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06. 3.2006

Roasted Garlic Express

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Garlic is good for you. Even if you don't count warding off vampires as a health benefit, there are several other reasons you may want to increase your intake of the stinking rose. And if you are so inclined, you may want to have a look at the Roasted Garlic Express, the "world's first portable electric roaster." (I'm assuming that claim is for garlic roasters.) But still, all jokes aside the Garlic Express allows you to roast up to three medium sized bulbs of garlic at a time, and does so with minimum fuss and hassle. The cook cycle is less than thirty minutes, which sure beats having to turn on and heat your oven, or permanently flavoring whatever else you may use to roast. Another big plus: the little garlic shape is so cute!

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06. 2.2006

Make your gadgets unstealable with Datadots

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When I finally bought an iPod, it was after 2 years of waiting for the “right” model to come along. But my troubles failed to cease – for along came the fear of getting my precious one nicked. There isn’t a truly comprehensive insurance scheme available for portable electronics as yet, so we recommend that you take a look at Datadots for some solace. So what are Datadots? The Datadots DNA kit contains a bunch of tiny dots suspended in adhesive which you smear on your beloved gadgets. Each dot within the kit contains the same unique serial number which you register at the Datadots site. The idea is that if the device is stolen and is recovered by police, they can trace it back to you.

Wondering what’s the use of Datadots once the device is already stolen? For one, the police can definitely tell if the gadget is stolen. If you are a persistent gluer, you can also stick the dots in different places on the gadget (though it is recommended to smear the glue mostly on the gadget innards, to keep it looking pretty). A major deterrent for thieves is that they will end up with a very ugly gadget if they try scraping off all the dots. The glue also contains warning stickers to highlight that the gadget has been marked against theft.

Datadots are also being used by car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Ford Australia to reduce car thefts, and by several corporations and leading manufacturers as well. Check out the Datadots global website for further information.

The basic kit is priced at $19.95 and the advanced kit at $34.95.

Via Gearlog.

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06. 2.2006

Nokia N93 mobile phone

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If you're in the majority of the population that wants all the bells and whistles on a mobile telephone, this yet-to-be-released device may have been custom made for you.

The Nokia N93 is packed full of features, more than most of us really need but would love to have just the same. In addition to being a plain ol’ telephone, it boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics and 3x optical zoom. But what’s the point of taking all those pictures if you have no one to share them with? Not a problem. With the new partnership with Flickr , you can upload, share and comment straight from your phone.

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06. 2.2006

EZ Faucet

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Is your faucet EZ? Well if it isn't, it could be. The iTouchless EZ Faucet infrared sensor faucet adapter can automate any sink, enabling easy control with the wave of a hand. The adapter fits over a conventional faucet, and runs for about a year and a half on just four AAA batteries.

Touchless faucets are great for limiting the spread of germs and saving water, as they shut off instantly once your hands are removed from the sensing area. To adjust the temperature and flow of water, you can use your existing faucet controls and leave the adapter on. Plus there's a manual override in case you need it. Save money, save water, and save the hassle!

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06. 1.2006

Windows Vista beta 2 overview at Ars Technica

Kurt Hutchinson's first look at Windows Vista Beta 2

My good friend Kurt Hutchinson has kicked out a great write-up for Ars Technica on Microsoft's second beta of Windows Vista. This update to the Windows line has been in the planning and production stages for a long time, and it's nice to finally get to play with a stable copy that's fairly close to what the final version is going to be.

The developers have thrown in new graphic effects and a slew of bells and whistles designed to make the Windows experience capable of competing with Apple's OS X in beauty pageants. Vista has had quite a bit of brand new coding put in, even including native support for cutting edge hybrid hard drives that haven't made it to the market yet.

We're finally seeing a total update for Microsoft’s desktop security protocols. User Account Control (UAC) has been implemented for tightening up the account privileges assigned to normal users and the default firewall package has been seriously beefed up to include packet filtering. The plan is that this will finally be a copy of Windows that the power user can trust and the novice can enjoy.

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06. 1.2006

Skinny Water

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So tell me, what's the skinny on Skinny Water? If the website is to be believed, Skinny Water will suppress your appetite and increase fat burning, with no calories added. Sound too good to be true?

I'm sure it is.

Though free of ephedra, preservatives, and caffeine, Skinny Water contains a special ingredient called Hydroxycitric Acid, otherwise known as “Super CitriMax," a purported appetite suppressant and fat synthesis inhibitor. The idea is that you're supposed to consume a bottle of Skinny 30-60 minutes before each meal, allowing the beverage to get to work. Haha. You know, many dieticians recommend drinking a glass of plain old fat water as a way to do the same thing. (Yeah, proper hydration will work wonders, I hear.) Anyway, with our weight-conscious society always looking for quick shortcuts, it will be interesting to see if Skinny Water takes off.

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06. 1.2006

Track your workouts with Adeo Fitness Companion

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The Adeo Fitness Companion recently released by the Motion Lingo Company is targeted at serious athletes, skiers and cyclists. Simply speaking, it is a multi-function device which can give you audio updates of your progress during your workout – data such as speed, distance, topographical maps, and satellite maps of the route you have covered. It has a built-in GPS tracker that can tell you where you are going and how fast you are getting there.You can also hook it up to your iPod or any other MP3 player, and the device will intersperse real-time workout information with your music.

Once you are ready to download the information, connect the Adeo to your PC and you can check on your workout data, add comments and track information such as weather conditions, and even your shoe mileage. The Adeo costs $149.99 and there is no monthly fee to use the real-time services offered. The price tag may not appeal to you if you're only a weekend runner or if you just bike to work. But if you're training seriously, then this is one must-have on your list!

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