In an obvious attempt to compete with Apple's iPhone, Verizon Wireless announced on Wednesday their new cell phone lineup, including the much-rumored Voyager (made by LG Electronics) which has a large touch screen very similar to the iPhone, but also includes a second screen and keyboard which folds out laterally like the LG EnV.
The LG Venus, which comes in pink and black, is a slider phone with two screens: the phone keypad slides out from under a touch screen. As with Voyager, it vibrates when a user taps a menu option on the screen.
Both Venus and Voyager have 2-megapixel cameras, and high-speed wireless connections for fast music and video downloads, and since the Voyager does not come with a large built-in memory for songs and video, it offers instead a slot for memory cards up to 8 gigabytes. By comparison, the iPhone has 8 gigabytes of built-in storage. Going after iPhone's achilles heel -- it's painfully slow AT&T network -- the Voyager will connect to Verizon Wireless' latest data network, providing speeds much higher than the "EDGE" network the iPhone uses.
Like you, when I think of Hello Kitty and her 33rd anniversary, the first things that come to mind are obviously pink satin, a martini, and a deck of Kitty-adorned playing cards made from 99.99% pure gold.
The cards, which are sealed in decorated laminate, are available now through the Sanrio Online Shop in Japan for 567,000 yen (about $4,900). You're on your own in getting the satin and cocktail.
Via Pink Tentacle.
The all-important annual hot holiday toy list from trade magazine Toy Wishes was released to breathless retailers and eager parents, but the fascinating factor for us was that it confirmed how tech-savvy children have become: seven out of the 12 toys featured to be this year's most popular are hooked to either a computer or TV screen. In fact, the most popular toys are high-tech updates of such classics as Barbie, Nerf, and Rubik's Cube, as well as a giant magnifying eyeball (pictured above) and a singing Hannah Montana doll.
"Today, kids have iPods and cell phones," said Jim Silver, editor-in-chief of Toy Wishes, which based its list on the publication's review of thousands of toys and interviews with retailers. "We live in a different world of how children play."
Here's the list in alphabetical order, no favorites. The manufacturers' suggested retail price is included.
American Idol Talent Challenge (Tech2Go, $49.99). Ages 8 and up.
Aqua Dots Super Studio (Spin Master Ltd., $24.99). Ages 4 and up.
Barbie Girls (Mattel Inc., device, $59.99; accessories pack, $9.99). Ages 6 and up.
Jakks EyeClops Bionic Eye (JAKKS-Pacific Inc., $49.99). Ages 6 and up.
For all the devoted Halo fans, Mimobot, the popular manufacturer of the Art Toy USB Flash Drives, has a Halo collection available for pre-order and ready to be shipped on October 18th. The limited edition Halo series was created in collaboration with Microsoft and Bungie and features the Master Chief, Red Spartan and Blue Spartan characters. The USB Flash drives are available in 1 GB, 2G or 4GB formats and come preloaded with various Halo content including the Mimobot soundByte™ application, artwork, excerpts from the upcoming Halo novel, and a special episode of "This Spartan Life."
Prices for the limited edition Halo Mimobot series range from $49.95 to $109,95. Per-orders will be accepted until October 18th or until the supply lasts.
For just $20, the "soft, cushioning cell foam that looks remarkably real" not only keeps your wrists happy and in a more proper ergonomic position, but can also make you the easiest person to shop for in the world. Salami stapler? Lettuce keyboard cover? Mayo screen cleaner? The gift ideas are endless.
TheFind has made it easier for shoppers to search for eco/green products online, with the launch of TheFIndGreen. Now, you don't have to figure out which search terms to use in order to find eco-friendly products in every category (for instance, handbags made of vegan or recycled materials, organic cleaning products, and solar-powered or energy saving lights).
[TheFind is one of Popgadget's shopping partners.]
This looks like a cool, recreational vehicle, but is actually a four-wheel covered, electric scooter made for people who need assistance with getting around. The advantage is that it's covered with a canopy and removable doors, so it protects the rider from the elements (even has windshield wipers), and of course, it's very stylish. Equipped with headlights with turn signals, front and rear suspension, it travels at a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour. The weight limit is 350 pounds. The only problem might be that it's too eye-catching - how do you keep other people's grubby paws off of it.
As many of you know, I am a big fan of tea and anything tea related, therefore I am also interested in water kettles, and Kenwood’s Response Kettle might have just become my favorite one. First of all, it lets you choose to end the boiling process at 80 degrees Celsius, which is ideal for brewing tea and – best of all – its exterior gradually changes color from blue to red as the water becomes hotter. The Response Kettle, once it's reached the desired temperature, can be set to maintain the heat for as long as you want, therefore eliminating the need to reheat when you need a refill.
Available on Amazon.co.uk (unfortunately not available on the Amazon.com at the moment) for £ 34.99
Via Apartment Therapy.
It isn't every day that I'm offended by a piece of furniture. It's just today.
Sumo wrestling is a sport steeped in history and tradition. Words like "honor" and "respect" are typically used to describe all of the rituals that are part of the tournaments; the athletes take their sport seriously and train incredibly hard to climb the ranks.
So to strap a glass tabletop onto a sumo wrestler's back and then charge $225 for the offense is just plain wrong.
Via The Uber-Review.
I think my pups are laughing at me. Smart Home sent me their new Bark Smart to try out, which works by sending out an ultrasonic signal that only dogs can hear when activated by the barking. Supposedly, dogs learn that their barking causes this irritating sound and stop barking to stop the noise. A deluxe version of the Bark Smart is also available. This upgraded device has twin speakers with a wider range as well as a timer control option that lets you set the time when the Bark Smart Deluxe is active each day. Uh-huh.
If you're gulible, choose from two modes: audible and ultrasonic. Both modes signal your dog ultrasonically, but the audible mode also emits a tone that you can hear, which will drive you totally crazy while your daschunds enjoy a chuckle. An LED also shows when the Bark Smart is active.