A few months after the iPad came out, computer makers who had made convertible laptops started phasing them out, believing the iPad usurped their need. What's old is new again: several computer makers are planning to introduce new Windows 8 convertible laptops soon after Microsoft makes the OS official on October 26. I agree with the assessment that the iPad stymied the need for convertible laptops; if you need a keyboard with the lighter-than-a-convertible iPad, or even an Android tablet, you could buy an auxiliary Bluetooth QWERTY keypad. In fact, your bag would probably be lighter with an iPad and an ultrabook both contained therein, as opposed to a single convertible laptop. But if these new hybrids succeed, we can't keep calling them "convertible laptops" (for one thing, it takes too long to type). So, I'm inventing a new name for these sometimes-a-laptop, sometimes-a-tablet combo computers.
Ever since I saw her open for Bob Dylan at Roseland just before or just after Tuesday Night Music Club hit, I've been a fan of Sheryl Crow. Everyday is a winding road. But earlier this week, Crow really did go out of her head on Katie Couric, when she claimed her cellphone could have been a contributing factor to the development of her meningioma, a benign brain tumor. Horse petooties. The odds of Sheryl Crow's cellphone causing her brain tumor are about the same as her on-stage ear monitors triggering it, or perhaps it was the one other product her head spends the most time against — her bed pillow. How do I know cellphones didn't cause her tumors? Science.
In one final attempt to preempt the deluge of Apple and iPhone 5 coverage in a couple of days, LG announced its technically superior (but not ready for U.S. prime time) Optimus G, the first U.S. LTE smartphone with a quad-core processor.
Steve Ballmer bounded onto stage to greet HTC CEO Peter Chou Wednesday to signal Microsoft's massive support for HTC's two newly hatched Windows Phone 8 smartphones. But if these pastel HTCs are the flagship Windows Phone 8 phones — uh oh.
Berlin, Germany — If Tom Hanks really had crashed on that deserted island, the odds are really good that many of those FedEx boxes would have contained some gadgets. But those found gadgets would have been as useless as Wilson without this handy Eton Boost Turbine Charger.
Berlin, Germany — Okay, I admit it. I stopped at this booth at the IFA electronics show because there was a woman wearing nothing but a towel in front of it. Yet I'm writing about this Kanguru Smartowel ($20, coming soon) because it's just quirky enough to interest us. It transforms.
Berlin, Germany — I'm not sure to ridicule this golf club head-looking gadget I found at the IFA electronics show or admire the utter devotion to its cause — keeping your plants not just alive but practically human.
Berlin, Germany — Scattered around the show floor here at the IFA electronics show are any number of glasses-free 3D HDTVs — and all of them pretty much suck. Why? One of many reasons is the lack of resolution.
Berlin, Germany — How many times has your phone rung but you didn't hear it because it was in your pocket? Or not realized you had a meeting? Or not realized how low the battery was?...
Berlin, Germany — Amidst the serious 4K and OLED HDTVs and myriad Windows 8 gear, here at the IFA electronics show which officially starts today many a goofy product can be found. Such as, a mouse that's also a scanner...