Monthly Archives: November 2007

cool tech November 26, 2007 posted by

Mobiola Webcam – turn your mobile phone into a wireless webcam

Mobiola Webcam. Turn your mobile phone into a wireless Bluetooth or USB webcam for your PC or laptop. It’s compatible with Symbian, Java (J2ME) and Windows Mobile, so it should work with a fair few handsets. It feels like quite a neat option if you travel a lot and want a quick and dirty webcam for calling home. Oh and it works with Skype and the other major IM clients, which is pretty cool. Prices start at $4.95 and there’s…

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Bookmark This! November 26, 2007 posted by

Mixx – yet another web link service joins the pack…hmm….

Mixx. A new kind of Digg, and supposedly better. I have to say that I think most community link sites have a built-in problem because they scale badly. Not because of performance, but simply because of the angry herd they seem to attract once they reach huge membership levels. The prime example is Digg, which is, to my mind, has become a pretty poor resource recently. My preferred services (in no particular order): StumbleUpon. Superb idea, done elegantly. No superfluous nonsense, just great web…

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reprise November 25, 2007 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Ferrety posts from the past week for anyone who missed them. Enjoy. Viewranger – GPS mapping for off-roaders – Viewranger. GPS mapping software… VQRT – a very short email address for very short SMS thumbs – VQRT offers short name email… Become a Lord or Lady on the cheap – buy your own title and sneer at the neighbours – You can now buy yourself an… Pearl Hydrogen Bicycle – fuel cell tech helps you…

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Gadgets November 24, 2007 posted by

USB Flash Watch – geek watches go all designer

The vanilla basic design of this USB Flash Watch probably proves that data storage on the wrist has hit a mainstream audience. With capacities up to 1 GB it’s not hard to see a day when the main reason you’ll wear a timepiece on your wrist will be to access a desktop on the move. Or will it be on the mobile phone in your pocket? Mm…   3-10 ATM water-resistant l Driverless & instant use l Portable & easily used l…

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Gadgets November 23, 2007 posted by

Roland Micro Cube – small and loud, just call me a busker baby

Roland Micro Cube. Wanna play rock n’roll? Wanna be famous? Well try X-Factor. But if you want to make sounds on the move with a dinky little 5 inch speaker combo that works off batteries, this is your baby. Comes complete with holes for your music player, guitar, mic or electric cello. Doo-bop, doo-bop, wowee… £79.95.  This awesome nano sized amp packs one heck of a punch and weighs in at just seven and half pounds (or 3.5 kilos to…

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Gadgets November 23, 2007 posted by

USB Flashing Liquid Filled Santa Hub Pen Holder – Yuletide yucktology made real

USB Flashing Liquid Filled Santa Claus Hub Pen Holder. Er…what else is there left to say, dear reader, after we have absorbed the poetry, the elegance, the completeness, no less, of said festive Yuletide product? Nothing, that’s what. Just lean back, relax and enjoy the perfection that is tacky Chinese novelty manufacturing. Amen. $16.99.  # Liquid-filled 4-port USB hub with pen holder # Supports Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98SE, Linux 2.4, Mac OS 8.5 or above. # Support hot swap, plug &…

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Gadgets November 23, 2007 posted by

Little Mouse Light – cute so cute, oh deary me so cute

The Little Mouse Light gets our official cutest gadget in the world award. I mean c’mon, lookit those cute itty bitty ears. £4.99.  When it’s dark outside and you’re struggling to see the keyhole, let our cute, mini mouse guide the way with his bright, sparkling LED eyes. Gift-boxed, there’ll be no shrieks when he’s found in the Christmas stocking. Tags: little+mouse+light, keyhole+LED

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Free Software November 23, 2007 posted by

Camtasia Studio 3 – now available for free download

Camtasia Studio 3, the neat Windows screencast creator is now available for free download. Just click on this link [.exe install] to download the software, then go to the special link to request a license unlock key. Enjoy! [Via]  Easily record your screen to create compelling training videos, screencasts, and presentations …without ever leaving your desk. *Capture everything you see on your screen * Edit and enhance the videos – pinpoint cursor movements with special visual effects, perform sophisticated moves such as highlighting,…

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Cool Web Apps & Sites November 23, 2007 posted by

SciVee – peer reviewed science gets a web 2.0 video makeover

SciVee is a multimedia based science web journal, which is trying to deliver more value for researchers than simply submitting a dry paper to a peer reviewed publication. Simply put, it’s a place where science geeks can hang out and shoot the breeze (in a serious and earnest manner of course). OK, so it’s a little bit of a marginal application, unless you’re directly involved in science, research and the like, but it’s still a very interesting example of how net technology is likely…

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Bookmark This! November 23, 2007 posted by

Satisfaction – web 2.0 community help site slides quietly out of private beta

On the face of it, Satisfaction is just another Web 2.0 community web site, this time focusing on consumer help. Dig a little deeper though, and you’ll find some very important differences. First off, the design makes it very easy to find answers fast. You want help with your digital camera, simply enter in the search terms and the dynamic Ajax search will start giving you results immediately. No waiting around for a page refresh of results. It’s slick and…

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cool tech November 22, 2007 posted by

Nokia 6131 NFC – touch to pay credit card mobile phones start trickling onto the market

The Nokia 6131 NFC (for Near Field Communication) is one stealthy handset. Released earlier this year by a crack team of Nokia undercover ninjas (aka Nokia Emerging Business Unit), the phone offers pay by touch, touch ticket and other very cool RFID applications inside a conventional phone form factor. Basically they’ve embedded an RFID chip into the top part of the flip lid. We got a heads up on the technology from Richard Humbach, Head of NFC Business in Finland…

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Gadgets November 22, 2007 posted by

Automatic Refill Dog Water Bowl – show your dog your love, by ignoring him

Automatic Refill Dog Water Bowl. Dang, that’s cool, Marge. Now if we can only find something that does the same thing for dog food, we’ll never have to see that mangy mutt again. $29.99.  This 1.8 gallon automatic stainless waterer attaches to any garden hose and provides consistent fresh water for your pet at all times. The bowl is fabricated from heavy duty hygienic stainless steel with a durable cover (removes for easier cleaning) made from high density polypropylene, which protects the mechanical float…

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diy November 22, 2007 posted by

DIY Neon Sign Kit – your name in lights and trip out your ego

DIY Neon Sign Kit. Got something to say, dude? Well say it loud, say it proud, say it in putrid blue neon. We so much want to play with these snap together letter blocks. Just think of the endlessly puerile fun you can have with this thing hanging in your front window. Change blocks at night and freak your neighbours out every morning with your own meatspace Twitter effect. Oh how jolly the joy. $3.99 – $29.99.  Create your own custom…

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Fun & Games November 22, 2007 posted by

Remote Control Hand – pinkies padding across the patio

This Remote Control Hand definitely has a ‘creep your little sis out’ feel to it, doesn’t it? You can picture the scene…dark bedroom corridor at midnight, just you and the tack tack tack sound as the hand approaches her door…the tremulous whispered ‘who’s there…’ from inside. Nope can’t go on, too scary. £14.99.   A larger than lifesize 23cm robotic hand which appears to have a life of its own, just like ‘Thing’ from the Addams Family. The supple rubber…

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Bookmark This! November 22, 2007 posted by

Snapter ICE – from digital camera to PDF in one click (or two…)

Snapter ICE turns your digital camera into a scanner. Snap a document, bang it through the program and it will colour correct, align, flatten and otherwise tweak the page into pretty fine PDF document for your total reading pleasure. I gave it a quick whirl with the free download trial version and it worked really well. You need to make sure that the background of the book or document is contrasty enough that the program works (otherwise you just get…

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