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06.20.2007

Mamma Mia! Grow a 1up mushroom

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Here's something just destined for the shopping list of Princess Peach: the 1up Mushroom Kit. Because $8.99 will get her not only a green pipe planter, packet of spores, food solution, and water dropper, but also peace of mind.

No longer will she have to lose sleep worrying about Mario getting hurt from misjudging whether he can clear a gaping hole in the ground or smashing his head into a block of bricks. And for what? The off chance that maybe a green and white mushroom will pop up and grant him another opportunity to risk his life against a row of Koopa Troopas or the solitary grumpy-faced Goomba?

The jury's still out on whether these 1up mushrooms are actually edible, but Peach still wants to grow a whole bunch. Don't you?

Via Coolest Gadgets.

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06.20.2007

Nintendo DS pencil stylus

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I can't believe it took so long for someone to think of this. A stylus that looks like a pencil. A stylus. That looks like a pencil. It's ingenious and creative yet obvious and simple. Amazing.

Officially licensed by Nintendo and unofficially compatible with so much more than just the DS and DS Lite handheld game systems, these 4.7" soft-tipped styli are available now for $10 each.

Via technabob.

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06.20.2007

Momiji Dolls with a message

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Say こんにちは、美しい人形 to Momiji Dolls, an adorable collection of message-bearing friendship dolls from the Land of the Rising Sun. Not only are they lovely in their own right -- I have one to keep me company on my computer desk -- but hidden inside every 3" doll there is a tiny folded card for a secret message. Hand-painted and made out of heavy resin, what a perfect way to say "thank you " to a friend or "HappyHappyHappy" ?

$14.95 at fire box .

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06.19.2007

02hi personal oxygen machine

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I am a very serious hypochondriac who should never be allowed to watch medical shows but I'm addicted to House so I predictably develop about 3-4 new serious ailments a week. Something that I'm currently fixated on is based on an episode of House- when one of the characters frequently yawns, Dr. House calls it a "symptom" and then finds several scary reasons why it could be something beyond being a little tired. I'm an insomniac who never sleeps more than a couple of hours at a stretch (though I spend enough hours in bed trying to sleep, I just wake a up a lot) so the occasional yawn is probably to be expected but every time it happens lately, a veritable roll call of scary diseases comes to mind now. Thanks Hugh Laurie. I know better than to google "excessive yawning" because if I do that, I'll be in the emergency room before the end of the day, having convinced myself that I'm deathly ill.

Continue reading "02hi personal oxygen machine"

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06.19.2007

More iPhone, More Hype

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Apple Inc. said Monday that its much-anticipated iPhone device will feature an optical-quality glass surface and deliver significantly longer battery life than was originally estimated. (You were hoping for an upgrade to 3G? No such luck.)

So that figures out to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback. In addition, the multi-functional device will feature up to 250 hours -- more than 10 days -- of standby time.

Apple also upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a "superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity."

And in case you've been living in a cave, the iPhone will be available on June 29, 2007 in a 4GB model for $499 and an 8GB model for $599, and will work with either a PC or Mac.

Via Apple Insider and iLounge.

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06.19.2007

Pink wireless notebook mouse for women

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More developers are (finally) designing for women; for example, Kensington's new Pink Si750m LE Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse is built to fit comfortably in a women's hand, because, if you haven't noticed, we generally have smaller paws.

The company sent me one to try out and the first thing I noticed was the contoured grips on the side -- smart -- and the sensitive laser sensor, which tracks on wood, plastic, pretty much any surface, meaning you won't need your mouse pad on plane trips.

Nice features: Up to 6 months of battery life on 1 AA battery, wireless range up to 30 feet, mini receiver that tucks inside the mouse when not it in use, available USB Port, PC/Mac compatible, not to mention the lovely metallic pink finish.

And it's one of those feel-good purchases, as Kensington is donating $125,000 to help combat heart disease, the #1 killer of American women. I know, I know, it should be red but maybe next year.

$51.33 at Amazon.

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06.18.2007

Sprint launches HTC Mogul

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After much speculation as to a launch date, Sprint has finally released the HTC Mogul 6800. This marks the launch of the first CDMA device that has Windows Mobile 6 and that will be EVDO Revision A capable.

The Mogul joins it's cousin, the HTC Titan, which has been available on AT&T/Cingular since November as the 8525, but this unit remains a Windows Mobile 5 device (unless, of course, you hack into yours and upgrade it to 6, like our esteemed editor-in-chief, Mia).

Originally planned for a May, then an October release, the Mogul's launch was moved up at the cost of not being ready for Sprint's fastest data service, EVDO Revision A. A software upgrade, which will be available later this year, is promised to make the Revision A available to the Mogul buyers.

Truly the gem of Sprint's current offerings, this workhorse packs every imaginable feature into a form that is much sleeker that it's predecessor, the 6700.

Available exclusively from Sprint's website and business sales, with release into retail stores in July.

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06.18.2007

Mutt-ini ceramic pet collection

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You know, your dog or cat already feels bad enough about her drinking problem. Is it really necessary that you rub it in with something from the Mutt-ini Collection?

Sure, the 7.5" high ceramic food bowl is ridiculously adorable (and the height is probably good for your pet's back). And yes, I want the 9.5" high shaker-style treat jar because I, too, can relate to the "It's been a Ruff Day! I need a treat!" phrase printed on it. And it's a better deal to buy both for the special combo price of $45 than to get the $30 bowl and $18 jar separately.

But that still doesn't make it right.

Via Nerd Approved.

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06.18.2007

Foldable Stowaway Keyboard

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As anyone with Blackberry Thumb can attest, after 8 hours on your favorite gadget, you're dying for a full-sized keyboard. I was never interested until there was Bluetooth wireless technology. (We've written about foldable keyboards before, but none this small and convenient.)

With its unique folding design you can put this puppy in your purse or backpack, yet it opens to a full size keyboard when you need it. Conveniently, it comes with a lap-lock for airplanes or your lap, for that matter.

The Anycome Foldalbe Keyboard supports almost any Bluetooth device -- your smart phone, PDA, Tablet, Media Center PC or notebook, but visit their website for the latest compatibility list.

Product Highlights:
full 4 key rows
up to 60 hours operating time, up to 7000 h standby time
many devices supported
Bluetooth 1.2
supports HID profile

Amazon has it for $111.

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06.17.2007

Father's Day Contest Winner 2

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Michelle Fox from Redondo Beach California won the iMic from Griffin Technology for her dad, Danny (or maybe her father-in-law Jeff). Read about the iMic in our Father's Day Gift Guide.

Happy Father's Day! We have one more Father's Day giveaway -- winner to be selected tonight.

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