Monthly Archives: January 2011

cool tech January 28, 2011 posted by

Edison Alarm Clock wasn’t actually made by Edison himself

Everything seems to be made out of cheap plastic and loses it’s “shiny newness” after two days of purchasing it. What’s the way to deal with this problem? Buy something that looks old so dust will compliment it. The Edison Alarm Clock was inspired by Thomas A Edison and keeps time with controlled electrical current. Though it would be completely new upon purchase, it looks like it should be an antique with meter readers, and halved old light bulbs. In…

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Edison Alarm Clock wasn’t actually made by Edison himself
Gadgets January 28, 2011 posted by

Clapperboard Digital Clock – lights, digits, action…

This Clapperboard Digital Clock is perfect for the budding Bertolucci in your family. Actually it’s perfect for any pretentious wannabe in your family, and in fact the only better you could get them is probably one of those fake Hollywood chairs made of canvas with Direktor written on the back. But we digress. There’s nothing particularly spectacular about this beastie, but it’s fun and at $35.18 won’t break the bank.  Looking and acting exactly like a director digital clapperboard, this…

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Bookmark This! January 28, 2011 posted by

Psykopaint – free online photo conversion service for budding artists

Psykopaint is a free to use online application which lets you artistically tweak and convert your digital photographs into works of art. Of course it kind of helps if you’re half an artist to begin with, because if you’re not, the result is likely to be a big brown splodge, trust us we’ve been there. The app comes with a bunch of brushes, presets and tools like zoom, but in the end it’s your creativity that’s going to make this…

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Bookmark This! January 28, 2011 posted by

Media Event Organizer – freeware splits your photos into event dates automatically

Media Event Organizer is a cool freeware program which segments large folders of your photos into date specific ‘events’. So far so normal. Where the program differs from conventional date splitting alternatives is in the interface, which has some nice touches, and in the fact that you get much more fine grained control over the eventual sorting process. The program actually works in a two stage process. It first segments the images into different user customisable date patterns, and then,…

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Gadgets January 27, 2011 posted by

flipSYNC cable looks like a fob, charges your phone

How many times have you needed to charge your phone, only to find that you have no cable to use? It’s happened enough that I have spare cables in my car, laptop bag, and anywhere else I can stash one. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to carry one with you at all times? That’s the idea behind Scosche’s flipSYNC II cable. At first glance, the cable doesn’t look like a cable at all. Rather, you might…

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flipSYNC cable looks like a fob, charges your phone
hmm..interesting January 27, 2011 posted by

AT&T offers free 3G Microcells to customers with poor home reception

If you’re an AT&T customer, you might be considering switching over to Verizon, after hearing about the iPhone being available on the other carrier. If your main reason for wanting to switch is poor reception at home, you might be in luck. It seems that AT&T is offering up free MicroCell 3G devices to customers who are particularly upset with their reception, likely to keep them from switching networks. They’ve started sending out letters via snail-mail to customers who have…

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AT&T offers free 3G Microcells to customers with poor home reception
Gadgets January 27, 2011 posted by

Defender backpack also works as a tablet holder

If you can’t be troubled to use two hands while working on your iPad, then usually you’ll set it down on your desk or something. But what about those times where you’re on the go? Obviously you can’t just tote around a desk with you while you’re riding the bus, can you? With that in mind, the people at Assero designed this Defender backpack. This backpack is unique in that it can be worn on either the back or the…

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Defender backpack also works as a tablet holder
Gadgets January 27, 2011 posted by

Kindle Singles – Quick reads for busy lives

Sometimes taking on a full book while in the midst of our busy schedule is a bit much. We get overwhelmed and can only read a couple chapters at once before we run out of time. By the time we return to where we last left off, we forget what we read in the first place. Amazon is trying to help us get some cohesive reading done, and in adequate length. Called Kindle Singles, these are short stories that span…

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Kindle Singles – Quick reads for busy lives
general January 27, 2011 posted by

The Smallest Snow Shoes

Sometimes we like to go out into the great unknown. When this does happen; however frequent or fun, if the great unknown involves snow, we can be in a big heap of trouble in no time. Walking in snow is fine; walking on snow can be a little difficult at times. You could be fine and dandy, then suddenly stuck up to your hips. This has happened to me so many times I can’t count. Having snow shoes helps, but…

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The Smallest Snow Shoes
future tech January 27, 2011 posted by

Double USB concept can be plugged in either way

How many times have you tried to put a flash drive into your computer and put it in the wrong way? You always think, why can’t they just go in either way you put it in the port? Ma Yi Xuan latched onto that thought and made the perfect USB plug. You will never again try to jam your USB into anything the wrong way ever again. An internal spring flips the fixed contact for the transfer of data inside…

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Double USB concept can be plugged in either way
Bookmark This! January 26, 2011 posted by

LibreOffice – free open source MS Office alternative hits the streets running

LibreOffice, the spin-off open source program from the old Open Office project (now uneasily chaperoned by Oracle since their purchase of Sun), has launched already, a scant few months after springing into life. For those who don’t know, this free office suite is a complete replacement for the Microsoft Office product, with word-processing, presentation, spreadsheet, drawing et al. The new program will be instantly familiar to anyone used to Open Office, file compatibility with MS Office remains solid and overall it’s a…

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hmm..interesting January 26, 2011 posted by

Razer’s Ferox portable speakers are tiny, yet powerful

When you’re gaming, the quality of your audio can actually play a big part in the experience. Having a nice set of speakers is nice, but not always practical. When your main machine is a laptop, carrying around an extra pair of bulky speakers generally isn’t an option, so most people opt to either continue using their built-in speakers or bring headphones. The people at Razer have a new offering that might just change the way you think about portable…

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Razer’s Ferox portable speakers are tiny, yet powerful
Free Software January 26, 2011 posted by

Google Cloud Print lets your print from your phone, anywhere

These days it seems like our phones can do practically everything. If you’re like me, you depend on one for practically everything. Of course, it can be frustrating when you do run into one of those annoying limitations. For instance, lets say that you’ve just received an email on your phone with a very important document attached. This document needs to be printed out and you’re at the office, but not at your desk. In most cases, you’re going to…

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Google Cloud Print lets your print from your phone, anywhere
Fun & Games January 26, 2011 posted by

Emoticon Keyboard makes IM conversations even easier

When typing a message to another person, sometimes the most frustrating thing is for someone to misinterpret something you say. Sure we know of the smiley and frowny face, but what about all the other ones we just can’t seem to remember? The good people at Lavatelli want to make sure that you have an expression fit for any occasion, which is why they made an Emoticon Keyboard. That’s right, void of any purpose other than to type in one…

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Emoticon Keyboard makes IM conversations even easier
Fun & Games January 26, 2011 posted by

Turn your iPhone/iPod into a blaster gun toy

There are so many awesome apps out there we scarcely know which ones to pick. The biggest problem if you want to play a game is that you only have a tiny screen to play on, and fingers that get in the way. A UK toy company came up with an ingenious way to play an alien shooter game that is a bit reminiscent of the many Wiimote attachments. Apptoys are a new range of accessories for the iPhone and…

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Turn your iPhone/iPod into a blaster gun toy