The new Kyocera Switch_Back is a clear alternative to the family-friendly Disney phone. The Kyocera handset was announced in a press release titled "Virgin Mobile USA Switch_Back Handset by Kyocera Wireless Is Sure to Make Teens :-)." The most noteworthy feature about the phone is not its technical specs, but the fact that a phone being marketed to teens comes preloaded with a strip-poker game called "Sexy Poker." Titillating games are fine, but Virgin Mobile and Kyocera Wireless might want to question the wisdom of preloading a strip-poker game in a phone being marketed to kids.… Read more
Wirelessly transmitting audio around the house isn't particularly new, but transmitting audio over dynamically switching channels is. Soundcast Systems claims it can provide clear, interference-free music better than anyone because it's able to dynamically react to interference.
Soundcast Systems' two new audio transmitters, the iCast and AudioCast, are based on the same Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology that's used to secure wireless networks. The iCast transmitter has a docking slot with interchangeable inserts that work with various iPod models. The iCast doubles as a iPod battery charger while broadcasting music. The AudioCast works with non-iPod MP3 players, … Read more
iPods are about to hitch a ride in more BMWs. The carmaker on Wednesday announced the debut of a new interface for iPod that will enable integration of the music player in the newest generation of beemers.
The interface will be available for owners of the new BMW 3 series sedans and sports wagons, as well as the 5, 6 and 7 series. It will also be available for the new M5 sedan and M6 coupe. With it, audiophile roadsters can plug their music collections directly into their car's sound system and access and sort their music library, shuffle … Read more
I've been giving some thought to Disney's new kid-friendly mobile cellular service. Disney may be seen as playing the Big Brother card with the offering, but it is really the parent who has all the control.
With the service, due out in June, parents will be able to use global positioning to follow a child's location, as well as track voice and text messages. It may seem a little bit creepy if you assume parents are going play FBI and review every incoming and outgoing message. But that takes time, so the average parent is going to … Read more
TiVo has announced the winner of its TiVo Ambassador contest. Matt Ward of San Diego, a self-described "writer/house husband," has won the TiVo-logotyped MiniCooper convertible, $25,000 and the role of TiVo Ambassador.
The contest, which was launched in September 2005, was only open to those TiVo Rewards members with more than 25,000 points garnered from referral subscriptions. The contest sought to encourage more referrals after TiVo suffered a subscription drop in the face of competitors. Entrants were asked to submit an essay and video expressing their enthusiasm for TiVo DVRs.
Sometimes it's hard to hold it all together in the kitchen--and by "it," we not only mean your patience, but those bunches of vegetables and hunks of stuffed meat that need to stay well-fastened in order to be cooked just right.
The Food Loop is a straightforward but innovative little gadget--a heat-resistant silicone food-trussing tool that replaces traditional kitchen binding tools like toothpicks and butcher's twine. The apparent advantage is that it won't splinter or break off like toothpicks or get lost, soggy or stick to foods like string. It's resistant to 675 degrees … Read more
Looks like it's going to be a great year for Skype. Every time you open a magazine or a browser, there's a new device that integrates with Skype's VoIP service. Cardo System's VoIP headset is one more device that leverages Skype functionality. The gadget is an upgrade to the company's existing Scala 500 VoIP Bluetooth headset.
The headset works with a special USB VoIP Adapter that enables a computer user to connect to and voice-control Skype software from up to 30 feet away. The headset and adapter combo gives users remote voice control to search … Read more
Given the ease with which I lose sunglasses, paying $550 for a pair would be totally out of the question. But those who'd consider shelling out as much for shades as they would for a low-end laptop might find it worth looking at EzriEyes, a sleek pair of glasses that fuse laminated wood and carbon fiber for unusual durability.
The idea stemmed from Israeli designer Ezri Tarazi's frequent boyhood eyewear clashes on the basketball court, he says on the site for Tarazi Studios. "I fantasized (about) owning a pair that would never break."
So Tarazi--former chair … Read more
Think Fido might be running a fever? Now all you have to do to measure your dog's temperature is tune in to an implantable RFID microchip.
St. Paul, Minn.-based Digital Angel Corp. on Monday announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a patent for a syringe-implantable microchip that uses radio frequency technology to determine the body temperature of its host animal. Potential applications for the chip include non-invasive monitoring of temperatures in cats, dogs, livestock and horses and early detection of infectious diseases such as bird flu in poultry.The patented technology … Read more
Camping is one of those activities that allow you a stress-free good time, and a good excuse to just sit around the fire drinking beer. After three days of that, however, everything smells like smoke and stale beer and, if it has been raining, mud has begun to form a crust on your socks.
The Astone Mobile Washer might come in handy at this point. A 21st century twist on the washtub, the Mobile Washer is an inflatable washing machine that holds up to 6.5 liters of water. It is small enough to be packed with the rest of … Read more