Monthly Archives: December 2009

Gadgets December 15, 2009 posted by

Philco PC – Gorgeous retro PC

This Philco PC harks back to the very stylish Philco Predicta TV from the 50’s, old pre-war typewriters and just a dash of steampunk. It’s just a concept at the moment, produced by SchultzeWorks Design. The design is being shopped around to manufacturers so maybe we’ll see these in the not too distant future. More pics here.[Via Yanko] The design of the “Philco PC” was inspired by the 1954 design classic Philco Predicta, as well as an eclectic mixture of…

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50 Cheapo iPhone Clones – or why lock-down lovin’ Apple could be heading towards a music industry type meltdown

Two companies, two completely opposing attitudes. In the green corner, Apple, champion of the lock-down, closed off, proprietary platform. Our way or the highway. In the blue corner, Google, home of the ‘do no evil’, open systems, come-one come all platform. Apple vs Android. We’re not going to say much other than show you all this page full of 50 iPhone clones from the Far East. Sure they’re not the same as the real thing, but we all know it’s just a…

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Sugru – the world’s first hacker specific material

Sugru is a brand new substance designed to make it easy to fix, customise, repair and update things. It’s like modelling clay, but sets to a flexible silicone constituency, is adhesive to just about anything like super glue, is heat and cold impervious and waterproof. It comes in a number of colours and once taken out of the sachet cures in 24 hours. They’re marketing it as the ultimate hacker material, useful for fixing up just about anything, especially where…

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Olapic – Wedding photo collector

Back when we got married, way back in the pre-digital photo age, we had a disposable camera on every table at the reception. That gave us a bunch of great, and not-so-great candids that really added to the memories. Olapic is doing something similar in the digital age. Olapic is basically a website that allows your wedding guests to upload their photos of your wedding so you can share them and arrange them into a photobook, or get them printed…

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Pickka Health Product Advisor – give your smartphone some medical savvy

It’s not hard to see where this Pickka Health Product Advisor is going in terms of a revenue harvest. Install on your smartphone or iPhone, enter in your symptoms and the free program will give advice on a range of suitable medical products. Y’know, cough syrups and stuff. The fact that all the recommendations are done via brand names spells it out of course, so treat it with some suspicious minds, peeps. You can try it out on the web site…

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Digidude – Ultraportable tripod

The Digidude is a tiny tripod for point-and-shoot camera that folds up small enough to hang off your keyring. Just remove the cutesy robot cover, deploy the legs and you’re good to go. US$24.99 from ThinkGeek. Want to take a picture or record some video? Screw off DigiDude’s head, pull out his retractable legs, and screw on your digicam or flipcam. No more shaky hands, blurry pictures, huge awkward tripods to carry… just DigiDude Tags: gadget, thinkgeek, digidude, portable+tripod, keyring+tripod

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LinCity-NG – the open source city simulation game

LinCity-NG is a city simulation game. You know, kind of like that game we all used to play back in the day. What was it called? Well anyway, it’s fun, free and…well…fun. You need more of an excuse? Runs on Windows, Linux, Mac and Geek.  LinCity-NG is a city simulation game. It is a polished and improved version of the classic LinCity game. In the game, you are required to build and maintain a city. You can win the game either…

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Gadgets December 15, 2009 posted by

Roll Up Drum Kit- Portable percussion

This Roll Up Drum Kit gives you portable rhythm wherever you go. It’s powered via USB and comes with Windows (XP/Vista) software to power the samples. There are 70 different sounds and the software gives you tempos from 40 to 280 bpm. It comes with 6 programmable pads and a pair of plastic drum sticks. US$59.95 from SkyMall. The kit plugs into a USB port in your PC running Windows XP or Vista and the included software allows you to…

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Gadgets December 14, 2009 posted by

The Oregon Scientific RMR802 Solar-Powered Thermometer

The Oregon Scientific RMR802 Solar-Powered Thermometer is an ultra sleek, ultra thin, radio-controlled clock and indoor-outdoor thermometer. It can display temperatures in C or F, store minimum and maximum daily temperatures, and when it’s cold, the thermometer on the display will light up an LED Ice Alert if the outside temperature sensor detects that it’s reached freezing temperatures. It also has an internal battery and a solar panel for long life. The clock and calendar automatically set by receiving a…

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BoomTune Bomb II Stereo – Cute and portable MP3 speakers

The BoomTune Bomb II Stereo is a pair of compact stereo speakers that work with their 3.5mm plug so you can connect them to your MP3 player, phone or stereo. They squish down when it’s time to pack them away and have a built-in retractable cable and a magnetic base so they stick together. They’re powered via an internal battery that’s rechargeable via USB. US$49.95 and they come in red or black. BOOMTUNE BOMB II STEREO is a compact speaker…

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Auslogics Disk Defrag – the free easy way to improve the performance of your PC

There’s no doubt that using a hard disk defragging tool is one of easiest ways to improve the performance of an older computer, so it’s always good to report on new products which offer value in this area. The Auslogics Disk Defrag program is a free utility which not only defrags the drive, but also optimises the hard disk by moving system files to a more efficient location for faster loading, and by ‘consolidating’ free space to improve speed. I…

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PowerPlus Gazelle – Pedal your way to light and AC/DC power

2012 is getting closer people, better started on that disaster plan. Here’s something you can add, the PowerPlus Gazelle pedal power generator. The unit has an onboard 12V battery that’s charged via pedal-power. The powerbank battery has a switchable output stage that can produce anything from 3V up to 12V and it has an inbuilt inverter that will produce 220V at 100W. The powerbank even has a built-in torch so you can find it in the dark and it has…

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Plus ID Theft Prevention Stamp – save the shredder and stamp it out instead

The Plus ID Theft Prevention Stamp is a low tech alternative to the…ah…slightly higher tech paper shredder. Instead of grinding your private stuff to bits, just cover over the important parts – like account numbers, addresses etc – by stamping them into oblivion. I guess you could also use it to cover up details of your overdraft, but you’ll probably still suffer the restless nights. $39.95.  This stamp will render printed personal information illegible without the clutter and obtrusiveness of a shredder. Using a fast-drying, waterproof, permanent…

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