HP Photosmart R717

HP has figured out how to make excellent, user-friendly cameras, and it’s not messing with the formula. We liked last year’s HP Photosmart R707, a 5.1-megapixel camera with a virtually identical weight and profile. The Photosmart R717 adds another megapixel of resolution, a slightly bigger LCD, and kicks the image quality up a notch. The […]

HP Photosmart R717

Fossil Wrist PDA

It was inevitable that someone would eventually try to cram a Palm PDA into a wristwatch. And finally, after many delays, Fossil has done it. The Fossil Wrist PDA is a huge, gleaming chunk of metal and LCD that balances on your wrist about as elegantly as an elephant on a pogo stick. Its nearly […]

Fossil Wrist PDA

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z50

The first thing you need to know about the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z50 is that using it will not, by itself, make you more attractive. It will, however, make you feel pretty damn slick. It’s slim and light enough to fit into a shirt pocket or a tuxedo without mussing your lines. And when you […]

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z50

Kodak EasyShare DX7590

Kodak’s EasyShare DX7590 is a great choice for the X Games: It’s a point-and-shoot camera that also has a powerful zoom lens, so you can get action shots of the half pipe even if you’re stuck in the middle of the audience. With a 10x optical zoom lens and a wide range of automated shooting […]

Kodak EasyShare DX7590

Canon PowerShot S70

So you fancy yourself a serious photographer, but you don’t want to carry a big SLR or a bulky enthusiast camera? The Canon PowerShot S70 is made for you. It’s fairly chunky, and at 10.8 ounces it’s on the heavy side. But the PowerShot S70’s solidly built, dark gray, metallic body conveys a sense of […]

Canon PowerShot S70

Postcard secrets.

It’s impossible for me not to love Postsecret. People make postcards confessing something that they’ve never told anyone before. They mail them to the site’s owner. And he scans the cards in and posts them in public. It’s everything you might imagine such a site could be, and more.

Postcard secrets.

Eating well.

I’ve never been a particularly picky eater, but reading Jeffrey Steingarten’s book The Man Who Ate Everything about five years ago changed my life. Steingarten’s enthusiasm for food, his erudition, and his ability to combine the two into unmitigated gustatory delight are unique and inimitable. He’s a double inspiration: A gourmand, who also happens to […]

Eating well.

LG VX6100

Sometimes, simplicity wins the day. While other phones seek the prize for the slimmest profile, the lightest weight, the biggest LCD, or the loudest ring tone, LG’s VX6100 succeeds by offering a straightforward set of useful features in a sleek, if unremarkable, package. Sure, it’s not going turn heads at your high-school reunion the way […]

LG VX6100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1

Imagine that your digital camera developed cell phone envy and tried to transform itself into a hip, nightclubbing swivel-phone from Virgin Mobile. Next imagine that it fell in love with a Wall Street banker and decided to put on a sophisticated, charcoal-black finish reminiscent of a chunk of hematite. Then pretend that it sprouted a […]

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1