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07.20.2007

Personalization goes offline with Moo MiniCards

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Moo MiniCards evoke memories from when we were card-trading kids. These paper keepsakes make their 21st century comeback taking fabulous new form. Choose between text-centric or photo-based styles, personalize away, and we promise you'll love to create, carry, trade, and call on friends and contacts.

$19.99 (without shipping) buys a pack of 100 cards (up to 100 different photos per pack), printed with 4-colors onto sturdy paper with a polished satin finish. Flickr, Fotolog, Bebo, Habbo, Second Life, LiveJournal, or Vox are all partners with Moo, so you can upload files directly from your accounts in seconds.

Print a pack that features your contact information, blog, website, and memberships to social networks. Use them to "save the date" or as a party invite, favor, or game. Reach out to old friends, get in touch with new friends, or share scenes from your vacation, new home, or job.

Want something a little larger or that sticks? Try "notecards," square prints from your own photos or designs that stand up and a new line of stickers.

We concur, personalization offline has never been so fun!

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07.20.2007

The Popgadget iPhone of Hate (win an iPhone!)

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I don't actually hate the iPhone, I still mostly love it, but after finally accomplishing the Herculean task of actually switching phone providers so I could use the iPhone, I do hate every single cell phone company out there. In fact, my new goal in life is to establish a cell phone company that, instead of forcing you into years-long contracts with the threat of huge penalty fees, will keep customers with good customer service by people who actually seem to understand what they're talking about, and not adding bs fees and nonsense taxes that inexplicably leave you with a $200 phone bill on what is supposedly a $60 phone plan.

My attempts to keep a number I'd had on Sprint for over 10 years and port to an AT&T iPhone account has led to the creation of FOUR extra lines of service spanning across three mobile carriers, and approximately $900 in extra fees in just under a month. I'd give details but I might start to have flashbacks and start destroying every cell phone in my path.

But my hatred and desire for schadenfreudic catharsis could win you an iPhone, complete with several designer cases. Send an email to me (mia(at)popgadget.net) with the subject line "iPhone of Hate" and tell me about your worst cell phone customer service experience. Details and emotional outbursts are very welcome. You must be a subscriber to our newsletter to win, so make sure you sign up first. The winning entry will be posted on August 1, 2007. Good luck and happy hating!

Posted by Mia    Category: cell phones | contests
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07.20.2007

I Blog, therefore I am: the Sony blog

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Everyone's doing it, and now monster companies are finally realizing blogging is a good way to connect with their customers, and sure, along the way, maybe sell more products. Sony just launched their blog this week . Color us not surprised that two women are spear heading Sony's "Social Media Strategy."

In order to understand this initiative, I spoke with Marcy Cohen, who is with Sony Electronics Corporate Communications.

"With the growth and impact of the internet, we realized we needed to be more proactive and have a dialogue with the customer " says the 6 and a half year veteran of the company. "It gives a face to the company and also helps us learn about the customer through unfiltered comments. Besides comments and feedback, we'll have regular contributors ...guest bloggers. Ultimately, we expect it will benefit the consumer."

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07.20.2007

Get game! Legend of Zelda map belt

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Hipster techies and gamers, we've found a must-have treasure for your wardrobe. This white belt depicts the map from the original Legend of Zelda. Our hero Link, holding his sword, is immortalized in embroidery. The belt comes in a collector's tin case that resembles an old NES cartridge. We think that's sweet geek!

In the event that you've been living under a rock for the last decade, The Legend of Zelda, is arguably one of the most influential franchises ever created. To date, the series boasts 13 official releases.

If you have an avatar, live in Linden, or appreciate creative game-play, this belt is a tribute to the Nintendo's origins that can be hotly sported around your waist in the future.

Price: $15-20 at NerdyShirts
One size fits most. 47 inches long (belt can be shortened), width is 1.5 inches.

Posted by chrissie    Category: gaming | wearables
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07.19.2007

Waboba Ball

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Tired of the same old beach games? Frisbee seeming flat? Volleyball lost its vitality? Here's a way to bounce some fun back into the world of beach amusement: The Waboba Ball.

Made of a devilishly clever (it is a British product) combination of Lycra and various polyurethanes, the Waboba not only floats, but actually bounces on the water as well, making it lots more fun that skipping stones that eventually sink or tossing a Frisbee that will eventually sink. Even comes with its own game.

Take a look at the clip below to see it in action.


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07.19.2007

Turn photos into wallpaper

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People love to decorate their homes with framed photographs, but why not take the image and blow it up to wallpaper-size instead? That's precisely the service provided by Better Wallpaper, a UK company that will take a digital image file, print it onto wallpaper and deliver it (with instructions on how to apply the wallpaper) to your doorstep.

You can customize the wallpaper size to whatever you prefer (though anyone trying to cover an area larger than 20 square meters is advised to contact the company for more detailed specifications). The price varies with size, but as an example, a printed sheet 1.5 meters (approximately 5 feet) x 1.5 meters costs £90. The company handles both UK and international orders, and will provide a PDF proof of the final product before it proceeds with the final printing.

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07.19.2007

Tattoos for geeks

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Geeks don't have the toughest image, but it doesn't mean they shouldn't wear their nerd status on their sleeves. Not "Born to Ride"? How about "Born to Code"? Geek Tattoos feature iconic designs (hearts, skulls, hellfires) combined with nerd objects of lust like IP addresses, USB symbols, and power buttons.

Geek tattoos are $7.95 for a set of 16 from Archie McPhee.

Posted by Mia    Category: wearables
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07.19.2007

Courier Case for Urban Life

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Inspried by street warriors , AKA bike messengers, the Griffin Courier case carries your iPod and everything else you need in a rugged, yet attractive case.

It keeps your iPod close at hand with the wrap-around protective sleeve but lets you flip open the case, control your iPod, and flip it shut with one thumb. That's dexterity. The second flapped pocket holds sync cable, earphones, and even a flip-style mobile phone (no, it won't hold your iPhone). Two other interchangeable cases fit 5th generation iPod, 1st and 2nd generation iPod nano and give access to hold switch, headphone port and dock connector case. The larger case can also accommodate 4th generation iPods, though access to the headphone port will be blocked when the player is in the case.

Loops on the top and bottom accommodate a matching carabiner and allow you to hook Courier to most anything, or, in my case, hook most anything to a Courier.

$29.99 from our friends at Griffin.

Posted by Evan    Category: portable media
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07.19.2007

Spider-Man speaker pillow

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If the Spi-Dog speaker system isn't doing an adequate job of broadcasting your love of Spider-Man to the world, why not make it your mission to slowly replace each and every pillow in the house with this? A big ole Spider-Man head.

Because although it may look purely decorative, it's actually got some function stuffed in along with all that polystyrene filling. See that cord coming out from the side of Spidey's 12" x 12" x 2.5" head? Plug it into any standard 3.5mm headphone jack and you've got yourself a plush set of speakers (his eyes, I suppose), complete with volume control.

The Spider-Man speaker pillow can be ordered now for about $18.

Via Tech Digest.

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07.19.2007

Lexphone: cheap phone, free calls

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If you're short on minutes, travel frequently, or place international calls regularly, you'll want to consider adding a Lexphone to your growing collection of awesome peripherals. Lexphone is a lightweight, compact USB telephone that works with Skype and MSN messenger to allow you to place and receive calls from your computer for free.

Lexphone works with most computers, and after a simple software installation, you'll be able to call anywhere in the world. It's also a great gift for members of your extended family--now there really is no excuse not to call!

Price: $73 (comes in Aluminum and Black)

To learn more or purchase this item,go to Pure Modern.

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