November 27, 2005
Stanley was a pioneer of insulated vacuum bottles for keeping liquids hot or cold on the go. Now the company has updated its classic design with wider mouths on all its bottles to make room for ice and for easier cleaning. The rugged stainless steel bottles have a double-wall 8-ounce screw-on drinking cup, and the heavy-duty handle folds flat and keeps the bottle from rolling. I've yet to find an insulated bottle that holds the temperature -- especially of hot liquids -- longer. Information: 800-251-4535; stanley-pmi.
July 27, 2006
Chromehounds Sega [Xbox 360] Rated T for Teens If there's one thing we all need, it's more giant robot games. When it comes to the fine art of building and blasting giant robots, Chromehounds is a true masterpiece. Craft a killing machine from inventories of parts and arrange them in any way imaginable, then hunt down enemies through vast environments. The trick is to nail them before they have a chance to nail you. Choose from six role types: the versatile soldier, the tough defender, the ranged sniper, the speedy scout, the powerful gunner or the strategic commander.
January 13, 1992
LAS VEGAS -- Asserting that computers are on an inevitable "collision course" with consumer electronics, Apple Computer Inc. Chairman John Sculley has outlined an aggressive plan to make his company a major force in creating a new generation of household gadgets blessed with computer brains.Apple's plan one day could put the company's software at the heart of a wide variety of sophisticated devices, such as "intelligent" digital televisions and telephones, and a new class of products that Mr. Sculey calls "Personal Digital Assistants," such as hand-held personal communicators and electronic books.
May 20, 2004
Entertainment Liteon 5005 DVD Recorder/Player Affordable DVD recorders have been promised by manufacturers for a couple of years , but they're only now getting into the price range of home electronics consumers. The Liteon LVW 5005 ($400) makes a great addition to any home entertainment center. For one, you can record DVD plus and minus Rs and RWs along with CD-R and RW. It will play regular DVDs, DVD+VR, Video CDs, SVCD, audio CDs holding MP3s, JPEGs and other files. You can record up to six hours of television onto a DVD and it won't fade after repeated playbacks.
December 8, 2002
Offering holiday gift suggestions is a guilt-free way of giving without incurring a January credit card bill. It's nice to think about the item, about it being unwrapped and about how much pleasure it will bring in the field or on the water. The question is always how much debt to encourage. It would be easy to reel off a bunch of $500 trolling motors or $1,500 shotguns as must-haves, but that might leave little room for that Sunday Sun subscription, if you know what I mean. So here, in no particular order of importance, are a few of my favorite things this year.