Monthly Archives: October 2011

Awesome October 12, 2011 posted by

Adobe shows off “unblur” feature for Photoshop

With a dad that worked as a graphic designer, I grew up learning how to use Photoshop. As I watch the new versions come out, I’ll usually see a somewhat interesting feature here and there. However, I can only think of two times where I was completely blown away. The first was when I saw Content Aware Fill demoed, which shipped with CS5. The second time was when I watched the video below. Everyone has taken a blurry picture. And…

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Adobe shows off “unblur” feature for Photoshop
but is it art? October 12, 2011 posted by

Cross Stitch case lets you design your iPhone holder

iPhone cases are dime a dozen. You can’t walk into an electronics store without finding at least 20 different ones. I suppose that is one of the appeals of the iPhone, as you’d be hard pressed to find more than a handful for a different phone. But even with all of the choices available to you, it’s not easy to find one that is truly unique. That is, unless you design it yourself. Now I’m not talking about taking some…

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Cross Stitch case lets you design your iPhone holder
Gadgets October 12, 2011 posted by

Bottle Lock fits in your water bottle holder

Unless you live in the pleasant town of Mayberry, a bike lock is almost always a good idea to have. There are plenty of locks to choose from, however, they all seem to have one thing in common. Most of them look rather ugly when they aren’t in use. Usually they just sort of hang from your seat, haphazardly wrapped up and waiting to be looped around a lamp post. If you’re really concerned about looks (and don’t often carry…

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Bottle Lock fits in your water bottle holder
Free Software October 12, 2011 posted by

Poynt is an all-in-one search app for your phone

Our smartphones can perform a variety of functions, provided we have the right apps. You’ve got one for finding movie times, another to help you pick a restaurant, and even one that’s going to tell you the best place to buy gas. However, wouldn’t it be great if there was one app that could do all of these things? There is, and it’s called Poynt. Poynt is a one-stop-shop for all your searching needs. There are six different ways to…

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Poynt is an all-in-one search app for your phone
but is it art? October 12, 2011 posted by

Origami Sticky Notes are a fun way to deal with office downtime

If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know that now and then you will have a bit of downtime. Maybe you’ve sent off an document to your boss, and are waiting to get his response. Or perhaps you’re rendering a video that’s going to take a little while. The question is what to do with your downtime. Sure, you could goof off and surf the web, but that’s rarely a good idea if your company logs internet history. Instead,…

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Origami Sticky Notes are a fun way to deal with office downtime
Awesome October 11, 2011 posted by

BrillianTab – Is this the best sub-$200 Android Tablet in the world today?

Continuing our foray into low-price Android tablets, Chinavasion have sent me on a journey to the other end of the scale with their BrillianTab, a 7″ tablet running Android 2.3. This is a serious step up in tablets as it’s powered by a 1.2GHz, dual-core A8 processor with 512MB of RAM and boy does it make a difference! This tablet is seriously, seriously good for such a low price point. Click through for all the info and make sure to…

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BrillianTab – Is this the best sub-$200 Android Tablet in the world today?
Gadgets October 11, 2011 posted by

Magic-Pro adds SATA-III to your older system

So let’s say that you want to get a shiny new SSD for your computer, to help speed up file transfer times and such. Naturally, you’re going to want the latest and greatest technology, which is SATA-III. Sadly, despite having a fairly recent machine, your computer only supports SATA-II. What do you do? You order one of these Magic-Pro add-on cards. The Magic-Pro plugs into your PCI-Express slot and gives you a pair of SATA-III connections. This will allow you…

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Magic-Pro adds SATA-III to your older system
Free Software October 11, 2011 posted by

Mielophone is a minimalistic free music player for Windows, Mac and Linux

If we look back to about 15 years ago, there weren’t a lot of ways to listen to music. Yes, there were CDs, cassettes, vinyls, and the radio. However, if you wanted to hear a specific song that you didn’t own, the best you could do was turn on the radio, and try calling into a station to get it aired. Now we can pull up streams on Pandora or Spotify, without needing to pay for them. If you’re not…

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Mielophone is a minimalistic free music player for Windows, Mac and Linux
diy October 11, 2011 posted by

Make your own touchscreen gadget with this Microtouch kit

Touchscreen devices are growing more and more popular. Before long, every surface is going to start to look like it’s straight off the bridge of the Enterprise. While it’s fun to get a new tablet or phone to play with, wouldn’t it be really cool if you made your own touchscreen gadget? Well with this Microtouch kit, you can. This kit contains everything you need to make your own touch-sensitive device. You’ll get a 2.8-inch TFT resistive screen (320×240 resolution),…

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Make your own touchscreen gadget with this Microtouch kit
Gadgets October 11, 2011 posted by

AutoSlide Lifestyle Kit automates your sliding glass door

There are plenty of ways to embarrass yourself in front of friends and family. One of the worst is by running into a sliding glass door while in your own home. I mean, it’s your door, you’d think you would remember to check and see that it’s open. On the bright side, smacking your face into the glass does give testament to your thorough cleaning skills. However, if you really want to make sure this doesn’t happen in the future,…

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AutoSlide Lifestyle Kit automates your sliding glass door
hmm..interesting October 11, 2011 posted by

BidmyBill lets phone companies bid on your contract

When it comes time to renew your cellphone contract, you might consider the possibility of switching carriers. The most obvious reason is to find a better deal that will give you all of the minutes, texting and data you need, while only paying the absolute minimum. Of course, sifting through all of the deals can be a real headache. That’s why BidmyBill was created. This interesting site was designed to take the hassle out of finding a new phone carrier….

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BidmyBill lets phone companies bid on your contract
but is it art? October 11, 2011 posted by

Turn your HDTV into a window to an exotic beach

I can think of few things as relaxing as sitting down on an empty beach. Unfortunately the opportunity to do such a thing is pretty rare for most people. You would be surprised just how few beaches there are in the Midwest. The only way for you to experience the sights and sounds of the ocean crashing against the shore is to buy one of these Beach Lounge HD Films. Each of the videos available comes in full 1080p with…

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Turn your HDTV into a window to an exotic beach
future tech October 10, 2011 posted by

New mouse can tell just how stressed you are

Do you have a stressful job? The answer to that question is usually a “yes”, as most work is stressful in some way or another. But have you ever wanted to show your boss just how stressed you really are when working on their assignments? A research group in Japan has created a mouse that can actually detect stress levels, simply by being used. The mouse contains a system which measures blood flow in the fingertips and checks for variations….

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New mouse can tell just how stressed you are
Free Software October 10, 2011 posted by

Hide private folders with Disguise Folders

Have you ever had a particular set of files that you didn’t want anyone stumbling across on your computer? Whatever your reasons, there are a number of ways to hide a folder away from prying eyes. One of the easiest is a piece of freeware called Disguise Folders. This program is a really simple way to hide a folder on your PC. Normally something this boring wouldn’t turn my head, but I have to say that Disguise Folders is quite…

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Hide private folders with Disguise Folders
Gadgets October 10, 2011 posted by

FINIS Tempo Trainer Pro

If you have ever been a swimmer, runner, or biker, you know that keeping a steady pace will win the race. However, it’s somewhat difficult to find that perfect pace for physical activity without a little outside help. The FINIS Tempo Trainer Pro will help you find yours by giving you a beat to sync up with. It has 3 modes in which you can keep up with. As this trainer was mainly meant for swimmers it better keeps pace…

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FINIS Tempo Trainer Pro