The Road Ahead : December January 2010
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2009/JAN 2010 20 TRAVEL + LIFESTYLE TECH + GADGETS visit www.roadahead.com.au MORE INFO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER TODAY. VISIT GIZMO.COM.AU OR CALL GIZMO ON 1300 275 449, AND THEY'LL RECOMMEND THE APPROPRIATE SERVICE AND PRODUCT FOR YOU. JUPITER IMAGES check out: visual tech Seeing is believing in the 21st century, as new products roll out aimed at making life better. THE ARCHOS 5 is the flagship of a new range of ultra versatile Internet Media Tablets, bringing with it a capacity to enjoy internet, media and TV in a handheld device. A high-resolution 12.5 cm screen allows users to navigate the web just like on a PC. There is a complete email application to receive, read and send emails, and songs and videos can be downloaded from a selection of movie and music partners. Prices from $535. www.archos.com HP's TOUCHSMART PC series is a computer with a built-in touch screen, running on Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium and featuring HP's TouchSmart 3.0 touch-optimised software suite. All models offer seven USB 2.0 connections and a 6-in-1 Digital Media Reader, handy for moving digital content between devices. You can also create your own digital content and video chat using the built-in webcam and mic. RRP from $1699. www.hp.com.au LG ELECTRONICS' (LG) range of Plasma TVs feature a frameless design and 'Time Machine' functionality. The PS80 and PS70 (pictured) offer a complete HD viewing experience with the benefit of being able to pause, rewind and record live television. Viewers are able to watch one channel, while recording another, making the inevitable squabble over the remote control a thing of the past. RRP: 50PS70FD $3999, 60PS70FD $5999, 50PS80ED $3699. www.lge.com.au GIZMO NEWS ... IS YOUR COMPUTER SAFE ONLINE? Your computer is constantly under attack from every direction: hackers, botnets, hardware failure, malware and phishing. While you can't be protected against everything, you can follow simple steps to ensure that you're relatively safe. Ensure your internet security is up-to- date. If you don't have good internet security, you're inviting disaster. Did you know that over 40,000 Malware samples are created every day and the Conficker Worm has already infected five million computers? So install, update and run a full scan using reputable software. Update your operating systems and browser. Regularly update your operating system with automatic updates. Ensure you wireless network is encrypted. Being able to wirelessly get online in any room of your house is a fantastic convenience, but it's also a massive threat to your online security if it's not encrypted. If it's not, criminals on the street can access your network and computer. Think about who you want accessing your tax records, passport etc. Back up. We can't stress how important this is. Ensure you have both an online backup solution and an external hard drive. This way, you have the ultimate protection should anything be accidently lost or stolen.
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