It's Friday the 13th today, and just one day left before Valentine's Day, so we beg 404 resident hottie biscotti Rana Showbunny of Medialets into the studio to help Jeff decide what to get his girlfriend for the holiday. Her answer is definitely the opposite from what we thought! Meanwhile, I think all hope is lost for Wilson and me...I can't speak for him, but I know that by this time tomorrow I'll be curled up in the fetal position with a Snuggie watching A Walk to Remember and polishing off a Dumpster's worth … Read more
If you've followed me at CES over the last couple of years, you'll know that I'm a sucker for cell phone speakers. It's an odd passion, I know, but I like how they make your music phone that much more useful.
We've reviewed a selection of Nokia speakers, including the MD-6 and the MD-7W. Both performed admirably, so I was eager to seek out new models at Nokia's bright CES booth. There I found the Nokia MD-8 speakers attached to a Nokia 5310 Xpress Music phone.
The MD-8 speakers have a oval design in … Read more
Beatles fans can now download the Fab Four's tracks legally for free. But there's one catch: they can only do it by subscribing to, and downloading, a podcast from Norwegian Broadcasting. According to a deal inked by the organization late last year, Norwegian Broadcasting can offer podcasts containing music as long as no more than 70 percent of the entire duration of the show contains music. Using that to its advantage, the organization has started offering daily podcast episodes that feature a three-minute discussion about an individual Beatles track and the actual recording of that track subsequent to … Read more
Updated at 3:30 p.m. PST with Microsoft comment, at 1:50 p.m. PST with VeriSign comment, at 10 a.m. PST with comment from cryptography expert Paul Kocher, and at 9 a.m. PST to reflect that presentation has taken place and include comment from cryptography expert Bruce Schneier.
BERLIN--A key piece of Internet technology that banks, e-commerce sites, and financial institutions rely on to keep transactions safe suffers from a serious security vulnerability, an international team of researchers announced on Tuesday.
They demonstrated how to forge security certificates used by secure Web sites, … Read more
It was only a matter of time before the green trend began to focus on the air indoors as well as outside. Enter the "AirMD," from Alen, which claims to be "the first and only green air purifier on the U.S. market."
No fly-by-night impostor, this cleanser is reportedly lead-free and ozone-safe, bearing the "Energy Star" seal from the EPA and Energy Department. The four-speed AirMD touts contemporary design with an impressive HEPA filtration system, UV lamp claimed to last 3 to 5 years, ionizer, Light touch activation controls, and 24-hour programmable timer,&… Read more
There's always a lot more to find in a Nokia booth than just the company's phones. Typically, you'll find a gallery of Bluetooth headsets and cell phone accessories that round out the company's offerings. I like to scope out cell phone speakers and I found two models, the MD-6 and the MD-7W. The MD-6 mini-speakers are shaped like a black and red lipstick case. At 4.8 by 1.3 by 1.3 inches, the speakers can be slipped into your pocket with ease, and weigh just 4.9 grams with the four included AA batteries … Read more
Web search is a whole lot easier than thumbing through a household copy of The Merck Manual when you're trying to find out what you're sick with. A simple search based on symptoms might steer you the right way, but several medical Web services have gone the route of attempting to emulate the kinds of questions you'd get when visiting a doctor's office. One of them, called MEDgle has quietly been offering up a symptom-based medical search tool for the last year.
The crux of MEDgle is the search tool, which either lets users type in … Read more
Is that rash on your leg the first stages of flesh-eating bacteria, or do you need to change your laundry detergent? WebMD might be able to save you a trip to the doctor's office or the emergency room. The service hosts a wide range of medical articles and diagnosis utilities. It also has a nifty, 3-D diagnosis checker that lets you choose where aches and pains are in order to help you figure out what's wrong.
The service is best known for its explanatory pages about medications, where users can quickly search for a drug by … Read more