COED Writer


Marshal M. Rosenthal reports on the electronic gadgets and hi-tech that filters in to his hidden lair that moves through time and space from New York to LA. He's been an editor, reporter, journalist and analyst, with coverage extending from business topics to movies, video game to consumer electronics, toys to pop-culture and more. Pick a topic from the deck and he's probably covered it either here or overseas - go ahead and Google. And just because he's been old-school doesn't mean he's not a 21st Century Schizoid Man.
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Jan 2, 2012

Rock The Perfect Pitch With Korg’s Pitchclip

You ever play a guitar that went out of tune in the middle of a performance? It sucks. But the whole “tuning” thing sucks worse because strings, by definition and physics, go out of tune as they’re being played. So how can electronics pick up the slack? Check Korg's PitchClip inside for more information.

Nov 28, 2011

Free Up Your Fingers With The SoftStep Foot Controller

Have you ever been in the middle of using your computer, only to wish that you could operate it hands-free? Do you DJ or want to learn how? Then check out what the mad scientists at Keith McMillen have created: a foot-controller that opens up a bunch of possibilities. At its most basic, the Softstep is essentially a keyboard for your feet; but when used properly, it gives you access to two more hands. I'm not going to guess what you're going to do with those new hands, but I can tell you why this peripheral is one you should peep after the jump!

Nov 14, 2011

Are Fanny Wangs Better Than Beats by Dre?

There’s three things a good pair of headphones better do: seal off the outside; have a dynamic range (i.e. make your stolen MP3s sound like crap); and fit well enough so that you can wear them for hours. Courtesy of good padding, custom paired titanium plated drivers, a 10Hz-20 kHz range and sensible adjustment methods, these Fanny Wang on-ear headphones do it all. If you're looking for a pair of headphones noticeably lacking a rapper's name on them, check these out after the jump!

Nov 7, 2011

Watch Your Throne With the iZON Remote Room Monitor

Given up trying to watch a webcam from your iPhone? That’s probably because getting a camera to sync with your wireless network is nothing but a pain in the butt, unless you have the iZON. This white, wireless color-cam is the hands-down easiest webcam to view from your smart-phone or tablet. Use it to protect your home, make sure your roommate isn't beating off while you sleep, or find out who's really going to the bathroom on your rug. Check out our review after the jump!

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Oct 24, 2011

When It Comes To Secure File Sharing, It’s iTwin or Lose [TECH]

You want to be able to access your files from anywhere in the world, but leaving them up in the clouds means that your files are capable of being accessed anywhere (by anyone) in the world. Sending them via email means the same thing. The only way you can keep your files safe is by actually keeping them on the computer until you need them. Enter the iTwins. These guys will make sure that only one person (you) can access whatever files you need from wherever you need them from. Check out our review after the jump!

Control The Party’s Playlist From Your Pocket With Kanex AirBlue [TECH]

So you walk into the party and right from the get-go you realize that the tunes playing are total crap. You've got better stuff on your smartphone, but there's no way you’re going to search for an audio cable to plug into the headphone jack or start messing with the guy’s stereo or some pair of powered speakers. That’s where the Kanex AirBlue comes in: first because it’s smaller than a hockey puck, but shaped like one and runs off rechargeable USB power, and second, because it’s got streaming Bluetooth-tech built in.

Oct 17, 2011

One Sleeve To Protect Them All: G-Form’s Extreme iPad Sleeve [TECH]

What if your iPad falls off your desk? Worse yet, how 'bout if it dives face first onto a concrete floor? As if one of those nifty looking cases offer any real protection. If a case is supposed to protect, it’s got to do more than just be a pretty looking wrapper.G-Form says they have you covered. Their Extreme Sleeve doesn’t look like it’s out to win any bullsh*t awards either. The company has a video [see below] that shows them dropping a bowling ball on the sleeve with an iPad inside. Check out their demonstration and a little experiment of our own after the jump!

Sep 26, 2011

Talk On Your Cell For Free With The OBi-110 Phone Adapter [TECH]

Want to talk on your phone without dollar signs flashing in your eyes? Then spend a few bucks and get an OBi110, a great Voice Service bridge. Essentially, a Voice Service bridge connects your telephone to the internet while simultaneously cutting out your phone bill. All it requires is an Ethernet cable to jack into. Check out our review for more information on the OBi and how it can help you after the jump!

Sep 19, 2011

Sep 12, 2011

TimeCommand Shows All Other iDocks What Time It Is [TECH]

Most of those iPod/iPhone speaker docks are carbon copies of each other with some smoke and mirrors to make you think they’re the one to buy. But TimeCommand actually has something going for it that other docks don’t. Check out our review after the jump to get the full details.

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Sep 6, 2011

Protect Your Smart Phone From The Elements With Eco Pod

When going on a potentially hazardous trip (not your in-laws, real danger), it's important to have your cell phone with you. The issue that always comes up is that you're nervous that your phone could accidentally fall in the water or crack open on a rock. That's why you need the Eco Pod, a case that 100% encloses and protects your phone / mobile device from the elements. Read more after the jump.

Aug 30, 2011

Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC23 Headphones Bring The Noise… Cancellation

Headphones are supposed to let you listen without all the 'blah blah' that's going on around you, but like hell you’re going to lug around one of those big-assed headphones that make you look like a geek on steroids when wearing them. Enter the affordable Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23, an affordable in-ear bud that has a great noise-cancellation system.

Aug 22, 2011

Create Your Own Dark Knight Surveillance System With J5Create’s Display Adapters

What’s sexier than having a big-assed computer monitor screen? Having 2 or even 3 of them, is what! Flat-panels are priced like they’re being given away -- spend a couple hundred bucks to get a 16:9er with millions of colors and high-res. The issue used to be because a laptop or even desktop would limit you to one or two additional screens - not any more. J5Create's JUA adapters uses USB connection to allow you to connect as many screens as you want to become the ultimate security guard (or that perv from Sliver). Check out our full review after the jump.

Aug 15, 2011

Bring The Arcade Home With The iCade Controller For iPad [TECH]

Remember when game consoles took a second place seat to going to the arcades? I won’t say that I miss losing the quarters, but there’s a certain thrill to standing in front of a screen and gripping a joystick with everything on the line. One that can’t be matched by tapping a touch-screen, no how. That's why I was so excited to try out the new iCade, an arcade 'controller' for iPads. Read our review after the jump!

Aug 8, 2011

SuperTooth’s Disco Speakers Bring The Funk AND The Noise [TECH]

Everyone is looking for an affordable speaker that you can really rock out to on the go. Sure, you can plug in one of those portable Radio Shack-type speakers that runs off a few "AA" batteries and listen to all of 1 watt of power that's lower volume than a flushing toilet. Alternatively, you could cop a SuperTooth Disco and party anywhere. I'd suggest the latter. I own one, so I know. Check out our review after the jump!

Aug 1, 2011

How To Boost Your Cell Phone Signal Indoors [TECH]

Cell reception sucks, which really sucks since landlines have gone the way of the dinosaur and the masses now depend on cells for their primary means of communication. Most bizarre of all is that cell phones seem to work better when outside. I’m lucky if I can get even 1 bar in my living room, not to mention when I turn a corner in the hall or go into a closet. So of my two options -- one being to hijack a cellular tower and move it next door -- zBoost Metro seems more doable. Check out our full review after the jump.

Jul 28, 2011

Verbatim’s Mobile Keyboard Is The Best Alternative To Onscreen Typing [TECH]

I was pretty jazzed when Apple made a word processing program (Pages) available for my iPad; now I can really use this tablet on-the-go and forget about lugging a laptop around. Of course that didn't take into account the whole onscreen keyboard thing that makes typing more "thumbs" than QWERTY. I needed a change and I found it in Verbatim's Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard. Check out our review after the jump.

Jul 23, 2011

Protect Your Nest Egg and Other Sh*t With This Swann Security System (TECH POST)

Ever wish you could afford one of those home security kits that protects your doors and windows and all that good stuff? And doesn't take any time to set up? Or maintain? And that doesn't have wires that you have to string all over the place? Oh, and cheap too? Read our resident tech expert's opinion on how this Swann Wireless Security System responds when you need it the most. Review after the jump!

Jun 23, 2011

Watch HDTV Wirelessly On Any Computer On Your Network With HDHomeRun

What good is TV if you can’t watch it from everywhere in your house? Instead of being stuck in front of a TV in your living room, knock one out of the park by installing HDHomeRun. Dual tuners connect to a HDTV antenna or a digital cable (unscrambled) to stream live digital TV to your Mac or PC -- with the ability to watch two channels simultaneously. Before you ask, yes it offers 1080 HD. We wouldn't be talking about it if it didn't. Check out our full review after the jump.

Jun 9, 2011

Pump Up The Volume With iMainGo X Portable Case Integrated Speakers

When was the last time somebody stuck a smart phone or MP3 player in your face ‘cuz they wanted you to hear something from its tiny speaker and your ear needed to be plastered against it? Like there’s no better way with the gajillion of portable battery-powered speakers out there screaming for attention? One portable speaker stands out from the rest: the iMainGo X. Check out our full review after the jump.

Jun 7, 2011

8 Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Won’t Completely Hate

While most of us dread becoming a father, you can imagine what ACTUAL fathers feel like having to deal with promiscuous daughters and sons who are either nerds, dumbasses, or convicts-in-training. Most kids put absolutely ZERO thought into a gift for dad since they figure Papa Dukes doesn't give a sh*t (because he know YOU don't give a sh*t). Well, now’s your chance to prove Dad wrong by getting him some stuff that he might actually like AND use. Check out our top gift suggestions for the old man after the jump.

Jun 2, 2011

Never Get Burned While Partying With The iGrill Thermometer & App

Summer's here. That means outdoor grilling. But while you're tending to the grill, you miss out on the other fun stuff at the party. You’re getting pretty hot having to hang around the grill, making sure the meat doesn’t burn while everybody else is having fun. Wouldn’t it be better if you could hightail it back inside and let iGrill do its thing but keep in touch like an ex-girlfriend stalker? That’s where iGrill is going to come in real handy. Read our full review after the jump!

May 26, 2011

UCube Compact USB Digital Speakers Prove Size Doesn’t Matter [TECH REVIEW]

A company well known for innovation, Ultralink has created a 3-inch squared speaker front that doesn't compete for space with anything else on the table. Each UCube angles itself right at you, thanks to a brushed aluminum stand that complements the high-tech side of things. But cool as this tiny pair looks, what makes them worth plugging into a USB port is what’s inside and what’s not inside. Check out our full review after the jump!

May 25, 2011

COED’s Guide To Buying Your Next Smartphone

Deciding which smart phone to buy is like being asked whether you think your friend’s sister is hot - whatever you say, you’re screwed. No matter how objective you try to be about what it has to offer your emotions will kick in. Your brain (without consulting you) will see some color or price break or another perk that it really, really likes. There is, however, a way to determine what makes a smartphone smart enough to consider as your next phone. It’s called your 'education' and this guide will hopefully walk you through the important factors one should think about when buying a new phone. Check it out after the jump!

May 19, 2011

Is That A Rocket In Your Pocket? No, it’s a Luna Projector [TECH REVIEW]

Let’s get real -- any company putting out an MP3 player hasn’t got much of a chance with Apple looming over them. So sneak it in the back door by touting what an i-device can’t do -- double as a video projector. HDTV manufacturer Sceptre just released the Luna pocket projector, which is not only great for video and photo viewing but also plays MP3s. Check out our full review after the jump!

May 18, 2011

How To Make An Action Movie Dudes Will Love [VIDEOS]

We all love action movies, especially when the big screen is filled with huge explosions and people being blown to smithereens. You’d think with all the action movies released over the years that screenwriters, directors and movie studios would have gotten the message by now: don’t mess with the classic formula. But they don't seem to get it; instead opting to change what doesn't need changing. So, in the interest of helping out these doofuses, here are the 6 steps to making an action movie that guys will love. Check 'em out after the jump!

May 17, 2011

5 Alternatives To The iPad [TABLETS]

Apple’s iPad paved the way for tablets, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck being a sheep whose eyes never wander past the “i”. The apps will come in due time so in the meantime, focus on the hardware, which handles Flash just fine using Android as the OS. Stick it to Steve Jobs and check out these 5 alternatives to Apple taking a bite out of your wallet after the jump.

May 15, 2011

The 8 Best Booze Apps For The iPhone & Android

As we all know, there's an app for that. Whether it's discovering new music, finding the best local eateries, or shooting perturbed poultry with a slingshot towards poorly made architecture, apps have become a way of life for many mobile users. But, let's be honest, what's a phone gonna do when we're looking to get our buzz on. Drinking is too important to leave to chance so check out these apps that can help in ways that a booze addled brain can only dream of after the jump.

Jul 11, 2010

Get Heard With The Go Mic Portable Microphone

Having some dinky little microphone hidden inside a computer or cell might be convenient, but with garage bands to record and Skype calls and Podcasts to make, how can you settle for that? You can’t - so that where Go Mic comes in. It might be small, but this portable USB condenser microphone’s got serious chops.

Feb 26, 2010

Zen Meets Pop with Electronic Pioneers KRAFTWERK

Say hello to Kraftwerks – no, make that go back to 1974 and say hello there. Four decades of electronic...

Jan 19, 2010

Shower With Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera

Want to be one up on Michael Phelps? Then don’t ditch that iPod before you dive in – wear an...

Aug 12, 2009

Get Driven: iPhone Gaming Steering Wheel

If I was here, talking about some steering wheel peripheral to use with your Wii or Xbox 360 you’d sneer, sure, nothing impressive about that. But how about a nearly full sized replica of a racing car steering wheel to use with your iPhone or Touch? Get your attention? It got mine.

Aug 11, 2009

Pump It Up With The Buckshot Wii Shotgun

Remember when Nintendo shied away from having any accessory that appeared violent or dangerous? Those days get blown away - literally - when you load a shooting game into your Wii and snatch hold of the Buckshot. Come on, how can you not go all Terminator 2 when you’ve got a pump action shotgun working?