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02.27.2012

Amp With Boost

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02.24.2012

Trade-in Your Old Electronics

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This is your iPad. This is your iPad two weeks before the new iPad3 launch.
Scary.

NextWorth, the company that gives you cash for your "old" electronics, came up with this graph, using stats from ebay. As you can see, 2-3 weeks before the launch of a new product, the last generation declines in value. Expect to see this pattern before the new iPad3 comes out (rumored to be March 7.)

To help consumers trade-in early to maximize value, NextWorth locks in values for 21 days. Values quoted today hold true, as long as the device is dropped at UPS by the 21st day (free shipping label provided).

They inspect it and then pay you for it, so you can put it towards the next model. If you're gadget-fiends like us, you'll end up doing this a LOT.

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02.23.2012

CUTE IDEA: InstaMatch turns your photos into a game

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There are so many quirky products and online tools to help you make the most of your Instagram snaps, but we love the idea of InstaMatch, a cute way of turning your photos into a memory game!

InstaMatch is an app, which allows you to use popular photos to match snaps together that have the same subject, play with your own photos or sync up with friends for a fun photo-based game and a firm favourite among little ones or photography lovers!

Available from iTunes.

[Via Swiss Miss]

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02.21.2012

Prada launches new leather sleeves for the iPad

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Prada has launched a new range of leather iPad cases that we've fallen just a little bit in love with. Yes they're quite girly, but they look good and keep our favourite gadget wrapped up in leather and a fancy Prada heart design.

They come in black, white and pink and are currently available for $310. Ouch. Then again, we wouldn't expect anything less from the famous fashion house though...

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02.16.2012

Is the MacPad Pro the future for Apple?

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No, Apple hasn't made some crazy, secretive announcement about its next new device, the MacPad Pro is just a concept design by Jules Moretti, which integrates the touchscreen of the iPad into both the main display and the keyboard of this laptop/tablet hybrid.

Moretti sees this kind of device as the next step forward for Apple, allowing you to interact with both screens, hold the laptop up anyway you please and not feel restricted by a standard keyboard.

We're not sure whether Apple will be taking any tips from this interesting prototype at the moment, but it sure is a lovely idea.

[Via Yanko Design]

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02.16.2012

Sony PS Vita :Game Changer?

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Last night in Hollywood, Sony held a ritzy launch party for the PS Vita, a much-needed replacement for the PlayStation Portable, and the new gadget was the belle of the ball. The hand-held Vita expands on the last gen PSP; pumps up the processing power, adds optional 3G, dual analog sticks, and a dazzingly bright, colorful 5-inch OLED touch screen.

Out of the box, we were impressed with features like the 3G connectivity (additional fees apply), front and rear cameras, motion sensors and augmented reality and the social media connectivity. (The Vita nationwide launch is February 22, but you can pre-order on the Sony site.)

But back to the party, which had celebs galore, and a game -themed futuristic space. Pete Wentz DJ-ed long into the night with Jesse Marco also taking over the turntables. All the stars were gifted the Vita and some, like Modern Familys' Nolan Gould, immediatly tore open the box and showed off his gaming skills, which were projected on an electronic game display wall.

The stud-ly Liam Hemsworth ( "Hunger Games") and Josh Duhamel chatted about the "biz" and Josh revealed himself to be quite the gadget geek.

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"Hugo" star Chloe Moretz hung with Patrick Schwarzenegger, but left at 9pm clutching her PS Vita, to beat curfew.

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Prices start at $249 for the new Vita. We'll let you know if it really is a game changer after we have logged some hours playing it.


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02.13.2012

Is the GoPad genius or ridiculous?

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The GoPad device essentially straps your iPad to your chest, yes it looks a bit ridiculous, but we can imagine it being really useful for doctors or teachers. We think...

Available from GoPad.

[Via Like Cool]

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02.13.2012

Pinch clothes hanger design for crease-free clothing

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This clothes hanger design seems so simple we can't believe no one's thought of it before?! To stop you stretching those fancy clothes out of shape, just pinch the contraption together and slide it into that shirt. Simple. It's made from Polypropylene and Elastomer mix, meaning its super flexible yet still pings back into its original shape to be hung up like a regular coat hanger.

[Via Yanko Design]

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02.12.2012

Speak-er

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Who doesn't love the Yanko Design site, with it's radical new ideas and beautifully designed products from electronic gadgets to a living room chair? It's frustrating however, when some of the gizmos are just product ideas and never make it to the market.

So we love the Yanko Store, where many of the spec designs are available to buy. We bought these "Speak-ers," for their whimsical design but the sound quality is excellent. Despite their diminutive size, they manage to fill an entire room with a solid bass, a good mid-range, and superior high-notes.

Here's some tech specs:
Specs
Drivers................................2" full range
Power..................................6 W per speaker
Dimensions.............................H 4 × W 6 × L 2"
Weight.................................1 lb. per speaker
Input Impedance........................>12k Ohm
Signal to Noise Ratio..................>90 dB
Frequency Response.....................70-15k Hz ± 4 dB
Input Sensitivity......................350 mV
Max Power Consumption..................15 Watts

Designed by Miles Design LC for Audio Technolgy, these note-worthy speakers cost $99.

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02.11.2012

Valentine's Day Self-Gifting

You've heard of "re-gifting" but what about "self-gifting?" We're big fans, especially on days like Valentine's when even if you have a mate, they may be at a loss. So say thank your for the giant -sized box of chocolates and secretly check out our suggestions:

BLISS
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Did you know that when you meet a guy for the first time, studies show that he spends more than half that talk time just looking at your lips? (It could be worse.)

Treat yourself to a sexier pair of lips with Bliss Fabulips, with cork tree extract and peptide-inflating complex.It volumizes that pucker but doesn't dry out your lips.Check out all the products at Sephora. Oh-la-la.

NYX

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What gal doesn't love some new mascara? Pick up the NXY "Boudoir Mascara Collection," with seven formulas and distinctive wands, each promising lengthening, and curled lashes.

For instance, the "Le Frou Frou" volumizes and lengthens lashes, using a dense "dome brush" to reach each lash, where as the "Pin-Up Tease" darkens and curl lashes with a hard bristle comb to separate and curl lashes.

So far, our favorite is "Za Za Zu" which is perfect for a night out. Fiber-infused to darken, lengthen, and volumize, it ues a soft, bristle brush large enough to cover all lashes in one swipe.

At $6 a pop, you can buy the entire collection for less than you'd pay for some brand's mascara.
Va-va-voom.

BABY LIPS

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We're wearing Maybelline's "Baby Lips" on a daily basis and already our lips look better - not chapped and baby - dewy. Besides loving the price ($3.99) we're mooning over the six tints. And sorry about the "Pink Punch," my favorite color, which is sold out. I bought one for all of the girlfriend's this V-day. As an added bonus, each mositurizing balm has an SFP of 20, essential these days. Oh-baby.


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02. 8.2012

tokidoki Love- Till Death Do Us Part

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Nothing says "love" more than a gift from tokidoki, at least that's our motto. So if you have tokidoki fan in mind, gift them the special V-Day package of "Till Death do us Part" featuring characters Adios and Ciao Ciao. Adorable and edgy,all at the same time. ($29.95)

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If your Valentine is VERY special, spring for one of the new tokidoki purses in the distinctive new "Rambler" print. Available as a messenger bag, hobo style, or even a wallet. What's not to love?

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And this is a good time to mention that Jasmine Villegas, known in music circles as Jasmine "V", is the new face for the tokidoki brand world-wide. Yes, she's adorable but more importantly, she's holding the bag we want for Valentine's Day (hint, hint.)

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02. 8.2012

Chocolate space invader for your valentine

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We love this cute (but totally geeky) chocolate space invader as a thoughtful, but not too over-the-top Valentine's Day present!

Available from www.chocolateinvader.com for $20 and if you order one now before the 14th, you get an extra one free!

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02. 8.2012

A Techie Valentine's Day

SolarKindle Lighted Cover

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Light up your Valentine next Tuesday with a gift of the SolarKindle Lighted Cover from Solar Focus with a built-in solar panel that charges the reserve battery for the LED reading light while also providing extra power to the Kindle. Bright idea. $59.99.

SYNC by 50 Cent
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If your lovebug has been especially sweet this year, treat them to one of the best-sounding headphones on the market.

50 Cent's new wireless headphones from SMS Audio integrates Kleer wireless technology allowing up to four listeners to simultaneously rock from a single source. Additional features include 16-bit digital sound, full on-board controls and passive noise-canceling capabilities. Here's our original review. Wireless cost a pretty penny - $399.95 - or choose a wired version for $299.95.

Soulra XL Sound System with Solar Panel

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This solar-powered, heavy-duty sound system promises to play all day or, to be more specific:

5 hrs to fully charge in sun (depends on sun intensity)
8 hours of playback (depends on audio volume)
4 hours to fully charge iPod/iPhone (depends on model)

Snap in your iPhone or iPod to play while the 72 square inch enhanced monocrystal solar panel
recharges the lithium ion battery pack. Your Valentine will love you for it.

$250 at Eton.

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02. 7.2012

Charging concept plugs your phone directly into the wall

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This is a really clever concept from Francois Rybarczyk, which changes the way we charge our mobile phones by taking any unnecessary cables out of the equation.

The phone would come with a special module, which can be left attached to the handset and plugged into the wall directly, or just plugged in on its own then transferred back to the phone later on so you can still use it while it's charging. Genius!

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02. 7.2012

Cute Kitsound koala speaker dock for your iPhone

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We love this speaker from Kitsound, which lets you play tunes from a round little koala bear's tummy!

It's basically a dock too, so push your iPhone into the top to play and charge, or use the speaker's 3.5mm aux socket to hook it up to other MP3 players. When you switch it on the little creature's nose will light up and you can swipe his touch sensitive ears to adjust the volume too.

The sound quality probably won't be the best out there, but it's cute for kids or as a fun addition to the office.

You can only get your hands on one of the koala speakers from UK stockists at the moment for £53.99, but expect them to be more widely available in the next few months.

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02. 3.2012

The Love Box lets you record different angles with your iPhone

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This handmade video mixer for the iPhone 4/4S, created by Honest & Smile, allows you to record two sided videos. You simply slide the device in, adjust the mirrors and angles slightly and start shooting your video. What a great idea!

We're not really sure why it's called 'The Love Box', but presume it's so you can capture both sides of a loving couple's conversation?! However it's designed to be used we think it's pretty cool, and would be great for getting a quick video of an informal interview or remembering a fun meal with a friend.

Check out a video of The Love Box in action.

Available from thelovebox.com for $90.

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02. 3.2012

Converge charges your gadgets in style

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We love this stylish charging dock from Quirky.com, which shows off your fancy gadgets while giving them a bit more juice.

The curved edges mean most of your tech will fit, in fact anything with a USB port will work on the Converge, whether it needs to be side-connected or bottom-connected.

Available from Quirky.com for $39.99.

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02. 2.2012

Leaf wireless mouse runs off its own kinetic energy

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We're not quite sure how the Leaf mouse works... but know a device that's powered off its own kinetic energy sounds much more economical than one which needs its batteries changing every week!

The design looks really slick and ergonomical too, ideal if you depend on a mouse everyday and can't stand fooling around with the trackpad.

Like most of the amazing ideas on Yanko Design, the Leaf is just a concept now. But watch this space, any product which uses alternative forms of energy is bound to be a big hit over the next year.

[Via Yanko Design]

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02. 2.2012

Basic House: Now you can carry your house in your pocket

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This crazy looking gold stuff isn't a Christmas decoration or a really tacky accessory for your home, but it's a pocket sized portable shelter. Weird, huh?

The Basic House is made from a clever metalized polyester material, which can be folded down into a tiny package or unfolded and inflated by the owner's own body heat to create a temporary shelter.

It may seem like a crazy concept for now, but we imagine it'd be useful during emergencies or in extreme weather conditions, as it uses body heat to keep those inside the right temperature.

[Via Like Cool]

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02. 2.2012

The clever Erascan whiteboard scanner

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We've seen pens that record the written word into their internal memories and allow you to send it onto different devices, like the devices from Livescribe and this clever (and slick) recorder pen from last month.

But now you can record the writing, diagrams and crazy scribbles that you've drawn all over that whiteboard too. The Erascan looks a bit like a regular eraser, but as you wipe away your doodles it saves them for you into a built-in memory chip. You can then send all of the data wirelessly to an email address of your choice.

Continue reading "The clever Erascan whiteboard scanner"

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02. 1.2012

Black Out Buddy

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In California, an earthquke is not a matter of "If" but "when." (For a list of the American Red Cross recommendations for your kit, click here.)

We just added to our EQ kit the Blackout Buddy by Eton, an emergency LED Blackout flashlight that plugs and recharges straight from your wall socket, Handily, it also performs as a night light, perfect for the home and office. The fold-up prongs plug directly into an electrical socket for a constant charge. ($15.)

Because you just know that when the next big one hits, it's going to be at night.

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