the sale of computers for the desktop. Laptop models are not only portable but can do everything that any other computer can do and just as fast. What is this saying about those of the new generation that was not so of individuals of the past? It says they are more mobile and ready to travel to see new sights and have new adventures.
The advances in laptop technology are moving along so fast that it is hard to keep up with it all. You can expect that on the day you bring your new laptop home, the model you have has already been replaced tow times over by a new unit. This is no comfort for those who have paid a large amount for their laptop computer. Article after article is being written about what the laptop has to offer but those articles are already ancient reading when you take into consideration the quick change of the accessories and the options available that are being written about. To stay within the acceptable limits of being up to date on this technology, you need to upgrade every other year.
These electronic brains have more than one function to offer society. It makes no difference whether you are a professional businessperson or you are a mother who stays home to take care of your children. In the present day, there is no longer a gender bias or a financial consideration if you choose to purchase one for your home or office. They are affordable for anyone who wants to procure one. No more will history repeat itself and cause us to fall back on the old versions of yesteryear.
Any model laptop you can consider, whether made in the United States or internationally will have a focus on looking great and beating out the desktop variety. It needs to be a portable computer system rolled into one neat package. It has to fit securely in an airplane compartment or in a bag to be carried on your shoulder. No more of the past coming through to make sure the user was stationary and confined to a desk for the duration. It now is the best way to take your office and work with you wherever you go.
Many students find it a useful tool for college and some universities require you to have one. This is also the best way to study and to be able to communicate and take classes online. You can even find a great place to talk to your family while away at college. Phone calls and letters in the mail have now been replaced with lightening fast emails that take no time at all to send anywhere you have a friend or loved one standing by to receive it.
Take the history of technology in the last ten or twenty years and begin the comparison of the gadgets we have access to today. You will see how wonderful some have been and how annoying others are becoming. It is all about the movement to better and bigger things for everyone. Life is to be convenient and self sufficient. No more do we have to be confined to our homes but can continue life as nothing happened in another state or in another part of the country. Nobody even needs to know where we are at the time we respond to their emails or order one of the many products online. The laptop really has changed the way individuals communicate with each other in ways that are not even exposed to the computer world as of yet.
If you are stuck in a dilemma as to whether or not a laptop is right for you, consider your lifestyle very carefully. If you travel or need it away from home, then by all means get one. If you are considering one just for fun, then it will eventually come to be a waste of time. You will not only be better off getting yourself a desktop version, you will be glad that all the parts of that desktop are stationary and need no replacing like those of the laptop variety. The key to understanding and enjoying any new fangled gadget in technology today is to keep it simple to use and hassle free.
One revolutionized innovation in gadget technology is the emergence of USB. USB or Universal Serial Bus is a simple device but has extraordinary function. This serial bus standard enables many different devices and peripherals to connect to a computer. The word "universal" means that the device is compatible to many functions. In its development, USB has enhanced its capability with plug and play function using its hot swapping that allows us to disconnect the device without turning off the computer or rebooting it. Furthermore, USB is very energy saving as it needs low power consumption to work. Since the first edition launched in 1996, USB has developed which now it has USB 3.0 edition, though still rarely used. The most commonly used is USB 2.0 with hi-speed rate of 480Mbit/s that was introduced in 2001. This edition allows us to transfer files of about 3.6GB per minute in its maximum speed.
Because of it effectiveness, USB has replaced many serials and parallel ports such as LPT ports and PS2 ports which used to used to connect printers and mouse. Besides these ports, many other devices have also used USB to connect them to the computer. Just mention some like keyboards, digital cameras, PDAs, cell phones, modems, sound card readers, media players, flash drives, portable optical ROM, external hard disk drives, cooler fan, joysticks, and many others. As the result, USB has allowed many devices to improve their functionality. That's why, from its first edition up to the recent edition, USB becomes a standard connectivity used in computer motherboards.
The most massive innovation affected by the presence of USB is removable storage called Flash drive or Flash disk. This removable storage is small in size (as small as a candy bar) but store huge number of files or documents. The product comes in various capacities ranging from 64MB to 64GB. Compared to the first storage device created which was as big as a refrigerator, the presence of flash disk is truly a big revolution in modern technology. Today, most of people use flash disk to store their files; personal files or business files, so that to be easily carried wherever they go. At the same time, manufactures are competing to creatively design unique USB products, including flash disks, to attract customers. So, we can find the products in the shape of animals, cartoon characters, watches, or even eyeglasses.
Technology advances rapidly beyond our imagination. Something that we think is impossible to happen can happen. We even find it overwhelmed to keep abreast the advancement of technology. It seems that the device that we bought yesterday is outdated today. Besides that, it can be possible that one day many more of our utilities are fully computerized and USB supported. As the result, we do not need to be hustle doing our home or office tasks. The development of usb has proved that what used to be complicated in the past is now simple and easy. usb technology has revolutionized the simplicity of gadget connectivity.