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BlackBerry Playbook Coming April 19th

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Pretty much everybody is getting into the tablet game these days in the wake of the iPad actually making it a viable market. Samsung has the Galaxy Tab, Motorola is putting out the Xoom, and we’re sure there are a bunch of cheesy Chinese knockoffs coming as well. But one competitor people have been awaiting is Research In Motion and how they were going to respond to the tablet craze. Back…

Dell Putting Out a Wi-Fi Only Tablet?

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The Dell Streak has been fairly popular among people who want to pay cell phone companies for the Internet, but don’t want or can’t get an iPad. While it’s not the delicious Apple product that actually turned tablet PCs into something people actually cared about, it’s absolutely serviceable and at $200 with a service contract, it’s a decent price. But what if you don’t want to pay Verizon,…

Wireless VS Traditional Internet Access

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The issue of wireless versus traditional Internet access today hinges on questions of reliability and mobility. The “traditional” or hard-wired Internet services are, right now at least, the more reliable of the two types of service. However, if you really want to experience the true freedom of the Internet, not only the freedom of information but the freedom to access that information from…

Not a Moment Too Soon: Windows 7 Ship Date Announced

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Windows 7 Ship Date – I think we’ve all been waiting for Windows 7 since that first fateful moment we clicked Enter after typing in the password on a new Vista set-up.  The whole “Mojave” diversion was like bleach in the wounds. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer. Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will be shipping to customers on Oct. 22. I’ll be…

Bing Jumps Into Action Several Days Early

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Bing Search Engine by Microsoft – Ahead of schedule appears to be the theme of this beautiful, bright 1st of June. Microsoft’s anticipated new search engine Bing was originally scheduled to launch on Wednesday, but is already available today. Though it will take more than a couple of hours to decipher just how much of a “Google killer” it is, it does offer some new features…

Dell Sees 63% Income Drop

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Dude, you’re gettin’ a downturn. Dell’s income fell 63 percent in Q1, from $784 million to $290 million. Stocks are slightly above analyst expectations, but revenue is slightly below. Chairman and CEO Michael Dell speaks of a “powerful replacement cycle, with virtualization and managed services playing larger roles in what customers want and Dell provides.” That’s corporate jargon for “people…

DealCrave: Dell Studio 17″ Entertainment Notebook

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Trying to stay under a $600 PC budget but can’t wait for the affordable ultrathins or ultrapowerful netbooks? Woot’s got a way out with a $549 Dell 17-inch Studio notebook. Built for entertainment, the refurbished Dell Studio 1737 includes a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive, a DVD player and burner, a webcam and Vista Home Premium installed. There’s also an…

HP Goes Low With New Netbooks

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With HP losing profits, it certainly makes sense to focus on the segment of the tech industry that’s actually doing well. Two new variants of HP’s Mini series are on the way, including one model breaks the $300 barrier. The new Mini 110s are a lot like their predecessors, but you can add a widescreen display and optional Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator for watching…

Lenovo’s New IdeaPads and IdeaCentre Won’t Break the Bank

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Lenovo IdeaPad U350 and G550 – Marking its territory in the upcoming battle over the ultra-thin, ultra-cheap, better-than-netbook PCs, Lenovo announced the IdeaPad U350 and G550. The former (pictured) has a 13.3-inch display with ambient light sensing, a 1.4 GHz Core 2 Solo or two less powerful options, a 500 GB hard drive, up to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, a GMA 4500M or 4500 MHD…

HP Loses 17% of Profits, Job Cuts Next

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Stories of tech layoffs were a dime a dozen earlier this year, but there’s been some hope lately that it’ll all turn around soon. If HP is any indication, that’s not the case. The company’s profits fell 17 percent in the second quarter, and now it will slash 2 percent of the workforce, or roughly 6,420 people. As the New York Times notes, HP makes a pretty wide variety of products, so its…

MECO: It’s Your Tech In a Box

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[youtube G7iFSxAGei8 570 380] Chances are your computer and your home entertainment center have irreconcilable differences. The latter wants to be out there, the life of the party. The former is an ugly mass of plastic or aluminum, but it can do so much with the Internet and digital content. If you’ve got $4,350 to $4,950 in liquidity, the MECO (short for Media Core) might be your answer. On…

Dell Giving Android Netbook a Try

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Around here, we see enough carefully-timed press releases and slowly trickling droplets of information that it’s worth a laugh when a company’s spot gets blown up. So here we have a Dell netbook that runs on Google’s Android operating sytem, being announced by a company responsible for the porting of Flash Lite onto the computer. That Bsquare then tried to pull the press release in hopes that…

Botnet Hacked for Good: A Glance Into Information Stealing

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Stolen passwords, credit card information and personal e-mails were in abundance at a botnet hacked by University of California Santa Barbara researchers earlier this year. The Torpig botnet, like many others, quietly infects Windows computers and harvests personal and financial information. In a project intended to assess the damage, the researchers took over the botnet for just one hour, and…

PeeWee Tablet Resists Drops and Spills

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Have you ever been in a restaurant and thought the kids menu looked more appetizing than the adult offerings? That’s how I feel about the PeeWee, which looks pretty great despite its kid-centric design and features. The PC has a ten-inch touch screen and a swiveling display, but also includes parental lock software and a bundle of other age-targeted childrens’ programs and games. All it really…

Jobs Still at Apple, Large Tablet Coming

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Good news for people who love Steve Jobs: Apple’s head honcho may be ill and out of the public spotlight, but his influence is still felt at the company as he works from home. While COO Tim Cook handles the day-to-day, Jobs weilds a heavy hand on product development, including the newest OS for the iPhone. Talking to unnamed insiders, the Wall Street Journal says this work includes development…

TechCrunch Tablet Leaked, Own Medicine Administered

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Call me a curmudgeon, but when a technology blog makes its own tech products, isn’t that a conflict of interest for covering competitors? Either way, TechCrunch is getting a feel for its subjects’ woes now that photos of the prototype TechCrunch Tablet are in the wild. Gizmodo spotted a photo from founder Michael Arrington’s posterous account, and CrunchGear in turn released a set of new…

Acer All-In-Ones Shown Off

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That’s it, slim and sexy all-in-ones, stroke my tech prediction ego. The latest pair to be strutted about comes from Acer. First, we’ve got the eMachines EZ1600 (pictured), in silver or black, with an 18.5-inch screen with up to 720p resolution, an Intel Atom N270 processor with 945GSE chipset, 2 slots of SO DIMM memory, up to 160 GB in hard drive space, DVD-RW, Wi-Fi and a card reader. The…

DBeat Portable DJ Console Taking Pre-Orders

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Let’s see, a full-featured version of Ableton Live inside a 20-pound aluminum casing with a touch screen and a plethora of buttons and knobs? No, I’m not surprised by the $4,000 price tag. Still, you’ve got to admire Open Labs’ work here. The DBeat features a 12-inch touch screen and integrated trackball, plus drum pads, a DJ crossfader and an iPod-compatible cradle. On the software side,…

Apple Netbook Pic is So Good, It’s Probably Fake

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So we like to dream. You can’t blame us for indulging, so now we’re doing it again. Russian magazine “mobi” somehow got the scoop on Apple’s alleged netbook, with photos to boot. We’ve even got a bunch of specs to go along with it. The so-called Macbook Mini will include an LED-powered 10.4-inch screen in 1280×768 resolution, running on a 1.83GHz processor with 1MB L2 cache. There’s 2 GB of…

“701 Jewelry” Chooses Bling Over Function

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Could this be the world’s most expensive pc?  Sure, the “701 Jewelry” from Moneual is the world’s most expensive “jewelry computer,” but how well can it run Crysis? The Intel Core 2 Due processor and ATI Radeon HD 4000 GPU can probably handle the task, but good luck seeing anything on that 7-inch screen. Chances are you’ll be distracted anyway by the 3,554 Swarovski Signature crystals that…

Thalbach Hand-Crafted Wooden USB Drives

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The USB flash drive has taken mobile media storage in a surprising direction. Where the floppies, CDs and tape drives of yesteryear were all about business, the USB flash drive has become an art form in and of itself. USB flash drives have been integrated into jewelry, into action figures, even into little puppies that hump your laptop when plugged in. While the latter shows how absurd this art has become, we’d like to share just how sexy and stylish USB flash drives can be. A small company based in Germany, Thalbach Design Manufaktur, sells hand-crafted, hand-engraved wooden USB drives with up to 4GB of storage. Using a variety of woods and polishes, Thalbach provides a signature spin on your personal data storage.

Continue reading for an in-depth look at these unique USB drives– and stick around GearCravers, we’ll be giving away 4 free USB drives from our friends at Thalbach in a post later on today.

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Each Thalbach USB drive is hand-crafted to order. You can select from a variety of veneers, inlay types, memory size and custom engravings. Depending on the use, you can engrave what you like in the inlay– your name, a personal graphic, the logo of your business or even a quote. The idea here is personalization, making your USB drive totally unique. As for woods, you can select between walnut root wood, zebrano, Indian apple and rosewood for the giveaway we’ll be announcing in a bit. Otherwise, there is a whole lot to choose from at the Thalbach.de website. At the heart of the piece is the USB flash drive itself, storing either 1GB, 2GB or 4GB. A wooden cap is fit to the end of the USB drive to complete the look and keep your data safe.

Thalbach is capitalizing on the fact that mobile data storage has become personal. Where media storage like CDs and DVDs are dispensable, USB flash drives have a much longer life span. You really only need one, and if you are going to get one you might as well do it right. Fortunately, the pricing for these hand-crafted drives is not out of this world– they start at $85 for the 1GB model and rise to $146 for the 4GB version.

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Markus Bischof, founder of Thalbach Design Manufaktur, prefers a personal approach to selling his wooden USB drives online. Instead of pages of forms to fill out to choose woods, sizes and inscription, Markus takes orders himself via email. This is another testament to making each of his USB drives personal to the customer. While they’re priced in Euros and ship from Germany, US customers can pay via paypal in US dollars and receive a nice black gift box package in about 5 days after the one week production.

Get yourself a truly personalized, unique USB drive hand-made from exquisite woods by a skilled German craftsman. Check out the full line of options at the Thalbach.de website. While the site content is in German, Thalbach’s customer service writes perfect English and will gladly help you choose the style that is best for you.

Buy: from $85