10. 6.2011

India launches world's cheapest tablet dubbed the 'anti-ipad'

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A tech company based in the UK has teamed up with the Indian government to build a 7-inch tablet which will cost only $35.

The device which many have dubbed the 'anti-ipad' is actually called the Aakash (which is Hindi for sky). The government believes it will massively benefit the Indian population and could well boost educational resources and address the country's illiteracy problems.

However. initial reports suggest that although the tablet can carry out many basic functions, more work needs to be done to its word processing application.

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09.28.2011

Check out Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet

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09. 6.2011

USB lipstick: Perfect novelty gift

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Ideal for red lipstick lovers and beauty bloggers, we've come across yet another novelty USB stick for geeky girls, the USB Lipstick Flash Drive.

Although we're getting a bit sick of gimmicky accessories for our desks and usually prefer cute and quirky USB drives to anything overly girly, there's something glamorous about a tube of red lipstick that's often lacking in tech accessory land. Even if it's not your cup of tea it'd make a great Christmas stocking filler, after all there's only three months to go!

Available from Brando for $16 (2GB), $18 (4GB) and $25 (8GB).

Via Chip Chick.

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08.29.2011

Inker Linker helps you find the right printer

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Unless you're a designer you might not ever need a specialist printer, but if you have a certain project in mind, maybe an invite to an event or a photo book for a birthday present, then you'll probably turn to the internet to find the service you need.

However, it can be really hard to find a printer that's going to get the results you want, which is why illustrator Jessica Hische set up a very handy website called Inker Linker, an online service which finds the right kind of printer for your specific needs.

Oh and did we mention how cute the website and map is?

Via Swiss Miss.

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08.24.2011

Pantone USB flash drives

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There are lots of Pantone branded products, from mugs and notebooks to hotels!? But, we particularly love these little flash drives, which are colorful without being too over the top and super practical.

The Pantone website also allows you to select the color and size of your drive, then add the Pantone logo or a few lines of text to each side, which would make it the perfect gift.

Available from Pantone.com for around $12.99 (1GB).

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08. 8.2011

Infinite USB port system

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Many new laptop models sacrifice multiple USB ports to be much more slim and streamlined. There are various gadgets and devices to address that problem, like the cute animal-themed USB hubs we featured a few months ago, or just the regular boring ones you can get from any electrical store.

Now designer Gonglue Jiang has devised another system which gives you even more USB freedom. The infinite USB concept aims to give you an unlimited amount of USB ports, as each cable has another on the back. Although the concept has been called "infinite" I imagine there would be problems if you wanted to add more than 5 devices this way, the power may not be as strong and it'd also be annoying if you wanted to unplug the one in the middle. However, it's an interesting solution and different to the usual USB hubs available in stores.

Visit Gonglue Jiang's website for more innovative design concepts.

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07.27.2011

BinderPad slots your tablet into your notebook

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iPad devices are becoming more and more common place in the classroom, with students of all levels investing in tablets or even being given them by their school or college.

Although most tablets are slim and can be slipped into handbags or rucksacks, this often leads to them getting a little damaged or scratched. Tablet case designers at ZooGue have come up with a simple yet effective solution with the BinderPad, which allows students (or anyone who carries around a lot of paperwork) to store their iPad in a case that fits neatly within a regular ringbinder.

The case has been specially made to take up as little room as possible, so it won't weigh down your folders or look too bulky. We can imagine the BinderPad becoming a staple among college students and it may even prompt others into investing in an iPad when they can see how it would (quite literally) fit into their current routine.

The BinderPad is available on ZooGue for $30, which is pretty inexpensive for a good quality and multi-functional iPad case.

Via Coolhunting.

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07.19.2011

Swiss Army USB drive

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Victorinox Swiss Army, a brand which makes all kinds of practical and compact Swiss army knives, has created a USB drive which looks just the same, minus knives, screwdrivers and can openers of course.

Not only does the USB stick look pretty durable, it's also got super fast transfer speeds and comes in a range of metallic colours.

Available from the online Swiss Knife Shop for $39.99.

Via LikeCool.

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07.15.2011

Computer + Plant = Secondary Growth

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You may have plants dotted around your office in order to break up all of the technology with some calming, green flora, but how about a computer that actually has a plant "built" into it?

The Secondary Growth concept is exactly that, a hybrid between a regular computer and a plant. The soil is separated from the important electronic components and parts such as the hard drive and graphics card are in cartridges which can be easily removed and also stick out to cool down the computer itself and its plant friend.

Granted it's a bit of a novelty and there's a good chance it'll just stay as a concept, but it's interesting to fuse together two things that are in many ways worlds apart.

Via Ubergizmo.

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07.13.2011

DaisyDisk helps you to visualise your disk space

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It can be hard to understand just how much disk space certain files or programs are taking up on your computer and how they compare with everything else.

This is where data visualisation tool DaisyDisk steps in. This handy little Mac app scans your disk space and shows you in a bright and easy-to-understand graphic just how much room certain things are taking up.

I'm sure some people would prefer to compare figures in a long list, but I know plenty of others (myself included), tend to digest information much easier when its laid out in a simple visualisation. This is probably the reason why so many infographics are made everyday and why visualisation genius David McCandless of Information is Beautiful continues to go from strength to strength.

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