Google Glass enthusiasts make it sound like everyone will soon be wearing a glasses frame able to project a tiny display. None of this is breakthrough technology; it’s dependent on massive storage capacity and ultra-fast processing by somebody’s data service somewhere, like Google, or the NSA.
A number of critics have been saying the Xbox One isn’t worth getting because some of the most popular games won’t play on it. That’s not the only reason. We got one because our favorite game, Peggle, is out in a new version that only plays on Xbox One. The other reason was just to keep up to date on what’s happening out there. It’s a good thing we’re having a blast playing that game, because everything else about the Xbox One feels overpriced and underwhelming. Want to use Skype for phone calls? Or Amazon Instant Video? Or Internet Explorer? Or even the popular Netflix and Hulu networks? Fuggedaboutit. Nearly everything you want to do except free games, requires an […]
We’ve tried several of the new watches that count your steps and measure your fitness , but the one we stuck with turned out to be the least difficult to use and the least expensive. It’s the “Omron Digital Pocket Pedometer,” which was $22 at Amazon. (Amazon’s prices fluctuate, so while you’d think they were always the best deal, often they’re not. Check other discount stores as well.)
Tabletop computers are the latest thing this season. They’re flat enough to mount into a coffee table. The ones getting the best reviews are full-fledged Windows 8 computers and cost $900 to $1800. They have stands – like a kickstand – if you prefer it that way.
The 27-inch Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is the jazziest and
Interesting new android tablet from a company we never heard of: Astak. It’s called a Neos, costs a bit under $500 and is permanently mounted on an inclined stand. The whole thing is much heavier than a tablet alone, and you wouldn’t want to hold it in your lap. In fact, our initial reaction was negative. Like: who needs this? Now we love it. It’s like having a small TV in the kitchen. Listen to music, watch news and lectures, display recipes as you work, play games. It seems to be waterproof, though we don’t want to try dunking it in the sink. Many apps are available offline, others require the Internet, cabled or wireless. It also takes camera cards […]
Here’s the future calling: Windows 8.1 is already set up for the day when we will all have 3D printers sitting on our desk. You know, those devices that will make almost any object you select or design. Some of these printers are around $1,300 now, only a fraction of what laser printers cost back when they were new. Make your own bobble-head. You’ll still need 3D software to design your object but the software won’t care what kind of printer you have. As explained in TomsGuide.com, it will be just like when you get a new ink jet printer: Microsoft Word doesn’t need to know about the new device. It still uses the print command. Here’s the rub, as Bill Shakespeare might say: your 3D printer […]
At the racetrack the other day, we were amazed to see someone with the same Android phone case we had. It reads “Keep Calm and Carry On,” advice from Winston Churchill during World War II, but applicable to many situations. If we didn’t like that one so much, we’d be tempted by the new PocketPlug case: The PocketPlug is for iPhone only and is a case with a retractable plug. Instead of having to remember to carry a cable, you can plug your iPhone into the wall. It also has a micro USB slot, in case you do have a cable with you and a place to plug in other than a wall outlet. It’s $60 to $70 from goprong.com. […]
Every so often, a project at Kickstarter.com gets our attention. Kickstarter projects invite the public to chip in with money to help a product get launched. In return they get one of the first units. The “EVO ONE” is a basketball with a digital sensor inside that tells you how to adjust your shot. The micro-sensor weighs less than half an ounce and sits inside the ball. It emits a sound that can be used to judge how good your shot was. You’ll hear something only when your shot has the ideal backspin of plus or minus two revolutions per second. (Or you could look up at the basket and see if your shot went in.) A wobbly, slow or […]