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04. 5.2011

Continuance rechargeable USB batteries

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Continuance is a set of cute little white and pink batteries that have USB ports on the side. They're rechargeable and can be carried with you to charge up any electronic devices that are lacking power.

Unfortunately the continuance batteries are only an IF concept design entry, but a product this compact, useful and simple could certainly be developed in the future.

Via Yanko Design.

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04. 4.2011

Vidque lets you curate video content

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If you sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of video content that's available on the likes of YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, Facebook or Myspace (the list could really go on and on!) then try Vidque.

Vidque is a new platform that focuses on quality over quantity, allowing its users to collect their favourite video content together in one place from all around the web. You can then follow the content different users have curated, which gives you much more variety than following specific channels on YouTube made by only one user.

Swiss Miss likens the process to the way in which broadcasters collect together different TV shows then present them back in a continuous stream. It's also similar to other platforms that focus on collecting and curating content instead of creating it, like Tumblr and Pinterest. Just like these services, it'll be fascinating browsing through Vidque to see if the video content users curate mirrors their personality, interests and passions.

Via Swiss Miss.

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04. 4.2011

Triple flip smart phone

This smart phone concept from designer Dave Schultze is pretty impressive, with a range of features, including solar charging batteries, adaptable interfaces and a slide out keyboard. But, what stands out the most about this device is the structure, which, as the name suggests is just like a regular flip phone with three times the flip!

The device looks impressive and there's certainly a lot of scope for different functionalities, from typing to watching a movie to playing video games. However, would we have to sacrifice on quality or speed to squeeze in all of the different uses?

I'd also worry that the flip out sections could make the handset much more prone to breakage than the likes of an iPhone which doesn't depend on extra appendages.

Who knows whether the triple flip will prove popular, or whether it'll even be made into anything more than a sleek but too-good-to-be-true concept.

Via Yanko Design.

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04. 4.2011

Cassette Mate turns tapes into MP3s

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If you've still got a few old cassette tapes lurking in cupboards and attics, then gadget maker Thanko's cassette tape to MP3 converter could unleash a range of memorable recordings, songs and mix tapes that have been locked away since the age of the CD player.

Cassette Mate connects to a computer through a USB port and the software allows users to save the music and recordings as MP3 files. According to Geek.com the software can even identify the breaks between songs and goes on to save them as separate tracks.

The device is designed to have a very retro feel about it and I'm sure that it'll prove to be popular, particularly as it's so inexpensive and easy to run at only $30 and powered by two AA batteries. Available from the Thanko website (Japanese).

Via Geek.com

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04. 1.2011

April Fools' Day: The best of the tech stories

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On April Fools' Day the media love to fill our heads with stories that sound a little crazy, but could just be true. Here are some of our favourite tech-related pranks that have been doing the rounds today...

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04. 1.2011

Micro Gem Headphones

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These cute and shiny Micro Gem Headphones from Japanese company IDEA are perfect if you find ear buds often fall out when you're on the move or working out.

The ultra-light headband ensures they stay in place, the colourful little spheres are refreshingly different from run of the mill headphones, whilst still being small and discrete and the sound quality is pretty impressive too.

They come in metallic shades of pink, orange and silver and are available to buy from Charles & Marie for 25 euros.

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