Archive for June, 2009

D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N router gets reviewed: expensively excellent

D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N router gets reviewed: expensively excellent

As hugely convergent devices go, D-Link's DIR-685 Xtreme N Storage Router could be best of breed.  Announced at CES in January, the DIR-685 not only offers WiFi draft-n support and four gigabit ethernet ports, but a 3.5-inch display with multimedia widgets, dual USB 2.0 ports for sharing printers and external drives, and an internal 2.5-inch HDD bay for turning it into a NAS.  Overkill or network overlord?  OhGizmo! took a look, and while the DIR-685 is expensive it's also just as capable as you'd hope.

Fiat Cinque Tank [Video]

Fiat Cinque Tank [Video]

Take the bodywork of a Fiat 500, throw in the mechanics of a second-hand tractor, and you may end up with this: the Fiat Cinque Tank.  The handiwork of Kogoro Kurata, a Japanese ironsmith, the distinctive vehicle's one main flaw is its somewhat pedestrian top-speed of just 3kpm (less than 2mph).

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Yamaha neoHD Media Controllers promise simple AV control

Yamaha neoHD Media Controllers promise simple AV control

Hot on the heels of their Sonos-rivaling MediaCAST2 system, Yamaha have announced their neoHD Media Controllers.  Pulling together multiple AV components with a simple, HTPC-style "Watch/Listen/Play" UI, two models are on offer: the entry-level YMC-500, which includes remote IR control, and the YMC-700 which adds WiFi for networked content streaming, Rhapsody online music, internet radio and iTunes AAC support thanks to an included license for TwonkyMedia Server. 

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