Happy 2007, everyone! I'm hoping that you've kept your resolutions so far, but in case you haven't I've made a list of some gadgets and Web sites that might encourage you to stay on track! Here are the links:Quit smoking with Nicostopper iPod + Nike Garmin Forerunner Brain Age for Nintendo DS 43folders.com Smartphones: T-Mobile Dash, MDA, Samsung Blackjack, Motorola Q ATM for kids Next time you see me, I'll be at CES!
"I'm picking out a thermos for you...Not an ordinary thermos for you..."
If a thermos really does mean true love, then get The Jerk in your life one to keep coffee hotter longer, but not actually scald.
According to Jolex, its Brugo thermos has a chamber that adjusts your coffee to an ideal sipping temp before it reaches your lips. Double-walled insulation keeps the rest of the coffee hot, until your next sip.
The $20 Brugo coffee thermos, which comes in an array of colors, is also spill proof.
Although most of the CNET crew will be at CES next week, we're sending a smaller contingent to the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Our on-the-spot coverage of Detroit's auto show begins on Sunday, January 7, and will continue through the week. The tubes have been buzzing with advance pictures of cars for the show, and our interest is more than primed. We're all a titter over the upcoming announcement from Ford and Microsoft about incorporating Microsoft's Sync Bluetooth product in upcoming Ford models. Welcome to the 21st century, Ford. We hope some of your competitors get … 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
If Hong Kong-based Brando were a little kid, he'd be the one in the back row of the classroom getting everyone else in trouble. That, at least, is what the gadget maker seems to be doing (wittingly or otherwise) with its "Sports Pack" of accessories for the Wii.
The innovative "Wiimote" of Nintendo's new game system has gotten the company in some legal trouble with people who blame the device for gaming-induced injuries. Now Brando comes along with a set of attachments to the wireless remote, including pint-sized versions of a tennis racket, golf … Read more
Vizio is at it again. The price-busting flat-panel TV specialist has set its sights on the huge-screen category with a 60-inch plasma TV, the VM60P HDTV, that will retail for $2,999 when it hits stores in February. That price is the best I've seen for any flat-panel TV larger than 50 inches, and it helps people shopping for a massive picture consider something other than rear-projection sets. The closest comparable HDTV I can think of, Panasonic's 58-inch TH-58PX600U, costs more and has a smaller screen, although if Panasonic's excellent track record is any indication, its picture … Read more
When we first heard of the "Taxi Hailer," we thought it was a joke. After all, it's basically just a flashing light, not some kind of state-of-the-art wireless dispatcher. But it's apparently been officially sanctioned by the London cabbie association, and some early street tests indicate some success.
Tech Digest says the credit-card-sized device has a "super bright" amber light that can be spotted easily on packed city streets, day or night. The Taxi Hailer site even features a video of it in action.
We'd use one of these in New York City … Read more
--GAMING: Wii Mii Celeb Creation (GameVideos)
--ARTS & CRAFTS: Secure chip-and-PIN terminal hacked to play Tetris (BoingBoing)
--ZILLIONAIRES: Gates says day of the home-help robot is near (The Guardian)
--JUICY GOSSIP: Apple Keynote 2007: Speculation that iTunes will snag song lyrics (Gizmodo)
--JUICY GOSSIP: Former Apple sales boss: Mac Phone yes, Mac Tablet no (CNET News.com)
--SECOND LIFE: Inworld Buddhism (Wonderland)
TVs galore this morning.
Microtek, known for its scanning and digital imaging technology, announced Wednesday that it was launching two television lines.
On Friday, Microtek announced that it will be adding a 42-inch LCD HDTV to each of those new lines. The L42CX2A for $1,900 will be added to the Microtek line and the CL42HA for $2,000 will be added … Read more
It looks as if the Xbox 360 will be getting an HDMI-powered overhaul before it even hits its second birthday. AOL's Engadget sports what looks to be an authentic, leaked, back-panel shot of the next generation of the Xbox 360, which includes an HDMI jack directly below the proprietary A/V port found on existing 360s. According to the story, the new unit--codename "Zephyr"--will also offer a 65nm CPU (said to be less prone to overheating) and a much more spacious 120GB hard drive (perfect for downloading the growing list of HD movies and TV shows … Read more