Archive for November, 2009
  • Rob a bank Pokemon style: The Pikachu Ski Mask
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 11:13 am
    deviantART is a place where the creative and crafty can strut their stuff both in digital and physical form. So far in my dealings with the uber geek site, I've stayed well within the digital realm of what is encompassed. Little did I know there is so, so much more available. Things such as the Pikachu Bank Robbers Ski Mask make me realize that perhaps a stroll through the other side of deviantART is warranted. Created by deviantART user sugarcoatidli3z, the mask certainly pulls of the creat...
  • 2880 x 900 curved display by Ostendo beckons your visual cortex
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 10:18 am
    Anyone thinking their multi-monitor setup is "the king" needs to get familiar with the 2880 x 900 43" monster from Ostendo. As you can see above, (careful, close your mouths...) the screen is very large, curved, and all around a technological beautiful thing to look at. I mean I wouldn't mind staring at it's clean glass surface for hours on end. To put the sheer width of the 32:10 screen in perspective: 180% wider than 16:9 240% wider than 4:3 Those thinking that Ostendo is playing on t...
  • BassJump adds some sonic junk to your Macbook’s trunk
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 10:06 am
    Macbook users have come to depend on their digital appendage just as if it were a real attached limb. It offers a good balance of price, power, and looks all wrapped in a nice little aluminum package. The screen is crisp, the processor fast, and the speakers suck..wait what? Yes, the speakers on pretty much any Apple laptop suck. They're tinny and lifeless, lacking any midrange or bottom end whatsoever. But a new accessory made specially for Mac laptops, the "BassJump", looks to be quite th...
  • Twidroid 3.0 for Android coming early December
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 8:11 am
    Even though I wasn't initially enamored with Twitter, I have come around in the last year. While I'm still by no means a twit-a-holic, I do find myself spending more and more time on the popular micro-blogging network. Since I jumped ship from my iPhone to the Android platform, I've been looking far and wide for a comparable Twitter client. Twidroid has generally been crowned the top Android Twitter app, though unfortunately isn't even close to Tweetie 2 for the iPhone. Now I'm not saying th...
  • Help a nerd out: Vote for Jake Kirshner to gain blogging rights to CES and attend Winter Olympics in 2010
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 6:58 am
    While I understand Jake Kirshner is a Gizmodo reader (no hate, I love reading Gizmodo too), I still find it worthwhile to mention his cause. You see, he's one of the top finalists in Microsoft's contest to send one lucky blogger/athlete to both CES and the Winter Olympics in 2010. As you can imagine, both are incredibly rare and exciting opportunities. Jake you see is a Computer Science major at the University of Utah (read: he's a nerd), therefore the CES trip is more than needed. But not o...
  • Atari offers up free browser based classic gaming on new site.
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 6:16 am
    When looking for new and innovative ways to slaughter time, games often enter the foray. But such treats in life often come with some sort of paywall. There are tons of websites that do offer up free gaming. But could one ever strike a cord as personal as an Atari gaming site? If you'd like to test that theory for yourself, head on over to Atari's new site which offers up some pretty sweet features, namely free browser based games of classic Atari originals. What originals exactly? I mean,...
  • Core i7 equipped iMacs seeing shipping woes?
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 5:33 am
    Broken glass and black displays -- not exactly the thing you want to see on a $2,000+ computer you just sold an organ for and waited what seems like eons. Reports from around the web are slowly trickling out this morning as more and more Core i7 Mac users start receiving their units. While not extremely high, the number of reported problems with either cracked glass or a unit simply refusing to turn on is above normal. Apple is supposedly replacing the units quickly and without much question ...
  • This just in: 6 cores are better than 4. Core i9 50% faster than Corei7
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 5:22 am
    Shocker! 6 cores are better than 4 with the up and coming top dog Core i7 chips performing roughly 50% faster on complex, optimized programs. I can already see you drooling, thinking out loud: "The Core i7 is just becoming mainstream and we're already talking about it's replacement?" Such is the world we live in folks, it never stops. But apart from constantly evolving "top dogs", I have to say that the Core i9 power advantage is compelling to shell out extra for it. It won't come cheap, th...
  • Emergency warnings coming to New York Xbox Live users.
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 5:09 am
    If you're in the heat of the battle within a Halo/Modern Warfare 2/GTA mission on your Xbox and are completely oblivious to any and all threats in the immediate reality surrounding you, a new mandatory warning system coming to New Yorkers will benefit you greatly. The New York Emergency Management Office will soon start issue warning messages via Xbox Live. Messages such as Tornado, flood, thunderstorm, amber alert, etc. will come through the Xbox Live channel into your humble abode alerting t...
  • The top 50 CG pictures you’ve ever seen!
    by Mike
    Posted November 23rd, 2009 at 4:56 pm
    In order of creator: Fabio Barretta, Piotr Fox Wysocki (2nd and 3rd images) Looking above, we can truly see how far computers and computer generated graphics/pictures/effects have come in two decades. The results are simply amazing. They're so real. When games and movies start looking this real then we're getting somewhere. Even still, static images such as those above are marvels of modern digital art. What did they use? You know, the usual array of hardcore photo imaging and editing s...
  • Pre/card-like app switching and process management comes to iPhone
    by Mike
    Posted November 23rd, 2009 at 3:34 pm
    To get any background functionality out of your iPhone, you know Jailbreaking is involved. So if the process is too much for you to handle or you're too paranoid about all of the "What ifs", go ahead and continue on anyway. The Palm Pre and webOS have one of the most visually pleasing and effective ways of managing running processes with the use of "cards". It's fast and easy to keep the clutter down and your phone operating in tip top shape. That same convenience can now be had by jailbroke...
  • USB Sofas: The coolest social/sharing gadget ever.
    by Mike
    Posted November 23rd, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    Thinking of the craziest yet useful gadget wouldn't normally involve a couch. But the minds behind the USB Sofa are some special breed of human. I mean, couches do nothing but sit, stationary, never moving unless one of us humans move them. Why not make all of that wasted space go to good use by cramming in some digital storage? Everything else is becoming a USB drive, why not a couch? The only difference is that the USB Couch is actually useful and clever. You see, the concept is simple, ...
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