The CoolPix L110 is a low-cost superzoom from Nikon’s “L” line of consumer shooters, and while its 15x zoom is attractive, the camera’s other features are somewhat limited. For users with modest needs, the 12-megapixel L110 offers straightforward photography at a good price, but advanced shooters will quickly outgrow the L110’s minimal feature set.
We still miss our now-defunct local video store, but yes, Netflix movies beamed right to our TV is a pretty fair trade. And if Netflix streaming hasn’t found its way to your TV yet via a game console, Blu-ray player, or TiVo, the WD TV Live Plus (the fourth iteration in Western Digital’s line of home media players) makes a great purchase. After all, who doesn’t want to pipe their digital videos, music, and photos to their existing TV and stereo these days? If that’s a superpower your living room lacks, the Live Plus can be your radioactive spider with minimal hassle and none of that messy biting.
A child born on the day the original StarCraft was released is now a gawky, braces-wearin’, growth-spurtin’ 12-year-old. While that’s a sobering thought for us older gamers, and a ridiculous time to wait between for a sequel, the fact remains that StarCraft and its Brood War expansion pack helped define the real-time strategy genre, and the long-anticipated StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is absolutely worth the wait.
Cocoon’s Gramercy bag tries to make carrying your iPad into a fashion statement of its own. And hey, why not? The iPad is sleek, sexy, and undeniably cool--shouldn’t it have a case to match? As if in answer to that question, this bag nicks its name from the crazy-fashionable Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan, but its overall stylishness is more plain and pedestrian. It’s available in black, grey, or red, and provides just enough space to schlep an iPad and the included Grid-It accessory organizer.
Videogame classics never really die. But they do come out of retirement, receive full audio and graphical overhauls, and appear on computer platforms they’ve never been on before--which is definitely a good thing.
Enter The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, a recrafted version of the 1990 LucasArts puzzle classic, not to be confused with the newer Tales of Monkey Island episodic adventures by Telltale Games.
Kids can run around the backyard without costumes or sets, imagining they’re pirates on rolling seas. Adults playing in an empty black-box theater call this improvising, telling a collaborative story. Sleep Is Death tries to distill this spirit into a computer game. And it’s not fair to call it a game; it’s so much more and less.
With the ongoing battle between Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks, e-books have been in the spotlight plenty. But audiobooks are still the easiest way for many readers to get a quick fix on the go. They can be enjoyed hands-free almost anywhere, and--thanks to Audible and iTunes--they’re as easy to buy as their e-book counterparts. Unfortunately, with that convenience comes digital rights management (DRM) that restricts how you can listen to your books. Enter Simply Audiobooks, a would-be Audible-alike website offering downloadable audiobooks--at least some of which are free of meddlesome DRM. Despite that advantage, this upstart bookstore can’t begin to compare to its better, more established competition.
It seems like only yesterday when The Wall Street Journal’s own Walt Mossberg was praising the iPhone 4 just prior to its release, calling it “the best device in its class.” A lot has happened since then but one thing remains the same: Mossberg still “hearts” his iPhone 4 -- most of the time.
Considering how wired we are, the simple act of sharing a file with a coworker is way more complicated than it needs to be. If I ask Susie to grab a screenshot for a review, we always have to pause to figure out how she should send it. Should she email it to me, IM the file over, or put it up on the server? Where on the server should she put it? It’s a huge waste of time when you consider that all we’re trying to do is share a file. CloudApp aims to simplify the process of quickly sharing files and web links, either with your coworkers, or with friends on social networks like Twitter or Facebook.