The best in hi-tech entertainment
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
(EA; PS2, PSP, Xbox; Teen) Play on the go as the best Bond ever in a sleek take on what many consider the best Bond movie ever. Sean Connery’s growly brogue lends an undeniable air of authenticity, and the PSP version features a few addictive minigames (Q-copter obstacle course!) not available on the PS2 version. But choppy gameplay — along with the ill-advised casting of Maria Menounos as a Bond femme fatale?compels us to rate this Cold War thriller no higher than a 007 out of a possible 010.
LOGITECH HARMONY 880 REMOTE
($250) Those looking to reduce the clutter in their remote-control-littered living rooms and home entertainment centers should begin with an all-in-one universal remote. And few are as simple to operate as the Harmony 880. Download the remote codes for all of your gear from the company’s website, and the 880 takes care of the rest. Large buttons make navigation a snap, and a bright color screen (easy to read in the dark) makes it effortless to ”watch DVD” or ”listen to music.” It also has a rechargeable battery. (logitech.com)
($250) Connect the book-size Slingbox to your TV and digital video recorder. Then connect your Windows Mobile-based phone or PDA to the Slingbox using its Mobile software ($30). Voilà! Now anything that you can watch on your living-room TV, you can also watch on the small cell-phone screen in your hand, even if you’re thousands of miles from home. It works over the Internet with Windows laptops, too. (slingmedia.com)
BATTLEFIELD 2: MODERN COMBAT
(EA, Xbox 360, Teen) Set in Kazakhstan, this military-themed shooter for the 360 comes with a twist right out of Quantum Leap: During battle you can instantly jump into the bodies of different soldiers by pointing at them and hitting a button. Controllable vehicles — including helicopters and snowmobiles — also play an important role in this four-sided war (which plays best on Xbox Live). But where’s Borat as the embedded reporter?
We never tire of telling people that the cryptic notes scribbled on our hands are, literally, our own kind of Palm Pilot, so the PocketMod — ”the free disposable personal organizer!” — is right up our low-budget alley. Users can select from an array of ”mods” — everything from daily calendars to storyboards — and print out their own customized PDAs. And unlike their far pricier electronic cousins, they are both highly biodegradable (because they’re, like, made out of paper) and far less dangerous to the hapless assistants of ornery celebrities prone to using their Treos as projectile weapons. (pocketmod.com)
PIONEER INNO PORTABLE XM SATELLITE RADIO RECEIVER ($400, plus $12.95 monthly fee) Satellite radio is a gift from heaven, but it forces listeners to be in a car or near a home receiver. That is, until now. The Inno gives you access to XM’s 170-plus channels — including live coverage of every Major League Baseball game — wherever you can find a piece of the sky. (xm radio.com)