Monthly Archives: August 2010

Gadgets August 25, 2010 posted by

Imako Cosmetic Teeth – another way of hiding dodgy molars on a budget

Whoa, so no sooner did we mention Snap-on Smile, than we get a comment tip (thanks Nat) to look at Imako Cosmetic Teeth. Similar concept, a fraction of the price. In fact, at $49.95 a go, these things are almost disposable. We love this Internets, we does.  Imako Cosmetic Teeth ($49.95) is a removable cosmetic product which covers your upper teeth and hides all kinds of dental problems. No dental appointment necessary. For anyone with unattractive upper teeth, you now have…

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Bookmark This! August 25, 2010 posted by

Super Conversion Button – create a beautiful conversion button

Super Conversion Button is a cool little online app which lets you specify a few variations and then download a conversion button for your web app or service. You know, like Buy it Now! or something. It’s simple, fast and free. I’d prefer it if they weren’t harvesting email addresses quite so obviously, but hey…the price is compelling.  What is a call-to-action button? A call-to-action is one of the most important parts of any web page, displaying the primary action…

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Awesome August 25, 2010 posted by

Matrix Key System – Brilliant new lock makes lost keys less problematic

If you’ve ever had to change a lock, you know what a hassle it can be. Now the Matrix Key System means you’ll never have to call a locksmith again. Designed by Australian locksmith Stuart Webb, this amazing system disables any lost or stolen keys and can be adapted to any type of lock, including doors, garages and padlocks. It also eliminates the ability to “bump” or jimmy your lock, giving you added security. The bottom line is that to…

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Matrix Key System – Brilliant new lock makes lost keys less problematic
Gadgets August 24, 2010 posted by

The Smoking Gun – deliver more Mr Smoky to your life

The Smoking Gun portable smoker lets you add smoky-ness to foodstuffs, drinks and even cat fur if that’s your thang. Just stick the smell filled material in the chamber, light it up and push the smoke tube into the target. Watch the video for detailed instructions. Mmm…yummy. $79.99.    The Smoking Gun allows you to quickly and easily finish products with natural cool smoke, without adding heat. Create classic flavors, using woods such as hickory and applewood, or expand your…

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Gadgets August 24, 2010 posted by

Magic Screen For Mobile – keep your smartphone data away from prying eyes

Magic Screen For Mobile is a plastic stick-on privacy filter, which stops people reading what you’re doing as you work on your smartphone. From where we’re sitting we figure you’d have to get *real* close to someone to read the inter-office memo on their iBlackPhoneDroid screen, but what do we know? Available in a variety of colours and priced at £14.99/€16.49.   Prevents Peekers : the polarized function makes the screen look clear when looked at directly, but invisible when seen…

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Gadgets August 24, 2010 posted by

HelloPhone – baby’s first smartphone

They’re selling this HelloPhone as something which will keep your tyke away from your own cell phone, but we all know that’s tosh, right? Nothing beats grabbing daddy’s handset and dunking it in the soapsuds. Anyhoo, this puppy accepts parental audio recording (“leave my Blackberry ALONE, y’hear?”) and comes in cutesy colours. $17.99.  This flip phone allows you to record voices, playback messages, and hear songs and sounds. Parents or other loved ones can record their voices so baby can hear…

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Bookmark This! August 24, 2010 posted by

Notepad X – awesome little freeware text editor with tabs and plugins

Notepad X is a super cool Windows freeware text editor which supports tabs and plugins. You can modify shortcut keys, apply specialised toolbars, implement syntax highlighting for easy code editing and even import custom icons. Released under the GPL open source license. Nice.   * Better management of the documents, settings and the whole application. * Option to create custom plug-ins to expand the application features. * Option to modify all the available shortcut keys. * Custom translations & tool…

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Awesome August 24, 2010 posted by

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Pros

This list of 100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Pros is fabulous. For one thing it covers just about every important topic you can think of, but also and crucially, it includes a superb DIY section which lets you cheat to get the best out of your digital camera without having to spend humungous amounts of $$$. I’m definitely going to schedule a session with the Histogram tutorials when I get a moment. A must bookmark.  Photography as both a…

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but is it art? August 24, 2010 posted by

Sad Steve Music – send in the clowns

The Sad Steve music site is a super minimalist ‘music distribution’ site which combines a conventional MP3 track search engine (aka clown suit) with a new artist roster and…gasp…payments to the bands. The idea is laudable. Take new artists, bundle them with music search, ask visitors to donate to struggling artists, hand over all the cash to said artists. Everyone wins. I particularly like the Sad Steve Percolator, which is a bunch of 20 tracks playlisted for instant streaming and…

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Eco Friendly August 24, 2010 posted by

Tango vs Tesla – electric car shootout

We first stumbled on the Tango way back in 2002, struck as we were by the fact that it’s probably one of the world’s ugliest electric cars. The Tesla Roadster, however, is one of the most elegant and desirable electric vehicle on the road. So what happens when one meets the other in a timed race?   Tags: tango+vs+tesla, electric+car

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Awesome August 24, 2010 posted by

Mobile ASL – Sign-language on you mobile phone

Cell phones and PDA’s put “reaching out” at our fingertips. But the hearing impaired find it difficult to use these because of the low bandwidth of the US wireless phone network. Low bandwidth affects the quality of the video that’s produced. A team of engineers at the University of Washington are developing the Mobile ASL project – creating the first device to transmit American Sign Language (ASL) over U.S. cellular networks. The engineers are working to increase image quality around…

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Mobile ASL – Sign-language on you mobile phone
Gadgets August 23, 2010 posted by

Sanyo Xacti VPC-PD2BK Dual Camera – full HD cam offers high res stills and video on a budget

The new Sanyo Xacti VPC-PD2BK Dual Camera offers full HD stills and video recording in a pocket friendly package. The specs are impressive, with 10 megapixel stills, 3x optical zoom, SD card storage and stereo sound recording from a twin mic array. But at the end of the day, it’s just a glorified Flip camcorder right? Without the ease of use. Ah well…maybe the $169.99 price point will work in its favour?  The camera is the only one of its…

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Gadgets August 23, 2010 posted by

Otamatone – weird Pacman instrument sounds like a tone deaf cat fight

This Otamatone is supposed to be an ‘entertaining’ musical instrument from Japan, but judging from the videos it’s really nothing more than an excuse for people to produce tone-deaf music without the…ah…music bit. £24.99 buys you some wall banging from the upset neighbours.  To create a wah-wah-ish vibrato simply squeeze Otamatone’s rubbery head and watch in incredulity as its mouth opens and closes and the notes begin to quiver. The whole hatstand process is a bit like playing a windless…

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Gadgets August 23, 2010 posted by

Snap-On Smile – perfect teeth instantly, higher self esteem comes extra

These Snap-On Smile clip on teeth have been around for a few years, but we only just cottoned on. Instead of expensive dentistry, you simply buy yourself a set of fake resin teeth caps ready to pop into your mouth. When you’re done smiling for the camera you can take them out, just like contact lenses or dentures. Priced at around $1000 and up. We’re not saying this teeth obsession is bad, but it’s a little weird when it focuses…

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Free Software August 23, 2010 posted by

Downloads Fingerer – freeware to keep track of all your software downloads

Download Fingerer is a freeware program which helps you track your software downloads. It goes beyond the standard Windows download managers, by letting you add details of the site where you got the program, date, where it’s stored and a description. If you do a lot of freeware downloads, this is probably a cool tool to have. It’s manual (i.e. you need to put in the data yourself), but it could save you lots of searching later on if you need to…

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