DSLRs are nice, but sometimes--okay, a lot of the time--we just can’t
be bothered to schlep around a giant camera. Enter the compact camera.
At 4.2 ounces and 3.8 x 2.1 x 0.8 inches, the Pentax Optio P80 is a
solid choice for nights on the town or other casual situations where
it’s more important to capture the moment than the most technically
The worst part about airplane travel is, well, the plane. Besides being
cramped, crowded, and short on any decent snack foods, they’re also
noisy. So noisy that it’s difficult to make the hours zip by more
quickly by revisiting your favorite albums on an iPod or watching a
movie on your MacBook. Bose’s new Quiet Comfort 15 headphones are made
for just these moments. The active noise cancellation helps block out
background noise, and Bose’s considerable audio experience brings you a
clean-sounding set of cans--with a couple of drawbacks, however.
The faster your Mac runs, the faster you can work. The faster you can
work, the more you get done. The more you get done, the better you look
to colleagues, clients, and, of course, your boss. Even if your Mac is
strictly a home machine, used for fun stuff like Web browsing, email,
and creative projects, the faster it runs, the happier you’re likely to
be with your Mac-using experience. Catch our drift?
Amazon is positioning the Kindle DX as Newspaper 2.0. With a larger
screen, it tries its best to mimic your favorite daily read without
getting your fingers all inky. Amazon has deals with many of the big
national and international papers, but it remains to be seen if
dead-tree versions can be supplanted by expensive electronics.
Treating your ears to good vibrations. We like V-Moda’s Vibe earphones (4 out of 5 stars), with their rich midtone reproduction, crisp high-range sounds, and punchy bass. Fortunately, V-Moda didn’t mess with a good thing when it released the Vibe Duo, a headphone/headset for the iPhone. The Vide Duo takes V-Moda’s Vibe earphones, attaches a mic to them, and uses an iPhone-friendly connector.