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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.
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
There's never been a better time to ditch your landline.
If you're already paying for cable or DSL Internet service, you've
got everything you need to kiss your local and long-distance
telephone companies goodbye.
Well, almost everything: The missing ingredient is a voice-over-IP
adapter, which sounds complicated but isn't. It's a little box that
sits between your existing phone (or cordless phone system) and
your router and provides full-featured home phone service. For
You've probably heard of one such product: the MagicJack, an
infomercial staple. A few months back, I reviewed its successor,
the MagicJack Plus.
Today let's talk about its latest competitor, the NetTalk Duo
I'm usually appalled when my mother asks for detailed Christmas lists for each member of our family in October. "Really?!" I want to scream, "I haven't even got the last stitches in the Halloween costumes, and you want Christmas lists?" Instead, I smile and politely oblige, having no other choice if I want to keep peace in the family.
This year, however, after spending several days compiling these lists (after all, I don't want my children getting toys they have no interest in, or worse yet, socks, for Christmas), I had an epiphany: I could get my shopping done in November, save some much cherished cash, and enjoy the entire month of December by baking, playing with my family, and not stressing about shopping!
No, I haven't thanked my dear mother, but I did learn some interesting information about the best things to buy, and not to buy, in November.
So you've got a horrible cold or your just can't stand the dry summer heat or maybe your lips just hurt real bad and you're in need of something to ensure they don't get so chapped all the time. Humidifiers work wonders for any of these conditions. But you're not just in the market for any old average Joe humidifier--you want something kind of ridiculous but also kind of cool, definitely something Japanese-inspired and easily available to fool your friends and coworkers.
I bring you such a device, my friends: the Cup Noodle USB Humidifier.