Google in Talks for Buying Twitch

Posted in Digital Video by Darrin Olson on May 19th, 2014

Twitch LogoAccording to Variety, YouTube has already acquired the video game streaming service Twitch in a $1 billion dollar deal. Twitch has been called the ESPN of video games, bringing live streaming video content of video games while they are being played.

YouTube has been the foremost giant in providing streaming video of saved content but has not had as much success in the live streaming market, especially with gamers. Twitch on the other hand has done very well with live streaming content and is well-known among the gaming population. Both have been making moves into the others territory in the recent past and some good competition was expected between two in the way of content and service offerings. The talk of this deal has brought concern to many who had hoped for better offerings as a result of competition that will …

R2-D2 Virtual Keyboard

Posted in Star Wars by Tam Yue on May 19th, 2014

R2 D2 Virtual KeyboardYet another must have for the Star Wars collector. Virtual keyboards have been around in some form for years, but This R2-D2 virtual keyboard projector makes all others look pretty boring.

He will make you feel like you have your very own R2-D2 droid at home. He beeps when you power on/off, as you type and sounds just like the real thing. This little guy can control either your mobile device or your personal computer through a Bluetooth 3.0 connection.

The downside to this; the price. He will run you about $330 over at Run A Town. We think that is a bit of a stretch considering non-Star Wars projectors are about 1/2 of that.

Flappy Bird Returns

Posted in Games by Tam Yue on May 16th, 2014

flappy birdYep, you read that right, Flappy Bird is returning to the app store in August.

Dong Nguyen, creator of the game, said the new version will be less addictive and will have the option of multi-player capabilities. Nguyen previously had pulled the game off the market after he noticed people becoming addicted. He felt people should spend their time doing more productive things than playing a game. Ironically, at the high point he was making $50,000 a day with over 50 million downloads of the hit game.

Nguyen also announced that he created a new game with similar concept. He Tweeted “I am making a new game, so people can forget about Flappy Bird for a while.” There was only a screen shot of the new game that might be similar to Flappy Bird, with a person jumping from building to …

Cloud-Connected Bike Lock

Posted in Security by Tam Yue on May 15th, 2014

skylockWe are sure all of you have seen the episode of the Big Bang Theory where Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard send the internet signal around the world to turn on the lamp in their apartment, right? And when Penny asks “Why?” the answer is simple “Because we can.” Duh.

That’s what makes the cloud-connected bike so super cool among all the bike locks. Because Skylockcan. These guys have invented a solar powered bike lock that you control with your smartphone through the cloud. There is no key to lose, or as what happened to one of us here recently, no key can be broken off in the lock so you need to call the lock and key guy to come save the day. You can unlock it one of two ways, tapping in the key code, or you can …

Fruit and Vegetable USB hubs

Posted in USB by Tam Yue on May 14th, 2014

Fruit and vegetable usb hubsCheck out these fruit and vegetables USB 2.0 hubs. They come from Dospara and each one has four USB 2.0 ports.

You have your pick between; mango, banana, peanut, a large or small eggplant, pepper or a carrot. Each one supports either Windows or Mac operating systems and is also backed by a two week warranty. For 499 Yen (or $5 each) you can have one or all to add a little pzazz to your work space. Maybe you could put them next to your grapes.

via TechFresh

Quitbit Smart Lighter

Posted in Health by Tam Yue on May 14th, 2014

Quitbit smart lighterOk, this is probably one of the coolest ways to help you quit smoking we have seen.  The Quitbit lighter is much like all the wearable fitness trackers out there, only this one keeps track of something completely different; your smoking habits.

While it does help you light up those cigarettes that you are trying to quit, it’s a constant reminder that you are trying to quit. It keeps track of how many cigarettes you’ve smoked and also tells you how long since your last one right on the device. But when paired with the Quitbit app, you can also find out how much money you’ve saved, set the number of cigarettes you want to allow for the day and it can even lock the lighter so you cannot use it. Its battery life is about 100 lights or approximately …

Tech Helps Disabled Man Play Favorite Game

Posted in Controllers by Tam Yue on May 14th, 2014

Disabled man plays video games using eyebrowsWe love to see when people use technology for the greater good. The guys over at Technabob posted this story that is a must read and should put a smile on your face.

The guy you see in the picture above is Alex, and he suffers from a disease known as spinal muscular atrophy. This disease has made it difficult for Alex to hold and use a controller to play his favorite video games.  He is an avid gamer, so you must realize how frustrating that would be.

Bring on the guys at Special Effect UK. Special Effect is a non-profit organization in the UK that helps gamers with disabilities. Since Alex has trouble holding and using a controller they decided to have him use is eyebrows. Yes, you read that right, eyebrows. An Occupational Therapist …

Xbox One Offered Without Kinect

Posted in Xbox One by Darrin Olson on May 14th, 2014

Microsoft Xbox One Without KinectMicrosoft has announced on Tuesday that it is now offering the Xbox One gaming console without the motion tracking Kinect add-on. This is an interesting move for Microsoft, undoubtedly in an attempt to boost sales. The Kinect was a major selling point and a differentiation with competitors.

The console without Kinect drops the price down $100 to $399, putting it right inline on pricing with its major rival the Sony Playstation 4. The Xbox One is available for pre-order now on Amazon at the $399 price.

In addition to this news, Phil Spencer from Xbox announced on Tuesday a new program called Games with Gold providing free games to Xbox Live Gold Subscribers. He included that a number of the entertainment services that currently required the Gold subscription will no longer require it in June, such as …

Google Glass Offered for Sale, Again

Posted in Google Glass by Darrin Olson on May 14th, 2014

Google Glass Explorer Edition BlueGoogle is offering its Google Glass Explorer edition for sale again starting on Wednesday. This is the second time Google has offered the product for sale to the public, while supplies last. Currently there is only one model in a single color being offered, and anyone can scoop them up by shelling out a spare $1500.

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Update for Mini Jambox Speakers

Posted in Digital Audio by Tam Yue on May 13th, 2014

Mini Jambox SpeakersJawbone’s mini Jambox speakers now have a free new firmware update available online, offering you a gift that keeps on giving.  The new update will allow you to wirelessly connect two speakers together to double up the sound.

All that’s required of you, other than owning a mini Jambox speaker, is to plug in your speaker via USB to your compupter and go to Jawbone.com to install the update. Activating the new feature is as simple as pressing the three buttons on top of the speaker in unison and it will connect to another Jambox within range.

Once connected you can switch from unison mode to stereo mode, which will give you the distinct right and left speaker surround sound experience. The Mini Jambox was originally released in September, and can stream the music from the cloud or your phone …

Because Australia

Posted in Food by Tam Yue on May 13th, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Alligator GrillingVegetarians and PETA participants, please scroll down to the next article, you won’t like this one.

Alix Mcalpine, creative manager at Buzzfeed, posted this picture on Twitter the other day with the caption that read “Australia”.

Believe It or Not: Hello Kitty Contact Lenses

Posted in Hello Kitty by Tam Yue on May 13th, 2014

Hello Kitty contact lensesOut of all things Hello Kitty, these are “wow”, just “wow”.

We’re as guilty as anyone when it comes to geeking-out over certain characters or movies or what have you. And we think this might be the pinnacle of products for the Hello Kitty-obsessed fan. Just make eye contact with someone and without a word you will be screaming “I LOVE HELLO KITTY!!”

Motorola Launches Inexpensive Moto E Smartphone

Posted in Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on May 13th, 2014

Motorola Moto E SmartphoneMotorola took the wraps off of a new Android smartphone on Tuesday with a price point that targets those who might be just looking for a cheap cellphone. The Moto E comes with a no-contract price of just $129 and focuses on durability and basic features to bring more users into the smartphone market.

The mobile phone features a water-resistant coating with a gorilla glass screen similar to what Apple has used on the iPhone. The display is 4.3 inches and it comes with a 5-megapixel camera and 4GB of storage – not enough to store much of anything these days, but plenty to get someone new into a smartphone.

Spider-Man lunchbox

Posted in Kitchen,Marvel Comics,Spider-Man by Tam Yue on May 12th, 2014

Spider Man Metal Lunch BoxWho has the coolest lunchbox at the lunch table? You, that’s who. If, that is, you have this super cool Spider-Man lunchbox.

This is not your run of the mill fabric lunch box, this thing is like the lunchboxes from the good old days. It’s tin and measures 7″ long X 3.25″ wide X 5″ high. It also has the Spider-man from the Marvel Comics ready for action on the front. Well worth the price of $10.99 at Superherostuff.com.

Goldfish sandwich bags

Posted in Kitchen by Tam Yue on May 12th, 2014

Gold Fish Sandwich BagsImagine the shock on your friends faces at the lunch table when they see these. These full color sandwich bags will definitely get the attention at the lunch table. Your friends will wonder if you will be pulling out a live goldfish and eating it for lunch.

Upon close inspection they will figure out it is just for fun. Either way, these could be a great conversation starter for not only the kids in the family but the adults as well. Well worth the $4.99 at Perpetual Kid.