Ten Hot New Tech Gadgets

Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

The Logitech® Bluetooth® Multi-Device Keyboard K480 is designed for use with up to three devices, regardless of computing platform. Now, you can work on a report on your computer, and with the flick of the Easy-Switch dial, respond to a message on your smartphone or type a tweet on your tablet – all from the Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480.

Cost: $49.99


With a need for speed – take the power of the G-DRIVE ev SSD with you. With extreme solid-state performance connected with USB 3.0, you’ll get transfer rates up to 400MB/s. The drive comes with 512GB of storage capacity and is compatible with Mac OS 10.6, Windows 7, 8 and Vista. It comes with a three-year warranty. Use it alone or with the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt and experience up to 480MB/s for the ultimate flexibility and expandability that today’s creative professionals demand.

Cost: $499.95

Logitech Type-S

The Logitech Type-S is a thin and light protective keyboard case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and protects both sides of your Galaxy Tab S from accidental bumps, scratches and spills. Its built-in Bluetooth® keyboard and well-spaced keys provide a fast and comfortable typing experience. The dual-view stand caters to different activities from typing to reading to chatting online, and includes an auto-wake auto-sleep feature so that the tablet wakes when you open the case. The Logitech Type-S is also now available in bright red.

Cost: $99.99

Livescribe Echo Smartpen

The Livescribe Echo Smartpen allows you to record audio while you’re taking notes, and then play them back later. You can save and share interactive notes to your computer, iPad or iPhone via a micro-USB connector that also allows you to recharge your pen. The memory storage holds 400 or 800 hours of recorded audio, depending on the model, and includes an OLED display that makes it easy to navigate smartpen apps.

Cost: Starting at $169.95


The SyrenPro is a wireless weather-resistant outdoor Bluetooth speaker with TrueWireless Stereo pairing, which lets you create your own stereo system wirelessly using two speakers. The speakers can be plugged into an electrical outlet or run by rechargeable battery for up to four hours, so you can enjoy your music anywhere. The speakers provide 360-degree sound, are weather/UV resistant, and work with most Bluetooth devices.

Cost: $129.99

LaCie RuggedKey

The LaCie RuggedKey is built to withstand accidental drops from heights far above what you’d encounter on your way to the office. Its rubber construction is 100-meter drop-resistant. That means ultimate protection for your key – and your data – for all of life’s little stumbles. The RuggedKey has a USB 3.0 interface and file transfer speed of up to 150 MB/s, but it’s also backward compatible with USB 2.0. The USB also comes with AES 256-bit encryption for data security.

Cost: Starts at $39.99


The iFusion is an integrated communications docking station for the Apple iPhone. Combining the capabilities of many top-selling iPhone accessories into a single device, the iFusion utilizes built-in Bluetooth technology, a full duplex speaker phone and a patented ergonomic design to deliver superior voice quality that meets the requirements of today’s home and business consumer.

The cradle design of the iFusion supports the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, providing a means to securely dock the phone while supplying power, battery charging and data synchronization via an integrated USB cable. With support for A2DP Bluetooth streaming, users are able to enjoy their favorite iPhone music over the internal speakerphone.

Cost: $169

NEC VE281 Mobile Projector

NEC’s VE281 mobile projector is designed to provide high brightness for small-to-medium-sized businesses, education environments, corporate conference rooms and mobility applications where heavy ambient light is present but the space requires a small projector. This lightweight model includes 3D-ready technology, high-contrast images and a powerful 7W speaker. Its automated technologies — from Auto Power On and quick startup/shutdown to a lamp life up to 6000 hours — make it an eco-friendly choice. The VE281 offers the Intelligent Driving Scheme (IDS2) for increased lamp life and contrast.

Cost: $339

Photo iPad Scanning Dock

This is the scanner that saves treasured photos directly to an iPad while it docks and charges the device. Controlled by a free app, the sheet-fed scanner makes it simple to preserve and share heirloom photos and documents as digital files. In as little as 12 seconds, a photo is converted to a crisp 300- or 600-dpi color JPEG image that is displayed on screen in real time and saved to the iPad’s camera roll. The integrated dock holds the iPad upright and has a built-in Lightning connector that recharges its battery in five hours. Scans sheets up to 8 1/2″ x 14″. Plugs into AC with your iPad’s USB power adapter. For iPad 4, iPad Mini, and iPhone 5/s/c running iOS 6.0 or later. 4 1/2″ H x 13″ W x 4″ D. (1 3/4 lbs.)

Cost: $169.95

WOWee One Slim

The WOWee One Slim is a compact portable speaker unit which provides a full range frequency response. It is intended for use as both a fixed and portable solution for all iPod, iPad, mp3, mp4, mobile phone and computer applications. It uses the same hybrid technology as the WOWee ONE and produces an incredible bass sound with a 40Hz – 20kHz sound range.

The unit is powered by an internal rechargeable battery and can deliver up to 10 hours of playtime per charge. It can be recharged via computer USB or a 5V USB power adapter using a plug. There is also a built in LED low battery indicator.

Cost: $39.95


Whether you are on the go, in your office or at home, tech gadgets can introduce great time-saving advantages into your day, as well as make life easier. Check out some of these great finds, including a keyboard that can multi-task and access all your devices, a rugged USB key that can protect your data from both physical and security threats, a case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S that’s also a Bluetooth keyboard, and a small but powerful projector that’s portable and great for meetings and conference rooms.


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The Evolving Rationales Behind the Cloud

It’s been said that the cloud is different things to different people, and while it is true that functionality in the cloud can be leveraged in many different ways, there also seems to be a growing divide within the enterprise when it comes to the rationale behind deploying abstract, distributed architectures.

Some interesting research came out of Gartner a few months ago that suggests that the perceived benefits of cloud computing change as you move higher up in the enterprise hierarchy. In a global survey conducted earlier this year, nearly half of junior and mid-level executives rated cost reduction as a top priority for SaaS, PaaS and IaaS deployments. However, CIOs and other top-level executives were more apt to stress the cloud’s transitional benefits and the desire to build more modern IT infrastructure that delivers greater agility, fosters innovation and in the end enhances the competitive advantage of their organizations.

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance®, a global non-profit industry association, 2014 was a monumental year for Wi-Fi — the wireless technology celebrated 15 years, carried more than 42 percent of the world’s mobile data traffic and 90 percent of the world’s tablet traffic, and connected users to more than 47 million public hotspots worldwide. Wi-Fi is on a path to provide seamless Wi-Fi virtually everywhere, and is pushing the limits of what wireless technology has traditionally offered.

With input from representatives from our member companies, Wi-Fi Alliance® has developed a list of 15 predictions for the coming year that prove Wi-Fi has evolved into much more than a mode of connectivity to the Internet.

On a more granular level, top enterprise executives are already seeing the impact that the cloud has on the business model and are looking forward to leveraging it for advanced applications like Big Data analytics and social media. In a recent KPMG study, nearly three-quarters of C-level enterprise executives cite the development of cloud-based applications and strategies as a top priority going forward. This marks a significant shift from past surveys, which pinpointed cost reduction as a key driver for the cloud.

One thing remains clear, however: IT needs to become more proactive in the cloud if it hopes to maintain relevancy in the new data environment. This is actually becoming easier to do, notes Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain, now that many of the top providers are implementing enterprise-friendly management and governance tools. Google Drive, for example, now enables direct integration with numerous enterprise-class applications like Jive, Alfresco and Salesforce, enabling users to access the service through an enterprise-controlled portal. Amazon has taken the same tack with its Zocalo project, as has NetApp with the NetApp Connect system.

Technology alone will not produce the kind of business transformation that CIOs are expecting, however, says PwC analyst Mike Pearl. That can only come about by redefining the role of the CIO in relation to the business process. The two key questions that CIOs (and CEOs, for that matter) should be asking themselves are: Can the role of the CIO and the IT mandate be reshaped for the future, and how can CIOs fundamentally change how they build and deliver business capabilities? Accomplishing this will require IT to become embedded across multiple business lines, as opposed to a distinct unit working on the sidelines, and the elimination of the “plan-build-run” approach to IT deployment in favor of an “ideate-assemble-consume” paradigm that is better able to deliver what business teams need, not necessarily what they ask for.

All of this gets to the heart of one of the central facets of the cloud: This is not just new and better IT. This a fundamental transformation of the digital economy that will affect not just technology but business (and personal) processes, industries and the profit and wealth models that have existed for the past quarter century or more.

There are many stakeholders in the cloud, and by and large the motivations driving its deployment are in sync; that is, cost reduction and improved business functionality are not at cross purposes. But ultimately, decisions will have to be made that will further some goals at the expense of others, and it is at that point that we will know how truly diverse and flexible the cloud is.

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Tips for Avoiding Phishing Email Traps

If in doubt, don’t open the email attachment

Go to the website from your browser and look for the promotion. Unless the website has been hijacked, which the business hopefully notices soon, this is the safer route. While not perfect, going directly to a website is preferable to clicking on links in emails.

Pay Attention

This may seem obvious, but your best defense is to pay attention when surfing the web. This includes knowing what sites you are accessing, who you are giving your personal information to, and what files you are opening.

Be wary

If you get an email from your bank, doctor, house/auto lender, etc. that is asking you to supply personal information, take steps to verify the origin of the email. Contact the purported sender directly (don’t click on the ‘customer support’ link as it may redirect you to a malicious site) and see if they actually sent out that email. Doctor’s offices, banks, and other financial institutions are actually pretty good about not sending or soliciting information over email so, chances are, someone is trying to take you for a ride.

Double Check URLs

Is there a link in the email that the sender wants you to click? Read the URL a couple of times and make sure you are going to paypal.com and not peypal.com. You can also hover over the link or right-click copy/paste the URL into a text file to make sure that the “link” isn’t just a text label disguised as the URL. If the link is using URL shortening links, such as bitly, use extra caution.

Watch Shipping and Delivery Notices

While today’s malware and antivirus scanners can usually catch the majority of malicious executables, it’s really easy to alter the makeup of an existing file to the point where it can evade detection. Over the busy shopping period, you will probably get an array of “delivery” or “shipping” notices as normal. One technique attackers use is to disguise these as malicious attachments. Most online retailers will send these as the body of the email, so think carefully before opening an attachment.

When the holidays come around, many of us are busy with planning, gift buying and decorating, oftentimes forgetting to be diligent when accessing the web. Cyber criminals are well aware of this and are getting sneakier and changing tactics –  moving from malicious attachments to “watering hole” style attacks that lure victims to a trusted (but compromised) URL destination.

During this time of year, people make more online transactions than usual, so it’s essential to be extra careful when sending financial and/or personal information, even to sources you think are reputable. While you may think you are saving time having a website save your details or registering with a website, make sure you think about how many new ways you are opening yourself up to having those details stolen should those sources become compromised by attackers. Not taking these steps to protect yourself could turn a morning of building your sweet new Lego Millennium Falcon into months of picking up the pieces of your now-stolen identity

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