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
Toronto-based electronics company iFire has created a new phosphor-based form of flat-panel high-definition television that it says is a "true hang on the wall."
Its 37-inch HDTV set is 2 centimeters thick and weighs less than 2.2 pounds.
iFire's thick-film dialectric electroluminescent technology (TDEL) is a new method to develop thinner, less expensive flat-panel televisions. It uses lightweight materials, thinner glass, and fewer electronics than plasma. And unlike an LCD, it has no backlight.
Their Color by Blue display system uses energy from a blue light source (in this case, a sheet of blue phosphor), which … Read more
It's been debated in technology and business circles for years: Will consumers settle on a single device as a combination phone, camera and music player? And more important to the companies involved, which industry will come out on top?
Nokia--big surprise--predicts that the phone makers will be the big winners, and it pointed to a study that it commissioned as proof. The report claimed that 44 percent of those surveyed said they use their mobile phones as their "primary" cameras and that 67 percent expected phones to replace their music players, eventually.
Regardless of the source's … Read more
Are you ready for the 2006 FIFA World Cup?
Sure the fridge is packed with suds, the chips are matched with their corresponding dips and the couch cushions are fluffed, but aren't you forgetting something?
Well, if you're among the ranks of the "average" fans, then maybe not. But no "super" fan worth his cleats is going to want to miss out on the soccer field shaped Philips Universal Remote.
When we first heard that people were making make-believe "pets" of their robotic Roomba vacuum cleaners, we hoped that it would be a mercifully fleeting fad. But the popularity of "RoomBuds" hasn't waned and, in fact, is apparently being taken to the next level: In addition to having a wealth of costume options, RoomBuds can now be programmed to take on multiple personalities.
Rick Ueno knows well why it's called a "CrackBerry." So the general manager of the Sheraton Chicago is offering a service for addicted guests: He'll keep their BlackBerries under lock and key during their stay, if they surrender the devices voluntarily.
The depth and breadth of the addiction became clear when countless sweaty-palmed users fretted over the BlackBerry's near-demise earlier this year. So it was no surprise that this Reuters story on Ueno's cold-turkey method resonated big time with many bloggers, some of whom were moved to confess their own obsessive-compulsive relationships with the … Read more