Items tagged with Gadget

Today, for the first time since Atom first debuted, Intel is launching an updated version of the core that does more than integrate additional function blocks and lower power consumption. The tablet iteration of the new SoC is called Bay Trail, and it's aimed at the red-hot tablet and handheld market currently occupied by various chips from Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung, and NVIDIA. Our first thought?  Finally. This is what Intel's Atom architecture always aspired to. Intel Atom Z3000 Bay Trail Die - 22nm Low Power 3D Tri-Gate Technology Intel has done some impressive things with Atom, including... Read more...
Bluetooth devices have been playing an increasingly important role in our lives, and with BT 3.0 and BT 4.0, low-energy devices are getting in on the fun as well. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is announcing the creation of the Sports and Fitness Working Group, and members are being accepted as we speak. This group will work together to enhance interoperability between Bluetooth enabled sports and fitness sensor products and training computers (Bluetooth Smart devices) and hub devices such as smartphones, PCs, TVs (Bluetooth Smart Ready devices), gym equipment, watches and more... Read more...
Fitness-related gadgets seems to be everywhere these days. The revised iPod nano has enhanced support for Nike + iPod, Motorola just unveiled a similar gadget of their own, and now Adidas is jumping into the ring. The company has just revealed the miCoach SPEED_CELL, an interestingly named product that is claimed to be the first device to capture information from motion in every direction and measures key performance metrics including speed, distance and time during practice and competition. The miCoach SPEED_CELL is designed to monitor, evaluate and increase performance of athletes across multiple... Read more...
In need of some good news for your weekend? Try this on for size. With the economy on the rebound, many analysts are looking to the consumer electronics sector to see if disposable income is once again being spent on new PCs and other gadgets that we could probably live without, but would rather not. After Microsoft, Intel and just about everyone else suffered less than ideal quarters throughout 2009, we've seen some rather glowing reports from the earnings front this year. And now, the Consumer Electronics Association (the same trade group that organizes CES each year) is estimating that spending... Read more...
Gadget lovers have a particular hate for airport security. Even if they're trained professionals who fly on a weekly basis, there's just no quick way to get through the rigors involved in passing onto the sterile side. Those grey buckets become your worst enemy: before you know it, you've claimed five or six of them and taken up the whole belt, and the passengers behind you are glaring and growing increasingly impatient. Anyone who travels with numerous notebooks, cameras, hard drives, battery packs and lenses knows the pains of passing through airport security. Each laptop has to go in its own... Read more...
It's true: the most powerful man in the Western World doesn't know how to operate an iPod, an iPad, an Xbox or a PlayStation. At a graduation commencement ceremony today at Hampton University in Virginia, U.S. President Barack Obama stated the following: "With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation."The quote was obviously part of a larger point, that the information overload world in which we live can often... Read more...
Sanyo's Eneloop brand has to be one of our favorite new things going. We've already seen an Eneloop charging stick that is perfect for recharging weak gadgets, and now the next Eneloop device is one for warming your hands. Yeah, hand warming! As the gadget world branches out into wilder and wilder gizmos, Sanyo's Eneloop Kairo is an egg-styled device in white or pink (though the double-sided warmer also comes in silver), and are obviously designed to heat up your frigid hands in the cold, bitter winter. The device is somewhat smaller than a deck of cards, and while the single-sided version offers... Read more...
Hammacher Schlemmer has a wide, wide variety of wares. It carries everything from cups to 3D webcams, so it's no surprise to hear that it also carries electric skateboards that even Marty McFly would be jealous of. The newest gizmo to grace the company's electronic storefront is the 19-MPH Skateboard, which is exactly what you'd think: a motorized skateboard that travels at up to 19 mph. The board is powered by a 36-Volt battery and it hosts a 600-watt motor; it's capable of hitting its top speed in just 4 seconds, and it can supposedly head up hills and over terrain without issue. Both acceleration... Read more...
Imagine being able to keep track of everything in your pantry, in your CD collection and in your DVD cabinet.For just (just?) $250, you can. The Portable Barcode Scanner holds up to 250 (ironically) barcodes at a time and fits right in your hand.If you're one of those folks who's always lending out books or movies or games to friends and have trouble keeping track of who has what, this just might be the solution, hmm? The Intelliscanner Mini has a rechargable internal battery, a USB interface for downloading your information, software to help manage wine collections, inventory, groceries, books,... Read more...
Frankly, we find this to be one of the sillier things we've seen in a while, but with some friends in American Mensa we had to write about it. It's the Mensa Puzzle Alarm clock, and apparently it's been developed with the assistance of the U.K. Mensa branch. Not a genius? Move along; you'll never turn it off. Seriously, it's similar to that old Simon game. You have to remember and enter a sequence of colored lights to shut the darn thing off. However, if you get it wrong or are too slow, it'll sound the alarm again --- this time louder --- and louder --- and louder. Of course, if you look carefully,... Read more...
This actually sounds like something designed for the CW show Beauty and the Geek." In this new Playboy TV series, Gadget or the Girl, a guy will be forced to choose between a hot weekend getaway with the girl of his choice, or a mystery gadget. The episode starts with the guy forced to choose immediately between three women, ditching one. The remaining three go on a date to get to know each other, and eventually he narrows his choice down to one woman. But then he has to decide between a gadget and the girl, with the possibly high-tech toys ranging from a 60" plasma TV to an arcade game machine.... Read more...
A few years ago when Fossil released a PDA watch, our hearts skipped a beat.  Now Van Der Led is releasing a watch with a feature list that made our hearts palpitate:“The Van Der Led WM2 is a quad-band GSM watch with itty bitty 1.3-inch, 260k color touchscreen display, stereo Bluetooth, up to 240-hours of standby or 300-minutes talk, and 1GB of storage for a few of your MP3 or MP4 files.”For the time being this is the closest you can get to owning a watch that would make you feel like the star of a 007 movie.  If this watch garners some success and even carves out a little piece of the market for... Read more...
Some sites are making a big deal about this, but when you think about how much tuition costs: who cares?Choosing a college or university is no easy task.  There are so many factors to consider: social life, breadth of majors, sports reputation and gadgets.  Abilene Christian University (ACU) has become the first to offer iPhones or iPod touches to incoming students making the gadgets standard equipment for learning.  Almost makes me want to go back to school.Some people might think that the money would be better spent on say, lowering tuition.  Naaaah.... Read more...
Phishing has become a very serious problem recently.  In fact, it has become so serious that new versions of leading browsers have anti-phishing technology built into them.  That doesn't mean that phishers are out of business.  No sir.In fact, it just means that they're trying to find new methods around new security measures.Phishers have actually devised not only a clever way around the issue, but a way to cast some doubt over the entire anti-phishing campaign in one audacious stroke: “Attackers could create a phishing site on the gmodules.com domain and then send that URL to victims. Because... Read more...
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