Computer Hardware


The WildCharge wireless charging mat gets plugged into an outlet, and any electronic device placed on it gets juiced up through the magic of electromagnetic induction. Yeah, electric toothbrushes have been doing this for some time, but it looks like it’s about to make the long overdue jump into mainstream gadgetry. The obvious downside at this point is that you have to get an adapter for each of your devices to allow them to take advantage of the induction field, unless you already have something that’s WildCharge enabled.

The pad itself is a svelte sub-0.1″ thin, and will charge as many gadgets as you can stuff onto it. There are a few missing specs, such as exactly how much power this thing can pump out. The cost hasn’t been released, but it should be available “at a cost competitive with standard aftermarket cellular phone or laptop computer chargers.”


Fancy storing all 13 security applications to keep your computer safe and sound from nasty external attacks and viruses on a single USB flash drive? Yoggie Security Systems has just released such a device known as the Yoggie Pico, giving computer users (notebook or otherwise) full corporate level Internet protection from all types of hacking, virus, malware, worms and other attacks – both current and future – while boosting computer performance by saving CPU, memory and disk space. Prices start from $180 onwards, depending on the Personal or Pro versions.


Linksys now has a Wireless-G USB adapter with a built-in WiFi finder allowing you to locate a hotspot without having to boot up your laptop.

The Wi-Fi Finder detects Wireless-G and Wireless-B networks with a simple push of a button. It displays all pertinent information such as the wireless network’s name (SSID), signal strength, the channel used, and whether wireless security is enabled or not. The information is displayed on an easy-to-read LCD display and can be set up to look for only open networks, all networks, or a specific named network. Discovered networks are listed in order of signal strength.

The adapter also uses search technology that’s smart enough to filter out 2.4GHz interference from microwaves, cordless phones or even Bluetooth devices meaning you’ll only get a list of actual Wireless-G and B networks.

Bluetooth was designed to allow low bandwidth wireless
connections to become easy to use so even those who
are new to wireless can use them. Version 1.1 of
Bluetooth describes a low power, short range wireless
networking technology that uses radio waves to send
data at rates up to 720 kilobits a second.


The specification for Bluetooth provides for different
classes of radio that allow transmission ranges of
up to 100 meters by boosting the radio power. The
technology of Bluetooth isn’t limited to line of
sight transmission since it uses directional waves
that are capable of transmitting through many

Bluetooth is an industry standard communication of
wireless, meaning that it enables the connection
of other devices as well, such as cell phones,
computers, digital cameras, and other types of
electronic devices. The specification of Bluetooth
defines a radio system and a “stack” of protocol
layers and profiles. The highest layer is the
application layer, while the lowest layer is the

The wireless technology of Bluetooth is positioned
to revolutionize the personal connectivity market
by providing freedom from inconvenient fixed type

The specification for Bluetooth eliminates the need
for cables by providing a small form factor, low
cost wireless solution that will link computers,
cell phones, and other electronics. Bluetooth
also allows users to connect many ranges of devices
quickly and easily and expands communications
capabilities as well.

The size of the Bluetooth radio is amazing, as a
Bluetooth radio can be built into one or two very
small microchips then integrated into any electronic
device where wireless operations would be an

Bluetooth also offers a robust link, which ensures
that normal operating circumstances are not
interrupted by interference from other signals
that are operating in the same frequency band.

Also known for its worldwide operation, Bluetooth
radio operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, which
is license free and available to any type of
radio system in the world. No matter where you
are in the world, you count on Bluetooth to work.

Security is also important. Offering advanced
security mechanisms, Bluetooth ensures a high level
of security. Therefore, authentification will
prevent unauthorized acess to important data and
make it very difficult to listen in.

Bluetooth also boasts power optimization. The radio
is power friendly and the software for Bluetooth
is very configurable, limiting the power consumption
of equipment. The radio itself only consumes a
small amount of power from a cellular phone.

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The SnoopStick is a USB flash drive apparently designed with the intent of allowing parents or employers to keep an eye on what their kids or employees are doing online. Just plug the SnoopStick into any USB equipped PC you want to monitor and then run the setup program which takes about 60 seconds. The software that gets installed is completely invisible leaving no evidence that the system is being watched or monitored.

Once installed on a system you can then monitor that computer’s online activities anywhere in the world by simply plugging the SnoopStick into your own PC. You can see what websites have been visited, check who or where emails have been sent and even read IM conversations as they happen in real time. The SnoopStick will even store up to 12 months of activity logs if you don’t want to keep an eye on the other computer all the time or if you happen to need a bit of evidence later on.

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Most of our keyboards are powered when plugged into the computer, but how many of them actually harness the power of the sun? The Genius SlimStar 820 boasts a solar panel that juices up the built-in battery, helping you save on your power bill in the process. Granted, the amount of energy consumed is marginal, but imagine what would happen if everybody across the globe did the same thing? Millions could be saved each year, where the money can then be channeled for other altruistic causes. In the event where there is not enough light, the keyboard will automatically be powered by the USB cable charger.