Batteries: More on the Energizer Duo USB Charger

Batteries: More on the Energizer Duo USB Charger

We covered the Energizer USB charger before, but we’ve got some new details on how it interacts with the software. Energizer has two widgets, one for Macs and one for Windows, that let you monitor the charge as it’s happening”in real time. It’s like a mini-episode of 24 happening in…

Ceratec’s Ambilight-ish Speakers Provide Ambiance

Ceratec’s Ambilight-ish Speakers Provide Ambiance

These CeraLight Xeno speakers from Ceratec may sound good, but their main draw is the way you can adjust their color or brightness just from your remote. Couple this with a Philips Ambilight”or maybe even your own homemade ghetto ambilight, and you’ve got yourself a party. A really nerdy party….

OWC 1TB External Drive For Data Hoarders

OWC 1TB External Drive For Data Hoarders

Good news, media pirates/porn addicts: you can now get an external drive that can hold a whopping 1TB of your illegal/illicit materials. OWC is releasing its Mercury Elite-AL Pro “Quad Interface” 1.0TB External Drive Solution for $600, and it’s loaded up with connectivity options. You can plug it in via…

SkiBob Lets You Swim Like Superman

SkiBob Lets You Swim Like Superman

SkiBob is like a miniature jet ski that can pull you along on the surface or under water. It uses a combination of a 5hp electric motor along with an electric jet stream to propel you through the water at a brisk 12.5mph, letting you swim faster than all but…

If You Want Joost, You Gotta Have Friends

If You Want Joost, You Gotta Have Friends

Today marks the first day of YouTube competitor Joost’s commercial availability. That’s right, it’s out of “expanded beta” and open to an “unlimited number”cue record scratch noise”of friends, family and colleagues of existing beta testers.” Maybe it’s not beta, or expanded beta, but I am going to call this interim…

Tater Mitts Will Change Your Life, I Guarantee It

Tater Mitts Will Change Your Life, I Guarantee It

The great thing about infomercial kitchen products is that, generally speaking, they seem like they solve some grand problem, but in reality they end up sitting in the back of a drawer, only to be used once or twice. Take the Tater Mitts, for example. They’re rubber gloves with an…

Navizon Peer-To-Peer Navigation Gets You There, Maybe

Navizon Peer-To-Peer Navigation Gets You There, Maybe

Navizon, a simple $25 app, is supposed to locate you on a map and provide directions to a destination “on any wireless network and in any country.” Previously available for Windows Mobile and Symbian apps, it now comes in BlackBerry as well. “What makes Navizon even more exciting,” says the…

Plastic Sheet Delivers 40 Watts to Nearby Gadgets

Plastic Sheet Delivers 40 Watts to Nearby Gadgets

Ok, so it won’t power your massive desktop, but researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a one-millimeter-thick sheet of plastic that can deliver 40 watts of power to gadgets on it or near it. The plastic uses pentacene, an organic molecule whose electrical conductivity can be controlled. The…

LG Quidam XCanvas TV won’t do Splits

LG Quidam XCanvas TV won’t do Splits

Ouch. LG’s new LCD TVs have been named the Quidam after that bendy, fiery, circus troupe, the Cirque du Soleil. There are six models to choose from, all with a rather spanky circular base design and sensors which automatically adjusts the brightness depending on how much surrounding light there is….

It Sees You: PlayStation Eye Improvements in Detail

It Sees You: PlayStation Eye Improvements in Detail

If you’re at all interested in the PlayStation Eye, the EyeToy for the PS3 generation, take a gander at this interview with its father, Richard Marks. Along with releasing four”yes, four”albums since 2000, Richard’s added many new features to PlayStation’s camera. Among the issues seen as most important were light…

CeBIT: We’re here!

CeBIT: We’re here!

After a lap of Darling Harbour looking for alt parking because the convention centre was full, and some general network shenanigans, we’re here and online. This CeBIT is really huge — the biggest I’ve seen here in Sydney. And better laid out than ever before. Kudos, CeBITters! Now whether there…

Next stop, CeBIT Sydney

I’ll be on the floor at CeBIT in about an hour. It’s our first on location effort, so bear with us… who knows what gremlins we’ll encounter. Fingers crossed they’ve all been fed before midnight. – Seamus Byrne

EnergyTree: Forget to Recycle, Kill a Living Thing

EnergyTree: Forget to Recycle, Kill a Living Thing

Ben Arent, a creative young designer, has proposed the EnergyTree. Basically it’s an actual tree that is connected to a processor that monitors your in-home environmental habits. And depending on your energy/recycling routines you will either feed your baby tree water & nutrients or poison. That’s right, if you are…

Retina-X Mobile Spy for Smartphones Keeps Tabs

Retina-X Mobile Spy for Smartphones Keeps Tabs

Okay, I fell for it. The press release says “Controversial Smartphone Spy Software Introduced,” and I bit. It’s exactly what you’d imagine: an invisible piece of software, running on Windows Mobile smartphones, picks up the call log and all incoming and outgoing text messages, which it then uploads to an…

Panasonic 1080p Projector Hands-On Review

Panasonic 1080p Projector Hands-On Review

Since we favorably reviewed the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 projector that’s now shipping for a mere $3000, we felt compelled to also review the Panasonic PT-AE1000U, especially since Panny reduced its price to exactly the same $3000 level as soon as the Epson model was released. We had a…

Hockey-Themed Cleaning Gear Concept

Hockey-Themed Cleaning Gear Concept

Hopefully I wasn’t the only one who spent the better part of the weekend watching hockey (by the way, that Rangers goal was legit, it wasn’t a kick). This is the Nike Life Extreme Sports concept gear that features a hockey-stick broom and a vacuum sucking goal. Avoid taking this…

Rumor: Xbox 360 GPU Goes 65nm this Fall

Rumor: Xbox 360 GPU Goes 65nm this Fall

The rumors of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 CPU going to a 65nm manufacturing process have been bouncing around for months, but we haven’t heard much about the GPU yet. However, Digitimes (who also said the 65nm CPUs were delayed until mid ’07) reports that Chinese-language paper Commercial Times claims the upgraded…

Turner Keyless Locking Deadbolt, for a Fast Getaway

Turner Keyless Locking Deadbolt, for a Fast Getaway

Here’s a mechanical invention that could improve your quality of life: the Turner Keyless Locking Deadbolt, which can be locked from the outside without a key. Turn a small collar around the lock on the outside of the door, and you can quickly set the deadbolt without fumbling around in…

Remote See: Just Get Glasses Already

Remote See: Just Get Glasses Already

Do you have trouble seeing the buttons on your 1987 VCR remote control? Well, you could always buy glasses, but why buy one item to make it easier to see everything when you can buy many items to make it easier to see specific things? That’s the idea behind the…

Twilight Umbrella Lights the Way Between the Raindrops

Twilight Umbrella Lights the Way Between the Raindrops

The next time you’re out walking on a dark and rainy night, whip out this Twilight Umbrella and brighten the night with fiber optic lights. You can choose the black umbrella with dozens of little blue fiber optic points of light, or another model that cycles between a variety of…

Big Brother Nerd solves opening week conundrum

Big Brother Nerd solves opening week conundrum

Nerd housemate, Jamie, in the latest edition of Big Brother put his leet nerd skillz to work, uncovering the hidden house couple by spotting what only a geek could. When he entered the house as a self-professed ‘nerd’, he was showing all the usual negative traits”overweight, socially awkward… so it…

Superslim G4 Optical Mouse folds up into a PCMCIA card

Superslim G4 Optical Mouse folds up into a PCMCIA card

This offering from KJ Global makes last year’s slim mouse from Samsung look somewhat elephantine (although I’ll admit that the Samsung one is cuter). The G4 model from KJ Global is just 5mm thick and, when folded, measures 94 by 53 mm. When unfolded, it looks a bit weird, rather…

CeBIT sneak peek: Netcomm’s NB12WD

CeBIT sneak peek: Netcomm’s NB12WD

Got a great tip-off from Netcomm on their update to the orgasmic NB9W ADSL2/2+ router. It’s won badges from PC Authority, CNET, APC, PC User, NetGuide, and PC Powerplay. Man, maybe we need to come up with a badge to splash around the place. The NB12WD adds support for DECT…

NYTimes Confirms Google Phone

NYTimes Confirms Google Phone

The NYTimes has a boilerplate article about Microsoft, Yahoo! and Google going after the cellphone. This line is interesting, though: Google has gone so far as to build a prototype phone with its own software inside, according to one person who has seen it. Question: How do you think the…