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04.24.2009

Obama flash drive bundles more history into your storage

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This is perhaps the only thing that my geekdom was missing - a gizmo with the similing face of the one of the most popular US presidents on it. The Obama Drive from Active Media is a 2GB fash drive that not only facilitates that (Obama’s image is on it), but also comes preloaded with 30MB of material containing, among other things, his inaugural speech and his famous "Race Speech" in MP3 format. There is almost 1-hour of audio and textual PDF versions of his other speeches, plus an official (meaning, the White House) Obama photo.

Also be informed that this cool drive is waterproof. A must-grab at under $10 from Amazon.

Via Chip Chick.

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04.23.2009

iLuv these Speakers

iLuv, the accessory company built off the shiny, silver back of the iPod unveiled it's latest must have accoutrement for your mp3 listening pleasure. The iSP100 Mini Portable Speaker have arrived just in time for spring, summer, and any impromptu bouts of dance fever.

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04.23.2009

64 things every geek should know

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It is easy to find your geek quotient as you run through this rather exhaustive list that challenges and completely shakes up your mettle. The list we are talking about is called "64 things every geek should know" and I sheepishly confess, I was left shaking my head to many of the items which are on it.

To let you in on some that I missed and, since then, have uploaded to my brain in an almost Matrix style - "Bypass a Computer Password on All Major Operating Systems", "Replace a Laptop Keyboard", and "Lock Your Computer with a USB Drive". Plus some that I really would consider for future upload : "Learn At Least One Fictional Language" (totally leaning towards Bordunian to honor my favorite comic character Tintin), "Increase Wifi Range" (wouldn't that impress my husband), and put off my laziness in trying to "Use a Camera in Manual Mode".

Head on to Laptoplogic.com to discover some embarrassing truths about your own geekhood.

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04.23.2009

The BBC releases a new Creative Commons show

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One of the complaints of British (and non-British) citizens not resident in the UK is that they are not allowed access to any of the BBC's online output, or to its fabulously popular catch-up service, BBC iPlayer.

But now it seems that the BBC is taking some steps to correct the imbalance, with the launch of its first ever online show... that everyone is allowed to watch. Yay! Released under a Creative Commons licence, the first episode of a technology show called R&D TV is available to download now from this BBC FTP server.

Via Ars Technica.

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04.22.2009

Customer service via IM: good idea?

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On Monday, I was thinking of buying a new cell phone. Actually, I'd been thinking about it for a while: I don't even have Internet access on my phone - in fact, I've never even Twittered from it! - which considering how much time I spend writing about technology (and on the Internet) each week, is more than a little shameful. But I was holding out for the right phone, the right deal - and finally, I thought I'd found it.

But even though the deal I liked looked good, I still had a couple of questions about it. The thought of calling the customer care center filled me with dread, though: I always seem to be hanging on the line for hours and they always try to give me the hard sell. So should I just take the gamble and click on "buy" or wait until I could trudge into town and ask a cashier for more details? I was mulling this over when I saw something flashing in the corner of the screen: an invitation to chat in real time with a customer services rep. Over an instant-messaging system built into the functionality of the site.

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04.21.2009

Kyocera trots out a gorgeous new foldable OLED cellphone

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It is as portable as your wallet, runs on kinetic energy and sports an expansive screen that would put the best touchscreens to shame. In short, maker Kyocera has every reason to be boastful about this latest kinetic energy powered cellphone called the Kyocera EOS, which takes the future of cellphone design a notch or two higher with respect to creativity.

The EOS, designed by Susan McKinney, is a clamshell phone which can be folded up into a form factor equivalent to a wallet or clutch-purse thanks to a flexible OLED screen. When in use as a cellphone, the soft, semi-rigid polymer "living" skin which surrounds the display transforms itself into a keypad that dissolves right back once you are done. At other times, you can unfold the phone to the complete extent of its massive screen and live out your fantasies. Perhaps the best part of this phone is that it gets its juice from human interaction - the more you use it, the more it loads up on battery. Don't see it yet ? The kinetic power means we will finally get to stop cussing at phones that go dead when we most need them. Isn't that such a relief.

While we are having fun imagining how much better our lives would be with this one, some busy bees from the Kyocera teams at San Diego and Bangalore are working their heads off trying to get this early EOS design into a reality in their future cellphone lineup.

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Via Inhabitat. Photos courtesy Jeffrey Sass and Core77.

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04.21.2009

Nintendo Controller Handbag: Retro Never Looked So Good

Attention old school gaming fanatics. Here's your chance to put your love of video games and fashion on display for the world to see. Hot off the Etsy.com runway, courtesy of inhope -- teacher, gamer, and craftswoman, comes the Nintendo Controller handbag.

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04.20.2009

Sony Vaio: Style and Function

For all you feisty fashionistas out there looking for the perfect gadget to complement your ensemble, Sony Japan may have you covered. As companies begin to design machines that are stylish and functional, Sony wants a piece of the luxe pie. On April 18, Sony Japan will be unveiling their answer to the Dell Adamo and the MacBook Air in the newest addition to the Sony Vaio C series.

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04.20.2009

Make way for... the new Segway?

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I always wanted a Segway so much. I never knew anyone who actually had one (apart from Niles in Frasier, and former President George Bush, who fell off one in 2003) but I thought it was the perfect transportation (apart from when it rains). The rest of the world didn't quite agree: Segway sales never went through the roof as the designers had hoped, although they have remained reasonably popular among the gadget-loving wealthy and even the occasional police force.

Now the same company is joining with General Motors to make another new form of transportation which they hope will be even more popular: a very cute little electric car designed for urban driving called the Puma (which stands for personal urban mobility and accessibility). General Motors are clearly hoping this will help stave off bankruptcy as well as being better for the environment than standard petrol cars.

It definitely wins my "I want one!" test... What do you think?

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04.18.2009

Twitter, what are you doing?

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An amusing take on Twitter, the e-fad du jour. It turns the Twitter question--what are you doing?--into an occasion for self-examination by Twitterers. Warning: this video was not put together by a fan.

Thanks to Katy Abby at Windows Secrets.

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