Despite the dream of an "ultimate handheld," it's really hard to get down to fewer than two portable devices. A Treo may do it all, but you still want an iPod; an iPhone is great, but you still need a BlackBerry for work; you like to listen to your iPod while playing your PSP or DS; and so on. Even those who do manage to get down to one super smart phone often have a Bluetooth headset to go along with it. And traveling with two devices means taking two power adapters along. Or at least it did--until the Belkin Dual USB Power Adapter came along. … Read more
In addition to the stereotypical diet of Red Bull and Cheetos, geeks have become known increasingly for having a collective sweet tooth: Specifically, this has often taken the form of gadget cakes. And now it's become clear that the phenomenon is an international one.
It's interesting to note that these phone cakes are of a variety from Finland-based Nokia, one of the few handset makers not based in Asia. (This, by the way, is … Read more
We're cursed: Every year we learn of the best summer products just when the weather is turning. (Unless we're in San Francisco, where summer and winter are interchangeable all year long.)
This year we learned belatedly of the perfect MP3 cooler to go with our MP3 barbecue. Now we get word of the "Hov Pod," a personal hovercraft that can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour. Actually, according to BornRich, this gem can be used in all four seasons, able to "smoothly navigate across all sorts of terrain including water, mud, sand, snow, ice … Read more
As clothing with built-in gadget controls is becoming increasingly common, from mini-skirts to pinstriped suits, the variety of tech-friendly sportswear has expanded exponentially. But you know the concept is truly valid when it's taken seriously by bicyclists.
The "MicroSensor MP3 Bib" from Pearl Izumi goes a step further than most wired apparel, which usually includes only controls sewn into the fabric. ProductDose says this cycling bib actually includes an integrated 512MB MP3 player along with its embedded controls, which are strategically placed for easy access so you won't kill yourself while riding--unless, of course, you keep … Read more
Our personal opinions about exercise notwithstanding, we grudgingly acknowledge that the convergence of consumer electronics and fitness equipment does make some sense. What better way is there, for instance, to get slovenly creatures like us onto cardio machines than games and iPods?
Yet we can't help but question the wisdom behind the "Elite Cross Trainer" from Star Trac. The main technological feature of this elliptical machine seems to be the ability to send personal fitness stats wirelessly and on the fly to a Palm device, according to Luxist. There's nothing wrong with keeping track of your … Read more
Rick Smolan and Against All Odds Productions has an ambitious new photojournalism project that will try to combine the excitement of Flickr with the fun of a coffee table book. Funded by Google, HP, and IKEA, the group is launching MyAmericaAtHome, a Web site for amateur digital photographers to upload pictures of "what 'Home' means to them."
If the words "amateur" and "photos" leave you wondering just how many obscene images the group will have to sort through, then have no fear; Smolan also recruited 100 professional photojournalists to bring their own home-themed photos … Read more
Why couldn't we have found this item at the beginning of summer? Far more practical than the MP3 cooler we saw earlier is Cooltone's "Mini-Fridge, CD Player, iPod/MP3 Digital Radio" (whew). We'd list the features, but the name pretty much takes care of the high points.
GeekAlerts does provide the most salient information, however: beverage capacity. And that would be 20 cans or six bottles of wine from the main fridge back home. Consider it the perfect accessory for your MP3 barbecue.
Whoever said geeks have no sense of humor was wrong--laughably so. Some of the funniest comics out there are Web comics (or those rendered for the Web,) written by techies, for the techies who love them. Here's a bushel of geeky favorites, in no particular order.
1. xkcd Randall Monroe, physicist, cartoonist, and at-heart romantic, is behind xkcd, a Web comic whose name curiously holds no mathematically obscure meaning. In his own words, Monroe's stick-figure style "occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)." See? Funny.… Read more
Get it now! Your full-size, printer-friendly tournament bracket.
And then there were 16.
These robots don't want to fight. That's why you have to pick the winners. After two weeks of "battling" it out, our field of nonviolent robots is down to 16 competitors.
Voting is open from now until Sept. 17. Check back then for the results of this round and vote on the Elite Eight matchups.
See last week's final scores … Read more
Reuters has a story about a man who's apparently contracted a life-threatening lung disease that his doctor says may be linked to his massive consumption of microwave popcorn. He ate several bags of buttered microwave popcorn each day, according to the story. (The FDA is now launching an investigation to see if the additive diacetyl could be responsible for his illness and that of workers in plants where microwave popcorn is made.)
This news is not totally shocking to me. That's not to say anyone should expect to come down with lung disease because they ate food that'… Read more