Monthly Archives: August 2010

Gadgets August 31, 2010 posted by

ColorWare Corporate – branding the things you love

ColorWare has discovered the power of custom corporate branding. The result is likely to be a rash of corporate logo consumer electronics hitting our eyeballs real soon, as companies look for more ways to persuade us to part with our savings. In fact, could we see a future where buyers were enticed to purchase branded products at a discount as part of a marketing plan? Sounds future-crazy eh? Meanwhile, for prices starting at around $100–$200 you can get your own…

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but is it art? August 31, 2010 posted by

Monkey Lights – the ultimate bike lights that get you noticed

Monkey Lights are a bolt-on LED lighting system which makes you glow. Brightly. We’re talking top of the tower flashing exuberance that makes bling gear look like Mary Poppins. A fully programmable 32 LED extravaganza that is also sure to get your bike stolen within a couple of minutes of it being parked up. Priced at $64.99 a set.    The MonkeyLectric light is a revolutionary bike light that keeps you visible. It features 32 of the brightest full color LEDs…

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Bookmark This! August 31, 2010 posted by

Country Codes – freeware offers impressively rich country data for all

Country Codes is one of those traditional type freeware database programs which provides everything you’ll need to know about esoteric country codes and data. Wanna know about a country’s ISO numbers, dialling codes, the TLD (domain), currency code and more? Just open this database up and it’s there. There’s even lat and long geographic info and the country IP codes to help you track down that webserver. Pretty cool resource.  In addition, it provides a handy link for each country that launches…

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Free Software August 31, 2010 posted by

Bossie Awards 2010 – best open source software of the year

Remember when Infoworld was an awesome tech mag, and not some advert spamming sleazefest of a website? Yeah shame. Anyway, they’ve just released their Bossies – the best Open Source software of the year awards, and they’re worth a look. So switch your ad blockers to max, and dive in. Oh and just to save you hunting around the site for the actual results, here’s the four important links. Best Open Source Applications. Best App Development Software. Best Platforms and…

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Eco Friendly August 31, 2010 posted by

Gumdrop Bins – Recycle that ol’ chewing gum

As odd as it sounds, Britain has launched a program to recycle chewing gum and “repurpose” it into tires, childrens toys and mobile phone covers. A government initiative, which runs from August 18th through September 15th will encourage people to toss their used chewing gum into Gumdrop Bins that are being placed at locations throughout twelve towns in the UK that are participating in the Keep Britain Tidy 2010 Chewing Gum campaign. Government statistics show that it costs approximately £150m…

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Gumdrop Bins – Recycle that ol’ chewing gum
Gadgets August 30, 2010 posted by

Dreamwalker 450 – Take your sleeping bag and run with it

If sleeping bags make you feel all hemmed in, then try this Dreamwalker 450. It’s a lightweight sleeping bag rated down to about 2C (35F). If nature calls, a bear drops by or you just feel like a stroll, unzip the lower half, stick out your feet (cos you sleep in your boots right?) and head out into the wild. It even has pockets. 269. The ultimate wearable sleeping bag. Elastic hood control on the back of this unique hood…

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Dreamwalker 450 – Take your sleeping bag and run with it
Gadgets August 30, 2010 posted by

MP3 Teddy Bear – probably the largest USB key in the world?

This MP3 Teddy Bear is big, fluffy and full of USB audio playing, squeezable controls goodness. Just like Mama used to make. Comes pre-loaded with 90 minutes of stories and sounds, and you can add up to 6 extra luscious hours of your own material to make it really work with the tots. Is there a cute tech tag anywhere? $49.95.  This is the plush teddy with a built-in MP3 player and internal speaker for playing soothing lullabies at naptime or a cheerful soundtrack during play….

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Gadgets August 30, 2010 posted by

Love Meter T-Shirt – world’s first viral t-shirt

This Love Meter T-Shirt comes with a sensitive proximity ‘heart‘ meter on the front. Get close to someone else wearing the same type of top and both of your meters will register the fullness of a true companionship. Oh golly, if only it was all this easy. Anyhoo grab your two today, and weird out your friends at the next party. $19.95 each.  Show your love to the world with our Love Meter T-Shirt! Fuel up your heart meter by moving closer…

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Bookmark This! August 30, 2010 posted by

Rhymesaurus Free Edition – free rhyming dictionary will make you a better songster

Rhymesaurus Free Edition is a freeware rhyming dictionary which’ll guarantee you a Top 10 hit on any chart you want. Yep, no worries. Just make sure your treasure trove, matches the open road, and you’ll be good to go for ever. Or something. There are Android and iPhone versions for $0.99 too.  Rhymesaurus Free Edition is a completely free rhyming dictionary program for Windows. Includes over 35,000 words. Type in any word to get a list of words that rhyme with…

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general August 30, 2010 posted by

Meetifyr – the instant meeting tool

Meetifyr is another in the long line of meeting maker services. Log on, set up the meeting parameters, and let your buddies squabble among themselves as to the best date. Think calendar on steroids. BUT..! The *big* difference with this puppy is the total, gorgeous simplicity. There’s no laborious sign up, no email notifications, just a simple single web page with a set of slots. You manually get your mates to visit the site and click the boxes where they’re…

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reprise August 29, 2010 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Red Ferret posts from the past week for those who missed them. Enjoy. Legacy 7 Standard Edition – freeware lets you map your family on a Web based genealogical tree – Legacy 7 Standard Edition is a… Imako Cosmetic Teeth – another way of hiding dodgy molars on a budget – Whoa, so no sooner did we mention… Super Conversion Button – create a beautiful conversion button – Super Conversion Button is a cool… Matrix…

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Gadgets August 28, 2010 posted by

Portable Guitar Pickup – convert your barn baby into a Zeppelin crusher

This Portable Guitar Pickup is a simple bolt-on electric pickup which converts any standard acoustic guitar into an electric version. This stuff has been around since the invention of sound of course, but the price makes it interesting. Just $17.00 a set. Unfortunately there’s no way of knowing just how good or bad it sounds from the blurb, so pot luck there.  Portable Pickup for kinds of Guitar! Capture the Mechanical Vibrations and Convert it to an Electrical Signal for the…

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cool tech August 28, 2010 posted by

Slim Accent Solar Lights – Simple all-weather lights will brighten you night

For those not-too-hot evenings when you want to sit and enjoy your garden, Slim Accent Solar Lights are a simple elegant way to enhance the mood. Whether staked to the ground or attached to your garden steps or bordering fence, a 4-pack of these will definitely brighten the view. Designed with safety in mind and state-of-the-art solar panels, just two hours of direct sunshine or a few more of indirect sun will light the area all night. And the weather…

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Slim Accent Solar Lights – Simple all-weather lights will brighten you night
Gadgets August 27, 2010 posted by

USB Super 16 Hub – for add-on Ninjas

This USB Super 16 Hub is a hub for extreme users. That is, users for whom 4 or 5 add-on peripherals are nancy. These people need things, lots of things, hanging off their machine. Not only that, but you can have two computers accessing the same box. Power User Heaven. $159.99.  With the 16 Port USB Hub, you don’t have to make that decision. Plug in your phone, iPod, flash drive, external HD, digicam, SnowBot, fiber optic Christmas tree, plasma…

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Bookmark This! August 27, 2010 posted by

DC-Unlocker – unlock your 3G data modem quickly and easily

DC-Unlocker is a software and service combo which lets you unlock your 3G modem/dongle instantly so you can use it with any service provider SIM card. It supports all the major modems and also gives you the ability to upgrade the firmware and dashboard software of your dongle too.   The process is really easy to go through, just download the software, pay for some credits, detect or select the type of dongle, press unlock and bingo, you’re done. Quick,…

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