Samsung LCD TVs: contrast is the new black

Samsung LCD TVs: contrast is the new black

Samsung have updated their TV range across the board, with teh focus on their top-end M8 and mid-range designer R8 models. Remember the R7’s V-shape base? Now it’s become a silky smooth curve with a little light in the middle. Is that going to make you upgrade? No? How about…

BMW Outfits Boeing 787 Cabin For Fictitious Tycoon

BMW Outfits Boeing 787 Cabin For Fictitious Tycoon

The already luxurious Boeing 787s—which have beds, couches, and are designed for the super rich who fly everywhere—may get an even fancier upgrade. Boeing made a call to BMW‘s DesignworksUSA group to model them up a fancy interior for an imaginary super-rich Russian client in his mid-30s. The result? An…

Super Sky Copter: Yet Another Crazy Flying Vehicle

Super Sky Copter: Yet Another Crazy Flying Vehicle

Never underestimate the power of rich eccentrics who really want a flying vehicle. Take this Super Sky Cycle, for example, invented by Larry Neal. It makes perfect sense, he swears! The problem with flying cars in the past was what to do with the wings once you were on the…

Ceci N’est Pas une Fire Extinguisher

Ceci N’est Pas une Fire Extinguisher

Beware the treachery of images, because things aren’t always as they appear to be. That’s certainly the case with this fire extinguisher, whose purpose is to accomplish just the opposite. Push down on its little lever, and it’ll fire up that stogie, pipe, cig or blunt. The hose part actually…

For the Next Five Minutes, Blu-ray Is Winning

For the Next Five Minutes, Blu-ray Is Winning

The argument continues to rage, with no end in sight. HD DVD was winning last week, with rumors of cheap HD DVD players flooding the market via Wal-Mart (who else?). Augmenting that was a sales spike in HD DVD discs, though one that was caused by an artificial (or at…

Video: HTC Advantage Unboxed

Video: HTC Advantage Unboxed

It was once called the Athena (and, briefly, the Ameo). Now it is the Advantage, and it has arrived in Europe. And lest you think this is just one of those never-gonna-get-here tease videos, HTC now says it will launch the Advantage in the US this summer. It’s quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE…

First Review: Lexar ExpressCard SSD

First Review: Lexar ExpressCard SSD

Lexar‘s ExpressCard solid state drive is an interesting proposition: 4 to 16 gigabytes of non-volatile memory in a slot form factor. That’s not only more storage than typical USB flash drives can offer, but more than most based on microdrives can, too. For those with lappies with ExpressCard slots, it…

Sony HDD NAC-HD1: CD and 250GB HDD Music Server

Sony HDD NAC-HD1: CD and 250GB HDD Music Server

This is the NAC-HD1 250GB HDD digital music server, Sony‘s new sound system component. The included CD player will rip your albums onto its hard drive, with space for up to 125,000 tunes. The system can also stream content to other hardware compatible with the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)…

Sony Cyber-shot: split personality?

Sony Cyber-shot: split personality?

Unlike that last one, this is just plain cool. Some very clever CG at work, and the Sony folks even told me there is a really sexy half green suit floating around… man, I’d love to wear that to a party some time. The real question is, did they pick…

Into the year 2000: future past predictions

Into the year 2000: future past predictions

I love the future. It’s always so exciting, and it loves to bite you in the butt when you suggest you know what’s coming next. Take this list of predictions from 1900, looking at what may come to pass in the hundred years ahead… a lovely list of hits and…

Rumor: Dell Tablet Coming?

Rumor: Dell Tablet Coming?

Hot off the news of Dell‘s smartphone, jkOnTheRun (good site, horrible name in print) is reporting a tip that Dell will release aTablet PC in Fall 2007. And if rumors are your thing, they have plenty of details.

Choc-U-lator: Sadly, Not What You’re Thinking

Choc-U-lator: Sadly, Not What You’re Thinking

Contrary to Popgadget’s headline, the Choc-U-Lator does not make math delicious. It is, however, the most sadistic stocking stuffer ever. Imagine a child unwrapping what looks to be a chocolate bar only to find a calculator that looks like chocolate. They’d be scarred for life, which is totally hilarious. The…

Booster Blades: Honorable Suicide

Booster Blades: Honorable Suicide

When the day comes, if you don’t have the cojones for bushido we recommend the Booster Blades for a respectable self-offing. Designed as a cross between a bicycle and inline skates, apparently you pedal more than you skate…and you look like a tool more than you do either. Hit the…

Australia, start your gizmos …

Well, it’s been an ‘entertaining’ (read: insane) week here at the Australian Giz HQ. We’ve run the gauntlet of launch issues, and we’d like to think we’re all the more prepared having faced them. But then, we would say that, wouldn’t we? We’ll be hitting full stride on the local…

Bluetooth Anal Probe

Bluetooth Anal Probe

Not “technically” designed to work in anuses, this Intelliprobe from E-Control transmits temperatures wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled PDA running Windows Mobile 2003 or higher. What better way for lazy doctors to stay in their offices than to remotely control a robot arm with this on the end to read temperatures?…

Sony Ericsson W970 Leaked Shots

Sony Ericsson W970 Leaked Shots

There aren’t many details about this Sony Ericsson W970 yet, but we do know that it’s going to be in a swivel form factor, have 512MB of internal memory, video recording and landscape-view video playback. If this really is the W970, then this, along with the W999, looks like it’s…

RIM Gives Reason for BlackBerry Outage

RIM Gives Reason for BlackBerry Outage

Just a quick note for you BB users who are still peeved you couldn’t get your email earlier this week. The outage was caused by RIM installing an “insufficiently tested” piece of software, which cut off service to all 5 million of you. After that, they tried switching to a…

Scarecrow Sprinkler Scares Away the Critters

Scarecrow Sprinkler Scares Away the Critters

The thought of a random critter pillaging through my garden makes my blood boil, but now those son of a guns will pay. The Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler is exactly that. This device hooks up to a hose and will start spraying bursts of water upon detection of motion, or…

Paradigm Soundbar Covers All of Your Front Channels

Paradigm Soundbar Covers All of Your Front Channels

I’m all for surround sound, but for the sake of saving space I gravitate to speakers like Paradigm‘s Millenia 20 Trio, which combines all of your front channels (left, center, and right) into one skinny soundbar. Paradigm doesn’t claim it delivers virtual surround surround sound (for that check out these…

Override Your Buddy’s Lame Ringtone

Override Your Buddy’s Lame Ringtone

This is just a practical joke waiting to happen. Emotive got the funding they needed—$7.7 million—from a variety of investors, including Warner Music Group, to create a product that can override the callee’s ringtone. It is called a “Push Ringer.” Sick of your friend’s super annoying “My Humps” ringtone? When…

Fujitsu A4 and A5 FLEPia: They Say Console Reader, we Say eBook

Fujitsu A4 and A5 FLEPia: They Say Console Reader, we Say eBook

Two years ago, Fujitsu announced that it had come up with the world’s first film substrate-based bendable color electronic paper featuring image memory function (snappy name, fellas). Well, now they’ve made something to put it in: The FLEPia (that’s a bit better, but I’m still not convinced). it comes in…