May 26, 2009 in Business

Tuesday focus: Gadgets

 

It’s a beautiful day and you’re in the park, multitasking while listening to music or e-mailing colleagues.

What do you do when the power for your iPhone or iPod starts running down, and the last thing you want to do is run back to the office to charge up? That’s where the iPWR from Wireless Input comes in.

The mobile backup battery can extend standby by 360 hours, music by 40 hours, video by 10 hours and talk time by seven hours.

Simply turn the battery on, plug it into the dock connector on your iPhone or iPod, and you can continue to use the device as it charges. Better yet, the battery maintains its power when it’s not being used, and when its power does run out, you can recharge it via a computer or a USB charger adapter. It costs about $60.

Information: www.wireless input.com

Internet radio on a radio: You’ve probably listened to Internet radio while sitting at your computer. But wouldn’t it make more sense to listen to Internet radio on … a radio?

You can do just that with the Livio Radio. With the help of Pandora Internet Radio and the Music Genome Project, you can use the radio to customize the music and programming you receive across any genre, from anywhere in the world.

Designed to stand alone and play music through its built-in speaker, the radio delivers music via an Internet connection without the need for a computer hookup. It costs $150.

Information: www.livioradio.com

Lenovo slims down netbook: Slim is in, at least as far as netbook computers are concerned. A new offering from Lenovo, the IdeaPad S10-2 netbook, is designed with Dolby headphone technology for music and movies.

The IdeaPad S10-2 netbook is also thinner and lighter than the previous IdeaPad S10 netbook and features a new ring pattern design that can be personalized in gray, pink, white or black.

Starting at under 2 pounds and measuring less than an inch thick, the IdeaPad S10-2 netbook has a larger keyboard than previous models, which makes it easier to hit the right keys. It also boasts a QuickStart shortcut that lets you listen to music, view photos and send instant messages without waiting for the operating system to boot.

A $350 model includes a 1.6GHz Atom-N270 processor, three USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of memory and a built-in 1.3-megapixel camera. Information: www.lenovo.com.

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