Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Technologically Advanced

Enjoy the latest in technology with Shandra Hill Smith's computer roundup. Hide cables, store documents and take your laptop anywhere with these smart ideas.

It’s dubbed the smallest USB flash drive in the world. The Verbatim Tuff ’N Tiny flash drive is the size of a zipper pull and is compatible with all USB ports. With a key ring lanyard to attach to mobile phones or key rings, the drive comes in 2 GB, 4GB, 8 GB and 16 GB.  www.verbatim.com

The Cocoon Innovations Laptop Portfolio Case holds up to a 16" laptop and features Cocoon's popular GRID-IT! gadget organization system for laptop accesories and digital devices. www.cocooninnovations.com

If you haven’t made the switch to Microsoft Windows 7, you may be one of the few who’ve yet to upgrade.  Users who couldn’t quite catch on to the earlier Windows Vista will appreciate Windows 7 with its six versions, among them, Home Premium (installed today on most new systems), Ultimate and Professional. One nice feature: Aero Peek, which allows you to see open files and open windows instantly. www.microsoft.com

With the Blackberry-sized Targus Compact Laptop Charger, you may power or charge your notebook plus another device — camera, cell phone or MP3 player — at the same time. Its lightweight design also makes for easy travel. www.targus.com

Hide your unsightly cables and organize them at the same time with the Belkin Conceal Surge Protector. With the surge protector, outlets stay out of reach of kids and pets, while Conceal safeguards your computers, electronics, appliances and more. www.belkin.com

The HP Mini 210 starts at less than three pounds and measures less than one inch with a 10.1" widescreen display. HP boasts up to 10 hours of battery life with the Mini that comes in red, blue, black and silver. www.HP.com

The Samsung N210 netbook, with pearl white finish, features a large, easy-to-read 10.1" widescreen. The netbook weighs less than three pounds and offers more than five hours of battery life (as tested). It includes a matte screen and a large Island-style keyboard. www.samsung.com
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For the kids...and you!

If reading the kids pages in the Fall issue left you looking for more great products for your kids - we've got you covered. These additional products, reviewed by Shandra Hill Smith, will stimulate your kids' minds as well as keep them safe during travels.

For little ones up to 50 pounds, the First Years Ignite 50 Euro Lightweight Stroller offers multi-position recline, a storage basket, parent console and an adjustable, removable canopy. It also includes a five-point harness for added safety, and taller handles to make pushing a breeze. http://www.learningcurve.com

Learning is fun thanks to the School Zone Publishing Company. The provider of award-winning children’s educational products has released a program to help children learn how to spell. The interactive “Spelling Grades 1–3” combines learning and games to teach spelling, spelling patterns, word recognition and letter sounds. The CD-ROM bundle (of two) is Windows and Macintosh compatible.

Also from School Zone: an expanded iPad software collection to include four new downloadable applications such as “Phonics Learning Game,” and “Kindergarten Learning Game.” http://www.schoolzone.com

A convertible car seat, the Safety 1st Complete Air by Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. features Air Protect for a double layer of security — shielding the child’s head from side-impact intrusion and reducing crash forces through the precise release of air. In black/gray and brown/orange, Complete Air holds children from five to 50 pounds. http://www.safety1st.com/airprotect 

Treat yourself to a little something with these stylish and comfortable shoes:

A manufacturer of pedorthic footwear and foot orthotics, Aetrex Worldwide Inc. offers dress, casual and athletic footwear for men and women. Collections include athletic choices for men and women, along with Essence, a casual collection for women, and Gramercy, a dress/casual line for men. http://www.aetrex.com