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The Ultimate “James Bond” Gadget For Your Home Business

04 Jan

Do you need to take your files for your home business around with you but are concerned about losing the USB stick?

Well, this latest gadget, Swiss Flash USB Knife, was featured in our local paper and I must say it even got Wayne, my husband, excited. He is not a techno gadget sort of guy, so when he could see the value in this I decided I will have to get him one now.

I had to Google for more info and found information on the thinkgeek.com site, the page is titled “Okay, please stop drooling”. Very apt.

So what is it? Well, it has the usual Swiss Army Knife tools and gadgets, like a pair of scissors, nail file, key ring, even down to LED mini white light, a retractable ballpoint pen, a blade and of course a screwdriver. Now this model has a secure Pro USB stick. So what is so great about that?

This is where it gets interesting. The USB drive stick is available in 4GB, 2GB, and 1GB capacity. The flash drive is detachable, and requires no external power. It works with Windows, MAC and Linux. So what you say? Hold on – there more… The makers have made this secure by making the stick accessed only by fingerprint and thermal identification for added security. Any attempt to access your information without the proper ID will cause it to self-destruct with all the information being wiped out!

So if you want to carry secure files around with you this is definitely the way to go, plus you get the added bonus to feel like James Bond, knowing that if you lose it, no-one can access your files.

I am such a Pink Girl – so my next question is “Does it comes in pink?”

 
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Citizen Skyhawk Watches Review – Techno Gadget and Aviation Tool From Citizen Watches

02 Dec

When it comes to new gadgets, the Pilots can easily be picked as top most gadget lovers. Whether the gadgets are in their cockpit or on their wrist, they just love to try and experiment with them. To attract the aviation experts and create a niche in that market, Citizen Watches had introduced their citizen Skyhawk series. Citizen skyhawk watches are not only cool and trendy in looks, but also a great tool while on the move either in flight or on the road. These citizen skyhawk watches also give you something to show off to your friends and colleagues.

The Citizen skyhawk watches are a step forward in the Citizen Eco-Drive movement. The Citizen Eco-Drive watches are the solar watches, generating power from the source of the light. So even when you are on the move or sitting at office or in the luxury of home, the titanium lithium battery in your watch gets charged via a special solar cell underneath your dial keeping the hands ticking.

The Citizen skyhawk watches are tough, strong, functional, and beautiful. These watches are atomic time keeping watches that means if you are in the reach of radio frequencies, you don’t need to worry about adjusting the time. The time in these watches is synchronized on a scheduled basis with the time towers in America, Europe and Japan via radio frequencies.

The latest models in the Citizen skyhawk series are the third generation models in the Citizen eco-drive line up. These models provide major advancements as compared to the earlier models. The latest models are also said to be water resistant up to 600-700 feet, which is pretty good. Besides this, Citizen skyhawk watches are equipped with functionalities such as two alarms, LCD Backlight, perpetual calendar, 24 hours chronograph, 99 minute count down timer, and pre programmed world time for 43 major cities around the world.

The watch also has a Slide rule bezel, which is an attempt to replicate and include the functionality of the very admired E6B flight computer. This bezel in the Citizen skyhawk line up, lets you to do quick simple flight calculations for distance traveled so far, what is the fuel consumption, what is the ground speed, etc. Fantastic tool or rather a simple wrist flight computer, isn’t it?

The watch is easy to set and doesn’t have so many complicated instruction sets. It also comes with a very useful manual, which provides very detailed instructions as how to set and use the watch. The manual is also accompanied with an awesome CD containing useful presentations and interactive guides.

While the Citizen skyhawk name suggests that these watches are only for Pilots or flight crewmembers with features specially designed for the sky, The watch also is a useful tool for day-to- day use and for the ones who needs to do frequent travel between different time zones. You will be pleasantly satisfied with the quality and functionality of these watches.

The Citizen skyhawk range of watches are available from $300 to $600 at majority of the retail stores.

 
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Are You a Techno-Junkie? Healthy Hints to Avoid the Addiction

03 Nov

Beware! There’s a new addiction sweeping the country. It is found in boardrooms, business meetings, restaurants, and class rooms.

“Huh? Another new drug on the streets?”

Not exactly, but serious just the same. The culprit – technology.

Here’s an example, and some healthy hints to keep this from becoming a big problem.

I have an acquaintance that is easy prey for any salesman with the newest techno-gadget on the market. His home is filled to the rafters with electronic doodads.

His most recent purchase is the newest and best phone on the market. It has, literally, all of the bells ‘n whistles. It is his “right hand” and usually in his right hand. He lives by the American Express slogan of “Don’t leave home without it”.

What does it do?

It is a phone, does text messaging, is a planning tool, contact database, camera, and does everything that my computer does, and more. It has unique ring tones and vibrate modes for each function so my friend knows if he is receiving a phone call, text message, picture, or whatever else he can receive.

The one thing it does not do is build effective relationships. Instead, it creates a state of scattered instant gratification and urgency.

I’ve been in the same room with this gentleman in meetings, restaurants, and with his family.

When his phone rings or vibrates, he turns all of his attention to it. He ignores the people around him, and deals with his phone call or text message. When he finishes and enters back into the conversation, he will make a statement or ask a question that is totally out of context, and often something that has just been discussed.

The folks with him give him that curious, head-cocked-to-the-side, eyebrow-raised look, meaning “Where the *$&! have you been?”

By his actions, he is giving a loud message to those around him. The unspoken message is that those in-person relationships are not as important as the tele-marketer, dry cleaner, or person selling a less-than-reputable website, who lives on the other end of the air waves.

His obsession with his tool is destroying his relationships, and he doesn’t seem to be consciously aware of it. The word “tool” is referring to the phone – get your mind out of the gutter.

Let’s look at both sides of the addiction and how to keep it from ruining your life.

Have you become hooked on technology to the point where it controls you, rather than the other way around?

Here are healthy hints to avoid the addiction:

o Use the tools. That is the reason you have them. These technologies have been designed with a message system to help you simplify your life. Enjoy the privilege of having the option to use them.

o TURN IT OFF. Consciously stop prior to entering a meeting with others and turn the power off – not vibrate, totally off.

o Focus on the people in your presence. They are more important than anything else right now. Treat them with respect and dignity, as you would like to be treated. By your actions, show them that you are totally present, physically and mentally.

o Check your messages later, in your own space, away from personal interactions.

o Reply to voice or text messages as soon as possible, in a professional, respectful manner.

Do you know people who are Techno-junkies? Help them as follows:

o ASK them politely to turn their phone off when entering into a meeting or discussion. The key word is ASK. If you tell them to turn it off, they may tell you to go to – somewhere hot – and it won’t be Phoenix.

o Assure them that you value their abilities, knowledge, creativity, and co-operation.

o Acknowledge them for their attention and presence.

o Thank them for their dedication and time.

We live in a fast-paced, high-tech world. Technology is relatively cheap, and easily replaceable. Use the available tools, but be cautious about becoming addicted to them. The effects can be as destructive as drugs. Carefully monitor your time that is consumed by e-mails, phone calls, and web surfing.

Use the hints above to use the technology effectively, and make your relationships high-value and indispensable. It is worth the effort.

Become consciously aware of your actions and habits, and then make healthy, non-addictive wise choices.

Copyright© 2006

 
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Big Boys’ Toys – Why Men Love Gadgets

03 Oct

From sports cars to spy cameras, power tools to wireless power gadgets–guys love technology. Most men have at least one high-tech obsession. It could be the latest gas grilling equipment, a cutting edge fly rod, the newest graphite golf clubs, computers, electronics–the list goes on and on. It’s obvious that guys love gadgets–but why? Here are just a few possible reasons.

The “Wow” factor. Let’s face it: a shiny new techno-toy is cool. From the latest plasma screen TV’s to slender, stylish mobile phones, a beautifully designed machine is sure to catch a guy’s attention. Many gadgets are designed to maximize the coolness appeal: electronic card shufflers for the card shark in your family; sleek Mp3 players and mobile phones that look good out on the town; computer speakers that look like contemporary sculpture. The “wow” factor is elusive, and it’s usually a combination of style and function.

It’s all about status. Cutting edge technology is a status symbol. And even those of us who insist we don’t care about such things get a secret thrill from owning the latest and greatest. Those gadgets cost money, and they send a signal that the owner has it to spare. They also give the impression that the owner is educated, trendy, and plugged-in. Most social species have ways to determine status among their members, and human beings are one of the most complex social species in the world. Techno-gadgets are just one way guys can display their status among their peers.

They make guys feel like kids again. Most guys start their love affair with gadgets at an early age. Little boys love remote control cars, video games, kid-sized tools, and more. A new gadget can make a guy feel like a kid again. Playing with high-tech toys is something that never changes. It’s engrossing, fascinating, and fun–just like it was when he was a kid. Most guys get just as excited now when they’re given a gadget for Christmas as they did when they were much younger. No wonder gadget gifts are a quick and easy way to a man’s heart.

Believe it or not–they’re practical. Gadgets let you do things you couldn’t do otherwise. A cutting-edge laptop can let you do everything from recording your own music to building your own e-commerce business. A feature-packed cell phone lets you check your email, play your favorite music, and even download a movie or television series in addition to keeping in touch with your friends. A well-made power tool lets you build anything from furniture to sailboats to motorcycles from the ground up. Guys love gadgets because they don’t just make our lives easier–they make impossible achievements commonplace.

Entertainment value. Technology doesn’t just improve our lives–it also makes things more fun. Entertainment technology has come far in the past decades, from early radio and television to cutting-edge plasma screens, video games with astonishing graphics, and more. No matter what you like to do for entertainment, technology takes fun to a whole new level. And it’s everywhere in our culture–almost everybody has a television, a radio, a CD collection, a computer, and many other gadgets. Today, even our most simple and familiar toys have been given a technological overhaul: dolls walk and talk; teddy bears play songs and tell stories; and toy cars have remote controls.

The cutting edge is addictive. Once you get into techno-toys, it’s hard to stop. You get excited when you see the newest model out on the market. You read about the new features, you watch the reviews, you comparison shop until the price comes down–and then you jump on the best deal. If you love gadgets, it’s hard not to keep up with the latest trends. No matter the type of tool, the technology industry is making new developments every year. This year’s gadgets have more to offer than last year’s, and next year’s techno-toys are sure to make this year’s look like stone tools. When you’re into technology, it’s tough not to keep up with the latest trends.

It’s not just men who love gadgets. Women are also getting involved. In fact, it’s likely that the sleek, graceful lines of today’s technology, from thin plasma screen televisions to stylish mobile phones and Mp3 players, are designed to appeal to women as well as men. Technological advances have made it possible for us to do things our ancestors never dreamed of. With everything we can do with gadgets, it’s hard not to love them–no matter who you are.

 
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The Next Cool Techno Gadget is Coming – Google Tablet!

31 Aug

How exciting is this next Cool Gadget. I, for one can’t wait. When the Apple iPad was released I queried whether this gadget would be of any value at all as a useful business tool. The result was an overwhelming no, just a great toy but of not much value for business.

Now I am pleased to advise that finally a real Contender has arrived, yes, it’s Google nipping at Apple’s heels, with its almost ready tablet. This Google tablet hasn’t been given a formal name yet.

The device, according to the New York Times, will be “an e-reader that would function like a computer”. Check out these features.

The slate-like computer will run Android operating system (OS). (Android is open source software; it can be liberally extended to incorporate new cutting edge technologies as they emerge. Android is built on the open Linux Kernel.) Android is well developed and already has all the features and capabilities that the Apple’s iPad is offering. The tablet will surpass the iPad as it can be an open platform for anyone who can develop software (unlike Apple’s closed system). That will certainly excite software developers.

Another feature is that the tablet will also be able run is Google Cloud Computing.

The Google tablet will have all the Google services; Google books, the Google Reader and soon to be released, Google Voice, (Google have recently purchased Skype-rival Gizmo).

All these features will make it a very exciting cool yet functional business tool.

Google though is not the first company to emerge with intentions of overtaking the iPad. Wireless Nokia has announced it too will be releasing a tablet running Windows 7.

So watch this space….

 
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