By Mark AndersPosted 05.07.2009 at 3:22 pm 1 Comment
The Wave Sport 54 Cx is being issued in a limited run of 50
Courtesy Wave Sport
Whitewater kayaking is virtually an aerial sport, with paddlers in freestyle competitions performing tricks like airscrew — barrel rolls above a rapid. The lighter your kayak, the higher you can go, so instead of conventional polyethylene plastic, Wave Sport turned to composite materials for its 54 Cx kayak.
Today, Amazon announced a new Kindle e-reader that has a bigger screen -- 9.7 inches diagonally -- and a bigger price tag: 489 smackeroos. So should you fork out $130 more than the last Kindle for the new version? We can't say for sure until we get to play with it for a while, but here's a preliminary guide based on the specs and our quick demo at today's press conference.
With delicious rumors circulating recently about Apple goods finally coming to the Verizon faithful, I'm on the fence now more than ever about my impending iPhone purchase. You see, I must have one and it's only a matter of time before I do. My iPod Touch is fun for playing around with apps and hopping online via WiFi, but it's no Jesusphone. I've been a Verizon prisoner customer ever since getting my first cell phone back in 2000.
By Larry OlmstedPosted 04.30.2009 at 11:55 am 1 Comment
Here are five innovations that promise to improve your aim, your grip and — hopefully — your score
1. Customize Your Club
Unbolt this driver's head with the included wrench and reset it to one of eight positions to change how far your ball breaks left or right. Slightly tilting the clubface can shift the ball up to 40 yards to the side on a long drive. To alter the ball's path further, swap weights in the head or switch to a firmer or more flexible shaft.
Getting his computer stolen was the most fun thing ever to happen to this guy, who sounds like a bit of a tech geek. Thanks to a remote-access program he'd installed, he was able to screw with the thief's head, while gathering info to help the police track the guy down.
Also in today's links: hungry badgers feed on a lawn, malnourished plants feed on human hair, and more.
Emergency response entails a widespread tactical effort by countless government agencies. Too often, citizens are left out of the loop and have to rely on mass media, cell phones, and Web sites for emergency information. Microsoft Vine is a new social networking tool, designed to help its users keep tabs on people and places. Currently in a beta test in Seattle, the service lets you enter a location and see news reports aggregated from 20,000 sources, and from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You can enter people you want to track into Microsoft Vine, and then receive an e-mail, text message, or an update about them in the Vine dashboard -- which runs on Windows only. Disaster victims with Macs are out of luck.
A new set of chips gives super-slim cellphones the power of laptops
By Michal Lev-RamPosted 04.28.2009 at 10:36 am 4 Comments
Think of Toshiba's TG01 cellphone as the world's smallest PC. It powers 3-D games, plays high-definition movies, and smoothly runs many programs at once, a combo few other phones offer. Yet it's less than four tenths of an inch thick — 20 percent thinner than an iPhone — thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon system, which packs several previously separate chips into one case the size of a dime.
A holographic disc that can store 100 DVDs' worth of data and lasts a century
By Adam HadhazyPosted 04.27.2009 at 4:33 pm 17 Comments
Today, General Electric unveiled a next-generation optical storage technology that can pack as much as 20 Blu-Ray discs or a hundred DVDs' worth of data onto a single disc. The newly devised discs, which use holograms to store data in the form of bits, can hold 500 gigabytes of information, the company says.
With environmentalism being so hip and fashionable these days -- particularly on the corporate level -- every day kind of feels like Earth Day. Every other ad I see on TV is from some polluter-cum-born-again-environmentalist company touting its commitment to our planet. Every other news story concerns a company or municipality taking new measures to reduce its impact on Ma Nature. Everywhere I turn, I'm being force-fed tips on how to "green" this and how to "green" that. The message, and more specifically the word "green" itself, have become so saturated that they're practically meaningless.
My theory about the itty-bitty iPod shuffle is that Apple made it so small so that people will constantly be losing them, and buying replacements.
But besides the over-the-top portability, the new shuffle has another advantage: it can be swallowed.
Also in today's links: cute ancient creatures, a link between anorexia and autism, and more.