Junglecat iPhone 5/5S Game Controller

Posted in Controllers by Tam Yue on June 9th, 2014

Razer Junglecat Game ControllerIf you are looking for the precision of a full-fledged gaming controller for your iPhone 5/5S, then this post is for you. Introducing Junglecat from Razer. While they are tapping away on their screen, your opponents will have a hard time beating you if you have this device for your iPhone.

The Junglecat is a case with a controller that slides out from underneath like the full QWERTY keyboads of old. The device is designed with a D-Pad, ABXY action buttons and bumpers that will give you lightning speed. It is fully customizable with an app that lets you remap all the buttons as well as adjusting the pressure sensitivity levels.

It is available on Razer’s website now for the price of $99, and comes in black and white.

Via Gadgeteer

Logitech Upgrades Harmony Universal Remotes

Posted in Remotes by Darrin Olson on June 9th, 2014

Logitech Harmony Universal Remote ControlsOn Monday Logitech announced some new upgrades and integration with its universal remotes, bringing control over your Sonos speakers and integrating some new on demand media including Amazon’s new Fire TV.

With the upgrades, users of the Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control on their smartphones will be able to control the volume, playback and favorite access for their Sonos speakers directly from the remote control or smartphone app. With the Smart Control app (only), users will also be able to use the keyboard or voice command to search for content through streaming media devices including Amazon’s Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

Apple Smart Watch Scheduled for October: Nikkei

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 6th, 2014

Apple Smart WatchAccording to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Apple announced on Thursday at the Worldwide Developers Conference that it will be releasing a new wearable watch-like smart device as soon as this October. According to the report, the ‘iWatch’ will have a curved OLED touchscreen display and will be able to collect health-related data such as calories, sleep tracking, blood glucose level and blood oxygen levels and integrate with smart phones.

The report indicated that the smart watch from Apple will also run on iOS 8, the new operating system recently announced for the iPhone and iPad, and will be partnering with Nike, which could be marking the end for the FuelBand and all coincides with the release of a new OS in the fall along with the previously announced Health and Healthkit applications.

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Google Unveils Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit

Posted in Tango by Darrin Olson on June 6th, 2014

Project Tango TabletIn this case the rumors have held true and Google has announced a tablet device as part of project Tango from the Google ATAP group. This latest gadget is a smart tablet with technology on board to allow the device to “see” the world around it in 3D, giving it a greater understanding of its surroundings.

Applications of these Tango devices are fairly vast and sometimes seem a little obscure, but some examples given are the possibility of enhanced gaming involving your actual surroundings, assistance to the visually impaired or even just helping to locate items on shelves in a store you just walked into. The announcement allows developers to sign up for notification when the Tango Tablet Development Kit is available, stating a time frame of sometime later this year and a serious price tag of $1,024 USD.

Robots with Emotions

Posted in Robots by Tam Yue on June 5th, 2014

Pepper the robotSoftbank CEO Masayoshi Son, unveiled a new robot that can decipher emotions and make people smile. The robot, named Pepper, goes on sale in Japan in Feburary for about $1900.

Pepper has voice recognition capabilities and has a dozen sensors that can feel anything from a touch on the hand to a pat on the head. It also has huge puppy dog like eyes that help him express his emotions to his owners. He can sing, dance and tell jokes as well. Pepper learns from human interaction and behaviors. Those experiences are then uploaded to the cloud for other units to use.

Roads That will Change the World

Posted in Solar Powered by Tam Yue on June 5th, 2014

Solar RoadwaysHere is a group that is trying to change the world by using the worlds roadways. How? They want to change all the current roads to “Solar Freakin’ Roadways”. Yes, you read that right. Watch the video, we think it is pretty amazing idea if they can pull it off. Good luck to them!

via trendinghot

Underground Beer Cooler

Posted in Home by Tam Yue on June 5th, 2014

Underground Beer coolerIt seems as though everyone has a fire pit in their backyard these days. And with that fire pit there is either a cooler of beer on ice or an angry child having to run into the house to get dad a cold one when he’s empty.

No more of that, this underground beer cooler, called eCool, was unveiled yesterday. It sells for around $350 and can easily be installed in your yard just by digging a hole for it. The eCool keeps the beer cold because the ground underneath is usually quite a bit cooler than the outside ambient temperature.

No electricity, no ice, and no whining kids. It holds 24 beers, is 113cm tall, weighs about 12 KG and can stay installed the whole year around. One draw back that we can see is that it only appears to …

Xbox Getting 45+ New Apps Including Twitter

Posted in Xbox 360,Xbox One by Darrin Olson on June 4th, 2014

Twitter App on XboxMicrosoft announced on Wednesday that more than 45 new apps will be making their way to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One console, and many of them will be opened up to all users where previously a Live Gold membership was required.

Some of the apps include Vine, HBO GO, ShowTime Anytime, Comedy Central, Major League Gaming (MLG) and a customized version of Twitter designed to work with your big-screen TV. The enhanced Twitter experience allows you to see Tweets in real-time along with the show you’re watching and will integrate with the television program guide to see what shows people are tweeting about. Vine will also be integrated to watch alongside your display while gaming.

Amazon Drops Mystery Launch Event Teaser

Posted in Amazon by Darrin Olson on June 4th, 2014

Amazon Mystery Device Launch EventToday Amazon posted a notice on Twitter for a mysterious launch event in Seattle later this month, but was vague about what exactly is being launched. The notice did include a link to a YouTube video showing what appears to be people using some sort of handheld device, but a device was never really shown.

Rumors have previously circulated about Amazon working on a technology that will track a person’s retinas, allow a picture to move along with the angle of someones eyes providing a 3D-looking image without any type of 3D glasses. The movements people are making in the video seem consistent with something like this but it’s tough to say for sure. Take a look at the video below and come up with your own conclusion:

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with Coke

Posted in Home by Tam Yue on June 4th, 2014

Coca Cola 2nd livesThe Coca-Cola company has come up with a great way for you to reuse those plastic bottles of Coke you buy.

As part of it global sustainability program Coca-Cola has launched 2ndLives, which is a line of 16 different caps that can be screwed on any bottle top to reuse once it is empty. The different caps will transform your bottle into, a spray bottle, a marker, a pencil sharpener, and a squirt gun just to name a few. This video posted by the advertising agency shows all the different uses for the caps.

Hello Kitty Fire Extinguisher

Posted in Hello Kitty by Tam Yue on June 4th, 2014

Hello Kitty Fire ExtinguisherYou can pretty much buy anything Hello Kitty these days and home safety equipment is no exception. So, let’s say your Hello Kitty candle started your Hello Kitty curtains on fire, what’s a better way to put them out than with your Hello Kitty fire extinguisher?

These are available for purchase through Sanrio in three different designs. Normal fire extinguishers will run you about $40, these are little more pricey at closer to $90.

Via Technabob

Google Glass Gets Fashionable, Finally

Posted in Google Glass by Tam Yue on June 3rd, 2014

Google GlassFor all you fashion conscious people out there who want Google Glass but just can’t bring yourself to buy one because fashion – it is not. You now have options in Google Glass.

Google announced yesterday that they teamed up with American fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg to their Glass Explorer Program. Beginning June 23rd, you can purchase your own fashionable pair of Google Glasses. You can choose from multiple titanium frames and you can get those with or without a prescription.

As with all things fashionable, these are not going to be any cheaper. They will run you about $1600. From sunglasses to hipster glasses, if it is important to you to be on the cutting edge of technology and look good while doing it, these are for you.

via Techcrunch

Goodbye PSP

Posted in PSP by Tam Yue on June 3rd, 2014

Playstation PortableWelp, It was bound to happen sooner or later. It’s been around for 10 years and sold 76 million units, but Sony is saying goodbye to the PSP.

Sony announced today that they were stopping shipments of the PSP by the end of 2014. The last shipment was sent out to North America at the end of January, so once they are gone….they are gone. Japan’s last shipment will be sent at the end of this month and Europe’s will end in the next few months.

The PSP was released back in 2004, and was one of the first handheld devices that could play games, movies and music. 2004 doesn’t seem that long ago until you think that the first iPhone was released 3 years later. Sony set the standard for handheld devices that’s for sure.

If you still want to get …

Olympus Announces OM-D E-M10 Limited Editions

Posted in Cameras by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2014

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Limited EditionsOlympus announced the release of some special limited editions of its OM-D E-M10 compact camera to be released in late June, 2014. The limited edition will be available in three different colors: green as pictured here, black and orange.

In addition to the colors the special release will come with a special leather shoulder strap and a shiny-lettered OM-D lens cap to match the grip and the strap. It also comes with the Olympus Share smartphone connectivity and a 14-42 pancake zoom lens. The camera will be offered exclusively through Harrods, retailing for £749 (~$1255 USD).

via Ubergizmo

Apple’s New iOS 8 Will Not Support iPhone 4

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2014

iOS 8 Will Not Support iPhone 4 and olderThe rumors appear to be true, iPhone 4 users will be left in the dust once the new iOS 8 update is released. This is nothing new for Apple, as keeping with tradition, they did the same thing with the iPhone 3GS which did not support the iOS 7 update.

The iOS press release states that these devices will be receiving the new update: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. iOS 8 is set to release in the fall of 2014 along with that release, are rumors of the new next generation iPhone. So start saving those pennies now iPhone 4 users.