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04.26.2012

Mom Wants Gadgets for Mother's Day

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04.26.2012

Is this THE most talented iPhone case you've ever seen?

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We've seen plenty of multi-functional iPhone cases over the past few years, but this one may be the most talented and clever yet.

The Rechargeable iPhone Speaker Amplifier Case (catchy name, huh?) features a rechargeable battery that could well double the life of your mobile, a subwoofer that amplifies the sound by about ten times and it's got a stand on the back to take good photos, or to put to good use when you're watching a video. Oh yeah, it protects you phone too, always nice to have that from a case.

To say it's got so much going for it the case is surprisingly slim AND cheap at just over $40 from Distinctive Style.

[Via Chip Chick]

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04.25.2012

Kickstart(er) Your iPhone Dock

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We like the clean lines and smart mechanism of the ODOC dock (not OCD, which is what we kept calling it aound the office) plus the fact that because the dock is weighted you can easily remove said iPhone with one hand.

What we don't like is that it's currently only in development as a project on Kickstarter and unless $70,000 is pledged by Saturday Jun 9, the dock will never be mass produced. So far they've raised a little over 9K.

IF you're curious, here's the link.

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04.25.2012

The Jopple is a fun, fitness seat for your office

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We spend so much of our working days sat down that many health professionals are now making lots of (unsurprising) links between our sedentary lifestyles and our health.

We've come across a range of office gym equipment in the past, like treadmills with a space for your laptop, or a cross trainer with an iPad stand, however none of them are really going to stop you look VERY stupid beside your desk or cost a reasonable amount.

So here's The Jopple, which might be a much more realistic option (we can't guarantee you won't still look a bit silly on it though!).

This bright little chair aims to get you using a few extra muscles while you work, so use your stomach and core to stop you from wobbling around and then when you're taking a quick break you can do crunches or move the mat onto the floor for a range of different stretches.

However, the Jopple would only be a success if more than one person in the office had one and if your boss was super understanding about it all too! We wouldn't want you getting fired for doing a few lunges now would we.

[Via Yanko Design]

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04.24.2012

Windows Phone Mother's Day Giveaway

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In honor of Mother's Day, Popgadget is giving away a swanky new flagship Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone - all courtesy of the folks at Microsoft.

Whether she's in the 'family room' or the 'boardroom,' Mom is the ultimate CEO and deserves some appreciation... and simplification. Windows Phone is the perfect time-saving tool to help do-it-all moms complete life's little (or even not so little) tasks in a way that's simply faster and easier. There is a WP phone perfectly tailored for every mom - whether she's budget conscious or camera happy. Mom can even choose the color that best fits her personality, like the stand-out cyan blue that our Nokia giveaway phone comes in.

Read more after the break about what WP can do for Mom and for contest details.

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04.24.2012

We NEED this all-singing-all-dancing bath in our homes

The Underscore VibrAcoustic Bath is the ULTIMATE in bathing experiences and we must have it RIGHT NOW. We're used to bath tubs that light up, or silly floating lights, but this clever piece of technology (yes a bath can be technology) lights up, plays your favourite music and has vibrating sections underneath to massage you as you soak.

There's no official price for the new bath, but according to The Next Web it'll set you back around $5000. Ouch.

[Via The Next Web]

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04.23.2012

Is It a Pen? Or a Stylus?

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Both, as it turns out. The Kensington Virtuoso Signature is a Stylus and Pen, making it a convenient 2-in-1 solution. Use it with your iPad and then, with just a single twist, transform the Stylus into a ballpoint pen. At only $29.99 we're thinking it would make a great Mother's Day gift.

It comes with a clip but we don't encourage you to be one of those people wearing a pocket protector.

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04.17.2012

The iPhone shutter grip makes taking mobile photos easier

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We love Photo Jo Jo for quirky photography and mobile accessories, but this new iPhone Shutter Grip contraption is particularly clever. It's tiny and all it really does is add a grip and shutter button to your phone, but that makes it so much easier to take good photos.

Available from Photo Jo Jo for $40.

[Via Like Cool]

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04.16.2012

What Are You Getting Mother Earth?

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Earth Day is coming up - what are you getting her?

We're doing our part with recylcing, with three big bins, two of which live outside. But what if you live in a teeny apartment and don't have the luxury of all that room? Simplehuman has it covered with their clever recycling solutions, like this trash can with separate bins for dividing your recyclables. Our choice - the simplehuman steel bar step can- is streamlined, and follows the aesthetic of a gourmet kitchen, with a reinforced steel bar and double-hinge pedal mount for easy, quiet use. It comes with 3 buckets (2 small buckets for recycling or remove them to use the large single bucket for trash).

This handsome devil has a 14.5 gallon capacity for $249.99, but check out all the different choices to find your perfect trash can. Mother Earth would be pleased.

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04.16.2012

Stix: 3D stickers for your glasses

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Despite the fact they make us feel a little ill sometimes, 3D films and TV shows aren't going anywhere anytime soon. So, we need to find new ways to wear the special viewing glasses that don't feel uncomfortable or make us look too much like aliens.

The new Stix concept from designers Lucy Jung and Daejin Ahn could be the perfect solution for those who already wear glasses and don't like having to have TWO pairs on. That's just silly, right?! They're a set of stickers that you simply attach to your current eyewear, which instantly transforms them into 3D glasses. How clever!

Not only is it much easier to apply these stickers (which apparently don't leave any greasy marks), but they'll mean less waste in the long run and less health risks too, after all you don't know who's had those glasses on before you!

[Via Yanko Design]

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04.13.2012

We're Giving You the Feinger

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It's been a wacky week for gadgets here at our office, first with the Cowbell, a political noisemaker app, then we were ptiched a bullet-proof iPad case (just exactly where do you live?) but this one if our favorite yet-- the Feinger Now, a device for securing your mobile devices to your hand. Bascially, it allows you to wear your cell phone like a ring, leaving your hands free.

Comprised of three main components - the Knuckle, the Sleeve, and the Unimount (with and without lanyard) - the Feinger attaches to any smartphone, cell phone, portable gaming systems and many other handheld devices. A neoprene sleeve (available in three sizes) fits around a user’s finger, attaching to a ball-and-socket joint that clips into the Unimount.

Once attached, you can pop and lock your device to your hand, around your neck, on your arm, car, home, office and anywhere you can find a flat surface for the small clip. The Knuckle and Unimount are designed in a way to allow for 360 degree rotation of your mobile device, for viewing and use at any angle, regardless of what you're doing. (The options are mind-boggling.).

You can pre-order ($14.95) through the site and they will donate $5 to the WISH-TV Channel 8 Tornado Relief Fund, benefitting the citizens of southern Indiana affected by recent storm damage.

Note: When choosing your Feinger Sleeve size consider the following - Small sleeves fit ring sizes 3 - 7, Medium: ring sizes 8 -11, Large: ring sizes 12-16

By Evan Hosie

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04.11.2012

Cowbell 2012

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This was so funny we HAD to review it. It's an iphone app called the Cowbell 2012 which is the first -- and as far as we know, the only -- political noisemaker incorporating a customizable
bell for political events and candidate rallies.

Not only can you make a horrendous noise at the next rally, but the playful app streams the latest Democratic, Republican or Tea Party updates through a news and
Twitter feed based on the users political preference.

All of 99 cents at the Apple App store.

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04.10.2012

LiveNurse App

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For a parent, grandparent -- or a hypochondriac -- this may be the perfect fit. The iPhone app, called LiveNurse, offers real-time, unlimited access to a registered nurse for advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by just simply tapping an icon on your device. The nurse will then ask a few basic questions and follow standard medical protocols to direct the caller to the appropriate care for their situation. We like that you could use it anywhere, say,at the park after your child is stung by a bee. (It might even cut down on some emergency room visits.)

Additionally, the app provides its users with access to tons of health information provided by the a Medical Encyclopedia. It offers step-by-step descriptions of common medical procedures and treatments, lists of symptoms, warnings, tests and results, prevention and more. Another key feature of the app is the Interactive Symptom Checker tool.

For peace of mind, $3.99 per month is a cheap price to pay. Download the APP at the Apple store.

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04. 6.2012

Logitech Harmony Link lets you control your TV

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There are plenty of apps and dongles that allow you to control your TV with your phone or tablet device, but they're often a little annoying to use and it'd probably be easier just to ditch them and pick up the ACTUAL remote.

However, the new Harmony Link device from Logitech is an easy-to-use system with a transmitter, that connects to your home entertainment devices using Wi-Fi. That way you can control everything from your iOS or Android gadget.

It's a little pricey at $100, but if you like making the most of your home entertainment system then it might be a perfect investment.

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04. 3.2012

Livin' the Sweet Life With Sims' Katy Perry

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Reportedly, Sims characters wanted more candylicious items to liven up their game experience so faster than you can say "candy cane," EA Games, readied "The Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats," where players can sweeten up their Sims' lives with Katy Perry-inspired, candylicious items. such as decor, furniture, objects and of course, fashions and hairstyles. Turn your home and neighborhood into a Katy Perry inspried whimsical Candyfornia, complete with cupcake-themed guitars, candy playground equipment and delicious cotton candy trees.

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You can bet our Sims will be sporting new clothing and hairstyles,maybe some blue hair and costumes made of striped candy.

Not only that, but players can rock out to a Simlish version of Katy Perry’s hit song, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)," which she recorded for The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats.

Perry comments on singing the Simlish version of the track, saying, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) is a really fun song to sing along to in any language, so I thought why not in Simlish?"

Added the pop singer: "I’m delighted to bring you more with The Sims 3 Sweet Treats,"said Perry. "I love some of the accessories so much that I am going to get some of them made in real life! It's one of my small life goals to sit on a banana split couch."

Pre-order your Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats and check out the fun on the official website.

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