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06. 9.2009

6-Foot HDMI cable at $3.19 includes shipping

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Here's a disclosure that's going to make you drop off your chair - Eforcity (via Amazon) is offering 6-foot HDMI cables at just $3.19, including shipping! We aren't kidding - just helping to spread the word that Rick Broida over at CNET's Cheapskate blog has uncovered.

For those who take interest in this extremely useful length of wire that carries non-processed digital data between the TV and set-top boxes, blu-ray players, PCs and gaming consoles, this piece of news comes as a huge money saver considering that even a 1-metre length of basic HDMI cable costs as much as $40. Also, it is pretty sensational to discover that of the $3.19 that Amazon quotes on the product, the cable itself costs just 21 cents with the rest being the cost of shipping. And no, you don't need to get skeptical on the performance as the product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 and performs just as well as the highly overpriced HDMI cables in the market.

Isn't that an absolute steal or what?

Via CNET News.

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06. 8.2009

iPhone 3GS pricing weirdness

I know I'm rah-rah about the iPhone 3GS, but my ridiculous geek parade is being rained on, it seems. If you have an iPhone 3G, then the earliest you could have started your phone plan is July 11th, 2008, so you will not be eligible for the upgrade pricing of $199/$299 for the iPhone 3GS. At best, you may be able to get "early upgrade pricing" which is $399/$499 for 16 GB/32 GB, respectively. At worst, you'll have to pay full price: $599/$699.

It seems very odd, as most of the features of the new phone will be available in the free software upgrade, and only the most eager/geeky would care that much about the differences in the 3G/3GS. How many super-geeks don't have an iPhone 3G already?

Weird. I think June 19th just freed up for a whole lot of people.

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06. 8.2009

Pre-order your iPhone 3G-S

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I'm obviously a tad over-excited about the whole iPhone 3G-S news, but here's a new tidbit that will make eager beavers like me a bit calmer: you can pre-order your new iPhone 3G-S, and be assured that you will have your phone in your hand on June 19th! Starting at about 5 PM EST this evening, you can go into any AT&T store and pre-order your phone. AT&T stores will open early, at 7 AM, on June 19th, just for those pre-order-ers, so you can pick up your phone before everyone else. Later tonight, online pre-ordering will also begin, and the online pre-orders will be received in the mail, rather than in-store pick-up. I am getting confirmation now about whether online pre-orders will be delivered by June 19th. This is a first-come, first-serve sale so availability may be quite limited.

You can also pre-order your iPhone 3GS at Apple retail stores.

The AT&T pre-order site will be open for orders later tonight.

Full press release:
AT&T Pre-orders for iPhone 3G-S

Update:
I've confirmed with AT&T that if you do your pre-order of the iPhone 3G-S online, your phone will be delivered on June 19th. At the mercy of FedEx, perhaps, but you won't spend hours in line.

Update #2:
Oddly, I've gotten emails/calls from people telling me their AT&T stores are not only not yet doing the pre-sale, but have no idea what they're talking about. I called a local store and was told to call the nearest Apple store. Wondering if the online pre-sale will go live, as promised, at "some point tonight".

I'm confused, but looks like the online site is taking orders:
Buy your iPhone early

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06. 8.2009

iPhone 3G-S D-Day- June 19th!

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Another summer, a new iPhone model. The highlights:

- Much faster phone in general, so apps will load faster, run better, less crashing.

- Way better battery life: Up to 12 hours of talk time on the 2G network (still 5 on 3G), 9hours of wifi Internet surfing, 10 hours of video playback.

-Voice dialing and Voice Control of iPod functions.

-3.0 Megapixel camera with video, at last, and in-phone video editing. MMS (multimedia messages with photos and video) will be supported but won't be available until the end of the summer.

-Built in compass (in addition to the GPS, of course) to further help the directionally challenged.

-Spotlight search: search across the entire iPhone for any search term- you don't have to look separately in your calendar, contacts, etc...

Bottom Line- Do you need it if you have an iPhone 3G?
I think yes. But I'm crazy and I also have an Android G1 phone, the Palm Pre, and, um, a few others. The improved battery life of the iPhone 3G-S is reason enough for me to upgrade. The added processor speed (makes the phone about twice as fast) helps too, if you're a power user or use a lot of apps. The compass is good if you can't find your way out of your own house, like me.

But... other than the battery, processor, compass, and voice controller, most of the upgraded features will be included in the iPhone 3.0 firmware upgrade, which will be available for free on June 17th. This uncommonly gracious move allows iPhone owners to play around with the new features before deciding if they need the upgrade to the new hardware.

Continue reading "iPhone 3G-S D-Day- June 19th!"

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06. 8.2009

Old or excess shopping bags make great new pillows

Like most people who are even the slightest bit environmentally-conscious, I have a number of canvas bags to use when I go out . (In theory that is. In practice I never seem to have any with me when a spontaneous shopping urge hits). In fact, I may even have too many bags, and at least a couple are looking a little worn. But throwing them away would defeat their purpose, so what should I do?

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One option would be to get inspired by this picture from NotCot and make my own cushions. I've confessed before that crafts are not my strong suit, but this project looks simple enough even for me (stuff pillows into the bags and you're done) and appeals to my desire for offbeat and unique decor. I might take it a step further and cut off the straps and sew up the ends..

Via Treehugger.

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06. 7.2009

Pretty plates to pack up for a picnic

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Those posies sure look familiar, don't t they? Oh yeah, Andy Warhol. The flowers are four of a number of Warhol images that have been impressed on picnic plates made of melamine.

They and several other striking pieces of (relatively) inexpensive picnic tableware are for sale in the online shop run by the New York Botanical Garden. If Warhol is not your fave, several choice non-Warhol designs are among them.

Thanx to Elizabeth P at thekitchn.com.

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06. 5.2009

Daring Bakers Post Monthly Recipe Challenges

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On the last leg of a recent (but all too short) trip to England, I was treated to a home cooked meal by my hosts in London. After a week of eating fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, mushy peas, and scones with clotted cream, a simple but delicious chicken roast and vegetables hit the spot. However, the notable part of the meal (for Popgadget readers) was the dessert. Mackenzie, my host, urban planner, and blogger of "The Travelling Cook," explained to me that this strudel recipe came from the Daring Bakers.

The Daring Bakers started with two friends, Lis of "La Mia Cucina" and Ivonne of "Creams Puffs in Venice", who would bake the same thing each month, and then blog about it. Eventually, other food bloggers started to participate. Now, each month, a new recipe, which is held secret to the public, is distributed to the group. Then, at the end of the month, everybody posts their experiences with the recipe on their respective blogs on the same day. The website has expanded into food recipes, with the Daring Chefs. According to their website, they have 2000 members, as of early 2009. And of course, there is a Flickr group.

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06. 5.2009

"Magic" soap might make the ultimate recession beauty product

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Most of us like to buy environmentally-friendly products were we can and no-one likes the thought of beauty products being tested on animals, but what is perhaps most appealing about Dr Bronner's Magic soap in these credit crunching times is that it has so many uses: 18 of them, in fact, from body wash to toothpaste to household cleanser and many more. At $21 for two 32 ounce bottles, that's pretty great value.

Popular in the '40s and '50s when penny-pinching became an art form for housewives following the second world war, the soap is now a hit with Hollywood stars like Drew Barrymore and the company donates a share of their profits to charities including War Child International.

Plus, as I alluded to previously, the soap is all-natural: totally biodegradable, made with no synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances, dyes or whiteners and packaged with 100% post consumer recycled (PCR) cylinder bottles and paper labels.

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06. 5.2009

Why Bing is a better search engine, especially for shopping and travel

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Bing, Microsoft's new search engine, is not just a Google alternative. Yes, for many searches Bing will bring up a similar hit list. But Technology Review's David Talbott explains why Bing can be better for some things, for example shopping, travel arrangements, and health information.

See for yourself. Here's the Bing tour.

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06. 3.2009

Jawbone Earcandy

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Function? Check. Fashion? Check.

Aimed squarely at the female slow-to-adopt-Bluetooth-headsets market, the brand new Jawbone Earcandy gives a fashionable girl everything she could want in a headset… Slim lines, the newest technology, and Spring's hottest colors! (Yes, guys, you can join in, too!)

Earcandy is the colorful version of Jawbone's newest family member, the Prime. These latest additions feature version 2.0 of Jawbone's patented Noise Assassin technology. Noise Assassin is Jawbone's military-grade noise canceling technology that makes use of a Voice Activity Sensor (VAS), which actually touches your face. The VAS helps differentiate and deliver the sound of your voice while eliminating background noise. This latest update to the Noise Assassin technology provides noted improvement over previous versions and can now handle wind gusts of up to 10 mph with ease.

Jawbone's developer, Aliph, has also made some welcome improvements over the last incarnation of their little Bluetooth wonder, the Jawbone 2. The operating controls, which are cleverly integrated into the headset's textured shell, are much easier to activate than those of the Jawbone 2. Also, the array of fittings included to help you customize the headset to your ear have been refined and are a welcome improvement, especially the new fit earbuds. These have an integrated loop that helps the unit stay put in your ear and renders the cumbersome over-the-ear hook loop unnecessary. Earcandy also boasts an impressive battery life at 4.5 hours talk time / 8 days standby time.

All the credit can't go to the design team, though. Aliph's marketing folks deserve applause for their sleek packaging and cleverly-named colors: Frankly SCARLET red, 'YELLO! Yellow, Drop Me A LIME green, and LILAC You Mean It purple. For those of you who prefer your tech in basic staple colors, the Prime's color range is for you: Blah Blah BLACK, COFFEE Talk, and Going PLATINUM. Just make sure your headset matches your shoes!

All in all, the Jawbone Earcandy (or Prime, if you prefer) has definitely come down the runway as the headset to beat this season.

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