No surprises for rumor watchers: 3G, GPS, glossy plastic back, lower price
By John MahoneyPosted 06.09.2008 at 3:36 pm 5 Comments
It's official. The iPhone has gotten a birthday facelift, and the juicy details are all in line with the rumors we've been hearing all month—3G, GPS, an integrated app store, and a glossy new plastic back in black or old-school Apple white. Perhaps most surprising is a substantial price drop—down to $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB (price drops were hinted at, but no amounts). Here's what else Apple campers will be dreaming about when they pitch their tents prior to the July 11 launch date.
At Apple's WWDC conference in San Francisco, Steve Jobs is expected to unveil iPhone 2.0
By John MahoneyPosted 06.09.2008 at 2:01 pm 0 Comments
We Know What This Means
New products afoot!
At this very moment, Steve Jobs is on stage in San Francisco where he is expected to unveil the next version of the iPhone. High-speed 3G data connectivity, on-board GPS and a fully developed application store are all likely to be in the cards.
World of wires got you down? Clear the clutter with your very own fire-proof gadget charging station. Editor Mike Haney shows how a power drill and some tape can transform a bread box into a pint-size panic room just for chargers.
The real reason Sony’s new mini speakers are so powerful
By Mike KobrinPosted 06.05.2008 at 2:50 pm 2 Comments
Sony's petite SRS-ZX1 computer speakers produce outsize bass for their dimensions (7.5 by 3.1 by 7 inches). But the company's press release had us stumped. It said that the speakers amplify low tones by directing sound along a Möbius strip, a flat strip twisted 180 degrees and joined at the ends. One problem: A Möbius strip is a two-dimensional closed loop. How would sound get in or out?
From the smallest pro camera to a static-free music phone speaker our editors round up the summer's must-have products
By PopSci StaffPosted 06.05.2008 at 12:59 pm 1 Comment
In each issue, PopSci rounds up the must-have products for the month. This June, check out dozens of the hottest new products: from the smallest pro camera to a eco-friendly mower to a frame that prints out its shots.
Introducing a backpack even hiking haters could love
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.05.2008 at 11:59 am 4 Comments
On a scale of outdoor bravado, I fall closer to Disney's River Country then Sean Penn's Into the Wild. But, I wasn't about to let a lack of Eagle Scout skills keep from enjoying and evaluating a new backpack from Skull Candy. So this past Memorial Day, I took my own urban hike through downtown San Francisco from barbecue to beachfront.
The Link Hydro Pack features two key components intended for the enjoyment by "mountain bikers, hikers and snow enthusiasts," but easily altered to enhance a weekend of burgers, beaches and perhaps a few cold brews: speakers and a ½ gallon hydration pack.
Appropriate usage of the hydration pack requires no direction or formal training. More tactful and subtle then the beer helmet yet equally potent, our chosen form of hydration remained chilled after several hours in the sun.
We pit the leading digital-delivery TV boxes and services from Netflix, Apple and Vudu against DVD and Blu-ray. Who will reign supreme?
By Sean CaptainPosted 06.04.2008 at 6:21 pm 9 Comments
Battle of the Video Boxes
We put the leading set-top video boxes to the test (L to R: Apple TV, Vudu, and Netflix's Roku) vs. Blu-ray. Who emerges victorious?
We live in interesting TV times. DVD players are as common as toasters. Basic Blu-ray players offer high-def flicks at prices we can (almost) afford. And now, if you can't bother to go to the store or wait for a disc to arrive, you finally have some enticing download options.
The biggest news, of course, is the recent arrival of Roku's streaming Netflix Player, which is finally giving the company a service to match its name. The Netflix Player joins two other on-demand boxes: Vudu, which premiered last September, and Apple TV, which got upgraded to a movie-playing box in February. So, what's the best way to go?
New lenses let amateur astronomers see the stars in more detail
By Eric AdamsPosted 06.04.2008 at 11:30 am 0 Comments
AstroTech’s ultra-compact telescope is priced for amateurs, yet it rivals larger, more expensive models. By packing in three glass lenses, it focuses red, green and blue light all at a single point. This eliminates the blurry, bluish halo in two-lens amateur scopes, which focus blue light in a different spot than red and green.
France considers a slower mode of luxury air travel
By Lisa KatayamaPosted 06.03.2008 at 12:02 pm 2 Comments
The High Life
Most of us fly for speed, but French industrial designer Jean-Marie Massaud believes that slow cruising in an airship could be the next step in air travel. Massaud has sketched airships since the age of five, he says, and has since collaborated with major brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Yamaha to design, respectively, perfume bottles and submarines. Now he's partnering with Onera, France's space agency, to create the world's first luxury airship. The design of the Manned Cloud calls for a double-decker, 5.6-million-square-foot airship shaped like a whale. Boasting a top speed of 105 mph and outfitted with all the amenities of a cruise ship, it would ferry 55 passengers from Paris to Madagascar in four days, offering a turbulence-free, unpressurized flight at an altitude of a mere 9,800 feet.
A new component-based system with swappable heads and shafts allows crafty golfers to create the perfect stick for any situation
By Brett ZardaPosted 05.30.2008 at 12:15 pm 1 Comment
Get ready to add a few more golf clubs to the bag – sort of. Callaway Golf launched its new I-MIX drivers this month which allows enterprising duffers everywhere to swap out specific heads and shafts according to course or weather conditions, or just to impress their cronies. The heads are attached to the shaft using a custom torque wrench that provides an audible click and a visual indicator suggesting when it's safe to let the big dog bite.