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
Projectors are really cool. Point one at any wall just about
anywhere and you've got yourself a home theater.
Of course, you'll need to connect a laptop or DVD player.
You'll need to position everything close to an AC outlet for power.
Oh, and don't forget about speakers. Maybe I should have said,
projectors are really cool--once you get past all the
Wouldn't it be great, then, to have a projector with
everything you need built right in? Like this one: Staples has the
3M Streaming Projector for $159.99 shipped
(plus sales tax in most states). That's just about half the $299
The Streaming Projector is compact enough to fit in the palm
of your hand, yet it's like a self-contained home theater. It runs
on a rechargeable battery, so you don't need a nearby outlet.
A couple days ago I shared my top five picks for Father's Day tech
gifts--one of which was, inevitably, a Roku box. What can I
say? It's the ultimate gadget, especially for TV-loving dads.
Though I recommended the new Roku 3, at $100 it might prove a
little pricey for some shoppers. Thankfully, Roku is offering a
Father's Day deal that's easier on the budget.
For a limited time, you can get the Roku 2 XD for
$69.99 shipped, a savings of $10. But that's not all: When you
order via Roku.com, the box includes three nifty freebies that
showcase its streaming capabilities.
First up: 30 days of Amazon Prime. That's the Amazon service
that offers, among other things, unlimited streaming of select TV
shows and movies.
I don't mind telling you I have three Roku boxes in my house.
That's not me being boastful; it's me revealing how much I love
The new $99.99 Roku 3 takes the place of the Roku 2 XS as the
high-end model in the line, and it's without a doubt the company's
best box yet. But questions remain: Is it worth the extra cash, and
does it beat the Apple TV at its own media-streaming game?
For the uninitiated, a Roku box plugs into one of your TV's
HDMI ports, then serves up nearly every video and audio service
known to man: Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Netflix,
Pandora, Slacker, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Vudu, and literally
hundreds of others.
I'm usually appalled when my mother asks for detailed Christmas lists for each member of our family in October. "Really?!" I want to scream, "I haven't even got the last stitches in the Halloween costumes, and you want Christmas lists?" Instead, I smile and politely oblige, having no other choice if I want to keep peace in the family.
This year, however, after spending several days compiling these lists (after all, I don't want my children getting toys they have no interest in, or worse yet, socks, for Christmas), I had an epiphany: I could get my shopping done in November, save some much cherished cash, and enjoy the entire month of December by baking, playing with my family, and not stressing about shopping!
No, I haven't thanked my dear mother, but I did learn some interesting information about the best things to buy, and not to buy, in November.
Ever since I saw The Terminator as a child, I've had an ever-present fear that robots will eventually take over the world. Then about ten years ago, I saw the Roomba Vacuum and thought, oh god, it's happening! Of course, Roombas are very, very cool (and now they have Scoobas and other crazy sweep-on-their-own vacuums), but hardly Cyberdyne Systems' worthy. I mean, they don't even have eyes.