May 23, 2007

[THE GET IT]
This week Buy.com is offering up a great deal on a large capacity USB flash drive. The SanDisk 4GB Cruzer Micro features a nice retractable USB plug, so no more lost caps! In addition to its huge 4GB capacity, this model is also U3 Smart enabled. A U3-powered USB smart drive lets you carry software programs on your flash drive to be run on any PC. In addition, it comes loaded with the following U3 programs: CruzerSync synchronization tool, SignupShield password manager, SKYPE voice over IP software and AVAST virus scan. The most important feature? $39.99 for 4GB of storage that fits on a keychain!
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/SanDisk-4GB-Cruzer-Micro…
[THE GIZMO]
Get your Steve Zissou on and live the life aquatic with Sanyo’s new Xacti E1 waterproof camcorder. Yes, that’s right, it’s the world’s first waterproof camcorder. Good in up to 5 feet of water for an hour at a time, the new Xacti is also compact, measuring a petite 4.4 x 2.8 x 1.6 inches. Despite its diminutive size, this camcorder has a 2.5″ LCD, features 5X optical zooming capabilities and has digital image stabilization. In addition to shooting moving pictures, the Xacti also includes a 6-megapixel sensor for capturing stills. The camera stores video on standard SD memory cards and uses a Qpixel H.264 chipset which enables a 25 percent smaller file size. So efficient, it can fit 10 hours of 640×480 video at 30 frames per second on only an 8GB card. The Xacti will appear in three crisp fresh colors: blue, yellow, and white around mid-June, with a suggested retail price of $499.99.
http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/22/sanyos-xacti-e1…
[THE GORGEOUS]
Beauty is more than skin deep. This week the 10th anniversary Sony Vaio TZ90 started shipping and it’s as beautiful inside as it is out! On the outside it is clad in a carbon fiber shell measuring a mere 0.88 inches thick and weighing in at a feathery 2.26 pounds. Carbon Fiber is 30% lighter, twice as strong, and is much more rigid than standard magnesium alloy. The TZ also features a “floating” keyboard so that each individual key surfaces through a highly polished, glossy surface. On the inside, the TZ features an LED-backlit screen, 8-hour battery life and optional 32GB Solid-State Storage Drive. What is a solid-state storage drive you ask? It is a storage system based on flash memory, not much different from the memory card in your digital camera. This is the shape of things to come. Besides having no moving parts, which are destined to fail, the main advantage is the power requirement. Solid-state drives use only 5% of the power required of traditional hard drives. The other advantage is speed. Solid-state systems read up to 3 times faster than conventional spinning hard drives and write 1.5 times as fast. The cost of all this beauty and bleeding edge technology? Just a tad shy of $3k.
http://www.dynamism.com/tz90/gallery.shtml
[THE GREEN]
This week Staples announced that they will start taking back your old computers and monitors for the bargain price of $10. So come on, get those boat anchors together and take them over to one of Staples 1,400 U.S. locations. There will be no charge for keyboards, mice and speakers. Domestic recycling services will be handled by Vestal, N.Y.-based Amandi Services. According to Staples, Amandi is “one of the country’s most experienced and innovative electronics recyclers.” and goes onto state that “Amandi complies with federal standards for electronics recycling and will take steps to ensure personal data stored on old computers aren’t compromised.” Okay, so what are you waiting for?
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-tue_staplesmay…
[THE GOSSIP]
Man-o-manishevitz, what a story. This week Apple has asked the SEC to investigate an allegedly fake internal memo forwarded to the popular gadget blog Engadget.com and in turn posted here. Big deal, right? It’s only a blog. Well, how about 4 billion dollars? The story goes like this; An internal memo is sent to Apple employees and forwarded to Engadget informing them that the iPhone and the new Operating System Leopard will be delayed until January. Excerpts of it are then posted to Engadget. An hour and a half later a second official e-mail from Apple is sent saying the first was a fake. Engadget immediately issues a retraction and claims the e-mail was forwarded by “a trustworthy source,” and definitely sent from within Apple’s internal e-mail system (Apparently someone was able to spoof their internal email system). Meanwhile Apple’s stock tumbles 3% or so and knocks a tidy $4 billion off of Apple’s market capitalization. According to Apple 2.0, “the stock recovered most of its lost value, but not before a lot of investors holding complicated positions in the options market got squeezed.”
http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/05/16/engadget-knocks…