Projectors are really cool. Point one at any wall just about
anywhere and you've got yourself a home theater.
Of course, you'll need to connect a laptop or DVD player.
You'll need to position everything close to an AC outlet for power.
Oh, and don't forget about speakers. Maybe I should have said,
projectors are really cool--once you get past all the
Wouldn't it be great, then, to have a projector with
everything you need built right in? Like this one: Staples has the
3M Streaming Projector for $159.99 shipped
(plus sales tax in most states). That's just about half the $299
The Streaming Projector is compact enough to fit in the palm
of your hand, yet it's like a self-contained home theater. It runs
on a rechargeable battery, so you don't need a nearby outlet.
I'm a huge fan of Sonos audio gear, which lets you stream all your
favorite music (playlists, Pandora, Spotify, etc.) to wireless
But, ho, it's some expensive gear, with even the most basic
package starting at $300. My cheapskate nature won't allow me to
spend that kind of money on what is essentially a fancy
Especially when there are such inexpensive alternatives. For
example, with my smartphone or tablet and a simple Bluetooth
receiver, which can plug into any stereo or speaker I already own,
I can fashion a system that's nearly identical to a Sonos--for a
fraction of the price.
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
Telling time can be really hard. But it doesn't have to be. If all those numbers weren't in the way, I think it would be much easier and the makers of the Kaidoku LCD Word Watch over at TokyoFlash.com agree with me. Instead of an old plain Jane watch with a clock face, 12 digits, and two hands, this watch minimizes your time-telling efforts by letting you read the time with words instead of numbers.
Now that Mother's Day is over and done, it's time to start shopping for the big guy. You know, Dad. Forget the ties and tools--what he wants is tech. I'm talking gadgets, gear, and guy toys. As a dad myself, I know just the right stuff to shop for.
Read on for five of my favorite ways to honor thy father.