Archive for December, 2009
  • Revamped Android 2.1 (Flan) gallery ported to 2.0. Easy .apk install now possible.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 10:22 am
    Ok, how about some more Android news? Unless you live in some cave (that doesn't have WiFi or cellular access) then you probably have seen at least 54 times the updated UI of Android 2.1 in stock form. Among the many subtle and not so subtle changes, the revamped gallery is one of the most striking. It finally brings more sophisticated pizazz to a well deserving platform in need of some more eye candy. With that said, it's been available to port over to 2.0 for a little while now, only it in...
  • Swype beta for Android in the open! Best onscreen text input method hands down.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 10:06 am
    Tapping out your text messages via physical buttons is old, old technology. Touchscreens are a new technology. Why hamper the new with the 'ol ball and chain of old? Such is the problem Swype sets out to correct. Originally debuting on the Samsung Omnia II, Swype developers stated that other platforms would be supported in 2010. Looks as if they got the ball rolling a little early as anyone itching to try out this innovative new way to text on touchscreens can now give it a go on their Andr...
  • WinMo 6.5.3 to preclude WinMo 7. Keep us ever waiting for what we really want.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 9:24 am
    I think it's safe to assume pretty much any and every WinMo fan still out there is ready for WinMo 7. Microsoft however has other plans as a blurb on a MSDN page mentions a version 6.5.3. I'm all for incremental updates and constant tweaks here and there, but WinMo 6.5 in it's entirety needs more than a few tenths added to it's version number. Not to mention, any resources spent on prepping, launching, and supporting 6.5.3 would be better spent on version 7, don't you think? WinMo 7 couldn't...
  • Most clever nightlight of the decade: The LED Milk Glass.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 7:01 am
    I don't know about you, but when I went to bed in my younger years, a glass of milk usually adorned the table next to me. Did it actually help me sleep as dear mother would always say? That's debatable. Frankly, if I woke up in the middle of the night thirsty, the last thing I wanted to do was venture through the house for a drink. A quick slurp from some milk right beside me was perfect. With that said, many young children have a pairing of things in their bedroom -- milk and a nightligh...
  • Nexus One pricing leaked! $530 without contract. $180 with 2-year T-Mo deal.
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    In the market for a new smartphone -- an Android smartphone in particular lacking any physical keyboard? If so, the Nexus One has no doubt been on your radar. "THE" Google/Android phone to have. We've seen the specs over and over as well as blurry video after blurry video with a few clear ones here and there meticulously detailing the hardware and Android 2.1. Awesome. We already know about all of that. The biggest question, the question of price, has so far been elusive -- until now. I...
  • iPhone/Apps not just a geek’s hobby anymore. CNBC to air “Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution”
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    If you ever thought the iPhone and mobile apps were just a passing fad, an upcoming documentary/report by CNBC may have you second guessing the iPhone and mobile applications' impact on the global society on a whole. The program is called "Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution" -- clever. Mind you, this isn't some small, time wasting, fluff that the network is cramming in between "real" stories. Airing January 7th at 10pm (repeat at 1am), Planet of the Apps will consume a full hour of...
  • “Super USB 24-Port hub towers over all other consumer USB hubs with holes to spare…
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 2:25 pm
    If a man were measured by the number of USB ports he had, any man with the "Super USB 24-Port Hub" from USB Fever would easily be labeled a god. While I consider myself a gadget geek, computer guru, and electronic collector, I don't come anywhere close to needing even half of the 24-port hub's maximum allotment. Along the same line, I don't know anyone who would have any need for such a high number of ports. The only logical way I can imagine someone filling up those digital holes is by c...
  • Fiat Lux Lamp with floating on/off orb wins lamp design of the decade.
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    Of all the lighting fixture/lamp concepts and designs I've seen, the Fiat Lux Lamp designed by Constance Guisset and Grégory Cid easily takes the crown for coolest, most innovative lamp design of the decade -- the next decade. Some may see this admission as coming a wee bit early seeing as how the next decade doesn't start for a couple more days. Even still, though I already know how fast technology does in fact progress and evolve, I'm left wondering how anyone can top the Fiat Lux design fo...
  • Mario Candy the perfect gift for the geeky sweet tooth.
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 10:29 am
    If you could reach into your TV screen, pick up Mario and bite of his head, would you? Too graphic perhaps? What about one of those magical mushrooms always running around? I mean, a little trip via some organic fungus never hurt anyone too bad right? If such things ping your brain every night as you lie awake in bed, boy have I got a treat (literally) for you. Mario Candies. Thanks to Birthday Express (Mushroom and Gold Star candies) and BigBadToyStore (Question Mark Block candies), the ...
  • The wall outlet of tomorrow: stylish, convenient, and functional.
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 10:16 am
    Wall outlets -- what exactly can we say? It's a hole in the wall from which electrons spew forth when the appropriate (and sometimes inappropriate) material is inserted. How could technology and society actually make it better? Enter the world transformed with the Rambler Socket. For starters, who says technology and mundane things such as wall outlets have to be ugly and unsightly? The Rambler is quite the looker. Just because it looks good doesn't mean it shouldn't be functional. Th...
  • “I’m on a Phone Mutha f*cker” challenges “I’m On A Mac” for best “I’m On A Boat” remix/parody. [Parody]
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 10:05 am
    Follow that? T-Pain's "I'm On A Boat" while not everyone's personal preference for music, has enjoyed a fair amount of "remixing" the last couple of months (Kanye West version oddly absent). Yesterday we saw a parody movie of "I'm On A Boat" done by SwitchtoMac dubbed "I'm On A Mac". The corniness couldn't be ignored, but overall it was clever and helped relieve a small smidgen of daily stress. Today however the Mac is old news and "I'm On A Phone" is the latest and greatest parody. It'...
  • First ever 3D brain scan looks like rainbow of entangled noodles…
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 8:58 am
    Ever wonder what goes on in your head when you do things such as think, walk down the stairs, smell a flower, etc? For some time now, scientists and researchers have known some basic information about the brain and how it functions. One thing to make note of though is that even today, scientists aren't that comfortable in their breadth of knowledge involving the brain. That's where an unconventional brain scanning method used by raiology professor of Harvard, Van Wedeen. His new scans have...
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