By Ryan BradleyPosted 08.10.2011 at 10:02 am 6 Comments
Paola Antonelli's first relationship with a computer began the day her Macintosh Classic arrived. "I remember very clearly, when I put it on my desk and the little smiley computer came on I thought, my God, this is like a pet," Antonelli, a curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art, says.
Take a look at the exhibition.
For MoMA's newest exhibit, called "Talk to Me," Antonelli chose 194 works ranging from videogames to toy robots to a New York City Metrocard machine—the idea is simple and complex.
Wacom is well-known for their artist's tablets, smallish touch-sensitive squares that graphic designers use as digital sketchpads. But a different kind of tablet has recently taken hold, and Wacom doesn't want to miss the boat on the iPad or the various other tablets hitting the market these days. Hence the Bamboo Stylus and Bamboo Paper app for the iPad, which I can safely say is the best stylus and the best stylus-using tablet app I've ever used. But does that make them good?
HTC's Evo line of Android smartphones is big on firsts: The Evo 4G was the first 4G phone in America (by current definitions, at least), and its sequel, the Evo 3D, is the nation's first to pack a glasses-free stereoscopic 3-D display, like the Nintendo 3DS.
As we approach Memorial Day, I can think of few things sadder in the summertime than overdone meat. There are a number of tools and methods to combat such tragedies, but perhaps most novel among these lately is the iGrill--a dual-probe meat thermometer that pairs with a companion iPhone or iPad app via Bluetooth. With an accurate temperature readout in your pocket, you're free to go about your business, checking the temperature occasionally and getting a buzz when your meat reaches a set temperature of your choosing. That's the idea, anyway.
Congratulations to everyone who lives in dumb weather areas (New York really got punched in the balls with winter this year) for making it to summer! In true patriotic fashion, the onset of summer also means the beginning of grill season, so we decided to find ourselves an unusual grill and see what it's got. That grill: the Bodum Fyrkat Cone Grill, a peculiarly shaped, smallish charcoal grill with a battery-powered automatic spit for rotisserie-ing.
The 3DS doesn't have the mobile 3-D gaming market cornered, especially not if Hasbro's new My3D goggles have anything to say about it. And, oh yes, they have worlds to say. This iPhone accessory is a simple and affordable upgrade to the third dimension, and we can't say enough about how much sheer, silly-looking fun it is.
Why are we reviewing an SD card? Usually, SD cards are just there--these days, high-capacity cards are dirt-cheap and nearly disposable. They're essential, but in the same way shoelaces are essential--you replace them when you need to, but you don't give them a lot of thought. Eye-Fi's new Direct Mode for its X2 line of SD cards, though, is different.
The HTC Thunderbolt is important for one reason: 4G. But that one reason promises to change the way mobile phones are used, the same way that the move from dial-up to broadband at home led to a completely revolutionized computing experience. The Thunderbolt is, on the whole, a really nice phone: it takes proven hardware and taps it into Verizon's ludicrously fast LTE 4G network. But should this be your next smartphone? Well…maybe not.
The latest version of Nintendo's wildly, globally popular DS handheld gaming system (which goes on sale this weekend in the US) is an exciting gadget. It's the first major mainstream launch of a glasses-free 3-D display, something that bodes well for the future of the extra-dimensional entertainment world currently being pursued at full throttle by multiple industries. Is glasses-free 3-D gaming for real? I've been playing for the last week to find out.
In just over a week of availability, the iPad 2 is on a 4-5 week back order online, and is practically impossible to get with expedience in any shop anywhere in the country. Even for Apple, it has all the looks of a staggering sales achievement for what is, on paper, a very modest spec-bump to a machine already owned by over 15 million people. Something's going on here.