Shoot to Thrill
Casio’s 9.1 megapixel Exilim Zoom EX-Z85 compact digital camera features a 2.6-inch LCD monitor with customizable menu screens and frame designs. The device’s auto-shutter function allows users to snap pictures without pressing a button, reducing photo blur. The camera also records video in the iTunes-compatible H.264 standard and uses a face-recognition function to prioritize focus and exposure. Photography Luddites can resort to easy mode, which pares down the menu to flash, timer, and image size. The Exilim Zoom EX-Z85 costs $179.99.
Contact Casio at (800) 435-7732 or www.casio.com.
CardScan Executive is a contact management system that includes a USB-powered scanner and software. The scanner, which can handle up to 30 business cards per minute and reproduces both monochrome and color graphics, transmits captured text to the management software. The software creates a searchable listing in the CardScan database, which syncs with Outlook, Act, Lotus Notes, and GoldMine. The CardScan At Your Service feature backs up user data for no additional fee. CardScan Executive includes a two-year warranty and costs $259.99.
Contact CardScan at (800) 640-6944 or www.cardscan.com.
Can green measures boost sales? asks The Retail Green Agenda: Sustainable Practices for Retailers by Rudolph E. Milian, a senior staff vice president of the International Council of Shopping Centers. This study of the environmental movement’s impact on the retail sector answers its own question with a resounding yes. Using the sustainable practices of Lowe’s, Target, Trader Joe’s, and other companies as case studies, the book examines how and why retail corporations and shopping center developers are adopting a more eco-friendly business model. It is quick to add, however, that in business, greening one’s vision doesn’t mean losing sight of the black. The book costs $34.95; $24.95 for ICSC members.
Contact ICSC at (301) 362-6900 or www.icsc.com.
Lean, Mean Computing Machine
The Inspiron Mini 9, Dell’s first compact laptop, measures 9.13 inches by 1.07 inches by 6.77 inches and weighs 2.28 pounds. Along with the Atom Processor, the laptop contains Intel’s Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950 and up to 1 GB of memory. Users can choose a Windows XP Home Edition SP3 or Ubuntu Linux 8.04 operating system as well as optional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards. The Inspiron Mini 9 features three USB ports, a video connector, and two audio jacks. The 8.9-inch display offers enough space for reading Web pages and Word documents, and the four-cell battery provides four hours of compact computing. The Inspiron Mini 9’s price ranges from $349 to $449.
Contact Dell at (800) 999-3355 or www.dell.com.
Powered by a USB-rechargeable battery, Franklin Electronic Publishers’ Speaking Global Translator contains more than 450,000 words and 112,000 phrases and can vocalize 115,000 of them. Translations and perhaps more crucially verbal pronunciations are available to and from Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean translations are displayed in Asian and phonetic English characters. The device also includes a calculator, currency converter, and a microphone for recording custom words and phrases. The Speaking Global Translator costs $229.95.
Contact Franklin Electronic Publishers at (800) 266-5626 or www.franklin.com.