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Cinemin Swivel DLP Portable Projector Review

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The Cinemin Swivel is probably one of the coolest new things I have had sent to me to review recently! This small projector features a unique 90-degree hinge that will let you project images onto virtually any surface. You can connect to a huge variety of handheld devices, such as your iPod or Flip Video recorder! Turn any wall or flat surface into a screen to showcase your videos, photos and more.

Yes, I still have a portable DVD player, and I connected the Cinemin Swivel to it to demonstrate. Since there is a built-in speaker, I muted the volume so that it didn’t overlap with the sound in this video recording.

The quality may not look that great here in the video. However, looking at it in my home from across the room – it looks great! The quality and contrast is very, very good. Heck, I even beamed the live video feed from my office onto my ceiling!

How convenient is this? Think about it – you’re traveling for business or a conference, and you need a way to quickly showcase something to people you’re with. You just pull out the Cinemin Swivel, and find the nearest wall, table or ceiling!

I do wish it had a 180-degree swivel, and possibly some sort of stand or tripod. Both of these things would have made the product even better than it already it. The image is about 60″ across, which I feel is a fairly good size.

One of my favorite things is that it comes with an adapter for an iPod or iPhone. With the iPhone being the most popular phone at the present time, I feel it was a very smart idea for the company to include these. I can hook up to my iPhone instantly, and show off anything I need to.

If you are someone who travels a lot for business, I definitely recommend checking out the Cinemin Swivel. I have a feeling you’ll be very happy you did.

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Creating Presentations on the Web

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It’s a sad fact of life than many of us will have to suffer through tons of presentations in our lives. Many of those aren’t even well put-together. Instead of dwelling on this negative fact, let’s move over to the positive. I want to tell you about an amazing presentation builder… within a Web service. This thing is slicker than snot, I’m telling you.

Head on over to 280 Slides and you’ll be greeted with a gorgeous interface. You’ll think to yourself that this can’t possibly be a Website, it must be a program on your computer. What can it do? It can do anything that your regular presentation software can do. Instead of residing on your hard drive, it resides on the Web. It’s simple… so simple, in fact, you may wonder why you ever used anything else. It’s also completely free.

Here are the key features:

  1. Take it With You. We store your presentations securely on our server so you can take them anywhere in the world where there’s an Internet connection.
  2. Download to PowerPoint. With a single click you can download a copy of your presentation in the Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 format.
  3. Built-in Media Search. Add photos and movies to your presentation directly from popular web services like Flickr and YouTube.
  4. Publish to the Web. Put your presentation on SlideShare, e-mail it to a friend, or embed it directly on your own website, all with just a few clicks.
  5. Quality Themes. It’s easy to make a great looking presentation with our professional quality built-in themes.
  6. Run in your Web Browser. 280 Slides runs right in the browser, with no download and no installation, and it works just like the desktop applications you’re used to.

This isn’t going to help you make better presentations, but you’ll have more fun making them, and they’ll look more professional. There’s nothing to install, because it exists on the Web. What’s not to like? I love talking about these kinds of things, things that make our lives easier and is fun. This is the next step in personal computing: living on the Web.

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