Monthly Archives: September 2010

Bookmark This! September 29, 2010 posted by

ThoughtAudio – free classic audio books for download

ThoughtAudio is a delightfully cultivated online collection of classic audio books available for free download. The catalogue is nicely laid out, complete with author biographies and cover art, and you can download a PDF transcript for free too. Available in segments for free, or as one download if you join their club for $10 a year. Bargain. [Via]  Our journey has always been one of making classic literature available to anyone willing to listen, and now in this next phase,…

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hardware September 29, 2010 posted by

Aspex Electron Microscope – send in your samples for electron scanning

The good folk at Aspex, purveyors of fine desktop electron microscopes, invite you to send in any item for electron scanning…free of charge. Sure it’s a clever marketing ploy, but fun eh? Not quite sure how they got the cat through the post (or indeed under the scanner), but we’ll leave that for PETA to work out.  Do you have a sample you’d like to send us to have scanned by one of our Scanning Electron Microscopes or our Tabletop…

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Gadgets September 28, 2010 posted by

Fansee Digital Temperature Fan – see how cool you are

This Fansee Digital Temperature Fan is a genuinely cool (arf!) bit of kit. Not only does it do that ‘blow cool air over me, dude’ thing, but it also beams the current air temp to you at the same time, using one of those persistence of vision LED gizmos. It’s a combination made in heaven, and so very clever. $29.99.  Chill out in front of your brand new oscillating Fansee Digital Temperature Fan. Using LED lighting technology, the Fansee displays the…

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Gadgets September 28, 2010 posted by

Violight Smartphone Sanitizer – keeping your mobile data fresh as a daisy

It had to happen right? This Violight Smartphone Sanitizer is designed to eliminate with extreme prejudice those nasty germs that hang out on your cell phone, generally making a nuisance of themselves. Somehow I have the feeling that our increasing obsession in ridding the world of bugs and germs is going to get us into some serious trouble one day, once the germs get fed up enough to retaliate. But we digress. $49.95.  The UV light reaches into keypad crevices and…

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Gadgets September 28, 2010 posted by

Contigo Sport Bottle Safe – the rehydratin’ safety locker

This Contigo Sports Bottle Safe solves the problem of skimpy running shorts with no pockets, rehydration and car keys. Instead of leaving your valuables in the locker room, take them with you in this handy water bottle. The key and money compartment holds your important bits, the water stops you from dying and the spout can take ice cubes. Marvellous. £14.23.  Ever wondered where professional athletes keep their keys and their bus pass while they’re on the track? Well, probably…

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Gadgets September 28, 2010 posted by

RC Dancing Truck – break dancing remote controllers

These RC Dancing Trucks are a bit weird. Apparently they come with their own internal soundtrack –  Rock, Latin and Hip-Hop – and you can make them ‘dance’ to the music. Flips, spins, wheelies and stuff. So, is that cool? $29.95.  Spins, bounces, blinks—and rocks! Rock out with our Dancing Truck, the RC truck with its own built-in soundtrack. It performs amazing 90-degree flips and 360-degree turns, spins and wheelies! Twin headlights and colorful, flashing LEDs add to the fun. Includes…

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Bookmark This! September 28, 2010 posted by

CleanHaven – the ultimate text cleanup freeware

CleanHaven is the ultimate text cleanup freeware program. Most programs of this type will cope with one or two functions, like stripping out leading characters or reformatting badly laid out text, but this puppy does it all…and then some. Not only will it handle conversion of columns and tabular data, but also convert standard ASCII email addresses to web URLs, add salutations to names (e.g. add the Mr and Mrs to John and Sarah Ferguson) sort numbers and much more….

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cool tech September 28, 2010 posted by

Panasonic Hair Washing Robot – wash and rinse gets the C-3P0 treatment

Presenting the Panasonic Hair Washing Robot. Yes, one day you too could lie back and have your hair lovingly washed and rinsed by a portable metal machine with 16 ‘fingers’ which scan the head and apply ‘just the right amount of pressure‘ as they tease your scalp. Not only will it give you a luxurious head massage and wash, but it can remember your head for future visits and go straight to work. To be honest, we’ll be impressed when…

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Free Software September 28, 2010 posted by

Date Check – sleazy app finds out if they’re good to go…or not

Date Check has got to be one of the sleaziest mobile applications on the planet. Install the free program and you effectively get a full personal background check application on your Android, Blackberry or iPhone handset, which you can use to check out their story, where they live, how much money they have etc. You’ll have to pay $14.95 per investigation, so it could get pretty expensive if you’re playing the field, but just think, you can find out whether…

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Gadgets September 27, 2010 posted by

Personal Towel Warmer – toasty toes, warm heart

The Personal Towel Warmer. I’ve got one of these. It’s called a cat. $79.95.  This is the warming bin that heats up to three bath towels in five minutes for spa-like comfort at home. It gently heats towels to a soothing 135º F and maintains the temperature for up to 20 minutes to ensure a warm towel will be waiting after a shower. The towel warmer requires as little floor space as a small garbage can, it begins to heat…

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Gadgets September 27, 2010 posted by

SteriShoe Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer – taking the peew out of pedicare

The SteriShoe is an ultraviolet gizmo that you stick inside your shoe to kill all nasty ‘microorganisms‘. Apparently a human foot has 250,000 sweat glands, reaches 100 degrees in temp and can produce up to 8 ounces (or one cup) of sweat a day. Right, think we’ll stop there… $129.95 a pair. Oh and each treatment takes 45 minutes.    The SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer is the first product that safely and effectively sanitizes the inside of shoes by using germicidal ultraviolet…

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Gadgets September 27, 2010 posted by

ChouChou Electric Butterfly – the tiny robot that gives…

This ChouChou Electric Butterfly proves that robots don’t have to be big clanking striders to impress. This tiny thing looks real and behaves in an incredibly lifelike way, just tap the lid to watch it flutter around. The big bonus of course, is you don’t have to go out in a field to capture some poor hapless creature to get the same effect. You will however need 3 x AAA batts. $79.00.    Keeping a butterfly in a jar is…

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Gadgets September 27, 2010 posted by

Cell Phone Seat Belt Organizer – your phone…safe…

This Cell Phone Seat Belt Organizer comes with everything you need for comfortable one-handed access to your most precious commodity. We’re talking Velcro fastening, nice little pouch, and a safety strap for your phone so it doesn’t fall out if the air bag deploys for some reason. You just can’t love your phone enough, can you? $6.95.  “Going Places” seat belt cell phone organizer. It is black and has a padded seat belt pad with hands free cell phone pocket. Works by velcro. Very comfortable. Tags:…

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Bookmark This! September 27, 2010 posted by

Nat Geo Wallpaper Downloader – freeware lets you enjoy National Geographic images on your desktop

This Nat Geo Wallpaper Downloader freeware lets you grab those beautiful National Geographic images of nature, animals and just generally stunning photos and set them as wallpaper for your computer desktop with one click. The program automates the process for installing the pics as wallpaper, and also auto-sizes the downloads to fit your screen resolution. You’ve got a choice of 5000 images, which should be enough to start with. Here kitty…  Some of the most beautiful wallpapers have been placed…

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cool tech September 27, 2010 posted by

Solar Roadways – building roads that pay for themselves by generating electricity

You’ve got to admit that this Solar Roadways project is ambitious. The idea is to replace our conventional tarmac ribbon with a surface which doubles as a solar panel, thereby providing a number of benefits. Self lighting streets, heated surfaces for icy conditions, dynamic road signage and last but not least, generating surplus power for the national grid. The whole thing is crazy sci-fi, but with the price of oil going up up up, and the price of solar tech…

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