LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – Y’know how we said something or other about how iHome had an avalanche of new products? Yeah, forget we said that; the amount of new products at the Philips fort (really, they had, like, an encampment) made the iHome avalanche look like a powder dusting. And amazingly, most of it is actually worth talking about. Here’re [Read More...]
Those who use external Bluetooth devices with a Mac, whether it’s a keyboard, mouse, headset, or anything else, are probably aware that connection strength between the device and the computer is going to directly impact how usable the device is. The next obvious question then is, how do you check the strength of such a connection? Regular readers may recall a previous tip that allows Mac [Read More...]
Air Display is a great iOS app that turns an iPad into an external display for just about any Mac or Windows PC. It’s been around a while, but now there’s a new free version available that lets you try out a full featured ad-supported version before buying the regular version, offering an excellent way to see if AirDisplay fits into your [Read More...]
Quick test: see if you can guess what the following product does, just by decoding its cryptic name. Ready?
Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi with Night Vision
If you guessed “a Wi-Fi-connected security camera, which can see in the dark and is, I don’t know, probably made by like Belkin or someone?” then congratulations! You are a detective as sharp as Sherlock and as clever as Colombo. Also, you should work on your speech patterns — making statements [Read More...]
Be-be, wo-wo, boo-bee. These are the kind of phrases a human being can only get away with uttering in public if still under the age of two. Fortunately, these are also the only words these underdeveloped fools can manage. There’s probably a lesson about ability vs. ambition hidden in there somewhere.
Which is to say that the Belkin Wemo baby monitor is probably the best-named baby monitor ever. Even your dumb infant can ask for [Read More...]
BodyMedia’s Link puts the ‘F’ in ‘Fugly.’
Bodymedia’s Fit fitness tracker is a hideously ugly, and is supported by one of the most willfully customer-hostile web services I have ever seen. Yet despite this, it actually does its job very well.
There are two trackers, the $ 120 Core and the $ 150 Link. I tested the Link, which connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth, and to your Mac (or PC) [Read More...]
AliveCor’s Veterinary Heart Monitor for the iPhone helps vets diagnose heart disease in dogs, cats, and horses.
What do you do if you’re a medical technology startup while waiting for the FDA to approve your flagship iPhone-based product?
If you’re AliveCor, you launch a veterinary version of it.
The product in question is AliveCor’s iPhone ECG heart monitor, which the company showed off nearly two years ago, at the CES in 2011. [Read More...]
One thing most smartphone owners, Android owners inclusive, have to keep an eye out for is going over their monthly data cap limits. There are still a handful of people who are on unlimited data plans, but a majority is not. For that purpose, iOS developer Elias Limneos has devised a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Data Usage Monitor so you can view how much of your data is being used in real time from the status bar as you can [Read More...]
You can monitor disk activity in Mac OS X by using the Activity Monitor app or several command line tools. Activity Monitor is the easiest and most user friendly, but the Terminal options allow further information to be retrieved. Watching Disk Activity with Activity Monitor Launch Activity Monitor, located in /Applications/Utilities/, or you can hit Command+Space Bar to bring up Spotlight search and find it [Read More...]
It’s not quite here yet, but AOC’s got a monitor that we’re really twitching to look at come CES 2012: the e2343Fi, a 23-inch LCD with a neat little twist in the iPhone or iPod compatible dock ensconced in the base. AOC won’t be showing off the display until CES, and who knows when it will go on sale, but our interest is piqued. Not only is the built-in iPhone [Read More...]