It’s disturbing how long it took for manufacturers to create a capable
car stereo for the iPod. Many suffered from a latency issue that made
searching the iPod or even switching to the next song incredibly
frustrating. Add to that navigation schemes that would have led Ponce
de Leon to walk the plank, and you have a user experience that rivals
using the Zune. A new generation of car stereos has appeared lately
that battles the confusing navigation and lag issues associated with
switching tracks. Alpine hopes to lead the charge and bring iPod
enthusiasts a head unit deserving of the “Made for iPod” badge.
Network-attached storage is right up there with smooth jazz on the list
of things that we try to avoid thinking too much about. But hooking up
a NAS box to your home network is one of the coolest and most useful
things you can do if you’ve got more than one computer in the house.
Stepping up from a point-and-shoot to a DSLR can seem as daunting as
trading in your minivan for an 18-wheeler. To ease the transition,
Pentax has placed all the controls on its new 10.2MP K2000 to the right
of the camera’s bright, 2.7-inch LCD screen—just like on your favorite
Turbo.264 HD aims to make converting video for use on your devices
easier. It works with pretty much any kind of video, whether it’s
something you shot yourself or video you ripped from your Welcome Back, Kotter DVD collection. Not that you’d do anything like that, of course.
You have 10 minutes to get out of your house. What do you grab? Your
pets/kids, your wallet, any valuables you can find, and maybe a few
irreplaceable pics, right? Or, on second thought, you might actually
need your iPhone and something to keep it charged while you’re fending
off disaster. Freeplay’s FreeCharge 12V, a human-powered charger, will
keep whichever gadgets you grab powered when you’re away from your
handy wall outlets.