This is an update of a review I wrote last year, which focused on the smaller, 7-inch version of the Kodak Pulse.
In my 20-plus years as a tech writer, I've owned or reviewed about a zillion gadgets. Some were good, many were forgettable, and a few were downright dreadful (I'm looking at you, Microsoft Spot Watch).
But a select few gadgets earned a special place in my heart, just by being insanely cool, insanely practical, or both. On this very exclusive list: the Apple iPhone, Palm V PDA, Roomba robot vacuum, TiVo DVR and, most recently, Kodak Pulse digital photo frame. It's available with two screen options: 7-inch and the newer 10-inch.
Kodak may have stumbled a bit while transitioning from its historic film roots to the modern digital world, but lately the company has created some killer products. For example, the Pulse digital photo frame remains one of my favorite products ever, and the new Easyshare Touch is my new favorite camera.
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.
About a year ago I told you about PowerBag, a really cool line of backpacks,
briefcases, and messenger bags that have built-in batteries for
charging your mobile devices.
The MyCharge Peak 6000 is like a PowerBag--without the bag. It's a
lightweight, portable power pack that can charge and recharge just
about anything you travel with: smartphone, e-reader, tablet,
Bluetooth speaker, and so on.
Though it weights just half a pound (8.5 ounces, to be exact), the
Peak 6000 packs a 6,000mAh battery--much larger than you what you
find in a lot of portable chargers.
Many consumers shop around like crazy before deciding on a major
purchase like a laptop or tv, but then buy the store's expensive
extended warranty without even questioning it!
Store issued warranties are often not worth the price,
especially with technology changing dramatically from year to year
and gadgets becoming obsolete within a few years.
The good news for us consumers is the warranty business is
getting more competitive, so a store warranty isn't your only
Image by Joi Ito from Inbamura, Japan (whatsinyourbag) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
It's summertime, and that means vacations. Whether you're traveling by plane, train, car, bus, or boat, you'll want to stock up on gadgets and gear that can make your trip fun, efficient, and memorable. Make room in your carry-on bag for these five items.