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.
If your HDTV is anything like mine, it doesn't sound very good.
Ironic, isn't it? The latest LCD and plasma panels dazzle the eyes
with their gorgeous colors and razor-sharp images, but disappoint
the ears with weak, muffled, bass-less audio.
Blame their designs: today's super-thin TVs just don't have
room for much in the way of speakers. That's why I highly
recommend adding some kind of external speaker system. Whether you
spend $50 or $500, you'll vastly improve the quality of the sound
For example, suppose you purchased a smallish TV for your den or
bedroom. It probably has small, down- or rear-facing speakers that
Got an old set of PC speakers lying around? Plug them into the TV's
headphone jack and you should enjoy much louder, clearer, fuller
Failing that, look for a mini-soundbar, the kind designed to clip
on top of a laptop's screen. These work just as well with small
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.
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.
Hello?! Hello, McFly! This is Darth Vader, come from the planet Vulcan, commanding you to read on! You'd better make like a tree…and take a look at what ThinkGeek has got in their sale bin this week, straight from 1985 and heading for a future near you. I almost can't believe my eyes, but yes, it's true--Dr. Emmet Brown's Flux Capacitor (sigh, a replica only) is on sale and available for purchase.
I'm not sure if it's worth $250 just to have an excuse for going 88mph…or is it??