Monthly Archives: March 2010

announcement March 9, 2010 posted by

G.ho.st and Ghost CC – No longer free

Hopefully it wasn’t something we said. Ghost CC (previously here and here) have announced that they’re closing the free service and focusing on licensing out the technology. The doors shut on March the 15th so you’d better get your stuff out quick. [Thanks Tal, photo via Flickr ] Dear Ghost User, We hope you have been enjoying our free Ghost service. Regrettably changes in the marketplace mean that it is no longer economical for us to host the Ghost service…

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G.ho.st and Ghost CC – No longer free
Gadgets March 9, 2010 posted by

High Dynamic Range Photography Tutorial

HDR is a fairly polarising style of photography and until recently I’ve been very reluctant to even see how it works. It wasn’t until Nigel’s post here that I actually though I should dig out my tripod and see what HDR can do. It turns out that it is pretty darn useful for run-of-the-mill photographic scenes, mainly because it gives you the ability to reproduce a scene almost exactly as it is seen by the eye. The Cambridge in Colour…

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High Dynamic Range Photography Tutorial
Bizarre March 9, 2010 posted by

Null Stern Hotel – the world’s first zero star hotel

The Null Stern Hotel is a converted nuclear bunker in Switzerland. It prides itself on two things. First, it’s a zero star establishment, what you see is what you suffer. Second. It’s very quiet at night. Fourteen guests capacity, 25 Swiss Francs per person, per night. More here.  The “Null Stern experience” is tailored to fulfill guest priorities, needs and expectations through innovative, value-oriented and functional lodging. Null Stern Hotel finds its roots and values at the core of today’s…

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Awesome March 9, 2010 posted by

Experiments – beautiful Java and Flash based browser toys

Peter Blaskovic has created a stunningly original page full of what he calls Experiments, which are in fact Java and Flash animation toys. It’s a beautiful demonstration of what you can do with a bit of patience, some serious coding skills and an awesome imagination. [Via]  These are experiments created in Processing or Flash. Processing is a great programming language for artists. It is simple and creative tool based on Java, and has very good support. Most of these applications are interactive. Tags: experiments,…

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Bookmark This! March 9, 2010 posted by

Rapportive – cool browser plugin adds social networking data to Gmail

Rapportive is a very cool web browser plugin which adds a sidebar full of social networking info to Gmail. The clever bit is it only kicks in when you access a message, at which point it goes off to search for social network information relating to the sender. You get immediate access to their Twitter feed embedded in the sidebar, and direct access to their Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace pages if available. Wowee, instant stalking… There’s also space to add…

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Gadgets March 8, 2010 posted by

BT-H12-VP Handsfree Speaker Phone with Detachable Headset

This BT-H12-VP Handsfree Speaker Phone with Detachable Headset is a handsfree kit for your car that clips over the sunvisor. When you have to ditch the car and proceed on foot, you can yank out the in-ear bluetooth headset and yammer while you stagger. The whole unit can also be used as an office speaker phone so you can really annoy your coworker. The headset does the usual 10m range, 80 hours standby and 4 hours of talk time. It’s…

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BT-H12-VP Handsfree Speaker Phone with Detachable Headset
Awesome March 8, 2010 posted by

Ferrari 599 HY-KERS – A green supercar?

This is for all of you who dream of driving a supercar but end up opting for a hybrid instead – Ferrari has just introduced its own hybrid, the Ferrari 599 HY-KERS. It’s a working prototype that has just been introduced at the Geneva Motor Show and it uses a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, which is Ferrari’s special version of the regenerative braking technology used in ordinary hybrids The HY-KERS weighs 40kg, which is almost offset by the elimination of…

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Ferrari 599 HY-KERS – A green supercar?
Gadgets March 8, 2010 posted by

Solar Vest – Charge your gadgets by lazing in the sun

Years and years ago I used to have a photographer’s vest. It was very stylish blue denim with more pockets than I could fill with my modest gear. Trouble was I didn’t have the nerve to wear it outside, and I think it might be the same with this Solar Vest (CVFR-S09). It’s a relatively ordinary looking, waterproof vest except for the four solar cells and the words “Solar Vest” sewn onto the back. The cells recharge a huge capacity…

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Solar Vest – Charge your gadgets by lazing in the sun
Awesome March 8, 2010 posted by

Dexpot – Virtual desktop software plus more

Dexpot is a virtual desktop manager that allows you to create multiple desktops for a range of tasks or software. Put all your work short cuts on one page, put all your home stuff on another. Or, create different desktops for different customers; video editing, document writing or whatever. You can even bind programs to different desktops to keep yourself focused. It’s a pretty slick looking program and you can add extra plugins for things like 3D desktop transitions and…

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Dexpot – Virtual desktop software plus more
Gadgets March 8, 2010 posted by

Thanko Speaker Mouse – New twist on an old idea

This Thanko Speaker Mouse should keep your Skyping and VoIPing nice and clear. There’s a small speaker built into the top of the mouse and best of all it comes with a lapel mic so you won’t sound like you’re shouting at people from the other end of a cathedral. The mouse is 1000dpi and the kit works with Windows and Mac OS. ~US$32. Thanko Speaker Mouse combine an USB 1000dpi mouse with a Speaker. A tie microphone is even…

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Thanko Speaker Mouse – New twist on an old idea
Awesome March 8, 2010 posted by

FX Mountain Moto – Part mountain bike, part motocross bike, all awesome

We’ll break with our normal schedule of electric bikes and hydrogen cars and bring you something a little noisier. This is the FX Mountain Moto a new category of off-road bike. It’s ultralight, weighing in at 57kg with a 9hp 125c 4-stroke motor so it really moves. The low weight, nimble handling and power combine to give the rider a mountain-bike style ride with motocross-style go-anywhere-ness The bikes are a mixture of high-end mountain bike and lightweight motocross gear so…

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FX Mountain Moto – Part mountain bike, part motocross bike, all awesome
Bizarre March 8, 2010 posted by

Bling Band Aid – You sure do need first aid

I fear we are rapidly approaching our own unique brand of the shoe event horizon. Behold the Bling Band Aid, for when an ordinary, peeling, dirty band aid just isn’t going to cut it. Comes studded with four Swarovski crystals which apparently now have healing powers. Miraculously they’re currently sold out. US$12 when they’re not. What’s next, Swarovski encrusted aspirin? Blinged out band aids with 4 Swarovski crystals available in three crisp colors (White, Red and Pink) and one sweet…

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Bling Band Aid – You sure do need first aid
reprise March 7, 2010 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Red Ferret posts from the past week for those who missed them. Enjoy. JakPak – A tent and sleeping bag built into a jacket – You lot weren’t too impressed by… Google buys Picnik – Is a web based Picasa in the works – Google has announced that it has… Belkin Front Access In Desk USB Hub – Puts USB ports where you need em – This Belkin Front Access In Desk… Motorola A45 Eco…

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Gadgets March 6, 2010 posted by

Infinitely Adjustable Reading Valet – Hands free reading, sort of

Forget ebook readers, this Infinitely Adjustable Reading Valet is the future. It’s a fully adjustable book holder that can tilt, swivel and yaw to any angle and there’s a pair of page retainers to hold it open so you don’t have to touch that dirty, filthy book. It adjusts from 80cm (31″) up to 130 cm (51″) and holds books up to 2kg (4lbs). Use it as an extra hand in the kitchen, reclining in the Jason or just cos…

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Infinitely Adjustable Reading Valet – Hands free reading, sort of
cool tech March 5, 2010 posted by

IDAPT i3 Charging Station – Classy multi-gadget charging

This IDAPT i3 Charging Station looks like a great idea. It’s a 3 port recharging station for various gadgets and it comes with a whole range different charging adapters. The adapters are swappable and charge your devices standing up, there’s even one that can charge AA and AAA batteries and multi-tip units that can charge Bluetooth headsets. Such a good idea. You can pick one up from IDAPT or Firebox for around 39. IDAPT I3 uses a simple system of…

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IDAPT i3 Charging Station – Classy multi-gadget charging