In a few more months, my contract with AT&T (formerly Cingular whence we first met) ends, and so I'm out on the prowl for a new deal and a new phone (can AT&T still do it for me?). Honestly, I know that there is a super batch of new phones arriving to shelves in the next few weeks, but currently I just can't rationalize spending $250-$350 for a smartphone, when another $50 will get me the iPhone. But, I'm sworn to staying iPhone-free until its next generation model makes it to market. So, let's talk about the Motorola Ming, also known as the "unlocked phone that can do it all."
I like Ming because it runs a Linux-based interface (mmmm open source). The interface helps any user easily navigate between entertainment, contacts, documents, and more. Ming has a 2-megapixel camera for photos, a business card reader to store your contacts, and 8MB of internal memory.
Price: No contract! $280-329 via Amazon (early adopter exclusive) in black, red, or white.
Hoyun just posted about the gorgeous Cool Globe (apparently only available in Sweden at this point) which keeps food cold via an "exchangeable cooling device."
Until we can get our hands on one of those babies, here's a great alternative, the OGGI Hot/Cold Thermo Tray from Sur La Table.
It works by using a heat-sensitive gel core that keeps cold food chilled and hot food warmed for hours. To heat, place tray in oven for up to 6 minutes; to cool, place in refrigerator for up to 2 hours. Crafted of 18/8 stainless steel for easy care. Just don't stick it in the dishwasher.
$39.99 at Sur La Table.
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AppleInsider has a very exhaustive review of the latest Apple wireless keyboard for iMacs. And gathering from the unboxing, the device lives up to its promises. It's ultralight (that’s an immediate relief, considering its rather bulky predecessor) and yet rugged, a distinctive advantage offered by its sleek aluminium construction. Typing itself could be a lot less stressful on the fingers due to two reasons. First, the key positioning is pretty intuitive. Second, the typing angle is optimized cleverly by placing the battery compartment at the top of the keyboard so that the board is raised at the required angle. The bluetooth range is also at a limit of 20 ft (in the test environment), which is a comfortable range for normal usage. The final verdict? An “incredible” 5/5 in spite of a few would-be-nice-to-have features on their wishlist.
Available at Amazon for $78.24 (ships in 4 to 6 weeks).
The Swedish-made Cool Globe is the best looking alternative I've seen to the big, ugly coolers people usually carry to picnics and barbecues. The globe keeps food cold via an "exchangeable cooling device" (I don't know what that is exactly). To keep food hot, you heat up the soapstone hotplate for two minutes in the microwave before inserting in into the Cool Globe - I would imagine this would be good for keeping food hot at home as well. Available in two sizes, it comes in a range of modern colors.
There's no information on the website about where you can buy these. Anyone seen one in the U.S.?
If your home computer is unhappy with its shapely, voluptous peripherals, you can easily shed quite a few pounds with the new Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set. This ultra-thin (no Apple envy here) set comes with a wireless keyboard, laser mouse, and 17-key numeric keypad.
Right-handed, left-handed, or one of each in your home? No worries! Simply swap out the magnetically attached modules on the left or right side of the keyboard, making your peripherals adapt to your needs instead of the other way around. If you like, you can even add a media remote to the set for a little more and control your Windows Media Center and Front Row from anywhere in the room.
Price: $109.92 at Amazon (in graphite).
Or, if you like more colors and a la carte, view the entire collection here (in graphite, wine, ice blue, and deep blue).
This trio of chocolate may look like your average run-of-the-mill pack of Halloween-inspired skull truffles (you know, the kind we all got with our penny candy and wax lips), but they're anything but ordinary.
First of all, each piece has its own very distinct, very child-unfriendly flavor. Scorched caramel, anyone? How about chili pepper or bitter cherry with brandy?
And second, third, and fourth of all, the 3.24-ounce set of three truffles costs $100.
Available now from Dean & Deluca.
I am a lover of boardgames (Cranium, Scrabble, Boggle) and was once a slumber party Twister champion. Nothing beats boardgames on cold fall and winter evenings. iPod owners, get ready for some new music-based trivia and iFun with the iNo Interactive Game System.
iNo is a speaker-system dock (compatible only with iPod nano and 30/80 GB) that lets up to four players and four iPods play an easy, fun, and revealing game of "name that song," artist or album. If you've never taken a look at a friend's playlists, this is a sure-fire way to get a ton of laughs as you learn more about one another through those "secret" songs you love to jam to. (We all have em' -- I'd be lying if I pretended that Kelly Clarkson wasn't hidden deep inside my own iPod.)
Players interact by buzzing in with one of four color-coded wireless remotes and keep score on their own LED scoreboard throughout their game. However, departing from PG fun, I can also imagine that this could be easily converted into a wonderful fast-acting drinking game. If you have at least 3 friends with the standard iPods (no shuffles, minis, or most classics) and a laugh-inducing, curious, or questionable take on music, this is a great must-have at your upcoming holiday and just-for-the-heck of it parties.
I just wonder if this means that there may be a day ahead where Twister isn't a household name.
Price: $79.99 pre-order through Target.
I'm not sure what the overlap is between collectors of miniatures and collectors of guns, but if I were a member of both groups, I'd be sick with joy at seeing this real working, miniature gun, the SwissMiniGun. Now, don't get all up in arms about it, information on the company's website about ammunition clearly states that the fire power (less than 1 joule, whatever that means) is much less than that of a BB gun (I hope people aren't buying those for kids anymore).
You can acquire this for your miniatures collection for 6'500 Swiss Francs (for the stainless steel model). The 18k solid gold model (see one after the jump) is made on order, and can be customized with diamonds or other precious stones.
If you look in a typical New Yorker's apartment, you'll find a stash of plastic bags from grocery stores. You know the kind, the ones that San Francisco has banned from supermarkets. It might seem a bit excessive until you realize that San Francisco alone hands out 180 million bags a year to shoppers. There was also the "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" frenzy this summer, which ended up feeling more about "awareness creation" than making an impact on people's behavior on a large scale.
For a more practical approach, try the Minusbags, which are designed by MB Mullan in Brooklyn and hand-stitched in New Hampshire. I like the functionality of them (they machine wash and hold 3 plastics bags worth of stuff.) They have a smart design, which replaces loud corporate logos with smart graphics of fruit. I also like the given reason that minusbags are better than plastics bags: because, "you can buy a dozen Krispy Cremes all for yourself and no one will be able to see them."
The Minusbag sell at $16 at a few locations on the East Coast, as well from their online store.
Vacuums may not set the typical gadgetophile's heart afire, but one of the super-vacs from Dyson could easily change their minds. My own Dyson Slim has me vacuuming at least twice as often as I used to (twice a year now, at least).
The Dyson DC07 All Floor works equally well on carpets and bare floors, with "cyclone" technology for extra-powerful suction. It's great for unhealthy asthmatic geeks like me too - because you don't need to change bags or filters - it takes one touch to empty the bin and even with the HEPA filtration, all you need to do is wash the filter, no replacements necessary.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dyson and Target are offering a special edition pink DC07. It's the same great vacuum, with a glossy pink finish, and $40 of each sale goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Popgadget and Dyson will also be giving away one Pink Special Editon BCRF Dyson DC07 this month. All you need to do is subscribe to our weekly email list, and we'll be selecting one winner at random. The drawing will take place on October 28th. Good luck and thank you to Dyson and Target for supporting such an important cause. And please check out BCRF for more information, partners, and ways to donate.