Monthly Archives: June 2007

Gadgets June 30, 2007 posted by

Slide and Negative Scanner – memories are made of this

The Slide & Negative Scanner converts manky old 35mm slides and negative stock into shiny new digital formats. Which you can then burn to CD and keep for…ooh…at least 1 year until the CD degrades and you’ve lost everything. Hmm…on second thoughts, maybe just keep the film stock safe in a dark drawer somewhere, OK? $99.95 including editing software.  Slides and negatives are placed into a tray that aligns each properly; the touch of a button scans the image instantly….

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Gadgets June 29, 2007 posted by

Thermaltake Deskcool – banish sweaty palms, geek

The Thermaltake DeskCool is a USB powered hand cooling device. Because, you know, everyone gets sweaty palms when handling their mouse and keyboard. Well don’t they? Runs silently, provides hot and cool air and really increases your street cred with the opposite sex. Riiight! Tags: thermaltake, deskcool, pc+accessory

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Gadgets June 29, 2007 posted by

Control A Kid Remote – keep the little tykes under control with one device

The Control A Kid Remote Control looks like a pretty awe inspiring tool for long suffering parents everywhere. The buttons include such vital things as ‘Grow up’, ‘Do Homework’ and most importantly ‘Don’t Answer Back’. Of course the range of the remote might be a bit of a problem, we couldn’t  get ours to work properly at all. You’re bound to have better luck though, eh? £3.99.  The Control-a-Kid remote has all the functions you will need to help keep those little monsters under control….

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Gadgets June 29, 2007 posted by

B-Speech Alpha Bluetooth handsfree kit – look Ma, no hands

The B-Speech Alpha Bluetooth Handsfree Kit looks like it means business. None of your flimsy clip on stuff here, we’re talking full drop down alpha-numeric LCD, 300 number memory, twin speakers and a GPS option which displays your position data on the handset. Retailing for around €99.00.  The three rechargeable AAA micro cells provide up to 9 hours conversation time and about 480 hours of standby. The up to 190° swivelling LCD clearly displays the caller’s number and names and makes telephoning…

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Recommended June 29, 2007 posted by

Teddy Bear Cleaner – keep your little cutie looking good

Teddy Bear Cleaner. Spray on, wipe off. ‘Nuff said? $7.95. [Via BookofJoe]  Keep your most treasured stuffed animals looking like new! Our Teddy Bear Cleaner removes stains quickly and easily without wear to fabric. Safe for use on all plush toys. Simply spray on and wipe dirt away. 12 oz. spray. 100% biodegradable. Tags: teddy+bear+cleaner

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cool tech June 29, 2007 posted by

Hawk 10 turns plastic back into oil – seagulls rejoice

Boffins at Global Resource Corporation have come up with a microwave machine dubbed the Hawk 10 which they say can recycle plastic back to oil and gas using 1200 different microwave frequencies. This has got to be pretty good news, especially when you read about the huge piles of toxic plastic scrap which are poisoning our oceans.  Key to GRC’s process is a machine that uses 1200 different frequencies within the microwave range, which act on specific hydrocarbon materials. As the material is zapped at the appropriate wavelength,…

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Free Software June 29, 2007 posted by

Fuller Screen – turn Firefox into a Powerpoint clone

The Fuller Screen Firefox extension gives you a total scroll, status and nav bar free browser screen for those who desperately need all the monitor real estate they can grab. It also provides a slide show feature which, if you are willing to mess about with CSS and HTML a fair bit, will give you basic Powerpoint type functionality from within the browser. Quite clever really.  This extension enhances the Full Screen mode into a really full screen mode, hiding…

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huh..? June 29, 2007 posted by

Hoax Mail – spoof emails and SMS to friends and enemies

Hoax Mail is a free service that lets you send spoof emails or SMS messages to people. Not only that, but you can delay delivery and even receive replies. It all sounds very dodgy to us, but what do we know?  We provide a free and simple service that provides you with the tools to anonymously send spoof email and SMS messages. If you’ve ever wanted to trick your friends or family by sending them an email or an SMS…

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Gadgets June 28, 2007 posted by

VoIP Internet Power Pad – talk free, talk happy

The VoIP Internet Power Pad is a new take on an old story. Plunk a dial pad, telephone controls and audio functionality into a plug-in pad device, throw in a 6 port USB hub and bingo, you’ve got an Internet telephone which isn’t. Well it is, but it doesn’t look like one. Makes sense really, if you figure that the smarts comes from software anyway, why do we need all this fancy handset type styling? £19.98.   • Use the internet to…

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Gadgets June 28, 2007 posted by

Gamercize Sport – exercise and play simultaneously

The Gamercize Sport system is a games console add-on that prevents you from playing unless you exercise at the same time. We’ve blogged about similar products before, but this is the first one we’ve seen that works with the X-Box, Playstation and GameCube consoles. We’re daft enough to like the idea of rationing fun by effort, now all we need is a version that controls our pizza oven. £39.95.  Gamercize interacts with your game console’s controller stopping it working when you…

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Gadgets June 28, 2007 posted by

Iogear Digital Scribe – handwriting capture on plain paper

The Iogear Digital Scribe is a handwriting capture system which uses plain paper and ordinary ink to capture notes and written information. The receiver uses the USB port, natch, and you can export your prose in JPG format once you’re done. No word on whether there’s any OCR functionality included though, which would be important.  Digital Scribe is the first device ever to capture natural handwriting from any surface, and store it directly onto your computer. Based on a revolutionary…

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Bookmark This! June 28, 2007 posted by

The Record Industry’s Decline – industry admits stupidity, at last?

This Rolling Stone article looks at the many record industry mistakes which have resulted in the current dire straights (ahem) of all the major players. It’s not rocket science, after all their greed, lack of vision and short term stupidity were pretty obvious to most right thinking people five years ago (hint: any business strategy which relies on suing your customers is destined to fail spectacularly) but it’s interesting to hear them actually come out and admit that they should have done…

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Bookmark This! June 28, 2007 posted by

Comic Wonder – jokes for all

Comic Wonder is a new site which features people telling jokes via audio clips. What’s more, some of them are actually pretty funny. It’s very early days, but if you like a good laugh, this might be worth a bookmark. And hey, why not register and record your own joke for others to share? [Via Metafilter]  Comic Wonder is a competitive arena for joke-tellers – the first forum where people can perform, rate and share audio jokes. Our mission is…

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Bookmark This! June 28, 2007 posted by

Backup Preview – superb online data backup resource

The Backup Preview site contains a superb collection of information on backup services around the globe, including news, a Top 25 (although they don’t say how that’s calculated), articles and reviews. Over 400 services are featured (there are that many?) which makes it a pretty excellent kick off point if you’re in the market for online storage.  How Do I Choose the Best Online Backup Provider? With hundreds of companies offering seemingly the same service, choosing the best online backup provider could…

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Gadgets June 27, 2007 posted by

USB Lighted Makeup Mirror – pitiful PC powered puff product

The USB Lighted Makeup Mirror is proof once more that if they can take something simple and make it more complicated by adding technology, they will. ‘They’ being a bunch of super nerds somewhere deep in the bowels of Shenzhen province. Go to it, guys, the world needs more stuff like this. Honest it does. $15.00.  Girls can do their makeup conveniently by using the USB Lighted Mirror. It is surrounded by light so as to give you bright light…

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