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X Marks The Spot – X Mark Mouse Slim

Canon's X Mark Mouse Slim - it's a wireless mouse, calculator and keypad!

White looks great with an apple keyboard, if you want to keep things...white.

By way of Designboom, Canon is now taking pre-orders for its X Mark Mouse Slim, a three-in-one business tool for your computer. The wireless mouse, calculator/keypad is a great example of streamlined innovation. I love the simplicity and efficiency of this. It makes perfect sense, right? Offered in black or white, the X Mark is a lightweight companion that should be a staple for your office. Check it out here. $60 USD [available in August 2011]

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Razzle Dazzle – Audio-Technica BijouĂ© Speaker

Sound in a Jewel Box. The Audio-Technica Speaker.

Plug your iPhone/MP3 Player for instant gratification

Portable speakers influenced by fashion and precious stones. The BijouĂ© speaker by Japan’s Audio-Technica sport an inspired jeweled top, equipped with a mirror on the inside, is offered in six different colors. Lightweight, powered by two AAA batteries, the speaker provides over 30 hours of playtime. Check it out at Geek Stuff 4 U. Available for $49 USD.

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Project This – Samsung’s Pico Projector

Samsung's Pico Projector is the perfect mobile solution for on-the-go business.

Great size, great design.

Consultants and freelancers will appreciate this one. Samsung has released a portable projector that basically fits in the size of your hand. Thanks to LED technology, the SP-HO3 Pico Projector measures 2.75″x1.5″x2.75″, weighs less than most cell phones, and has a 1 GB internal memory that provides a projected screen of 80 inches (30 ANSI lumens strength). The cool factor alone is reason to have this for your office. The practicality of it makes it a must-have. Imagine being able to transfer a file from your iPhone and let the projector run the show itself. Better yet, have this around to project what you have on your computer up on the wall for impromptu meetings. However you justify it, the $300 price tag is just what you need for work and play. In fact, I think it’s a great way to display and share your pictures from the recent 4th of July weekend. Check it out at Samsung‘s web site.

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Cold As Ice – Calypso Crystal iPhone Dock

The Crystal Dock by Calypso

For the person who has everything and still looking for that je ne sais quoi! Handmade from lead crystal glass, Calypso’s crystal dock for your iPhone/iPod is an elegant objet d’art for that special corner of your desk near the computer. Meticulously crafted, the dock is a representation of the fine European tradition of crystal glass making. 15 different artisans make their mark in the production for one dock before it is carefully reviewed for flaws. Four design choices for those with finicky taste. The Calypso Dock starts at $199. Perfect for showcasing your new iPhone4.

Beau is one of four detailed designs by Calypso.

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Wild Wild West – Old Time Computers

Your computer retrofitted for the old world charm.

For some reason, I’m mesmerized by these retro-fitted computers made to look like items found in an old Victorian banker’s office. My lawyer from an unfortunate law breaking incident (don’t ask) had a private office that was inspired by the wild, wild west. I came very close to walking out as soon as I walked through the door. As with any legal case, you’re forced to be humbled, so I didn’t really have a choice to pick an attorney based on personal taste and style. Fortunately, all went as planned and I am forever indebted to a man who loves nostalgia. I must admit, my very first desk lamp was a banker style brass lamp with a green glass shade. You know the type, right? I suppose I’m still nostalgic for it since it was one of the very first purchases I made that clearly indicated my love for office design. That style would be right at home with this series of computers and accessories by Old Time Computer. Ranging from a collection of Mac products, the keyboards are “fantastical!” (yes, this is one of many made-up words I like using to butcher the English language). There is now a wireless keyboard available as well as a wireless mouse.

Now available in a wireless keyboard.

I know this is not for everyone, but I do love the merge between the old world and today’s modern conveniences. It’s a little sci-fi noir…just like the original Time Machine. If you think you might be interested in stepping back in time with our computer technology, be sure to visit Old Time Computer.

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WiFi Your Sound – Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

Bluetooth your playlist with Belkin's Music Receiver

Plug into your speakers or home sound system and play music wirelessly.

It’s the simple things that make me happy. Take a look at Belkin’s Bluetooth Music Receiver. Plug the small device into your speakers or home stereo system and you can play your iPod/iPhone playlist wirelessly. This is great for an office solution. Situate a pair of speakers in another place in the room and choose the music from your iPhone while sitting at your desk. Eliminate the space clutter of speakers and add the convenience of our wifi tech savvy world. The gadget can be purchased directly from Belkin for $49.

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I yah yeah – iPhone 4

Apple's iPhone 4 with video chat, ultra sharp resolution, and more.

A plea to my partner aka ambassador of “quan” (ref: Jerry Maguire).

Yes, my current iPhone 2 works fine but just like the rest of technology, it’s aging fast…very fast. The new iPhone4 will solve all of my problems, including those I didn’t realize I had. When needing the assistance of a true friend to help me decide what I should be wearing to a special event (hint: anniversary), I can then use the new FaceTime feature that allows users to video chat. Imagine, no longer the need of photographing yourself and then e-mailing the image. Oh, what about taking a night-time picture with your iPhone? It’s usually a mess, right? You can now do so with the 5-megapixel camera and integrated LED flash, perfect for capturing that special celebration (hint: anniversary). And when looking at those pictures on said iPhone, the images are even better than before with the new Retina Display capability that provides 4x the clarity on the screen. And when jumping back and forth between ecstatic phone calls and various apps, the new iPhone4 allows you to do so seamlessly with its all new multitasking platform. All this plus an amazing new shell and casing, HD video, folders for organizing apps, and more.

So you see dear partner, the new iPhone4 is more than just a phone. It’s how I conduct business and pleasure. More importantly, it’s how I stay connected to you. So with this in mind, I’m not asking that you buy this for me, but rather give me the blessing to go out and treat myself without the guilt. It’s sure to be one simple gesture that will mark a special year.

Pre-order yours tomorrow, June 15.

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