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Magic W3: Mini-PC with phone capabilities

Magic W3, Mini PC with phone capabilities
Magic W3, Mini PC with phone capabilities
\r\n\r\nRecently, devices like LG’s Tegra 2-powered Optimus 2X have blurred the lines between smartphone and mini-computer but they’re still geared towards the former. The Magic W3’s primary function is as a handheld computer that also happens to have telephone functionality. What’s the difference? The Atom-powered W3 runs on a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium for multi-tasking productivity and includes 32GB of onboard solid state storage.\r\n\r\nIn addition to the Windows 7 OS, the Magic W3 microcomputer runs a Magic Telephony Touch User Interface to cater for user voice and texting needs over a suitable quad-band GSM network. An Intel Atom Z530 processor running at 1.6 GHz provides the computing power, with support from 1GB DDR2 RAM. The 4.8-inch touchscreen display is capable of 720p high definition playback and there’s a 1.3 megapixel webcam for video conferencing or web chat.\r\n\r\nThe device also benefits from 3G, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, and in addition to the obligatory SIM card slot also sports mini-HDMI, mini-USB and microSD. Completing the specs checklist is built-in GPS, accelerometer, dual microphones, stereo speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack.\r\n\r\nHaving a full version of Windows running on a handheld device may have been enough of an attraction just a few short years ago to make the Magic W3 a huge success, but it’s questionable that it will be able to compete with the many more advanced mobile offerings either already or soon to be available. That said though, there’s nothing wrong with having another choice for mobile computing.\r\n\r\nSource: gizmag, W3

Blue Watchdog is an anti-theft device

Blue Watch Dog anti-theft device
Blue Watchdog is an anti-theft device
\r\n\r\nOne of the greatest threats to our personal welfare in the digital age is the theft of our key life-enhancing devices – while a stolen bag, camera, or wallet can be replaced at significant heartache and expense, a laptop might contain the keys to your banks accounts, employer’s intranet, or your identity. Now there’s an ingenious anti-theft device which sets a user-defined protection radius of between one and 30 meters around the mobile phone in your pocket using Bluetooth functionality. The credit-card-sized, EUR60 Secu4 Blue Watchdog is so useful it just might generate killer app adoption levels for protecting your valuables, luggage, and perhaps even your children when you’re on the go.\r\n\r\nThe Blue Watchdog is slightly larger than a credit card at 76mm x 46mm x 4.5mm and weighs in at just 20 gram. It’s small enough to fit inside your wallet, a child’s pocket, and can be neatly tucked out of sight in a laptop bag or luggage.\r\n\r\nOnce you own the Blue Watchdog (BW), it’s a simple matter to download an app for your mobile phone from the internet, pairing the BW with it via Bluetooth and setting your preferences. From that point forward, your mobile phone will alert you via your mobile phone the moment the BW gets further away from your mobile phone than the distance you have specified – from one metre to 30 metres.\r\n\r\nWith a stand-by time of 120 hours, the BW’s 3.7 volt Lithium Polymer battery offers five continuous days of vigilance and active protection. The BW comes with it’s own charger though it can also be recharged from your computer via a USB port.\r\n\r\nIn addition to the mobile phone alerting you, you can also choose to have the BW sound it’s 100 db alarm which has been found to usually be more than enough for a thief to drop the said item and run.\r\n\r\nOf course, there are potential issues, such as losing the Bluetooth connection between your phone and the BW, which might set off a piercing alarm in an inappropriate venue – maybe in a seminar or business presentation, or worse, on board an aircraft where 100 db is certain to raise the blood pressure of the security folk.\r\n\r\nOr maybe you might have a momentary lapse and slip your mobile into your bag, which of course renders the system useless.\r\n\r\nWorse still, you might get your mobile phone stolen and be left looking like the thief because it’ll be you holding the 100 db bag. We’re intending to try the BW in the near future and we’ll let you know just how potentially problematic these issues might be.\r\n\r\nThe Blue Watchdog is manufactured in Switzerland and is compatible with more than 80% of phones in use in America and Europe. There’s a complete list of phones compatible with the BW on the Secu4 web site.