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The Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive is the first external hard drive for Macs that also offers an USB hub to help the computer host and sync with other USB devices.

Basically, the Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive is an external desktop hard drive that also incorporates a two-port USB hub. The drive itself connects to a computer via another USB 2.0 port or one of its two Firewire 800 ports. It doesn’t feature USB 3.0, however, mostly because Macs generally don’t support this faster USB standards.

The new external hard drive is reformatted in HFS+ to work with a Mac out of the box. Iomega says it’s designed to fit perfectly on the base of the iMac or an Apple LCD. It also features a storage gauge via four little LED lights, each represents about 20 percent of its capacity. This Mac Companion Hard Drive is available now at Apple retail stores in 2TB or 3TB capacities that are estimated to cost $195 and $295

Lounge on the couch and play!

When you get home from a long day in front of a computer at work, sometimes the last thing you want to do is sit in front of your computer at home. Maybe you want to play your iTunes while relaxing on the couch with your significant other. Or maybe you just want to be able to stretch out on your stomach on your bed and type on your desktop computer at the same time. We all have such needs and desires and now, we have the device to fulfill your wishes!

Now your old drives have a brand new life. Or, if you’re the handy type, you can keep this one device handy to recover data from a drive in a dead computer. You won’t have to haul several different devices – just this one!

You can dock just about any of those old drives into this simple device. Stick a USB transfer cable into one end along with the power-cable, and in one of the other ends, you can connect a 3.5″ IDE hard drive, or a laptop 2.5″ IDE drive, or even a miniscule 1.8″ IDE hard drive! But, why stop there? This is available at Think geek at $29.99

Compared with traditional hard drives, however, it’s still easily two or three times faster. In terms of pricing, it’s the most affordable 2.5-inch SATA 3 SSD.

The M4 has a cost-per-gigabyte of approximately $1.72, compared with the $2.26 of the OCZ Vertex 3. Its top 512GB version is even better, with just a $1.56 cost per gigabyte, compared with the $3.76 per gigabyte of the 480GB Vertex 3.

Now, obviously, this is still in no way cheap enough for most of us, but so far this is probably the most affordable SSD on the market that will still wow you with its performance.  Available at Crucial.com

It’s the WD Nomad, a $30 case designed to protect Western Digital’s line of My Passport portable hard drives from 7-foot drops, dust, and moisture. The polycarbonate shell shields your hard drive while a shock-absorbing elastomer cushion inside keeps it snug, and a heavy-duty latch and silicon liner seals the whole thing up.

What’s also nice about this case is that once your drive is inside, there’s little reason to open it up again. There’s an opening for connecting a USB cable and an exterior ring for attaching a carabiner, cable, or strap to secure it to a bag.

If you regularly travel with a portable hard drive, you’ll grab this at www.wdc.com (30$) and avoid the inconvenience of losing all your irreplaceable photos and files.

The Professional Case with Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2 doesn’t have a catchy name, but this type of case isn’t about looking sleek or sexy. The leather case bears a solid, professional look, but its real draw is the Bluetooth keyboard and leather palmrest tucked into the lid. Much like cases like Logitech and Kensington before, the addition of a physical Bluetooth keyboard theoretically should make fast-paced typing an easier process than using the iPad’s serviceable virtual keyboard.

The keyboard detaches from the case via velcro, and can be used separately from the folio case–a nice touch we haven’t seen to date.

Instant impressions: the keyboard’s flat keys feel solid, and the palmrest is as comfortable as can be for the size, but some keys are too compressed.

Available at www.i-luv.com starting at $29

The Bury CC 9060 IQ is a voice-activated touch-screen device that you attach to your car‘s dashboard. The CC 9060 IQ works with several smartphones, offering hands-free calling and memo recording functionality. This  is designed to fit you; the colour screen be tailored to suit the interior of your vehicle and the speech recognition technology enables the kit to learn your voice, just perform a quick voice training session to ensure maximum ease of use.

With some phones, the device offers text-to-speech capability, reading text messages back to you. And if you’re using a BlackBerry, the Bury CC 9060 IQ can read your e-mails out loud.

Drivers juggling more than one phone for work will appreciate the device’s multipoint functionality that lets two smartphones connect at the same time. Not all smartphones work with the SMS and e-mail read back feature, so before buying you will want to check the phone compatibility list (PDF)to see what features work with your phone.
Both Bury devices integrate with your car’s stereo system, and lower music volume when making or receiving phone calls. Although not listed in the specs, a YouTube video shows that the Bury will also mute music when turn-by-turn directions are announced on a Droid Incredible with external audio turned on.
This is an a very convenient gadget and worth the $’s, available at Amazon

Bring your tablet-based gaming to the next level with the JOYSTICK-IT Tablet Arcade Stick. The JOYSTICK-IT gives you a real physical joystick for increased precision with touchscreen based games. Simply press down to attach the JOYSTICK-IT to your tablet based computer’s screen for improved gaming. No wires or batteries needed.

Any game that has an on-screen control pad of some kind is perfect for the JOYSTICK-IT. Simply run your game of choice, place the JOYSTICK-IT over the on-screen control pad and push down. The JOYSTICK-IT sticks to the glass of your display and is ready for action. The lightweight solid milled-aluminum construction of the JOYSTICK-IT adds more precise movement and faster response time for enhanced playability. When you’re done, simply pull-up on the JOYSTICK-IT to remove from the screen.

Add a real physical joystick to your tablet computer for enhanced gaming precision available at Think Geek

This  looks like your  regular manila mailing envelope, but it’s a durable, padded laptop sleeve. Unlike a fancy laptop sleeve that screams, “Expensive electronic item inside — steal me now!” this one keeps it on the down — low.

Few thieves would think to steal what looks like your interoffice mail or package to grandma. Created by a designer at Luckies of London shortly after he had his phone stolen, it’s sold on their web site and on ThinkGeek.com for about $30. This  product has been so successful, they also have a phone-size version (the Undercover Mini) and will be coming out with an iPad-sized version this summer.