USB 4-Port Hub With Notebook Light
Now how many USB hubs just get their job done without much fanfare? Most of them, aye? This one does it with a little bit more aplomb, thanks to the built-in lights, a swivel connector and a retractable design. The built-in notebook light can swivel outwards 180 degrees, offering maximum keyboard illumination without burning your eyes by cranking up the monitor’s brightness level. I guess there is always a tradeoff for working in the dark or surfing some devious websites that you don’t want the missus to find out. There are four USB 2.0 ports available to further enhance your computer/notebook’s connectivity. This nifty little device will cost $29.90.
iPresentee offers free images for iWeb, Pages and Keynote
iPresentee, a developer of add-ons for Apple’s iWork and iLife applications, has released free Keynote Objects, a package of images for Apple Keynote, iWeb and Pages. The package continas 100 easy to use Keynote Objects for decoration in iWeb websites, Keynote or PowerPoint presentations and Pages or Word documents.
All Keynote Objects contain background transparency, and can therefore be used on any colored background. Each image can be changed in size, rotated, increased or decreased in opacity, fitted with shadows or even overlapped with one another to create extra effects.
Keynote Objects requires any Macintosh computer running Mac OS X with any version of Keynote, iWeb or Pages. They are also compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint and Word.
The kicker, of course, is that Keynote Objects is being offered free of charge. Samples and more information about Keynote Objects are available immediately at the iPresentee website
Facebook more popular than MySpace
It’s been a long time coming but Facebook has finally overtaken MySpace for the first time in the popularity stakes, according to the latest Comscore figures.
In May, Facebook attracted 125 million unique visitors, while MySpace only managed 114.6 million. For Facebook, this is a year-on-year rise of 162 per cent. MySpace’s popularity has also risen from a year ago, but at a much slower increase of just 5 per cent.
“Facebook is a directory”
Unsurprisingly, Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp, the company that bought MySpace for £512 millon three years ago, is unhappy with the news.
In a statement about the results, he said: “[Facebook has] done a great job of being flavour of the month the last six months of last year”, but that the site isn’t a real social network, but “just a directory”.
When asked if MySpace was in some part to blame for declining newspaper sales. Murdoch did show a lighter side by quipping: “I wish they were. They’re all going to Facebook.
(Via All News Feeds)
MacRumors iPhone Blog: iPhone 3G Users Can Run Their Bill Up Faster While Roaming
TimesOnline warns that iPhone 3G owners will be able to rack up large wireless bills faster than ever. While the UK carrier for the Apple iPhone offers an unlimited data plan, this only applies when you are located in the UK. Once you travel abroad, the cost to download 1MB of data can be as high as £6/megabyte (~$12 US). This means an average BBC iPlayer program could cost as much as £1,800 when roaming in the U.S.
Of course, this is true for all mobile phones, but iPhone users do tend to take more advantage of their data plans. A number of stories emerged after the introduction of the original iPhone about inadvertently large roaming bills.
Fortunately, the iPhone firmware now allows you to turn data roaming off, which avoids accidentally walking into this problem.”
(Via macrumors )
Alesis’ ProTrack turns your iPod into portable digital recorder
Though not the first audio recorder we’ve seen to get buddy-buddy with Apple’s darling for storage — nor the first Alesis product to partner up with the iPod — the ProTrack is still pretty swank in its own right. Hailed as a “professional handheld digital stereo recorder for iPod,” this unit enables direct-to-iPod stereo digital recording for folks needing gobs of storage space. You’ll find a pair of condenser microphones built-in along with twin XLR – 1/4-inch inputs for connecting external mics and line sources. Folks who can’t locate an AC outlet can count on four to five hours of use from four AAA cells, but it should be noted that only select iPods (2G / 3G nanos, 5G iPods and the iPod classic) are supported. Look for this one to land in Q3 for a currently undisclosed price.
Comedian George Carlin dies at 71
One of my favorite comedians passes.
Acerbic standup comedian and satirist George Carlin, whose staunch defense of free speech in his most famous routine “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” led to a key Supreme Court ruling on obscenity, has died.
Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, went into St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He had performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. He was 71.
“He was a genius and I will miss him dearly,” Jack Burns, who was the other half of a comedy duo with Carlin in the early 1960s, told The Associated Press.
Carlin’s jokes constantly breached the accepted boundaries of comedy and language, particularly with his routine on the “Seven Words” — all of which are taboo on broadcast TV and radio to this day.
When he uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, freed on $150 bail and exonerated when a Wisconsin judge dismissed the case, saying it was indecent but citing free speech and the lack of any disturbance”
(Via usatoday )