IT & HI Tech News

- FaceVision TouchCam N1—A HD Webcam

 The FaceVsion TouchCam N1 (priced at $120) is a high-definition webcam designed to provide excellent picture and sound quality which makes this device ideal not just for casual video chatting but also for business use.
While this webcam is more expensive than the regular versions, consumers can at least expect impressive features including high-definition video calling designed to capture 22 frames per second complemented with dual microphone and wide-angle autofocus lens.

FaceVsion TouchCam N1

In addition, TouchCam N1 is compatible with Skype HD that is increasingly becoming popular as a way for businessmen to hold teleconference.

Despite the notable features of this webcam, it has several downsides including its inability to tilt, zoom, and pan from right to left. With this, users have to unclip the entire device from top of the monitor if they want to adjust its angle.

When it comes ergonomics design, the rectangular-shaped webcam is relatively bulky as it weighs 2.1 ounces and 3.9 x 2.4 inches. And because of its weight, attaching it to the side of the monitor is difficult.

Before this webcam can shoot videos in high-definition, the computer should have certain system requirements as the picture and video quality largely depends on the speed of the Internet and the processor. With this, the Internet connection should have at least a 1.2-mpbs upload and download speeds, while the computer should run in Windows XP or higher, Skype 4.2 and other later models, and a minimum of 1GB RAM, 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and 200MB hard disk space.

In case that the said requirements are met, this webcam can support fluid motion during a videoconferencing without experiencing any delay even if the users are moving. This is because the autofocus lens has been designed to adjust quickly to any movements.

In terms of picture quality, the result is quite impressive despite in challenging lighting conditions. But in case that there is too much overhead light, users can simply adjust the Skype’s brightness setting to improve the video quality.

To further complement the high-definition video, the webcamera has dual microphone system that captures the sound even if the source moves farther away from the device.


- SmartSwipe

 Online shopping got easier, faster and whole lot safer thanks to the new SmartSwipe credit card reader. No more typing of RSI-inducing credit card information, answering all those security questions and uneasy foreboding feeling that you’ll fall prey in one of those credit card scams. The new ultra-secure SmartSwipe is made to significantly improve the way you shop online; this credit card gadget can read, encrypt and send your personal card information straight to the online payment page. To purchase, just bring up SmartSwipe, then swipe your card thru this USB gadget, review card information and press the on-screen confirm button of the purchase wizard to complete a transaction – no more typing.


 It’s not just fast, it’s also secure – it effectively protects your sensitive information from hackers and nasty software. It also offers proactive protection against phishing sites, now you can surf and shop with complete peace of mind. It’s so secure that your personal data is protected before it even hits your computer, meaning you’re far from a vulnerable online attack.

 SmartSwipe is compatible with almost all website that accepts credit or debit card payments and it supports all Mastercard, American Express, Visa and Visa Debit cards system. The only downside is that this credit card device is not currently compatible with Mac but it does support Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit) operating systems. To use SmartSwipe, you additionally need an Internet browser like IE 6 or Firefox 3.6 or higher, Internet connection and a free USB port.


- Kingston release DataTraveler Locker+ USB Flash drive

 Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the DataTraveler® Locker+ USB Flash drive. The DataTraveler Locker+ allows companies of any size to secure mobile data with the ease and confidence of knowing that their data is encrypted and safe. The DataTraveler Locker+ also comes at a lower cost in times of shrinking IT budgets, making it ideal for budget-conscious companies.

 “Kingston created this drive to address the rise in data loss and theft which has been a growing problem with expensive consequences. This device gives companies a solution that is not only affordable but provides peace of mind in securing mobile data,” said Mark Akoubian, business manager, Secure USB Products, Kingston®. “The DataTraveler Locker+ encrypts 100 percent of the contents and is available at a price point that is very attractive for all entities looking to comply with corporate security policies.”

 Data on the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ is secured with 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption. Access to the drive’s contents is through a simple to use interface requiring a complex password. The likelihood of successful brute force attacks on the DataTraveler Locker+ is reduced as the drive locks down and reformats after 10 incorrect password attempts.

 The 100 percent encrypted DataTraveler Locker+ ships in up to 32GB capacity. For companies in need of a partitionable area on the USB drive for public sharing (e.g., within an office setting), Kingston offers the DataTraveler Locker which allows both a public and encrypted zone. Kingston also ships the DataTraveler Vault – Privacy Edition for enterprise and government customers requiring a speedier, more robust Flash drive. It is also waterproof and Trade Agreements Act-compliant. For more information visit

Kingston DataTraveller+USB Flash drive


- Relax and enjoy beautiful photos from your iPod touch

 Actual photo of the SHOWWX in use

SHOWWX laser pico projector

It’s here. The world’s first laser pico projector.
Amplify yourself with the SHOWWX laser pico projector. The SHOWWX projects big, bright, and colorful images that are always in focus, yet it is small enough to fit in your pocket.

Connect the SHOWWX to a video output-capable device to spontaneously share photos and videos, presentations and more, for a big screen experience.


  • Always in focus: you never, ever have to adjust focus
  • Sharp and clear images on any surface from 6 inches or less to 200 inches or more
  • Rich and vivid laser colors amplify your photos, videos and presentations
  • Wide projection angle delivers a big image (1:1 throw ratio)
  • High resolution (WVGA 848x480) brings out every detail
  • Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio enables you to experience content the way it was meant to be
  • Sleek contours feel great in your hand; slim enough to put in your pocket
  • Plug-n-play compatibility enables quick and easy operation with your device
  • Movie-capable battery that lasts 90-120 minutes on a single charge


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