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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.
Sometimes I'm tempted to buy things I don't need, even when I know
full well they're not practical.
For example, TigerDirect is currently offering the Seiki SE39UY04 39-inch 4K Ultra HDTV for
$499.99 shipped when you apply coupon code
NFF106630 at checkout. That's the lowest price
I've ever seen on a 4K TV, and therefore I must have
Well, okay, quick reality check. Let's take a look at some of the
pros and cons here.
In case the terminology is unfamiliar, "4K" refers to ultra
high-definition television, also known as Ultra HD. The number
derives from the screen resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, which
is four times greater than standard HDTV (which runs at 1,920 by
Modern home theaters run on HDMI cables.
They're used for just about everything: game consoles, cable
boxes, Roku boxes, Blu-ray players, Apple TVs, home-theater
receivers, and on and on. Heck, if you run out of HDMI inputs on
your TV, you need an HDMI switch--which itself requires an HDMI
Unfortunately, many people make a mistake when the time comes
to buy an HDMI cable: They venture down to the local big-box or
electronics store and pay $20, $30, sometimes even $50 for
On Tuesday, Apple announced the new iPhone 4S
in a humble ceremony, with little fanfare from the press. Nonplussed,
the blogosphere instead focused on more pressing issues, such as the
rate of new job creation. It was a day like any other.
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...