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What's Hot At CES for IT Technology & You?
by Chuck Brown, Assoc. Editor - News and Reviews
January 9th, 2007

Lot's pf goodies have been announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vagas, NV. While it seems the majority of the show is giant LCD or Plasma TV and Cell Phones, there is plenty here to peak the interest of the IT Pro, Small Business, computing "power user" and home tech junkie in more daily applications.

Oh, I promise that we won’t report on one single damn iPod product either! Well, maybe just one cause it’s for audio production.

Here are some briefs on new hardware we saw that at note worthy, with info provided by the manufacturers.

Linksys, Div. of Cisco -
Linksys showed some new networking devices aimed towards their traditional markets of Small Business (S/MB) and home users in networking and communications. Beating Apple to the punch (actually over a year ago), Linksys highlighted their ever expanding line of Linksys iPhone® Wi-Fi IP phones for SIP and Skype services. The CIT 400 and WIP 320 will in fact be in our upcoming multi segment article on VoIP for Small Business and the businessman.
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  New CIT400 (L) and WIP320, both WiFi & for Skype

Also new - Networked Attached StorageLink with 2 Drive Bays, the NAS200 provides consumers the ability to share and secure valuable content like pictures, video or music stored on external hard drives without taxing PC computing power. Two external USB ports are included for connecting additional storage devices and self-monitoring software that warns of potential problems before they occur

The WPSM54G 802.11g Print Server allows consumer to easily access USB multifunction devices to fax, scan, or copy from any PC on their network. Print jobs are automatically cued and other tasks are assigned according to order received without the need for a separate dedicated always-on PC to manage the process.

 WPSM54G (L-R), WRT300N and NAS200 StorageLink


The Linksys WRT300N Wireless-N Gaming Router uses a Network Optimizer to automatically prioritize latency-sensitive data to enhance networked gaming. Next generation game console players, multi-player and hard-core head-to-head gamers can easily achieve the best possible network performance to enhance their gaming experience.

Belkin –
The Belkin Battery Backup with Flashlight helps protect your invaluable equipment and data, while also safeguarding your own personal security. The detachable flashlight turns on immediately when the power goes off, providing you with a convenient, portable light source. And, the Battery Backup keeps your connected equipment on, giving you ample time to shut down and prevent any data loss or hardware damage.
       
       Battery Backup (L) and TuneStudio (R)

Belkin’s TuneStudio for iPod 5th generation (video) is the first four-channel audio mixer that lets you create high-quality digital recordings directly onto your iPod. This mixer allows the input of up to four different instruments or audio sources, and records the audio onto your iPod for instant playback. Model number is F8Z109 - $179.99

TuneStudio is compact, portable, and tough enough to withstand life in a rehearsal room or in a garage. Bands can easily attach instruments and microphones to TuneStudio and record jam sessions directly onto an iPod. Podcasters can also use this device to record their shows either in a studio or on location. TuneStudio also acts as an external USB sound card, allowing the input of audio from a PC source as well as output to a PC from any of TuneStudio’s connector inputs.

Hey content developers, you gotta have this! Belkin Flip DVI-D lets you share your keyboard, mouse, speakers, and DVI monitor for both your computers, keeping your desktop free of extra peripherals and cables. A simple, stylish remote button sits on your desk and lets you flip between your two computers. Price will be $149.99

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Now Mac users can enjoy using their large Apple cinema display for both their computers, whether they be notebooks or desktops.

Belkin also introduced the first N1 Wireless ExpressCard for notebooks, giving you yet another option for your notebook to gain access to emerging, high-speed technologies. Connecting through your notebook’s ExpressCard slot, this Card doubles your available bandwidth and expands your wireless range and reliably connect to wireless hotspots.

LG Electronics Inc. -
LG may have found a solution to the hotly contested HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray “which is best” controversy … well at least for “play back” units. This solves nothing is you’ve got to buy a burner in one or the other format.

LG Electronics Inc. took a big step on Sunday towards the end of the next-generation DVD format battle with the unveiling of a player and PC drive that support both the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats.The two products, which carry the "Super Multi Blue" brand, will be available in the U.S. at retailers Best Buy Co. Inc. and Circuit City Stores Inc. from the first week of February and could help kick-start the high-definition movie disc market.

Seagate Inc.-
Seagate introduced a new family of devices called FreeAgent data movers at CES 2007 today. These drives allow anywhere access to their digital content including files, Internet favorites, desktop settings, email and more. The FreeAgent Pro data movers (320GB, 500GB, 750GB - pictured right) include software to automatically synchronize content and access to Seagate Internet Drive, an online service that provides a “24/7 ATM” to post, access and share files from anywhere from the Web.
                       
The FreeAgent Go data movers (80GB, 120GB, 160GB) plug into any computer’s USB 2.0 port for mobile access to your computing environment including Web favorites, passwords and settings, IM, email, contacts and digital files.

Palm Inc.-
One uping the Apple “whatshamacallit” phone for realistic usable features is the new Palm Treo. The 3G-capable Palm Treo 750 for Cingular Wireless features Windows Mobile 5, integrated Bluetooth, world phone capabilities, push e-mail, and a slimmer design, among other things. The downside is the crappy Cingular service requirement, but then the Apple “thing” phone will suffer in the same way.
                   


Hewlett Packard Inc.-
Hewlett-Packard unveiled several new computer systems, including a touch-screen desktop PC running on Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system. Along with the TouchSmart™ PC, HP introduced nine high-definition devices, a home media server and a Blu-ray disc writer for watching and recording high-definition video content.

The TouchSmart includes a 19-inch LCD screen, remote control and personal video recorder for cable TV programming. The touch-screen PC also includes a keyboard and mouse for traditional access to functionality. The computer includes built-in wireless technology.

Sony Inc.-
The Sony UX is one of the smallest full-fledged computers on the market. It’s about the size and weight of a paperback book. It’s running a full-fledged version of Windows Vista, and it is the dream PC for a road warrior. The UX connects via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and it has the Cingular Edge Network connectivity built in (where you get a cell phone signal you can get broadband Internet access).
           
The Sony UX has a docking station that lets you plug in at home to use a big monitor and a full-sized QWERTY keyboard, plus it has all the standard USB, S-video and power ports. The UX has an Intel Core Solo processor, so you shouldn't plan on editing a ton of video on the thing, but it's plenty fast for basic tasks. It retails for $2500 and will be available in February.

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