Monthly Archives: June 2009

cool tech June 3, 2009 posted by

Similarity – find and remove duplicate music files via sound

Similarity is a clever freeware program that locates identical music files on your computer so you can delete the extras and just have one version. What’s v. cool is the fact that the software ‘listens’ to the sound content, rather than just relying on filename, size etc. You can adjust the sensitivity as you need, and it copes with just about all music files from MP3, OGG, WMA and beyond. If you’re like me, and have music (and photos for…

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Firewire BBQ Skewers – non Euclidean cooking utensils

These Firewire BBQ skewers allow you to bend your kebabs into all sorts of shapes to make more room on the barbecue. They’re made of stainless steel so they shouldn’t rust and they’re 79 cm long so they should hold a bit of food. There’s a loop at one end for easy handling, they’re dishwasher safe and they don’t conduct heat very well so your fingers should be safe. A 2 pack will set you back 9.99. Forget everything you…

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Firewire BBQ Skewers – non Euclidean cooking utensils
Gadgets June 3, 2009 posted by

Mega Mini Spy Camera Pro – tiny colour camera with voice activated recording

You may remember this Mini DV80s tiny digital video camera from a couple of weeks ago? When I wrote the article I looked around but couldn’t seem to find it for sale anywhere outside of Japan. Today I’ve just noticed this Mega Mini Spy Camera Pro at Brickhouse security which looks very similar and seems to have the same specs and mounts. The only major differences I can spot are that this one records at 30fps and has a slightly…

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Mega Mini Spy Camera Pro – tiny colour camera with voice activated recording
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8Gb USB Flash Drive Voice Recorder – discreet audio recording for the modern keyring

This 8Gb USB Flash Drive Voice Recorder is a sly bit of tech. First of all it’s an ordinary 8Gb USB flash drive, but switch it on and you’ve got 160 hours of covert audio recording. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts for 4 hours and presumably it charges via USB, doesn’t say if you can record with it plugged in though. US$99.95 for the 8Gb version, or there’s a 2Gb version that holds 40 hours for US$49.95. Easily Record Your…

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8Gb USB Flash Drive Voice Recorder – discreet audio recording for the modern keyring
Gadgets June 3, 2009 posted by

Neuton CE6 – Stylish battery powered lawn mower with extras

I quite like this Neuton CE6 battery-powered lawn mower, it’s a got a no-nonsense look about it. It’s built for business too with a 36 Volt, 10 amp battery that should last for a 1/3 acre lawn (45-60 minutes) on one charge. A full recharge takes 12 hours, it’s super-quiet and comes with a catcher bag and side discharge chute. There’s also a range of optional accessories including an edger/trimmer so you can edge while you mow, spare batteries obviously…

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Neuton CE6 – Stylish battery powered lawn mower with extras
Gadgets June 2, 2009 posted by

Digital Measuring Tape – the benevolent ruler of men

This Digital Measuring Tape comes with an easy to read LCD screen, an internal memory to store measurements and push button conversion of lengths into imperial or metric. Luckily it also contains an actual measuring tape, so even if the batteries zonk, you’re covered. Nice to know. $24.99.  The Digital Measuring Tape features a large easy-to-read display that is capable of memorizing your measurements with the push of a button. It can give measurements in either feet and inches or…

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Awesome June 2, 2009 posted by

Pop’s ‘Stache – remain incognito while sipping your pop

Are you sick of people picking up your bottle and drinking from it? It’ll never happen again with one of these Pop’s ‘Stache, bottle identifiers. Choose your personality and clip it on over the neck of the bottle to see it safe from erroneous consumption. At the moment the Pop’s Stache is a collaborative project by Andrew Reeves, Shane Blomberg and John Healy, three guys from the US. Not sure if or when the Pop’s ‘Staches are going on sale…

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Pop’s ‘Stache – remain incognito while sipping your pop
Bookmark This! June 2, 2009 posted by

Cloud Antivirus – cloud based antivirus software

Panda Security, those helpful people with the online virus scanner have gone one better with the Cloud Antivirus. Now instead of having a virus scanner running on your machine, clogging up your runtime and slowing everything down, you can use the thin-client model and let Panda’s machines do all the work. By doing it this way, you escape the continual update drudge of conventional antivirus and everything including software updates is maintained on the server side. You’ll need an active…

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Cloud Antivirus – cloud based antivirus software
software June 2, 2009 posted by

Touchdrive – access your iPhone directly from Windows Explorer

Touchdrive is a new software program which lets you access your iPhone or iPod Touch folders and files directly from Windows Explorer, no fuss, no muss, no jailbreaking. Copy, edit, delete, move to and from the handset. Yowser! $19.99.  Now, finally, you can view, edit, copy, delete or add files and folders on your iPhone. All within the standard Windows Explorer environment! Open Windows Explorer and your iPhone is shown in the “My Computer” window – just like any other…

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Bomo Baby Carriage – world’s first robot baby carriage

If you’re happy to trust the life of your child with a robot, sans The 3 Laws, then have a look at the Bomo Baby Carriage. Designed as a respite tool for harangued parents, the Baby Carriage will follow Mum or Dad around the house, carrying the child in Roomba style, automatically avoiding obstacles and giving bub the ride of their (probably short) life. The chair adjusts from an upright position to a reclined sleeping position and can also rock…

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Bomo Baby Carriage – world’s first robot baby carriage
Gadgets June 2, 2009 posted by

GPS Pal – turn your cup holder into a GPS mount

GPS Pal takes your expensive GPS navigation device and moves it from the vulnerable, thief magnet of a windscreen or dashboard and sticks in into a discreetly situated cup holder. Will it save it from being stolen? Of course not, but what else do you use your cup holder for anyway? $14.98.  Keep your valuable GPS off the windshield and dash, where it’s exposed to direct sunlight and thieving eyes. Use this convenient cup holder mount for your portable unit…

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ezRead – read your books on the television

The ezRead scanner connects to your telly, and displays the text of a book or magazine in magnified magnificence on the screen. This makes it easier to read, but may make turning pages more than a little tricky. Small price to pay for high tech accessibility though, eh? $99.95.  Cooler than books on tape and way more fun than subtitles, the ezRead transforms your reading material into televised material. Simply place the ezRead directly on top of a book, magazine,…

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Free Software June 2, 2009 posted by

MyFreeWeather – see the sky, see the pretty sunshine…

MyFreeWeather is a cool little freeware application which gives you the weather in your locale in glorious Technicolour imagery. Temperature, wind, 5 day forecast, it’s all there.  MyFreeWeather allows you to view the sky in any city in the world and track local weather. Watch the moving storm & weather patterns via Satellite & Radar. Also, view daily and detailed forecasts, local time and date for any location worldwide, plus alerts to severe weather. Imagine looking at the current sky…

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cool tech June 2, 2009 posted by

Xerox’s ColorQube 9200 printer – an environmental winner

Xerox has launched the environmentally friendly ColorCube 9200 multifunction color printer. The company claims that the super advanced technology of ‘the world’s first tabloid/A3-size solid ink advanced MFP’ will reduce waste up to 90 percent, cut printing costs by 62%, use up to 50 percent less paper with auto duplex, and produce 12% fewer GHG than comparable copiers. Whew! As if that’s not enough it ships in a super reduced amount of packaging (7 times less than comparable printers). Available…

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Awesome June 1, 2009 posted by

Nokia Engage ad – some real viral style advertising

Sometimes you have to tip your head, doff your cap and offer a small patter of applause at the marketing suits for coming up with something that works. Such is the case with the new Nokia Engage ad, featuring lots of crowd sourced stop-go animation, and a fab live computer bricks game as well. It clearly cost a bundle, is mucho fun and deserves to go hugely viral, which it will. Tags: nokia+engage, viral+advert, game

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