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Laptops are getting smaller, so it’s only fair that the devices connecting them to peripherals go the same route. Keyspan’s Mini 4-Port USB Hub is the perfect fit. About the size of a credit card, the device supports both bus-powered and self-powered modes and includes a built-in USB cable that folds neatly into the housing when not in use. The one-centimeter-thin device runs at 12Mbps and is available in silver and black ($49; www.keyspan.com).
The trouble with most CD-burning software applications is that they’re not easy to use–and they’re slow. Enter Iomega’s HotBurn, which takes the pain out of CD creation. The streamlined interface features one-step duplication and two-step music and data CD mastering. HotBurn also features built-in label creation and jewel case software for custom CDs. The software is compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems and supports Burn-Proof technology, which ensures that your CD isn’t turned into a really expensive coaster ($29.95, $19.95 upgrade; available on CD or via download at www.iomega.com).