As Apple fans and tech geeks all over the world await the launch of the iPhone 5 next week, those with enough money to burn are much more interested in the luxury handset market.
Nokia's luxury division, called Vertu, has recently added a new diamond encrusted QWERTY keyboard into its handset range and wow does it look fancy!
At $6,800 the phone isn't for the regular iPhone or BlackBerry user, with its gold frame, multiple diamond encrusted case and keys made of precious stones.
It's not just nice to look at either, it has a pretty capable built-in camera and Nokia's new operating system inside.
Now we admit it's very impressive, but would you ever want to use it out in public? It's probably just one to sit back and admire for now!
We're not entirely sure how this clever contraption works, but find it fascinating that it manages to print without ink and only with energy from the sun, using the same principles as burning paper with a magnifying glass.
[Via Yanko Design]
Quora is a quirky platform that launched last year, which basically allows users to ask and answer all kinds of questions. You can follow subjects, people or even questions if you're interested in finding out the answers yourself. Think of it as a handy forum or even Yahoo Answers which is full of good stuff, not spam!
If bigger is better, than iHog beats the iPig speaker system. By Speakal, this fun
iHog fits any iPod or iPhone with a dock connector and is completely portable ( built in rechargeable Li-ION battery lasts for up to 6 hours of usage.)
And for a hog, it sounds pretty good,with 4 speakers and "20W Dedicated Down Firing Sub", Bass Reflex, and Sound Stabilization technology.
It also has a 3.5mm jack to connect to a TV, game consoles, or other devices and comes with a mini remote control that allows you to control the iHog audio level, treble, bass, as well as the docked iDevice.
"Pat" your iHog's ears to change the volume or its head for playback control. $139 and you can get him in pink or white.
We can't wait to bring this to a party. Oink!
There are all kinds of Instagram related products and services being launched at the moment and Followgram has to be one of the most useful. The website allows you to create a custom 'follow' button to help other users find all of your retro, filtered snaps!
The site also gives you a web interface for Instagram too, so you can easily see all of your photos, who you follow and images you've like all online. There's also a tool to create a special vanity URL for your Instagram account too.
Visit Followgram to create yours.
A scary amount of waste goes into landfill sites from our offices. Most of this waste should probably have been sorted and recycled, but gets thrown into the trash along with everything else.
We get through a crazy amount of printer ink cartridges even though most of the time they're not empty! So, designers Kim Jungwoo, Kim Yoonsang and Park Eunsung decided to use them in other ways so they wouldn't go to waste. Their first project has been the ReLife Ink, which sees all kinds of old ink cartridges being used as handy stamps. What a good idea!
[Via Yanko Design]
QR codes are being used everywhere at the moment, on advertisements, products, tattoos, gravestones.. yes, you read right GRAVESTONES.
But as crazy as some uses so far have been, we LOVE this idea from innovative pet company Platinum Pets, which adds a QR code to your little critter's ID tag.
By adding a QR code you can make sure anyone who finds your pet will have access to all kinds of important information, including contact details, vetinary and insurance information and even if you'll offer them a reward!
Of course not everyone is going to know what to do with a QR code, but the more popular they get, the more useful these little pet ID tags will become. They're also only $10 on Amazon at the moment, so they're a must for dog (or cat) lovers!
[Via Chip Chick]
It seems the ones that are most effective are those that require people to get their minds working, so even if they lay back down again they feel awake - well, that's the idea anyway!
This is why we think the Wake n' Shake app could become really popular, because it requires users to shake their phones vigorously before it stops pestering you with a standard, high pitched ringing noise.
Wake n' Shake is available from iTunes for £0.69.