September 5, 2007

[THE GET IT]
This week we’re going clean and simple. Western Digital’s Passport hard drives are a perfect portable solution for taking your data on the go. The pocketable hard drive measures a diminutive 0.590″ high by 3.14″ wide and weighs just 0.23 lbs. It is USB and more importantly, it requires no external power supply. It draws its power directly from the USB connection. Buy.com is offering up the 160GB model for just $104.95 with free shipping! That’s a lot of data to be able to carry around in your pocket.
http://www.buy.com/prod/western-digital-passport-160gb…
[THE GIZMO]
Last week Samsung announced a new monitor that should turn the industry on their ear. We have seen interest and usage in VOIP, particularly Skype and IM software, growing every day. Samsung, being no stranger to the leadership role, has produced a monitor that is capable of making video calls or chatting without the use of a PC. Yes, that’s right; if you have power and an Ethernet connection you can make calls with this new monitor. The new SyncMaster 220TN supports 1680 x 1050 resolution, has 5ms response time, a mic, a 2 megapixel webcam and 10/100Mbps Ethernet. More importantly, what allows you to make calls is a 500MHz Geode LX800 processor running WinXP embedded right inside the monitor. Just a fantastic idea. The possible applications for this are amazing. No word yet on pricing or availability.
http://www.samsungexhibition.com/ifa2007/press/read…
[THE GORGEOUS]
The IFA is the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show with over 1,000 exhibitors from 40 nations. It has been introducing the world to new technology since 1924 making it one of Germany’s longest-running industrial fairs. This year one of the standouts has been the new super skinny LCD TVs from Sharp. We’re not talking about normal LCD-skinny here; these new sets are just 22mm thick. For those of you playing along at home, that’s about 7/8″ thick! Despite their Twiggy-like profile, they sport a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, support 1080p high-definition, have 1920 x 1080 resolution and 100 hertz technology. In addition, they also have a power usage of just 140kWh/year. That’s only about half the amount of power used by current generation LCD TVs. Here is a video of the new TV in action. May I have one please?
http://digital-lifestyles.info/2007/08/30/sharp-show…
[THE GREEN]
How many times do you find those bunches of herbs you bought just a few days ago either dried up or unidentifiable in your fridge? It’s a common occurrence. Most of the time you only need a portion, so the rest usually ends up in the garbage a few days later. Here at the Hit List we have covered some very stylish solutions like the herbi, but I haven’t seen a more practical solution like the new Herb-Savor from Prepara. The Herb-Savor is a sort of mini greenhouse that has a small refillable water reservoir that goes into the fridge and will prolong the life of your herbs for up to 3 weeks! It has a nice clean design and in addition to keeping your herbs organized and fresh, it is specifically designed to fit inside a typical refrigerator door to keep things nice and tidy. The Herb-Savor is available right now at Sur La Table for $29.95.
http://www.prepara.com/herb_savor.html
[THE GOSSIP]
Look you geniuses, if you don’t know what you’re doing, stop with the iPhone unlocking already. I know everyone is doing it, but you remember what your momma would say, ‘If everybody was jumping off a bridge…’ Unlocking a cell phone usually involves a hardware or software modification that allows you to use the phone on any network that supports the hardware. It is commonplace with the more popular phones. However, with rewards like a free car or $100,000 , the iPhone unlocking stuff is getting downright reckless. At best these methods void your warranty, at worst this happens. I’ll set the stage for you… one iPhone, two guys, lots of smoke and one exclaiming ‘I think my colleague must have touched something’. Mmmm… iPhone BBQ.
http://www.iphoneatlas.com/2007/08/30/iphone-explodes…