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08. 9.2007

Fred Water

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Fred apparently isn’t just any old bottled water.

Fred is a bottled water with a MySpace page, listing lots of friends and plenty of comments.

Fred doesn’t just have consumers – if you drink it, then you are a friend of Fred. In fact, you are a friend with benefits.

Fred has a blog. Much like any other, it’s filled with up-to-the minute pop culture, like links to puppet-show re-enactments of the newest Harry Potter book on YouTube, as well as potential actors to replace the current cast of the Potter films.

Fred sells t-shirts with taglines like "Fortified with irony." And, of course, there’s the "Friends with benefits" version.

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08. 9.2007

Earthships

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No need to go all the way to Mars to experience living in a colony on Mars. You can live in an earthship right here on your own planet. News.com reports that these earthships, built of natural and recycled materials, and designed to maintain a consistent temperature on the inside, exist in every state in the U.S. The photo above is of an earthship near Taos, New Mexico as part of the Earthship World Community. Who knew? I feel like I've been living on another planet.

See more photos here, including a shot of a home that could have been in Anakin Skywalker's childhood neighborhood.

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08. 9.2007

Smart splurge for steam therapy

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Steam therapy helps with pore cleansing and deep relaxation. Unless your an heiress, you probably have to take an expensive trip to a spa or fitness club for a nice steam. The portable and very affordable (about the price of a Bliss Spa treatment) Compact Sauna lets you live with a little extra special steam luxury. Its collapsible structure allows you to save space and tuck it away in a closet.

After setting the Sauna up (takes about 6 minutes) simply sit inside (you're head and arms have spaces to fit through) and relax in up to 115 degree Fahrenheit while the Sauna runs from a standard 240V power source and functions from an independent water reservoir that only needs a refill after 2-3 uses.

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08. 9.2007

Pink PC kit

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Paint it pink and someone will buy it.

That's what I learned during my stint with the now-defunct secret society known as Gadgets Gone Pink. The only reason I can even reveal our old passphrase is because of a spy who infiltrated our hallowed chambers and spilled our secrets to anyone who would listen.

Evidently, one such listener was The Pink Toolbox Co., who has recently "gone geek" and released the Pink PC Kit. Packaged in a reusable steel tin, the £18 kit includes a pink mousepad, pink Bluetooth USB receiver, and pink Bluetooth mouse with scroll wheel.

Via Ubergizmo.

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08. 9.2007

Recycled tech tchotchke

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Be fumble free the next time someone asks for your business card. You'll see the irony in networking, as you simply flip open this clever circuit board card holder and share your corporate love. Revolve.com makes fabulous gift-ware out of recycled tech.

Our favorite line of items (out of many!) are the rescued circuit boards turned into an array of office-ware, but others include: CDs, plastic bags, juice cartons, coffee mugs, and more.

Visit Revolve to indulge in some tech tchotchke
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08. 8.2007

Hello Kitty privacy screen for your cell phone

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There's no shortage of Hello Kitty gadgets and tech around these parts, but here's something else featuring everyone's favorite mouthless feline just for good measure.

The Sanrio Hello Kitty Mail Peeping Block and Display Protect Sticker, as it happens to be called, is just like that iPod privacy screen from a few months ago, except it's for a cell phone with a 2.44" x 1.49" (or smaller) display instead.

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08. 8.2007

iPhone of Hate Winner!

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We have a winner in our "iPhone of Hate" contest. We got hundreds and hundreds of entries, we were totally overwhelmed. There were so many awful (meaning good entries) stories, I was just taken aback. Some of my favorites: 1) getting a drug dealer's old number, complete with hysterical calls from withdrawal addled junkies at 4 am, and then getting collection notices for the dealer's $9000 phone bill; 2) ordering a single phone, and when it wasn't received, a complaint brought on a barrage of EIGHT cell phones, all charged at $550 a pop; 3) signing up for an "unlimited" data plan, only to find that the chosen phone is "ineligible" so ending up with $1200 in downloading charges.

I wish we had a hundred iPhones to give away because you all deserve one. There is so much suffering brought on by these companies, it's ridiculous. But we had to choose, and this story had all the elements I was looking for: incredulity, anguish, and finally total breakdown. The winner is....

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08. 8.2007

Apple -- New iMacs, No Waiting

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Steve Jobs, as Leader of the Free World, well, at least Everything Apple, introduced two new iMacs at Apple's headquarters this Tuesday.

The 20-inch and 24-inch iMacs are the latest editions of Apple's all-in-one iMac design. Made from aluminum and glass, they are, in a word, stunning. Since it's made from a single sheet of aluminum, you won’t see any seams or screws except maybe for a single compartment on the bottom that provides easy access to the memory slots. The built-in iSight camera and microphone are integrated so neatly you can barely see them. Both the new keyboard and the iMac itself are thinner than the previous edition.

Most importantly, the new iMac is more powerful than ever, with a faster processor, next-generation graphics, and larger hard drives.

The base 20-inch version will cost $1,199, and a more powerful 20-inch model will only cost $1,499. At $1,799, the 24-inch model costs $200 less than the current 24-inch iMac.

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08. 8.2007

SensorFreshQ electronic meat smeller

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Did I ever claim to have the super-human power to sniff out bad meat? Why does my mother keep putting raw meat in front of my nose and asking me whether there's "anything wrong with it?"

As soon as I possibly can, I'm getting her one of these food smelling devices. The SensorFreshQ runs on two AA batteries, and detects the freshness of meat and poultry within one minute (I can do it 2 seconds, but my accuracy may be doubtful since raw meat always smells awful to me).

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08. 8.2007

Fetch Stick

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As I'm not a dog owner, I find it hard to really understand this product. It's a rubber "fetch stick" for dogs, which is basically just a rubber stick. I would have thought you could just find sticks lying around anywhere, but maybe not. Maybe dogs don't have the same instincts for fetching sticks as they used to have, these days relying too much on GPS technology, resulting in thousands of lost sticks every day. If that's the case with your dog, head over to I Want One Of Those and pick up a squeaking Fetch Stick for £3.99/$8.

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