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Publication Date: 
Tue, 2009-01-20 03:00

Germs and goo begone

Wouldn’t life be easier if you could just stick your electronics in the dishwasher for a short cycle and never worry about wiping them again? Seal Shield’s new Silver Surf family of waterproof, wireless keyboards and mice are the world’s first wireless keyboards and mice that are fully submersible, dishwasher safe and antimicrobial. Recent studies have shown computer keyboards to be among the dirtiest surfaces in the home and office. According to Dr. Charles Gerba, University of Arizona, “the average keyboard harbors 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.”

Silver Surf wireless keyboards and mice are easy to clean. They go straight from the desktop to the sink or dishwasher and back again. There are no wires to disconnect, and there’s no need to remove batteries for cleaning. The Silver Surf keyboard is a full function multimedia keyboard with integrated ergonomic wrist rest. It is available in 2.4GHz wireless and corded versions. The keyboard is also offered with an optional, integrated Seal Pad touchpad pointing device for an all-in-one waterproof solution. It even works under water.

In addition to being washable, the Silver Surf keyboards and mice feature Silver Seal antimicrobial protection. Unlike many antibacterial products, Silver Seal utilizes natural, pure silver ions which are embedded in high-grade plastic. Silver Seal protection has been shown to safely inhibit microbial growth.

Back up and archive mail easily

MailStore Home enables you to back up all your e-mail messages from multiple applications and accounts into one secure and persistent archive. Search all your e-mail within fractions of a second, including the contents of attached documents. An integrated CD/DVD burning utility backs up your archives with just one click. To conserve disk space, MailStore Home saves only a single instance of each attachment and applies a smart compression algorithm.

Preview archived messages directly in MailStore, and reopen them in your local mail client, such as Microsoft Outlook. Messages are stored MIME-compatible, and can be recovered at any time without information loss. MailStore Home works with Windows XP or Vista and Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey, POP3 and IMAP — including webmail services such as Gmail and Yahoo. Download it free from

Watch the TV shows you want

With the WhereverTV Receiver (, anyone can watch hundreds of live international television channels in more than 40 languages from almost 100 countries around the world. Much of this content is otherwise unavailable for viewing on a TV at any price, and it now can be viewed from the comfort of the living room.

WhereverTV’s program guide application, the Global IPG, manages an unlimited number of Internet video sources in a traditional television viewing experience. At only 5” x 5” x 1” and weighing a mere 6 ounces, the WhereverTV Receiver readily fits into a consumer’s existing audio-visual system and can be carried in a briefcase for use anywhere. All that is required a router with broadband internet access and a standard television set.

For anyone who already has a satellite receiver connected to their TV, the WhereverTV Receiver connects to the RCA component connection connectors on the back of the TV just like a DVD player. To switch between the WhereverTV and the satellite, just change the video source on the TV. The WhereverTV Receiver retails for $199.99 and the basic service requires no activation or recurring charges.

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