gift guide 2011

  • Last-Minute Gift Guide 2011: Things For The Audio Lover In Your Life

    Last-Minute Gift Guide 2011: Things For The Audio Lover In Your Life

    You’ve got a few hours left before all of the free “Get it before Christmas!” shipping deals come to a close, and you’ve still got people left gift-less. What ever will you do? Give’m the gift that just about everyone would love: pornography booze the gift of music! We’ve had all sorts of aural accessories come through our office in the last year, so join… Read More

  • Hands On With The 4Moms Origami Stroller

    Hands-On With The 4Moms Origami Stroller

    When I first saw the 4moms Origami stroller, I knew it would be a hit. It’s a robotic stroller that unfolds like the Autobots getting ready to roll out and has one of the nicest interfaces I’ve ever seen on a stroller (which is saying a lot). Why did it make me so excited? Well, first this stroller will beat the pants off any of those feature-rich Stokkes or Buzzes out there. Pull… Read More

  • Review: Orb Audio Booster With Super Eight Subwoofer

    Review: Orb Audio Booster With Super Eight Subwoofer

    Orb Audio is roundly seen as being a company that produces decent to excellent mini speakers at a price that is, at the very least, acceptable to a wide strata of the speaker-buying public. We reviewed a set of Orb home theater speakers and our reviewer found them excellent for cinema playback. The company, seeing a niche, has just released the Orb Audio Booster kit, a $356 package with two… Read More

  • Review: Krups EA82 Automatic Espresso Maker Makes You Love To Love It

    Review: Krups EA82 Automatic Espresso Maker Makes You Love To Love It

    I was about to add this coffee maker (excuse me: espresso maker) to the Luddite gift guide but instead I felt it deserved special mention. As a fan of pod-based coffee-makers, I love almost everything about the EA82 – except its price. This thing is a dense block of coffee-creation goodness. Operation is simple – add some water, whole beans, and a cup. You select the type of… Read More

  • 2011 Gift Guide: Best Stuff For Luddites

    2011 Gift Guide: Best Stuff For Luddites

    Not everyone needs a Google Nexus. Some of you – and your friends – are happy to exist in a plane without technology, a world dedicated to quiet reflection and acoustic jamming. Here are some of our picks for the Luddites on your list this year. There are no hand-hewn axes in this list – this is gear that will keep you living in the Hipster Age while still maintaining a… Read More

  • TokyoFlash On Air Touchscreen Watch: For The Space Robot In Your Life

    Another day, another Tokyoflash watch. This one, the On Air, has an LCD screen with backlight and you tell time by reading the numerical minutes read-out as it rotates around in place of the hour hand. It is, to be fair, pretty darn ingenious. Read More

  • Review: Iomega 2TB Mac Companion Hard Drive

    Review: Iomega 2TB Mac Companion Hard Drive

    Iomega’s Mac Companion hard drive is a 2TB ($349, 3TB model is $449) desktop drive with a few features that make it interesting to the average Mac (or PC) owner. While it doesn’t have the bells, whistles, and network access of many NAS and home storage devices, it does look good next to your iMac. The drive is clad in brushed aluminum with a black glossy top panel and a two-port… Read More

  • The Nao Next Gen Bot Will Be Your Friend When No One Else Will

    Whoa. I thought Pleo was hot but this thing is out of this world. It’s basically a little walking robot that can see, hear, and recognize you from a distance. Originally designed to help teach autistic children, the Nao is now a fully-featured and surprisingly friendly-looking robot that can walk, play catch, and talk to you. The company, Aldebaran Robotics, updated their original Nao… Read More

  • TechCrunch Gift Guide 2011: Best Toys

    TechCrunch Gift Guide 2011: Best Toys

    If you’re an Aunt, Uncle, Grandfather, Grandmother, Godmother, Godfather, Foster Parent, or just plain old mommy or daddy, you might have some kids on your holiday shopping list. These are some interesting toys that I’ve come across this year and all have a certain high-tech edge that adults and kids alike can enjoy. Read More

  • 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Nook Tablet And Kindle Fire Accessories That Are Must-Have

    2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Nook Tablet And Kindle Fire Accessories That Are Must-Have

    These new e-reader-tablet hybrids are shaping up to be the hottest gifts of this year. Amazon’s Kindle Fire is flying off both virtual and real-world shelves and Barnes & Noble has offered up a worthy opponent in the form of its Nook Tablet. But even at their relatively low prices, these e-readers might still be a bit pricey. That’s why we’ve laid out some of the… Read More

  • 2011 Gift Guide: 6 Hot PC Accessories To Keep You And Yours Warm This Holiday

    2011 Gift Guide: 6 Hot PC Accessories To Keep You And Yours Warm This Holiday

    Most of us eat, sleep and drink at our desk. It’s our live and we can do with it whatever we please. If your loved one spends more time at a desk in front of a computer than anywhere else, the following gifts will likely light up their face. There’s something here for everyone from the Mac fanboy to the retro gamer. Read More

  • The Behringer iNuke: The 8-Foot iPhone Dock For The Oligarch Who Has Everything

    The Behringer iNuke: The 8-Foot iPhone Dock For The Oligarch Who Has Everything

    While I’m fairly certain that this is a publicity stunt tied into the upcoming CES season, BEHRINGER (their caps, not mine) has announced the iNuke, an 8×4 foot, 700 pound iPhone/iPad dock. It costs $30,000 and pumps out – no joke – 10,000 Watts. Read More

  • New USB Rocket Launcher Matches Your Scorched-Earth Management Style

    New USB Rocket Launcher Matches Your Scorched-Earth Management Style

    These USB rocket launchers are nothing new, but this model now supports direct control via an iPhone or iPad, allowing you to remotely aim and rain down hellfire upon unsuspecting office mates from outside of the room. Casual Body Armor Friday will never be the same. Read More

  • DIY Printable Strandbeest

    Theo Jansen is an artist who makes wild animated, wind-powered robots that seem to have a life of their own. Once you set them up on a beach and let them go, they undulate, slide, and coil across the sand like some sort of steampunk gazelle. 3D printing service Shapeways is now offering two Jansen designs for sale, including a propellor-powered motor for getting your beest to move. You… Read More

  • LG Nitro HD Review: You Win Some, You Lose Some

    LG Nitro HD Review: You Win Some, You Lose Some

    I find myself looking at the Nitro HD with mixed feelings. In some ways, it’s exactly what I’ve been asking for from LG, and in others it simply brings about disappointment. The software, in particular, failed to impress me. Hopefully a much more clogged 4G LTE network from AT&T (compared to the like, seven people that are using it now) will still find a way to outweigh the lag… Read More

  • 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Sports Watches To Help Burn Off The Turkey

    2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Sports Watches To Help Burn Off The Turkey

    If you’re planning a marathon next year or just full of delicious stuffing and turkey, you may want to look into getting a sports watch. These wrist computers offer GPS, heart-rate, and pace measurements for runners, bikers, and, most recently, swimmers and they can help motivate you to get off your duff and, what’s more, help you shave some seconds off your time. I’ve used… Read More

  • 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: iPhone Accessories For Every Type

    2011 Holiday Gift Guide: iPhone Accessories For Every Type

    Apple has sold over 17 million iPhones in this past quarter alone, so chances are that someone you’ll have to buy a holiday present for will already have one. Instead of the usual “cheesy card and sweater” combination, why not give them something that takes advantage of their constant electronic companion? Here are a few iPhone-friendly gift ideas to consider, all organized… Read More

  • The 4Moms Origami: Look At This Robotic Stroller! Look At It!

    There are things you need to be afraid of when you’re a new parent. There’s gluten, pull cords, Disney products, and BPA, to be sure, but what about wild robotic strollers that look as if they’ll eat your wee ones in one snap of their plastic jaws? Luckily, the 4moms Origami stroller won’t close on the little ones and is in fact a automatic stroller with a bit of a twist. Read More

  • AT&T’s LG Nitro HD Gets Official: LTE, 720p Display, $249

    AT&T’s LG Nitro HD Gets Official: LTE, 720p Display, $249

    AT&T sure isn’t wasting any time on shoring up their LTE lineup: just a few weeks after the HTC Vivid and Samsung GSII Skyrocket hit the scene, AT&T has announced that the LG Nitro HD will hit the streets on December 4 for $249.99. Better known as the Optimus LTE outside of the United States, the Nitro HD sports a pretty impressive spec sheet. As the name would imply, the… Read More

  • Cyber Monday Gadget Guide

    Cyber Monday Gadget Guide

    Black Friday is an awful day compared to today. Sure, you might walk away with that one deal you had your eye on, but for the most part it’s a lot of waiting, fighting, and pepper-spraying. To make up for such an excruciating sale experience, retailers have given us Cyber Monday — the light to Black Friday’s darkness. That said, we’ve decided to round up some of the… Read More

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