For England's flag wavers, options abound from the practical to the absurd. The U.K.'s Tech Digest has an amusing compilation of the "five worst World Cup gadgets," which are likely overstocked items that have been slapped with St. George's cross and marketed to soccer fanatics. These include portable speakers bearing the national flag and … Read more
Sometimes, it's difficult to imagine online communication without emoticons and other graphic tags. Recognizing our growing dependence on them, Mikons.com provides a way to create and share "your own personal tags that symbolize your life."
It's backup mania over at hard drive maker Seagate, which has launched its second annual Backup Awareness Month to get consumers hip to the importance of backing up priceless data. As part of the June education campaign, the company is promoting a five-step "best practices" program to protect digital files. Seagate, which recently acquired rival Maxtor, is also sponsoring a Drive-A-Day Giveaway in which consumers can win a new 100GB portable Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition.
A recent poll sponsored by Maxtor showed that nearly half of adult U.S. computer users who have digital content stored … Read more
Foodies obsessed with home kitchen performance, here's an oven for you: the TurboChef 30-inch Double Wall Speedcook Oven. It's a conventional/convection oven topped with a high-speed oven that uses the same technology normally reserved for professional appliances.
The upper oven supposedly cooks meals 15 times faster than regular ovens. So if you have, say, a 12-pound turkey, it'll be done in all of 42 minutes vs. the usual four hours. Rack of lamb? Three and a half minutes. Frozen pizza? Piping hot in 90 seconds.
The company says small jets in the upper oven use patented … Read more
Video games have been the subject of much nostalgia lately, but Nintendo has taken the ultimate trip down memory lane. It has taken its titles to the brick-and-mortar world, according to PressTheButtons.com, in the form of a "Nintendo Collector's Edition of Monopoly."
Call us cynical, but we doubt that cities will be blanketing the country with high-bandwidth Wi-Fi networks anytime soon. In the meantime, we'll be left to our own devices--literally, as well as figuratively. So we're thankful that the ever-useful Lifehacker has posted this article, which gives instructions on how to "turn your $60 router into a $600 router."
Battery life--or lack thereof--has been an increasingly vexing issue as the wireless universe continues to expand. But MIT researchers think that they may have made a key discovery in a technology from the past: the capacitor, which was invented more than 300 years ago but has roots that go back to 600 B.C. And according to ScienCentral Video News, the work at MIT could lead to a phone or laptop battery that can be fully charged in seconds.
Casual golfers whose tee-offs slice or hook into the woods know that lost balls are par for the course.
You could always compensate like Rodney Dangerfield did in "Caddyshack" by dropping a ball on the sly to avoid penalty strokes, but in the end, your conscience knows how many balls you really lost. So does your wallet, with a dozen new balls costing $20 to $40.
RadarGolf has been selling a golf ball finding system for about a year in the U.S. and says it will start shipping around the world late this summer.
The device uses … Read more