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One-stop site offers all photo functions

New York Times News Service

Flickr and Facebook allow you to share photos online, and desktop programs like Picasa, iPhoto and Photoshop Elements let you make the pictures look good before you upload. But starting Thursday with its new Photoshop Express site, Adobe is putting the two together.

After signing up for the free site at www.photoshop.com/express, members can upload their images and then edit them with Adobe’s simplified set of point-and-click controls for red-eye removal, cropping, exposure, saturation and other functions. Users can group images into Web albums and post them to popular social networking sites, all from within Photoshop Express.

Each basic account at the site, which is still in a beta test version, gets two gigabytes of online storage.

If you think you went too far with your photo manipulation, Photoshop Express lets you remove changes one by one — or go all the way back to the original picture.

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— J.D. Biersdorfer

iPod here, music there

Operating an iPod from across the room usually requires three devices: the iPod, a stereo dock and a remote. But Monster, the company best known for its fancy cables, has cut out the middle man. Its iSoniCast Wireless Audio Bridge lets you beam music from the iPod itself to a distant stereo.

The iSoniCast adds a dock to the stereo and a small broadcast card to the base of the iPod.

— Roy Furchgott

Fits in your pocket

Since the advent of portable hard drives, we have dreamed of holding over 100 full-length movies or 128,000 MP3s in the palm of one hand. With the 500-gigabyte MiniStation TurboUSB from Buffalo Technology, that dream has come to pass.

The MiniStation’s 5,400-RPM disk is wedged between layers of plastic and a set of shock absorbers, and it is powered through the USB cable. It works with USB 2.0 for faster transfer speeds.

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The drive, which will be available this month for $329, includes a security program called SecureLockWare and features Memeo’s AutoBackup for protecting data on Windows machines.

— John Biggs

Wireless Internet calls

The Logitech ClearChat wireless headset, which the company says is the first of its kind with Internet calling in mind, is also meant to be faux-pas-proof.

This stereo headset, with a retail price of $100, has over-the-ear padded phones and a boom microphone. Compatible with Macs and PCs, it requires no setup, although a small receiver will occupy one of your computer’s USB ports.

— Roy Furchgott

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