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05.31.2009

The kite you can carry around

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05.29.2009

Great flip clock combines retro style with a modern twist

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I've wanted a flip clock ever since I saw Groundhog Day, but have never seen one that was particularly attractive - and even secondhand ones cost a lot on eBay.

This Urban Outfitters version isn't dirt cheap at $88 but it would be worth saving up for: it's cute, chic and delightfully retro. The legs seem to be just for show (I don't think it actually walks) which is a good job as it would be hard to stop me stocking up in that case.

Via Chip Chick

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05.28.2009

Dell's new site, "Della", teaches poor silly girls about computers

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Dell have just unveiled a new website for women called Della and what a lot of members of the female sex are wondering is... why?

I bought a Dell laptop myself last year and the only things I took into consideration were price, specifications and how it looked (I wanted the cover to be black with white stripes). But apparently not enough women are buying Dell for the company's liking, so they decided to patronise us with a website promoting netbooks (to fit into our designer handbags? Because we can't lift heavy objects?) with such advice as "Add storage to your netbook with memory cards or memory keys." Well, no kidding.

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05.27.2009

Woman who named Pluto dies, aged 90

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Mrs Venetia Phair, who used to be Miss Venetia Burney (what a great name, like something out of a Roald Dahl novel) died at the end of April, according to reports.

She thought the new celestial body discovered in 1930 should be called Pluto - not after a Disney character but after the Roman God of the Underworld. Her 11 year-old self must have been thrilled when her suggestion was taken seriously. Sounds like the talent for naming ran in the family, though - her great-uncle Henry named the two dwarf moons of Mars. (Phobos and Deimos, though I'm sure I don't need to tell you that).

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05.27.2009

iPopperz Harness the Power of Pink

Here's an easy way to get some cool looking gear while contributing to a good cause. KoNo Enterprises, the makers of iPopperz ear buds has teamed with Young Survivors Coalition (YSC) to create special YSC/iPopperz ear buds. YSC is an international non-profit dedicated to the needs and concerns of young women dealing with breast cancer.

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The stylish pink ear buds complete with two pink crystalline jewels on the ear buds and a pink enamel ribbon are selling for $19 with 10 percent being donated to YSC to help with the organizations mission.

Compatible with mp3 players, including iPod and Zune as well as any CD or DVD player, the pink ear buds are the fashion statement that keeps on giving.

The special pink iPopperz will be available on June 1st.

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05.26.2009

The contraceptive sponge is back. Again

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Once more women will be calculating whether the men in their lives are sponge-worthy because the Today contraceptive sponge has just returned to drugstore shelves.

The sponge, and sponge-worthiness, became famous due to this episode of "Seinfeld," where Elaine hoarded her dwindling supply, vetting prospective bedmates severely to decide if they merited using up one of her precious sponges.

The contraceptive sponge, once the most popular barrier method of birth control for women, is made of polyurethane covered with spermicide. No prescription needed. It has twice disappeared from the market, although not for safety reasons. Natasha Singer's New York Times article explains the complexities.

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05.25.2009

Concept in Fashion: Saab Fashionista

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While there's no guarantee that this car will ever go into production, the composite renderings have us hoping we'll see this baby on the showroom floor someday soon. The Saab Fashionista is a concept car designed by French car design student, Mayeul Walser. Based on the designs of high fashion designers Karl Lagerfield and Chanel mixed with futuristic sci-fi tech, the 2-door, 4-seater sports coupe is definitely a looker. The While the sleek, futuristic exterior is definitely intriguing, what's under the hood isn't too shabby either.

Based on the designs of the Chevrolet Volt, the Fashionista is nearly identical in dimensions. The could have the same extended range electric powertrain, but Walser intends for his concept to be equipped with a hybrid powertrain with a 6-cylinder engine.

While it remains to be seen if this concept will become more than frenzied imaginings of a talented design student, the Fashionista is an interesting glimpse into the future of automobile may hold.

Via Carscoop

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05.22.2009

The new generation of drive-in theaters will blow you away

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Drive-in theaters had mostly died out by the time I was born, and the closest I ever got to going to one was seeing that scene set in a drive-in from the movie Grease.

But now it seems that the drive-in is being reborn, eco-style. The Harvest Moon theater in Gibson City, Illinois claims to be the world's first wind-powered drive-in (although the website proclaims, "The show goes on even in the Rain, Snow or No Wind!"). Company Angel Wind Energy provides the technology and it only costs the moviegoer $6. Looks like I'll be planning a trip to Illinois...

Via Treehugger.

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05.22.2009

Have you used Wolfram Alpha yet?

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If you're thinking "Wolfram what now?" I don't blame you - the name's no "Google" but it could be big competition for the search engine giant, not to mention Wikipedia. Wolfram Alpha is a new "computational knowledge engine" which provides a huge cross-section of information and displays it beautifully. (I looked up my birthdate - narcissictic I know) and WA told me the day of the week, the position of the sun, and lots of other hard facts. When I put in the village I live in however, Wolfram drew a blank.

As CNET's review points out, it's better with stats than with more subjective subjects - but I think there's huge potential there.

Why not give it a try and let us know what you think?

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05.20.2009

You Don't Know JACK...But You Will

Samsung's latest smartphone is not the mythical "iPhone Killer" that mobile manufacturers have been searching for since Apple's creation first hit the scene, but it's still pretty sweet. Packed with cool features, Samsung is hoping that its latest offering can live up to its pedigree.

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05.20.2009

Everything's Coming Up Roses with Mobiado's New Phone

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Many luxury cell phones on the market tend to be all bling and no substance. Not so with mobiles from Canadian company Mobiado. These phones are the real deal offering style and some respectable technology. The company is known for creating some showstopping devices including the 2004 Professional, the first phone to be created from aircraft aluminum and the 2008 Professional 105ZAF, the first phone to be made from sapphire crystal from front to back.

Hoping to expand upon the tradition, Mobiado has just announced the release of the PRO105GCB Rose. The new addition to the Professional line comes with a frame created from 18 karat rose gold with hand painted lettering and symbols while the front and back and buttons are crafted from sapphire crystal. The phone also includes a 2-inch QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera with video capability, a music and video player, 1GB of internal memory and 3G network capability.

No word on pricing yet, but since it's a luxury phone, expect this glitzy phone to cost a pretty penny.

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05.19.2009

Transcend introduces Card Reader of a Different Color

Back in January, international memory upgrade manufacturer, Transcend Information Inc. unveiled the P8, an 8-in-one card reader. Compatible with SDHC, CF, SD, MMCmobile, MMCplus, MMC, RS-MMC, microSD, microSDHC, just to name a few, the P8 has become a best seller for the company with good reason. Each card slot is clearly labeled to eliminate any confusion on what goes where and it's also "lightning fast" -- simply connect it to any USB port and your files are instantly transferred.

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05.18.2009

Marriage Hunting Bra: The Final Countdown

File this under WTF. It's hard enough trying to get guys to talk about commitment without some silly contraption gumming up the works. From the land of the rising sun comes the Konsatsu Bra or the "Marriage-Hunting" Bra.

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05.15.2009

Man delivers his wife's baby... with the help of YouTube

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When Marc Stephens and his wife Jo decided on a home birth for their fourth child, the expectant father thought it wouldn't hurt to watch a few YouTube videos about worst-case scenarios: what to do if your midwife doesn't arrive in time, that kind of thing.

When Jo woke up one day with very strong contractions and that worst-case scenario came true, he had to step up to the plate and try and remember everything he had learned from the Internet.
"The videos gave me peace of mind. I think I would have coped, but watching videos made things much easier," Mr Stephens told the BBC.

Thanks to Marc's help, Baby Gabriel (5lbs 5oz) arrived safely and both Mom and boy are doing well. Although I suspect Dad may still be a little dazed...

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05.15.2009

Disco coffee table will light up your life... or house, anyway

I'm a sucker for pretty much all home decor that looks like it was inspired by the 1970s disco era, but even I would draw the line at a flashing dance floor in the middle of my living room. On grounds of cost if nothing else.

A good compromise would be this groovy multicolored light-up table which looks expensive but is actually a DIY project involving a $50 Ikea table and a lot of LEDs.

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Make one of these (or get someone to make one for you), then you can turn off the lights, turn on the table, crank your Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, kick back with a snowball (that's a cocktail, in case you're too young to remember) and you have yourself a party.

Just don't try to dance on the table, will you?

Via Unpluggd.

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05.14.2009

Coming soon... fake tan without the smell (thank goodness!)

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I think the news has finally gotten out that tanning (even if you use an SPF and don't burn) is really bad for the skin and can cause cancer. (Right?) That makes fake tan the only viable option for adding a bit of pre-beach color to your look. But oh man... that SMELL. Only old-style depilatory creams have a worse stink, but the fake tan one lasts longer, as it's the chemicals causing the smell which make the tan sink in.

Thankfully, the tan fans among us may not need to put up with that rancid odor much longer.

New Scientist reports that researchers in Bishop's Stortford, UK have found a way to capture the molecules causing the smell and neutralize them by making larger modules which appear less smelly.

Apparently, "professional sniffers reported a 70 per cent reduction in their perception of the unpleasant smell on users' skin". (Wouldn't you love to do that job?)

Look out for Aromaguard technology if you want a less stinky tanning experience in future: San Tropez is the first brand to incorporate it into their products.

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05.13.2009

Rosie O'Donnell just says no to technology (for her children)

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I found this story interesting, considering Rosie O'Donnell starred in television shows for around twenty years: she now doesn't allow her children to even take a look at a small screen, in fact, she's signed a contract with their school saying that they won't watch TV or use computers (or presumably, any other gadgetry).

I'm all for allowing children to grow up in their own time, and can definitely see that limiting gaming, Internet and TV use and encouraging exercise and family time is a good idea. But none of these technologies at all, ever? Not only will her kids feel out of step with the rest of the world, won't they be at a huge disadvantage as they get older?

At it's best, good tech makes our lives easier and more fun and teaches us about all the fun, inventive, exciting applications of math and science. It seems a shame to demonize children's use of technology when we particularly need to encourage girls into the tech arena. Could this just be a clever way to get out of sitting through Blue's Clues (or whatever stultifying kids' TV is popular now)?

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05.13.2009

Garden pod office is the new way to work

It's a good job I don't have a garden, or I would become seriously obsessed with getting one of these home offices:

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Called an OfficePOD, it's the new way to work at home: a dedicated workspace where you can focus on business without getting interrupted by family demands, friends who fail to understand that "freelancing" doesn't mean sitting around doing nothing all day... and, um, daytime TV. It's also an easy commute and drops right into place.

The design is cute yet elegant and I think the glass would stop it from feeling claustrophobic. I wish I could get one in bright pink. Maybe I could rent a garden?

Via Smitten.

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05.12.2009

Get set for the Polaroid, mark two - it takes pictures and prints them too!

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Last year we brought you news of the PoGo, the printer which made use of Zero Ink to print out your pics in a matter of seconds - without the use of cartridges or dyes. Now Polaroid has cleverly combined that technology with a 5 megapixel camera to bring us a good-looking gadget which takes pictures and prints them too. Like an old-style Polaroid camera, but without the waiting around, waving the picture in the air until it dries. And a whole lot cuter and more compact. You can even crop and edit pictures prior to printing.

It will be available from 26 May from Firebox.com.

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05.12.2009

The Canon IXUS 100 IS Digital Camera is every amateur videographer's delight

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Just holding this sleek camera in your hand is bound to lift your spirits even before you have witnessed its mean functionality for yourself. The Canon IXUS 100 IS is a 12.1 MP camera with 3x-optical zoom, 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II screen, and anti-blur plus face/motion detection technology. What is of real interest however, is the "HD Movies" capture mode that allows you to create high-definition movies at 1280x720 resolution, 30fps and then play them back on your plasma or LCD HD TV for some royal viewing pleasure. The camera delights in several colors - energizing red, stylish black, traditional silver, flashy gold - and you can pick one that most suits your personality.

We think this might even be the perfect gift for your mother if you are still looking for one. And you will always be credited for giving her a hand in creating high-quality family memoirs, we promise. All yours for $445 from Canon UK.

Via Chip Chick.

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05.11.2009

Amazon unveils the Kindle DX: Bigger, but is it better?

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We'll have to wait and see what customers think of Amazon's new model of Kindle, the DX, but we can take a look at the specs right now. Unlike past models, the DX is designed to make it easier to read newspapers and magazines on a digital device.

Of course, this new gen e-reader can also be used for books - up to 3500 of them, in fact - that's 2000 more than its predecessor (275,000 books are available for the Kindle so far - and counting). But while it's very slim (just over 1/3 of an inch) and the new screen allows for more reading space, it does take up a bit more room.

Whether you'll be splashing out on a $489.00 pre-order or not, we'd be interested to know if you are willing (in theory) to give up a little more room in your travel bag (and a few more dollars) for a bigger screen... or do you prefer the original shape of the Kindle?

Amazon is obviously hedging its bets on that one, as both will be available for a while. (Although not outside America, darn it.)

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05.11.2009

Organic sandwich bag makes lunchtime more stylish and sustainable

If you go out to work (what's that like? I can't remember) you're probably not splashing out on lunches in coffee shops or restaurants in the same way you used to (not unless someone else is paying, at least). But not only is taking a fresh brown bag every day not so stylish, it's not so good for the environment either - even if you do recycle it afterwards.

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But a good-looking resuable organic sandwich bag is another matter. This one from Bebeloosh on Etsy is just $5.99 and is stylish and cute, so should appeal to adults and children alike.

Via Mighty Goods.

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05.11.2009

It is easy to overlook the Mvix Nubbin Wi-Fi adapter

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The new Mvix Nubbin Wi-Fi adapter is so tiny that you will have a tough time getting it back once you have misplaced it. And apparently, it is the world’s smallest Wi-Fi adapter as well, with a protrusion of just around 2cm from the USB port.

The Nubbin is capable of delivering data at 150Mbps and supports 802.11n (and 802.11b/g), USB2.0 and high encryption standards (WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2). To complete the pretty picture, the little fella fits in easy with your wallet too. At just $39.

Via The Gadgeteer.

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05. 8.2009

Stop and Smell the Tech: Asus Introduces Scent Infused Laptops

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With computer manufacturers putting more and more emphasis on laptop design, the battle for beauty is getting a little ugly, forcing designers to push the limits of the imagination. We've seen notebooks made with faux crocodile skin, fabric, and pressed aluminum to name a few. Asus, the makers of the drool-worthy Lamborghini VX3, have come up with something pleasing to the eyes and the olfactory system.

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05. 7.2009

Heart Handbag USB Flash Drive Perfect Mother's Day gift

Just when you thought you've seen just about everything when it comes to USB flash, another design comes along just in time for Mother's Day. Gadget4all.com is selling a charming Heart Handbag necklace with a hidden flash drive that holds 2 GB worth of data. Retailing at an recession-friendly $23, the necklace is available in pink and white. Show that tech mom in your life how much you care with the gift that keeps on giving -- more memory.

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05. 7.2009

Ennova Direct USB drive has an OLED display with biometric scanner

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Expect an extremely interesting USB drive to make its debut during the first quarter of 2010 - the USB flash drive with integrated OLED display from Ennova Direct Corporation. The company has recently announced that it has received a patent for the unique design of this USB drive. The flash(y) drive not only incorporates an OLED screen that scans/stores the user's fingerprint, but also has a sliding mechanism which encloses the OLED display within a protective shell when the drive is not in use. Open the shell and out comes the retractable USB connector at your service.

And while we are still going ga-ga, let us also spread the word on the fact that the OLED screen even takes in inputs from the user - such as file selection or intiating specific actions. To let my imagination soar a bit, it would be kinda nice if the device will also let us have picture previews on its tiny screen just to maximize on its exclusivity quotient.

Since there are no other details available as of now, you can keep your guesses going on its capacities and pricing.

Via OLED-Display.net.

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05. 6.2009

Luxeed U5 LED Keyboard: Light Up Your Type

Tired of typing on that same old drab keyboard day in and day out? Put a splash of color into your routine with the ultra-cool, ultra-colorful Luxeed U5 LED Keyboard. The 2009 edition of the keyboard has some noted improvements including a reduction in ghosting, more responsive keys and a firmware updater utility. Best of all, it's now available for Mac and Linux, so everyone can have fun with this programmable peripheral.

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05. 6.2009

Plan your bicycle trip with the Velocity GPS navigation system

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Now that we think of it, it seems rather unfair that the advancements in the field of navigation systems have long been confined to cars, while their less endowed vehicular kin - such as bicycles, for instance - have been subjected to scant attention. Well, the Velocity Cycle Route Guide is a totally cool design concept that has been drawn up by designer Ross Kemp, and exclusively for the bicycle.

Ths futuristic-looking gadget can be hooked to your computer to download the desired route maps and then clamped to the bike's handlebar. And that just about ends your intervention. As you ride along, the Velocity GPS system lets you know the directions you need - by voice as well as by the map displayed on its screen. Taking into account that biking is almost always associated with sports or fitness, the gadget also gives you performance data that you can analyse on the PC. Personally, not only do I think that this is the most good-looking navigation system that I have seen, but I also see several bicycle enthusiasts queuing up to get one, if and when this product gets on the shelves.

Via Yanko Design.

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05. 5.2009

Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson Take on Retrofitting Suburbia

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The recent high profile bankruptcies of retailers Circuit City and Steve & Barry's meant the closure of 567 US big box consumer electronic and media stores and 175 mall based clothing stores, respectively. Further, sub-prime mortgages fueled a housing bubble, whose aftermath leaves real estate developments half sold, or worse half built. In the wake of these events, Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, and June Williamson have recently published the timely, and on-point book, "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs" published by John Wiley & Sons. Dunham-Jones directs the architecture program at Georgia Tech and studies urban development and architectural theory. Williamson teaches at the City College of New York, and consults on urban and town planning.

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05. 5.2009

Flip Video Ultra HD

Welcome to the next generation of shooting video. Pure Digital, maker of the popular Flip Ultra Camcorder has just released the Flip Ultra HD. The compact cutie is designed for one thing and one thing only -- to take record awesome video on the fly with amazing playback quality. Best of all, it does it with relative ease and doesn't break your pocket while you're getting that all-important money shot.

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05. 4.2009

Dell Studio One 19: Tactile Titillation

For months, Japan has gotten to play with Dell's latest desktop, the Studio One 19 All-in-One. But now Europe and the states get to join in on the fun. Made out of aluminum, glass, and fabric and sporting one measly power cord, the Studio One looks so good you just have to touch it which is exactly what Dell wants you to do.

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05. 1.2009

$34K iPhone blings and beckons the rich and famous

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As if owning an iPhone itself is not prestigious enough, a $34K solid gold iPhone places the bar a notch higher for common folks like me. This solid gold iPhone comes from the maker of electronic bling, Stuart Hughes, and is finished and polished by hand. The icing is on the apple - the Apple logo we mean - which is decorated with 53 diamonds. Instead of crying hoarse and still not getting anywhere closer to it, I have decided that admiring from a distance would suit me just fine for the time being. Sniffle.

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