Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
If you own an iPad, then you probably want to keep it protected. Surely, you wouldn't spend hundreds of dollars on a gadget you don't even plan to take care of. You need to think about how to protect its exterior. You need to consider screen protection. Of course, you also have to think about how to prevent it from getting stolen. Here are some tips on how to protect your iPad:
1. Buy a case.
After purchasing the actual gadget, your next step should be purchasing a protective case for it. A protective case will help prevent any scratches from appearing on the iPad's exterior. It also serves as extra padding when you and your iPad are in transit. You can choose to get a hard shell case for it or you can choose to get a rubber sleeve. There are plenty of different kinds of cases for electronic gadgets.
Since the iPad is a relatively new toy, there aren't a whole lot of cases specifically made for this particular device yet. If you can't find something that's the perfect fit for your iPad, then make the extra effort to look for a more generic case that's about the right size.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
LED TVs really give you high definition viewing experience. This is the reason why many people want to own one in their homes. These televisions are perfect for home theaters because they deliver great contrast ratio and real life images which are sometimes more stunning than the original. With this, some people don't know what to look for when buying LED TVs. Here are some tips so you can buy the best television for you.
The first thing that you should consider is your budget. We all know that LED TVs are more costly than other high definition televisions. But this cost can offset the long-term enjoyment that the television can give and the benefits that you can get. So you should research on the price range of the TVs.
The next thing that you should consider is the variety of the TV. In LED TVs, there are two varieties: backlit and edge-lit. Backlit gives higher contrast ratio than the edge-lit because the LEDs are placed at the back of the panel which can be turned on and off independently giving you deep blacks and high brightness. Edge-lit, on the other hand, gives high contrast too but the LEDs are placed along the edges of the panel. The benefit of this is that the television can be slimmer and lighter than the backlit TVs.
You should also consider the manufacturer. Be sure to research on which manufacturer creates better TVs. You should also check the warranty of the television so that in case there are some problems, your money will not be wasted.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
CD and DVD Replication refers to making multiple copies of a CD or DVD from a master copy, producing identical disks with identical information. This is different from CD and DVD duplication, where information is placed onto a disk from a computer or another similar device.
While CD and DVD duplication can be done on most computers, copying the required information onto a disk in the desired format, Replication requires a machine capable of generating multiple copies of CDs in one go, rather than duplicating each CD separately. These Replication machines read the information from the master disc, then write (or 'burn') it straight onto the blank disks. This process can be done by creating a master CD first, or by connecting a computer to the duplication machine, or using a data stick, and Replicating the CDs or DVDs straight from that. This allows for the Replication of CDs that have already been made, for example software CDs, or to Replicate large number of discs even if a master copy hasn't been made yet.
Although there are many different types of CD and DVD Replicating machines companies can buy that can handle varying quantities of Disks at any one time, most companies prefer to out source the Replication of the CDs and DVD to specialist companies. This is generally because most companies do not require the facility that often, and it would not be cost effective to invest in large Replication machines for only a few uses, and the smaller, cheaper Replication machines may take to long to process the quantities of disks when required.
Outsourcing has several benefits for companies who need to replicate CDs and DVDs. Not only can the specialist companies handle large quantities, which can often be many thousands of identical copies of disks, but also the Replication company can deliver the CDs and DVDs to specified locations. Once the disks have been replicated, the ordering companies often don't want the hassle of getting large numbers of disks back and having to process and distribute them, so the Replication company will often, if requested, split the order of replicated CDs into varying quantities and distribute them out to the destinations specified by the ordering company.
DVD and CD Replication companies can also process many different types of information format, and this may be another reason why companies outsource their CD or DVD Replication requirements, as they do not have the equipment to produce the disks with the required data format. The most common types of disks replicated in large numbers are music CDs, film DVDs, software disks of varying data types and image disks.
In the last few years, Replication companies have had to expand their data types to accommodate the new technologies of mp3 format data, blu ray movie formats, high definition (HD) audio and visual data, as well as accommodate the ever expanding computer software formats used by different companies.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Using USB flash drive will help you a lot in any ways. This flash drive will be useful to transfer and save your data in an instant and safer manner. This can also help you make your work faster and better.
This device contains flash memory storage. It is capable of saving and transferring data. It is simply designed with the same purpose as the floppy disks. However, it is smaller, rewritable and removable. This all can be done in an easy and quick way.
The best thing about this storage device is that they are faster, durable and more reliable compared to magnetic disks. This USB flash device is also capable of storing huge volumes of data which other storage device lacks.
The flash drive contains a universal serial bus connector and a circuit board which is protected. It is secured with a metal or rubber case. This helps to prevent the device from being damage and destroyed.
Moreover, this storage device is compact and small. You can simply put it in your smallest pocket and carry it anywhere you go. This will greatly help you immediately use it whenever you need it. You can as well attach it to your key chains.
One of the most interesting about this device is that you can instantly and easily insert and remove it into a USB port of a computer or a laptop. You can use it at easy when you will transfer or save data. This makes it also safer and faster to transfer data.
One of the most interesting things about this device is that it is more reliable in exchanging and storing large amounts of data. It is capable to write or erase data in one million cycles. The process is safely done so you don't to worry at all.
You should consider using a USB flash drive if you want to be productive in your work. You will benefit from this for sure.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
If there is one thing that consumers in today's market have a lot of, that is choices. Most of the products that you need are likely to come in a wide variety of brands and kinds. Those looking for computers are not likely to be spared from this difficult decision making process. With all the different choice that we have today, what many of us want to know is whether we should be buying a Desktop, Laptop or Netbook. Here are some things to help you figure out which one is for you exactly.
If you are looking something that is fairly affordable and will serve you well, then a desktop is your best bet. Of course, this is given the fact that you do not have a need to take it along with you. For those with families and large businesses this is an ideal buy since you can just put it in your home or company and leave it there. It is also a good choice for people who actually have an office that they can use regularly since it is the most ergonomic of all choices. The Keyboard allows enough room for your arms and hands while typing, plus height isn't really a problem since you use it with a desk and chair. In terms of performance we all know that it can contain all the data and programs that you need because it can easily be expanded with very few limits.
For people who are constantly on the go and need to stay connected or those with a limited amount of space a laptop may do the job. Of course we all know that these cost a lot more than desktops but at least many of today's laptops can compete with what desktops offer; although these still cannot top desktops. Many of the laptops today come with webcams, DVD/CD writer and great displays. The battery also gives you the freedom to use this for a few hours without being plugged in. One consideration though with laptops is the difficulty with upgrading and finding replacement parts in case it breaks down. Parts can often be expensive and hard to replace.
Others do not understand why they should go for a Netbook instead of a laptop. Well, if you have looked at the price tags then you will know that the latter is definitely more expensive. For those who practically live on airplanes and need to have access to a computer, this is a good solution. It is ultra portable given its size and it performs fairly well. Of course it does not come with frills like a DVD/CD writer and others, but it will get your work done. Plus, a good thing is that you can easily upgrade or expand this without much trouble. One thing that Netbook buyers will have to consider eventually is how long a computer this small will last.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Some of the biggest inventions we've seen to mankind allowed us to connect to anyone around the world, cut travel time from months to hours, and even build things never imagined before. Lets think, the invention of the telephone is quite unimaginable if you've never experienced it before. It literally allows a person in one spot to talk to someone thousands of miles away, in real time. Then there's the airplane, you can fly from one body of land, to another all of which would have taken months in the old days. Then there's the machines, from manufacturing to designing. Using software such as AutoCad to design some of the most complex structures and devices ever created.
So what is the next Greatest Invention? We have a good idea what it will be, but theres no saying how much of an impact it will cause on mankind. Like the computer, or the car, the next invention will revolutionize the way we live. This technology is known as nanotechnology. Technology so small, that it is ten to the negative nine meters small!
Nanotechnology already exists, and its applications are massive. The technology allows one to create things at a much smaller scale, stronger, and even more complex. Everything we own today, nanotechnology can be applied to it to make it a much more durable object. It reinforces the bonds between atoms and creates a more interwebbed atomic structure. Not only does it make things durable, it can work wonders in the medical fields.
This technology is still very in the research and development phase. Scientists and professors around the world are researching the phenomenon. Testing and configuring the atomic structures of carbon in such a strand to create the most efficient way of layering the nano carbon fibers. The more strands they can stick together, the stronger the bond becomes. Not only that, scientists and engineers must determine a way to manufacture their products on a large scale cheaply and efficiently if they ever want to see their inventions come to realtiy. Finding the balance between cost, workability and efficiency is the key to winning in the field of nanotechnology.
In all, nanotechnolgy will emerge in the airplane, computer, car, army, and medical fields the most due to the high demand and potential that it can serve. The race to invent the next greatest nanotechnology is on.
Monday, February 22, 2010
It's no secret to anyone who knows me or reads this blog that I have a love/hate (but mostly love) relationship with Apple products. I currently own an iPhone, iPod Nano and MacBook Pro. The iPad is on my radar and one of these days I'm going to go all in and get another iMac.
Of all the Apple gadgets I own - frankly of all the gadgets I own period - my iPhone is the most used. It's like a growth; permanently attached to my hand. I eat with it at the table, I sleep with it on my nightstand. Sometimes I even take it in the bathroom with me. Too much information, right? Sorry.
I know that I'm not alone in my obsession. Hubby can't even find fault with this one. I think he might have figured out a way to implant his phone into his arm ( or at least he should).
There are all kinds of websites and magazines one can refer to for suggestions on the best, latest and greatest apps for your iPhone, iPod or iPad, but I've often found many of them too cluttered with apps that are too techie for most people or that are downright useless. Despite the fact that my desk looks like both an office supply and bookstore threw up on it, I like to keep my iPhone organized and practical with only the apps I actually use on a regular basis. Many of these apps have actually saved me time and money. Even the ones that are not free have paid for themselves several times over.
So in the interest of sharing and being a good web citizen, I present to you the best list of apps ever compiled. And just in case you're wondering, with your nosey self, I am not getting paid to endorse any of these (though I wouldn't be opposed to the idea).
I have several great apps I would like to share, so I'll break them down into 2 posts because, if you're like me, you'll lose interest if this thing drags on too long. And for those who have other smartphones like the Droid or Blackberry, don't worry. I believe a lot of these apps (or similar counterparts) are available for you as well.
Bejeweled 2 - It's the only game app I have. I'm not much of a gamer, but I like to have a good stress reliever on hand. I literally can play this game for an hour without blinking. It's also good for making you look busy when you're in a waiting room sitting next to an overly chatty person. Just put your phone on vibrate and get to sliding those jewels around. You'll have the most intense look of concentration on your face. Like you're running a corporation right from your phone. The other people will be thinking, geesh, she's a busy woman.
Moviefone - If you're a movie buff like me, this app will be your best friend. Once you set it up initially with your location, the latest show times and theaters within a 30 mile radius are right at your fingertips. You can also watch trailers and get the latest movie news. Remember those days when we used to look in the newspaper to get the show times? It was the most frustrating thing. Do they still print that information?
CBS Radio - I only have 3 songs downloaded on my phone, so this app works great for me when I'm out and about and have forgotten to pack my iPod. It's great for times when you just want to hear talk radio from other cities around the country instead of hearing the same old rhetoric from your local hosts. I'm not one of those folks whose migrated all of my music from my iPod over to my iPhone. I prefer to keep these separate. I know it would make more sense, and I was actually considering this strongly until I was presented with the best reason in the world to never do this. We had a Memorial Day party at the house and as usual everyone wanted to hear different types of music, so I plugged the audio cable into our stereo system so people could hook up their iPods and share their own playlists. One of our guests was playing the music from his phone. It was a song everyone loved. We were jamming. Hands in the air, arms swaying from side to side, hips gyrating. Then his phone rang and the music stopped. He was this close to being beat down. How embarrassing.
U-verse TV - AT&T U-verse is a lovely creature. Hands down, it's the best cable provider I've ever had. I cannot tell you how many times I've been at work or various other places and remembered a show I wanted to record. Many of these times I've not had a computer with internet connection handy. No worries now. I can get on my phone, pull up my handy U-verse app and with a few clicks, I have my show recorded. I can look at everything that is already on the DVR and delete some things if necessary. Maybe I had already scheduled that show to record? I can look at the scheduled shows to be sure. Genius.
AP Mobile - For news buffs like myself, you never have to be out of the loop. If you're hiding out in a cave and the sky is falling, you'll get a breaking news alert. When you don't feel like playing Bejeweled and you've caught up on all your email, you can read through the latest headlines while sitting in that waiting room trying your best to look busy. Local, national, international, outerspace. It's all at your fingertips.
Monday, January 18, 2010
There are so many ways that a digital sound recorder can be of help to you. For students, it can be used to keep a record of the very important lectures for future reference. For researchers, a recorder is necessary to take notes and hold interviews. I can actually give you as many examples of its functions as you want. The main point here is that for any kind of task that you need to take on that needs some kind of recording, you will find that digital sound recorders can make your life easier.
Aside from the advantages mentioned above, these are the most significant benefits that you can get from this device. First of all, a digital sound recorder has the ability to record in almost every audio format. This is good as it can make it easier for you to transfer the files to your computer when you are finished.
Moreover, these digital audio recorders are designed to allow you to make extended hours of recording without the need for you to transfer files. This is very attractive for those who often spend time on the road and therefore has no way to transfer the files to a computer.
If you have decided that you would need a digital sound recorder, then you must keep in mind some things before you make your purchase. It is very important that you ask about the features of the digital audio recorder that you are considering buying. The most ideal feature of an audio recorder is its ability to store longer hours of audio recording without compromising the quality. You have to be cautious of some brands that are so proud to say that their product has enormous memory capacity, but the quality is not even close to being fine.
You would also want your digital audio recorder to be sensitive, but not so much that it also records background sound. The sound recorder that you will want is something that can filter the unnecessary sound so that you can get the clearest possible recording. You will find a lot of brands that offer good sound with sensitive microphone without getting the background noise.
You may also want a digital sound recorder that can be used to record even the conversations held over landline phones or mobile phones. These can prove to be very useful if you need to conduct phone interviews.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
What is a virus and how did I get it?
The word virus has now become synonymous with any unwanted malicious software. The new term now is malware which is short for malicious software. You probably have heard quite a few of the different types of malware out on the internet. There are viruses, spyware, adaware, keyloggers, and lots more. Some range from pretty harmless to potentially dangerous.
New viruses come out everyday, but if you are running updated security software and have updated your windows, you probably don't have to worry about them. Most viruses exploit the bugs or loopholes in software like your internet browser and windows. It is vital to keep updated with the most recent patches as to not be vulnerable against these kinds of attacks. Sometimes you can be tricked into running a virus program or visiting a malicious website. It happens. Sometimes a friend's computer might get infected and then sends out emails to all of their contacts.
What to do
So, time to learn how to get rid of a virus on my laptop computer. Ideally, you would want to stop the virus before it gets on your computer. If you already have the virus on your system then it's critical to remove it as soon as possible to reduce how much damage it can do. Usually most viruses are fairly harmless and just try to inundate you with ads. You really need to get antivirus or security software to scan your computer to fix it. Even if you remove the virus, there can be remnants of it on your computer and the only way to know if you got rid of it is to scan it with an antivirus scanner.
Security software and antivirus is so critical to keeping your computer clean if you browse the internet. When picking a good internet security software, you should go with a trusted name. Another factor is what features it has. The more features, the more protection you receive, but there is also a thing called overhead. Overhead is the computing power needed to run the security software. More overhead means it takes away computing power from what you're really trying to do such as browsing the web or watching a video. If you have a new computer this is probably not that big of a factor.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Just a few short years ago, everybody was still listening to CDs and even tapes. But then the iPod came along and changed everything about how people listen to their music.
The iPod is basically just a music player, albeit a fancy one with the ability to store music digitally. The great thing about this device is that it is so small, you can store it anywhere. Listen to it when you are in a boring business meeting or when you are driving home from a long day of work.
The battery may be one of the most important parts of the iPod. Typically, charging your iPod should take 4-6 hours depending on model and battery size. This can also be less depending on the type of charger you are using.
You want to have a good screen on your iPod as well. The capability to play video clips is no less amazing. And the power to access the Internet is also amazing.
The hard drive is an important spec to check as well. The larger it is, the more music you will be able to take with you. For example, an Apple 8GB iPod nano is capable of holding 2,000 songs or eight hours of video, or a combination of both. It is truly the biggest advantage to owning one of these amazing things.
The iPod generally comes with a pair of earbuds, but you may want regular headphones. If you are able to spend more, you could look at medium-end headphones which are larger than these very small type headphones.
A good pair of headphones will set you out some money, but a basic set isn't much. Another option to consider when choosing headphones are wireless headphones. Wireless headphones cut the headphone cord and afford total freedom of movement.
If you're they type of person you likes to take things apart, you can get a set of tools for dismantling your iPod. If the person who chooses to do a DIY repair is fortunate enough to have a few broken iPods laying around, he can experiment with those, and then try tackling his primary phone.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The iPod has literally changed everything about how we listen to music. Thanks to Apple Inc.'s wonderful little tool, everything is more portable and more reliable than ever before.
In its rawest state, the iPod is a portable digital music player. But there is more to it. The product could also be used as a Personal Digital Assistant even with just a little memory. Then there's the game-playing components.
The battery is one area where you don't want to skimp. These batteries are not made to be a user replaceable part but with proper instruction or access to a professional iPod repair shop you can enjoy the benefits of a new iPod battery in no time.
Naturally, the screen is pretty important too. This digital music player has some very innovative features incorporated in it that allow the users to access music as well as video clips and picture files.
And then there is the hard drive. This dictates how much music you can actually store on there. The iPod is about the size of a deck of cards, while the iPod mini is about half that size. In little over a decade they have progressed to the point where they are now capable of storing more than 100 hours worth of music, equivalent to 250 albums.
You'll probably want a pair of earphones as well. Headphones are available in many different styles. The smallest type are in ear, which are plugged into the ear.
Headphones aren't expensive. Most of today's headphones are so-called dynamic headphones. Dynamic refers to the type of transducer that is used. There is no real difference, except for the amount you will spend.
Lastly, if you are someone who is handy with a set of tools, you actually can conduct repairs and mods on your own iPod. The repair process is really quite simple when you're in need to fix iPod. DIY repairs are perfectly fine for a person who has experience and can confidently fix them.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Just the sad part though the nearby mall here in our place is a not-so-big mall that you can find stuff you'll most likely be interested about or should I say something that will tickle everyone's curiosity. Originally, Rhea and I were planning to buy Jean one of those Adult Sex toys like the one that we're laughing about at the office, the Penis Extenders . It was just so unfortunate of us that we can't find the best store in the city. Perhaps, there is an existing store it's just that we are not aware as to where it is located.
We could have just ordered it through one of the many Online Sex Shops available if it wasn't just too late for a gift for Jean's birthday. Oh well, I just bought her a Girl's night-out poker stack and she super loves it! And we told her about our original gift plan and she was laughing her heart's out. She suggested that the next time we look for it, we could have just search around Quiapo. And our station was filled with laughter last night with a trash talk like that.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
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Sunday, February 1, 2009
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
At the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the 2009 range of useless toot - sorry, fancy gadgets - have been displayed. 3D televisions from Sony and Panasonic will give you something to do while you're out of work - dodging the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park or Angelina Jolie's legs flying through Tomb Raider. It's just a pity you can't get away with not wearing the idiot 3D glasses while you watch it.
3D Playstation 3's were on show along with 3D games like car racing.
Product design is also about to bring us glasses that show films on the inside as demonstrated at the show. Watching a film from inside your glasses means that you will you be able to watch them anywhere - at work, on the bus, at the mother in law's etc. Think of the advantages to this one!
An organic light emitting diode, or OLED, was also demonstrated in the form of a hand-sized flexible colour screen. How did any of us ever get by without a flexible screen to hand?
The show's hottest product design was said to be the Pre - Palm's latest cell phone handset to rival Apple's iPhone complete with touch screen and qwerty keyboard. A camera, wi-fi and GPS are also on the phone. In typical James Bond style there is also a wristwatch that doubles up as a phone.
Product design ahs also bought us such useful gadgets as the WooWee Spyball should we want to randomly spy on people, a cell phone that can project video and pictures onto a larger screen and a USB on a flexicord that doesn't get tangled. Far be it from me to say so, but these all seem like a waste of money!
That said, the show has highlighted some things for which an application would be worth finding. We have the semi-transparent AMOLED screen which will be used for making 'heads-up' displays in cars and a mobile phone with a foldable AMOLED screen meaning that you can achieve a much better display.
From a purely girly point of view product design has brought us some revolutionary items that will make our lives undoubtedly easier. Eye drops are now on the market that will cause our eye lashes to grow longer and thicker. Now I like the sound of this one!
For those who hate early mornings there is the robot that serves you breakfast and for those with allergies there is a fake cat. Apparently, it comes with all the de-stressing benefits of having a pet but without the mess and allergens.
So, it would seem it makes no difference that it makes no difference how little spare money there is floating around in the world or how rubbish some ideas are, there will always be a market for trivia.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
T-Mobile, Motorola, Using Android OS On Mobile Phones
More advanced gadget lovers who thrive on virtual social interaction will appreciate the new Android Operating System that has been adopted by T-Mobile earlier this year. And, now it looks as though Motorola may incorporate it into their mobile phones in the upcoming year, as well.
According to an excerpt from BusinessWeek, the idea behind Motorola evolving to the new google-backed operating system, is to make their phones part of a new class of smartphones, which enable users to access social networks like Facebook and MySpace.
It is said that many a great idea was born on a napkin. So Industrial Designer, Avery Holleman, developed the Napkin PC. The Napkin PC is a cool concept that uses a base station - disguised as a napkin holder - with seven different stylus pens that allows multiple users to scribble their ideas down on individual "napkins" that ultimately interface with the base station.
It's definitely an idea that has got creative types and businessmen thinking "outside the box". The concept allows users to not have to limit their creativity to in front of a PC screen. The "napkins" employ full color e-paper and multi-touch technology.
The napkins can hold the image drawn on it indefinitely, or until it's cleared off by the user. Which means you can hang it up, or share it with your coworkers at your next meeting.
The Napkin PC took first place Judge's Award and Chairman's Award in NextGen's PC Design Competition.
The Nokia Aeon cell phone is still in the research and development phase of its life, but gadget junkies the world over are already "wowing" over the full touch screen. Nokia is keeping all other details under wraps due to competitive pressure.
We may not see the B-Membrane concept computer for some time, but it's certainly worth mentioning just in case. The B-Membrane computer is a unique take on a laptop/desktop computer.
Korean designer Won-Seok Lee created his B-Membrane computer to look like no other. Indeed, it is about the size of a large round platter, and boasts an omni-directional projector, rather than a monitor. A keyboard appears on the membrane of the computer's surface when needed.
When not being used as a computer, Lee's design can be used to create a relaxing ambience using a variety of light effects through its projector.
Microsoft Arc Mouse
The Microsoft Arc Mouse is a handy little device that serves as both a desktop mouse and a laptop mouse, depending upon if you have it extended to its full length or folded.
The mouse uses Microsoft's BlueTrack Laser Technology, and has a wireless range of up to 30 feet. It offers four customizable buttons, Tilt Wheel Technology, and comes in red or black.
This is a neat, money-saving concept. You can purchase this from Microsoft for $59.95.
Asus EEE Notebook With Touch Screen
The Asus EEE notebook computer is truly an awesome gadget for the college student, or business traveler who just needs to access basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. You know, it's rather like an electronic notebook of sorts.
Its small profile is not much bigger than a regular book, and can easily slip inside your purse or briefcase. But what's really cool about this gadget, is the manufacturer offers a touch screen option with this computer. While it does come with a stylus, many users find that they're perfectly comfortable simply using their fingers to move pages and open programs.
Asus has also released a more powerful desktop version of their EEE computer with touch screen capabilities.Check out the Asus EEE PC now.
Schwinn Electric Tailwind Bicycle
In these tough economic times, when everyone is searching for cheaper ways to commute, comes the Schwinn Electric Tailwind Bicycle expected to hit the market in early 2009.While it certainly resembles a traditional bicycle, the Schwinn Electric Tailwind, dubbed e-bike, packs a lot more punch. Essentially, Schwinn joined forces with Toshiba to create a hybrid bicycle.
Schwinn uses a Toshiba Super Charge lithium-ion phosphate battery to help propel this bike down the road, giving you the option of pedaling yourself, or offering you adjustable pedal assistance if needed.Toshiba's battery charges in just 30 minutes, and can be recharged about 3000 times before it needs to be replaced. The battery slips discretely in the luggage rack, and off you go.
Visit Schwinn Tailwind to take a look at this really cool set of wheels. You'll be able to get yours for about $3,200.
Test Tube Hamburger
And, while this next item is not actually a gadget you can put your hands on, it seems that it may be something you'll be able to sink your teeth into in the upcoming year.Back in 2006, stories were circulating about test tube hamburger. Yep... scientists believed that they could make enough fake meat from one stem cell to feed a million people for one year. Their goal was to have it on people's tables by 2009.
People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and fellow vegetarians, of course, are thrilled with the prospect of the lives of thousands of cows being spared by this in vitro beef. In fact, PETA is said to have offered a $1 million reward to the first scientist to produce and market in vitro meat.
While it may sound questionable to some, the in vitro beef expected in 2009 is said to look, smell, and taste just like the real thing. Real, on the hoof, beefeaters may be skeptical, but meat created like this might give vegetarians a reason to say "where's the beef?"