Archive for April, 2010

Art Lebedev’s Battery Mug tells you how hot your coffee is

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Pour your favorite hot beverage into Art Lebedev’s Battery Mug and the indicator on the side will show you how hot the liquid inside is, as long as it’s above 96.8°F. As you drink it, the green indicator will show you how much is left, and if its temperature gets too cool, the green indicators will fade to black.

Art Lebedev does it again, taking something familiar and making it even better. This mug is just $28. You need this right?

Buffalo unveils SHD-PEHU3 USB 3.0 portable SSD drives

Posted in Buffalo by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Solid state drives (SSD) are becoming more common everyday with prices coming down, so Buffalo has introduced this latest USB 3.0 external SSD for your consideration.

The SHD-PEHU3 portable drives will be available in capacities from 64GB to 256GB and will cost from 26,400 Yen (or $280) to 100,900 Yen (or $1,073) starting May 10. We all want faster file transfers, and with USB 3.0 devices showing up everywhere, we are getting them.

Next iPhone expected to trigger flash memory shortage

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Word is that the upcoming release of Apple’s iPhone 4G might cause a shortage of flash memory in the market. Apple is expected to ship about 40 million iPhones this year alone, which is just a bit more than 25 million from a year back. Does that mean there could be a shortage?

But that isn’t all to consider. Apple is expected to ship about 7-8 million iPads this year as well. See how it is starting to look likely? Apple is already said to be the largest consumer of flash memory in the world, since it uses built-in memory in the iPhone, iPad and iPods.

Snaptu app store hits AT&T app beta site

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you have an app store. But if you have a mobile phone without an app store, Snaptu might be able to help. It’s basically an app store for mobile phones that don’t have one built-in, like phones that run Java ME.

Platforms like Windows Mobile and Symbian can also benefit from Snaptu. It’s available on AT&T’s Apps Beta site and has about 20 apps so far, but hopefully that number will grow.

Tokyoflash Kisai Broke watch looks like broken stained glass

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Love it or hate it, Tokyoflash makes unique watches. The face of the watch looks like broken stained glass, which is probably why it’s called the Kisai Broke. This one is also USB rechargeable, so no replaceable batteries, which is always a hassle.

It’s a Tokyoflash design, so it won’t be easy to read. But you don’t buy it to tell the time. You buy it to make a statement on your wrist. The Kisai Broke is available for $168 over at Tokyoflash now.

AOL Sells ICQ For $187.5m

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

If you were around during the beginning of instant messaging, then you probably remember ICQ, which set the standard for instant messaging. AOL initially acquired Mirabilis, the Israeli-based company who came up with the program, back in 1996 for $407 million.

Now the company has decided to let it go for just $187.5 million to a Russian investment company, Digital Sky Technologies. I bet this brings back instant messaging memories for many of you.

EVO-001 electric bike is limited edition and handmade

Posted in Green,Green Gadget by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2010

I wish I were rich; I would buy any car/gadget/cool item that tickled my fancy. I would need a second house just for all the gadgets I would end up with and a massive garage full of cars and other toys. What I don’t think I would spend money on is an electric bike.

A company called M55 has a sweet electric bike that anyone into that sort of thing might be interested in. The bike is called the EVO-001 and is handmade with a single piece of aluminum for a frame. The electric motor is placed for stability.

iPhone app chocolates

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Nothing says I love you like iPhone chocolate apps. These iChocolates are a 20-piece gourmet chocolates assortment which resemble iPhone and iPad app icons, boxed in a luxury iPhone-like package.

They look iDelicious. These are handmade in France and on Etsy now for $46.44 per box. Not a bad price for a geeky treat. Come on Apple nerds, if you REALLY loved Stevie Jobs, you’d send him this. And he would be yours forever.

PowerV Quad charges four Wii Remotes with no wires

Posted in gaming accessories by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2010

My son and his friends are always playing the Wii it seems. They are all big fans of Mario Kart and can talk more thrash than you would think a bunch of 8-year-olds were capable of. It seems like I am always having to replace the batteries in the remotes though.

Konnet Technology has unveiled a cool new wireless remote charger called the PowerV Quad. The device charges the Wii Remotes using wireless induction technology.

Polaroid gets into the video game business

Posted in Polaroid by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Polaroid is a name that has long been associated with instant cameras. But now, headsets and battery packs for the Xbox 360, a dock for the Nintendo DS, sports packs and sensor bars for the Wii, and even controllers for the PS3 are being worked on by Polaroid.

Maybe next we’ll see a Polaroid camera peripheral for the Wii, so you can snap shots of your game and add them to your scrapbook. Hey, they have to make money somehow right?

iSkin silo fashion laptop bags for geekettes surface

Posted in Computer Cases by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2010

My wife would rather carry her netbook around without a case than use one of the “ugly” laptop bags I have around the house. I am more interested in protecting the netbook if I drop it, but she wants something that looks good first and works second.

iSkin has pulled the wraps off a new line of designer notebook bags for the women called silo. The silo line has five prints and three different bag styles. The prints include Digital Camo, Happy Friends, Royal, Ami, and Karl the Ninja.

Boy Scouts introduce videogame badge

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Yes, for real. The Boy Scouts of America have recognized the modern children’s pastime of videogames, with the creation of a “Video Games” belt loop and pin. What do you have to do to earn them? Three steps.

1. You have to explain why it is important to have a rating system for video games. Check your video games to be sure they are right for your age.

2. With an adult, create a schedule for you to do things that includes your chores, homework, and video gaming. Do your best to follow this schedule.

3. Learn to play a new video game that is approved by your parent, guardian, or teacher.

Office Assault: Post-It gun is coolest office gadget ever

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2010

One of the few pleasures I had back when I had a real job was burning through as many office supplies as I could in any given week. Post-Its were the favorite fodder around the office. Some folks would stockpile the things like they were Cold War era rations.

The coolest office gadget I have ever seen has surfaced and gives you a way to blow through those Post-It notes even faster. The thing is called the Office Assault: Post-in Gun and it is sweet. It has a clip that you can load with Post-Its and when the trigger is pulled, the sticky notes are pushed out the barrel of the gun.

8-bit guitar is a geeky senior project

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2010

The thing I remember most about video games from my youth was that the graphics sucked and the music was just as bad. I still hear the music from Mario Brothers in my dreams. A senior project from a guy named Mike Davenport has created the perfect instrument for playing those old game soundtracks stuck in your head.

The project is dubbed the 8-bit arcade guitar and is built from the buttons of an arcade game and other gear. Exactly how the project was pulled together is unknown.

Official Darth Vader and Stormtropper half helmet iPhone cases

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

These new iPhone cases combine two great things: Your iPhone and Star Wars. The first one’s, which we showed you way back in November must have been a hit since these are basically the same thing, just more stylish.

The Stormtropper Half Helmet and Darth Vader Half Helmet Hard Cases for the iPhone look cooler and in general more menacing than the first ones, as it only shows half of the helmets.