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We carry around some pretty expensive bits of technology these days and a lot of them can be rather flimsy. While laptops can be delicate, the Apple iPad is even more liable to break, crack or get dented. A new case promises 'extreme' protection, but how well did it cope with a bowling ball being dropped on it?
Not every computer lives on a desk in a study so Microsoft has released the Arc Keyboard. It's small, wireless, has a stylish curved shape and a glossy black finish that looks great when clean but picks up fingermarks easily.
The wireless dongle is one of the smallest we have seen. To stop it from getting lost it is magnetic and snaps into place in a small recess on the underside of the keyboard.
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Windows Live accounts include 25GB of online storage space, and you can access it from the Windows Live Photo Gallery to share images or make a backup online.
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The Viewty (its proper name is KU990), combines phone, camera and portable music player, but takes it one step further as it can edit photos.The software, which is extremely easy to use, is especially handy for cropping people who've accidentally made their way into pictures from the phone's 5-megapixel camera. We particularly liked the Muvee application, which makes slideshows of photos and sets them to music stored on the phone.Read the full review at www****puteractive******/2208065
The Ubuntu Desktop looks quite different to Windows. This quick tour explains where everything is so it will quickly become familiar.
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This is the Swann Thumbcam DVR-415, a miniature camcorder ideal for discreet recording.
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The Dyson Air Multiplier is a fan, but it’s not a fan. Where the blades would be on a standard desk fan, is just a hole.
The point of it, says Dyson, is that removing the blades means less of what it calls ‘buffeting’ which is the effect you feel of all the turbulent air flowing over your skin.
The Paper Jamz guitar and drums are toy representations of real guitars and drum kits. Unlike Rock Band and guitar hero these instruments allow you to play proper melodies and rhythms. See www****puteractive****** for more information.
This video explains how to use the Formula Auditing toolbar in Excel 2003 to find problems in a spreadsheet
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This digital photo frame can play photos and videos from its built in memory or from an SD card.
It has a touch screen, or you can turn it on or off with a hand clap.
Lenovo’s Thinkpad Edge is a fairly small computer that’s relatively light and easy to carry around.
The name is usually associated with business computers, and nominally this is one of those, although it’s not particularly expensive which makes it good for home users as well.
The LG In Touch Max is an Android-based phone with a slide out keyboard avaiable at no extra cost on £20 a month contracts from T-Mobile or £22 a month from Virgin Media.
It has a standard microUSB for charging, a 3.5mm socket for headphones and a microSD card slot. Not forgetting a five-megapixel camera with flash. All good stuff, all better than we'd expect from a phone at this price.
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When we looked at the Acer Neotouch, we liked the phone, but thought it was let down by the Windows Phone operating system. So we are excited by the Liquid S100, another phone from Acer but but this time with the Google Android operating system.
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Upgrading memory in a computer is a cheap and easy way of improving performance, especially if you are using Vista. The beauty of this upgrade it that the extra memory without is used automatically.
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In a world were media player phones seem to be getting ever bigger, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz landed on my desk like a breath of fresh air.
It’s small enough to comfortably fit in the palm of your hand but still manages to include a 3.2in touchscreen. The cost of this is that there are just three buttons at the bottom of the phone for starting and ending calls and entering the menu. The on-screen keyboard works well enough, although it’s best used with the phone held in landscape orientation rather than portrait as this lets you use a Qwerty layout.
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Microsoft's Lifecam Show doesn't look much like other webcams. The main unit is a tablet-shaped device that pocket sized.
Magnetic sections on the front and back attach to the stand and there is a clip for mounting on a laptop.
Quality is good with several settings. It can also capture audio through the built-in microphone, and video at low but useable quality.
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The T-Mobile Pulse smartphone runs the Google Android operating system and is similar in size to the iPhone. It has a clear and bright screen. The glossy black finish shows up a lot of finger marks so you will want to keep it in the supplied pouch.
Unlike the iPhone there are several buttons on the front. As well as the traditional phone controls, there is a menu button that doubles as a back and shortcut to the Canvas Home Page.
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User accounts in Windows help protect the computer and the users.
They are easy to set up with two different kinds. Administrators can make any changes and Limited accounts are suitable for ordinary users.
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