Monthly Archives: February 2011

Gadgets February 25, 2011 posted by

Stretch Earzee Bluetooth Wristband – talk to the wrist ‘cos the ears ain’t glistening…

The improbably named Stretch Earzee Bluetooth Wristband sounds like a perfect way to stay safe while using your mobile phone. Just strap it to your wrist, pair it to your handset, and when a call comes in activate the mic by pulling it over your finger and talk into it to take the call. No more radiation beamed into the lug-holes. Um…look, if the idea of talking into your hand like a crazed Inspector Gadget doesn’t appeal, then this might not be the perfect gadget…

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Bookmark This! February 25, 2011 posted by

Remove Empty Directories – freeware auto deletes your empty folders

We’ve all got them right? Empty folders/directories lying around on the disk, cluttering up our file explorers and generally making the place look untidy? Well now you can fire up the Remove Empty Directories freeware program and set it to find and delete those errant folders automatically. No more boring manual hunts for orphans (of the digital kind). Everyone who installs and removes software regularly should have this puppy in their toolbox. You know it makes sense, time poor peeps….

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Free Android App Maker – create your own mobile phone or tablet app instantly

This Free Android App Maker is just that. An online service which will let you design and create various types of Android mobile applications, from games to radio stations. The process is all done via an easy to navigate wizard, and once you’re happy with the result, you can submit the app for authorisation to the Android market. Now this is all very well and good, but we’re thinking there might be a flood of apps hitting that market which…

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Gadgets February 25, 2011 posted by

Edifier Sound To Go

With laptops being small as they are, a good speaker is hard to come by unless youíre willing to drop some serious cash just for good sound quality. Even if you want better sound from a sub par laptop, you have to go out and purchase some big bulky speakers to make up for the fact youíd blow out the ones in you laptop if you tried to crank them up. What you need is a nice sound bar that…

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Edifier Sound To Go
Eco Friendly February 25, 2011 posted by

RainPerfect eco-friendly watering system

There are times when having plants can be a hassle because it doesnít rain enough. One drought can force you to make the decision between letting your plants die or driving up your water bill to nauseating heights. Thereís always the option of rain barrels, but you still have to manually water the flowers, and if youíre got a full schedule, you might not have the time to. Thatís why the RainPerfect is an optimal choice with its self-contained eco-friendly…

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RainPerfect eco-friendly watering system
cool tech February 24, 2011 posted by

DOTKLOK kit lets you customize your timepiece

Clocks are interesting pieces of technology. They have been around in one form or another for centuries, and their primary function has changed very little. However, everything else about them is very different. From the parts used, the extra features to even the way they are read, they are nothing like their much older brethren. Want to play your own part in the evolution of the timepiece? You can, in a small way with this Arduino-based DOTKLOK. This clock was…

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DOTKLOK kit lets you customize your timepiece
Awesome February 24, 2011 posted by

Libraries are collaborating to let you borrow eBooks, just like real ones

I’m a big fan of eBooks. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having a collection of physical books, but there’s something about carrying around dozens of books in my tablet, and the ability to pull one up and read it anywhere that gets me excited. Since buying my tablet, I’ve probably increased the amount of reading I do by threefold. The best part is that there are thousands of free books available out there for download. With so many free…

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Libraries are collaborating to let you borrow eBooks, just like real ones
Gadgets February 24, 2011 posted by

Telephone Consultation Recorder – capture those important conversations as they happen

This Telephone Consultation Recorder is a fascinating example of a niche focused technology which is designed to make it easy to do something which non-geeks find difficult. The thing is just a telephone recorder, but with an easy to understand user interface which resembles a standard tape recorder or dictaphone. Connect it up to your landline phone and when you need to record those all important legal or medical instructions just hit the red Record button. The unit saves the…

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Eco Friendly February 24, 2011 posted by

Save birds with these UV reflective decals

Birds can be beautiful creatures, which is why it’s never good to hear a thump against your sliding glass door. That sound generally means that one of our feathered friends has struck the glass, thinking it was safe to fly through. So how does one stop this from happening? There are a number of methods, one simple and cheap way is by using these Window Alert UV decals on your windows. The idea behind these is that the birds will…

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Save birds with these UV reflective decals
Bookmark This! February 24, 2011 posted by

CookieSwap – free Firefox extension makes it easy to manage multiple online email accounts

CoolieSwap is a very cool free Firefox extension which makes it super simple to switch between email accounts on providers like Gmail, Yahoo! and the like. It works by swapping out cookies (duh!) when you click on a different profile. Why is it useful? Because it saves you having to laboriously log out and log in again to access a different account in your webmail service. This can save a load of time if you do a lot of hopping around among…

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cool tech February 24, 2011 posted by

Automower 305

We are still on the last bit of winter, but soon will come the time to keep up with your yard. Though we donít mind the exercise, (or sometimes we do) mowing the yard can be quite the task if itís insanely hot outside. Husqvarna is known for their lawn and garden care product, but their newest offer makes the future of robots doing all out work a reality. Iíve seen robots that sweep floors, and clean windows, but now…

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Automower 305
diy February 24, 2011 posted by

Make a hidden switch bust just like Batman has

If anyone remembers the old live action Batman, one of the coolest things that he had in his house was his Shakespeare bust. The main reason this thing was awesome was that it had the secret button hidden under the head to open the door to the Batcave. Though we canít all have a Batcave, we do now have access to a tutorial on how to make a remote control light switch hidden in the bust of a statue. This…

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Make a hidden switch bust just like Batman has
Bookmark This! February 24, 2011 posted by

HelloFax – cool online fax machine

Yeah it’s crazy, but some people out there still do fax, which is why this new online HelloFax service is so interesting.  Everything works in the browser, you can add signatures and even –  super clever this –  fill out forms/documents live in the browser. No need to print and scan, just do it all online in the browser add the recipient phone number and hit send. If you want to send the document to an email address, just insert that in the…

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Eco Friendly February 24, 2011 posted by

Plastic Bottle LED Light puts those old bottles to use

Weíve all seen the commercials on TV about how plastic bottles are starting to overflow our landfills. The people at MiniWiz have created a useful little solar Bulb Lamp that will utilize your old plastic bottles. Take any plastic bottle you own and attach the fixture to the mouthpiece and you will have up to 6 hours of illumination. As this is a solar panel, it needs to be in the sun to charge up, and is best used for…

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Plastic Bottle LED Light puts those old bottles to use
Awesome February 23, 2011 posted by

Apple is looking to release 24-bit music tracks

Here’s something to make the audiophiles out there scream with delight. When you buy a CD or an mp3 from a music store, the audio recording is compressed. This is done to conserve space, as without compression, you can end up with rather large files. Yes, you can rip a CD in a ďlosslessĒ format, but it is still only going to sound at best, as good as the CD. So what kind of compression happens? Specifically, studio recordings are…

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Apple is looking to release 24-bit music tracks