iPod wrist controller

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iPod wrist controller

iPod remote control wrist band

There’s not been many particularly innovative iPod accessories for a while now, so it’s good to see a bit of fresh thinking again. Scosche Industries have come up with a pretty simple premise: it can be a bit of a pain struggling around in your pockets and bags to reach your iPod controls, so why not have them wirelessly repositioned elsewhere? As the title suggests, the controls can now be relocated to your wrist and connected via RF using the plug-in adaptor. It is currently available in the US for $60 without a mention of whether something similar will reach the UK, but if it catches on well enough, who knows? Even if it doesn’t it is still a smarter use of wearable technology then these monstrosities. More here.

Sagem’s super slim mobiles

It wouldn't be fair if all the phone companies didn't have a crack at a super skinny mobile to challenge the under-fed delight that is the Moto RAZR. The my300x, my301x and my302x phones from Sagem are fairly standard mobiles, except that they're all just 14mm thick. As well as the skimpy casing, the phone is more naked than some, lacking the now customary presence of a camera. Perfect for those who just want a phone that makes calls, and for anyone who's not supposed to have a camera in the office. They have a very practical 350 hours standby time, 4 hours talk time and come with the usual set of features including GPRS, WAP 2.0, Java, MMS and so on and will be on sale shortly.

PC tip of the day from Propellerhead

Word safety net

We’ve all been there - you’ve just spent the last five hours carefully crafting a document or article then phut! Word or your PC throws a wobbly and freezes or crashes. Even if you get your PC going again the chances are the last five hours of hard work have been lost, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Word has a built-in backup utility that can be set to create an automatic copy of your work as often as you like, so even if the worst happens the most you will loose is the last minute (or whatever your chosen backup period is) of work. To enable or configure the facility go to Tools > Options and select the Save tab, make sure ‘Save Auto Recovery info’ is checked and set the interval to 1 minute. If word crashes when it next opens the recovered file should be displayed. If it doesn’t (if Windows crashes for example) you can find and open the saved document by going to Tools > Options, select the File Locations tab and check the location of the Auto Recovery files. There are plenty more great Word tweaks in the BootLog Top Tips archive here.

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