Week of Mar 20, 2009: Gadget Recap from Gizmos for Geeks

ShareBy Will, Gizmos for Geeks
Contributing Writer, RealTechNews.

Here is last week’s featured gadgets and news items at Gizmos for Geeks:
To start off the week, we took a look at Legacy Locker – a rather neat innovation that allows you to pass down important account details for your online ‘assets’ in the case of your death.
We found [...]

Paper Shampoo Makes Airport Screening Easy

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By Alice Hill
RealTechNews
On second thought, doesn’t paper shampoo make airport screening risky? Anything they haven’t seen before is not going to go over well, unless you can pop this in a pocket and forget about it.

Mint fragrance. 30 single use sheets in a convenient plastic container. $12.50. No conditioner.
We Say: Ouch – pretty pricey for [...]

Build Your Own Foreclosure Heat Maps

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By Alice Hill
RealTechNews
I am sure when the founders of HotPads came up with their website business, the idea was to tap into the red-hot housing market. Sadly, things have changed and now the word “hot” has a whole new meaning.
Hotpads is a free service that lets you compare rentals and homes for sale in many [...]

Ultimate Travel Gadget: Belkin Mini Power Strip

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By Alice Hill
RealTechNews
Anyone who travels a lot will simply look at this device and sigh with relief. Why? Hotels are awful about providing enough power outlets near the desk – and with more and more gadgets hitting the road, it means a room strewn with charging cell phones and laptops and headsets, etc. One room [...]

Google Experiments with Search Within Search

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By Michael Santo
Editor-in-Chief, RealTechNews
Google has begun offering secondary search boxes within their search results (above). Typical of Google offerings, not everyone is seeing the “feature” yet, as it rolls out to different data centers.
The secondary box restricts the search to the site in question. It seems like the searches that are most likely [...]

Magic Idea Cooling Fan Extracts Hot Air From Any Notebook

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By Alice Hill
RealTechNews
It certainly sounds like magic to me. When my small Sony notebook started over-heating I bought a pad-shaped cooling device that I placed under the unit – not only was pad bigger than my small notebook, it was noisy and certainly killed the point of having a 3.5lb computer. The Magic Idea Laptop [...]

Skype on the iPhone

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By Alice Hill
RealTechNews
I would file this under nice to know vs. insanely useful. But… if you happen to own an iPhone and want to IM or call using Skype here is a service called IM + Skype (in beta) that let’s you do just that.
“IM+ for Skype is a web service that enables voice and [...]

How to Disable Your Passport’s RFID Chip

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By Alice Hill
RealTechNews
January 1, 2007 marked the start of RFID-embedded US passports. You can tell you have a new one if the logo on the front is different and there is a little bulge in the back cover. Depending on where you fall on the security issue – some say broadcasting your whereabouts from [...]