Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bookmark This! March 28, 2012 posted by

Free Your Android is on a mission to unlock your smartphone for ever

We’ve become used to hearing that the Android operating system for smartphones and other devices is a free, open source product. But in fact, that’s not completely true. There are still bits and pieces on every Android phone that are not open and cost someone, somewhere money. Examples usually revolve around addons installed by the manufacturer (e.g. the Sense UI on HTC phones) or the service provider (e.g. all the Vodafone or T-Mobile branded apps).

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Bizarre March 28, 2012 posted by

Swiss Protection Socks are made of kevlar

Many of us like to lounge around in our socks. If we could, we would wear socks all day long. The only problem with that, is that socks are normally made out of a material that doesn’t take to kindly to pointy objects or jagged edges. If they were made of tougher stuff than cotton, then maybe they could hold up, but those don’t exist, do they?

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Swiss Protection Socks are made of kevlar
Gadgets March 28, 2012 posted by

MamaRoo Infant Seat mimics your movements

If you’ve ever had to deal with a baby for an extended period of time, you know just how exhausting it can be. They whine, fuss, and cry what feels like almost constantly, and only seem to be happy in your arms and bouncing on your hip. You can try to put them in a bouncy seat or swing, but most of the time, they can tell the difference.

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MamaRoo Infant Seat mimics your movements
Gadgets March 28, 2012 posted by

Weather Station Keychain makes sure you’re always prepared

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the weather channel is offering their best estimated guess of what the forecast will be like that day. It’s not anything concrete, so we often go to our phone to get the latest in weather reports. However, if your phone dies, or has no internet access, you could be walking into a rainstorm unprepared.

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Weather Station Keychain makes sure you’re always prepared
cool tech March 27, 2012 posted by

Medisana Thermodock turns your smartphone into the world’s most expensive thermometer

We’re really only just at the beginning of the smartphone revolution, mostly because we haven’t really grasped the implications of having a full blown and extremely powerful computer in our pocket that pretends to be a phone. Once the performance and application tools start to really mature, we’re going to see a real revolution –  and I don’t use that word lightly –  in smartphone functionality and value.

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Bookmark This! March 27, 2012 posted by

Wireless Network Watcher keeps an eye on your WiFi network connections [Daily Freeware]

It’s pretty easy for someone who’s determined to hack into your WiFi network nowadays, even if you think you’re safe with WPA encrypted password protection and all the rest. WEP security is all but useless, and yet people still rely on it to keep others from accessing their wireless LAN. The annoying thing is that anyone camping on your bandwidth costs you money, as well as using up your bandwidth allowance, which is a double whammy, let alone the security issues.

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Bookmark This! March 27, 2012 posted by

Twoppy lets you create your own mobile phone tour guide in a flash

There’s no doubt that smartphones are a perfect tourist tool, just think of the things you can use them for. You can use one to navigate around a strange town (as long as you’re happy paying the roaming data fees for your GPS app), take photos of interesting monuments, even check on currency rates while out shopping. Brilliant, and that’s just the obvious ones. One other very cool use is as a mobile brochure for activities you may enjoy.

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Gadgets March 27, 2012 posted by

Galileo Pan-and-Tilt lets you follow real-time action from afar

Whenever you try and talk to someone through FaceTime on your iOS device, it can be a little bit challenging to get everyone into the frame. Whether it’s a meeting, a birthday, or just chatting with a long distance friend, keeping everything perfectly in the view of the camera is a nightmare. You might miss something important or exciting just because your iPhone was tilted too far one way or another.

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Galileo Pan-and-Tilt lets you follow real-time action from afar
Gadgets March 27, 2012 posted by

Handpresso Auto can give you fresh espresso on the road

It’s the day that we all hate. Monday mornings only give us the promise that the week has just begun, and we won’t be seeing a break in the monotony for some time. For those of us who commute it is an especially terrible day, as it means lots of driving, and not very much sleep. Normally, you’ll make a stop along the way for some gas station coffee, but what if you could have fresh espresso made in your…

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Handpresso Auto can give you fresh espresso on the road
Bookmark This! March 26, 2012 posted by

CCfinder is a great way to find free Creative Commons images [Daily Freeware]

 The explosion in digital photography has created a massive storehouse of online images, both commercial and royalty free. But above all it has given rise to totally free photo archives, where you can download as many images as you need for your project completely free of charge. The secret lies in the use of a Creative Commons license, which is commonly used on photo services like Flickr.

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Bookmark This! March 26, 2012 posted by

Bliss Control is a superb way to manage your social network settings

How many social networks do you belong to? At least one I bet. Well that’s all well and good, but what happens if you’ve signed up to a bunch of them, and you’re trying desperately to manage them, i.e. do things like change password, or email settings or your profile photos. It can be a nightmare to find all the relevant parts of each admin panel to get things done.

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Gadgets March 26, 2012 posted by

Sonicwalk gives your life that background music you’ve always wanted

It may be called the Sonicwalk, but it was definitely made for high-energy sports. Running, cycling, and snowboarding are all quite fast-paced, which makes listening to music through headphones quite difficult, as jostling around can move your ear buds out of place. However, if they do stay in place, you will be blocking out exterior sound, and might not hear oncoming danger. This is why the Sonicwalk plays music outward from two shoulder straps.

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Sonicwalk gives your life that background music you’ve always wanted
Fun & Games March 26, 2012 posted by

Kijaro All-In-One Hammock is the ultimate way to relax

The warm season is approaching, which means that you need to make the most of your time to relax before fall rolls around again. Laying out in the sun is nice and all, but if you should happen to fall asleep, you could wake up with some pretty bad burns. Hammocks are nice, but there’s nowhere to set your drink, and you’re sort of trapped there until you can find the will to finagle your way off of the thing.

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Kijaro All-In-One Hammock is the ultimate way to relax
Mobile Tech March 26, 2012 posted by

KidSafe will keep your iPhone safe from prying fingers

Children like to be part of anything and everything that their parents do. Whether it’s unlocking doors, pushing buttons, or being on your phone, if you can do it, they want to as well. The only problem being that your shiny iPhone 4 or 4S is made of glass, and is very expensive to replace. You could try to tell your child no, but seeing as you use your phone all the time, chances are that you will cave at…

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KidSafe will keep your iPhone safe from prying fingers