I don’t think we have ever come across something as tough and rugged as this. The new ioSafe Solo external hard drives are not only just waterproof (something that many external HDDs are now claiming to be able to do) but also fire proof! If you’ve ever lost photos or videos from a defective memory card, you will know what that aching feeling is like.

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Say you had some confidential data or valuble photos / videos that you want to keep safe but you’re worried about when your old PC hard drive might suddenly just not boot up again – in this case you might just consider any branded external HDD, however the problem with these are that they’re not safe from physical abuse, in other words disaster protection. This is where the Solo excels above others we’ve seen in the past.

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Measuring at 3.4″ x 2.1″ x 0.11″ this super slim data usb card with 4GB memory capacity is certainly the sort of gadget you would want if you don’t prefer to have a normal sized USB fingerdrive. Its credit card like thiness would allow you to pocket it into any slot in your wallet with ease. When you need to use it, simply flip it open and plug straight in.

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The credit card size wallet USB drive is available in orange, red, blue, clear, and gray for $24.99 each.

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So after some geekiness this morning, let’s get back on track and show you some interesting gadget dissection findings courtesy of iFixIt. The folks there recently got their geeky surgical hands on Apple latest MacBook Pro which features a new type of battery technology which as you would expect from the likes of the Apple iPhone – it’s not removable (by ourselves that is).

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jailbreak-iphoneIt seems Apple has been paying more attention than usual to iPhone users who jailbreak their iPhones in order to use third party cooler apps. Apple has reemphasised once again that jailbreaking an iPhone or removing the software impediments that keep out unauthorized applications is no different from breaking the law.

Here’s what Arik Hesseldahl from BusinessWeek wrote:

The statement was Apple’s first official comment on the practice of jailbreaking, which first emerged within days of the iPhone’s initial release in mid 2007. It came in response an effort by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to make the procedure exempt from prosecution under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. The EFF had argued that jailbreaking the iPhone should be protected under the principal of fair use. “There is no copyright-related rationale for preventing iPhone owners from decrypting and modifying the device’s firmware in order to enable their phones to interoperate with applications lawfully obtained from a source of their own choosing,” the EFF’s Fed von Lohman and Jennifer Granick wrote in their filing with the Copyright Office.

Apple argued otherwise in a response filing opposing any exemption. Jailbreaking an iPhone, it argues, destroys “the technological protection of Apple’s key copyrighted computer programs in the iPhone device itself and copyrighted content owned by Apple that plays on the iPhone resulting in copyright infringement, potential damage to the device and other potential harmful physical effects.” It also constitutes a breach of contract, Apple attorney David Hayes of Fenwick and West wrote.

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As you may recall, Sony’s latest VAIO P series is packaged with the Gobi chipset which is more than capable of running on both HSDPA and EV-DO for connectivity. Unfortunately, Sony (just US?) has chosen to block HSDPA access and has locked the super lightweight, pocketable notebook to connecting only via a Verizon Wireless EV-DO connection. But now, thanks to blogger tnkgrl, Sony’s restrictive plans are now virtually non-existent and those without a VZW contract will not have any problems at all when looking to connect via HSDPA. Tnkgrl has successfully hacked the HSDPA on the VAIO P, allowing it to be utilized by those not afraid to void a warranty on the $900 machine.

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Click on tnkgrl’s link below, where there will be links to instructions on this mod and also some more pictures of the process.

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