"Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door" is a misquotation of Ralph Waldo Emerson. While the poet actually referred to chairs and knives, doubtless he'd feel the same about keyboards.
Ergonomic keyboards have been around for ages, but KeMice is yet another attempt to modernize the hoary QWERTY. It's split in two and is supposed to be easier to use than portable Bluetooth or virtual keyboards; it's also got a built-in mouse. … Read more
Being careless with your wallet or purse is an easy way to have your cash -- and your identity -- stolen. Here's a smart wallet that will tell you when items have been removed or not been returned promptly.
Ping is a minimalist aluminum case for your ducats, debit cards, and credit cards that links to your phone and alerts you in case of theft or loss.
While a guy plays the "Breaking Bad" theme song with gear you'd find in a meth lab, we surrender to the soothing sounds of Wikipedia as random people edit entries that get turned into audio. Also, get excited about the Ubi Interactive, which turns any surface into a touch screen. All that and much more on this week's Crave show. … Read more
Motorola has cooked up a device that lets you dispense with PINs to unlock your smartphone.
Known as Skip, the thumb-sized gadget can clip on to your pocket, belt, shirt sleeve, or other area. Using near-field communications, Skip pairs with your smartphone. After the pairing, just tap Skip with your phone to unlock the screen.
Three Skip dots are also part of the package. You can stick the dots on any surface, such as your nightstand, your car's dashboard, or your desk. To unlock your phone, just tap it to the dot.… Read more
Many big names like Amazon offer to turn your old gadgets into cash, but now the other big name in retail -- Walmart -- wants to take your unwanted iPhone, iPad, Galaxy S3, or other devices in exchange for gift cards that you can use right away at the company's ubiquitous stores and Web site.
This week Walmart announced its "Gadgets to Gift Cards" program in advance of the expected release of the next iPhone on September 10. It works like similar buyback programs, with the interesting added twist that users can go spend their old gadget money right away at a Walmart store or Walmart.com, even before they send their device in for verification (provided they pass a credit check first, meaning you don't want to try to scam this one, folks). … Read more