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Reviewing the Vue Personal Video Network

The Vue Personal Video Network is a $299 wireless video surveillance system that’s easy to install and use. You get a base station that hooks into your router, two small cameras, and four magnetic mounting bases that can be affixed to a wall or ceiling with adhesive, screws, or nails.

If simplicity’s what you’re after, you’ll …

The New Inception Trailer: OMG They Remade Dreamscape

OK, true story: last year I’m on a flight to L.A., and the guy in the seat next to me is working on some kind of production schedule for a movie. I’m not shoulder-surfing, but he’s got a MacBook that’s so deluxe it basically stretches over three seats. Plus he gets way pissed when the outlet he’s plugged into craps out and his battery …

Birdseye Footage from a Homemade Copter

Anthony Jacobs, founder and president of Perspective Aerials, found a new cheaper way to take aerial shots. The trick? A radio-controlled quadrocopter.

Check out the video above.

ThinkGeek.com a320 Pocket Retro Game Emulator Review

Think back to your childhood. If you were a geek who was born in the late ’70s like I was, what are some of your most cherished memories? Riding your bike? Maybe a little. Thanksgiving in Fargo? Absolutely not. Nintendo Entertainment System, SEGA Master System, SEGA Genesis, and Super Nintendo? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

For many …

The New Alice in Wonderland Trailer

Wow, this looks great. It’s gotten, like, ten times better since the Comic-Con footage, which was kinda twee and overly Tim Burtonian.

You know what I mean. Sometimes Burton has just a leetle bit of a tendency to show Johnny Depp tittering in a funny suit and then call it a day. But I’m all in for this one. It looks beautiful. And it …

Branson Still Won’t Invite Me To Necker Island

I’d like to think that Sir Richard and I are homeboys by now, but several interviews later and I still don’t have an invite to Necker Island.

Heh. Just kidding, Sir Richard.

Sorry about the audio, but the interview was conducted via Ustream and Skype over Wi-Fi.

To be quite honest, everything I spoke to Sir Richard about is …

I Spent The Day At Ford and Almost Puked

A week or two before Techland launched, I trekked across the country to Michigan for the first time. Ford wanted me to take a spin in their VIRRTEX driving simulator and I happily obliged. Not that they paid for me to get there or put me up anywhere. I stayed at the Time house in Detroit. I’d never been to the Midwest and figured this …

The Techland Show: Giant Xbox Controller Edition

I just want to explain that I am better than Peter at Halo 2. I didn’t have my glasses. And I was using the old-style monster controller. Plus he kept killing himself. I want the record to be clear.

Apologies for the funky audio. We were getting some interference from the Hometree. That’s an Avatar joke. It will make sense to you next week.

Testing Out the WikiReader

The $99 WikiReader is a divisive device. Smartphone owners will scoff in disbelief at the sheer audacity of a non-connected portable with a black and white screen that displays text-only Wikipedia entries. “What’s to be done with this WikiReader?!!” they’ll cry out, iPhones brandished and ready to download an infinite number of advanced …

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Trailer Is Up

My predilection for urban sorcery is well known. But I am declaring the jury “still out” on this one.

The problem I have with movies like this is that they can’t seem to decide whether they’re young adult movies — i.e. cute and ultimately inoffensive — or actual grown-up treatments of sorcery — genuinely frightening and …

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