July 11, 2014
OK, NEVER MIND. Last week's column urging brewers to consider new ideas, from vending machines to malt-centric recipes, led me to a weekend of experimentation with some of the newfangled beer-improvement contraptions that are already on the market. After several hours in the Sixpack Test Kitchen, I concluded that maybe we'd all be better off just leaving well enough alone. Because as appealing as the Ultimate Aromatic Experience sounds, as one product promises, it's really hard to improve on the simple enjoyment of cracking open a bottle and pouring a fresh beer into a clean glass.
June 6, 2014 |
WEARABLE TECH: Out just in time for dad's day June 15, the Sony SmartBand SWR10 is a handsome fitness wristband with a whole lot going on. Working with a custom Lifelog app on an Android smartphone, Sony tracks a wearer's motion and sleep patterns and encourages a healthy lifestyle. SmartBand is also an unobtrusive smartphone extension with alarm and vibration alert for incoming calls, messages and calender events, plus controls for music play. Wakes you genteelly; "wireless leash" warns if you've left your phone behind.
May 23, 2014 |
SORRY. You still can't take a conventional TV to the beach or back yard. Nor electronic tablets - unless they're monochrome, E ink screened Kindles and Nooks - due to LCD screen washout. Still, lots of other transportable and water-resistant creature comforts could help lure us gizmo guys out of the shadows and into the sun this spring and summer. SOLAR FLARE: Not recommending you create a public nuisance. But the eight-speaker, Bluetooth-signal blasting Eton Rukus XL makes a great beach blanket and back yard buddy.
March 28, 2014 |
ARE YOU A compulsive gadget hoarder? Do you have items gathering dust because you've lost interest or shelved them for a newer, better version? As this is National Cleaning Week, it's a good time to, uh, come clean and consider letting go of the old - especially if you've already replaced it with the new. I know it's not easy, which is why I'd love you to share your experience with the Daily News . (See below to learn how.) For sure, Gizmo Guy is part of the problem, among the 68 percent of U.S. residents who qualify as gadget hoarders for "keeping a device for more than two years without using it. " Gotta take that definition and survey with a grain of salt, though.
October 25, 2013 |
EVERYBODY'S a multitasker these days. And thrilled with devices that can do more with less. The onslaught started years ago in the kitchen, of all places, with the likes of those multifunction ("but wait, there's more") slicer/dicer/choppers/churners immortalized by TV pitchman Ron Popeil. Now there's a whole lotta shaking, baking and making going on in the kitchen kapers department. Dyson Hard: If British inventor Sir James Dyson has his way, we'll soon keep a variety of Dyson vacs - little and tall, battery-powered and plug-in - around the house.
October 22, 2013 |
SGT. DANIEL MOORE, of Australia's New South Wales Police Force, didn't expect he'd get to fulfill a lifelong fantasy when he came to Philadelphia for this week's International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. But there he was yesterday, in a suit and tie at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, waiting in the longest line at IACP's expo hall. "It's always been a dream of mine to shoot a Taser at an alien," Moore said. And so, he did. Taser's Alien Crash Site is one of more than 750 exhibits at IACP's expo hall, where vendors of police equipment and services are showing off the state of the art in high-tech crime-fighting gadgetry through tomorrow.
August 9, 2013 |
GOT THE textbooks, tablet, smartphone and backpack ready? Check. How about all the high-tech accessories that your back-to-schooler needs to stay happy and productive? If the kid is leaving town for university and, perhaps, a shared student apartment, the wish list for gadgets gets very long. Here are some essentials: TABLET TRANSFORMED : Tablets are the totable productivity tool of choice. But tapping class notes on a glass screen is tedious. And a tab is damage-prone. That's where the new Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio ($180)
May 31, 2013
LOOKING FOR the means to easily share and store the photos, videos, music files and documents on your smartphone, tablet or PC? Sony's Portable Wireless Server WG-C10, coming soon at $89.99, is the ticket. Its Wi-Fi link allows users to transfer content to and through the device with up to eight simultaneously connected mobile gadgets. The Sony Server writes/reads on SD memory cards and also functions as a backup power source.
May 2, 2013
These inexpensive gadgets will help you maximize summer fitness goals. They travel easily, too. 1. ePulse2 The first strapless, continuous heart-rate monitor, pedometer and calorimeter. No more chest strap, no more complicated watch, no more periodic heart-rate measurements. Strap this baby on your arm and watch it go to work. Three for one, under $100. 2. WEIGHTED JUMP ROPE Takes personal fitness into the stratosphere - if you are up for a challenge. Torches calories, significantly increases strength and improves coordination, agility and endurance.
April 19, 2013
NO ROOM in the house is safe from a gadget invasion - not even the bathroom. Back in their hipster days, the horn-rock band Chicago introduced a song suite called "An Hour in the Shower," implying conduct "under the influence. " Today, all it takes to keep you stalling is the entertaining Moxie, a single-function showerhead from Kohler ($199) with a magnetically center-mounted Sound Capsule humming your happiest tunes. Waterproof shower radios have been available for decades, but this updated device is different, neater in form and function.