Even though I cringed with each pull on a $5 slot machine, I still like the idea of Cantor Gaming's new eDeck handheld gambling device. Available for high rollers (i.e., those who wrap chewed gum in $50 bills to play trash-can basketball with), the mobile gaming unit taps into the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and allows gamblers to play slots, blackjack, and other games from the High Limit Slot Salon.
Why would this appeal to someone like me, who now sticks to quarter slots? Sentimental reasons, really. First, my husband and I got married at the Venetian. Second, my parents go to Vegas three to four times a year (no joke) because my mom loves to gamble. Third, my best friend lives in Vegas. And fourth, it's a pocketable device.
None of this has anything to do with the eDeck directly, I know, but something that combines technology with the Venetian and Vegas is just something I need to share.
I like "Sex and the City" as much as the next person, but the HBO-licensed GraytLittleSpeaker portable iPod speaker is downright hideous. There's more to capturing the essence of Carrie and the gang than just slapping a bad image of a martini glass and some stilettos onto a frighteningly fuchsia little speaker.
On the bright side, I do like that it draws on the power of the iPod/iPhone it's plugged into, and if it's anything like the Lego-inspired speakers my husband just got, then sound quality and overall volume should be acceptable for personal listening.
Available now from the HBO Store for $20.
Via Chip Chick.
Well, that's what the team behind it are hoping... A group of former Google engineers is going up against their ex-employers with a new search engine called Cuil (pronounced "cool"), a word derived from the Gaelic for knowledge.
Cuil uses 120 billion(!) webpages to build up its index of search results, which its makers say is more than Google (although Google adamantly denies this).
The main problem I can see with the new search engine is that is doesn't transform to a verb as readily as google did. Would you admit to "cuiling" yourself? If you'd like to try, click here.
Via The BBC.
I rarely use earbuds with my iPod because, among other reasons, I'm afraid they'll do damage to my hearing, which, I suspect, isn't that great to begin with (I can never hear my cell phone ringing unless it's set at the highest volume). I also don't enjoy being totally cut off from my surroundings (it's a dangerous world, even inside my own house), so when I do use them, I keep the sound at a very low volume, like an old lady.
Purebuds from Amazing Tech Products promises a different kind of listening experience. These earbuds use Reverse Sound Technology, which reduces discomfort and potential damage to eardrums by, among other design elements, placement of the speaker unit facing opposite the ear so that there is no direct impact to the eardrum.
Oh, tech manufactuers... why do you think that making a phone or a hard drive look like a powder compact is the way to our hearts? Nothing makes me more annoyed - except covering everything vaguely girl-oriented in pink, perhaps.
As Engadget gleefully reports, Samsung has designed a concept compact hard drive that looks similar to a piece of make-up - and this picture shows it surrounded by make-up, to prove the point. You know, 'cos we women are so crazy about cosmetics, we'll buy anything if it looks like we can paint our faces with it.
So far though, this is just a concept - and maybe it should stay that way. I think the design is sleek and all, but I don't agree with making tech designs gender specific. (Don't small, sleek designs appeal to men, too?)
How about letting us all buy what we want, whether we're male or female?
The socially awkward have a new tool at their disposal: a service called Slydial (available only in the US) allows you to call someone's voicemail, bypassing any chance of ever having to speak to a real person.
The possibilities are endless: that old friend who keeps calling, but you can't stand to speak to? Give her a Slydial. The boss who scares you but asked you to ring him with some info? No problem! And that relationship that wasn't going anywhere but neither of you dared to admit it? Well, it's cruel, but Slydial comes in handy there, too.
Just don't forget that all those people can also use Slydial to clog up your voicemail with their abuse...
Via Shiny Shiny.
I remember the Japanese Pokeman characters from an addictive cartoon show which featured the just-too-cute-for-words yellow Pikachu, but as my daughter became older, he lived primarily on her DS. She should have entered the Pokeman Video Game showdown; she's been playing it long enough.
Over the past two weeks, more than 1,000 Pokemon fans swarmed Los Angeles and New York, for the chance to become the ultimate Pokemon Video Game Champion. From as young as 6 to 43, contestants vied across the nation for their title, with the decision to be made in Florida.
Competing on Pokemon Diamond or Pokemon Pearls Nintendo DS ( who wouldn't want one of those?), the Japanese finalists will take on the American winners August 16th at Orlando's Disney World.
Winners receive: A trip for four to Tokyo, New York, or Oahu (Hawaii); a custom Nintendo DS game system, and a Pokémon prize pack. Valued at $10,000.
My cuddly 5' tall Pikachu doll would have enjoyed the trip.
Peepholes are all very well, but you actually have to leave your chair to find out who's calling, and that's never good. Thankfully, there's now a more high-tech option for the sedentary (or peephole-lacking) among us.
The Secure Sight records all your visitors, whether you're in or out, so you can see who's calling right now as well as who came by when you were at the market. (Better than TV!) You fit the camera to your door and put the viewer wherever is convenient.
Personally, I'd also put a sign up to let people know they're on candid camera, so you don't get any pesky accusations of eroding civil liberties... and also I'd consider upgrading to 4GB with an SD card.
Via Apartment Therapy.
While most of us would agree that Apple designed products are aesthetically beautiful, as well as functional, every once in a while you may want to spice up clean lines with some fun colors.
You can accent the sleek look of all your Apple products with SeeThru cases from Speck, candy-colored translucent hard plastic cases, like the one for the iMac or this one for your MacBook, available in nine colors.
Maker of the popular Pixel Skins, Speck consistently comes out with practical yet fun cases.
And we'll be giving away a Speck SeeThru set, including one for iMac ($49.95), MacBook ($49.95), and iPhone 3g ($29.95) to one of our Popgadget Drop email subscribers, so sign up already.