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Ring Socket concept makes timed charging easy

Ring Socket concept makes timed charging easy

Timed AC outlets aren't new, but they're generally tricky to program ad-hoc and so only get used for security lighting, heating or other regular tasks. Designers Cheng-Hsiu Du and Chyun-Chau Lin want to change all that; their Ring Socket concept would replace the confusing digital display or dozens of clicky pegs with a simple illuminated loop, rotated clockwise according to how many hours you want the appliance to be active.

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England’s Pizza Express Installs iPod Docks in Restaurants

England’s Pizza Express Installs iPod Docks in Restaurants

If you're a resident of the United Kingdom, you might very well be aware of the pizza chain "Pizza Express." What you might not know is that they'll soon have iPod docks behind the seats, starting first with their Richmond location. This installation is part of a ground-up redesign of their chain, an experiment they're calling "The Living Lab." Reminds me of something we had (and they still have) at my alma mater the Minneapolis College of Art and Design: Classrooms of the Future. Plugs and switches and controllers all over the place. Plug in and power up.

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Cooler Master unveils world’s smallest 95W power adapter for notebooks

Cooler Master unveils world’s smallest 95W power adapter for notebooks

I have reviewed tons of notebooks over the last few years and it seems to me that sometimes the power adapter you need to schlep around with the notebook is as heavy as the notebook in some cases. Those power adapters are also often very large and bulky making them hard to pack into a crowded bag or suitcase.

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Kensington Smart Power laptop power adapters break cover

Kensington Smart Power laptop power adapters break cover

Kermit the Frog always said it isn't easy being green. Thankfully, today with all the power sipping AC adapters for notebooks and computers being green is easy. Kensington has unveiled a couple new notebook power adapters that are Energy Star qualified and work with lots of notebook brands.

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Duracell portable universal netbook charger is under $50

Duracell portable universal netbook charger is under $50

I bet there are many people out there who would like to have two chargers for their netbook. With two chargers, you can leave one at the house and one at the office and not have to fiddle with plugging and unplugging them each time you go to one place or the other.

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Belkin Conserve range gets new intelligent plugs, energy meter & charging station

Belkin Conserve range gets new intelligent plugs, energy meter & charging station

Belkin has outed a new range of earth-friendly power products that it reckons will help people not only reduce their carbon emissions but - since a little self-interest is always good - cut their electricity bills too.  Slotting into Belkin's Conserve range, the four new products include the Conserve Insight, a plug-in energy meter that shows how much juice your appliance is guzzling, and the Conserve Valet, a home charging station for USB-powered devices like cellphones and PMPs, which automatically shuts down the supply when each is fully charged.

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FastMac U-Socket on sale now: $20 for USB charging convenience

FastMac U-Socket on sale now: $20 for USB charging convenience

The FastMac U-Socket combination AC and USB outlet - first spotted back in December 2009 - has finally gone on sale, offering a straightforward way to charge up USB gadgets like smartphones, PMPs and even your iPad without having to reach for the AC adapter.  Priced at $19.95 for those willing to preorder (or $29.95 after that), the outlet only supplies power to the USB ports when there's something plugged in.

It's also had a redesign since the prototype first shown, moving the two USB ports to one side of the outlet rather than, as before, flanking either side of them.  That may spoil the symmetry but it also means you'll still be able to plug in a USB even with two reasonably bulky wall-warts taking up the AC slots.

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Elecom adapter turns notebook power adapter into an outlet

Elecom adapter turns notebook power adapter into an outlet

Finding an empty plug in my office is sort of like striking gold. All my outlets are full and several of them have surge protectors plugged into surge protectors to power all my gear. Elecom has a new adapter called the AC Adapter Tap T-ACTAP22 that can help solve the plug dilemma for me.

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Convert your dull AC outlet into a super-geeky USB version

Convert your dull AC outlet into a super-geeky USB version

The most bizarre thing about this Instructable for converting a regular AC outlet into a USB outlet is that only this morning - dealing with various review phones bleating as their batteries expired on the mess that is my desk - I found myself wishing for such a thing.  Apparently the work of 30 minutes and a mere $10, we're not sure we agree with project author Hextor's tongue-in-cheek prediction that "it will get your home ready for the future, when most appliances are USB" but for bringing new life to an unloved outlet it can't be beat.

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Sony recalls 69K VGP-AC19V17 VAIO power adapters

Sony recalls 69K VGP-AC19V17 VAIO power adapters

The last few week shave seen several large product recalls with the most recent from Belkin due to a risk of electrical shock. Today Sony has announced a large product recall that will affect the owners of several VAIO computers. The recall has to do with the AC adapters the machines use rather than the batteries this time around.

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Cooler Master unveils NA 65 and NA 90 universal notebook power supplies

Cooler Master unveils NA 65 and NA 90 universal notebook power supplies

Cooler Master is most known for its line of cool computer cases for enthusiasts and gamers. The company has also branched out into other computer categories with new peripherals and notebook accessories. The latest notebook gear from Cooler Master is the NA 65 and NA 90 notebook power adapters.

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Huntkey unveils power sipping universal notebook adapters

Many people are very interested in saving power not only to save money on utility bills, but also to help the environment. A company called Huntkey has announced a new series of Energy Star universal notebook power adapters that promise to save significant power compared to standard power adapters.

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