Lawrence Bonk

Gadgets-a-go-go: 2 ways to get around having too many cords

HUB IT allows you a one-place spot for all your too many plugs.Credit: EggtronicBesides that pesky NSA spying on us, the only downside of owning gobs of gadgets are those anxiety-inducing cables and cords. They are everywhere and they make me want to die. There’s gotta be a better way to handle...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:11 PM

The app Vent brings complaining — and nothing else — to social media

Need to complain? You can on Vent, a new app.Credit: VentVent Device: iOS (Android coming soon) FreeEmotions. We all have them (so I hear). The thing is, we don’t always feel comfortable letting friends and family know about them, particularly if we are just annoyed at something stupid. That’s...

Monday, July 21, 2014, 9:56 PM

Coming soon: Bendable high-def TVs from LG

LG will soon have TVs you can roll up into a tube, if you're into that sort of thing.Credit: LGFor years now, science has dreamt of creating fully flexible screens, thus allowing us to watch old "Cheers" episodes on something bendable. Each time a new hurdle is cleared, a new one props up to take...

Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:05 PM

The Pavlock will punish you via Pavlovian shocks

Get willingly zapped with the Pavlovian gadget thePavlock.Credit: PavlockHow many bad habits do you have? How many gym sessions have you eschewed in favor of eating an entire extra large pizza and watching Netflix? Yeah. There are a lot of distractions in this dang world of ours. Luckily, one...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 4:39 PM

Sidescrollers: 'Shovel Knight' and '1001 Spikes' ooze retro chic

Behold the 8-bit-style glory of "Shovel Knight."Credit: Yacht Club GamesThe phrase “everything old is new again” holds a special place in gaming, as nostalgia-tinged remakes tend to earn beaucoup bucks. Some games, however, are not remakes at all, but rather are simply influenced by the style of...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 4:35 PM

5 reasons the PS Vita deserves a second chance

Nobody buys this thing, but it's actually pretty dang cool. Sony's new portable, the PlayStation Vita hasn't exactly been selling like hotcakes. Well, maybe it's been selling like hotcakes that are covered in periodical cicadas. In any event, this week Sony announced it would no longer be focusing...

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 5:04 PM

The oPhone will soon finally (or not) bring smell to technology

The forthcoming oPhone creates artificial smells, if you're into that kind of thing.Credit: Vapor CommunicationsBesides creating infinite energy and colonizing other worlds, being able to smell different stuff whenever you want is one of the great goals of science. Imagine a world in which you...

Monday, June 23, 2014, 11:53 PM

Sidescrollers: 'Broken Age' and 'Mucho Party' make iPad gaming fun

"Broken Age" is a visual feast with puzzles that could be just a bit harder.Credit: Double Fine GamesApple’s iPad has a rich and giant touchscreen which, in addition to wasting hours on Tinder, makes it great for gaming. As such, developers have consistently pumped out title after title for your...

Monday, June 23, 2014, 5:32 PM

6 Tips and tricks for creating glorious music with Apple GarageBand

All of these fake instruments and more await you in Apple's GarageBand.Credit: Apple Back in the old days if you wanted to make some music you'd have to do it the old fashioned way: by coughing up thousands of dollars to give to some dude with the nickname "toolshed." In other words, music...

Monday, June 23, 2014, 5:19 PM

Samsung working on 'smart bike,' but not the kind that will kill you

These cyclists —participating in the MacMillan Brownlee Tri South in Midhurst, England —may one day spring for the "smart bike" Samsung is working on.Credit: Getty ImagesYou probably can’t count the number of times you’ve been cruising around the city on your bike and thought, “Gee, I sure wish...

Monday, June 16, 2014, 9:52 PM

7 great mature video games for grown-ups

You will grow to love the ornery protagonists of "Persona 4."Often, when people refer to a video game as “kiddie” what they are actually saying is that it lacks the prerequisite of musclebound bozos. This is funny because I distinctly remember being 11 years old and thinking musclebound bozos with...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:06 PM

Unlike Siri, the Japanese-French humanoid robot Pepper will get you

Behold Pepper, your new humanoid overlord.Credit: Getty ImagesSiri is cool and all, but no matter how hard you try you just can’t seem to form an emotional connection with the dang thing. You can ask about the weather, emotional states and even God and, still, nothing. Thank goodness there is a...

Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:33 PM

E3: What to expect from the Electronic Entertainment Expo

What does the future hold? Let's find out.It's that time of year again. Time for the magical fairy dust known as the E3 conference to rain down on us like a million setting suns. Every year the big three console manufacturers spring forth with a whole bunch of announcements of upcoming games,...

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 2:37 PM

Sacre bleu! Microsoft has created a universal translator, just like in 'Star Trek'

A Klingon and Captain Kirk were able to chat thanks to one of "Star Trek"'s inventions.Credit: CBS Photo Archive, GettyBesides holodecks and food replicators, one of "Star Trek"’s great sci-fi inventions is the universal translator. This handy gadget automatically translates speech so its...

Monday, June 2, 2014, 11:40 PM

Tips and tricks to turn you into an iMovie Spielberg

iMovie Lets You iMake iFilms. It’s no secret that Apple products have made doing artsy fartsy stuff easier than ever before. Making movies used to be the purview of these ancient creatures called filmmakers, but now, thanks to iMovie and similar editing programs, anyone can do it! If you have a...

Monday, June 2, 2014, 3:18 PM

Facebook set to launch Snapchat competitor to destroy Snapchat (maybe)

Mark Zuckerberg will destroy Snapchat only if he chooses to.Credit: Getty Images/ Lenyon WhitakerFor three years, Snapchat has been the go-to service if you wanted to send out naked pictures but didn’t want them to get spread around, thus tarnishing your sterling reputation. Well, if recent...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 12:02 AM

The price is not right: Severely expensive accessories

MacBook AIr 2014. Credit: AppleThe thing with all of these gadgets we tote around nowadays is they aren’t entirely self-contained. Each and every one of them has a host of peripherals available. Some of these, like a snazzy case for your iPhone, are voluntary. Some, like a charging cord, are...

Monday, May 19, 2014, 2:26 PM

DermoScreen: This new iPhone app can tell if you have skin cancer

For only $500 you can use an app to inflame your hypochondria.Credit: University of HoustonThey say there is an app for everything. This is mostly true, if your definition of "everything" includes matching same-colored candies or interacting with your many social networks. However, a professor at...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:24 AM

Sidescrollers: Is Sony's PlayStation Vita back from the dead?

"Borderlands 2" is like "Halo" meets "Diablo," and looks great on the PS Vita.Credit: PS VitaSony’s portable powerhouse, the Vita, never really caught on with the general public. The lack of triple-A titles and stiff competition from Nintendo (not to mention the mobile market) made the system...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:12 AM

'Escape the Room' lets you play a mobile game in real life

Here is one of the sets from the real-life "The Room."Credit: Escape the RoomOne of the most successful genres to come out of mobile gaming has to be the glut of "escape the room" titles. These games have you trapped in a mystery-laden room, with only your wits to figure how to get out.These games...

Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:52 AM