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Green gadget anxiety? Read customer reviews.

For the average consumer, going green can be a multi-part question: What green products can I introduce into my daily life, are they really making a difference when it comes to saving energy and the environment, and are these products any good? A Listmania list can sometimes be self-serving affair constructed around the motivation of the lister – that’s not a cynical comment, it’s just the way it is, as all of the products on the list are for sale. But given that all Amazon reviews have user comments attached to them, the list begins to feel more objective. The selling point of the green gadgets list, quite simply, is that it’s a good discussion starter for your household. Many of us know there are little ways we could be saving energy, but we’re not often armed with enough information about them. Did you know there was such a thing as a handheld electricity usage […]

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It’s a notebook – no wait, it’s a tablet

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) still generates enough buzz that CNET’s into its fifth year of nominating products for its Best of CES Awards, and among the gadgets that made the cut for its Best of CES 2010 round-up is the Lenovo IdeaPad. Hearing the word “hybrid” associated with a car may not immediately generate skepticism about whether and how well it works, but when it comes to smaller gadgets it’s a natural reaction, and CNET raises good questions about this notebook whose screen undocks from the keyboard “to become its own handheld Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered tablet.” CNET makes the point that a Lenovo rep demonstrated the undocking at the show, which makes the reviewers “curious as to how delicate the procedure is and whether the laptop might accidentally disconnect under casual use” and also wonder “will both devices sync well with each other? Will the battery life be suitable? None of these could be determined […]

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A gadget that inspires you to use it creatively

If you’ve ever spent sleepless nights watching infomercials for the Miracle Brownie Pan or Miracle Mop, you’re hit over the head with the notion that you need to take these things you’re already doing, like making brownies or mopping up the ensuing mess — and do them better. Never mind that every gadget appears to be “miraculous” or “magical” – that’s the marketing department’s handiwork — but if you start with that entirely viable idea of doing something better that you’re already doing and reframe it a bit so that it becomes “How can I take something that I really can’t do at all and do it,” you end up with a gadget like Joby’s Gorillapod, the flexible tripod that permits you to mount your cameras and other devices seemingly anywhere. There are seven versions of the Gorillapod now, including the original camera mount and models for heavier-duty cameras and handheld devices as well as […]

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Kindle for Blackberry: Good Idea?

In so many words, Gizmodo blogger Kat Hannaford suggests that the free Kindle app for Blackberry is a stupid idea. Actually, those are Hannaford’s exact words. A Blackberry user herself, Hannaford argues that unless you’re using a Storm, a Blackberry’s screen is way too small for more than occasional eBook reading, particularly since you’ll need press the “next page” button so often. She also questions what the frequent scrolling will do to the device’s battery life. She concludes with the suggestion that “really, it’s about time the industry takes a leaf out of the Blu-ray Disc Association’s book, and explores the idea of providing digital copies with every paperback sold.” Matthew Miller over at ZDNet is more bullish about the app becoming available, noting that it’s basically about time, since Kindle for the iPhone has been around for a while and he says “it is great to see Amazon expanding to other popular smartphones. I […]

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Does an Invisibility Cloak Exist?

The short answer, unfortunately, is no. And we all know this. So why do scientists keep pointing out all the ways in which an invisibility cloak wouldn’t work? Can’t they let us dreamers have our fun? Well, no, frankly, and here’s the latest of reasons why not. First, an invisibility cloak would only be able to block out specific wavelengths – and those wavelengths are far from the full spectrum of visible and non-visible light. But for those of you looking for a lower-tech way to kill the invisibility joy, the same scientists have noted that you could “throw a stone at” an invisibility cloak in order to detect it. Which is still nicer than their other detection method… Original URL: http://gizmodo.com/5419819/scientists-thwart-the-invisibility-cloak-again

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