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This weekly roundup takes a look at the practical and sometimes quirky aspects of tech products.
This Bluetooth device speaks your language
Do you have Spanish-speaking friends, or maybe a French-speaking pal from Quebec who might want to use a cell phone in your car from time to time? If so, the HD-VOICE from SuperTooth might be just for you. The Bluetooth speaker-phone can be set to announce callers and provide GPS directions in 12 different languages.
Designed to clip onto the sun visor, the device lets you, or your friend, take calls while keeping your eyes on the road. When a call comes in, it will announce the caller. If you want to take the call, just say OK or press an easy-to-find button on the gadget.
NEW YORK — It’s your standard all-in-one consumer-oriented desktop computer: the guts of the system are concealed behind a 27-inch touch-screen. Microsoft’s tile-based Windows 8 operating system inhabits that screen.
Except it is anything but standard. Lay it flat, and something funny happens. Windows 8 disappears, and a new touch overlay called Aura takes over.
You have entered Lenovo’s world of tabletop computing, a social environment for playing games, sharing photos and listening to music. I’m testing the company’s new IdeaCentre Horizon, a dual-purpose system that was one of the coolest things I saw at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
I was pumped to try it then, and now that it’s finally becoming available to consumers, I was equally eager to try it at home. While
NEW YORK — Scanners don’t typically rank high atop most people’s list of cool tech toys. But the new HoverCam Mini 5 that I’ve been reviewing is cool, at least for people whose offices tend to move with them.
Right from the get-go, it’s apparent that the $299 Mini is different. It doesn’t resemble your typical scanner, portable or otherwise. Mini 5 comes from a San Diego company called Pathway Innovations Technologies, which refers to it as the Swiss army knife of document cameras. It’s an apt description.
Unlike your average scanner, the Mini is small enough, and at about a third of a pound, light enough to fit into your pocket. (Yes, I know there are apps that can turn your smartphone
You’ve got tech questions, here are the answers. Kim Komando helps you make the most of your technology by answering your thorniest tech questions. So if you’re wondering what to buy, how to plug it in, or how to fix it, Kim can help.
The best streaming video service
Q. I want to sign up for a streaming-video service, but there are too many to choose from. Is Netflix better than Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime?
A. Honestly, I don’t think any of the big name streaming services is flat-out “better” than one of the others. All three offer hours upon hours of videos to watch at high quality. They’re all priced about the same to start, too —
Whether I’m throwing a party, working out, playing with my little ones or plowing through chores, music elevates the experience. But you don’t have to take my word for it, research has shown that music can help you concentrate, run faster, relieve stress and even positively impact long-term illnesses like heart disease and cancer.
So how do you bring more music into your life? An easy solution is to pair a Bluetooth speaker with a smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled music player, like an iPod nano. There are tons of speakers to choose from, so I’ve weeded through the options and selected four inexpensive models that all sound great and each bring a little something different to the table.
Clock Radio: Soundfreaq Sound Rise