Stop the creation of News Feed folders in Outlook 2010

If you are using Outlook 2010 beta and the Office Outlook Connector, you’ll no doubt notice that you have multiple folders called “News Feed”, News Feed 1”, etc. You’ll also notice that even after you delete them, the folders keep coming back.

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To prevent this from happening, disable the Outlook Social Connector add-in.

Steps:

1. Open Outlook

2. Click File –> Options

3. Click Add-Ins

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4. At the bottom where it says Manage: COM Add-ins, click Go

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5. Uncheck the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector box, and click OK.

Close out of the options dialog, and then restart Outlook.

Hopefully this bug will be fixed in a later version of the software.

ZOMM – “World’s first Bluetooth Wireless Leash for your mobile phone”

The winner of the 2010 International CES “Best of Innovations” award, ZOMM is making waves.

ZOMMs creators describe the device as a “…wireless leash for your mobile phone.” However, after seeing the device in action at CES Unveiled, I think the device is much more than just a leash.

The ZOMM features the unique ability to alert you if you walk too far away from your phone, reminding you that you left your phone somewhere and reducing the risk that your phone will be lost. There is a panic alarm and the ability to call emergency services anywhere in the world with the press of a button. Because the ZOMM also can act as a speakerphone, you can call emergency services while on the move and not have to fumble in your purse, jacket, or pockets to find your phone and make the phone call. ZOMM also will light up and make noises when your phone rings so if your phone is out of reach, you can press a button on the ZOMM and answer the phone call.

With all these features, it’s no surprise why the ZOMM has taken home the Best of Innovations award. I’m looking forward to the launch of ZOMM.

Company: Zomm (http://www.zomm.com)

Pricing: Pricing has not yet been announced.

Availability: Summer 2010

Tom’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Dual Electronics introduces XGPS300

This week at CES 2010, Dual Electronics has introduced the XGPS300 GPS Navigation and Battery Cradle for the iPod Touch.

The XGPS300 features a built-in GPS unit and recharageable battery. Because the XGPS300 has its own battery that means that the unit does not leech power from the iPod, and when the GPS unit is not being used, there is a switch on the back of the unit which will allow the unit’s battery to be used to charge the iPod touch.

The unit, according to Dual, will work with most apps that have location based services and features.

Unlike competing devices where the GPS unit has to be purchased for one price and the iPod app has to be purchased for another price, Dual provides the navigation app for free. There are no subscription fees or other fees to buy or use the app.

Mapping data will be provided for the US and Canada at launch. No word on when or if other locations will be made available.

Company: Dual Electronics (http://gpscradle.dualav.com)

Pricing: Pricing has not yet been announced, however, according to representatives from Dual, they are saying “look for the device to be somewhere in the $200 range.”

Availability: February 2010

Tom’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars – I think no matter how the XGPS300 is priced, Dual has a strong contender in the mobile navigation market. Dual has a great feature set, good design, and their navigation app is easy to use. My only real concern, which I’m sure will be addressed in the coming months is that the unit only provides maps for the US and Canada.

Tom on Tech is at CES 2010!

I’ve made to Las Vegas for the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show.  Over the next few days I’ll be meeting with different companies, trying out new products, and reporting live from each of the major keynote speeches.

Tonight was CES Unveiled, the preshow press only event, and several companies participated including Lenovo, OnStar, MSI, and others. I’ll be talking about this more in my next post.

Tomorrow is Press Day, so be on the lookout for updates from companies like LG, Sony, Toshiba, Pioneer, Netgear, and others.

Thursday is the official start of the show, and I’ll be running around the show floor for the duration of the show finding all the cool new stuff to bring back to Tom on Tech.