With the holiday shopping season now underway this Black Friday in the US and the Christmas rush also begun in the UK and elsewhere, there are many bargains to be had in tablets, laptops, digital cameras and big-screen TVs.
There are too many to list here (Retrevo is keeping tabs on some of them), but consider these 10 recommendations instead for stocking fillers under $100 or £100, as the case may be. Read more
Time has been ticking for Wimm Labs to get its watch-like Android device to consumers in time for the holiday season. Its release to developers on Wednesday, two months later than planned, suggests it won’t be making any Christmas lists.
Nevertheless, after testing it, the Wimm One seems not far off a finished product to me and the potential is there for third-party “micro apps” to give it much more appeal. Read more
Brace yourselves for a health-embracing bracelet from Jawbone, maker of cool Bluetooth headsets and the Jambox wireless speaker.
UP is the name of the wristband and its associated iPhone app and Jawbone is pricing it at $99.99, with availability from Sunday in the US and November 17 in the UK. Read more
Amid all the Apple hoopla of the last fortnight, there has been surprisingly little mention of the potential impact of the new iOS5 on the games console industry.
Combining Apple TV with any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running the latest software allows whatever is on the screen of the handheld to appear simultaneously on the big screen, through Airplay Mirroring – including games. The result is something which looks pretty similar to Nintendo’s planned Wii U console, combining a touchscreen wireless controller with traditional console-style gaming. Read more
The whole Taylor family operates a wide mix of smartphones, perhaps reflecting differences in our personalities and preferences.
My two younger daughters (in their 20s) each run Google Android handsets (HTC and Samsung); my son, who lives in the UK, loves his BlackBerry Bold because of its mobile e-mail and free BlackBerry Messenger services; and my eldest daughter, a television field producer in San Francisco, uses a BlackBerry for work and an iPhone 4 for everything else “because it’s cool”. Read more
Travelling gadget-light is easy these days, with smartphones and tablets now as powerful as PCs and fulfilling multiple functions.
However, this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at eight devices to take on vacation that weigh no more in total than a traditional laptop. You can read the column here and click on the links for fuller reviews of the MacBook Air, iPad 2, Seagate GoFlex Satellite, Nook 2nd Edition, Motorola Photon 4G and Sony 3D Bloggie HD.
In the decades since Dick Tracy got his own wristwatch radio in a cartoon strip, many technology companies have tried and failed to produce a successful wristwatch gadget in real life. Wimm Labs, a Silicon Valley startup backed by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, is the latest to come up with a wearable device, insisting its own timepiece tells us the wristwatch gizmo’s time has come. Read more
Boxee, the internet entertainment service, is bringing its TV set-top box to the UK this week. Netflix, Pandora and Major League Baseball have proven popular on its D-Link-manufactured device in the US since its launch last year, allowing owners to watch web TV and their own digital downloads on the big-screen TV set. Read more
I was up with the Lark this morning – not the bird, but a new wearable “un-alarm” that wakes the user, but not the person sleeping next to them. Lark is an intelligent wristband that links via Bluetooth to an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad app, where an alarm can be set and sleep patterns recorded. It vibrates silently at the appointed time to nudge you awake without disturbing a partner who rises at a later time. Read more