An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) provides protection against blackouts and brownouts. In this age of tablets and laptops the modern office seldom comes equipped with a battery backup device. Most of us are lucky to get a power strip with a surge protector.
The need for a UPS still exists. Small power supplies to protect modems, routers, NAS devices and DVRs are now available. These devices have a low current draw so they don’t need those large bricks like a CPU require.
Fast Company magazine offered their top ten of 2017’s most clever tech ideas. From smarter photo sharing to the ongoing AI wars— there was a lot going this year.
For all the tech industry’s talk of changing the world, sometimes the best innovations aren’t particularly dramatic. They’re ideas that are small—but so clever that they seem obvious in hindsight. They improve the products we already use in ways we can immediately appreciate.
Big breakthroughs and splashy new products tend to get all the attention; for once, here’s a tribute to the small-scale innovations that are just as important. The 10 Cleverest Tech Ideas Of 2017
The fundamental components of computers are becoming small enough that they are pressing against the boundaries of the familiar world of Newtonian physics. And nowhere is the scale and precision of operation on better display than in hard disk drives, where a trillion bits may fit in a square inch. But IBM has outdone them…
Samsung goes upscale with Google’s entry-level computers.
In recent years we’ve seen the Chromebook grow from sideline oddity to the second best selling computer in America. In an age where phones and tablets are packed with more computing power than the Apollo missions, the conventional desktop and laptop computer markets are lagging. The only computers to clock rising sales lately?
The latest trend in computing is the PC-on-a-stick, promising to turn any television into a computer. Well okay, not any television… it has has to have a spare HDMI input. But that covers most any TV made in the last several years!
A new system, now in beta, hopes to make WYSIWYG mobile app design a reality. Kleverbeast is a web-based tool that allows you to design your very own tablet app. For as little as $29 per month you can spew your creative juices on to the iPads, Kindles and Nexii of the world.
The WL-330NUL is a “pocket router” that offers a Wi-Fi hot spot or wired connection. Powered by a computer’s USB port or optional A/C adapter the unit is smaller than most flash drives and weighs less than an ounce.
The ASUS WL-330NUL Pocket Router is the world’s smallest fully featured wireless router designed to make getting online via Wi-Fi as easy as possible when away from a home or office network. Barely larger than a USB flash drive and weighing just 25g, the WL-330NUL Pocket Router features a single Ethernet port for connection to a wired network and built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for extending a wireless network.
Powered from a notebook USB port or by plugging directly into a mains socket, the WL-330NUL Pocket Router creates its own secure wireless hotspot for easy sharing of a wired or wireless connection with multiple wireless devices. The WL-330NUL Pocket Router can also be used as a USB Ethernet adapter for notebooks that lack a built-in Ethernet port, making it the perfect travelling companion for ultra-slim Ultrabooks™.
Turn junk into a $5 gift card! Now through January 19, 2013 you can cash in those old and unwanted electronics at Best Buy.
If you got some gear for Christmas (and who didn’t?) now is your chance to cast off your unwanted, broken and generally unloved gadgets. Includes devices like laptops, tablets, e-readers, mobile phones, MP3 players, gaming hardware (console and handheld), DSLR and digital point-and-shoot cameras, and digital camcorders.