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Siri, Advice from Virtual Personal Assistants

Remember the computer "HAL 9000" in the movie "2001 Space Odyssey," that acted like a personal navigator? Remember when you had personal assistants to help execute some of your everyday menial tasks? Well, a new shift in searching the Internet is going to make that technology, a reality. Virtual Personal Assistants are coming to a mobile device or computer near you this summer. Siri brings a very advanced collection of technologies (speech recognition, natural language processing, semantic data processing, and geo-location) to create a digital assistant that will help you perform tasks through a conversational, question-and-answer interface.

Top Ten "Have Netbook Will Travel" Options

This side of the millennium has spawned legions of "on the go" digerati who need their electronics to travel with them...and units that can offer the same computer features that we are use to having at home and in our offices. Netbooks are unique in their size, speed and functionality...and based on their light weight, they travel well. Whether you call them Netbooks, mini-laptops, or quasi-notebooks, these small, low-cost, low-power systems are the hottest thing to hit the electronics scene... since the first laptops!

Super Easy Cushion - A Sharp Idea That Won't Leave You Flat

The Super Easy Cushion is a super simple solution to an all-too-common problem - how to relax, read or work comfortably while laying flat on your belly.

Scary USB Shuriken Saves Data the Ninja Way

Yet another weird USB flash drive has made the scene, albeit quietly, like a ninja. The Shuriken USB drive makes it's "point" by saving your data as stealthily and scarily as possible.

TwitSnaps vs.TwitPic - Better Photosharing App?

Did TwitSnaps just build a better mousetrap than TwitPic?  Still in Beta format, TwitSnaps has launched a new photo application for Twitter that appears to feature more functionality than any other other photo sharing application online today. 

Google Wave, Email on Steroids!

Ooops they did it again! No, not the Britney Spears fan club! Google did it again...stealing Microsoft's thunder by rolling out Wave, their new communications and collaborative tool during the same week Microsoft debuted Bing, its new search engine. Google Wave is what email would be like if it were on steroids! It is a little of everything all mashed up into one big giant framework. Wave is part email, IM, calendar, Twitter, wiki, spreadsheets/docs/presentation, picture sharing, social media, forums, maps and just about everything else on the web, but the kitchen sink!

Powerbrella Keeps Your Gadgets Charged

The Powerbrella is the perfect accessory for the summer. Lay in the sun, while keeping all your most essential gizmos charged.

All In The Name Of Security: The 'Killer Chip' Invention

You thought you'd take a trip abroad to see some relatives in Bizwackistan. Upon your arrival, Bizwackian inspectors implant a tracking device in your arm to "make sure you don't overstay your welcome." What they don't tell you is that if you miss your flight out of the country, be you ill or otherwise indisposed, you will die.

Not For Geeks: LaCie's Designer Fashions For Mobile Hard Drives

For anyone who's not following the styling of computer accessories and stand-alones, LaCie doesn't just issue any old tech gadget. It's as much about 'the look' as it is about the function for LaCie's high tech storage units and accessories. With hot items from 5.5 Designers and industrial designer Sam Hecht, who can encase chips with the sleekest of personas, LaCie's new drive cases complement its hardware, providing all-business, but showing all-style.

Torrent2exe Makes Downloading Torrents Dirt Simple

Most of you probably know what torrents are and how to use them, but surprisingly there are plenty of people who still have trouble with them.  Not that you could blame them.  The first trick with getting over torrents is that you have to allow all kinds of firewall access and direct port forwarding on your router, which can be a bit tricky for the novice internet user.  Torrent2exe takes all the guess work out of torrents for beginners and makes a simple executable file that allows the user to download their desired torrent.