Valentine's Day is six months away, but we sense a disturbing trend already in the works. Just yesterday we mentioned the nauseating "I Love You" mouse, a heart-shaped gadget that professes its feelings for whomever lays hands on it. Today, we see that the weirdos at Hong Kong-based Brando appear to be in an amorous mood as well (shudder) with the "Lips Phone," a Warhol-esque retro throwback to the '60s in, of course, a pink gloss finish. We're just thankful that it's a land line, so we don't have to witness people … Read more
Palm's got a new smart phone in the works that could be its answer to the iPhone, the BlackBerry Curve and the Helio Ocean.
On Thursday, the company showed off a design called "Centro" at an event for media and analysts hosted by Sprint in Reston, Va., according to a Palm representative. At this point details are sketchy, and official photos are nonexistent, but Centro will be the smallest smart phone that Palm has released running Palm OS, the company said.
Editors' note: This blog initially misspelled the name of a record holder for solving a Rubik's Cube. He is Leyan Lo.
Clearly, I've been doing something wrong.
Since the early 1980s, when I got my first Rubik's Cube, I've never been able to solve it. Oh, sure, I got one side done, and maybe even two. Or, I could break the thing open and put it back together in its original, solved position.
We seem to have had a run of gadgetry for bi-wheeled vehicles lately, so it's no surprise that Yamaha would get into the act. But the combination of features it's chosen for its EC-02 electric bike is something of a head-scratcher: an iPod dock and a frame that glows in the dark, according to Inventor Spot.
The built-in dock makes enough sense, with controls on the handlebar and a clear cover to protect the player against the elements, but the need for nighttime luminescence is less clear to us. Perhaps it has something to do with the bike'… Read more
PC gaming still remains a staple of the modern geek. Even though Wiimotes and gamepads are fun, you just can't beat a mouse and keyboard in a straight-up multiplayer shooter. Cyber Snipa makes gaming accessories specifically for PC gamers. The company makes your usual variety of mice and keyboards, but it does offer two pretty unique products for the geek in you.
They'll do little to actually identify you, but the Cyber Snipa Dog Tags are still a pretty useful bit of kit. Instead of showing your name and blood type like military dog tags, these geek-minded tags … Read more
If you're like me and Second Life and Burning Man are centerpieces of your existence, then Burning Life is just your thing.
This year, for the fifth-straight year, Second Life publisher Linden Lab is devoting some of the virtual world's land for an homage to Burning Man, the annual countercultural arts festival.
The idea is to create a temporary zone in which residents can create fantastical works of art that will last for a short period of time and then disappear forever. There's a big sculpture of a man, and a big temple, and at the end, … Read more
I can't really complain about my job. Oh, who am I kidding? Sure I can! But still, it's pretty sweet getting to test out hot new audio products day in and day out. (Don't lie...I know you all are jealous.) Yet there is an unforeseen downside to this gig, and that's that I often review things I can't afford to buy, and then I have to return them. Do you have any idea how painful it is to have a spectacularly sweet product wrenched from your loving (and slightly deranged) grasp? At best, it'… Read more
You have music, and you have a personal music player. You likely haven't purchased either from Philips, but the Dutch electronics maker wants to be the relay guy that passes music from your device to a home or office audio system.
The best example of Philips doing that is the BTM630, a Bluetooth-enabled desktop audio system with a lot going on. An iPod dock/charger is embedded in the top, along with an SD card slot and a USB port. The slot-loading CD drive on the front can be used--besides playing music--to rip audio files that can then be … Read more
Security will be crawling at Lake Tahoe on August 17 as bigwigs such as U.S. Senator Harry Reid and former president Bill Clinton along with his wife (who has some sort of government job) attend the Lake Tahoe Summit.
(Update: Arnold Schwarzenegger was listed as a possible attendee. But apparently he can't make it now, according to his press office.)
And one of the highlights, at least in my mind, will be the test-drives of the all-electric SUV from Phoenix Motorcars. Phoenix's car can go 130 miles on a single charge and hit 100 miles per hour. (… Read more
You know those magazine surveys that say women reject "nice guys" because they try too hard? Here's a perfect example of what they're talking about.
Our insanely prolific friends at Japan's SolidAlliance have come up with the "I Love You" optical mouse, which announces its feelings whenever the scroll wheel is turned (unless your stomach turns first). And if you need more ways to unburden your pent-up emotions, the heart-shaped peripheral has lights that will turn a "shiny bright red" when connected.
Fareastgizmos says it's sure to "make that … Read more