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Bison Airlighter Lights Fires at 2600 Degrees

Posted in Grilling by Darrin Olson on May 8th, 2014

Bison AirlighterA gas lighter is almost a must these days for even somewhat frequent grilling or hanging out around the firepit, but even then fires can still put up some resistance. Enter the Bison Airlighter: a butane gas powered lighter that puts out 2600 degrees to start your flames without kindling or paper in under a minute.

In addition to the extreme flame, and not unlike the Looflighter we saw a few years back, the Airlighter blows air with a built in fan to oxygenate your fire and get it going faster. Bison even included a front-facing flashlight and a bottle opener on the bottom.

The lighter is refillable with a standard butane canister and the batteries for the fan can be recharged through a USB port. It appears that the lighter is not quite ready for the retail market but you can …

Sony Launches PS Vita slim for North America

Posted in PS Vita by Darrin Olson on May 6th, 2014

Sony PS Vita Bundle US ReleaseSony launched an updated, slimmer version of the Playstation Vita on Tuesday to North America including the US, as part of a bundle with a copy of Borderlands 2. The Vita Slim had already been released in Japan last year, Europe earlier this year and Europe and has now finally made its way west.

Data Scientist Assesses Rappers Vocab

Posted in Science by Darrin Olson on May 6th, 2014

Unique Words By RapperRecently, a data scientist named Matt Daniels with interests in rap combined with skills with javascript created a nice visual chart to see who was the most garrulous word-slinger in the game. The chart is designed to show the number of unique words used by rappers and compare them against one another, with the works of Shakespeare thrown in as a benchmark.

iPhone 6 Leaked Photo

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 5th, 2014

iPhone 5 Leaked Photo RumorWe’ve been reading more lately about leaked iPhone 6 photos, and some of these rumored images are starting to have a pattern in appearance. This makes me think we might be on to something, but there really is no way to know for sure.

Check out the photo here and others from nowhereelse.fr who claims to have multiple images or at least mock-ups of the rumored iPhone 6 model.

via UberGizmo

Forever Lock Unpickable Bike Lock

Posted in Security by Darrin Olson on May 4th, 2014

Forever Lock Unpickable Bike LockSecuring your bike is always a challenge and a good bike lock is an important part. One of the challenges with key-based locks is of course someone just picking the lock. An inventor here claims to have created an un-pickable lock since the key chamber is simply not exposed. Just opening the lock is fairly complicated and we suggest just watching the video.

LeapFrog Announces LeapBand – Wearable Tech for Kids

Posted in Kids by Darrin Olson on May 4th, 2014

LeapFrog LeapBand for KidsLeapfrog doesn’t want to leave anyone out of the latest wearable tech trends and has unveiled a smartwatch for kids called the LeapBand. The device is designed for children from 4-7 years old and features an activity tracker while taking care of a virtual pet.

The LeapBand is water-resistant with a high-res color display, built-in accelerometer to track activity, a rechargeable battery and also has a watch in either analog or digital mode. Kids wear the smartwatch to take care of one of eight different digital pets – dog, panda, cat, monkey, robot, dragon, unicorn, or a penguin. The device encourages healthy activity using the accelerometer to track challenges giving to them such as jumping, wiggling, hopping, etc. where they earn rewards and treats to care for their pet.

The LeapBand from LeapFrog comes in colors of blue, green and pink, …

May the Fourth Be With You!

Posted in Star Wars by Darrin Olson on May 4th, 2014

Star Wars Day May the Fourth Be With YouStar Wars Rebel Bass GuitarStar Wars day is upon us once more, and everyone seems to be getting into the spirit with deals on Star Wars gear throughout the internet. A couple of good hubs to find some deals: StarWars.com and Google Play. Oh, and of course check out this rebel bass!

Chinavision’s Affordable Solar Power Bank

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Chinavision Solar Power Bank ChargerIf you’ve ever wanted to take advantage of a solar charger without breaking the bank, Chinavision has a deal going with an affordable 4500mAh solar power bank. The charger is a mere 4 tall, 2 inches wide, and only half an inch thick.

In addition to its ability to be fully charged by the sun in 4-5 hours, it can also be charged directly from the wall if needed, as well. It has a standard and a mini USB port with 4 adapters for different phone types, but new iPhone owners will need to bring their own Lightning cord.

The solar chargers goes for around $18 USD, or less if you buy more.

Chinavision via TechFresh

Pebble’s Aria Charger Speaker Combo

Posted in Accessories by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Pebble Aria Speaker ChargerIt seems that regardless of the model, if you use your smartphone with its full smartphone capabilities all day long, you’re going battery is not going to make it through the day. There are a multitude of chargers available on the market to aid in this task, with one of those being the Pebble Aria.

This small, portable device carries a 3500mAh battery with enough juice to charge most phones a couple of times, but the Aria also comes with another significant feature. It has a built-in speaker that can run on its own for up to 70 hours. The speaker is not wireless however, undoubtedly saving on power, and connects with a standard 3.5mm jack. The charger works through a standard USB connection.

The Pebble Aria is available now and can be picked up for a little under …

Cougar Announces 700M FPS Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Cougar 700M Gaming MouseCougar has announced the 700M, a new gaming mouse targeting (pun intended) First Person Shooter (FPS) gamers. The general specs show a 32bit ARM processor, 512MB onboard flash memory, an 8,200 DPI sensor and eight programmable buttons allowing it to store over 16 million macros. The palm rest is actually detachable and the weight configuration is adjustable to your own preferences.

The mouse itself even looks like a future-age gaming weapon and comes with another interchangeable palm rest. It also has a specific sniper button to help provide more accurate shots without moving the mouse while pressing. No word on an actual release date or pricing on the M700, quite yet.

Guru of 3D

Twitter Testing Mute Option

Posted in twitter by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Twitter Testing a Mute OptionAccording to reports from some users, Twitter has been testing out a new “Mute” function in its Twitter interface. The mute option reportedly will allow a user to block another user’s tweets and retweets from their timeline.

Some Twitter users had posted screenshots of the new menu option with the ability to mute a particular person that they were following, but the feature has not been rolled out to everyone or publicly announced. Users of third party applications like TweetBot and TweetDeck with not find this feature as anything new, as it has been widely used and popular with those system.

PC Mag

Buy Google Glass – Today Only

Posted in Google Glass by Darrin Olson on April 15th, 2014

Google Glass On Sale for One DayIf you’ve been longing to be one of the elite, hand-selected by Google to try out their new Google Glass product, today is your chance. Google has offered Glass up for sale to the general public for one day only.

Google did not specify how many will be available for purchase today, but did say that they plan to have the product open to the mass consumer market later this year. Today you can purchase Glass and choose from a variety of 5 colors (charcoal, tangerine, cotton, shale and sky), and 5 different frame styles for clear lenses and 3 styles of tinted shades. The extra charge for the frame styles have been waived, but the product itself will set you back $1500.

There are also some Glass accessories available for purchase from Google as part of …

Olympus Announces Latest Tough TG-3 iHS Camera

Posted in Cameras,Olympus by Darrin Olson on March 31st, 2014

Olympus Tough TG-3 iHS CameraOlympus announced on Monday the release of the Tough TG-3 iHS point-and-shoot camera, a successor to the TG-2 from last year with some notable improvements including increased megapixels, built-in Wifi and remote control through your Android or iOS mobile device.

The Tough TG-3 comes with a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, can handle drops from up to seven feet and being submerged in up to 50 feet of water. Adding to the the “tough”-ness, Olympus says it can also stand up to 220 foot pounds of pressure without cracking and will operate down to 14°F.

The latest Tough camera has a 3-inch rear LCD, and will come in black or red sometime in June for $349.99.

via TechShout

Cupcake ATM Launches in New York

Posted in Food by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2014

Cupcake ATMYou read this correctly and are more than justified in being excited. This week New York has joined cities including Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills to have an actual vending machine that puts out fresh cupcakes made to order. Simply use the touch screen to choose from nine flavors (black & white, chocolate coconut, Cuban coffee, dark chocolate, lemon meringue, red velvet, strawberry, vanilla or vanilla milk chocolate), swipe your card to be charged $4.25 per cupcake and your tasty baked good is produced from a door next to the screen.

Sprinkles via USA Today

Microsoft launches Office for iPad

Posted in Microsoft by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2014

Microsoft Office for iPadMicrosoft announced on Thursday the much anticipated release of Office for the iPad. Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO just last month, announced that the app would be available on iPads by 11 AM PST on Thursday the 27th.

Microsoft released Office for the iPhone back in June of last year, but surprisingly had not yet released a version specifically formatted for the iPad until now. Office for the iPad is free to install and view Office documents, but to do anything more than that you will need to buy an Office 365 subscription for $99.99 annually.

The Office app includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint with a familiar ribbon interface, similar to the desktop version of the application. Buttons are slightly larger to support swiping instead of clicking to also try to integrate into the familiar usability of …