My advice to speaker shoppers who prioritize sound quality is go for a good set of big speakers. They conjure the sound of music more realistically than tiny ones. I know all too well that most folks settle for something smaller, and usually it's a case of the smaller, the better. That's why designers are always trying to get bigger sounds out of smaller speakers. Enter the Vanatoo Transparent One, a 10-inch-tall powerhouse armed with a 5.25-inch aluminum woofer, a separate rear-mounted 5.25-inch passive radiator, and a 1-inch silk dome tweeter. This little speaker made a … Read more
When young, nimble companies displace established, stalwart ones, it forces everyone to keep on their toes. Disruption has pushed the consumer tech world to insane levels of churn, but even the humble automobile is not immune. Tesla is the poster child for vehicular disruption, a new brand launching a new luxury automobile that, within a few months, was outselling popular models from Lexus, Porsche, and even BMW. Others are coming, with their own alternative cars and motorcycles, all intent on knocking the now-familiar brands from their comfortable perches.
Keenly aware of its position in the crosshairs, the Bavarian Motor Works … Read more
Sony squeezes $18 out of each PS4 sold, says research firm IHS, which means the company may not see a profit on the new console.
In a tear-down examination released to AllThingsD, IHS revealed that each console costs $381 to manufacture, which Sony then sells to the consumer for $399. That seems like a meager amount; however, it's a step up from the loss seen on each PS3.
A similar IHS analysis of the PlayStation 3 conducted in 2006 found that each console cost $805 to build and sold for $599. The cost of components gradually came down. But … Read more
When Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire HDX and second-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets back in September, both were equipped with a newly updated (and newly monikered) operating system: Fire OS 3.0. But plans were already in the works for a 3.1 update that would add even more functionality.
That update has arrived, and Amazon plans to deliver it automatically, over the air, to compatible Kindles in the coming weeks. However, if you'd rather get it right now, you can.
Step one: Make sure you have a compatible Kindle, and make sure it's at least half charged. … Read more
In 2010, the Looxcie wearable camera was ahead of its time (though not necessarily in a good way).
The $199 first version was a large Bluetooth headset with a built-in camera that recorded HVGA-resolution video (480x320 pixels) at 15 frames per second. The Bluetooth could be used to directly connect to an Android or iOS device, giving you a live view of what the camera saw as well as a way to transfer clips for mobile uploading. Unfortunately, the concept and the available technology to handle it weren't in the same place at that time.
With the Looxcie 3, … Read more
Apple has reportedly closed a deal to acquire PrimeSense, the 3D-sensor company behind Microsoft's Kinect sensor.
Apple paid $345 million for the Israel-based company, according to a Calcalist financial newspaper report on Sunday that didn't cite sources. Perhaps best known for powering the gesture control used by Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console, the company's technology is also used in 3D scanners, iRobot's Ava, and the Asus Xtion.
I have come to terms with the notion that we will all soon be wearing glasses in order to surf the Web, check messages, and pretend we work at Google.
Some, though, are still concerned that the glasses offer too much opportunity to photograph or film people surreptitiously.
Defenders of the Google faith point out that no, no, you can tell when the glasses are in use. There's a light that beams to the world.
A twisted few find this unfortunate. They want to be cleverer than thou and more creepy than thou.
May I present, therefore, the very … Read more
There's no point in pretending the BMW M5 is anything other than a benchmark car. The M Division creates cars that are a perfect balance between the mentalism that falls out of AMG, and the point-and-shoot weapons from Audi's RS team. The M3 may be the poster car, but the M5 is the one that people really lust after.
The 5 Series, classically, is the next step up the ladder. It's the Read moreyou go for when you've reached the top of the chain and need something to show off just how well you've done. …
Camfrog Video Chat for iPad allows you to connect with people around the globe using your iPad. Offering a range of self-regulated chat rooms and user lists that you can connect with at random or by searching for specific people, the app takes full advantage of the iPad's interactive features, including its dual cameras. While there are some small issues, the app is generally a very good implementation of the video technology on all newer iPads.
When you turn on Camfrog for the first time you're required to create an account. After doing so and verifying that you … Read more