Monthly Archives: April 2009

Bookmark This! April 23, 2009 posted by

We Are Hunted – featuring the most popular online songs of the moment

We Are Hunted is a new online service which trawls the social networks, forums, P2P networks and blogs to find cool new music for you to stream and enjoy. The site compiles a simple chart listing with images and an embedded player to let you listen to the stuff immediately. The rest of the content is fairly conventional, commenting, related artists, artist blurbs etc. Nice implementation, good search and a clean feature set make this something to watch for the future. I…

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Gadgets April 22, 2009 posted by

MSolar – portable solar solutions

MSolar is a range of portable solar power units. Packaged in a hard case, they contain solar cells, 220 volt inverter and a sealed lead-acid battery. They can put out between 200 and 350 watts peak and claim to be able to charge in 10 hours (sunlight dependant of course). I’m not sure if I complete agree with their idea of portable, the top-of-the-line model weighs 54kg. $US676.40 for the smallest 20W model. MSolar (Portable Solar Power Solution) can be…

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MSolar – portable solar solutions
Bizarre April 22, 2009 posted by

Grow Your Own Lucky Four Leaf Clover – ain’t technology grand!

  Financial crisis got you over a barrel? Well you know what the self-help gurus say, you make your own luck. Now it’s true with the Grow Your Own Lucky Four Leaf Clover. Comes with a compost tablet (that’s what it says), mini terracotta pot, instructions (!!) and an oxalis bulb. 2.99. Take the randomness out of luck by being able to grow your own! This Grow Your Own Lucky Four Leaf Clover will stop you having to spend days…

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Grow Your Own Lucky Four Leaf Clover – ain’t technology grand!
cool tech April 22, 2009 posted by

SRV-1 Blackfin Mobile Robot – seeking out new worlds…

With a name like the SRV-1 Blackfin Mobile Surveillance Robot you’re expecting something Ninja right? Something that makes Aibo look like the Barbie mutt that he is. Well disappointment is not your companion dear friend, because this baby has it all. Built-in web server, browser control, live feed video camera and a full suite of open source Java console code to let you do geek things that will frighten the neighbours. Supports Linux, WiFi and a four hour re-charge. Delicious! $474.99….

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Gadgets April 22, 2009 posted by

Keychain Digital Scale – weighing up the odds of success

This Keychain Digital Scale looks perfect for weighing up the consequences of your actions. Should you send that letter to the magistrate, how heavy is your saliva and is there really no difference between the weight of a coffee bean and Bob the Builder’s helmet? These questions and much much more can be answered with the help of a battery or two. $9.98.  Easy-to-use clip makes it simple to weigh small objects like letters, jewelry and coins. Backlit LCD displays…

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Gadgets April 22, 2009 posted by

Dualeez Strap-On LED Skates – zoom, glitter, vroom

These Dualeez Strap-On LED Skates come with LED lights, zero street cred, and an attitude that says, look at me, ugly but fun. Strap them on turn the house lights off and scare the cat to death. $19.99.  The Dualeez Strap On Action Roller Skates with Light Up Wheels feature magnetic flashing-light technology which lights up the wheels when in motion. Turn an ordinary pair of shoes into flashing roller skates that kids will never grow out of! Safe, fun and…

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diy April 22, 2009 posted by

Bottle Catamaran – recycle trash into toys and enjoy

The Bottle Catamaran is a fun way to recycle those old plastic pop bottles. Sure it’s not particularly new, but we like it, and that’s what counts. Propeller, batteries, plastic bottles and away you go. Some assembly required though, as they say. £11.99.  With this kit you’ll have one more to add to the list as it comes equipped with everything you need (save the bottles themselves, and a screwdriver) to make your very own working Catamaran. You simply put…

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Bookmark This! April 22, 2009 posted by

ThetaWall – freeware wallpaper changer for a desktop photo slideshow

ThetaWall is a freeware program which turns your boring old Windows wallpaper desktop into a groovy slideshow using your photos. Just point the prog towards a sub-directory of images and it will update the desktop image every 5 minutes (or on demand with a double click). It likes memory (runs in 20MB of RAM, plus whatever it needs for the images) so watch out if you’ve got large images to display. On the plus side it’ll cope with multiple monitors and…

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Bookmark This! April 22, 2009 posted by

WeFi – find WiFi anywhere…

The folks from WeFi, the free WiFi network location service, have joined up with Fring to help improve your wireless networking connections wherever you are. I’m not quite sure how this is supposed to work in real terms, but the software apparently makes it much easier to log on to a WiFi network near to you and works on multiple platforms as well.   I’ve got it working on the laptop and it seems to be a little patchy with geo-location (it consistently…

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Fun & Games April 21, 2009 posted by

MicroFly Tiny R/C UFO – remote controlled tiny toys for big boys

The MicroFly Tiny R/C UFO is strictly speaking not unidentified, so really it’s an FO. But someone in marketing clearly thought that the product needed va-va-va-vroom. Anyway, it’s small, green, hovers like a crazy hovering thing and flies for 5–7 minutes on a 10 minute charge. You’ll need a truck full of AA batteries though (OK, six), so be prepared for some running costs. $19.99.  With a diameter not much larger than a silver dollar and a single propeller on…

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Gadgets April 21, 2009 posted by

SATA Combo Speaker Dock – hard drives, hubs and sweet sweet music

The SATA Combo Speaker Dock crams an MP3 music player, 2 port USB hub, stereo speakers and a 2.5 or 3.5 hard drive dock into one elegant desktop package. Just drop in your choice of audio laden hard drives and voila, you’ve got yourself a nifty portable media player which will change your life forever. Or not. $59.00.  SATA HDD Dock Station Combo Stereo Speaker + Hub is a new concept of HDD docking with music player. It allows you…

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Awesome April 21, 2009 posted by

Pool Angel – anti-drowning device saves lives at home

Pool Angel is a new anti-drowning system that has been developed for domestic swimming pools. After installation the alarm will sound within 3 to 7 seconds if it detects a body of around 8kgs falling into the water. There is a secondary receiver which will then sound inside the house within a couple of seconds. Clever tech.  How does Pool Angel work? When a child or pet is falling into a home swimming pool, Pool Angel will sound alarm in seconds….

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but is it art? April 21, 2009 posted by

Pirate Bay Battle One Over – limited edition trial version T

Fresh from their massive victory in a Swedish court where the lads from Pirate Bay trounced the establishment suits over BitTorrent file sharing, they’ve announced a Pirate Bay Battle One Over special edition T-shirt to celebrate. “The only winning move is not to play.” Indeed. €25.00.  The Pirate Bay Battle One Over The verdict is in! Limited Edition Trial Special! The first round in the war called “The trial against The Pirate Bay” is over. But as we all know,…

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Bookmark This! April 21, 2009 posted by

CRON-O-Meter – open source dieting program stays slim

This CRON-O-Meter freeware combines the massive and very cool USDA food database with a simple but uber effective front end to deliver a nice diet tracking application. Enter in your food intake for the day, and get an immediate read out of every aspect of your input, calories, carbs, vitamins, you name it. Nicely cross platform and definitely worth a download for love handle sufferers.   CRON-O-Meter is free, open source, and cross-platform dieting software. CR (Calorie Reduced) diets require…

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Bookmark This! April 21, 2009 posted by

SpinSpotter – check and correct those online facts

SpinSpotter is a community powered fact checker which runs from a browser toolbar. Install it and you’ll get a red clickable highlight on any web page which has been marked with a ‘spin’ tag by a member of the community. Click on it and you’ll get a pop up box with the details of the allegation. At the moment, as you’d expect, it’s all heavily geared towards political comment, which can be a bit ‘he said, she said’ tedious, but with a…

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