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Wednesday December 28, 2005 8:12 pm

The Top 5 Tech & Gadget Blogs You (Probably) Haven’t Heard Of

Posted by Chris Cardinal Categories: Features, Internet

Throughout the year, we link to hundreds of different articles, reviews, rumors, gossip and the occasional porn by way of other blogs. We like to give credit, so you’ll generally see another link next to the Read More option on a post, sending you back to whomever tipped us off.

Today, I’d like to bring your attention to my five favorite gadget and tech blogs. You may have heard of a few of them, and a few others may be new to you, but all of them are definitely worth checking out. My picks, after the jump.

1. We-Make-Money-Not-Art
Run by RĂ©gine Debatty, WMMNA is a quirky website that loves to draw focus to very-near-future gadgetry, experiments and bizarre projects that’ll be sure to impress you. The site is something of a proof-of-concept playground—many of the things she links to are prototypical or conceptual, but amazing expressions of what can be done with current technology and just a bit of effort. She keeps her posts clear and succinct before sending you to whatever gems she’s dug up, and we love her for it.

2. MAKE: Blog
MAKE is O’Reilly Media’s hybrid magazine/book on advanced do-it-yourself projects that will boggle your mind. (Indeed, boggle.) Their blog (and the mag itself) links to tasty HOW TOs, creative do-it-yourself projects and just a splash of creative commentary to keep things interesting. Par example, today’s blog discusses DIY jerry can shoulder bags, building a homemade Skype phone receiver and how to use the Kodak Wi-Fi (EasyShare) camera with Flickr. You’ll learn something new every day without even trying.
MAKE: Blog

3. The Red Ferret Journal
TRFJ provides something of a compendium of chintzy, SkyMall-esque gadgets peppered with (mostly) amusing commentary and some incredibly useful devices you wish someone had told you about years ago. The best part is that they almost always link to a catalog page, so you’re only ever a couple of clicks away from owning something like the Time is Money Clock.
The Red Ferret Journal

4. Phone Scoop
Phone Scoop isn’t just a simple blog about cell phones, although they do link to breaking news and plenty of rumors in the industry. They also offer one of the most comprehensive phone comparison tools I’ve ever seen from a third party. Using their Phone Finder, you can sort, search and compare by carrier, availability, handset style, weight, OS, battery and so many other specifications it really is completely ridiculous. With comprehensive reviews on whatever phones they can get their paws on, it’s a fantastic resource if you’re in the market, or just looking for excuses to “drop” your old Nokia 3390 on the asphalt. Repeatedly.
Phone Scoop

5. Akihabara News
Coming straight from the heart of the electric corridor in Akihabara, Japan, Akihabara news brings you (in English, thankfully), the latest bizarre and almost-charming Japanese gadgets and technologies. Japan being, well, Japan, this concept yields some brilliantly ripe and fun posts and pictures, and, even though you’ll find it almost impossible to get your hands on any of it, it’s nice to look at to be sure. I’d like to say that a site like this might provide some insight on the Japanese thought process when it comes to overt pink, hentai PCs, but indeed they just bring us the links and leave that mystery to the philosophers.
Akihabara News

Add these sites to your feeds, and I’m sure you’ll find them worth it.
Have any favorites of your own that you’d like to share with us? Leave a comment or email me: chris at gearlive.com.

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