My RSS feeds from a decade ago, a snapshot of gadget blogging when that was a thing

I chanced upon an ancient backup of my RSS feed subscriptions, a cold hard stone of data from my time at Wired in the mid-2000s. The last-modified date on the file is December 2007. I wiped my feeds upon coming to Boing Boing thenabouts: a fresh start and a new perspective. What I found, over 212 mostly-defunct sites, is a time capsule of web culture from a bygone age—albeit one tailored to the professional purpose of cranking out blog posts about consumer electronics a decade ago. It’s not a picture…

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Why Any Modular Gadget Should Be Taken With a Pinch of Salt

The common complaint heard these days with gadgets – and smartphones in particular – is that there’s a lack of any true innovation. Phones today look more similar than ever before, monoliths carved out of glass and aluminium. Because of tightly-packed hardware that allows them to be thinner and lighter, many phones have lost even basic features, such as a replaceable battery, and even the 3.5mm headphone jack in recent times. What if, like the good old desktop computer, other gadgets too were made up of easily pluggable components, that…

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The Stuff Gadget Podcast episode 5: the gang pours one out for Pebble

On the one hand this has been a bit of a sad week in gadget land, what with Pebble going the way of the dodo, but on the other hand it’s been a great week for gaming news and reviews. So join us for this emotional rollercoaster of a podcast! We fight over the relative merits of Super Mario Run, The Last Guardian and The Last of Us Part II, plus the amazing update in development for BT TV customers, and the downright hottest coffee machine we’ve ever laid eyes…

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Own a Pebble smartwatch? Here’s why your gadget is now doomed

Pebble smartwatch fans could be left high and dry after the wearable tech company was sold this week. The company, which initially gained fame via crowdfunding site Kickstarter, is being acquired by fellow fitness tech firm Fitbit. And some customers aren’t happy – as they could be majorly losing out on their next wearable device. PEBBLE Pebble initially gained fame via its Kickstarter campaign The deal, which was officially completed yesterday, will see Fitbit acquire all intellectual property concerning Pebble’s software and firmware development. The company’s existing products are unaffected,…

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Gadget apocalypse is upon us

Remember gadgets? They were little electronic things that did stuff for you. They would play music or record videos or give you directions or let you play games on the go. They were fun. Everyone had them. Everyone wanted them. There were whole magazines and websites and even TV shows devoted to them. For 30 or 40 years, through recessions and war, through stability and revolutions, they were always there, one gadget after another, from transistor radios to TRS-80s to Walkmen and Gameboys, then iPods and Flips, GoPros and Fitbits….

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The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us

They were little electronic things that did stuff for you. They would play music or record videos or give you directions or let you play games on the go. They were fun. Everyone had them. Everyone wanted them. There were whole magazines and websites and even TV shows devoted to them. For 30 or 40 years, through recessions and war, through stability and revolutions, they were always there, one gadget after another, from transistor radios to TRS-80s to Walkmen and Gameboys, then iPods and Flips, GoPros and Fitbits. We were…

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Cyber Monday 2016: Travel Gadget Discounts on Amazon And Walmart

In Walmart, great deals and discounts are available at 12:01 a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 25 to jump start their Cyber Monday deal event. This is the first time they are doing this kind of event in the hopes to get ahead of its competitors. Amazon is currently offering the best travel gadgets while preparing for the Cyber Monday Deals. Get quality high-quality photos while on action with Walmart’s quality action cameras and drones. You can save as much as $30 with their Quadrone Hybrid Drone for $99 (Just click on this…

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Gadget addiction making children emotionally detached

It’s a generation of emotionally detached children who are growing up addicted to gaming and porn due to changing lifestyle in metros. Doctors point out that as parents reduce engagement with children and number of nuclear families go up, a whole new generation is vulnerable to mental illness. “Most of the mental disorders in adults can be traced to experiences in childhood. Children need to be given love so that they grow up into loving adults,” says Dr Yusuf Matcheswalla, psychiatrist with Masina hospital. “Any severe trauma, physical or sexual…

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This glass blunt is a seriously out-of-the-box smoking gadget

The Twisty Glass Blunt is an intriguing product that claims to abolish the need to ever buy or use rolling papers. How does it work? I had to see for myself. Built with a German-engineered glass tube and inner corkscrew, the Twisty Blunt is designed to give you the smoothest hits you’ve ever taken—and it look pretty good, too. Its designed with Infini-Cherry technology, which means you only have to light up once rather than between every pull. All you have to do to get started is pack the chamber, twist the…

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HC refuses to direct officials to use gadget to clean air

The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition that sought a direction to the Central Pollution Control Board to use ‘electrostatic precipitators’ to clean the air in polluted public places. Noting that at present there is no cause for concern as the problem does not exist in Chennai, the First Bench of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan rejected the plea moved by a mechanical engineer from Thirumullaivoyal, Chennai. According to the petitioner, major cities in the country are polluted with dust and…

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