In the maddening crush of gadgets and humanity that is CES, we walked right past the Qosmio sitting in Toshiba's booth--after all, we'd seen that laptop before, and R2-D2 was in the house. But there was something different about that Qosmio; Toshiba was using it to show off its laptop-size HD-DVD-R optical drive, which reportedly will let users burn as much as 30GB of data on a single HD-DVD disc. The company's been mum on other key deets, such as release date and price, though they have promised more info by the end of this quarter. If … Read more
A bunch of the blogs (Gizmodo, BornRich) have been featuring the Aussie audio company VAF's latest endeavor, which looks like a piece of wall decor out of a Design Within Reach catalog but is actually a very impressive set of speakers. Each side is about two feet long, and they protrude barely five inches from the wall. When they're released in March, they will apparently come in a variety of colors. Neat, huh?
But I've got a bone to pick with VAF's presentation of their cool new product. I mean, come on. We're sharp-eyed here … Read more
I heard the pitch for BizMileTracker at the New Tech Meetup last night. This service collects your car trip data so you can later deduct the expenses from your taxes. It sure beats keeping an odometer log in the car. Just identify your starting and ending points, and the application calculates your mileage.
You can set up repeating trips, which is handy. You can also see how much of a deduction you can claim for each trip, depending on which purpose you assign (business expenses are more deductible than medical trips, for example). The service is especially useful if you … Read more
Solar power may be making great strides in mainstream usage, but energy efficiency doesn't necessarily translate to fiscal conservation. The "Ultimate Outdoor Webcam" by DigitalXtractions, for example, runs on the sun's rays but costs $450 plus another $150 or $250 for a solar panel, according to The Raw Feed. But here's the kicker: Not only do you have to pay those exorbitant prices up front, but you also must shell out $60 a year for a "data subscription" that includes Web hosting. We think we'll keep a USB port open for the &… Read more
Cities keep promising to blanket us all with free Wi-Fi networks, but we're not holding our breath. At the same time, though, we're way too cheap to pay $10 just to read our e-mail while we have a soy latte at Starbucks.
So given our frugal nature, we're conflicted over whether it's worth shelling out $70 for a wireless detector like the DigiWifi from ThinkGeek. On one hand, that's only seven T-Mobile day passes at Starbucks; on the other--well, it's $70.
This particular device does claim to be a step above other Wi-Fi detectors, … Read more
Speaking of expensive TVs, how does $130,000 sound? Same here.
Still, you know you wanted to see what it looked like, as did scads of other Digg readers who tagged this Gizmag post over the weekend even though the item came out awhile back on Engadget and elsewhere. And who could blame them? With 160 diamonds and white gold trim, the Yalos Diamond LCD set by Keymat Technologies is worth a second look--and third or fourth. But at 40 inches, it's a bit small for our taste. We're holding out for 52-incher.
(Photo: Keymat Technologies)
Excess knows no bounds in the gadget world, as TechEBlog proves with a post titled "Top 5 Gadgets You Can't Afford." It's not kidding, either. One of the items, the first "floating magnetically levitating bed," carries a price tag of $1.53 million.
Others include the now-cliched million-dollar mobile phone and, on the low end, a high-tech shower for a paltry $22,587. The list even includes something for Halloween: a "wearable robot suit." But for $313,985, you might want to wear it more than just once.