Congrats to Hal S. of Pittsboro, N.C., for winning a Wi-Fi-only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in last week's giveaway, and to Padraic O. of Bedford, N.H., for winning a copy of Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 voice recognition software the week before that. Both those prizes would fit nicely into this week's freebie, a Booq Cobra pack laptop backpack.
American Airlines will be the first commercial carrier to have all of its pilots replace their paper-based reference flying manuals with Apple's iPad.
The airline announced today that it received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to "to use the Apple iPad in the cockpit during all phases of flight."
All pilots fly with a kitbag that contains necessary flight information, navigation charts, and reference materials for when they're in the air. American is dubbing its new kitbag with the iPad an "Electronic Flight Bag." Switching from paper manuals to the iPad will save … Read more
Move over Paris. Kashyyyk (aka Wookiee Planet C, G50623, or Edean) is now home to a booming galactic fashion accessory business.
The Chewbacca Messenger Bag is a semi-faithful replica of the bag sported by fuzzy Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" series. The strap looks like a flat version of the one Chewbacca wore. There's a subtle embossed "Star Wars" logo on the front. … Read more
More than a billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water, and some 300 million of them are in Africa. Industrial design students Ryan Lynch and Marcus Triest have an interesting approach to tackling the problem in sub-Saharan African with his Solar Bag.
This design concept is both a shoulder bag-style container to transport water from a distant source, as well as a tool to purify it.
The container is made of polyethylene, which allows UV rays to pass through the clear outer layer and kill most of the bacteria in the water. It's similar to … Read more
Looking for a way to transport some cool beverages after a hot day of shooting? We may have a good solution in the form of the Camera Cooler by Poler. The bag is able to store one dSLR and a lens and some accessories, and comes fitted with a padded sling strap. It also features two outside compartments that'll fit an iPhone and an iPad.
Unlike other run-of-the-mill camera bags, this satchel can be transformed into an insulated carrier to keep your beverages -- like a six-pack of beer -- cool for a while. However, do note that the bag is neither waterproof nor watertight, so you'll have to ensure that you don't store electronics and beverages in it at the same time. … Read more
WaterField Designs makes some swanky cases for laptops, tablets, e-readers, and even the PS Vita. The company's latest edition to its catalog is the CitySlicker, a compact carrying case for the MacBook Air and presumably smaller Windows ultrabooks.
Although I haven't gotten my hands on one, the nice thing about it seems to be that while it's slim, it does offer more storage than a laptop sleeve, with a few pockets on the inside and one on the outside for storing the Air's AC adapter and charging cable.
The downside is the price.… Read more
There are few words to describe people that don't know that the movie "Titanic" was actually based on a real Titanic, and even fewer to describe the bravado in tweeting about that ignorance, but Jeff musters a few adjectives.
On today's episode, we'll cover the $1 billion Instagram buyout and what you can expect to change once Facebook takes over, all four major U.S. wireless carriers joining forces to create a "lost my phone" database, smart touch-screen displays replacing payphones in New York City, and the shaky future of Best Buy and its former CEO.… Read more
Not surprisingly, Apple's very particular about just what it lets into its brick-and-mortar and online stores. Which is why Timbuk2 gave its limited edition Mission MacBook Messengers a little extra Apple flair.
The new bags, which cost $130 and are an Apple online exclusive for now (they're just about to hit Apple.com but aren't being sold quite yet), come in three "wicked" colors: Specialty White, Specialty Gunmetal Racing Stripe, and Specialty Black.
However, the white model and its supershiny vinyl and perforated faux leather finish is the most eye-catching and most closely mirrors Apple's trademark white products. … Read more
Nothing rustles my jimmies like getting ready to bake some pizza rolls, only to open the bag and find that they're encased in a thick layer of ice, a la Captain America.
The piece of adhesive tape used to secure the bag shut failed, presumably due to the low temperature and my inability to remember to buy freezer tape. I've also tried the standard spring-powered bag clip, but after a while, those have the tensile strength of the average claw arcade game and don't even work on bags of chips, let alone frozen nuggets of joy.
This situation used to end up in Shatneresque pontifications on the fleeting nature of life (and possible eyerolls from anyone within earshot), but not anymore. Because I have a FishClip. … Read more
Wine and good times go hand in hand, but where else can wine go?
The pairing of food with wine can be as simple or as complicated as need be. Sticking to the old rule of thumb that says to serve red wine with red meat and white wine with white meat is usually a pretty safe bet, but there is a third factor to consider and that would be the company; wine always tastes better when shared among friends.
What could be better than good friends and a bottle of wine? Good friends and six bottles of wine, of … Read more