If you’ve been a long time reader here at GadgetLite, you might remember when we first mentioned the Digital Cowboy Pod Cowboy, which was essentially a protective case made for iPod Shuffles that looked like Japanese kids’ schoolbags. We don’t know a whole lot about Digital Cowboy, mainly because it seems its products are mostly confined to within Japan, though it could be possible that they’re really popular in Japn! Despite this, here is one which has raised some awareness on it’s unique design during Digital Cowboy’s release.
Digital Cowboy’s latest product is a book like disguised 3.5-inch HDD hard drive, called the W-31UA. As pictured, the HDD can be stacked up in a bookshelf and no one will possibly know it was even there. It’s disguise gives it a vintage hard cover look, titled as ‘HARDBOX’, it’s dimensions are 200 x 159.5 x 40 mm. But I’m not entirely sure about the LED lights located near the bottom on it’s side, that kind of gives it away!
[via Digital Cowboy]
HP’s latest TouchSmart IQ series PCs along with others such as Sony’s new all in one VAIO desktops have probably been one of the few newest PCs on the market to become a major competitor for Apple iMacs. But what’s kept iMacs ahead of the game in my view is that they’re designed by Apple to function smoothly and faultlessly with Mac OS X (as well as Windows), having said that users often try to tweak their way through so that they can get the best of both and here is an example of that.
Aaron Nelson from Hijinks Inc. has written a few steps on just how he did the whole process on his HP Touch Smart IQ507, the video below shows him booting it up and demonstrating a few tasks on the TouchSmart’s touchscreen.
Unfortunately, the touchscreen is almost completely ‘out of touch’ and requires some serious calibrating. In addition to that, there seems to be some hardware issues as well. He has to disable the on board audio every time he logs in, so that the keyboard and mouse will be recognised. Apart from that, browsing the web and using the TouchSmart’s built in card reader doesn’t seem to cause any trouble.
So there you have it folks, iMacs threatened? Maybe in the future but for now, there are still some related compatibility issues that needs to be first addressed. But if you’re interested, feel free to hit the link below to check it out!
Remember when we featured Swype, one of the newest concepts in typing emails and texts on mobile / portable devices? Now we’ve got something very similar on an iPhone app called WritingPad.
The free productivity app WritingPad quietly and neatly eliminates the problem of stabbing the iPhone’s keyboard in order to type an e-mail or note. Instead of entering letters one by one and waiting for the predictive text to kick in (which I spend alot of time doing!), you use your finger to trace a line from one letter to the next, so it will essentially looks like a squiggle on the keyboard, but it renders as a letter.
You don’t have to concern yourself with avoiding letters you don’t need, or with double letters like o’s or n’s. You don’t even have to worry about manually entering a space between letters because WritingPad will do that, too. In the event your word isn’t in the predictive list, it helpfully lets you add one to the library by entering it letter by letter and then pressing the Space key.
WritingPad struggles with “I’m” and makes it hard to easily access common symbols like the exclamation mark. It also won’t work in landscape mode at this point. The biggest downside to me is that getting the app won’t allow you to use WritingPad as a replacement text input method for your e-mail inbox or SMS which is a shame, but these are minor problems when you consider you gain the convenience of being able to mail notes to your contacts.
Remember WritingPad is free and is available for instant download from the AppStore, if you would like more info, we suggest you visit the ShapeWriter link here…
Buffalo has just announced their latest Lupin the Third and Gundam 4GB USB key / flash drives. The designs are amazing as you can see in the gallery below. In my opinion, they are deemed to make your friends jealous as soon as you take one of these out of your pocket. So there you go, another possible candidate for this year’s Christmas list!
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