Monthly Archives: April 2010

Gadgets April 29, 2010 posted by

USB Golf Ball Flash Drive – FORE gigabytes

Ooo, we have a theme today at the Ferret. I’ll let you guess what it is. This USB Golf Ball Flash Drive is quite possibly the silliest thing ever invented. I can’t think of many laptops that could accommodate it, and it’ll just keep rolling off your desk when you’re not looking. Comes in 2/4/8GB sizes and even has its own built-in tee. US$19-US$33. USB Golf Ball Flash Drive is built-in flash memory lets you store your data on the…

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USB Golf Ball Flash Drive – FORE gigabytes
Awesome April 29, 2010 posted by

Granola – make your computer eco-friendly with one quick freeware install

Granola is a new freeware program that promises to give you instant enviro-cred by optimizing the power usage of your computer on install. Help the planet, use Granola, the blurb says. The developers claim that it conserves energy without slowing down your PC, and it certainly doesn’t appear to have any impact in live use. Once installed all you get is a small tray icon and the comforting ability to open up the dashboard and see that you’ve saved 20%…

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cool tech April 29, 2010 posted by

Lighted Bocce Set – Keeps the fun going after dark

This Lighted Bocce Set has 8 balls with LEDs inside to help you find them in the dark, when kicking your toes on them has lost its fun. There are red, green, blue and yellow LEDs in the boccia, and the palliano has a white LED, obviously. They’re competition size, but not competition weight, to make it a little easier on your lawn. US$99.95 This is the illuminated bocce ball set that allows you to play in the dark. Each…

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Lighted Bocce Set – Keeps the fun going after dark
cool tech April 29, 2010 posted by

Drop & Go Japanese Electric Taxis – Recharge? Pftt. Fergedaboutit…

The Japanese have just started testing a fleet of ‘drop & go’ electric taxis, which don’t recharge their batteries, but instead exchange their exhausted batteries for fresh ones via a drive-thru station. It certainly removes the hassle of stranded cabs with angry drivers hanging around all over town, or cabbies dumping passengers in the middle of the journey to go recharge the motor. The Lithium Ion cells have a range of 70 – 80 km on a charge, and can be…

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Bookmark This! April 29, 2010 posted by

How to set up Mail Merge in Gmail for Personalized Mass Emails

This short-ish tutorial on how to set up Gmail to send out personalized messages to a group of recipients on a list, is very useful stuff, especially if you run a small community, club or company mailing list. Or even if you suspect you’re going to need to send out a large wedding or birthday invitation email one day. I’m definitely bookmarking it for future reference. [Via]  All your email messages will essentially have the same content but some elements will be unique…

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Bizarre April 29, 2010 posted by

Cup 2010 Quad Band Phone – Hilarious soccer ball cell phone

Something called the World Cup is approaching and if themed gadgets are your thing then get the jump on it with this Cup 2010 Quad Band Cell Phone shaped like a football soccer ball. It’s got features too, so don’t worry you’ll be laughed at down the pub. It’s dual-SIM, there’s a soccer-themed UI, a ONE POINT EIGHT INCH (1.8″!!) screen, VGA camera and to top it all off, it’s quad-band. Now all you’ll need is some friends to show…

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Cup 2010 Quad Band Phone – Hilarious soccer ball cell phone
general April 29, 2010 posted by

Royal teabags – Tea for QE2

Or should that be Royalty-bags. With Yamatuti’s Royal Teabags you can enjoy a nice steaming hot cup of Great Britain’s Royal Family with your crumpets. I wonder if it would make the Infinite Improbability Drive implode. About 11 for the set of 5. (Thanks Hiren!) A hot bath – just you and Prince William? A dream finally comes true. Relax with a cup of tea in the circles of the Royal Family! Tags: royal+teabags, kitchen+gadget

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Royal teabags – Tea for QE2
Fun & Games April 28, 2010 posted by

Video Glasses – Puts games on the biggish screen

These stylish Video Glasses (CVQL-G225) are a different way to play all your old favourite Sega Mega Drive, GameBoy Advance and NES game ROMs. The plug-in glasses create a screen that appears to be 1m (40″) wide, right in front of your eyes. The only catch is the screen resolution is only 320×240. The fun doesn’t stop there though, the game controller also sports a media player that will display just about anything; mjpeg, mpeg2/4, 3gp, wma, divx/xvid via the…

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Video Glasses – Puts games on the biggish screen
cool tech April 28, 2010 posted by

CHANA Green-i Electric Car – only needs ten minutes to charge up

The Green-i concept eco car from CHANA Auto recently made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show. The electric powered car measures 3.23 meters long, 1.67 meters wide and 1.56 meters high and comes with some interesting styling, if you like the shiny green goblin look. In order to meet the needs of our future hi-tech driving habits, the vehicle uses steer-by-wire and something called Brake Energy Regeneration, which retrieves power from the braking process to top up the batteries….

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CHANA Green-i Electric Car – only needs ten minutes to charge up
shanzhai April 28, 2010 posted by

Wefound F630 e-book reader

This ebook reader is created by the hardware alchemists of China. Named Wefound F630, the e-book reader has a 6″ screen but only weighs are feather-like 200 grams. The F630 uses E-ink (electronic paper) display technology with a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. Wefound is not only an e-book reader but also supports book downloading, stock price information, picture browsing (in black and white) and mp3 player functions. Most importantly, Wefound has built-in China Mobile 3G (TD-SCDMA) wireless…

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Wefound F630 e-book reader
Gadgets April 28, 2010 posted by

Devotec Solar Sound Bluetooth Speaker – small light loud eco

This Devotec Solar Sound Bluetooth Speaker come with twin 2W speakers, a 3.5 mm headphone socket and a built in microphone for those times you may be using it with a Bluetooth phone. The internal battery is rated at 1500mAh, and you’ll get around 12 hours continuous play from a charge. Oh and we’re guessing that the solar charger will probably not rock your life that massively. £49.95.    The Devotec Industries Solar Sound Bluetooth Speakers are light and portable while still…

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Gadgets April 28, 2010 posted by

Snom M3 DECT SIP Phone – the ultimate wireless VoIP handset

This Snom M3 DECT SIP Phone gives you a real grown up SIP Internet telephone. The base unit connects to your Ethernet cable and the handsets connect via the long range DECT which kind of gives you the best of both worlds. You get Internet calling with the convenience of a standard wireless handset. $189.75 for the base and phone set.   Tags: gadget, snom+m3, dect, sip, phone, voip

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Gadgets April 28, 2010 posted by

HiFast Wireless Audio FM Transmitter – beam your computer to your stereo system

The HiFast Wireless FM Audio Transmitter is a USB dongle that plugs into your computer and beams the audio signal to the nearest FM radio receiver. These things have been around a while, but this model apparently has some nice quartz PLL lock-on tech built-in which means you get clearer sound with less buzz, crackle and pop. It’s USB powered, transmits up to 160 feet and costs $69.99.  This device modulates computer audio into stereo FM signal and transmits wirelessly to…

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Bookmark This! April 28, 2010 posted by

Scribus – free open source desktop publishing

Admit it, you thought desktop publishing was dead, right? Well it’s not, and to prove it here’s the free Scribus open source desktop publishing program to play with. It does all that spot colour, CMYK, separations and full uber delicious page layout stuff, but without a huge price tag. As is the nature of all software projects it’s not without its bugs, but at least they’re all out there in the open, so all you’ve got to do is roll…

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