Tech For Home and Work

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Cohen's home office doesn't look like a home office. With its comfy couch, it also doubles as a TV room. And he uses a streaming music device to play all the music on his PC through the stereo downstairs.

In the gaming realm, Cohen has the media extender software to go with his Xbox, which is in another room entirely. However, the new Xbox 360 comes with extender technology already built in. It allows users to view Windows Media Center content, including video, through their Xbox console.

It's not all fun and games in Cohen's home office--there's some serious work being done, too. His PC--which is connected to a shared multifunction laser printer and fax machine--just happens to be the hub for his home entertainment as well.

On the Go
Cohen uses the Orb Networksservice to give wings to the media he usually accesses from his home PC. The service works with any media.

"At work, I often watch the news by connecting to my home PC through My Orb," says Cohen. He can also watch on his stereo-capable SMT-5600 Audiovoxphone. "When I'm stuck in airports, I log in and watch TV on my phone." The video iPod also satisfies the demand to carry moving pictures with you. And Epsonhas jumped in with its P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer. With these devices, home entertainment is no longer confined to your home.

Diving In
Converging your work and entertainment technology is sure to make your life easier and more enjoyable. "My favorite [perk] is having one system for everything. I don't want it to look like a techie house," says Cohen. "I like the technology to be hidden, but to work well."

What all this innovation boils down to is control. "It's part of the entrepreneurial spirit," says Taylor. "[Entrepreneurs have] always wanted to be able to control things--their destinies and their businesses. And now they're going to be able to control their entertainment."

Windows Shopping
Longtime rivals have kissed and made up a new Treo. Palmhas shown its own OS the door and invited Windows Mobile 5.0 to come on over. Treo on Windows marries Palm's popular Treo form factor to the undeniably familiar Windows interface and applications. A pocket-size PC now powered by an Intel processor, it embraces Microsoft Office essentials like Excel, Internet Explorer Mobile, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. It even cozies up to Exchange Server 2003. Available exclusively through Verizon, the new smartphone can tap Verizon's speedy EV-DO network, further blurring the lines between office, home, phone and computer.

Pixie Printer
If you need output on the go, the Brother MPrintMW-140BT can deliver quick black-and-white prints from the palm of your hand. This wireless thermal printer costs $399 (street), is only about a half-inch thick and weighs just 10 ounces. The MPrint uses cassettes with A7-size paper (4.1 by 2.9 inches), two-ply carbons or labels. But standard-size documents are converted to A7 in software, making this printer perfect not only for snapshots, but also for quick documents from your laptop beamed via a Bluetooth connection. The MPrint's lithium-ion battery is good for up to 100 continuous pages between recharging.

Walk This Way
What Sony once did for radios, it now wants to do for phones. Push a button on the side of the Sony Ericsson W800i Walkman Phone, and it will play your MP3s. Push twice to listen to FM radio--a rarity even among MP3 players. There are the usual radio tuning features to navigate to your favorite radio station, and a 512MB Memory Stick will bolster W800i's internal 34MB storage. Flip it sideways to get a great 2-megapixel camera with shutter button and 4x digital zoom that feels like a stand-alone digital camera. Oh, and W800i makes phone calls, too.

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