A Touch Pen accessory from Targus allows for touch input on non-touch panels.
Microsoft can squawk all it wants about Windows 8 being equally well suited for non-touch desktops as it is for touch-capable notebooks and tablets, but we know better. The user interface is clearly intended for users to poke and swipe, and that's great if you own a Windows 8 tablet or a fancy new touch-capable laptop PC, but it's not so groovy for existing systems. Should you scrap your system and buy a new laptop? Well, that's certainly an option, though it's not a very cost effective one. Targus demonstrated for us another solution using its Touch Pen device, which transforms ordinary laptops into touch-sensitive devices.
The Targus Touch Pen transforms your laptop into a touchscreen device.
Windows 8 begs to be touched, and though that's problematic on non-touch notebooks, you don't necessarily need a new laptop to take full advantage of Microsoft's newest operating system as it was re-imagined. Yes, you can get by just fine with a keyboard and mouse, but an intriguing compromise is a new Touch Pen device from Targus. Designed for Windows 8, the Touch Pen turns virtually any laptop into a touchscreen PC.
PC Manufacturers are working day and night to shrink Ultrabooks into impossibly thin new form factors, and one of the casualties of this push has been output display options. VGA and DVI made way for mini display port and HDMI, however even these smaller connectors take up precious space. Even if your laptop sports one, what if you want more than one external display? The answer my friends is DisplayLink. The proliferation of USB 3 on Intel’s new chipsets is making outputting to multiple monitors over USB much more than a hack, this could well be the future.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Targus have issued a voluntary recall of the Targus Universal Wall Power Adapter for Laptops. According to the CPSC, faulty wiring can cause the connector tips to heat and melt the plastic encasing, potentially posing a burn hazard.
Models with the following SKUs are affected by the recall: APA23US-02, APA23US-03, APA23US-04, APA63US-03, APA63US-04, APM62US-03 and APM62US-04. The SKU number can be found on the underside of the adapter unit. Some 507,000 adapters are at risk, which were sold at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, Amazon.com, and other retailers nationwide from June 2009 through March 2010 for between $89 and $109 for adapters for wall outlets only, and for between $129 and $149 for adapters for both wall outlets and car/airplane use.
If you own one of the recalled models, the CPSC suggests immediately stopping use and contacting Comarco for instructions on returning the unit for a free replacement.
Attribute it to falling prices or more powerful parts, but not matter how you slice it, we're living in an increasingly mobile world. Notebook sales are booming, and the netbook craze is in full force. Perhaps poised to take advantaged of this mobile make up, Targus has announced a new dock called the Targus USB 2.0 Docking Station with Video.
The docking station "provides an ergonomic tilt for a comfortable typing angle and also keeps the laptop elevated, providing ventilation while in use." In terms of functionality, the dock includes four USB 2.0 ports (two of which can be used for charging devices), a DVI port for connecting to a monitor at up to a 2048 x 1152 resolution, an Ethernet port, and a speaker-out and a microphone-in port.
The whole thing connects to your laptop via USB and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP. Not a bad little add-on for the $160 asking price.
For all their indispensability, airport security checks never feel pleasing. But a security check becomes most nettling when security officials place a request for your laptop to be scrutinized with X-rays. As things stand, laptops can’t be X-rayed properly while still inside a laptop case and have to be removed. But all this is set to change – at least in the U.S – with the Transportation Security Administration having acceded to allowing a new kind of X-ray friendly case that will allow X-ray machines to scan laptops, while still in the case.
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