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Date: Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 21:55
I have to be the worst measurer when it comes to room size, installing shelfs, etc. Why? I am horrible at reading the measuring tape and remembering the distance. Some genius pants decided to merge the digital with the analog, and ended up with the eTAPE16 digital measuring tape. According to [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Household"
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 21:08
You can definitely file this under gimmicky.  The RingBoxx is apparently the first device that can produce truly custom ring tones for a landline.  You can customize the RingBoxx with sound clips, songs, and even comedic greetings.  As with many of today’s cell phones, you can associate numbers with ring tones and disregard pesky sales [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Household"
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 20:28
I just caught this on NBC’s local news here in SoCal. Totally gimmicky, but it should draw some customers who are looking for their Web 2.0 meets pizza fix. The Domino Pizza Tracker is available at Dominos.com The Tracker breaks down the pizza ordering process into 5 steps: Order Placed, Prep, Bake, [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Websites, Web Apps"
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 04:43
Skype arrived on the PSP today and ArsTechnica took it for spin on a slim PSP.  They said the Skype layout was well implemented on the PSP platform and sound quality was top notch.  One catch though:  you must have the headphones plugged in via the Slim-specific remote control otherwise it won’t work.  For $30 [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Gaming, VoIP"
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 22:42
ShakeSMS isn’t the most practical application to install on your Nokia, but it sure does pique and speak to the level of innovation we should see coming from Apple’s SDK coming in February. So how’s it work? Install the Symbian based app/addon. When you receive a ‘text’ you simply shake your phone [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Cell Phones, Mods"
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 20:56
There aren’t too many times that I post about video games, but “Grand Theft Auto IV” and this are totally, totally warranted. “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” sets an all new benchmark for video games by incorporating 3 different physics engines: Havok which is a bomb physics engine for objects; Euphoria which is “actual [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Gaming"
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 20:18
Believe it or not, but Intel has become the “largest purchaser of Green Power in the U.S” and they’re boasting about. Posted on the Press Release portion of their site, Intel says they bought more than 1.3 billion kilowatt hours a year (yes BILLION) of renewable energy certificates. This makes Intel the single [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Green Energy"
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 18:59
NFC, or Near-Feild Commuincation has been used for a long-ass time in many Asian countries. According to MobileBurn Sprint Nextel will soon begin trial runs of NFC with the BART (San Fran’s ‘Bay Area Rapid Transportation’) and participating Jack In the Boxes. In addition to paying for subway rides and burgers, Sprint customers [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Cell Phones"
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 18:13
GM has been hit with a class action law suit. According to Gadgetell and OnStarClassAction.com, GM installed analog On Star systems that became useless Dec. 31, 2007 thanks to an FCC ruling. Unfortunately, the only people who get rich off class action suits are the lawyers - at least that’s what I’ve been [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Business, Lawsuits"
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 22:09
According to Popsci, researchers have crafted an lithium ion battery that’s battery life lasts up to almost two days. How so? Apparently they incorporated silicon nanowires in the battery, which extended its life. The technology is still in the ‘lab’ stage. Citing a research paper they wrote, published in Nature Nanotechnology, Cui said [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Battery"
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 20:44
Yesterday I wrote about Alert Me. Well, I guess the folks at Ingrid are ultra diligent because they contacted me today with their offering. It turns out InGrid is far more affordable (kits range from $129 - $399 and they offer discounts with a yearly contract). The monthly service fee is a [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Security"
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Date: Monday, 28 Jan 2008 22:58
Starting Spring semester 2008, Massachusetts Technical Institute will offer a class focusing on Google’s open platform mobile phone software/firmware Android.  The class will utilize Google’s Android SDK. More info here.
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Cell Phones, 3g"
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Date: Monday, 28 Jan 2008 21:16
The biggest scam in home computing has to be the printing. Sure printers are cheap, but you’ll fork over your kid’s college fund to print the family album. Plus, it’s a total pain to manage since half the ink cartridges get clogged and don’t last that long. ZINK technology, or Zero Ink [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Science, Computers, Printers"
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Date: Monday, 28 Jan 2008 20:43
When most people think Michigan they definitely don’t think ‘wave of the future’. But, starting now (actually Nov. 2007) and rolled out over the next 2 years, Ann Arbor will replace all street lights with LED lights. The city set a precedent by testing 25 LED lights over 3 years proving a 50% [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Lighting"
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Date: Monday, 28 Jan 2008 20:17
Alert Me sounds like a good idea, but the reality of it is that it’s flawed. First let me tell you what it is before I start trampling all over the product. Alert Me is essentially a water downed alarm system for your home (aka personalized alarm system). It uses the power [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Security"
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jan 2008 22:53
The Buffalo BKBU-SKJ109/SV is your standard USB keyboard (109 keys) but includes a mini phone (yes, the pic looks ridiculous) for Skype or other VoIP calls - it’s apparently Skype certified. According to Gadgetell is won’t be available until October and cost $65.
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "VoIP, Keyboards"
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jan 2008 01:12
The Tread Desk is apparently just one of the many walking desks on the market with built-in treadmills (ask Crave). At first glance it appears to be just a desk and a treadmill, right? Wrong. In addition to providing flooring to insure a seamless tread installation, the Tread Desk actually incorporates a [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Uncategorized"
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jan 2008 23:13
I snagged this from the guys at Phonearena. The new HTC Touch looks pretty promising with a sexy form factor and a supposedly intuitive touch screen control (we all know how these can go). It runs Windows Mobile 6 and includes a slide out keypad with a few additional hard buttons such as [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Cell Phones, Touchscreen, 3g"
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Date: Friday, 25 Jan 2008 23:09
Tubestick Hybrid, by Equinux, enables you to receive and record terrestrial HDTV and NTSC television programing on your Apple computer. Even cooler you can view the recorded material on your iPhone or iPod touch (part of the TubeToGo feature which costs extra). Believe me I’m skeptical about the iPod Touch and iPhone [...]
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Cell Phones, Apple, Computers, HDTV, iPh..."
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Date: Friday, 25 Jan 2008 20:29
I know, I know, this isn’t gadget/tech news officially, but I know all you GTA fanboys own a fair share of ‘eletronic indulgence’. The title will be available on both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. More info here. Release date of GTA IV: April 29, 2008
Author: "Stenspect" Tags: "Gaming"
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