Netbook is small and comes in champagne
It's been said that you can never be too rich or too thin, but Asus's Eee PC S101 netbook ($700) gets pretty close to being both.
TheS101weighs in at a waifish 2.2 pounds (Almost a pound less than Apple's MacBook Air) and is 0.7 inches thin. Fortunately, the company did not substitute substance for style. The S101 is rich with features, including 20 gigabytes of free online storage, a 16-gigabyte solid-state drive and an integrated flash card reader that accepts four kinds of formats.
The netbook also has a 10.2-inch, LED-backlighted widescreen display fitted for 1024 by 600 WSVGA resolution, and comes with Windows XP.
It comes in a choice of three colors: brown, graphite and champagne. Azadeh Ensha, New York Times
Record directly onto your iPod
The iPod isn't just a music player. It's a new storage medium. GoStudio from Belkin ($120) can record stereo audio directly to an iPod Classic, Nano or Video just as if the iPod were a memory card or thumb drive.
The device has two built-in microphones, a mono speaker and four external microphone inputs. When you insert an iPod, a recording menu appears. You can record live audio as a voice memo, which can be used in iTunes or other audio-playback or editing programs.
The GoStudio has a few professional features including built-in gain and recording-level controls, as well as monitor controls.
The GoStudio, which will be available this month online and in stores, includes two AAA batteries, as well as inserts for both Classic and Nano iPods. John Biggs, New York Times
Take aim with Wii's Rumble Blaster
Fans of Nintendo's Wii gaming system are mostly drawn to the console's Wiimotes, a set of controllers that translate physical motion – slashing, jabbing, swinging – into on-screen action. Unfortunately, games involving guns and not golf clubs often get short shrift. The Rumble Blaster attachment ($29.99), however, turns your entire Wii controller into a two-handed gun system with realistic rumble action.
The kit snaps onto the Wii's remote control and “nunchuck” control and can be used separately as two pistols or together as a riflelike combination. The controller is compatible with most Wii shooting games, including “Ghost Squad” and “Target: Terror.”
The attachment will be available in stores this month. John Biggs