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Want the interactivity of a tablet with the functionality of a notebook? Check out Acer’s Iconia-6120 Dual-Screen Touchbook, a dual 14-inch LCD touchscreen notebook. At 6.18 pounds, the Windows 7–based twin tablet is loaded with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 640 GB hard drive, a 1.3-megapixel HD webcam, Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, and USB ports. It sports AppCards, a set of Iconia touch-based applications including a touch-based browser, a clipping tool, a social network aggregator, and tools for quick access to multimedia files. With the Touchbook you can use your finger for control, type on a virtual keyboard, or use a combination of both. You can also customize what is shown on each screen—watch a video on the top screen, browse your multimedia library on the bottom one, or view a single Web page across the two displays. US$1,199.99.
If you record podcasts, video blogs, conference sessions, or business meetings—or talk via Skype—enhance your sound quality with the i-Microphone from GoBiz. This compact microphone is perfect for travel and works with the iPad, MacBook, iPhone, and other smartphones. The i-Microphone features an omnidirectional condenser microphone that can record up to 12 dB louder than the microphones built into most mobile devices. Weighing less than 0.25 ounces, it offers RF shielding that reduces interference and feedback, a windscreen, and a weatherproof brass body. US$25.99.
Humility Is In
Employees who perceive themselves as honest and humble receive significantly higher job performance ratings from their supervisors.
Source: Baylor University
Seek and Ye Shall (Eventually) Find
In a survey of 450 IT professionals and business managers, participants were asked how much time they spend each day filing and maintaining information and searching internal documents and systems for information they need.
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