It's the height of summer, and for some of us that means allergy hell. Even our fortified caves and vehicles can't keep out all the offensive particles that make life miserable. So it may seem like desperation to you lucky non-sufferers out there, but we're sorely tempted to invest in this "Pro-Aqua" air-cleaning system, which sounds like a combination of a "Scooba" and one of those industrial-strength mosquito machines.
We already knew it was heading to Canada, but Nintendo has now confirmed that the new, red-and-black DS Lite will be available in the States as well. The two-tone Lite will cost $149 when it streets on August 21, but the extra $20 over the standard price gets you Brain Age 2 and a carrying case bundled in the box. It joins the white, black, and pink versions of the mega-selling portable.
My question: When are we going to see the Nintendo Wii appear in something other that that annoying shade of iPod white?
It's not often we get so excited about a DVD player these days that we jump up and down when it arrives in the office. That wasn't always the case though--we remember when DVD was the most amazing thing we'd ever seen, and KiSS is keen to evoke such emotions in us once again with its funky new media-streaming DVD player, the KiSS 1600. We first saw it at CeBIT in March and were desperate to get our hands on it.
What the KiSS offers over other DVD players is the ability to stream media either over … Read more
Something is in the air these days, quite literally, in the form of blimps. And we're not talking about MP3 speakers either.
Aeros, a company that produces modern-day dirigibles for military and civilian use, has developed a "private air yacht" that it hopes will revolutionize air travel. The "Aerocraft ML866" isn't necessarily built for speed but makes up for it with space and luxury appointments, including "a computerized office, videoconferencing capability, an advanced communications package, transformable interior, personal state room and a physical conference space," Gizmag says. The Aerocraft boasts an interior … Read more
The good news is that some of them will be available through charity auctions benefiting the Lenovo Hope Fund, which is dedicated to sports for children, and many will be autographed by athletes. The bad news is that they won't go on sale until February 8 next year, six months before the summer games begin, according to Tech Digest.
But if you simply … Read more
T-Mobile announced today that it is offering the new Samsung Blast. Also called the SGH-T729, the Blast offers an attractive slim slider design in a red-and-black color scheme. Onboard, you'll find Bluetooth, a speakerphone, a MicroSD card slot, and a 1.3-megapixel camera.
Despite the lack of high-end multimedia features, that's not a bad offering, yet its most noteworthy feature is the SureType keyboard taken straight from some members of the RIM BlackBerry family. The addition of the keyboard means that messaging and e-mail features are a focus of the Blast. Though I can't imagine that typing … Read more
Tesla Motors CEO Martin Eberhard was in Los Angeles today to give members of the Motor Press Guild the story behind the making of its cars. For the past couple of years, the Bay Area-based company has gotten oodles of press coverage, much of it on the merits of its technology. But until this afternoon I wasn't entirely convinced. First, some background:
A year ago, I stood on Peter Hay hill at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach with a rather prominent car designer. Not too far in the distance, hordes of spectators gathered around a pair of … Read more
While doing some research for our review of the 2008 Audi TT on Audi's Web site, we came across a selection of free downloads for your cell phone, including wallpaper and some very dynamic ringtones. If you're looking to pimp your cell phone and you dig Audis, then you're really in luck. If you just want to add some flair to your cell phone, well, the ringtones are pretty good. You can download ringtones named Energy Sweep, Melt Groove, or Moving Fast. They're all fast electronica clips that would make for pretty unique cell phone ringtones. … Read more
Every once in a while, a laptop comes through our Labs with an innovative new feature that has us scratching our heads. Such a feature showed up last week on the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030, a well-rounded, media-friendly 15.4-inch laptop. When we first booted up the system, we noticed the Windows Vista Tablet Input Panel hiding along the left-hand side of the screen--but the LifeBook A6030 is not a tablet PC, nor does it have a touch-screen display. Quick investigation of the A6030's case revealed a slender stylus hidden in the laptop's base, so we glanced around for … Read more
Sony, recognizing that not everyone is ready for Blu-ray or HD-DVD, announced three new CD/DVD burners today. The 840 series of multiformat drives includes two external models--one a slim drive designed for portability--and an internal model.
The DRU-840A (internal) and DRX-840U (external) offer the same burn speeds:
20X DVD+/-R 12X DVD+/-R DL 12X DVD+RW 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW
The DRU-840A is an ATAPI (EIDE) drive, while the DRX-840U is connected via USB 2.0 (or USB 1.1, with slower write speeds). Both drives come with Nero 7 Express for disc authoring and mastering. … Read more