I am falling down the rabbit hole here at the Web 2.0 Expo. It's easy to spend hours wandering the floor, through aisles after aisles filled with "business solutions." A shipping container filled with servers: Why not? Twitter for businesses? Sounds good. I can assure you there is no other place where you will hear the words "scalability," "modular" and "sticky" thrown around with such gleeful abandon.
Which makes stumbling upon a cool-for-the-rest-of-us product or service that much more satisfying.
Final thought: "It's almost everything I've wanted"
By Sean CaptainPosted 09.18.2008 at 12:35 pm 3 Comments
OK, so it came as no big surprise that I loved the new Nikon D700. How could I be disappointed with a $3,000 professional camera (equipped with a $500 lens), based on the D3 and D300—two models that already wowed me in previous tests?
Just how often were McEnroe's tirades justified? A detailed analysis of two years of challenged calls in tennis using the Hawk-Eye replay system shows players got it right about 40 percent of the time. Published this summer in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the study suggests both players and linemen have an impressive accuracy of just over 1.5 inches. In 94 percent of the challenges, the ball was within three inches of the line.
A player worthy of Doc Frankenstein. XM's newest offering makes sure you never miss your favorite broadcasts; the XMp3 can record up to five stations at once. But the recording multiple channels concurrently feature pales in comparison to its Tivo-like brain. It notes which stations you listen to most and records them at least once a day.
GPS devices are cheap, reliable and easy-to-use, but they’ve long been missing a dead-obvious feature: the ability to import a route or list of stops created on a computer. It’s far easier to plan a drive on Google Maps or MapQuest, where you can visualize the whole route and browse for cool pitstops, than it is to do so on a device’s small screen.
The holy grail of gadgets springs at last (from an unlikely source)
By Sean CaptainPosted 09.11.2008 at 6:53 pm 7 Comments
That's projector, not protector. But geeks will rejoice nonetheless. The pocketsize projector has been the Holy Grail of gadgets for many years, and now we've got it. 3M sent us one of their first samples of their MPro110 mini projector a few weeks ago (but asked us to keep it on the down-low for a while). I immediately plugged it into a DVD player and watched Blackhawk Down on my desk—literally, on it, as I aimed it at my white Ikea desktop.
It's a well-accepted notion that if you want to master multiple languages, you should learn them at a young age. But new research reveals that learning young can have some serious downsides. According to a study released this week in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, children who are bilingual before age five have a higher chance of developing a stutter than those who learned only one language.
By Theano NikitasPosted 09.10.2008 at 10:23 am 4 Comments
It’s ironic that the first digital SLR with video capabilities comes from a company that has never made a camcorder. But that didn’t stop Nikon from breaking new ground with the 12-megapixel D90, the long-anticipated successor to the popular D80 prosumer SLR.
Because a cramped apartment clearly shouldn't interfere with your love of a freshly-tapped keg, or a tan, or clean clothes. From the useful (a toilet which shoulders a washing machine) to the inane (showers sporting tanning lamps!), these gadgets all tap into a deep-seated desire: "It's a thing! That does another thing!"
Folks, this is human ingenuity at its apex. Enjoy.