Now, $69 sounds steep for an egg holder, but I had high hopes that Quirky's Egg Minder would be an elegant solution to a common food waste problem. After all, when I think of the number of eggs I've wasted because of uncertain freshness, it's not unreasonable to guess I might have disposed of them too liberally. If this device worked well, it might help recoup some of its cost by preventing wasted eggs. Alas, a glitchy app and inconsistent performance makes the Egg Minder a no-go. It's also not quite as smart as you might … Read more
You may one day be able to chat with your iPhone or iPad docking station courtesy of Apple's Siri.
A patent application -- dubbed "Smart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device" and published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office -- scopes out plans for a dock a bit more advanced than today's models.
Key to the new dock would be integration with Siri. Rather than including Apple's voice assistant, the dock would tap into Siri on your mobile device. You'd activate Siri simply by speaking or … Read more
Bargain-basement models from Hewlett-Packard and Dell topped the list of the most popular Black Friday laptops, according to a research note from a market researcher that tracks laptops at retail.
Dell's 15-inch 15RV-1952BLK, priced at $177 on Black Friday, topped the list, according to Gap Intelligence, which based its ranking on the number of "likes" each promotion received on deal-tracking website FatWallet.com.
"Dell made the largest gains of any manufacturer, nearly doubling its number of notebook ad hits from last year (17 vs. 9)," analyst Deron Kershaw said in a statement.
HP's HP'… Read more
The $349 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is an intriguing new offering from Honeywell. While it is virtually identical to Honeywell's $249 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat in design and functionality, the addition of voice control really sets it apart. Unlike some of its other key features, this one wasn't borrowed from Nest.
I think that's great. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it -- at least not yet. I really wanted the voice control to work, but instead it's very basic, and occasionally glitchy. That makes the extra $100 for this one feature seem excessive.
Most of … Read more
The Xbox 360 was released in the fall of 2005 and the PlayStation 3 a year later. Back then smartphones weren't all that smart, the mobile market was dominated by players like BlackBerry and Nokia, and gaming was split between consoles and PCs.
Everything changed, however, when Apple released the iPhone; and once again with the release of the iPad. The mobile revolution has changed the way we share, consume media, and play games. You would be hard-pressed to find someone without a cell phone these days, let alone a smartphone.
To take advantage of the increased adoption rate … Read more
A talking toupee? It might be a reality one day if Sony decides to do anything with a new patent it's been awarded.
The patent's broadly titled "Wearable Computing Device," but things get more detailed in the patent abstract:
"Wearable computing device, comprising a wig that is adapted to cover at least a part of a head of a user, at least one sensor for providing input data, a processing unit that is coupled to at least one sensor for processing said input data, and a communication interface that is coupled to the processing unit for communicating with a second computing device. The at least one sensor, the processing unit, and the communication interface are arranged in the wig and at least partly covered by the wig in order to be visually hidden during use." … Read more
Consumers can now purchase a pair of smart glasses for $1,000.
Dubbed the first commercially available "Smart Glasses," the Vuzix M100 started shipping on Tuesday, according to the company. The first models off the line are going to registered developers and others who already ordered the product. But the M100 also is now available for preorder with a promised ship date of two to four weeks.
Described by Vuzix as a hands-free wearable computer, the device offers a monocular 16:9 full-color display that floats an image in or near your line of vision. Vuzix compares the … Read more
The iPhone 4 is the best iPhone ever. Ever. In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we explain why Apple's fourth mobile is the best it's built.
Hit play now to hear our reasoning.
Fours of nature The Retina display. The lightning-fast A4 chip. A stunning new design. And a front-facing camera for taking questionable selfies. The hardware alone is enough to put the iPhone 4 leagues ahead of its rivals, both past and present. But there are plenty of other reasons to crown this 3.5-inch marvel king of the iPhones.… Read more