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 …

Cloak App Helps Avoid Social Interaction

Posted in Mobile Apps by Darrin Olson on March 22nd, 2014

Cloak Mobile AppWhile most applications involving social media encourage interaction, Cloak is an anti-social app developed to help individuals avoid interaction.

Cloak is a mobile app for iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) that will query posts on Foursquare and Instagram for individuals that you specify, or for everyone in your social network, and try to identify their last known location. Individuals that were recently nearby will show up on a map identifying where they recently were so you can go somewhere else. After about four hours the locations time off and no longer show, assuming the individual you want to avoid has moved on.

The app currently only interacts with Foursquare and Instagram, so your anti-target must utilize one of these services for the system to work but the creators hope to integrate with other social media services soon including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Snapchat …

XBox One Sales up 96 Percent in the UK

Posted in Games,Xbox One by Tam Yue on March 18th, 2014

TitanfallAs predicted, Respawn’s Titanfall is the number one selling game for XBox One and PC so far in 2014.  The game also sparked a rise in sales of Xbox One consoles in the UK to it’s highest level. In fact, many are reporting to buy the console just so they can play the game.

XBox One Titanfall bundles have accounted for more than 70 percent of Xbox One hardware sold since the release of the game on March 14th. The bundles includes the console and a download token of the game for £399.

Let’s here your comments from those that have played TitanFall, so far.

Lightsaber Umbrella’s

Posted in Star Wars by Tam Yue on March 10th, 2014

Lightsaber umbrellaThis is yet another item you must add to your Star Wars collection. A lightsaber umbrella is perfect for the rainy days of spring. You can choose between three different sabers (or umbrella’s if you prefer to call them that). If you are feeling a little Jedi during the rain, you can choose either the Yoda or Obi-Wan. Yoda has a green shaft while Obi-Wan has a blue shaft, both have the Jedi insignia on the umbrella. If you not feeling the Jedi love that day, you can always choose the Darth Vader version the difference being it has a red shaft and the Imperial insignia on the umbrella. Which ever one you choose, you will certainly feel a little more powerful over the rain than those other guys walking around without an umbrella.

OpenPool anyone?

Posted in Games by Tam Yue on March 10th, 2014

OpenPool Billiards TableHere is a great addition for your man cave/game room; OpenPool. This new interactive device will make one of  the oldest non-tech games out there extremely high tech and you will have the most talked about game rooms in town. OpenPool takes an otherwise normal pool table and turns it into a hot bed of visual effects. An example of this is shown on their website is called the “Pond” effect, it makes the table look as thought you are playing on water rather than felt.

How this works is through two Kinects, a projector, pocket detectors , and collision detector. The Kinects follow the ball movement, the projector displays the visual effects on the table, the pocket detectors detect when a ball is made into each pocket and displays visual effects, and the collision detector uses a microphone to detect …

Time to Let Go of Your Windows XP

Posted in Windows XP by Darrin Olson on March 8th, 2014

Windows XP reaches end of lifeIt’s doubtful that any avid readers of the ‘brick are still sporting a Windows XP machine for their online perusing, however if you are (and our stats tell us that 15% of you Windows users visiting here are) you may want to pay attention.

After a few pushes of the date, Microsoft’s end of life for Windows XP is coming near and it appears they are sticking with it this time. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer be officially supporting the operating system. This doesn’t mean that your XP machine will suddenly quit working, but it does mean that in about 30 days there will no longer be technical support or more importantly, security updates for this operating system.

After some time this will likely leave an XP user that accesses the internet with some vulnerabilities to …

Google Maps Street View Go Underwater

Posted in Science by Tam Yue on March 8th, 2014

Catlin Seaview Survey teamIt will come as no shock to anyone to hear that the world’s coral reefs are in a state of decline. A company in Austrailia called Catlin Seaview Survey is going around the world documenting coral reefs with a 360-degree panoramic SVII camera highlighting what reefs look like now compared to what they will look like in a few years.

What does this have to do with Google Maps Street View? Well, Catlin Seaview Survey is going to take its camera underwater along the coast in Australia from Manly to Bronte. From there they will team up with Google so we can all have a look under the water in Australia. They hope to use the images for scientific research as well as educating us about the beautiful underwater world that lives along their coastline.

Spock Business Card Holder

Posted in Star Trek by Tam Yue on March 8th, 2014

Spock Business Card HolderWhat a great idea for all the Star Trek fans that have a desk job. This is a subtle way to display your allegiance to the Federation as well as your allegiance to your company.

Each statue is made out of a sturdy polystone, weighing over 1 1/4 pounds, and is meticulously hand painted.  At $34.99 it  is a perfect gift for yourself or the Trekkie in your life. Available for purchase at Entertainment Earth.

As always, Live long and prosper.

Cookie Genius

Posted in Food by Tam Yue on March 8th, 2014

Milk and CookiesAre you heading to SXSW this year? If you are, please go find these! Master pastry chef Dominique Ansel will be selling these little shots of bliss along with his infamous cronuts at SXSW.

Wake Up To the Smell of Free Bacon Everyday

Posted in iPhone,iPhone Accessories by Tam Yue on March 6th, 2014

iPhone with Bacon AlarmThis could, quite possibly, be the greatest way to wake up, EVER! Oscar Mayer has created a device that attaches to your iPhone and when paired with the app, you will wake to the smell of frying bacon. Considering that we put bacon on and in everything anymore; doughnuts, sandwiches, bacon wrapped dates……Oscar Mayer apparently caught onto how much everyone loves the fried strips of heaven. The #bacon hashtag gets over 2 million mentions every year on Twitter.

You want one, admit it. The only way to get one is to go to their website and apply for one. They are not for sale, and the winners will be chosen at random. You can only apply from March 3 to April 4, 2014, so get on it. They have uploaded an artistic video to help promote the device, from …

AT-AT Rocking Horse

Posted in Star Wars by Tam Yue on March 6th, 2014

AT-AT Rocking Horse  You know how we are crazy for all things Star Wars, right? Well, here is another example of creativity at its finest. Jen over at EPBOT got an incredible idea to create an AT-AT rocking horse from scratch. Why would one want to take on such a task as this when rocking horses are not the kids dream toy these days? Because she can!

The picture above is of the project in the beginning stages the finished project is shown below. As you can see from the finished result she put a lot of time and effort into this. It sounds like she will be posting the pattern for the rocking horse on her site soon. Also, if you are interested in this one, she is working with Florida Garrison of the 501st on having a silent auction at Megacon …

Ellen’s Oscar Selfie Goes Lego

Posted in Entertainment by Tam Yue on March 6th, 2014

Ellen-selfie Ellen Degeneres' selfieApparently, when Ellen DeGeneres asks us to do something we do it. As the whole world knows, Ellen took a selfie at the Oscars with some of the major movie stars in the audience. She asked everyone to retweet it so she could set a record. Which at 3,302,695 retweets on Twitter, we are sure a record was set.

Then we heard about this LEGO artist, Ochre Jelly (Iain Heath), who replicated the picture with LEGO’s. As you can see from the picture above it is not the ‘pre-made’ little LEGO dudes that you can buy and change up their hair. He actually created this one LEGO at a time. The time an effort that some people put into their hobbies is amazing.

Wearable Bluetooth Ring; We’re Calling It “Precious”

Posted in Bluetooth,Rings by Tam Yue on March 5th, 2014

bluetooth RingThis may not be the One Ring to rule them all, but it could definitely allow you to have the power of controlling many devices with the flick of your finger. Logbar’s Ring is a Bluetooth device fitted with an accelerometer that is capable of recognizing finger gestures. Depending on the gestures you make, you have the ability to send texts, turn on your music, and check emails just by simply writing in the air.

The Ring will alert you of new texts and emails by either vibration or LED lights that light up on the side of the Ring. According to Logbar, the Ring can perform up to 1000 gestures before the battery needs to be recharged. There are so many “pros” to this device it’s hard to tell you about them all in this article. Here is the …