My recipe for the perfect smartwatch is pretty simple.
First, it should look classy, not clunky, ugly, and tech-y.
Second, it shouldn't try to do too much. It should be an extension
of your phone, providing notifications and information, nothing
Third, it should last for at least a week before needing to be
Finally, it should cost no more than $100.
The Martian Passport is not the perfect smartwatch. It
gets a lot of things right, but also misfires in a few key areas --
not the least of which is basic wristwatch duty.
At first glance, the Passport looks pretty snazzy, with its analog
face and shiny chrome casing. It's available with a black or white
face, though the black one (which I tested) has a decidedly
non-snazzy rubber wristband. The white one comes with a leather
I've long been a fan of Bluetooth speakers, which pair wirelessly
with your smartphone or tablet to provide a kind of self-contained
Sonos system: Your music library, plus services like Pandora and
Spotify, streamed to any room in the house.
However, with rare exception, these speakers tend to be small
and underpowered, which is problem if you want to use one in, say,
a large room or at the beach. Or to serve up tunes at a noisy
The Braven 850 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that's
surprisingly powerful given its compact size. I've been playing
with one for the past couple weeks, and it's a terrific product. In
fact, it's my favorite Bluetooth speaker to date.
The 850 measures 9.5 x 4 x 2.8 inches, roughly the same
size as the more celebrated Jawbone Big Jambox.
If you weren't already aware, June 29th is Camera Day, and we love pictures. While there are a ton of incredible photography blogs, we decided to take a bit of a different spin and look at the top 10 blogs for aspiring photographers. These blogs are a mix of "how-to" guides and equipment reviews to help you figure out where to start. 1. Pop Photo The popular photography magazine site. This well organized site is the digital home of the popular photography magazine. The blog has a deep range of practical guides and instruction, along with an extensive buying guide which covers cameras and film to software and accessories. If you're a budding photographer, you won't want to miss out on this.2. Ken Rockwell Want no-nonsense camera equipment advice on a site that's not fluffed up by fancy design and navigation? We've found the site for you! Based on his own experience, Ken provides his own personal advice, which he breaks down into categories by camera type and recommended use. If you're worried about staying within a specific budget, there is also a guide based on price range, which can be quite helpful. Well-established and chock full of great information, you'll be taking better pictures in no time after seeing his detailed guides to improving technique.3. SimplyNess I was originally struck by the clean layout and design of this site, Ness mixes in reviews on gear with striking images on a bright, easy to read canvas. This blog does a great job of highlighting sample photos that can be produced with the various cameras and equipment that are reviewed.4. Photography Blog The name says it all for numero quattro. If you need to buy gear, this is a great place to start. The blog provides a super helpful buying guide and gear reviews. Additionally, it has a bunch of useful tips and tricks along with contributed guest content.5. Camera Dojo Looking for alternate ways to school yourself on photography basics than simply reading a book? Camera Dojo will help you "Get your black belt in photography". What makes it stand out from the rest? Podcasts! It's also good for staying up to date on news and reviews in the photo world, and has a lengthy section of Photoshop tips and tutorials.
I don't know about you, but I loves me some Star Trek. I used to think it was just a crappy television show from way back when, but if you actually give it a chance it's a great social commentary. Of course, you have to look past the crazy shenanigans of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock (and I'm more a fan of Data from The Next Generation to be honest), the bad costumes and even cheaper props, but it really is a great show.
Even though you may not be able to literally beam up, you will definitely get a kick out of our wacky product of the week this week: the Star Trek USB Communicator. Straight out of Starfleet and headed to a computer desk near you for a minimal $30 from ThinkGeek.
Telling time can be really hard. But it doesn't have to be. If all those numbers weren't in the way, I think it would be much easier and the makers of the Kaidoku LCD Word Watch over at TokyoFlash.com agree with me. Instead of an old plain Jane watch with a clock face, 12 digits, and two hands, this watch minimizes your time-telling efforts by letting you read the time with words instead of numbers.