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For some unfortunate reason, companies seem to think that waterproof speakers have to blend in with toiletries. A few, in fact, seem practically indistinguishable from shampoo bottles.
What's particularly disappointing about this latest model on the Japanese market is that it comes from Pioneer, which isn't a name usually associated with personal effects in the bathroom. The pink, blue, and white nursery colors don't help either. But we supposed it'll do the trick for around $40, with a waterproof "pouch" large enough to hold an iPod or other average-sized MP3 player, which connects to … Read more
Check out the Amazing Instant ASCII Cam.
There's no use for this that I can see, but it's fun if you're old enough to remember printing out ASCII artwork on yellow ASR-33 roll paper. This modern ASCII portrait generator uses your Webcam to make a live image of your mug.
The dancing letters are a little Matrix-y, which is cool, but I couldn't find a way to redirect the output to a videoconferencing program, so it's a bit of a solitary experience.
The Snap Instant Communicator is one of the weirdest little gizmos I've seen in a while. It's a push-to-talk intercom system that runs on a PC and it only works when the Snap hardware console--which is just a few buttons, a speaker, and a microphone--is plugged in to it.
The console has eight labeled lights for the people you talk to the most. Once you add other Snap users into your account and label their spots on your device, all you have to do is press the button next to a name, and if the other party accepts … Read more
The New York Times hits the nail right on the head: If Microsoft were at the top of its game (as its numbers suggest), it wouldn't need to acquire Yahoo!:...[Iif its proposed acquisition of Yahoo signals anything, it serves as a confirmation that Microsoft's glory days are in the past. Having failed to challenge Google where it matters most -- in online advertising -- it has been reduced to bulking up by buying Google's nearest but still distant competitor. In many ways, the company has become exactly what Bill Gates used to fear the most -- sluggish, bureaucratic, slow to respond to new forms of competition -- just as I.B.M. was when Microsoft convinced that era's tech behemoth to use Microsoft's operating system in its new personal computer.
of course, just as with IBM, becoming "sluggish, bureaucratic, [and] slow" is not to say that Microsoft is going out of business any time soon. Rather, it's just to say that Microsoft's glory days of market innovations are well past it (not that anyone was doubting this - when is the last time it really did anything innovative?).
Hey everyone, there's been a lot of demand for our first 17 shows before we "officially" launched on CNET, so here they are (this also includes the now infamous Buzz Out Loud CES 2008 hijacking). If you're really lucky, maybe one day we'll post the episodes before these when we used to call our show The Dudecast.
As a member of both the Old Media and the New Media, I've come across a variety of values that different publications covet. Some in the Old Media require the tried and true forms of journalism that revolve around the idea of talking at readers. On the other hand, I've worked in the New Media environments where I have been asked to talk with readers and develop a quasi-friendship through my columns and their comments.
And while both have their own merits, the Old Media style is based in the past. After all, before we had the Internet, we were inundated with newspapers and magazines that allowed writers with a significant lead time to discuss topics they were passionate about in the hopes that their readers would care.
Compare that to the New Media style of community and immediate response, and an interesting dichotomy develops where those in the Old Media are still clinging to the past, while those in the New Media are trying desperately to move away from the ties that still bind us to the twentieth century.
But if we've learned nothing else over the past decade, we now know that people have been craving for the ability to communicate. For too long, readers like yourself were caught in a trap where writers would write and readers would read. If the reader wanted to cross that boundary and write, they would need to send a letter to an editor and hope to see it in a future issue. By that point, almost everyone has forgotten the topic and the reader will never be able to see a response.
Some people say that the New Media -- namely, blogs, podcasts and IPTV -- has been successful because of its ability to bring important information to readers in shortest amount of time possible. And while I believe that has contributed to its success, it has been this enormous growth in communities that has ushered in a new era of journalism.… Read more
Starting sometime around the last holiday season, it seemed for awhile that the USB turntable was at the top of gadget lists everywhere. So it makes sense that Ion, one of the original manufacturers, would look to repeat that success again this year with a new model.
Enter the "iPod USB Turntable," which not only connects to the computer but turns vinyl tunes into digital files and transfers them directly to the fifth-generation iPod and second-generation Nano through a built-in dock. It's yet another excuse not to throw out those moldy LPs in the basement. Besides, you … Read more
Sure, there are plenty of products to keep computers from overheating, but what about the people who use them? We're talking specifically about those familiar gamers who are known for giving their deodorants a run for their money.
To combat overactive sweat glands, Thermaltake has developed some accessories for the hardcore pwner that are designed to blend in with other gaming equipment, unlike a portable fan from K-mart. To wit: The "Anti-Perspiration Wrist Pad" (this is the actual name on the logo).
Although it could easily be mistaken for a set of speakers, as Newlaunches notes, this … Read more
One of the best-selling gadgets this holiday season is, in many ways, something a lot closer to the Iron Age than the Digital Age.
Black & Decker's battery-powered adjustable wrench was a quick sellout at Home Depot's 2,127 stores, according to Advertising Age. The item became so popular that it even saw a bit of price gouging on eBay, running up to $58 on some auctions from the $18 price listed on Lowe's online stores, which also ran out of the product. Not exactly PS3 prices, but not bad for a wrench either.
The product's … Read more