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Besides the advent of HDTV, the biggest technological addition to the realm of television has been the DVR, or Digital Video Recorder. DVR technology allows you to pause, rewind, and record live TV for later playback. It gives you the functionality of a VCR without the extra equipment and hassle.
The most popular brand in the DVR market is no doubt TiVo. Not only were they one of the first ones to take advantage of the technology, but the TiVo name has become synonymous with DVR in general. Well, the next evolution of TiVo and DVR technology has come and it is the Nero LiquidTV. (more…)
MSI has been a popular manufacturer of notebook PCs and has found a niche market with its MSI Wind line, but the company has made another bound with the debut of the GX630, a gaming notebook with a price tag under a grand. (more…)
The 20th century has been all about one thing: innovation. Every year we have new technologies and new advancements that further progress our society. 2008 was no different and offered its own assortment of technological innovations and hot gadgets.
Below is a listing of some of the most beneficial, and some of the most popular gadgets and gear to come out of 2008. They serve to improve your home, the economy, or life in general.
- Slingbox SOLO
The Slingbox SOLO is a media unit that allows you to watch your TV from anywhere, either on your laptop or on your cell phone. The SOLO syncs to equipment such as your set top box, DVR, or satellite system and transmits HD-quality signals to wherever you are. You can watch your own TV from work, from China, or from the North Pole. The system costs a mere $179.99.
- Amazon Kindle
The Amazon Kindle, like previous e-book readers makes use of a backlight-free E Ink display to display texts as an alternative to paper books. It only uses power when loading new pages and can last for hundreds of pages between charges. The Kindle’s key feature is a high-speed EVDO antenna that allows fast downloads from Sprint. The Kindle is available for $359.
- Intel Atom Processor
Not only is the Atom super small (47 million transistors on a single 26x26mm chip), but it is super efficient, with a power range from 1 watt to 2.5 watts. What the Atom brings to the market is the possibility to bring computer-level power into smaller formats, further evolving the potential for portable devices.
- Roku Netflix Box
If you have a Netflix account, then with the Roku box you will never have to wait for your movies to come in the mail ever again. The Roku connects to your TV and, through your home network, streams more than 12,000 movies and TV shows for free. The box costs $99, and requires a Netflix subscription.
- Apple iPhone 3G
The iPhone has been a top seller ever since its debut, so it comes as no surprise that it would be one of the hottest gadgets of 2008. It doesn’t handle email as well as the BlackBerry line, and as a phone, it is no better than most others, but it started a revolution. Available for $199.
- Wii Balance Board (and Wii Fit)
Wii Fit is one of those games that seeks to reinvent the video game genre by becoming a more practical family-oriented home utility, rather than a simple game. Combined with the Wii Balance Board, it becomes a full exercise training experience allowing you to do anything from aerobics to hula hooping.
Cherry Keyboards is selling a custom keyboard for all of the Star Trek geeks out there. The Klingon language is one of the most thoroughly developed fictional languages in popular media and can actually be used to have conversations by those who know it. Now it can also be used to type on your PC and challenge your friends to violent duels to the death, as the keys of this keyboard are printed entirely in Klingon characters. (more…)
Lenovo has been teasing a dual screen laptop for some time, and now we finally have a confirmation on the machine. The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds features a 17 inch primary display with a 10 inch slide-out secondary display. Details are scarce, but sources say that the system will make use of high-end Intel CPUs, optional RAID HDD/SSD setups, NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics acceleration, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and dual-link DVI/Display Port/VGA support. (more…)
There are handy gadgets on the market these days that serve as a benefit in one way or another, and then there are the gadgets that satisfy some aesthetic but serve no other purpose at all. There are dozens, if not hundreds or even thousands, of gadgets out there that provide no benefit other than being cool, or funny, or even oddly disturbing.
Below we’ve got a list of gadgets that are superfluous in function, yet fun and entertaining. We present to you 19 weird and wacky gadgets that you will probably never need.
- RSStroom Reader
The RSStroom reader by Yi Tien Electronics is a news ticker style printer that will print your selected RSS feeds directly onto rolls of toilet paper. Read your news while you’re in the restroom, and then put your news to good use when you’re done.
- Rubiks Cube MP3 Player
The Rubik Cube Mp3 Player has the appearance of the classic Rubik’s cube puzzle, and even has a similar function, requiring that you solve different parts of the puzzle in order to operate the player. Each layer you solve has different functions, such as play, pause, and skip. You must completely solve the puzzle in order to turn off the player. Impractical? Yes. Entertaining? …Maybe.
- Ashtray Smoke Sucker
In order to accommodate non-smokers, smokers could make use of the ashtray smoke sucker, a small USB powered device that acts as an ashtray but also contains an internal fan that sucks in cigarette smoke, running it through a carbon filter.
- Aquaduct Bike
The Aquaduct bike by IDEO is a fully functioning tricycle with a built-in tank of water. Once you fill the tank and operate the bike, it will begin to purify the water. It’s handy for outings when you have to fill up the tank at a questionable public water source.
- Anti-Theft Car/Bike Stickers
This sticker set is designed to be used to make your vehicle appear rusted and undesirable, so as to prevent theft. How effective that is, I don’t know, but it sounds pretty weird and wacky. (more…)
All-in-One desktop computers are all the rage these days, and Lenovo’s entry into the market is definitely a heavy hitter. It’s curved, seamless design is very aesthetically pleasing and has a very clean and modern appearance, though it seems to borrow a bit from the iMac. Overall, it is a fairly standard desktop unit with fairly standard components. Some of the more favorable features are optional, so the starting price of $999 may quickly escalate depending on what features you decide to add. (more…)
Clickfree has introduced the new Transformer Cable which, as the company stated, is “the first and only USB cable that turns ordinary external hard drives into truly automatic Clickfree backup solutions.”
To use the functionality, users just simply connect their external hard drive to their computer using the Transformer Cable without any need for any software installation for quick and easy backups.
The cable itself uses built-in software to automatically scan, organize, and backup your data onto the external hard drive for a truly “click free” backup solution.
HP’s latest gaming machine is on the horizon, and a pic of the system has recently been leaked on the net. The HP Firebird PC 803 is a followup model to the previous, bulkier, HP Blackbird 002, and this model features many compact, streamlined features to make it more accommodating for users.
The disc drive, for starters, is now vertical rather than horizontal, as are many other components, which allows for a much thinner tower. This not only saves tons of space, but makes the PC look more like a gaming console than a PC. (more…)
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