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Review: Slacker Portable

[Editor’s note: Update! After using the Slacker for the last few weeks, Eliot Van Buskirk now has a slightly different view of the device. While many of the Slacker’s charms are still appealing (Wi-Fi, pre-loaded stations) some cracks are beginning to show. After using a variety of different headphones, he noticed a faint background hiss…

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Review: Logitech Revue with Google TV

Logitech’s HD Pro Webcam works with the Revue, as well. Designed to compete with Skype, it essentially turns your TV into a video-conference station. Google TV has landed! Er … sort of. Even though the future of the video-aggregation and search service might look uncertain, Logitech has loosed its flagship Google TV set-top box —…

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Review: JBL On Stage IIIP

If we told you this unassuming donut of speakers produced hi-fi audio, you’d say we were lying. Then again, we might not be able to hear you over the music. JBL must have sprinkled pixie dust on this flying saucer of a media player dock, conjuring great sound separation and the strongest output of any…

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ARM will enable Smart Watch to work by 60% longer

British chipmaker ARM Holdings announced the acquisition of two companies – Sunrise Micro Devices (SMD) and Wicentric. Their technology will form the basis of a new portfolio of Cordio, centered around a low-power wireless communication for power-hungry devices such as smart watches. In particular, SMD owns intellectual property that allows radio module Bluetooth (with a…

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Review: Astak 6″ EZ Reader

At first glance the EZ Reader has it all: crystal-clear text, fluency in gazillions of file formats, MP3 playback (with equalizer), and multiple language and font compatibility. Alas, sluggish page turns and convoluted menu navigation, plus a heavy, brickish design, conspire to knock this otherwise serious contender out. EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this…

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