Last night, the Consumer Electronics Association kicked off the digital holiday season with the CES Preview in Manhattan. At first glance, it appeared to be one of the most depressing product shows I've ever been to.
For the vast majority of us, few are the occasions when our opinions matter in any meaningful way. Say what you will about the importance of teaching your children, or being in charge of your office budget or participating in the voting process, but the sad reality is that your wisdom is an underutilized asset… except when it comes to your tech savvy. If youre reading this, its your responsibility to go out in the world and evangelize against the temptations of bad tech gear.
One of the most important ways the Internet has affected daily life is the way we shop—especially for consumer electronics. I rarely buy anything in a store without first seeing if I can get a better deal online, and BensBargains.com, one of hundreds of sites serving announcements of big rebate offers, coupon codes and close-out deals is usually a first stop. This week, the Ben behind Bens Bargains launched dealspl.us, an interesting interpretation of the deal-site model cross-bred with the community-powered nature of sites like digg.com. All the deals on the new site are user-submitted, and the hottest ones surface to the top of the page after receiving votes of approval from other users. Check it out, because if youve never felt the unique endorphin rush of saving hundreds on gadgetry over the regular store-browsing schmuck, youre really missing out. —John Mahoney
A new internal transmission makes it easy
to ride hard
By Stephen RegenoldPosted 06.30.2005 at 10:00 pm 0 Comments
In the evolution of ride-over-anything mountain bikes, the ever-vulnerable rear derailleur—that gangly parallelogram that shifts the chain up and down the rear cogs when it´s not clogged with mud or bent by rocks—has been a glaring technical handicap. So GT (gtbicycles.com) got rid of it. With its $5,000 IT-1, GT moves gear-changing duties to an unsullied haven inside the bike frame, by way of an eight-speed internal transmission.
Replace your second computer with this portable tablet
By Paul WallichPosted 06.27.2005 at 7:00 pm 0 Comments
Since the dawn of wireless, the roving Google junkie has faced two options: a bulky wireless laptop or a Web-page-cropping PDA. This fall, however, Nokia (nokia.com) will introduce a palm-size Internet gadget that surfs Web pages in full, albeit scaled-down, glory, anywhere. Measuring three by six inches, the 770 connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth cellphone. Think of it as a $350 replacement for that second PC.
An automotive designer best known for building sports cars shifts gears to invent a safer subcompact
By Matthew PhenixPosted 06.26.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Pint-size cars are the practical option in European cities, whose streets seem to be designed for wheelbarrows, but they come up short on safety. Keenly aware of this dilemma, Milan-based automotive designer Pininfarina has reconsidered subcompact safety from the inside out with its Nido concept car. Named after the Italian word for â€nest,â€ Nido refers to the unique design for protecting passengers of this diminutive two-seater (it´s 2.5 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper).
The future of digital music is almost here. Please have your credit card ready.
By Suzanne Kantra KirschnerPosted 12.10.2001 at 5:23 pm 0 Comments
The music industry is taking the first small, yet irrevocable, step toward changing how you listen to and share digital music. After years of teeth-gnashing and spitting in the wind, all the major record labels have finally gotten serious about their digital music initiatives, namely by entering into agreements to sell the best stuff from their top artists, including new releases, on the Internet. In fact, the services may be up and running by early fall.
In our hunt for the best digital camera, we track the savage beast – at a safe distance, of course.
By Suzanne Kantra KirschnerPosted 12.10.2001 at 2:15 pm 0 Comments
I'll let you in on a little secret. I'm not a photographer. I don't even particularly like taking pictures. But as an editor covering digital cameras, I've dutifully learned about the new image sensor technologies as they've arrived, noted the debut of more and more film-camera-type features, and monitored the narrowing gap in quality between the digital and film-based worlds. All the while secretly thanking God that all you really had to know about buying a digital camera was its resolutionhow many pixels on its sensor.