Among the many new devices promising to boost fuel economy during these times of high gas prices, the PLX Kiwi tries to improve the driver rather than the car. The PLX Kiwi is a training device that monitors driving habits and assigns the driver a rating based on how "green" it finds the driving style, with 100 being the best. For the most part, the Kiwi does just that, but issues with the way the device interfaces with the vehicle may leave some drivers scratching their heads.
OK, I take back everything I said the other day about the Mini Fridge-Warmer. Or rather, I take back half of the things I said about it. Specifically, the half extolling the virtues of having a portable food warmer plugged into my car for road trips. It seems there is a better way to cook food on the go.
With the In-Car Microwave Oven I can cook whatever want, whenever I want, wherever I want. Suddenly I am free from the tyranny of once-cooked foods. Now, with this mini-mic if I want to heat up some soup or cook a … Read more
I'll never buy another printer that requires a cable. Wireless printing, that's the ticket. Fortunately, you don't have to pay a premium for this enviable capability, as evidenced by Dell's V305w--an all-in-one model currently on sale for $79.
Shipping is free (make sure to choose three-to-five day delivery at checkout), though you'll probably have to pony up a few bucks for sales tax.
The Wi-Fi-enabled V305w features a 100-sheet input tray, borderless photo printing up to 8.5 inches by 14 inches, and media-card slots for printing photos without your PC. (Alas, there's no … Read more
In the meantime, however, a handful of companies aims to put the power cord in the hands of drivers who want to transform their gas-electric hybrids into plug-in hybrids, or to replace the internal combustion innards of other cars with all-electric systems.
The businesses are touting plug-in hybrid systems that can be driven up to 40 miles on batteries alone, with average fuel economy of 100 miles per gallon. The cars use gasoline once the batteries drain.
It can cost more than $10,000 to install a plug-in hybrid system on a Toyota Prius. Is the limited electric driving range worth the expense?
Absolutely, according to Felix Kramer, founder of CalCars, which counts nearly 200 plug-in hybrid conversions around the country. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based nonprofit in 2004 converted the first Prius with batteries that power up from an electrical outlet. … Read more
The problem with opening PDF files in Firefox is that it tends to slow down your performance, especially if you open a number of them. This simple little extension gives you complete control over PDF files in a Toolbar button.
Rather than stick you all alone with a browser-jarring PDF file, the PDF Download extension provides you the option to: download the file locally, open it with Firefox using the PDF download options settings, view the PDF as an HTML file in the browser, bypass PDF Download, or cancel the link. The first two options are self-explanatory, while the "… Read more
At the launch of Yahoo's Fire Eagle on Tuesday, local news aggregator Outside.in launched its latest product, the "hyper-local" service called Radar. Here's the pitch: you tell it where you are (or have Fire Eagle do so on your behalf), and then it will tell you what's going on within 1,000 feet of you.
Or you could just look out the window.
But seriously, this is a good pitch. While I don't buy the literal 1,000-foot story, since the main drag of my neighborhood is 1,400 feet from my front … Read more
A funny thing happened on the way to Boston: the CNET office disappeared. Our Cambridge office is moving to a new location, so when I arrived on the East Coast for a short stay, I found myself without a cube to call home. More importantly, I couldn't work from a computer already inside the CNET firewall, which left me with two choices: use a VPN client, or use a remote access program.
I haven't encountered a single VPN client review without some degree of legitimate complaint, and my own experience with them has left much to be desired. … Read more
This week brings our favorite online flash cartoon to the Wii along with two classic TurboGrafx 16 games.
WiiWareStrong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner (Telltale Games, 1,000 Wii points): After countless years as one of the Internet's most beloved flash cartoons, the Homestar Runner gang invades the Wii in an episodic game. Episode 1 is available now while the other titles will be released every month. Virtual Console Break In (1989, TurboGrafx 16, 700 Wii points): This billiard simulator lets you enjoy six different types of pool. Play with up to … Read more
Canon introduced two new Pixma printers on Monday, August 11, the Pixma MP480 and Pixma MP190. Both of them are all-in-one printers, meaning they also do triple duty as scanners and copiers. These new models are supposedly ideal for both work and home, and include several new features that make the printing, scanning, and copying processes much easier for the end user. In addition, they also take on a slightly updated look from previous Pixma printers, with a sleek, but versatile, style incorporating flip-top LCD screens and a matte silver and black palette.
The $70 Pixma MP190 is a low-level … Read more
Cross-platform, cross-browser, and proud of it, browser plug-in PicLens is to Web surfing as an IMAX screen is to a 13-inch laptop monitor. In theory, it takes the images it finds on a Web site, expands them to super-extra-large size, and then lets you surf through them in a classy scaling interface that we think we last saw in Iron Man. Or maybe it was The Dark Knight.
Installing it places a button on the Toolbar. When you're on a PicLens-enabled Web site, click the PicLens button to activate the PicLens interface. Your screen will go black, and all … Read more