Star Gaze in the City, Take Out an Elk, and Chat with Friends

Chatting with all your friends on your phone usually can mean switching between five IM clients at once. Well, today you can save a few bucks by chatting in the one IM client to rule them… okay, sorry about that. Plus: keep an eye on the stars for free and go hunting for Bambi and all his woodland friends. I hear… » 12/06/11 4:00pm 12/06/11 4:00pm

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player Streams from Hard Drives on the Cheap

Western Digital, better known for storage than HD video equipment, looks to have thrown their hat into the video streaming ring with the WD TV HD Media Player. With two USB 2.0 drives working simultaneously, you can plug in your USB storage and stream to your HDTV in 1080p over HDMI or composite. The diminutive box… » 11/01/08 8:00pm 11/01/08 8:00pm

Buckypaper: Silly Name, Incredibly Strong and Light Material

Flying in a plane made of a material called 'buckypaper' may not seem too appealing at first, but this new type of carbon nanotube may be the future of lightweight, high strength composite. Discovered accidentally while trying to create the same conditions that exist in a star, buckypaper is far from reaching its… » 10/18/08 7:45pm 10/18/08 7:45pm

High-Speed Digital Imaging Shows Why Flies Outsmart You

Scientist at Caltech have discovered why oh why one of the most basic artifacts on earth, the looming swatter, fails against its winged nemesis, the fly. In fact, using high-resolution, high-speed digital imaging, they have found out what's the secret to the fly's 100 milliseconds evasive maneuvering. Which is why I… » 9/04/08 4:00pm 9/04/08 4:00pm

Binaural Beats Audio Played Through Noise Canceling Headphones Supposedly Gives You a Drug-Like High

The site I-Doser makes the seemingly remarkable claim that playing binaural beats-pulses of two different frequencies that are slightly different into both ears at the same time-can give you a high that's on par with taking drugs. The Jerusalem Post claims that the concept has been around since the 1830s, but has only… » 8/20/08 2:20pm 8/20/08 2:20pm

Blockbuster's Blu-ray Endorsement Having Major Impact on HD DVD Player Sales

Click to viewBlockbuster's decision to support Blu-ray in all of its 1,450 stores is having a bigger impact than it seems. A tipster at an unnamed retailer tells us they've had more HD DVD player orders canceled over the last few days than they've seen over the entire life cycle. The kicker? All of them were canceled… » 6/19/07 4:00pm 6/19/07 4:00pm

Control4 HC-300 Home Controller Has an Iron HD Grip on Your Stuff

Video-philes with a control streak can invest in this HC-300 Home Controller to do all their turnings on and off in glorious high definition. Not only does the $699 HC-300 support 720p, there's a brushed aluminum chassis, Zigbee wireless technology, IR ports, Relays and tons of outputs in the back as well. » 6/12/07 4:30pm 6/12/07 4:30pm

DirecTV HR20-700 HD DVR: First Review, In the Wild

Best Buy prematurely(?) sold Earl Bonovich—if that is his real name—one of DirecTV's new HR20-700 high definition digital video recorders. The near-rabid fanboy wiped the foam from his mouth, and posted an exhaustive (exhausting?) review on DVStalk.com. Unlike the first high definition DirecTV DVR, this one isn't… » 8/16/06 6:14pm 8/16/06 6:14pm