Tag Archives: gadgets

Astell & Kern’s $999 ‘heavyweight portable media player’ Kann; no, that’s NOT a typo…

Astell & Kern’s newest portable music player (or PMP with no “I”; sorry 50) — the $999 Kann — is out now, and for a portable media player, it has some pretty impressive modern-day inclusions.  This fact is interesting since most high-end portable music players are slow to included extra bells-and-whistles, if at all.  Not only is the Kann huge — it’s just over an inch thick (25.6mm) and weighs over half a pound (278.7g) — it includes a massive 6000mAh battery (for a supposed battery life of 14 hours), an integrated powered headphone amp, and both micro SD and full-size SD card slots. Keep in mind, this thing IS ONE-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Continue reading Astell & Kern’s $999 ‘heavyweight portable media player’ Kann; no, that’s NOT a typo…

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MiniDisc – Doc’D #62

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementation and lasting legacy of the MiniDisc media format.

1) MiniDisc Community Portal [minidisc.org]
2) The Oddity Archive, Episode 120: MiniDisc [https://youtu.be/HRlm7_ARJjI]
3) “RIP MiniDisc, 1992-2013” by Sascha Segan for PC Magazine, February 1, 2013 [http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415014,00.asp] Continue reading MiniDisc – Doc’D #62

Virtual Reality – Doc’D #58

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementations, and the current and possible future legacy of virtual reality technologies.

1) “Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution” by Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson [http://amzn.to/2hmSakM]
2) “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality” by Katie Drummond [http://www.theverge.com/a/virtual-reality]
3) YouTube’s Virtual Reality Channel [https://goo.gl/SUwfXr] Continue reading Virtual Reality – Doc’D #58

Need Some Tech Tips? Check out About.com’s Lifewire.

About.com, the site you could have used as an AOL-or-Yahoo-alternate of sorts for your news and some search stuff,  is launching its third standalone brand in the form of Lifewire, a tech site offering simple and clear information, answers and advice on common tech questions and problem. Continue reading Need Some Tech Tips? Check out About.com’s Lifewire.

The Integrated Chip: The Brief Story of its Creation – Doc’D #54

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the brief history of the invention of the integrated chip. Continue reading The Integrated Chip: The Brief Story of its Creation – Doc’D #54

Of Palm Pilots & Milestones… – Doc’D #50

In this technology-themed episode, which is also the FIFTIETH EPISODE of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, influence, and lasting legacy of the Palm Pilot Personal Digital Assistant. Continue reading Of Palm Pilots & Milestones… – Doc’D #50

Light Fidelity (LiFi) – Doc’D #46

In this month’s technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementation, and future potential of Light Fidelity wireless communication, or LiFi.
Continue reading Light Fidelity (LiFi) – Doc’D #46

The Early Years of the Computer Mouse – Doc’D #42

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the early history of the computer mouse. Continue reading The Early Years of the Computer Mouse – Doc’D #42

Could the ZX Spectrum return as a Handheld Games Console?

A little over a year ago, The PractitioNERD covered a project from Retro Computers pitching a new version of the classic ZX Spectrum on Indiegogo as a console/controller hybrid where you could play 1,000+ games on a TV. Now, the startup has returned with the Vega+, a portable successor that swaps the Spectrum’s classic aesthetics for a sleeker, modern and portable package. The system’s extensive library remains, only now you can play those classics on the go. Continue reading Could the ZX Spectrum return as a Handheld Games Console?

Google Videos – Doc’D #38

In this month’s technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, functionality and legacy of Google’s original video hosting service (before YouTube).

Continue reading Google Videos – Doc’D #38