I didn't know the price of the M-Audio M3-8 when I first started listening, I just assumed it was $900 to $1,000 for the pair of speakers. No, the street price is closer to $600 for a pair, around the same price as for one of the reigning wireless champions, such as the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air or Bose SoundDock 10. And the M3-8s deliver so much more of the sound of your music than those two wireless models, it's not even close. For one thing a pair of M3-8s produce stereo, and the sort of … Read more
BERKELEY, Calif. -- In 2007, officials from this famously liberal city shut off the electricity to an artists space known as the Shipyard. That action, which forced the artists there to seek a new way to power their flamethrowers, is the origin story of a company that now produces what it says is the world's only carbon-negative power source.
Located in one of the grittiest areas of town, where train tracks, garbage, and broken down cars are far more prevalent than the hippies Berkeley is famous for, All Power Labs has set up shop inside the Shipyard. Run by CEO Jim Mason -- who owns the space -- the 5-year-old startup now produces technology used to transform dense biomass like corn husks or wood chips into clean, sustainable, and cheap energy. … Read more
We've all been there before: It's nearly the end of the day (or sometimes just the middle of the day), you're nowhere near an outlet, and your phone battery is all dried up.
But the next time you resign yourself to a drained battery, or send out a desperate "Sorry my phones about 2 die" text, consider a battery phone case like Tylt's Energi Sliding Power Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
I recently met with speaker designer Andrew Jones at the CNET office in NYC to discuss his latest project, the new Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar. And after we finished, I picked his brain about the value of speaker specifications.
My take is that most, but not all, are nearly useless for providing consumers with information that could lead to opting for one speaker over another. For example, what exactly does "power handling" mean? When a manufacturer claims its speaker has a 100-watt power handling rating, can it be safely used with a 200-watt-per-channel amplifier? Or a 500-watt amp? … Read more
What's better than two-deal Tuesday? Three-deal Wednesday, of course! Let's get right to it, because at least one of them is likely to sell out soon.TiVo bundle
If you've been lusting after one of those higher-end new TiVo Roamio DVRs with the built-in TiVo Stream capabilities, here's your chance to get the poor-man's equivalent.
While supplies last, Tech.Woot has the TiVo Premiere 4 and TiVo Stream for $99.99, plus $5 for shipping. Alternately, on the same page, you can opt for a refurbished but much higher-capacity TiVo Premiere XL4 and TiVo Stream … Read more
Last month I wrote a preview of the Prong PocketPlug, an iPhone case that can plug right into a wall socket. In other words, no more carrying around an AC adapter and charge cable.
I liked the idea, but had a few concerns. Now that I've had a few days to test-plug the PocketPlug, I can safely say that my concerns were justified. In my opinion this is not a good product.
Make no mistake, it works as advertised. Once you've docked your iPhone inside the two-piece plastic housing (which does provide a lot of protection), you simply … Read more
Mo' gadgets, mo' problems. Well, power problems, anyway, as in how do you keep everything juiced when you're traveling? I've long been partial to the MyCharge Peak 6000, but it's fairly pricey at around $70 (the current price at Amazon).
What's so great about the Peak? To recharge it, you just plug it right into a wall. And to charge most of your gear, you just fold out a built-in arm. Today's deal is nearly as great, and in some respects even better.
Today only, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the New Trent Chargepak NT600C mobile charger for $35 shipped. … Read more
PowerPhoto Photo Processing Tool offers a number of powerful editing and photo capture tools for your iPhone that, while not necessarily better than other photo editors, are more varied. As a result, you can do quite a few things with this app, from creating GIFs with a custom crafted camera tool to adding watermarks and special effects directly in camera, even before editing.
When you open PowerPhoto Photo Processing Tool, you can choose from a number of options, including opening anything from your library and editing it, or taking a new photo with one of the three camera options provided. … Read more
In 1983, intrigued by an article on fractals, I wrote a program to display the Mandelbrot set on my family's TRS-80 Color Computer. It had a maximum screen resolution of 256x192 when plugged into our TV, had 16KB of memory after we soldered on new memory chips, and ground through the calculations so slowly that I had to wait for each pixel to show.
My, how times have changed.
On Wednesday, some computer graphics veterans released a new fractal exploration app called Frax for iOS devices. It brings a physical exploration style not just to panning and zooming, but … Read more
Apple may have been a pioneer in playing up the humanizing aspects of video chatting, using heartstring-tugging ads to show how communicating through a screen with its FaceTime app could be a magical experience. But Net Power & Light (NPL), the company behind a new video platform, aims to take that very idea and amplify it, from both a design and functionality standpoint.
Spin, which launched Tuesday on iOS, is the company's solution for a more fun, colorful, and potentially immersive communication experience. The goal is to be more functional than FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangouts and less selectively … Read more