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.

Apple Releases Info on iOS 8

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

Apple Announces iOS 8Apple made a number of anticipated announcements today at WWDC, but the likely most anticipated was the release of iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad devices. This is the latest operating system for the mobile devices from Apple, replacing the existing iOS 7 with a number of changes. None seem radical but all were well received. Below is a summary of what came down for the new OS today:

The Mail application will have the ability to hold and simply swipe to delete messages, not unlike Mailbox or Android’s Gmail. They also added a feature to minimize a message you are composing temporarily to read other messages.

When typing emails or any other text using the keyboard, Apple added something they are calling QuickType. QuickType will prompt with predictive words, again not unlike Android’s OS, but Apple claims that the …

Apple Announces iCloud Drive

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

Apple Announces iCloudApple announced a host of new software developments today with one of them being the iCloud Drive. Apple has had the intentions of creating a something to take on Dropbox and Google Drive for some time and they’ve thrown their hat into the ring today.

The service does have a competitive price but still a little more than its main competitors. iCloud Drive will be free for the first 5GB and 99 cents a month will get you 20GB. In comparison, Google offers 100GB for $1.99/month and you can get 100GB for $9.99/month at Dropbox.

Apple has added a couple of nice feature aside from just the storage, however. Each app that you install that uses iCloud will have its own folder created, and that folder of data is shared across your computers and devices that run OS X, iOS and even …

Dart Lightweight Adapter Replaces Your Brick

Posted in Power Adapters by Darrin Olson on May 30th, 2014

Dart Lightweight laptop Power AdapterLaptops continue to get thinner and lighter, making that power brick that you have to tote along seem to get bigger. Finsix says the have a solution for this with the lightweight Dart power adapter.

The Dart is four times smaller and six times lighter than most of the 65W power adapters that laptops commonly use today, and isn’t a matte black square. The’ve designed to so you can order with the correct power adapter for your specific laptop and it fits the “holes” in the wall in just about anywhere in the world. They say that they’ve even managed to find a way to keep the adapter relatively cool while charging your laptop.

Finsix has been running a Kickstarter campaign that has been fully funded and they are expecting to deliver in November of 2014 with colors of Blue, …

Skype to Break Language Barriers with ‘Skype Translator’

Posted in Skype by Tam Yue on May 30th, 2014

Skype translatorNeed to have a Skype video conference with someone overseas that doesn’t speak your language? In the near future this will be no problem because Skype has come up with Skype Translator, as it is being called for now.

The technology was demonstrated at the Recode Code Conference in California on Tuesday night. In the demonstration the two people on the Skype video call spoke different languages, one German speaking and the other English speaking. As we don’t know German very well here, the translator technology appeared work excellent. The conversation they had was not a simple one either. They discussed their plans to move to London and went into details about sight-seeing, moving with kids and different neighborhoods.

Each person takes their turn to speak and then there’s a short pause while Skype Translator translates what was said. It would send it …

iPad Controlled Drum Machine

Posted in Musical Instruments by Tam Yue on May 30th, 2014

Hit The BeatsHere is one more thing to hook up to your iPad to help entertain the kids this summer. It’s called “Hit the Beats” by digital media researcher and graphic designer Lorenzo Bravi.

This device connects to an iPad and uses MIDI to turn the beats from a drum machine iPad app into a rhythm section in your house. The great thing about “Hit the Beats” is that you can experiment with absolutely anything to make sounds. All that needs to be done is placing the different items on the wooden platforms that have actuators hidden inside which then vibrate to create sound. So, a handful of M&M’s, some dry pasta, and plastic cup may be all it takes to make the next big hit.

via Gizmodo

Whistle/GPS for Pets

Posted in Pets by Tam Yue on May 29th, 2014

Whistle with GPSThe guys over at Whistle are upgrading their “fitbit for pets”. You can now know where your dog is at all times.

Whistle was originally designed as an activity monitor for pets. Basically you can see any spikes in activity during the day, or know if that walk you took Fido on was really beneficial for him. Now they are adding GPS to their device. Considering that over 10 million pets are lost each year this is a great idea.

The Whistle device attaches to your pets collar and can record location, rest and activity. So you will still know if your pet is getting the right amount of activity everyday. They claim that the Whistle/GPS is the smallest device of its kind on the market and also has the longest battery life. You will be able to use it for about a week before having to recharge.

Google’s Self Driving Car

Posted in Google by Tam Yue on May 28th, 2014

Google's Self Driving CarNo brakes, no steering wheel, no gas pedal? Well, believe it or not, that’s no problem for Google’s self driving car.

Google announced the prototype for their self driving car on Tuesday night at the Recode Code Conference. Their hope with this type of vehicle is to end human error behind the wheel and to see if self-driving cars be significantly safer than human-driven cars in the next few years.

The prototype is a two-seater car that relies mainly on software and a built-in sensor system to drive the vehicle. Between the sensors and the software the car can find a GPS location, identify obstacles, classify obstacles and react. It will be able to tell the difference between a cyclist and a pedestrian, and then be able to predict their next move. Since it only travels at 25mph it …

Kid Proof Headphones

Posted in Headphones,Kids by Tam Yue on May 28th, 2014

Head FoamsGot kids? If you answered yes, we can probably guess that most of your headphones are a broken, tangled mess in the backseat of your car.

If that’s the case, then MarBlue has a solution for you. Presenting HeadFoams, the kid-proof headphones. These things are virtually indestructible. They are made from a non-toxic, BPA free, EVA foam. They have been approved in the US and internationally as meeting all the child-safety standards and also have a reduced audio output. They have ensured that the head phones will not go above 8.5 decibles to help protect developing ears.

Now, these headphones are not going to make a fashion statement, so most teenagers will probably look at you funny if you try to give them a pair. But for your little one, the one that is in the back seat of the car …