What a relief. For a minute we were worried that a disturbing new trend might be in the offing after coming across a lounge chair that doubles as a fitness machine. But luckily, the gold standard of laziness has assuaged our fears--and with the first line of La-Z-Boy luxury spas, no less.
We've seen all manner of media-equipped spas, of course, including one that comes equipped with a 61-inch LCD. And truth be told, La-Z-Boy's "Premier Collection" doesn't appear to offer a whole lot that's new--except for one crucial difference: reclining seats. Yup, you … Read more
Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the most effective. As computer companies cater to the paranoid among us with such USB security devices as fingerprint readers and handwriting analyzers, this little upstart from ThinkGeek takes the most basic approach: plug the hole.
All you need to do before leaving your machine unattended is insert one of four "blockers" included with the gadget into your USB port, which prevent foreign flash drives or anything else from gaining access through that connection. The blockers can be removed only by the master key.
No complicated software or equipment to go haywire, though … Read more
One of the advertised improvements of the new PSP Slim was the fact that it could be recharged via its USB port. And while that may not sound like a major feature, for anyone who's ever traveled with a tangle of three, four, or even more AC adapters (laptop, phone, iPod, BlackBerry, ...), it was certainly an attractive idea. Unfortunately, it didn't quite deliver. Yes, the new PSP can be charged via its topside USB port, but the caveats involved make it more trouble than it's worth: the USB charging is almost twice as slow, only works when the PSP is powered on and in a dedicated USB charge mode, and it needs a PC as a source--it won't charge from a standalone AC-to-USB adapter. Thankfully, a handy accessory from Kensington provides a much better USB charging solution--and it works with both newer PSPs and the original models.… Read more
Makena Technologies, which runs a teen-friendly online virutal world called There.com, has signed a deal with Capitol Music Group. Under this deal, artists like The Beastie Boys and Korn will appear in a virtual nightclub called The Tower, where fans will be able to meet lookalike avatars and ask questions. When the musicians aren't present (i.e., most of the time), the club will contain wall-sized videos of various Capitol artists.
In a deal that showcases its ability to bring name talent into its virtual world, There.com announced Thursday that at least five Capitol Music Group (CMG) bands will make appearances there in the next few months.
Among the acts that will be appearing in There will be rap artists MIMS, Korn and the Beastie Boys.
MIMS will come in-world on July 10, There said.
The deal is good for enhancing There's status as an online public showcase. Already, There has built several virtual presences for MTV, but those were private, gated environments unconnected to its main grid.
This … Read more
The rumors were true: Nokia's N-Gage is returning, but it will be a gaming platform available on several new phones rather than on a single gaming handset. Gaming blog Kotaku was among the first to report on the news, which Nokia will expand upon at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Top mobile publishers such as EA, Glu Mobile and THQ Wireless are said to be on board, and Nokia is showcasing at least six N-Gage games, including versions of such well-known franchises as Brothers in Arms and FIFA 2008.
I've never been a fan of RPGs, and when it comes to handheld consoles, I prefer the PSP. However, this may change with the release of Square Enix's latest offering to the pantheon of Final Fantasy games. A few days ago, the company released Final Fantasy VI Advance for the Game Boy Advance. From what I hear, the game is more than a mere import from the console version, and priced at only $30, you'll get your money's worth. Also, with the GBA Handheld running at about $80 (much less than its sibling the Nintendo DS), … Read more
(WARNING: This post contains spoilers for the Legend of Zelda games.)
I've been playing a lot of Twilight Princess lately, and I can honestly say that it is a great Zelda game. It's possibly the best one I've played since Ocarina of Time, and it might be even a little bit better. It also made me notice an important fact about the Legend of Zelda series: almost all truly great Zelda games subscribe to the Zelda pattern.
The Zelda pattern is this: collect three things in three dungeons, go through a big plot twist (the "Zelda … Read more
The good news: I have found photos of what is undoubtedly the most awesome iPod case ever, thanks to Make Magazine's blog.
The bad news: Like most stuff featured on Make, you can't buy it anywhere.
Flickr user sirljohns has put up a sort of tutorial of how to make a fully functional iPod case out of an old Game Boy console, but you'll still need a good amount of technical know-how in order to build one yourself. Nevertheless, this is about as cool as it gets.