Gadgets

Return of the Mac…

Two thirds of us will excitedly unwrap a gleaming new gadget on 25th December, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. It’s been a bumper year for big technology launches from Nokia’s Lumia 800 Windows phone to the beautifully retro Fujifilm Finepix X100 camera, but as all sharp eyed tech fans will know, it’s Apple’s competitor-trouncing line up of iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the incredibly slim MacBook Air which have topped Santa’s wish lists for 2011.

So, for all these new Apple converts, how do you make the leap from Windows to iOS with minimum effort? And how do you transfer your beloved pictures, videos and content over from your battered PC to your nifty new iPad?

A crafty piece of software called Parallels comes in handy here. Getting new tech to sync is much easier than dropping those extra Christmas pounds, with a little help from desktop virtualisation software.

Software such as Parallels Desktop 7 Switch to Mac edition helps when changing from a Windows laptop to Mac or iPad, by transporting files and programmes from one laptop to a Mac – it will even remember things like webpage favourites and book marks or your stored downloads. Rather than struggle to check your post-Christmas bank account on Safari, which many online banking sites don’t support, Parallels can create a virtual machine on your desktop so Internet Explorer can be used on a Mac.

Parallels is really simple to use and compatible with Mac’s, iPads, iPhones and the iPod Touch. The Parallels mobile app allows users to access everything on their Macbook remotely – that means films stored on your Macbook at work can be watched on the sofa at home and music libraries can be accessed wherever you are in the world. Perfect!

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Sport Chic: Sensoglove for golf lovers

Simple to use this is a great gift for the golfing dad to help him finely tune his golf swing and ultimately improve his game. The Sensoglove is the first and only golf glove with built in sensors that measure your grip pressure when you are holding the club.

It helps you attain a smooth, consistent swing that delivers greater distance, enhanced precision and lower scores. It has a small 1.2 inch detachable digital monitor on top of the glove which analyses the pressure of your grip throughout every stage of your golf swing. You then get audio and visual feedback if you exceed your target level of grip pressure. Ideal for golfing fans at every level.

Available from www.sensoglove.com Price £50

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Like Facebook and Twitter?

Let’s face it most of us just love our Facebook and Twitter and what better present for a social networking addict than these ‘Like’ and’ Follow’ fleece cushions. These handcrafted cushions are emblazoned with either the word ‘Follow’ alongside a regulation ‘Add’ icon or with the globally recognised ‘Thumbs-up’ icon and its accompanying four-letter word ‘Like’. They are even filled with highly squishable polyester fibres, making them perfect for snuggling into after a hard day of tweeting utterly pointless 140 character status updates into your gizmo of choice!

Available from www.firebox.com Prices start at £24.99

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Love Chic: Intelligence is sexy…

Stuck for Valentine’s day ideas, then check out this ‘discreet’ USB gadget for all you laydeez out there. Perfectly designed to fit in your handbag – if only you could store data on it too then it would have everything covered!

The Lelo Mia is a Swedish-made rechargeable lipstick vibrator with 4 powerful stimulation modes. It’s designed to give up to 4 hours of intense pleasure between charges (yikes!) – and best of all it’s USB compatible so you can simply charge it on a computer. Not sure how that would look though if someone popped in for a cuppa and your vibe is charging next to your laptop!

Available on line for around £37

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Looks like Casio have come a long way since the calculator

The Japanese electronics giants, known world-wide for their G-Shock watches, recently unveiled a new prototype watch with Bluetooth capability.

You could be forgiven for not wanting to be seen wearing it on your wrist given its current appearance but if you look at some of the funky G- shock watches this one may get better looking.

This Bluetooth 4.0 enabled bit of kit has been designed to connect to the users smartphone, giving them the ability to view alerts on their wrist, directly from their phone. As well as text and email notifications, the calendar function means that all the reminders saved on the user’s phone can be easily viewed at the touch of a button.

Arguably the best feature is that when a call comes through to your phone the user can simply pull back their sleeve, look at their watch and see who’s calling. But it goes on, calls can even be rejected/ignored at the touch of a button. All this could mean no more fumbling in your pockets, hurriedly trying to pull the phone out before the caller hangs up and definitely  no more feeling popular when your phone rings, only to pull it out and see that it was your Mum calling.

The watch also boasts an automatic time zone update, handy for frequent travellers, and Casio also revealed that they hope to add public transportation, fitness and GPS functions to the watch before its release.

They are aiming to have the watch in shops by late 2011/early 2012, adding that it won’t largely out price other Casio models, which is a pleasant surprise. The long wait will allow Casio to address the small display and, hopefully, make it a bit easier on the eye, whilst smartphones catch up in regards to the Bluetooth 4.0.

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