Being a tech consumer is a treacherous endeavor these days. Installing software, upgrading a piece of hardware or even just plugging in a new peripheral is a pursuit wrought with danger. That's because, as a man named Murphy has us conditioned to believe, something will inevitably go wrong. And when things do go haywire—when Part A won't play nice with Part B—you're left trying to figure out just what's to blame. Is it your operating system? Is it the USB port on your computer? Is it your thingamajig's firmware?
A universal liquid-repeller makes anything dunk-proof
By Berne BroudyPosted 08.19.2008 at 11:07 am 3 Comments
Today you can buy a rubber boot or a cellphone with rubber seals to keep water out. But a new treatment called Ion Mask promises to make any gadget or clothing item waterproof and stainproof without changing its appearance.
Right now, you can't watch TV or walk into a store without seeing those three dreaded words, "BACK TO SCHOOL." Their presence can mean but one thing: The summer death knell tolls thunderously.
But, wait—there's time! We still have a precious few weeks to get out and travel, hit the beach or soak up The Great Outdoors. And, if you're going to do any of these things, chances are you'll be reading a book somewhere along the way. So, I've taken it upon myself to test out two technically advanced methods of getting my lit on. It's a head-to-head throwdown between Amazon's nifty new Kindle device and an iTunes audio book. Can they replace the good old-fashioned dog-eared paperback? Well, I did find things I liked about both experiences during my experiment, but this just wouldn't be The Grouse without unleashing a little vitriol. Now, let's have at it.
Seventeen-incher packs quad-core CPU and pro graphics tools
By Sean CaptainPosted 08.12.2008 at 2:34 pm 8 Comments
I recently saw the ThinkPad W700, and, well, it’s almost scary. Packing a brilliant 17-inch screen, the beast spreads across a desk like a beached whale. But amazingly, it weighs just 8.4 pounds—about 4 pounds lighter than I would have expected.
By Sean Captain Posted 08.07.2008 at 1:43 am 1 Comment
Remember when the iPod came out and you realized you could carry all your songs in your pocket? Sony aims to do the same thing for pictures with its new T700 digital camera. Along with a memory card slot, the T700 has four gigabytes of onboard memory—enough to store about 1,000 of its 10-megapixel photos.
Speedo's latest product is an MP3 player optimized for underwater listening
By Brett ZardaPosted 08.06.2008 at 1:12 pm 3 Comments
Who better to design technology for the pool then Speedo? Most underwater MP3 options consist of cases for an iPod, an awkward, uncomfortable, clunky device for enthusiasts wanting to spend hours in the pool. The Aquabeat, launched this summer ($150), is one the first MP3 players truly designed for underwater use. It even floats.
A mini amplifier powers huge speakers using technology from satellites
By Mike KobrinPosted 08.05.2008 at 3:01 am 1 Comment
Building a traditional amplifier isn’t rocket science, but making a digital one that’s a fraction of the size and just as powerful is. Part of a wireless music-streaming system, the tiny Sonos Zone Player ZP120 is able to drive giant speakers like the B&W 803s [pictured] using the same kind of power supply found in satellites.
By John BrandonPosted 07.31.2008 at 6:05 pm 0 Comments
Ready for a rat's nest de-tangler? Nokia's Ovi.com service, set to debut in a few months, intends to reach into the myriad of digital files on your computer, sync them to an online portal, and make them available on your Nokia phone -– any time, from anywhere.
The equipment that will optimize your temperature, stop a nosebleed, and help you hit the perfect 300-yard drive
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.29.2008 at 1:06 pm 3 Comments
This is not a story about steroids. But it is about improving your abilities on the playing field. Using technology as sophisticated as any developed in traditional fields of science, athletics companies have designed this equipment to make you better, stronger, faster and healthier. It's funded by absurd amounts of money and validated by the best athletes in the world. And if you're lucky, it will be sitting in your gym bag soon.