Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bookmark This! January 19, 2011 posted by

If It Were My Home – cool online app lets you compare living standards

If It Were My Home is a cool new online service which lets you compare differences between your home country and others. At the moment the results are pretty basic health and occupation type stats, but with time I can see this expanding out into all sorts of cool information about lifestyles, culture etc etc. It’s also a useful tool to use if you’re thinking about moving and want to check out a choice of destinations. Fun tool.  IfItWereMyHome.com is…

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Cool Web Apps & Sites January 19, 2011 posted by

Facebook disables access to address and phone number by 3rd party applications

That was pretty fast. Yesterday we posted about some changes recently made to Facebook. Specifically, the ability for 3rd party applications to access your address and phone number. We weren’t the only ones that saw the negative effects of this, and it would seem that Facebook was listening. The company posted on their Developer Blog that they are temporarily disabling this feature. That does mean that it will be re-enabled at some point, but with some changes. What these will…

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Free Software January 19, 2011 posted by

PBS now offers free content on your iPhone

PBS is one of those stations that has a good bit of interesting programming. The best part about it is that you can generally get the channel with any basic cable package, or even just over the air. Well the station is wanting to make their shows even more available to the masses by providing an iPhone app. The app is available free of charge, and allows you to watch full episodes of their shows. Currently the app is only…

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PBS now offers free content on your iPhone
future tech January 19, 2011 posted by

Meco Press makes LEGO bricks for adults

If LEGO fans aren’t already salivating over all the new nifty things that have been coming out, here’s something to really keep an eye out for. There may now be the ability to have LEGO bricks that you can build a two-story house with. What’s the big catch? They’re made out of mud. Meco Concept is the company that is working to make building a bit easier and fun. Advanced materials such as steel and wood are a bit hard…

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Meco Press makes LEGO bricks for adults
Gadgets January 19, 2011 posted by

Olympus TP-7 telephone recording device

If you’ve ever had to do an interview over the phone, you know how awesome the idea is to just record everything the person says and write it out later. There is finally a cheap way to do this. The Olympus Tp-7 is a mini-microphone that will record whatever conversation you’re having via phone into whichever device you desire. It’s rather small and lightweight, which makes it easy to slip into our bag and pull out when needed. All you…

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Olympus TP-7 telephone recording device
Gadgets January 19, 2011 posted by

Audio Mouse does perhaps too many things

eGANG corporation recently released the W3 IGM-7000 Audio Mouse with a built-in speaker and microphone. If you thought your mouse was fancy before, you are now wrong. Our Wiimotes have a speaker in them, so why not a mouse? This mouse has 1000dpi, 2 channel stereo speaker, which lets you listen to music, and the microphone function will let you do internet calls and enhanced video chatting. None of us want to sit speaking directly into our computers. A mouse…

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Audio Mouse does perhaps too many things
Gadgets January 19, 2011 posted by

Energizer All-In-One Jump-Start System

We’ve all done it in the past. You leave your lights on, or the key partially turned in the ignition and run down your battery. It’s convenient if you have a friend nearby to help, but if you’re on your own, it could cost you a good chunk of change to get your car up and running again. That is, unless you have the Energizer 84020 12V All-In-One Jump-Start System. This compact life-saver has an internal 12-volt, 18Ah sealed lead-acid…

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Energizer All-In-One Jump-Start System
Cool Web Apps & Sites January 18, 2011 posted by

Facebook now allows 3rd party apps to access your address and phone number

Facebook is a great tool for networking with your friends. However, if you have private information listed on the site, there’s always the worry that such data will fall into the hands of people that you don’t want it to. Well now the site has made it easier for 3rd party applications to access both your address and phone number. When you try to use a 3rd party app, you get a dialogue box that asks if you want to…

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Facebook now allows 3rd party apps to access your address and phone number
cool tech January 18, 2011 posted by

FastMac U-Socket gives you a pair of USB ports for charging gadgets

In the last couple of years I have managed to acquire a few gadgets that can recharge via USB. This is generally very convenient, though at times I wish I had more plugs that went into a wall socket and gave me a USB port for charging. After all, I have many more USB cables than adapters. Well here is a wall outlet that actually has built-in USB ports for charging. The people at FastMac are geniuses for this one….

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FastMac U-Socket gives you a pair of USB ports for charging gadgets
Awesome January 18, 2011 posted by

The Millennium Table brings the classics to your living room, for a price

What we have here is a tabletop arcade machine that comes to us from across the pond in Europe. It was designed as a coffee table with an arcade system built-in, obviously. It holds 60 classic games including Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Asteroids, and other old favorites. Featuring a 19” LCD, a joystick, and fire buttons, you have pretty much everything you need. These are replicated on the other side for two-player action as well. Though is seems that it’s table…

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The Millennium Table brings the classics to your living room, for a price
future tech January 18, 2011 posted by

Dadum Riplus Mouse

Many of us who like a certain aesthetic to be prevalent throughout the house choose very particular looking décor. Fans of the classic video game controllers and those in the medical profession may find this new mouse to be something they like. Having a completely glass body, this new Dadum Riplus Mouse that was seen at CES this year has a mainly see through body, with a huge black cross that houses all the technical stuff inside. It looks like…

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Dadum Riplus Mouse
hmm..interesting January 18, 2011 posted by

Google Music Service coming soon?

Google seems to keep improving its service here there and everywhere. The huge rivalry between Google and Apple is still going strong as ever. A new picture from an Android 2.3 device is now showing a “sync Music” option, seeming to hint that a music synchronization service is on it’s way. We don’t really know if this is for certain or not, but it’s probably something we’ll see in the next year or two. It will definitely be fun to…

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Google Music Service coming soon?
cool tech January 18, 2011 posted by

USB Rechargeable Battery Flash Drive

We all love multi-functionality, especially when something is re-usable. If you thought the rechargeable USB battery was awesome, you’ll probably flip over this concept. The AA battery is useful, but unless you have rechargeable ones, it can be a bit of a pain. It’s also extremely annoying to have your rechargeable batteries stuck somewhere behind a couch because it’s your only free outlet in the house. This AA Battery Flash Drive would also be a reusable battery. We’re all on…

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USB Rechargeable Battery Flash Drive
Free Software January 17, 2011 posted by

Free software teaches you to read lips

Have you ever wanted to master the art of reading lips? Most of us that are fortunate enough to not have impaired hearing think of this skill as a novelty. However, even if you have perfect hearing, there can be situations where this is useful. Say, you’re in a noisy room, and are trying to hold a conversation with someone. Being able to read their lips can help prevent the need to ask “what?” repeatedly. Well if this is a…

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Free software teaches you to read lips
cool tech January 17, 2011 posted by

Thermo Mirror takes your temperature while you admire yourself

It’s the time of year when it seems like everyone is getting sick. I spent nearly two weeks battling the flu myself not too long ago. One of the annoyances while trying to fight off illness is taking your temperature. You have to deal with a thermometer, which usually means sticking something under your tongue, waiting, then washing it off. After all, you don’t want those old germs going right back in your mouth the next time you check your…

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Thermo Mirror takes your temperature while you admire yourself