Last week Netflix quietly introduced HD to its streaming Internet service. Netflix didn't make a big stir about flipping the HD switch, though, and it's easy to understand why. (As company spokesman Steve Swasey said, "For now, the HD offering is more of a stake in the ground.")
Prosumer, enthusiast, advanced amateur. Whatever you call it, there is a class of photographers who are not pros but are serious about picture taking -- committed enough to spend a grand or more on an SLR body and at least several hundred dollars more on lenses. Those shutterbugs recently got two new choices from the big guns of digital photography. In September, Nikon released its veeeeerrrry long-anticipated D90 (a winner in our latest Best of What's New honors).
Having watched the slow development of pocket projectors for years, I'm thrilled to have not one but two real-life models to play with. 3M's MPro110 ($360) debuted in September and earned a grand award in our Best of What's New roster for 2008. This week, Optoma will start selling the first competing product, its Pico PK-101 projector, for $400.
Nokia recently hosted a cocktail party to introduce journalists to its chief designer, Alastair Curtis. The Brit's formal slide presentation was a carefully crafted marketing piece, hammering in his Finnish employer's slogans such as "beautiful to use" and "connecting people." And he provided a bright glimpse into the company's future plans in response to our questions.
The revelations started when Curtis described Nokia's record in America. "The U.S. hasn't been Nokia's strongest suit," he conceded. But the company aims to change that, having just completed a fact-finding trip around the States, where Americans were "talking about music, talking about gestures, talking about what they want for the future."
Talking about gestures?
We loved Acoustic Research's original crystal-clear wireless home theater system, the WHT-6024, enough to give it a Best of What's New award in 2007. (To see this year's winners, click here.)
Sadly, the WHT-6024 was a short-lived product. But AR has a new kit called the ARW51 that includes the original system's best part -- a 2.4-Ghz transmitter-and-receiver system that takes the place of speaker wire.
We're betting that recently fired head football coach Tommy Bowden would not have been a fan of Clemson's new iTiger technology. When your team is expected to compete for the national title and starts the year 3-3, allowing fans to send emails to the coach's show during the game isn't going to help morale. iTiger is a website accessible from wireless devices within Clemson's stadium that will allow fans to watch video, order food and, yes, submit questions to the coach. Lucky for Bowden, the "submit a question" feature was not enabled during his 20-17 loss to Maryland.
Any space in your golf bag next to the nine-iron? Here are two clubs that can offer a truly unique dynamic to your next 18 holes -- and they neatly complement each other! Introducing the Kooler Klub and the UroClub. Fill up your frosty beverage from one, and, a few holes later, relieve yourself into the other. We couldn't make this stuff up.
This ski stretches wide for easy turns and shrinks for downhill speed
By Mark AndersPosted 10.21.2008 at 3:55 pm 1 Comment
The Atomic D2 Vario Cut is like two skis in one: It's straight and narrow for zooming downhill but expands to be wider at the tip and tail when you turn -- creating a curved ski that, like a sharply turned car wheel, carves through a tight arc.
Testing the first mouse designed to work on nearly any material, from shiny desks to shaggy rugs
By Lauren AaronsonPosted 10.13.2008 at 5:04 pm 12 Comments
To calculate their position, most mice use a red LED or a laser to light up a surface, take thousands of pictures per second of the shadows cast by the surface's microscopic bumps, and then analyze the differences between shots. But that doesn't work if there are no bumps, as on glossy tables, or if a jagged surface, like carpet, traps narrow light beams between fibers. So Microsoft's Explorer moves the camera sensor forward to capture the light reflected by any surface.
Every kid with a mother has been told to stop slouching and stand up straight. Every mother with a kid wished she had the ability to shock her kid when he didn't listen. Introducing the iPosture ($74.95). Developed by neurologist Dr. Moacir Schnapp, iPosture is a quarter-sized gadget that will shock you if you slouch. Somewhere, your mother is smiling.