Articles written by andy

Splitterbot does just what a standard audio splitter does, but cuter

I feel just a little shame posting this Splitterbot guy just after some important leakage, but the fact is that anything with a little robot face on it has to be worth a look, even if it’s more expensive and barely more functional than a standard audio splitter. Yes, indeed, the Splitterbot is a friendly […]

Would you pay $1m for domain name?

I’m not one for playing the domain name game: any time I’ve even dabbled I’ve got it wrong, the chances of finding a few names worth a lot are pretty slim, and I don’t have the time or inclination to work with a lot of small names making a few bucks here and there. Oh, […]

L'Oreal marketing: MP3 better than Vinyl? Huh?

L’Oreal recently ran a TV ad campaign in the UK for its new hair care product “INOA”, suggesting that its funkily-named coloration product is altogether better than any existing system. Maybe it is, but to a music-appreciating tech geek, the comparisons fall a little flat. Take a look: (Hopefully that video is still there, though […]

OV'L: Wall clock tells time with circles and dashes

Regular readers will know what a fan I am of alternative clocks and watches. Any way of spicing up the chore of time-telling has to be a good thing. I didn’t come up with this idea when I created five concept watch designs, but I wish I had. Called OV’L, this wall clock displays both […]

Three iPhones, One Girl: Irreplaceable

Using multiple iPhones to create music isn’t new, but this video demonstrates one of the easier-on-the-eye/ear versions. Forget the possibility that a Beyonce track may not count as geek music (far too mainstream, right?) or that you don’t have to be an uber-geek in order to set this up… …kudos to this girl for (a) […]

Five concept watch designs that make you calculate the time

Inspired by the likes of Tokyo Flash watches, I started thinking about some concept watch designs that would force the wearer to work the old grey matter in order to work out what time it was. Some offer more precision that others, and some are easier to read, but all are definitely not your average […]

Sony and CBS unveil 3D consumer research centre

As consumers get their heads around all things high definition, the next big thing is 3D TV. We already know that a number of consumer electronics companies and broadcasters are pushing full steam ahead with plans to launch hardware and programming in 3D, and now Sony and CBS have partnered to open up a 3D […]

Careless laptop users emitting Wi-Fi and alerting thieves

One of the latest warning issued by a security specialist is that of turning off your Wi-Fi connection before hibernating your notebook PC. According to Credant Technologies, some users are unwittingly advertising the location of their laptop to anyone with a cheap off-the-shelf handheld wireless signal detector. Apparently one of the global hotspots for this […]

Logitech launches laptop speaker bar: Z205

Remember the times before laptops came with webcams as standard and you had to clip one on to the top of the screen? Well, it seems Logitech has applied this approach to the latest set of portable speakers. The Z205 is a speaker ‘bar’ that attaches to the top of your notebook’s screen and delivers […]

Sony shows off advanced digital voice recorders

Dictaphones: that’s what they used to be called. Today, though, those silly little cassette tapes and fiddly controls have all but gone and we’ve turned digital. In fact, after years of wanting a digital recorder, I now use my iPhone. However, there are still some nice features on these new recorders from Sony that would […]

Death and the web: inevitable tech decisions

Sadly, this week I am coming to terms with the death of a friend. They’re the first person I know to die that had a social media presence — namely a Facebook account — and at present that page seems eerily ‘in limbo’. Social networking seems to be at such a place presently that, although […]

Microsoft forced to offer Europeans choice of browsers

From today, millions of Europeans who use Windows will be given the choice of whether to switch their default browser from Internet Explorer to one of eleven others. It follows a lengthy legal battle in Europe which has seen Microsoft accused of anti-competitive behaviour because it bundles Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system. This […]

Valentino Rossi gets his own design on HP netbook

I don’t fully understand the collaborations between the master sportsmen of motor racing and gadget manufacturers, but they do crop up from time to time. Not to be outdone by Acer with their Ferrari One comes Hewlett Packard’s limited edition dot VR46 netbook computer designed for Moto GP world champion Valentino Rossi. Though the main […]

Google hoping to bring back the finger protocol?

Have you been online and frequenting Unix systems long enough to remember, and have used, the finger command? For the uninitiated, finger was a command that, given an email address based on a Unix system, allowed various real-world information to be gleaned, depending on what the user wanted to share: usually a real name, a […]

LaCie unveils first rugged eSATA hard drive

We like our LaCie hard drives at Forever Geek. They’re well designed (two of them made it into our top 12 best looking hard drives) and up-to-date with the latest tech. Take the latest announcement: that of the first Rugged eSATA hard drive. LaCie is keen to point out the cost savings of getting an […]

Cheap, compact charging stations: the IDAPT i2 and i3

If there’s one thing that bugs me the most about owning a lot of power-guzzling gadgets, it’s the fact that they can take up so much space and wall outlets, plus create a nice trip hazard with all the cabling. I’ve already done away with (nearly) all of the gizmos that won’t take rechargeable batteries, […]

The U-Socket: USB charging from the wall

Whatever happened to wireless USB? I don’t doubt you can get it, but it does seem that most of the gadgets that are powered via USB are still very much wired. How annoying is it when you don’t want to charge up your electronic items from your laptop’s USB ports, but you also don’t want […]

Compact "Eggy" speakers: your ultra-portable audio drivers

Compact speakers may not pack the most punch for your music system, but what they might lack in power they make up for in portability. And, having said that, there are some pretty decent mini speakers around that are more than a match for their bigger cousins. Take a look at S&J’s new “Eggy” speaker. […]

CubeStormer: robot solves Rubik's Cube in record time

Though plenty of new puzzles have come from the house of Rubik since the Cube, there’s no denying it still holds a special place in the heart of geeks and enthusiasts. For that reason, and for the joy of combining the Rubik’s Cube with robotics, we present CubeStormer from RoboticSolutions. The claim is that this […]

Happy birthday Photoshop: Hits 20 today

Today, February 19, heralds the twentieth birthday of probably the world’s most famous image and photo editing software. Photoshop A new “celebrate” tab on the Photoshop Facebook fan page lets users who love the software that much to change their profile picture to the 20th anniversary logo. Adobe TV will air a special demonstration of […]