• NXT Announces New iPod Dock Equipped Systems

    NXT has announced today the debut of two new ultra-thin hi-fi systems, both sporting an iPod dock. These two new products (CD-X10i and MC-DX22i) utilize the profound SurfaceSound technology that will deliver full sound out of a pair of thin speakers. The systems have a multi-functional LCD display with backlight and a clock with timer and sleep modes. The speakers and main unit are… Read More

  • Cellphone Talk Time in the Real World

    Cellphone purveyors quote lots of appealing talk time specs, but we want to know the truth about how much time you can get in the real world. Now after months of testing, Norwegian website amobil has the goods on 45 of their favorite phones, with telling results: “Not surprisingly, there were huge differences from phone to phone. The winning phone let you chat away for two-and-a-half… Read More

  • Verizon V640 EVDO ExpressCard Reviewed

    If you have an ExpressCard port in your laptop rather than the good old workhorse PC Card, you might be wondering if all the various hardware makers are going wake up and create cards for your early-adopting self. Now some have jumped into the fray, including Verizon Wireless, providing a Novatel V-640 ExpressCard for its EVDO connectivity, and the GearLive crew tested one for our reading… Read More

  • Space Groovin'

    Ever wish you could listen to your satellite radio anywhere? Well, MusicDock’s new service will allow you to do so from your mobile device. Their service includes real-time song information with album art, as well as seamless access on both your mobile and desktop. No special software is required – you just need a paid up satellite service account. How much does it cost? Read More

  • Mind-Controlled Wheelchairs

    The University of Electro-Communications has developed a prototype electric wheelchair that will respond to the user’s thoughts. Now before we all fake injuries, we will need a strap on skullcap outfitted with sensors that will interpret our brain’s waves and allow us to manipulate the chair. The sensors will interpret our thoughts with 80% accuracy, so 20% of the time we’ll… Read More

  • Kid Rock Slumming With AV Geeks

    I’m all for “branching out” and reaching “the kids” when it comes to tech marketing, but this is a bit much. Kid Richie Rock-Anderson will be performing at the CEDIA trade show in Denver on Saturday, September 16. For those not in the know: CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for… Read More

  • XOFTspy Portable Anti-Spyware Drive

    Any world traveller worth their salt knows to pack a few important things – a towel, a guidebook, and protection. That’s why ParetoLogic created the XOFTspy, a USB key that protects you from spyware on the road. Just pop it in an you’ve got instant-anti-web-herpes cleaning in a flash. The program can detect and kill most mal- and spyware applications and even has an… Read More

  • Sony E-Reader 20 Questions

    The folks at Mobileread asked the “Sony Reader Team” to talk about their as-of-yet-unavailable handheld ebook system. He was pretty straightforward in answering the questions and there are some hot features including MP3 and AAC playback as well as some sort of DRM-sharing system so you and six of your closest friends can share books. Best of all? It uses Sony’s excellent… Read More

  • Sony's Blu-Ray Drive Won't Play Blu-Ray Movies

    Ah, Blu-Ray, your mysteries are manifold. Your high-resolution video promises to tickle our media bones and your extras – oh the extras – will warm us through those long winter nights. Then, when we’re good and ready to watch a heavy-duty Blu-Ray disk on our PCs, Sony’s got us covered, right? Right? Wrong. Sony’s first PC Blu-Ray drive, the BWU-100A, won’t… Read More

  • Kangaroo TV: Be at the Race and Watch it on TV, Too

    If you’ve ever been at a sporting event and had that strange feeling you’d rather be watching it on TV, now Kangaroo TV offers you a way to both be there and get some tight close-ups and instant replays, too. The hardened handheld TVs are being rented at major sporting events around the world, but you’ll have to pay dearly for the privilege—they rent for $50 a day or… Read More

  • Ballbot: Even on One Wheel, It's No Pushover

    Even when you start pushing this odd-looking robot around, it stays upright. Here’s Ballbot, a robot that balances on its single spherical wheel that’s about the size of a bowling ball. It stays upright using “dynamic stability,” which represents a significant step toward the goal of creating robots that can gracefully move around people and someday become our… Read More

  • Are Mac Pros Cheaper than Dell Precisions?

    The Inquirer set out to discover the truth in a piece that contrasts the price differences between similarly matched systems from Apple and Dell. In the comparison, the Mac Pro is pitted against the Dell Precision 490. While the results aren’t quite those described at the Apple fanboy rally, they do signify a relevant change total cost when compared to similarly outfitted machines: Dual… Read More

  • Alltel Delivers XM Satellite Radio to Phones

    Alltel just announced a new service that will deliver XM Satellite Radio programming to phones on their network. Developed by MobiTV, the feature will allow users unlimited access to select XM radio channels for $7.99 a month. “Having America’s largest wireless network, partner with America’s largest satellite radio provider was a natural fit, and we know our customers will… Read More

  • Microsoft Offering Payments for Late Vista, Office

    This doesn’t effect us peons on the front end, but enterprise customers who were planning to purchase – or already purchased – bulk licenses for Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 are getting discounts and sales incentives in order to keep them quiet while Vista runs through its endless development phase. Computer manufacturers and even some businesses were on track to receive… Read More

  • Logitech DJ: Another Wireless Music System

    Logitech just announced their Wireless DJ Music System which will allow users to stream and control PC audio wirelessly throughout the home via Logitech’s StreamPoint software. The device is compatible with all PC audio formats, including MP3, AAC, WMA, etc. The sexy console remote has a backlit blue LCD display. Although many of these devices already exist, this looks to be a vast… Read More

  • First Look: Microsoft XBox 360 HD DVD Player

    In an effort to compete with Sony’s Blu-ray-enabled PS3, Microsoft is releasing an XBox 360 HD-DVD player peripheral for about $200, about $200-300 less than similar HD DVD players. Most of the the high-end audio and video processing will happen on the XBox itself, which means the drive will be essentially a “dumb” device designed simply to read HD DVD format… Read More

  • Sprint Nextel & Intel Team Up on WiMax

    Sprint Nextel is working on securing their place in 4G cellular services by announcing their plan to establish a nationwide network based on the forthcoming WiMax standard. The new technology is said to be able to deliver wireless broadband at speeds up to 70Mbps in ideal conditions, but real world estimates are significantly lower – expect about 20-50Mbps on a good day – with a… Read More

  • Mighty Morphin' Car Panels

    Joachim Tandler, a car safety researcher in Germany, is working on a project for the first shape-shifting car. The car will use hood-mounted cameras and radar to spot a vehicle that is going to hit your car for a side collision. The camera and radar sends a message to the side of the car once it has calculated that impact is imminent and reinforces the bond between the door and the frame, which… Read More