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08.29.2008

Social networks and "psychological profiling" in real time

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08.29.2008

Is your phone SIMable proof?

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If your phone is on this list, then the answer to that question would be “no.” And your question would probably be, “What the heck does SIMable mean anyway?”

SIMable is a thin chip that can be attached to your SIM card to fool your mobile phone into thinking that it has been unlocked. The price you pay? Apparently around $37, plus a hole that you have to cut out in your SIM card for aligning the SIMable chip. The company even puts to rest your doubts on how to accomplish that by “including a free cutting tool with every purchase.”

In the market since April of this year, the company now boasts success with the cracking of even the latest iPhone 3G. Watch the video demonstration here.

Via Jason Langridge's WebLog.

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08.29.2008

USB Jewel thumb drive

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It's always amusing to see the frivolous designs for something as practical as a USB thumb drive. These "fashionable" jewels from USB Brando are designed to wear around your neck (necklace included) or on your cell phone strap.

A little too drag queen for me, they scream "Steal me"! Each to her own, however. Supports Window 2000/XP/Vista or MAC OS; 81 x 24 x 10mm (approx.); Weight: 20g.

$39.00 for the 4G.

Posted by Evan    Category: accessories | computers | novelty
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08.28.2008

A Zeppelin in your livingroom - iPod speaker system

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When we first saw the Zeppelin iPod speaker system from Bowers & Wilkins at CES, we weren't sure if it was a piece of art or functional technology. We were happy to report it sounds as good as it looks, as you'd expect from the British company which started out by making studio-quality speakers. (Abbey Road still features their 800 series speakers.)

There's a sound reason (pun intended) for the shape - one of the reasons the tweeters are so small is that they disperse the tiny high-frequency waves over a wider area than larger drivers, so the size of the enclosure housing the tweeter also affects this dispersion, and that's why Zeppelin's body narrows as the drivers get smaller.

While still out of most people's price range ($599), you can now buy the Zep at Apple stores worldwide.

Posted by Evan    Category: design | devices | luxury | portable media
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08.28.2008

Femisapien conforms to worst gender stereotypes (goody!)

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Remember the Robosapien? That impressive (male) robot which could do all manner of cool things, from marching about in a dominant manner to throwing things and um... burping.

Well, it was about time manufacturers WowWee brought out a female version with similarly gender stereotypical specifications. The Femisapien can dance with you, blow kisses and pose in an impressive manner. So basically, she's a beauty queen in robotic form.

Pointless and regressive technology, much?

Via Shiny Shiny.

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08.28.2008

Folderix flash drives now available

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Remember the Folderix flash drives from Art Lebedev that we were eagerly waiting for? The wait now ends - the drives are up for sale and look every bit as cute as they did during the concept phase.

Available in purple, blue and yellow, the charmers are priced rather steeply at $55 for 4GB. But don’t mind - that’s the price you pay for innovation.

Via DVICE.

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08.28.2008

Emperors New iPhone 3G case vs. iFrogz Tire Tread model

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When I received the Air Jacket from Power Support I swear I thought they had sent me an empty case. Inside, however, there's an almost invisible hard backing that fits snugly to the back of the iPhone 3G and an anti-glare screen for the front.

Virtually thin as "Air," the Air Jacket measures .7mm and is said to protect from scratches, dust and impacts. While it certainly compliments the iPhone's aesthetics, I'm not so sure it would protect your baby from anything more than a dust bunny. $34.95 from Power Support.
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On the other end of the spectrum, we have the iFrogz Treadz, with it's 100% silicone rugged tire tread design. As with all the iFrogz cases, it's treated with a proprietary anti-dust technology to help it repel lint and dirt (that's what gives it the smooth feel, even after months of wearing.) It certainly provides more protection than the "invisible" case, but I'm still not testing it by dropping my 3G. Sorry, there's only so far I'll go to test gadgets for our Popgadget readers.
$14.99 at iFrogz.

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08.27.2008

Look out for Nokia's N96 soon

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Nokia have just announced that the sequel to their N95, the N96 dual slider (has there ever been a more exciting turn of phrase than dual slider?) will be released in North America before the end of the year.

The sleekly gorgeous cell packs an impressive 16MB plus a micro SD slot, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss lens, 2.8 inch display and an integrated DVB-H mobile TV tuner.

The only downside? Expect to pay (wait for it...) $895. It's not yet legal to sell organs for tech, right?

Via Engadget.

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08.27.2008

An "ace" new Canon camera, but will it dazzle the competition?

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Camera manufacturers are always thinking of ways to make their products stand out, so I guess the combination of Canon, tennis star Maria Sharapova, and 2.22 carat white diamonds was inevitable.

To celebrate the launch of their new limited edition range of cameras, the Canon Powershot Diamond Collection, Canon is giving away five of the dazzling gadgets via their website. They all feature 88 white diamonds around the lens which... well, it serves no purpose at all, let's be frank, but it looks pretty.

Via Geeksugar.

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08.27.2008

Magic pillow -diminishes wrinkles

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Wouldn't it be great if a special pillow could get rid of wrinkles while we sleep (and exercise for us while it's at it)? Researchers have purportedly developed a pillow case which diminishes wrinkles. They believe that copper ions contained in the fabric have an impact on all lines, but especially the fine lines. Moisture from the skin is said to release copper ions from the pillow cases which stimulate the production of collagen below the surface of the skin. In studies, after a few days of lying on copper pillows, lines on the faces of the subjects started to soften. (Clinical trials, supervised by a dermatologist, were carried out on 57 volunteers for four weeks, with the volunteers given either an anti-wrinkle pillow, which feels no different from normal fabric, or a similar conventional pillow.)

Jeffrey Gabbay, the owner of the Cupron company, which makes copper medical dressings, came to this invention in a roundabout manner: "The surgeon doing our wound-healing trial remarked how an increase in collagen was helping to heal wounds. We wondered if it might work on fixing wrinkles and lines on the face. So we had some copper woven pillows made up and noticed that over a few days of lying on a copper pillow, lines on the face started to soften."

For more information, and those fascinating before-and-after photos, click here.

The pillow is priced at $29.99 at Cupron Cosmetic Products. Hey, I'll try anything that involves sleeping, so I'll let you know in 4 weeks if it works.

Via MedLaunches.

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