I’m not one who has to have the latest gadget; I usually wait until there’s a good reason to upgrade. That explains why I’ve held onto an iPhone 4 for over six years. It’s worked nearly flawlessly over that time. And it still works; though it’s reached a level of… Read More
Like phone booths, home-phone landlines would seem to be headed for extinction, as we shift to cellphones, Skype, texting, and the various other forms of digital communications. But cellphones get drowned in toilets and Internet connections go down at the most inopportune times. So it’s still good to have a… Read More
Those who know me know that I’m a gearhead. No, not a motorhead; I’ve always had a deep interest in the latest digital technology, backpacking gear, tools, and other stuff. It’s the main reason I’ve covered computing for 25 years. But I’ve also relatively immune to the upgrade syndrome —… Read More
I recently purchased a small farm in a rural area of Washington’s Olympic peninsula. We have all the basics: heat, water, and power — but (so far) no high-speed Internet. I can live happy without the Web for a few days, as I’ve done when traveling into the backcountry, but… Read More
I’m going to get the really boring and technical stuff out of the way first, so that I have room for my personal thoughts and… stuff. What is the Muvi X-Lapse? “The MUVI™ X-Lapse is the must have accessory for every film maker who wants to add something different to… Read More
First a big thank you to both NuForce and those at the Mac-Forums for making this review possible! Let’s take a look at the NuForce NE-770X dynamic in-ear headphones. They come packaged in a basic cardboard box, encased in a fairly easy to open blister package. Nothing fancy. But… Read More
So, before I left San Francisco, I rented Pirates of the Caribbean 3 to watch on the flight and I synced it to my iPhone this morning. Actually, I started the download process yesterday afternoon, because the bandwidth in my hotel was so poor, but I digress. Anyway, the rental… Read More
I do believe one final Best of the Booths post is in order.
There was so much to do and see this week, I didn’t even get a chance to take a nap in one of the sleeping pods Pzizz had been kind enough to set up for us.
I thought I’d share a couple more interesting products and booths that I came across today.
We’ve all been in a situation where our iPod has run out of juice, leaving us tuneless and videoless at the worst of times. Which is why I think the iZAP R08-IV for iPod Video is a great product. The literature claims that it can give your iPod up to 10 hours of video playback and a whopping 36 hours of audio. But the guy in the booth told me he thinks the 36 hour estimate is “soft”! ZAP!, whose name stands for “zero air pollution,” also makes the Recharge-It-All Universal Battery, which has connectors for every mobile device you can imagine. Plus there are actually four rechargeable AA lithium-ion batteries inside that you can take out and use in your digital camera. It’s convenient and it can help you be more environmentally friendly!
IntelliScanner won a Best of Show award at last year’s Macworld Expo for their IntelliScanner mini, which is a miniature barcode scanner that lets you scan all your books, music, and movies and manage your collections in their proprietary software. This year they’ve come out with the professional-grade IntelliScanner SOHO for managing inventories and other bigger cataloging jobs. The software has an interface similar to iTunes, and it even lets you create the equivalent of iTunes playlists so you can organize your audio, video, and book libraries by genre. Before you say “You’ve got to be a serious neat-freak to want one of those,” consider this: The software also has a function that lets you track who you are lending a book, DVD, or CD to simply by scanning it in! My friends would probably think I’ve finally lost it if I started checking out my books to them, but I’ve lost so many from “lending” them to friends that I really don’t care at this point.
I wrote about the Modbook yesterday, but I didn’t get any pictures. I happened to cruise by today and got a couple of great pictures of one of their demo guys drawing a bluejay on the Modbook, so I thought I’d share them.
So only 2 of my 8 predictions came true during Steve’s keynote, but I think that more than qualifies me to start a new Apple rumor site. This keynote of course had some pleasant surprised: Read More