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Normally I am all for bigger TV screens but if you are on a budget or want to add HD viewing to a smaller room or office a 60” plasma doesn’t typically fill the bill. In situations like this what you need is a smaller screen that still has a quality HD i...
So how do the uber rich keep up with the Jones'? I imagine it’s something like this, the wealthy geek down the road gets the 103” plasma showed off at CES this year and brags around the putting green about his home theater. Update: This display p...
So how do the uber rich keep up with the Jones'? I imagine it’s something like this, the wealthy geek down the road gets the 103” plasma showed off at CES this year and brags around the putting green about his home theater.Not to be out done his pal opts...
Today we are having a look at some accessories for plasma and LCD HDTV sets as well as a ceiling mount for a HD projector and an audiophile quality home theater power cable. All of these cool products come from Atlona.Buying the HDTV or projector is only p...
Charlie from (occasionally inappropriate) Gizmodo has taken a look at Amazon Unbox on the Tivo. On demand downloaded video has been a holy grail for the technology on-demand generation, and many have been bootlegging videos because the service wasn't...
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IntroIn 1999 when I cofounded Mediabolic, we had a vision of the “connected home” that we pitched all over the world. In 2000, I first started hearing (and using) the phrase “THIS is the year of the Digital Home” (yes, in all-caps). I’ve heard that phrase every year since, but have yet to [...]
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The answering machine is more than 35 years old, and voicemail’s been around over 25 years. Before I even dig in to the topic I’m writing about, I still get a kick out of messages that start with “Hi, I’m unable to get to the phone, but if you wait for the tone…” Are there [...]
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Cate Sevilla writes...
As you're reading this, I'm probably cruising somewhere over the
pond Atlantic Ocean, on my way back to the land of surf, ski, sand, and smog: California, my homeland. Living in London and having my family be all of 5,500+ miles away from me does have its perks, as I now have guaranteed myself a lifetime of travel, frequent flyer miles, and passports filled with stamps and immigration visas. I'm starting to get pretty skilled at this whole Transatlantic Travel thing, and have composed a list of my top five travelling gadgets and gadget accessories to help make any bit of travel -whether it be a 10 hour flight, or 10 minute train ride- more enjoyable.
1.) The F1 Safety Laptop Bag: I always, always keep my laptop in my carry-on bag, despite the fact that the million x-ray machines it will go through are potentially destroying it. My reasoning is that I would rather have it with me at all times, than lost, and in the hands of some crazed luggage looter. This oober cute bag is decorated with those oh-so-helpful airplane safety cards and is fully padded to fit up to a 15" laptop. It features an exterior zipper pocket, an interior Velcro pocket, addjustable straps, and zipper closure. There's even a vinyl exterior, so you'll no longer have to worry about accidentally spilling your cheap airline wine into your on-board goodies.
2.) The iPod nano: Obvious? Yes. Do I care? Absolutely not. It's so slim and trim, and holds just enough music to keep me entertained for hours. (Even if I'm just wasting the battery, listening to my playlists while I drift in and out of an uncomfortable sleep.) I have to say, this is the the most important gadget I bring with me while flying.
3.) Griffen's Tune Juice 2: My last flight I forgot to charge my iPod, and I nearly cried. Nothing is more disappointing than getting on a plane and finding out that your iPod only has this red little squirt of life left in its flat, shiny body. (Almost as disappointing as finding out your plane doesn't have those nifty screens on the back of each seat. Sad!) The Tune Juice 2 adds fourteen hours of additional audio play, or two more hours of catching up on the latest video episodes of Lost. It takes four AAA battaries (which are included) and after that, you can even use rechargeable ones. However, having to remember to charge my recharger probably isn't going to happen. I'll just stick to wasting batteries. Save the Earth!
4.) View Master: Yay for juvenile toys! I had one of these when I was younger, and I loved it. I remember always having that with me on long car rides, and let me tell you, watching 3D images of The Flintstones makes time fly. If it doesn't seem fun now, just wait until you've downed two airplane bottles of Absolut Airline Vodka
and a couple of Tylenol PMs and just you watch! Next thing you know, you'll be repositioning your seats into their upright positions and preparing for your descent into (insert city of your choice)!
5.) The Rolling World Time Clock - Now while this isn't going to make your flight/journey any more comfortable, at least you won't be running around asking the locals for the time. Nor will you feel panicked when you miss the Captain saying, "The local time for Tokyo is-" because the darling child in front of you decided to yell, "Mommy! Boys have wieners, HUH!!!" at that exact moment. This barrel shaped clock has 12 sides, designed to tell you what time it is in two major cities, on each end. Altogether, the 24 cities represent the 24 Global Time Zones. I can't tell you how fabulous it would be to finally get the time difference between London and Honolulu correct! (Sorry Uncle David!)
Using these gadgets and accessories on your next journey will make your entire travel experience much more enjoyable. And while you can't control the cabin crew, length of the journey, or how annoying your neighbor is, at least you can always control what you bring! (Unless it's gel, fluids, razors, or explosives.)
Cate Sevilla is a freelance writer, and regular contributor to a number of Shiny blogs. She recommends buying at least three mini bottles of Absolute Citron from a Duty-Free shop before embarking on any Transatlantic flight. (Oh, and charging your iPod.)
Hopefully none of you have forgotten it's Red Nose Day here in Blighty, after all, with the dozens of people I've spotted today sporting a badge or even red squishy nose, you'd have to be fairly blind not to know. Traveller's Tales, the gaming publisher behind Lego Star Wars, have obviously got their generous hats on today and are urging gamers to donate to the Comic Relief charity. In return they'll reward you with a code that'll unlock red noses for each character in the Lego Star Wars II, available on the PS2, GameCube, PC and Xbox 360 platforms. Super kawaii! (Via Kotaku).