June 3, 2012 |
For every mobile electronic device on the market, there are dozens of stands for mounting and/or powering the device on the road. My favorite pick for keeping a cellphone both charged and out of the way (though at hand) is Bracketron's new Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex. It's not very complicated, but it's very smart. The holder plugs into the car's 12V cigarette lighter port and has a heavy-duty gooseneck arm that lets you twist and rotate the phone to just the right height and angle, where it stays firmly in place.
May 27, 2012 |
Lorex makes cutting-edge video-security systems for remote monitoring, often across multiple networks. The company's newest video monitor thinks small — baby small. The Live View Video Baby Monitor lets caregivers keep an eye and ear on little ones, and with its light weight and easy interface, is a good bet for trips. The system can operate wirelessly, but the rechargeable battery life can vary between four and seven hours, depending on features in use, so you will feel most secure using the included wall adapters.
February 26, 2012 |
Armed with a new doctorate from Cornell ; designs for 3-D printers that make colorful parts from paper, plaster, and plastic; and connections from his academic and consulting career, engineer- tinkerer-businessman Evan Malone returned to Philadelphia in 2008, opened NextFab Studio , and began marketing the for-profit lab full of digital workshop machines to the students, professors, and would-be entrepreneurs of the city's brainiest neighborhood....
February 5, 2012 |
The salesman told me a snowblower would change my life, but so far it hasn't. What a snow job. Because it only snowed once thus far, for two whole inches. I'm not complaining, but that snowfall cost me $300 an inch. I didn't even use the damn thing, because I'm still not walking after bunion surgery, so I had to pay someone to shovel, and he didn't think there was enough snow to use the snowblower. Make that $350 an inch. You may recall, I thought about buying a snowblower after six impossible winters, then finally broke down and bought one a few months ago, and have evidently saved all of us from another impossible winter.
February 3, 2012 |
Regina Lee Blaszczyk, a professor of consumer culture and design history, says her neighborhood coffee shop is a perfect example of how the laptop experience has become the accessory of the age, and she's not kidding. At Chapterhouse on Ninth near Bainbridge, there is a shelf of books available for customers, but on nearly every table, most occupied by a person and a latte, is a laptop. Most feature a shiny apple on the cover. "May I share your outlet?" is about all that passes for conversation between tables.
January 4, 2012 |
For Lynanne Whiteman, the hardest exercise at her new gym may have been walking through the doors. Whiteman, 49, says she has struggled with her weight since she was 8 years old. When family members bought her a gym membership about six years ago, she gamely ventured where she had never gone before. "I was kind of intimidated with all of the machines and the weights and the guys that were there," says Whiteman, who lives near Pittsburgh. "I'm this fat person walking into a roomful of guys who are half my age, looking buff and [who]
December 14, 2011
SEARCHING FOR some cool stocking stuffers with a techy edge for under $30? How about a battery-enhanced toothbrush that sings like Justin Bieber, a protective case for a smartphone, or a vibrating magic "bullet" that turns a carton of eggnog into a loudspeaker? You may not have to go far for such cute stuff. Even stores not known for gadgets stack 'em high this time of year. Of course, goodies galore also await online for those who act fast. BEYOND BEYOND: A good example of living past its image is Bed, Bath and Beyond, notwithstanding the goofy "Dancing and Singing Rabbi" ($14.99)
December 8, 2011
NEED TO TELL your Aunt Sarah you don't need another knitted sweater this holiday season? Clip out this all-purpose gift list and slip it into her handbag. Maybe she'll get the hint. FOR THE DIYER: The Complete Homebrew Beer Book by George Hummel (Robert Rose, $16.47). With 200 easy recipes, anyone can brew lager, mead, fruit beer - you name it. Order it with a homebrewing kit directly from the author ($150 at www.homesweethomebrew.com ). FOR THE BOOKWORM: " The Oxford Companion to Beer " (Oxford University Press, $65)
November 28, 2011 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - This was one frantic finish the New York Jets might consider a turning point if they end up pulling off another late-season playoff push. Mark Sanchez threw a career-high four touchdown passes, including the winning 16-yard score to Santonio Holmes with just over a minute remaining, as the Jets kept pace in the AFC playoff race with a 28-24 comeback victory over the Buffalo Bills yesterday. "He's at his best," coach Rex Ryan said of his quarterback, "in big moments.