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09.30.2008

Blood bag cell phone strap is just what the doc ordered

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09.30.2008

Could Chrysler's GEM Peapod be the car of the future?

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It looks cute, its name is cute and it runs on electricity. What more could you want from a car? A place to dock your iPod perhaps? Done! According to Chrysler (via Engadget), production will begin on the GEM (Green Eco Mobility) Peapod sometime next year.

I love the look and idea of this car but I have a couple of problems with it: one, no-one's spilling the price, which can't bode well for the budget-conscious among us (and that's all of us these days) and two: the glass-all-over doors look a little... exposing. Not to mention hard to clean.

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09.30.2008

NBC leads in putting TV shows online

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There are some times that I curse living in the UK. And the start of the new fall TV line up is one of those times. Not only do you lucky U.S. viewers get too see my favourite series months before I do, but if you watch them online you can see them even sooner. For the third year running, NBC is making shows available via their site before you can catch them on TV. And you don't have to watch only on NBC's website, either: you'll be able to see shows on iTunes, Hulu.com, Amazon Unboxed and on the Microsoft Zune, too.

Isn't it about time CBS, Fox, ABC and the CW got with the program(s), too?

Via USA Today.

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09.30.2008

NextWorth - Trade in or sell your old iPod or iPhone

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Kanchana 's recent article on Abunda Trade reminded me of NextWorth which actually pays you cold hard cash for your gently used iPod or iPhone or lets you trade them in for an upgrade. For example, you can get a trade-in value of over $200 for a 1st Gen iPhone (16GB).

Customers simply enter the model and condition of their current iPhone or iPod online and a value is calculated based on the entered model and condition. Once the customer accepts the estimate, NextWorth sends a box, the customer sends the device and a certified check will arrive in seven to 14 days.

It certainly is safer than selling independently. If you've tried it, let us know.

Posted by Evan    Category: devices | on the web | shopping
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09.29.2008

Barter for gadgets on AbundaTrade.com

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After the word “Internet”, the word “recycle” is perhaps the most popular one in the geek world. It's ironic, therefore, that with technologies getting outdated so rapidly, recycling is possibly the most tricky to implement among this very same group of people. I believe that the numero uno step to efficient recycling here is perhaps a strong personal resolve – the resolve to reduce waste and reduce unnecessary consumption.

A pretty daunting thought, considering that most gizmo buffs easily succumb to the temptation to acquire more. But what if you could acquire brand new gadgets of your choice by trading in something as “useless” as your old CDs/DVDs/books? Sound too good to be true? Apparently, it's not.

AbundaTrade.com is a website launched by FeedYourPlayer.com in order to bring re-circulation back into the CD/DVD market. The intention behind the website is to reduce CD/DVD waste, which according to statistics, adds up to 45 tons of garbage every month. If that appalls you, then using a service like AbundaTrade may be very appealing.

Trading on AbundaTrade is quite simple – you submit a list of your CD/DVD/books online and then wait for AbundaTrade to let you know which ones they are interested in. Next, you ship the shortlisted items to them. For each item that you trade in, AbundaTrade will assign credits (in US $) based on the market value of the item. So once you have enough credit, you can choose gadget(s) of your liking on AbundaTrade, which they will ship right over to your doorstep. Simple and extremely innovative.

Personally, it was quite disappointing for me to discover that my once-favorite Music Box CD (Mariah Carey) is now worth only a cent. Boo hoo.

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09.29.2008

Text messages become art in London next month

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This is an inventive idea for an art installation: artists/designers Stephen and Theodore Spyropoulos will ask members of the public to send text messages to them which will then be projected in the air as giant smoke signals (just don't ask me how). The installation will be taking place in Trafalgar Square, Central London, on three nights in October (but there doesn't seem to be any news as to which nights just yet).

And in case you're wondering, nope, messages will not be censored. I hope people play nice...

Via Textually.

Posted by Diane    Category: cell phones | current affairs | design
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09.29.2008

Senior Airbags - to wear!

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I don't think Granny would ever stoop to wearing airbags around the house, just in case of a fall.
The Tokyo-based company, Prop, created the airbags to protect elders head and hips, the most vulnerable areas, but also for those with epilepsy, who are prone to sudden - and dangerous - falls.

This attractive device works by inflating if it starts moving quickly towards the ground. Electric sensors feel the movement and activate the airbags. As soon as the alarm is set off, 15 litres of compressed air are injected into the inflatable pads - puffing them up to protect the most vulnerable parts of the body.

Japan has a large elderly population, with nearly 30 million people over the age of 65, hence the huge market for "senior" products .Click on this BBC link for a video of the airbags in action.

Though the cushions only weigh 2 and a half pounds each, I don't think Granny is going to fall for it.

Via Switched (and Daily Telegraph).

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09.29.2008

Wall Street, Main Street, and $700 billion bailout news

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The Wall Street Journal is calling its roundup of news about The $700 Billion Meltdown/Bailout "Wall Street in Crisis."

I suppose if your name is The Wall Street Journal, that narrow canyon has to be part of the label. Even if the whole poin t- the reason Washington policymakers are in an uproar - is that the financial tsunami is spreading far beyond downtown NYC. Lawmakers are contemplating ponying up taxpayer billions only because it is threatening to engulf freeways and cul-de-sacs from from sea to shining sea. With more than ripple effects elsewhere on the planet.

Which is the reason I'm paying attention, and probably you are too. So here's a time-saving way to do it. Despite the misnomer, dedicated to one-stop-shopping for this heart-stopping financial news, even when its place of origin is not Wall Street.

WSJ online content used to be subscription only, but a while back it joined the Web trend to making at least some of it available free to freeloaders like me - including much of the news on the "WS in Crisis" pages. RSS feeds, however, are yours only if you pay up.

So this has got me thinking: if I'm reading Wall Street Journal content without paying, am I part of the reason Wall Street is In Crisis? Or does the fact that I'll be contributing to that $700 billion bailout entitle me to free news about it?

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09.26.2008

New site How to Clean Stuff sounds boring but isn't

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When I saw there was a website called How To Clean Stuff, my first thought was wow, how boring. And I am certainly not going to write about it as news on a women's tech site: it's not 1953.

But then I took a look, and it's actually a pretty great idea. Goodness knows, I've spent enough time looking for recommendations for the best ways to get grit out of keyboards and grime off of LCD screens; I'm sure I can't be the only one.

Visit the site for the low-down on how to keep everything from an aquarium to a Wii Fit balance board sparkling fresh. And for every cleaning tip submitted to the site, its owners will donate 25 cents to the Clean Water Fund.

Via Geeksugar.

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09.26.2008

Dell quad-core mobile workstation in the making

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Dell is all set to inject some serious adrenalin into the laptop market this fall by introducing its 17-inch quad-core “precision mobile workstation.” Brace yourself for the specs – 1-terrabyte dual HDD, quad-core processor, and an immense 16GB of memory with 1GB reserved for graphics. Enough for this beast to practically support up to two 30-inch external displays.

No further details are available at this point, except for the presence of a jog-shuttle controlling mechanism – all of which is in the sneak preview below. Want to know what’s additional on our wish list? Blu-Ray drive, subwoofer, extreme portability, and silent operation – not something that all Dell laptops are known for.

Via Engadget.


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