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S10-3t is a nice little package, ready to
take on the popular iPad. Lenovoís convertible network
tablet is packed with up to 2GB memory and up to 320GB hard
It has an integrated
web camera. The external DVD drive is optional. A4-cell
battery provides 4 hours of activity (not enough); an 8-cell
battery gives you 8 hours of life (more like it). It comes
equipped with a USB 2.0, a 6-in-1 card reader, and 2 stereo
speakers with Dolby Headphone surround sound.
I found neat is the way you swivel the 10.1-inch backlight
display and lay it flat so itís transformed from a netbook
to a beautiful touch-screen tablet, like an iPad.
Whatís great about
this little machine is the keyboard. Small, but the keys are
big enough for your fingers to hit. Itís a comfortable fit
for your mitt.
You have two ways to
make a password for your computer. You can use VeriFace,
which takes a digital snapshot of your face. Or opt for
VeriTouch to create a password with your fingertip. I like
The IdeaPadís smooth
ultra-slim design allows you to carry it easily anywhere you
go. Priced at $489.95 at B&H in New York City. Look for
necessary goods at
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OU can effortlessly scan documents,
newspaper articles, pages from a book, or pictures with the
portable lightweight Magic
Wand, a slim digital scanner from
Scan, organize and
archive important legal and financial papers, recipes, and
other personal items on a microSD card up to 32GB (not
included). Itís powered by two AA batteries (included).
Weighing in at about
7.5 ounces, this little gadget fits in your pocket, perfect
for going to and from the office, or anyone on the go. Take
it with you when you travel.
It has a built in
time and date function, automatic white balance, and a
status LCD display. When not in use it powers off in about 3
minutes. Priced at $99 at
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EFORE you venture out in the
world you must have a catalogue from Magellanís. Call
1.880.962.4943 or visit
There are so many things you donít know you need until you
see them in the catalogue. POW, you gotta have Ďem!
Pisa Tank, a Magellanís
own design, adds flair to sweaters and blazers, even jeans.
It has a secret security pocket hidden in the hem to carry
your cash unseen. Avbailable in Off White, Black or Purple.
the World Knit Pant, another Magellanís design for
women, is made of a blend of cotton, wrinkle-resistant
polyester and stretch spandex. Youíll look cool with its
flattering cross-body waistband and side splits at the
ankles. Itís perfect for long flights and bus tours.
Available in Heather Gray or Black. Petite $57.50, Womenís
Sparkler is a shoe with the look of flats but with
athletic support, contoured fit and a footbed that massages
your feet. With the Velcro closure you can maneuver out of
these shoes quickly at airport security. Available in Black
or Pewter at $75.
Socks are perfect for hikes in the hills or a stroll
on the avenue. Made of a wool/nylon/elastic blend with
padded heel, toe and footbed, theyíll keep your feet
comfortable in all temperature ranges. Available in Taupe or
Gray at $16.85.
WalkStool is a travel seat
that youíll find handy in any situation, whether waiting in
a long line or watching a game on the field. Two adjustable
sizes give you different heights. Includes a travel pouch.
WalkStool 18 holds up to 440 pounds, $79. WalkStool 22 holds
up to 495 pounds, $89.
Smart Design Shirt, a Magellanís exclusive, is stain
repellant and quick drying. Features roll-up sleeves with
button tab, back cape venting, zippered cellphone holder,
and mesh lining. The Velcro flap over the hidden pocket
pulls down to reveal an organizer panel with ID window, mesh
change pocket, passport pouch, and pen holder ó a wallet in
your pocket! Very handy indeed Available in Khaki or Black
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Mirror for Photos is a
stylish little gadget that automatically backs up all your
photos swiftly and safely. What a neat idea from Memorex!
You donít have to be tech savvy. You donít have to open
settings or navigate menus. Each time you connect the device
to your computer by USB, its built-in software immediately
backs up your images. Available in three sizes: 320GB for
$79.99, 500GB for $99.99, and 640GB for $119.99. More
PurePlay Portable Speaker is a gorgeous Memorex
product, sleek and slim and portable. Fold it in your bag
and carry it out to the porch or the beach. It powers and
charges your iPhone and iPod in the dock, while delivering
nice stereo sound. You supply the four AAA batteries and
itís good to go. $69.99
Imationís Link Wireless A/V
Extender frees you from wrestling with tangled cords
and cables to project Internet TV, movies, photos and games
from your notebook, PC or Mac to your television. Using
wireless USB connectivity, you transfer data faster than
traditional WiFi sand without WiFi interference. Great for
enjoying your photos on a larger screen. And great for
screening videos from YouTube and Hulu. Simple to install.
No drivers to download; theyíre included on the USB
transmitter. Available at Amazon.com at MSRP $149.99.
Solar Flashlight means youíre never in the dark. Its
amorphous silicon panel recharges even when the sun is just
breaking or just setting. Five hours of full sun will yield
2 hours of run time. At night crank it up for one minute and
to get 4 minutes of run time. No batteries ever to replace.
When youíre on the go, use its handy clip to attach it to
your backpack or any bag or travel gear. $24.95
12 LED Magnifier from Franklin Electronic is ideal to
help prevent eye strain as you try to make out the small
print. The light adjustment switch gives you three types of
light for different lighting situations. Aluminum
construction; two AA batteries included. $44.99
Phone Sanitizer is a product you didnít know you
need. But in view of the fact that your cellphone is home to
more germs than reside on doorknobs and toilet seats, you
better protect yourself with this bacteria terminator. In
less than five minutes you can have your flat cellphone (not
the flip variety), Bluetooth headsets, PDAs and earbuds
germ-free. The company assures that the germicidal UV light
kills strep, e.coli, salmonella, listeria and the H1N1
virus. Available for $49.99 at Brookstone, Hammacher
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Best of Toy Fair
Aurora Huggy Bear
is so huggable youíll want two, one for your child
and one for yourself. Itís comforting and pleasing to the
touch. They come in three sizes: small at $5, medium at $10,
and large at $20. Pictures if the large 22-inch model 50215.
Rattlesnake from the Natural History Museum of London
is modeled after the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the
largest and most dangerous snake in North America. So you
can imagine the reaction youíll get as this
two-and-a-half-foot long scaly critter slithers, rattles,
flicks its tongue and turns with S-shaped serpentine
precision at your command. The controller requires one 9V
battery; the snake takes four AAA batteries (not included).
Recommended for children above five years of age. $39.99.
Arranging Game Corner to Corner is made in Germany by
Haba, the pre-eminent toy maker. The 62 tiles in this
Tetris-like set can be moved around by talented little
fingers to make vertical or horizontal arrangements. Form a
cube, lay them flat and make a square, or get bold and make
cityscapes. Provides hours of pleasant fun for kids from
ages 3 and up. $33.
Scooters is a Haba creation to delight children from
2 years and up. This car placing game is fun for 2-4 kids; a
variation of the game allows for a solo player. You gotta be
fast to place all 21 wooden tiles in order to win. $30.
will get your young ones up and active as they earn a
homerun with every swing at the ball. Itís a great way to
introduce your kids into the world of baseball.
that bat and watch the ball fly across the lawn. Or pitch
the ball to the kid and watch him hit a homerun every time.
Itís a neat item for ages 2-7 from Monkey Business Sports.
is a time management toy for children 3 years and up.
Prepare them for life by providing them with skills that
will guide them throughout life. It looks like a round clock
with one red handle that points to various activities that
cues the child at the proper time: rise and shine, meet the
school bus, return home, do home work, dinner hour, watch
television, take a shower, brush your teeth, bedtime.
Reusable stickers are included tom customize your TimeBuddy
to your childís personal routine. Three AA batteries
included. Learn more at
www.timebuddy.com. Helping your child master the concept
of time costs $34.99 at