Monthly Archives: June 2010

Gadgets June 30, 2010 posted by

Casio CD/DVD Disc Printer – label it with pride my son…

This Casio CD/DVD Disc Printer will print important title info directly onto your optical discs using thermal energy, five fonts and 650 built in symbols. The ribbon lasts for 50 discs and it’s also battery powered as a super bonus. Does anyone still use optical discs for storage? Really? Why? $129.95.  This thermal printer puts titles directly onto discs for a studio-produced appearance that’s permanent and safe. It creates up to 16 lines in any of 18 alphanumeric or four graphic preset…

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Gadgets June 30, 2010 posted by

Swann DVR-410 RemoteCam Recorder – perfect for those discreet little captures

This Swann DVR410 RemoteCam Video Recorder is perfect for sticking on your keychain just in case you need to capture some footage of the local police chief assaulting the village ducks. It’s full colour, 30 fps and can record 40 minutes of video onto a 2GB SD card from a single charge. Plenty enough to grab some fabulous flying feathered footage. $99.99.  Swann’s RemoteCam has a pinhole video camera disguised in a real-looking car remote control, complete with a keychain. It’s small yet powerful, with the…

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Gadgets June 30, 2010 posted by

Jaybird Sportsband SB2 Bluetooth Headset – cool, funky and fun

This Jaybird Sportsband Bluetooth Headset combines cool looks with some very useful wireless audio smarts. Not only do you get a full set of very accessible player controls close to hand, but the thing also supports enhanced Bluetooth audio, to bring the quality of the sound up to an equivalent to wired headsets. Oh and there’s a mic in there too, for mobile phone compatibility. Available for $99.00 in 9 colors.  The Sportsband Bluetooth headphones produce a bass-rich Bluetooth music…

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Gadgets June 30, 2010 posted by

Travelrest Pillow – behold, the ultimate sleep sausage

The Travelrest Pillow is a long sausage shaped blow up pillow which apparently gives better support when travelling than conventional neck and shoulder pillows. The thing attaches itself to the seat and/or seat belt, and can even be used without a seat. Hmm….. £14.95. With its patented ergonomic shape, the TravelRest pillow attaches to any seat back, nestling against the head and neck to provide support and comfort in flight or on the road. Even without a seat back, TravelRest’s versatile design…

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TouchPad Pal – freeware stops the laptop trackpad error blues

The other day I found myself using my laptop without an external keyboard for the first time in a long while, and the thing that quickly came to light was how often my hand/fingers brushed against the darn trackpad and sent the cursor off on a skitter or highlighted text or did stuff I didn’t want. Very Annoying! So I popped off and downloaded the most excellent TouchPad Pal freeware, which automatically switches the trackpad off while you’re typing. Bliss!…

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Awesome June 30, 2010 posted by

History Pin – the new Google Maps time machine

HistoryPin is an awesome new Google Maps mashup site which lets people overlay historical photos over the top of current day Google maps. The result is an absolutely fascinating view of the past and present day combined, along with comments, anecdotes and associated information from public contributors. The site is actually done in partnership with Google, so the results are fabulous, with a great interface and awesome features like a moveable timeline. If you’ve got any old vintage photos lying…

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Nibbo – search your way

Nibbo is a cute new meta search engine based around Google tech. Yeah I know, but wait…it’s actually rather good. The whole idea is to add a package of useful information around a standard Google search to make it easy to find extra stuff relating to your results. The clever bit is the intelligent use of pop up hover boxes and Ajaxy type inline preview pages which mean you can preview additional info such as Wikipedia links, images, Twitter posts etc…

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Gadgets June 30, 2010 posted by

Hurricane may hit the Gulf Oil Spill – Forget Kevin Costner, Michael Bay was right

Various news outlets are reporting that Tropical Storm Alex may soon strike the oil-primed Gulf of Mexico. This will have the double-barrel effect of halting the containment effort and disproving the adage of pouring oil onto troubled waters. In spite of all of this we can at least take a little solace from the fact that Michael Bay predicted this would happen weeks ago. Just don’t let him use a nuke to put out the fireball, even if it just…

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Hurricane may hit the Gulf Oil Spill – Forget Kevin Costner, Michael Bay was right
Gadgets June 30, 2010 posted by

Phecda P7 – Shanzhai tablets move up to Android 2.1

If you’ve been completely underwhelmed by the slew of cheap, Android 1.6 tablets from Shenzhen over the last couple of months then here’s a bit of news. The Phecda P7 is a 7″ Android tablet running Android 2.1. It’s sporting an 800 x 480 multi-touch screen, ARM11 processor running at 650MHz, 256MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and an SD card slot. The battery is an underwhelming 1300mAh that will give you about 4 hours of use. Other tidbits include…

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Phecda P7 – Shanzhai tablets move up to Android 2.1
Gadgets June 29, 2010 posted by

Pivot Power – the wendy bendy power socket

This Pivot Power bendy power socket houses 6 sockets and flexes to fit around furniture, pets and other intractable obstructions. It also features a surge protection circuit to protect your devices from current spikes and is set to cost $23.00 when it hits our shopping baskets.   The thing has been crowdsource created by quirky.com, which we’ve talked about before, and I’ve got to say that judging by the video, it actually does seem to fit a real need in terms of easy…

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Gadgets June 29, 2010 posted by

Undercover Mini Sleeve – the security blanket for your gadgets

The Undercover Mini Sleeve is designed to hide your precious gadgets in a tatty looking envelope sleeve which looks valueless. In fact the case is nicely lined, made of touch padded plastic stuff and features discreet velcro straps. It’s a sad indictment on our society that we have to do this kind of stuff to avoid being ripped off in the street, but what do you do, eh? Around $16.00.  The Mini Undercover Sleeve is designed to safely and subtley…

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cool tech June 29, 2010 posted by

Cradlepoint CTR350 Travel Router – set up your own private secure 3G network

This Cradlepoint CTR350 Travel Router is a rather cool way to carry your network around with you, no matter where you roam. Just plug in a standard USB 3G modem, and bingo you’ve got enough horsepower to connect up to 16 WiFi devices to the one SIM card. Clever stuff. Features a nice ‘failover’ feature too, which will automatically switch users from a wired to wireless network in the event of failure. $99.99.  The CTR350 Mobile Broadband Travel Router is a full-featured wireless 802.11b/g…

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Gadgets June 29, 2010 posted by

Evaporative Cooling Cap – keep your head cool and your body popping

The Evaporating Cooling Cap keeps your head cool by…um…evaporating water. Amazing eh? What every kid and his sister knows about soaking your cap in water before you trot out into the desert has now been codified into an actual official product. Wow. $24.95.  The patented fibers in this cap use evaporation to draw heat away in warm weather, keeping your head up to 30º cooler than outside air temperature. The hat is charged by running it under cool water, then…

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Eco Friendly June 29, 2010 posted by

Electrolux Vac From the Sea Project announced – big brand makes the right noises

The giant Electrolux company has just announced a project to harvest some plastic from those nasty horrible oceanic garbage patches in order to recycle the material into vacuum cleaners. The Vac From the Sea initiative aims to highlight the need to recycle more of our junk, and while it will only produce a few limited edition cleaners, at least it’s a start in dealing with this massive and ugly problem. Now why aren’t more people taking any notice of this and doing something long…

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Speed Dial – Firefox plugin lets you create your own Chrome style uber tab

Speed Dial is a free Firefox plugin which lets you create a super tab, full of thumbnails for your favourite web destinations. Think Google Chrome’s start page. It’s uber easy to set up, and the software comes with a bunch of config options so you can set it up exactly the way you want. If you’re a real web junkie, you’ll jump at the chance to clutter fill your browser up with more sites and more information and more diversions, so…

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