On Thursday, Web site-monitoring firm WatchMouse released the results of a study about the performance of 104 social-media sites--social networks, blogging communities, bookmarking sites, and the like--and boldly deemed them to be overall "slow and inaccessible."
WatchMouse used its "Site Performance Index" (SPI) methodology to track the reliability and load time of the sites in question; this figure is computed by calculating the time needed to call up a site's home page and applying a penalty for each failed request. Lower is better: an SPI of 500 is considered good, whereas the Utrecht, Netherlands-based WatchMouse … Read more
If this is what it takes to get a full-featured cell phone watch, we'll pass. Even if it does deliver as promised--MP3 playback, videos, Bluetooth, MIDI ring tones, 260,000-color resolution, and a raft of other features, according to ProductDose--we wouldn't be able to look at this ugly thing for fear of turning to stone.
It's not the Pepto-Bismol pink that bothers us; it's, well, just about everything else, from its bulky girth to cheap silver-toned filigrees. It doesn't help that it has a stylus that looks suspiciously like an eyebrow pencil.
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Sure, it's not quite the one that Dick Tracy had, but LG showed off a prototype model of a watch phone here at CES. It sat behind a display case the whole time, but we did snag a few details about it: it will have Bluetooth, as well as text messaging. When asked how you would text message with it, the LG rep said that there's a scroll wheel at the bottom of the watch's face that'll let you scroll through letters and numbers. This sounds horrendously tedious, but at least making calls promises to be … Read more
We have a theory: At some point in the universe there's a convergence of birding and technology, along the lines of math and music. It's the only explanation we can come up with for so many avian gadgets that seem to come our way, which often indicate a particular demand for technologies that identify birdcalls.
Not all of them are the most practical, however, as underscored by the unwieldy size of such products as the "Sound Sleuth" weighing you down, fittingly, like an albatross around your neck. But the "iFlyer BirdSong Wand" seems like … Read more
As much as those indecipherable LED watches make us want to poke out our eyes, we're not sure this one is much better.
Timberland's HT2 looks like a watch that Picasso might have painted after an evening of debauchery, minus a misplaced eyeball or two. Then again, we're not exactly what you'd call outdoors enthusiasts, so our appreciation is somewhat diluted.
This steroidal sports watch has any number of functions that we'd never use, including an altimeter, thermometer, barometer, chronometer, tachymeter, and digital magnetic compasses (analog and digital), according to Technabob. And you can keep … Read more
Maybe it's just us, but we've never had to force our kids to go to the bathroom. It's always been more of an issue having them not exercise their bodily functions at inopportune times, such as the middle of a movie, in the car on a road trip, or a downtown bus station where the last thing you'd want to do is set foot (or anything else) in the public restroom.
Every once in a long while, Crave actually has something good to say about the evolution of a product. We're pleased (and surprised) to say that watch phones, while hardly what you'd call wildly popular, have at least made some tangible progress in their designs as they no longer all look like GPS devices awkwardly strapped to the wrist.
To date, however, many of these models have come from manufacturers of dubious origin. But luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer is ready to change all that with its first line of mobile phones from ModeLabs Group, the Paris-based design house … Read more
As nifty as the concept might be, video watches have yet to catch fire on the mass consumer market, despite a few models with rapidly falling prices. Some manufacturers have tried to dress them up a bit, which is a definite improvement over the Soviet-looking standard issues of the first generation, but maybe they're trying too hard.
Why not, for example, just make it look like an old TV set? Vestal Watch's "Emery" is actually inspired by '60s-era radios and stereos, but console TV sets didn't look a whole lot different from them anyway in … Read more