LocoRoco is said to be one of the best titles out there for Sonyís PSP. Unfortunately, all I know about the game so far derives from various online reviews, videos and screenshots. All I can say is that Loco Roco definitely falls into the category of cutest-looking-games-ever. I have been meaning to get myself a copy of the game for a while now, but ÖI got sidetracked by that one pair of bootsÖ yet again.
Sony might have come to my rescue by organizing this Loco Roco online sweepstake; enter and you could be one of five lucky winners to get an adorable Loco Roco prize pack which contains two limited edition Loco Roco inflatables (small and large), a very special one-of-a-kind LocoRoco T-shirt, a beanie, and -- most importantly -- a copy of the game.
Unfortunately for me, the promotion is for US residents only. You can try and get your Loco Roco prize by entering the sweepstake until October 17th directly on the playstation.com site.
Via PSP vault.
For those nights when you want an evening of music and good conversation over a tasty meal check out the Concerto Table by Lovegrove & Repucci. The table, styled in the shape of a grand piano, contains all you need to host a great evening with friends. The iPod dock built into the deck provides ambiance, with hidden speakers for functional elegance. In-line shelves hold supplies without adding bulk. Intended by the designers as a focal point to your gathering, the Concerto Table moves through its configurations providing flexible dining solutions to you and your guests. Go from hors d'oeuvres to dinner seamlessly and with flair. And when you're not hosting smashing parties, enjoy the Concerto Table as a home office. Multifunctionality rules.
Iíve spent some time using the GotVoice voicemail recording service and I wanted to review it for the Popgadget crowd. The company offers a service for capturing voicemail messages from your telephone providerís messaging system, and making them available as handy mp3s. It means no more punching keypads to get to that vital message I saved two weeks ago, and always having a web accessible method for listening, trashing, and saving voicemail.
GotVoice does offer a free package with basic functionality. It will automatically sync with the voicemail system a maximum of three times a day, and allows for automatically deleting old messages once a week. Thatís it, but thatís a perfect bare minimum of functionality to simply use their service as a voicemail reference archive, which is what Iíve wanted for a long time. The free versions are heavily advertising supported, but thatís par for the course when discussing great online services that are free to use. Thereís a full review below the fold so click through and weíll run through it together.
I admit it, ÖI like creating scrap books, or at least I used to. That was back in my teen years when there was no email, no instant messengers of sorts, no digital pictures. Back then, I would spend hours decorating my Smemoranda* with the name and pictures of my momentary crush, my favorite band, actors, etc. Gosh, I would even write letters and create personal birthday cards!
All my handcrafting talent slowly diminished as I started using the computer more and more and lost interest in spending hours doing by hand what can be achieved a lot faster on a computer. The thing is that, if the application you are using is good and entertaining, you might be able to send that birthday card a lot faster, but in the end you might spend twice as much time looking for it or creating it without even noticing.
Thatís exactly what happens when you use scrapblog; you will easily spend a couple of hours creating your digital scrapbook and not even feel it.
Although many speaker manufacturers successfully merge art and sound, Crystal Audio has hit a high note with the Ballad subwoofer.
Designed to compliment Crystalís Melody line of speakers, the Ballad was fashioned by the Melodyís same Greek sculptor, Ilirian Shima. Made of 40 layers of plywood specially bonded together and treated with wax, the subwoofer is totally inert and resembles a beautifully crafted instrument.
The Ballad tops out at eight feet tall, so itís sure to be noticed. In fact, you may even need to cut a hole in the ceiling of your living room to accommodate it! The endpin that sticks out from the larger end prevents loss of sonic energy, making its sweet sound that much sweeter.
Tony Wurman, a classically trained industrial designer and glass blower, is the wunderkind founder and artist behind the Wunderwurks Design studio in New York City.
What's unique about his wonderful designs is that everything is made with recyclable materials, such as this Hula Hula lamp ($680) which is actually hot-glue sticks that are melted and stretched to resemble stained glass. Inspriation for this lamp, he says, came from LA surf graphics and Venice Beach's colorful tapestry.
Using a specific blend of EVA hotmelt adhesive and proprietary techniques he has developed, Wurman can transform hot glue into a Tiffany-esque lamp, using wire for the base, or create a stunning clock.
You can see more of his work at Wunderwurks.
Via LA TIMES.
If customization is king, then rockin' design rules. The Intempo Digital Radio model PP01 has a sleek design and chameleon style so flexible it will suit almost anyone's taste. The ultra-slim radio with flat panel speakers picks up both FM and Digital Audio (DAB), making sure you keep up with the times. If you want to use the radio speakers to output sound from your iPod or Mp3 player there's a stereo line-in jack available, as well as a headphone socket for when you want to listen on your own. Rechargable batteries provide up to twenty hours of continous use, allowing you to take the PP01 anywhere. But perhaps best of all are the interchangable speaker covers which provide the option to personalize! You can change the look of your radio, and even add colors or your own photos. Put it all together, you've got a sweet-looking fun device.
When I transitioned from a behemoth laptop to my tiny Dell Inspiron 710m (which I love even though it's not the smallest or prettiest in its class), I bought a tiny laptop bag to go with it so I could really travel light. For awhile, I was so delighted with its slimness that I almost didn't mind that I had to carry the fat adapter in my purse. Never mind all the other stuff I generally carry, like pens, notepads, and cords for other portable devices -- no room for any of that stuff.
Looking for something a little roomier and more versatile, I came across a few fashionable, very ladylike styles that look like oversized handbags -- tempting if I weren't the type of ungentle person who regularly spills coffee, walks around in the rain without an umbrella, and throws things around in my car like a gorilla in a cage.
In the end, I bought this VertiGo bag (named that because it's, of course, vertical) with a laptop sleeve insert (I got the very bag pictured above, except with orange leather trim instead of the green). Made of a highly durable black, ballistic nylon, it comes in 4 different sizes, ranging in price from $79 to $89, with a choice of 9 different trims. I love that it's not strictly a laptop bag, which means I can use it as an overnight bag, as a carry-on when I'm flying, as a book bag (not that I ever read books anymore), or as an alternative to a handbag. There are a number of interior pockets for things like cell phones, pens, business cards, whatever. The exterior sports two large pockets, front and back (big enough for files, books, candy bars, water bottle), and one small pocket on the side (for another cell phone or iPod maybe, or a baby bottle if you use this as a diaper bag). I'm not sure why, but I feel like the vertical positioning makes it less cumbersome to carry.
Though they've long been a staple on the continent, we Americans haven't been able to buy ready-to-drink cocktails in convenient single serving sizes. Sure, weíve seen some one off products like Kahlua's Mudslides, and Jack Daniel's Country Cocktails, but there hasn't been much in the way of beverages that professional drinkers enjoy. Diageo is using Tampa, FL as the test market for twelve ounce cocktails in traditional aluminum cans.
The goal is to offer convenient cans of premixed cocktails to compete with the beer market, and to boost liquor sales and brand recognition. The initial offerings are familiar names likes Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, George Dickel, and Seagram's 7. Expansion plans call for a Crown Royal offering in the upcoming months.
The liquors are packaged with lemon-lime or cola flavored sodas, and the twelve ounce can (if my math is correct) contains approximately 25 mL of 80 proof spirit. The tinned cocktails are only 5% alcohol by volume, so they come in as alcoholic as a can of Budweiser.
Reports from the Tampa area have shown sales to be brisk, and Iím predicting that these will be very well received. The Coppola familyís single serving sparkling wine has done remarkably well solely on the novelty of a shiny pink can with a straw. Keep an eye on the airlines as I suspect that they will soon be picking these up as a replacement for the traditional, flammable, 50mL liquor bottle.