Monthly Archives: July 2010

Gadgets July 13, 2010 posted by

Bowl Breeze & Keitai Otohime – aka the Ultimate Ninja Toilet Kit

It occurred to us that if you’re truly painfully shy, what you’ll need on your travels is this Ultimate Ninja Toilet Kit, otherwise known as the Bowl Breeze and Keitai Otohime devices. The battery powered Bowl Breeze features a fan and carbon filter combo to instantly remove ‘toxic gases’ and odors before they escape. Couple that with this cute pink Keitai Otohime sound blocker device, which plays the sound of running water to mask ‘toilet noises’, and it will be like you were never there…

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Chatimals – annoying furry things talk back all the time

Apparently these Chatimals are the next big thing to happen in the Furby clone business, but we’re not that convinced. All they do is repeat whatever you say to them. How boring is that? Come in hamster or annoying meerkat models, so pick your pain. £19.99.  Give their little paws a squeeze and just chatter away – anything they hear will be spoken back to you. This may prove infuriating if you’re trying to argue with one of the little…

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Satechi Bluetooth Handsfree – buy this or be a loser…

This Satechi Bluetooth Handsfree is very ho-hum, except for the totally cool dude doing the YouTube demo. Dunno who you are dude, but you’ve got the uber geek smug, ‘only doing this for the money smirk‘ vibe down perfectly. We really get it. Quick someone find this guy a show on cable, preferably QVC. Oh yeah, and the product is $45.00.    Bluetooth Hands-Free Transmitter provides a live full duplex communication solution using Bluetooth technology through FM transmission to your…

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Little Registry Cleaner – speed up your computer for free

Little Registry Cleaner is a freeware Windows utility which tidies up your registry data and thereby makes your computer run faster and more reliably. It also backs up the registry for safety and has some security features to keep some types of malware at bay. It’s part of a series of tiny freeware applications (including Disk Cleanup and Registry Optimizer) which are definitely worth a look as well. I like small free programs.  Little Registry Cleaner is an open source…

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hmm..interesting July 13, 2010 posted by

Shimming – new credit card scam goes ultra high tech

Apparently villains are no longer content with sticking cameras and PIN readers onto ATM cash machines, now they’re working on new technology –  called shimming –  that will let them insert an ultra thin circuit board through the card slot to read your PIN and card details from inside. The circuit board will be thinner than a human hair, and will be inserted using a fake credit card carrier, which will also stick the thing to the insides of the ATM,…

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hmm..interesting July 13, 2010 posted by

Teamly – focus your to-do list on the important things in life

Teamly is a new online service which aims to get your people focused on the important things in life. There’s a ton of to-do list type applications out there, but this is the first time I’ve seen one which tries to make you really focus on the five most important tasks you need to do in a period. In line with the modern motto of ‘less is more’, there’s not a lot to this service on the face of it. A…

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Photoshop – the new ‘content aware fill’ feature is a total blast

I’ve been playing with the new ‘content aware fill’ feature of Photoshop CS5 over the past few days and it’s amazing. Think of all those instances when you want to remove some person or thing from a photo and yet still have a nice background without laboriously firing up the clone tool or whatever. This is the solution.   It’s great to see big companies coming up with genuinely valuable innovation (you listening Microsoft?) instead of just the small guys. Incidentally the…

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Kings Quest: The Silver Lining – Fans restart Kings Quest

You know a computer game series has to be special when the fans band together and start making new episodes. Kings Quest-The Silver Lining is a fan-made, five episode continuation of the Kings Quest saga. The first episode, What is Decreed Must Be is available now for free download with the rest of the episodes being released throughout the year. Looks like fun. It’s a tribute fit for a king. After eight years of volunteer effort, Phoenix Online Studios’ long-awaited…

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cool tech July 12, 2010 posted by

Electric Bike Challenge – GoCycle vs Brompton Nano

Electric are beginning to enter a new phase of popularity, spurred on by rising oil prices, cheaper components and a populace eager to save money on their commuting and daily travel costs. The result has been a flood of new entrants to the market in recent months, underpinned by a new crop of cheap Chinese electric motors which are more efficient, and cheaper than ever. I thought I’d take a look at two of the products jostling for our cash,…

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Gadgets July 12, 2010 posted by

Mattracks Powerboard – gas powered snow cruiser screams fun

This Mattracks Powerboard combines the yellow coloured snowmobile motif with a snowboard type stamp and ride vibe. The result is apparently a lot of fun. It’s got a max speed of 18 mph and will scoot along for 2 hours on 3/4 of a gallon of fuel. No downhill slope needed! Priced at $2000.00. Video.  This is the gas-powered vehicle that combines the thrill of riding a snowmobile and the freedom of a snowboard, enabling you to surf effortlessly over…

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1 Million Volt Pink Stun Phone – dainty but darstadly?

This 1 Million Volt Pink Stun Phone is a rechargeable self defense tool which comes with a case and integrated flashlight, just in case you want to see the remains of your attacker writhing on the ground in agony we presume. $39.99.  1 Million Volts pink cell phone stun gun . Include clip on leather case and rubberized coating. Rechargeable with built in flashlight. Tags: gadget, 1+million+volt+pink+stun+phone, security, self+defense

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Thanko Mailbox Sentry – give your postbox some digital smarts

This Thanko Mailbox Sentry notifies you when a piece of mail has been deposited in your postbox. It maintains a running count too, rather like the ‘you’ve got mail’ feature on email, only this time with real letters and packages. We can see it being very useful for folk who live on the top floor of their apartment who can check to see if the money has arrived without travelling from the couch. $95.00.  Known as the Posto no Mihariban in…

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The Laptopper and The Drib – your car as a drive-in restaurant

The Laptopper slips over your steering wheel to provide a handy eating or working table. Great for those power lunches on the way to the client meeting, eh? Combine it with the extremely handy The Drib slipover clothes cover and you’ve got a foolproof way to eat and run while you…ah run…without the mess. Two-fer. Who said Americans are obsessed with their cars? Laptopper: $14.99. The Drib: $19.95.   Tags: gadget, laptopper, the+drib, car+accessory

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PreferRent – freeware rental software for all

PreferRent is a new free rental software program which, from the looks of the feature list, gives you just about everything you’d ever need to run a rental service from your living room and laptop. If you’ve got some spare equipment, cars or things like tents lying around, then you should take a look at this software and see if you can earn some money from a rental service. There’s also a full commercial version which runs an upscale database client/server architecture, but…

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Van Dwellers dot org – everything you need to know about living in your car

Vandwellers dot org is a poignant sign of the times; a site where you can get hints, tips and essential info on how to live in your car when things get rough. There’s a forum for folk to discuss car/van living issues and a handy guide to which are the best vehicles to inhabit. A sad but very useful resource.  The aim of this web site is to provide practical advice for people living in vehicles. Practical tips on how to manage…

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