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Awesome January 28, 2008 posted by

World’s first electric plane flies – pilot begs a coin for the meter…

Well a shed load of people have been promising it, but the French actually went and done it. The world’s first electric airplane took to the air last month for 48 minutes powered only by a 25 hp electric motor and a bunch of Lithium-Polymer batteries. It’s not the first aircraft to fly using electrical power, there have been gliders and concept craft before, but this is the first time that a standard light airplane has managed to do it,…


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Awesome January 28, 2008 posted by

Ponoko – design, test and make stuff using the world’s first online craft factory outlet

Ponoko. This new online craft factory service has got to be one of the most ambitious applications I’ve come across in a long time. It’s basically an online DIY custom product factory outlet, complete with design, manufacturing and sales functionality. Totally wild! OK, so you come up with brilliant idea, right? Maybe a new design for a desk clock, some cool jewelry or a rad shelving unit. Pop along to Ponoko, download their starter kit with size templates and instructions for…


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Awesome January 21, 2008 posted by

CuePrompter – the online teleprompter

CuePrompter. A brilliant new free online teleprompter service and an excellent piece of market disrupting technology methinks. Suddenly all you need is a laptop, web browser and Internet connection and you’ve got yourself a fully fledged teleprompter for those on the cuff reports to camera. Podcasters, online television producers, heck even the majors could use this. And yes, a 3.5G HSDPA cell phone service dongle for the laptop would give you a lot of mobility too.   Free teleprompter/autocue service CuePrompter…


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Awesome January 18, 2008 posted by

Line Golfer – create your own golf course and play it…awesome

Line Golfer. Aaargh, yet another superb idea for a game, so more hours lost. The idea is that you design your own golf course – Line Rider style – and then you play it. And good luck to you, dear reader. Brilliant stuff!  How to create a course: Use the tools at the top while in edit mode to design your course. When you are finished editing, use the disk icon and follow the onscreen instructions to publish your course…


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Awesome January 14, 2008 posted by

CoveritLive – superb service lets you blog live from anywhere with a net connection and browser

CoveritLive. Ever wanted to do a live blog of an event but didn’t know how? Well now you can with this brilliant new service from Canada. Just sign up for a free account and you will instantly have the power to blog about any event anywhere, anytime as long as you have a net connection and a web browser to hand. You’ll need to cart a laptop around with you of course. I did try it out on a Nokia…


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Awesome January 7, 2008 posted by

Drobo – hands-on with the world’s first data storage robot

Drobo Storage Robot. There’s one immutable truth in technology, you can never have enough data storage space. No matter how big that mega hard disk you bought this afternoon, sometime soon you’re going to need to delete stuff to free up space. It’s like death and taxes, right? The problem is getting worse too, as we take advantage of the net to download more music, more video, and take more photos with ever growing megapixel file sizes. If you’re like…


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Awesome December 20, 2007 posted by

White & Nerdy – Weird Al Jankovic does genius geek, much laughter ensues

White & Nerdy. Mad Al Jankovic totally nails it with this awesome geek rap video. It’s not exactly new, but oh my golly gosh it’s funny. And Donny Osmond? Just priceless dude, priceless.  “I’ll ace any trivia game you bring on, I’m fluent in Javascript as well as Klingon…” Tags: white+&+nerdy, al+jankovic, video, rap


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Awesome December 19, 2007 posted by

Hotspot Shield – WiFi security software provides useful anonymous proxy effect too

Hotspot Shield from Anchor Free is a very cool browser add-in which adds VPN security to your WiFi session. Result hack and snoop free surfing over wireless connections. It’s free, works on Mac and PC and also provides anonymous surfing facilities so you can use geo-locked applications from outside the country of origin (which is very useful if your ISP routes its traffic via Katmandu or whatever). It is also incredibly easy to install and use, no fiddling around with settings…


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Awesome December 6, 2007 posted by

5 MUST HAVE Amazon Shopping Tools – save time, save money, save tears

Here’s a little story. A few days ago I was on the lookout for a Compact Flash drive and went to a nearby camera store to get something. They had 2GB SanDisk III CF cards for £64.99 ($128.00) which I thought was a little expensive, so I went outside, flipped open my mobile phone and surfed to Amazon, where to my utter surprise I found the exact same item for £15.00 ($30.00) plus shipping. Huh? So I bought it immediately via…


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Awesome November 8, 2007 posted by

Meeting Miser – genius tool for zapping those wasteful meetings

Meeting Miser is an absolute gem of an online tool for calculating just how much money a meeting is costing you in real time. It’s international, comes complete with a built in database of job descriptions and salary rates, and even has an alarm you can set to let you know when the meeting reaches a particular cost. It’s a thing of beauty peeps, and every government and bureaucratic organisation employee should have this installed on their laptop as a…


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Awesome November 7, 2007 posted by

Eric Joisel – the greatest origami artist in the world?

Frenchman Eric Joisel must be the most skillful origami artist in the known universe. The video documentary speaks for itself, but my question is simple – how does he do that stuff with just folded paper? And no glue! Astonishing. [Via Metafilter]  My personal preference is to try and imitate the philosophy of Master Yoshizawa – to breathe life into the paper and improvise as my as I can. Like a good piece of jazz, every model I produce is…


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Awesome November 6, 2007 posted by

Nokia perfects the clicky tactile touchscreen – iPhone gnashes teeth, swears revenge

It’s taken them 10 years but Nokia boffins have finally perfected a ‘touch feedback’ touchscreen. Don’t be fooled by simple vibrational imitations folks, this is the real McCoy – you press a key on the screen, and it clicks under your finger with exactly the same sort of fingertip feedback as if you’d pressed a conventional keyboard key. Roope Takala, Senior Program Manager at Nokia’s research labs gave me a demo of the technology in Finland the other day on a…


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Awesome October 30, 2007 posted by

Musicshake – more music fun than a tub full of honey with sugar sprinkles

MusicShake is being marketed as ‘the easiest way to make music in the world’  and they’ve got a point. What they should also say is that it’s as addictive as…well the most addictive thing on your list of addictive things. There’s lots of music making sites and programs out there, and on the face of it this one is no different. You create tunes by arranging blocks of instrument and vocal samples on a timeline. So far so normal. What…


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