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 you weren't already aware, June 29th is Camera Day, and we love pictures. While there are a ton of incredible photography blogs, we decided to take a bit of a different spin and look at the top 10 blogs for aspiring photographers. These blogs are a mix of "how-to" guides and equipment reviews to help you figure out where to start. 1. Pop Photo The popular photography magazine site. This well organized site is the digital home of the popular photography magazine. The blog has a deep range of practical guides and instruction, along with an extensive buying guide which covers cameras and film to software and accessories. If you're a budding photographer, you won't want to miss out on this.2. Ken Rockwell Want no-nonsense camera equipment advice on a site that's not fluffed up by fancy design and navigation? We've found the site for you! Based on his own experience, Ken provides his own personal advice, which he breaks down into categories by camera type and recommended use. If you're worried about staying within a specific budget, there is also a guide based on price range, which can be quite helpful. Well-established and chock full of great information, you'll be taking better pictures in no time after seeing his detailed guides to improving technique.3. SimplyNess I was originally struck by the clean layout and design of this site, Ness mixes in reviews on gear with striking images on a bright, easy to read canvas. This blog does a great job of highlighting sample photos that can be produced with the various cameras and equipment that are reviewed.4. Photography Blog The name says it all for numero quattro. If you need to buy gear, this is a great place to start. The blog provides a super helpful buying guide and gear reviews. Additionally, it has a bunch of useful tips and tricks along with contributed guest content.5. Camera Dojo Looking for alternate ways to school yourself on photography basics than simply reading a book? Camera Dojo will help you "Get your black belt in photography". What makes it stand out from the rest? Podcasts! It's also good for staying up to date on news and reviews in the photo world, and has a lengthy section of Photoshop tips and tutorials.
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
I hate sports. I know that living in Southern California this goes against all the laws of nature--which include but are not limited to rooting for either the Angels or the Dodgers and getting excited about things like the Superbowl (I like the Puppy Bowl...)--but really, sports just aren't my thing. I have broken about six fingers, torn some ligaments, and had various other injuries during my childhood, almost all of which were sports-related, so yeah. Me + sports = no thanks.
However, table tennis? That's a sport I can get excited about! The sound of the ping-pong ball, the whoosh of the paddle, the sweat on my brow. Ah yes, table tennis, the game of champions!
So imagine my excitement when I found this winning item from Gizmine: Self Table Tennis.