While I wouldn’t technically call this a “green” product it is still cool and most likely less toxic than the plastic contraptions it will replace. The Impecca KBB604CW Wireless Keyboard and Mouse is hand-carved from bamboo. They keyboard has a full numeric keypad and the mouse has two buttons and a scroll wheel, both connect to your computer wirelessly...
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A bit of shocker. It seems that most of the products on the shelves in the USA are manufactured and assembled in China. Not sure why Apple has chosen to assemble some of the new iMacs here in America. One can imagine it is a combination of the following, assembly speed, cost, and/or Americanism. Is that a word?
If Apple is able to speed up production of the new iMac by having some of the final assembly done in the USA without eroding too much profit… then why not. Remember the new iMac still isn’t made in the USA… just assembled. Unfortunately most of the components are still made outside of the USA as well.
Maybe there is a cost savings having final assembly completed in America? Lower taxes or tariffs? Let’s be honest… cost tends to be one of the better leveraged decision makers.
Lastly, maybe it just feels good to bring some jobs and pride back to the USA. Either way, good for Apple… and I hope the US assemblers are better than the ones that make our American cars.
If nothing else, these PC speakers look pretty cool. No more beige (or black) boxy shaped computer speakers for me. The Edifier e10 Exclaim PC Speakers might even sound good with separate woofer and tweeter sections, both with their own passive radiators. The best part… a respectable 36W of power across two amps.
Ubi, a play on ubiquitous, is a tiny android based computer that plugs in to a standard wall outlet like a nightlight. Ubi has WiFi, voice recognition (your voice is the keyboard and mouse), Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, and 1GB of RAM.
The idea is that you can use this voice controlled computer to control your thermostat, do web searches, get recipes, act as an alarm clock, and more. Get your pre-order on for $189 here.
The Norwegian company, FXI, is about ready to ship their ICS computer on a stick dubbed Cotton Candy this May. The Cotton Candy is an innovative computer that is about the size of a USB stick. The latest version of the FXI Cotton Candy features a Micro USB port, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1GB of DRAM, a 1080p HDMI port, a quad-core ARM Mali-400MP graphics system, and a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU. Yours for $199 here.
People used to think that the Apple / Mac platform was immune to viruses and trojans. For the most part… it was true… sorta. In the past the Mac platform had such a small percentage of the overall PC market that the bad guys pretty much focused on the Windows platform for their cooties. That, and the fact that the Mac platform had less vulnerabilities to begin with. Well, as of today there are about 600,000 Macs that have been infected with the BackDoor.Flashback.39 trojan virus. This Apple attacking trojan exploits a now patched Java issue.
While this sucks… it is time to move on. Let’s figure out if you have the BackDoor.Flashback.39 trojan virus and show you how to remove it.
You either get this type of thing, or you don’t. Some folks get super excited about the way their PC case looks and cools. While I am over this type of thing, because my PC sits under my desk… not on top of it, I can admit that I was caught up in this trend a while back. Ten years back… but I still spent some hard earned money on custom PC cases.
The black box pictured above is Digital Storm’s latest… the Aventum. This is their first shot at a system that comes with Cryo-TEC liquid cooling and a thermal exhaust. In addition you get five software controlled zones and a whopping 13 fans. If money is no object… skip the lower spec’d options and dive in with the 2X dual Xeon E5-2630 hexacore system with 32GB’s of 1600MHz DDR RAM and a three-way SLI… yours for $7,856.
If you know anyone who uses an Apple Magic Trackpad… you know that they tend to love it. There hasn’t really been a good, similar, option for the Windows users. Logitech aims to change that with their 5-inch gesture friendly Wireless Touchpad. The Logitech wireless touchpad connects to the PC via a 2.4GHz USB dongle.
The large 5-inch surface will allow for some pretty intense gestures… you shouldn’t have any problems getting four fingers in on the action. All this on a windows box… nice.
Expect to see the Logitech Wireless Touchpad for $49.99 later this month.
Two things come to mind when I watched this video of Windows 8 booting in less than 10 seconds (2 seconds technically). At first… I am naturally skeptical (it is Windows after all) and secondly… It is about freaking time! What took so long for a major OS maker to figure out that boot times are too damn long? Apparently this magic is achieved by writing the kernel sessions to disk and putting it into a sort of hibernation mode. Whatever, bout time! Video after the break.