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Hyundai Integrates USB Port Into 2009 Elantra

Hyundai Motors will place a USB port into their 2009 Elantra car for stereo connectivity and support of the Microsoft automotive initiative Blue&Me.

Given the fact you’d find yourself in a Hyundai it’s not clear on how you can actually use the USB port, although it’s obvious the USB port would give you access to sync GPS devices, access the stereo for flash based music libraries and display contact information from your PDA on the upgraded nav station.

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Blue&Me Link to Microsoft page.

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Poll Results: Is Your Primary Computer a Laptop?

poll results

I love my laptop. My wife loves her laptop. It’s powerful, widescreen and portable. What more could one ask for? (I asked for a 19″ widescreen for the office)

First things first: Congratulations to S. Wastgate of Florida for winning the Proporta Laptop Sleeve. Mr. Westgate visits GetUSB at least once a week, pockets a huge 8GB flash drive, works from his HP laptop and claims his GPS unit as his favorite gadget (I would too if lost in the Everglades). Thank you Proporta for sponsorship.

Okay – back on track: It seems about half our visitors are on the same page, “love the laptop.” Not that a PC has it’s merits and provides an environment for complete customization of hardware. With laptops getting much more powerful and wide screen viewing it’s an easy decision to go that route when making the next computer purchase. I recently saw an article where $100 laptops should be out before 2008 (educational tool). Crazy.

Be sure to visit GetUSB web pages and vote. Please remember to CLICK AND ENTER TO WIN if you’d like a chance and this rounds gift.

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Linux Computer is One P.H.A.T. USB Stick

A start-up firm in the French Alps put together one Pretty Hot And Tempting USB stick. This one only has 256MB of memory, but IS a full working computer.

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Based off an Atmel processor this SoC (System-On-Chip) design has a 190MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 256MB of memory, USB connectivity and a 10/100 Ethernet port.

The company, Calao, didn’t give a price tag but did mention some useful applications like GPS and image processing.

I for one saw that lovely USB connector and immediately thought of the new Samsung USB monitors and wondered if this is our future of computing.

Not only is the Calao Linux computer PHAT it’s also fat. Measuring at 3.3 inches long and 1.4 inches wide it is much larger then your average UFD…but also clear there is nothing average about this concept.

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GPS/Skype Pocket PC phone

glofiish x500E Ten has the slim-jim phone Pocket PC lovers would,…well,…love. The Glofiish X500 is a very thin Pocket PC based off E Ten’s internal antenna design. The improved ergonomics of the phone are just for starters. You also get GPS and Wi-Fi built in and integrated two hot-keys. The Glofiish features 2 quick application buttons that offer one-thumb navigation of Pocket PC applications, 2 dedicated phone function buttons and several user-configurable soft-keys that will allow for customization.

Future products will incorporated Bluetooth, multimedia video and audio capacities and a 2.0MP camera.

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GPS Track Stick logs your every move

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So where were you at 3am – Denny’s? If you have doubts the Track Stick can help. This USB gadget is a GPS logging device that can track locations for over two months. Using 24 global satellites the Track Stick can precisely calculate its own position anywhere on the planet to within fifteen meters. Using the latest in GPS mapping technologies, your exact location can be shown on graphical maps and 3D satellite images.

The Track Stick’s micro computer contains special mathematical algorithms, that can calculate how long you have been indoors. While visiting family, friends or even shopping, the USB Track Stick can accurately time and map each and every place you have been. Track Stick works around the planet. By exporting to Google Earth’s .KML file format via USB connection, each travel location can be pinpointed using 3D mapping technology or more simple maps like Map Quest. So now you can verify that 3am Denny’s story.

Prices under $200 from Amazon

GPS track stick

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FusionSoft with 7inch Personal Media Player

Well, apparently the Koreans are hungry for some hot 7-inch action as of late, judging from the latest developments over at FusionSoft – creator of the recently-mentioned odd-i P10 (recently upgraded to the GPS-equipped P11N). Enter, N700(D). Oh, that’s a very original name indeed. First, the Archos AV700, then the Viliv N70, now the odd-i N700D. But whatever, let’s see if the specs are any good.

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