Ricardo Bilton

Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

Gloria Sin

Gloria Sin is a freelance journalist based in New York City.

Latest Posts

A disposable camera for the 21st century...sort of.

Well, it's certainly not disposable in the most literal of senses, but the $50 spent for the 3-megapixel Phillips PT44434 Retro-Inspired Ultra Slim Digital camera is about the best bang-for-buck deal I've ever seen."Retro" terminology aside -- there's nothing retro about the lithe 0.

March 12, 2008 by Andrew Nusca


The perfect hotel room strip

Okay, apologies for the headline - thought I might get some of you looking for the latest Eliot Spitzer news. And I also want to acknowledge that with one more post about surge protectors, I think I run the risk of turning this into a surge protector-themed blog (and how exciting might that be?

March 11, 2008 by


A new SLR from Sony, and the Times likes it… mostly

After a one-week vacation, David Pogue is back in the Times' Thursday business section to [mostly] rave about Sony's new Alpha A300. The big news here is that the camera has a dual-sensor Live View feature, which basically means that what you see on the LCD screen is the exact same as what you see through the viewfinder, without the irritating delays that are present in single-sensor Live View models.

March 5, 2008 by


Recession buster: The perfect $25,000 consumer electronics device

My initial reaction to hearing about SE2 Labs' ITC One all-in-one media room device was to think about that Robin Williams line about cocaine being god's way of telling you that you have too much money. If you actually have $25,000 to plop down for an all-in-one unit that incorporates (among other things) an Xbox 360, a Wii, an HD-DVR, an iPod dock, a pre-amp processor, and top-of-the-line cooling and cabling components, somebody's probably trying to tell you something.

March 4, 2008 by


What format war? Just convert your HD DVDs to Blu-ray

Our friends over at Wired have started a how-to wiki, explaining how to convert one's HD DVDs to Blu-ray - provided you have a Blu-ray burner on hand, and don't mind breaking a law or two (since you'll need to remove the DRM from your HD DVDs before you can do anything else with the content).

February 21, 2008 by


Ding, dong, HD DVD is dead

Wow, that didn't take long. In just over six weeks HD DVD went from underdog to dead dog,  with Toshiba making it official today - it will no longer "develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders.

February 18, 2008 by


One reason for HD DVD owners to forgive Netflix

If a recent Netflix survey is a harbinger of things to come (or more accurately, a blog post about a recent Netflix survey is to be believed), Xbox 360 owners may be able to download TV shows and movies directly to their consoles. If this comes to pass, it will make yesterday’s announcement that the company was abandoning HD DVDs a bit more palatable to those of us who bet the wrong horse in the format race.

February 12, 2008 by


Disconnect of the day: $499 iPod meets economic slowdown

Look, I would be the first to admit that the thought of a 32GB iPod Touch has me drooling, but the $499 price tag dries my mouth out faster than that saliva-sucking doohicky they have at the dentist's office. Then again, I had a hard enough time coughing up nearly $400 for a 16GB model a few months back.

February 6, 2008 by