Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cool Web Apps & Sites October 28, 2010 posted by

100 Greatest YouTube Hits in 4 Minutes

Don’t usually cover this stuff, but I thought for history’s sake, I would include this 100 Greatest YouTube Hits in 4 Minutes video for y’all, so that future generations of anthropologists could quickly grab a snapshot of our vapid Internet culture circa 2010. It makes for LOLS viewing, peeps. Really.   PS I’m so glad Matt made the cut. Tags: 100+greatest+youtube+hits+in+4+minutes, youtube, video

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Bookmark This! October 28, 2010 posted by

Piknik – the ultimate full screen color picker

Piknik is a full screen color picker. These words don’t describe just how scary this site is, as your mouse drifts across an instantly changing and kaleidoscopic riot of colour and hex/rgb codes. It’s got to be one of the most in your face services of its type around, but hey, it works. Kinda. Click anywhere to lock a colour. Tags: piknik, color+picker, web+design

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Bizarre October 28, 2010 posted by

A tale of two platforms

Exhibit One: Android Market reaches 100,000 applications. Exhibit Two: The Future of the Symbian Platform. In one instance we see a relentless process of growth, in the other a growing catalog of confusion, delay, change and uncertainty. Case rests. Tags: a+tale+of+two+platforms, android, symbian

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Gadgets October 27, 2010 posted by

Perfect Portions Nutrition Scale – you are what you geek

This Perfect Portions Nutrition Scale measures, calculates, dissects, contemplates, tracks, converts and reports on the contents of your diet in loving detail. The database contains over 2000 foodstuffs (including pizza) and you can add up to 99 more special foods that only you know about. Or something. $49.95 just could save your life.  It’s a scale and nutritional calculator in one. It is the most intuitive, easy-to-read nutritional scale on the market because it integrates the familiar nutrition label. With…

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diy October 27, 2010 posted by

OWC DIY Laptop Upgrade Kit – remove, recycle, recline…

This OWC DIY Laptop Upgrade Kit includes just about everything you’ll ever need to upgrade your computer to higher capacity loveliness. The 1.0 TB version comes with a Western Dig drive, a Firewire 800 external USB enclosure for your old hard disk, some Jolly Useful Screwdrivers(tm) and a bunch of backup/clone software to make all that data transfer stuff easy peasy. All for a mere (!) $199.99.  Everything you need to increase your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini storage…

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Gadgets October 27, 2010 posted by

Head Spa Medi-Point Massager – cyborg tech is now real

This Head Spa Medi-Point Massager wouldn’t look amiss on top of a DC Comics super villain, so goodness knows why anyone’s going to want to plonk it on their own head. But apparently they do, probably because of its pulsating massage pads and ‘industry leading technology’. Me, I’ll stick with the aluminium foil and a couple of forks. $49.95.  It’s like thousands of tiny fingers simultaneously massaging your scalp. Simply place our Brain Spa Head Massager on your head and feel…

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Gadgets October 27, 2010 posted by

Mini Keychain GPS Tracker – GSM enabled tracker keeps tabs on whatever you need

This Mini Keychain GPS Tracker contains a quadband GSM SIM card slot which means you can ping the unit with an SMS message from any mobile phone and receive a location report. Useful for tracking down the kids or employees. The thing stays powered up for 140 hours, and you can do clever things like set up a ‘virtual perimeter’ beyond which an alarm will sound. Priced at $98.98.  This miniature GPS tracker is very compact and easy to carry….

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Free Software October 27, 2010 posted by

CPU-Z – freeware lets you check every molecule of your computer

Every wondered whether your laptop actually was running at 2.8GHz? Or whether you did in fact have a meaty graphics processor inside your games machine? Well wonder no more. The CPU-Z freeware program will instantly strip down your computer to its bare metal components –  figuratively speaking of course –  and deliver an itemised view of everything that counts.  CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. Tags: freeware, cpu-z, system+information

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but is it art? October 27, 2010 posted by

The Commuter – short movie shot entirely on Nokia N8 mobile phones

The Commuter is a charming (!) little short movie commissioned by the Nokia marketing department and shot entirely using Nokia N8 mobile phones. We’re talking serious bucks here by the way, with Dev Patel, Charles Dance and even the ubiquitous Pamela Anderson in cameo.   It all looks very fine, and is a great example of the kind of quality we’ll be seeing on all mobile phones in a very short while, but it’s easy to forget that you can…

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Awesome October 27, 2010 posted by

MapCrunch – Chatroulette meets Google Street View

MapCrunch is a delightful little online app which marries the random voyeurism of Chatroulette with the cool travel vibe of Google Street View. Just click the Go button to be transported to a random location on this great big beautiful globe of ours. You know what? It’s incredibly addictive, in a ‘I really want to see the world‘ kind of way. Even better, you can set it up as an automatic full screen slideshow and travel the world from the comfort of…

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Gadgets October 26, 2010 posted by

Coleman LED Quad Lantern – one lantern, four flashlights

Clever idea this Coleman LED Quad Lantern thing. The unit comes in one large form factor which can be split into four separate light sources in extremis. The whole lantern runs for 75 hours or each smaller panel can run for 1.5 hours away from the base. It’s a neat solution if you’re in a powercut and need to light up separate rooms, or different tents in a campsite. $60.52, but runs on those very heavy D cell batteries.  The Quad Lantern’s…

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Gadgets October 26, 2010 posted by

HD Helmet Hero – 1080P action cam meets extreme needs

This is the HD Helmet Hero, a 1080P high definition action cam with a helmet mount and all the trimmings. Use it to scare pigeons, stalk rabbits, annoy clergymen and generally act off the macho in your blood. Takes SD cards and will store up to 2.5 hours of footage per charge, which should be enough for most weddings. $299.99.  Included are mounts for attaching the camera to three helmets and two pieces of gear or vehicles, as well as…

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Gadgets October 26, 2010 posted by

Retro Digital Cake Mould – perfect gift for the nostalgic geek in your life

This Retro Digital Cake Mould is probably the perfect gift for the geek in your life. No wait, what we mean is it’s probably perfect for the geek cook in your life. No wait… £10.00.  Clever, microwaveable cake moulds, shaped to make up the component parts of retro digital figures. So you can make a cake shaped like any number, for any birthday. And we won’t tell anyone if you lick the spoon … Tags: gadget, retro+digital+cake+mould, kitchen, retro

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Bookmark This! October 26, 2010 posted by

Car Key Camcorder – perfect for those tricky roadside encounters with law enforcers?

This Car Key Camcorder looks like any other key, but contains a VGA resolution video and stills camcorder with audio capture. The battery lasts for 1 hour and it supports microSD cards up to 16GB (around 5 hours footage). Very clever, very expensive, but ultra useful on the right keychain at the right time. £346.63.  This item is so clever that it will vibrate to indicate that it is shooting pictures, once for stills and twice for video. It can…

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Bookmark This! October 26, 2010 posted by

Tapin Radio – cool freeware delivers 400 free radio stations and recording

Tapin Radio is a superb Internet radio freeware program, which is super simple to use, and comes with a database of some 400 stations across the world in a huge variety of genres. What makes this program stand out is the ability to easily record any station into a variety of formats including MP3, WMA and OGG, and the fact that it’s just about the easiest Net radio player/recorder we’ve come across. Download it!  Another fine radio player has come to town –…

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