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.
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.
There's nothing like a gross-out news story to offer a little
perspective. Last week, I might've complained that shipping was taking
longer than expected. Now, I'm just glad that my gadgets don't arrive
covered in gum and vomit.
As The Consumerist reports, this was the sight that greeted a Dell Outlet customer when his refurbished laptop arrived with gum on the inside and a barf-like substance on the outside. What's worse, Dell initially blamed FedEx.
the problem seems to be mostly sorted out, and the man will soon have a
shiny, new, non-waste-covered laptop on the way. And, thankfully, the
vast majority of refurbished laptops don't have this problem, or any
problems, really. We should be careful not to take the wrong lesson from
this. Refurbs are still a smart choice. Read on to learn why.
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.
No wait--don't! These little suckers may look delicious and crunchy and they may fool you by coming in "flavors" like cherry, lemon, blueberry, orange, and green apple, but you can't eat them. Or I guess you could, but you probably wouldn't like the taste. Unless you like eating electronics, in which case maybe you shouldn't be reading about lollipop-shaped speakers in the first place...