Willamette Geek: Sony Brings the Heat With New Portable Game Device


At last week's PlayStation Meeting 2011, Sony picked up the silicon gauntlet thrown down by Nintendo with its 3DS by announcing a new handheld gaming device code-named Next Generation Portable.The NGP sports bucket loads of bleeding-edge tech including:A huge 5" OLED touchscreen (that's right, the NGP supports multi-touch).A rear touch pad that is 1-to-1 pixel mapped to the front display, so you can ...   More
Monday, January 31, 2011 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Free iPhone App of the Week: CHOW Thanksgiving Dinner Coach

CHOW Thanksgiving Dinner Coach by CBS Interactive. Cost: Free Rather than participate in the annual "Who the heck was supposed to handle the cranberries this year!?" melee with your family, take charge of the whole endeavor with a fabulously focused app from CHOW.com. Its Thanksgiving Dinner Coach App is a comprehensive guide to streamlining the Thanksgiving dinner, including planning the menu, ...   More
Saturday, November 20, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Gifts for the Foodie Geek Part 1

With the holiday shopping season upon us, checking off items to get the gadget-obsessed techno-fiend in your life may seem pretty daunting. If, however, the geek in question happens to be a huge food enthusiast, you're in luck. Join us as we review the bits of kit your home culinary mad scientists would love to find in their polypropelene-fiber stockings: Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen $96 ...   More
Monday, November 29, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Gifts for the Foodie Geek Part 2

The gearing-up for the holidays continues with Part 2 of Willamette Geek's guide to true kitchen geekdom. In this installment, we focus on another measurement tool and an ingredient that you'll wonder how you got along without: EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Scale $25 on Amazon While everyone has a (typically incomplete) set of measuring scoops in their kitchen, not enough folks value the ...   More
Saturday, December 4, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Gifts for the Foodie Geek Part 3

The Geek's series of holiday gift-inating concludes by breaking the virtual bank to spotlight a pair of items that are actually the smaller siblings of some top-shelf kitchen kit. These two items are slightly less expensive then their full-sized brethren but still pack a potent techno-lust punch. 1) Technivorm Moccamaster KBTS Coffee Brewer with Thermo Carafe $279 at Boyd's Coffee Store The ...   More
Saturday, December 11, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: "Whooaa!!" iPhone App of the Week-Word Lens

Word Lens by Quest Visual. Cost: Free (Language Packs Sold Separately) The internet is abuzz with discussion of this augemented reality app that translates printed text on the fly. This self-contained app requires no internet connection to work and is free. The catch? The app alone can only reverse or erase text in demo mode. And also languages are ten bucks a pop, with Spanish-to-English and ...   More
Saturday, December 18, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Skype iPhone App Now Allows Video Calls

Just when you thought it was safe to communicate with another person while still in your pajamas, Skype has updated its iPhone App to support video calls (iPhone 4 and 3gs only please). Unlike Apple's Wi-Fi only Facetime, the updated Skype app app gives you another surefire way to gobble up all of your precious bandwidth by making video calls possible over your 3g cellular connection. Skyping ...   More
Sunday, January 2, 2011 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Steve Jobs Goes on Medical Leave Again

Since Apple CEO Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, he has taken two medical leaves of absence for treatment— once in 2004 and a longer six-month leave in 2009. This morning he announced his third, leaving Apple COO Tim Cook again to handle Jobs' responsibilities. The big question is inevitably the state of the 55-year-old Jobs' health, with Apple about to release ...   More
Monday, January 17, 2011 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Confirmation! Nintendo 3DS to Launch in March for $250

Well, the headline pretty much says it all. Giving concrete details to what Nintendo mentioned in September, officials announced this morning that the much anticipated hand-held, glasses-free 3D time waster will show up on March 27. The product can be any color you want—as long as you want either "Cosmo Black" or "Aqua Blue." Our European cousins get it two days earlier on March 25. So what ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Google Instant - Are We Really That Impatient?

Yesterday morning, Google introduced Google Instant. As far as Google products go, this one seems more of a Google Maps or Voice style success than the failure that was Buzz or Wave. It works, and people will use it. So what is it? Google Instant augments a live search suggestions so that while you type, instead of just giving you a list of potential search topics, it automatically starts presenting ...   More
Thursday, September 9, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN


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