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

Night Vision Contacts

Posted in Night Vision by Tam Yue on April 16th, 2014

Night Vision contactsUniversity of Michigan researchers have created a new material that detects infrared light. The super-thin material can be integrated with different devices such as cell phones or placed on top of contact lenses to allow users to see in the dark. The material, graphene, is a single layer of carbon atoms that can sense the whole infrared spectrum.

Zhaohui Zhong, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is the lead researcher on the project said; “Our work pioneered a new way to detect light. We envision that people will be able to adopt this same mechanism in other material and device platforms. If we integrate it with a contact lens or other wearable electronics, it expands your vision. It provides you another way of interacting with your environment.”

Most devices with “night vision” now require a  built in cooling unit in order for …

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 …

Justice Cap hides your identity from Big Brother

Posted in Apparel by Tam Yue on March 31st, 2014

Justice CapIt doesn’t matter if you are a celebrity who is being stalked by the paparazzi,  or you continuously feel like Big Brother is watching, or maybe you just hate having your picture taken. We found the perfect thing for you.

The Justice Cap looks like a normal baseball cap. The major difference is there is a built in set of high powered LED lights along the rim of the visor. These lights make it difficult for most cameras to capture your face in a video or on a digital camera. Used it at night and this hat works perfectly to black out your face. During the daylight hours, however, it will only be able to hide part of your face.

Watch their YouTube video to get an idea of the capabilities of this simple yet perfect way to hide your identity.

Apple Wants to Help you Text While You Walk

Posted in Apple,patents by Tam Yue on March 31st, 2014

Texting while walking.Not too many of us are willing to admit it, but it most likely has happened to you. You are walking along and you get a text that you need to reply to. Do you stop, step out of everyone’s way and then reply? Most likely you continue walking, your eyes focused on the phone in your hands and not on the inevitable light pole just ahead. We all know what happens next, we have all seen the youtube videos and think that it could never happen to you.

Well, walking into harms way while texting might be more common than many people think and has actually spawned some laws in some cities. To this, Apple has just filed for a patent to start working on the technology for “transparent texting“. This technology will enable you to text and see …

Darth Vader Toaster Gets an Upgrade

Posted in Star Wars by Tam Yue on March 31st, 2014

Darth Vader toasterIn 2008, we did an article about a Darth Vader toaster that was considered a must have for Star Wars junkies. Well, the toaster just got an upgrade.  The new version is shaped just like the Dark Lord’s helmet and is the ultimate addition to your kitchen counter.  The toaster burns the Star Wars logo on one side and the image of Darth Vader on the other.

This new toaster is coming out in July and can be pre-ordered from Bigbadtoystore.com to have proudly displayed on your kitchen counter for a mere $44.99.

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 …

LG Launches New Smart Bulb, Connects via Bluetooth or WiFi

Posted in Lighting by Tam Yue on March 24th, 2014

LG Smart BulbLG announced the release of a new Smart Bulb in the coming days in Korea that interacts with you through your iOS or Android device. This new LED light bulb comes with some pretty nifty features which are already leaving us wanting in the US.

This simple but handy features include blinking the light when you have a call on your device, and having a light slowly brighten as a silent alarm from your mobile device. The LG Smart Bulb can also be set to turn on and off for periods of time during the day while you are away on vacation to make house look as if someone is home. Another cool feature allows your mobile OS to set mood lighting based on the music that it’s playing. So having some really intense music will generate a bright light, …

BenQ Announces TH681 HD and 3D Home Projector

Posted in BenQ,Projectors by Darrin Olson on March 22nd, 2014

BenQ TH681 HD Home ProjectorBenQ announced on Thursday their planned release of the TH681 Full HD Home Projector. The TH681 boasts a bright display of 3000 lumens for a 1080p resolution picture with a 10,000:1 high contrast ratio. It is also capable of showing 3D media, provided you have a device that will play 3D content and you bring your 3D glasses.

The projector uses Eco-Smart technology to help with power consumption and provides a lamp life of up to 6500 hours when utilizing the Eco-Smart mode. It also comes with all of the standard ports such as HDMI, RGB, Composite, S-Video, Mini-Jack, RCA and USB. It even includes a single 10W speaker if for some reason your not sporting surround sound with your projection.

The BenQ TH681 is planning its availability on March 26th, and pricing is expected to be around $1200 USD …