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Lifestyle

Netbook battery lasts all day, night

You can work all day on the Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005HA netbook and still have enough battery life to play at night. Capable of running for up to 10.5 hours on one battery charge, the energy-efficient netbook sports a 10.1-inch LED backlit screen with a resolution of 1,024-by-600 pixels, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, 1 gigabyte of memory and a hybrid storage system that provides 160GB on a hard drive and an additional 10GB online. It includes a built-in 1.3-megapixel camera and microphone, a media card reader, stereo speakers and two USB ports. With a cover that mimics the curves of a seashell, the easy-to-tote machine is available in blue and black for about $390.

www.asus.com

Tablet lets you sketch and compute

With the EasyPen i405 tablet, you can sketch an idea while you’re soaking rays at the shore and then transfer the idea to a computer when you return home. Priced at $80, the portable tablet from Genius gives you the freedom to write, draw and sign documents from almost anywhere. Compatible with both PCs and Macs, it has a 4-inch-by-5.5-inch work area, a cordless pen and shortcut keys to common Microsoft Office and Internet tools. A similar model, the MousePen i608, includes a larger 8-inch-by-6-inch work area as well as a cordless mouse that lets you scroll through the tablet’s options. It costs $100.

www.geniusnetusa.com



Program drastically shrinks file sizes

With FILEminimizer Office, you can share your jazzed up Microsoft Office presentations without clogging the recipients’ networks. The handy software from Balesio uses a special file compression technique to compress images and embedded objects in Microsoft Power Point, Word and Excel files while preserving the original file format and quality. In other words, it can reduce the size of the file by up to 98 percent without forcing the receiver to unlock the original format. To send a compressed file, simply click Pack and Go and the software will compress the file and send it via your Outlook e-mail. Better yet, when the file arrives, recipients can view it without having to take any extra steps. The program costs $45. A free trial version is available.

www.balesio.com

Network camera
keeps home in view

You can keep tabs on the home front, even when you can’t be home, with a new network camera from D-Link. Designed to share images with the mydlink.com Web site, the D-Link Network DCS-1100 camera lets you monitor your home via the Web on a computer or a mobile 3G device. It features a 16x digital zoom, motion detection and a built-in microphone. Connection to your home network is via a standard cable. It costs $180. Another model with wireless connectivity, the DCS-1130, will go on sale later this summer for $220.

www.dlink.com

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