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Gadget Blog Corrections Blog

An actually-researched look at gadget blog bullshit.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Dyson CR01: Happy 2001

Brian Lam at Gizmodo posts about a new development in washing machine technology:
Dyson, masters of the cyclonic vacuum cleaners are taking on the task of washing out your dirty laundry. The contrarotating, or rotating in an opposite manner, design uses two drums to get clothes cleaner, by "flexing" fabrics more.
Except the machine in question came out in early 2001 and in the time since it's not only been superseded by the CR02 but later both models have been withdrawn due to poor sales, and Dyson no longer makes washing machines.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

SED: Burning televisions

A cute slip up from Mark Wilson at Gizmodo:
It's built upon the foundations of phosphorus televisions, but Canon and Toshiba basically packed all that technology into each pixel of a flat-panel.
Sadly, phosphorus is an unstable substance that glows in air because it's on fire. Phosphors are unrelated chemicals named after it that are used in CRT TVs.

D-ILA1080MF1: Lots of wrongness

Donald Melanson of Engadget takes a look at the Meridian Faroudja D-ILA1080MF1:
Our pals over at HD Beat continue to rock CEDIA, taking time to check out Meridian Faroudja's latest high-end projector offering -- the D-ILA1080PMF1 -- retailing for a hefty $20,995.. If you stare at that model name for a bit, you should realize that this one sports full 1080p with D-ILA technology backing it up.
Sadly there's not actually a "P" in the model number, but nice try. That's the first flag something wrong. We continue:
If there's one area where it comes up a bit short, however, it's inputs, with just RGB, s-video and DVI coming standard.
It's worse than that, it does 1080p DVI and that's it. But wait, there's an add-on video processor:
it adds multiple progressive analog video outputs/inputs including RGBHV, component, RGBS and RGsB
But those are all roughly the same thing - variants of analog component - so they're different formats, not different inputs. Lo and behold, the product brochure shows only one set of inputs, and in fact the processor is needed just to get the inputs that Engadget alleges are on the projector. As is common with Engadget, all of these errors are blindly copied from the source article. It's understandable HD Beat wouldn't have to time to check facts when they're blogging from the road (or at least pretending to be), but Engadget have all the time in the world and a complete set of easily-Googlable documents on Meridian's website, so apparently they just can't be bothered.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Hybrid "Formula One" car: Chinese Whispers

So two Italian companies - who (as far as I can tell from their websites) have no involvement in Formula One - propose to... well, let's see what they actually say:
N.Technology S.p.a. and Tatuus s.r.l. have signed a deal for producing the new single-seater Formula car [...] fitted with an hybrid engine system. From the next 2007 season the Formula N.T07 cars will compete in a new international series within the European rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Gizmag writes it up, without producing any obvious errors:
Now comes the breaking news from Italy that N.Technology S.p.a. and Tatuus s.r.l. have signed a deal to produce a new single-seater Formula car.
Now Jalopnik writes up Gizmag's post:
Motorsports Firms to Build Hybrid F1 Car
And we have our first mention of Formula One. Note they're only saying an F1-style car will be built, not that it will race in F1 anytime soon, and confirm this is what they mean later in the post:
Could a new "green" series be in the offing, or will Moseley get his F1 wish? Stay jacked into the eco-matrix for updates.
Finally, the idiots at Gizmodo get their hands on it. They miss the nuance in the Jalopnik article, don't bother checking the Gizmag article, certainly don't look up N Technology's website, and come up with this:
Hybrids Bound for Formula One
Which is completely not what anyone else has said so far. They go on:
Two big players who build such Formula One dream machines, N.Technology S.p.a. and Tatuus s.r.l
No they aren't. N mainly do Touring cars, Tatuus do Formula Renault. And again, no one else in the chain has said this. Gizmodo don't stop there - they try to draw a conclusion from the stuff they've just plain made up:
The fact that hybrid engine technology is even being considered by world-class Formula One designers serves as an ad hoc endorsement for the idea
So Gizmodo are incapable of reposting something from their own sister site without screwing up. Round of applause.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Sony Ericsson W700i: Who's awake?

Engadget's Thomas Ricker spots something fishy about this new phone:
Hey, wait a second, other than being gold and shipping with a 256MB (not 512) MS Pro Duo card, there's nothing to distinguish this Walkman from the W800i released last year. Hell, it even sports the exact dimensions.
And I think he's right. Did Gizmodo spot this?
Sony Ericsson also announced a new member of its Walkman line, the W700 (pictured at right).
No then. They actually made another post about it a second time:
The titanium-colored phone maintains the simplistic styling of previous Walkman phones, but don’t mistake that for weakness. It has 256MB of storage onboard, with the capacity to add more via Memory Stick Duos.
No again. Also the 256MB isn't onboard, it's on a Memory Stick.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Leica C-Lux 1: Are you high?

I just wanted to point this utterly bizarre post on Gizmodo:
This is the latest in Leica's digital cameras. It comes in an elegant black metal exterior and measures 2-inches by 4-inches. This is a 6-megapixel camera that also features an ultra-short shutter delay, precise auto-focus measurement and a slew of other options. The ease of use, size, quality and large 2.5-inch screen would make this camera excellent for any situation.
The first thing I thought was that they've gotten lazy and cut and pasted some text from the press release, but no, apparently Gizmodo employ someone who writes like a marketing droid.

It's also worth mentioning (which Gizmodo don't) that that camera is nothing but a rebadged Panasonic FX01, which Gizmodo covered in February.

Kodak Easyshare V610: Ball dropped

Ryan Block contributes this weird little post to Engadget:
it's dubious this is anything more than a proof-of-concept for future, yet unearthed-in-the-FCC cameras, like the one in which the device appears to be implanted (that dual-lenser that sure as hell aint a V570, that much we can tell you).
Of course, if he'd spent a few moments flicking through the report (PDF) he linked to he would have discovered the test camera is the as-yet-unannounced V610 (see page 8). A Google search reveals rumblings about the V610, but as yet no photos (this other report, which is also on the page Ryan linked to, does contain photos).

See how a little research could have turned some pointless and apparently wrong conjecture into an exclusive first post on the new Kodak model? It seems I have the scoop instead.

(I should add that Gizmodo and Mobilewhack also dropped the ball on this one)

Friday, March 31, 2006

10 fuck up free days

I'm meant to updating this blog again but the gadget blogs haven't made any mistakes worth writing about that I've spotted. It's so annoying. Anyway, well done gadget bloggers. Email me and I'll send you a sticker.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sound from TI calculators

Evan Blass of Engadget natters on for 145 words about playing music on a Texas Instruments graphing calculator, without mentioning exactly why the story is impressive. What he doesn't make clear is that TI calculators don't have any kind of sound capability, and the audio is being played by manipulating the serial link port.