Sabtu, 01 November 2008

17 geek Lego statues

homerWhy are geeks drawn to Legos? They’re fun sure. You can create original stuff and recreate almost anything imaginable. It probably has something to do with why the pyramids were constructed in Egypt. Humans just need to create. And since the dawn of time geeks have been the most innovative and creative. Here’s a look at a bunch of random cool statues all done up in lego. Statues used to be made from bronze, steel, gold, concrete… But the age of Lego is at hand.More...

Broadband speed tests questioned

A racing car
Users are keen to know how fast their broadband really is

Virgin Media has criticised some broadband speed tests, saying they rely on "dirty data".

It said current tests were often inaccurate.

It is concerned that tests for 50Mbps (megabits per second) services, which are starting to launch, will be even more inaccurate.

More people are using broadband speed tests to find out whether the speed they are actually getting comes close to what service providers promise.

Broadband speed tests questioned

Jumat, 31 Oktober 2008

Trojan virus steals banking info

Computer keyboard
Sinowal infects victims' computers without leaving any trace

The details of about 500,000 online bank accounts and credit and debit cards have been stolen by a virus described as "one of the most advanced pieces of crimeware ever created".

The Sinowal trojan has been tracked by RSA, which helps to secure networks in Fortune 500 companies.

RSA said the trojan virus has infected computers all over the planet.

"The effect has been really global with over 2000 domains compromised," said Sean Brady of RSA's security division.

Trojan virus steals banking info

“Mo” : Redefined Notebook PC

If you are very particular about the design of your book, then this product is surely for you. “Mo” is the redefined notebook PC designed for customizing each and every cover to fit the style of the owner. You just need to touch the screen in order to read or make any kind of changes in your book. This product allows for adaptation to users specific needs and interests as well as offering a convenient way to organize files. The customize cover allows the user to show his/her identity and can build a long lasting relationship with the product. It has unique backward folding design that allows you to use it as an alarm.

mo redefined notebook pc

mo redefined notebook pc

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Kamis, 30 Oktober 2008

The iPhone Jack-O-Lantern is versatile

Seems like every time you turn around, the iPhone gets even more versatile. Is there anything it can’t do? Check this out. This iPhone Jack-O-Lantern is created with an application known as Crazy Pumpkin. It basically lets you customize your iPhone’s display into cool Pumpkin faces. Sadly, you won’t want to set it outside for some kid in a robot costume to steal. Sure, they aren’t as awesome as these pumpkins, but pretty cool.

Star Wars Bowling Balls geek up your game

Star Wars Bowling Balls geek up your gameJedi can bowl a perfect game every time by using the force, no balls are necessary. But since you haven’t apprenticed under Yoda, you could use some help. These Brunswick Star Wars Viz-a-Ball bowling balls may be just what you need to give your game a boost while simultaneously getting laughed at by those around you.

Or maybe not. You may just be trading a plain gutter ball for a fancy gutter ball. They’ll cost you between $92-$120 each. There’s Yoda, C-3PO, Darth Vader and even a Darth Maul ball. Who knows, before you know it you may be joining the Bespin Bowling League and low-fiving Ugnaughts. (I apologize for that nerd joke and regret that I even know what an Ugnaut is)

Venturi Volage Electric Roadster for 2012

This can be one of the most incredible cars you might have seen recently. Venturi Volage is a fully electric roadster that boasts 295 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Volage is indeed a head-turner with plenty of unbelievable features such as Active Wheel Technology that empowers each wheel with a significant amount of additional control over the vehicle. This concept is planned for 2012 but because of the impressive looks who doesn’t want to be the driver and master of this unleashed man made wonder. To sum up, Venturi Volage is a wonderfully crafted speed car concept that definitely deserves success and fame.

venturi volage roadster

venturi volage roadster

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Lavender Cell Phone Concept Looks Like A Luxury Perfume Bottle

Here comes the new Lavender cell phone design as the symbol of beauty and stylishness. The design offers a clean look and simplicity because the front of the device is accompanied only by the speaker and the home button. The back side of Lavender phone looks like a perfume bottle with specification labels and feminine design concept. There are a variety of accessories incorporated with this innovative device such as USB connector with magic latch system and perfume dispenser with refillable facility etc. The lights on this graceful cellphone pulsate when used in a dark location.

samsung lavender aroma phone concept

samsung lavender aroma phone concept

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Gateway unveils MC7801u notebook

Gateway MC7801u NotebookNew notebooks are being introduced by the dozen this time of year. This year we are seeing some new types of systems hit the market with netbooks being very popular. Gateway is also introducing a notebook with a different size LCD than we are used to seeing.

The new Gateway MC-Series has a 16-inch edge-to-edge seamless glass display. The aspect ratio for the screen is 16:9 and it has a screen resolution of 1366×768. Other features of the notebook include Illuminated Multimedia Touch Controls.

Rabu, 29 Oktober 2008

Limited Edition Beatles iPod

Limited Edition Beatles iPodIt’s been a long wait. A long and winding road if you will. At last, the Beatles iPod is out, with only 2,500 units available. You know you want it. And in these tough economic times, Paul, Ringo, and Yoko need your help. So why not fork out $795. The Limited Edition Ultimate Collector’s Beatles iPod Set comes complete with a wooden box designed by Psycho Bunny, where you can store your 120GB Beatles iPod, 13 original Beatles albums on CD, two masters, the Love CD, and an engraved guitar pick that is surely the pick of destiny.

Uh, hang on a minute here. Anyone wanting a Beatles iPod surely owns all of these CDs anyway, so what gives? I don’t need all of that extra junk for 800 clams. Just give me a decent Beatles iPod. Preferably something with a classic album cover on it.

New “I’m a Mac” ads try a new tactic

So Apple and Microsoft’s pissing contest continues. Apple has some new ads now. Instead of attacking Vista directly, they now attack Microsoft’s marketing of Vista. After watching this one it seems clear that they are saying less and less with each new ad campaign. It just gets more and more pointless. It’s basically just a “I know you are, but what am I?” type thing. I’m waiting for Microsoft’s next ads to retort, “Infinity!” so we can just all shut up already. Do you guys even care anymore?

MSI to launch 3.5G Wind netbook next month

MSI to launch 3.5G Wind netbook next monthThe U120 will hit store shelves in November at $552 in both white and black. Some features include an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB memory and a 120GB hard drive loaded with Windows XP, plus a built-in 3.5G module. We’re not sure yet if the November date is worldwide or Asia only.

Minox DCM has 40x magnification digital camera system

Minox DCMThere are several reasons that you might want to be able to take pictures of something far away by connecting a digital camera to a scope of some sort. A few examples are bird watchers (boring), astronomy buffs wanting to shoot pictures of heavenly bodies (interesting), and the pervert wanting to shoot pics of that hot college girl up the street (illegal).

No matter what your plan for use of a telescopic camera set up, Minox has a new Digital Camera module that will let you shoot the picture. The Digital Camera Module (DCM) is designed to fit to a spotting scopes eyepiece bayonet. The DCM system has a magnification of 40x.

Selasa, 28 Oktober 2008

AT&T’s Samsung Epix now official

AT&T’s Samsung Epix now officialSamsung and AT&T have made it official. The i907 Epix looks nice and features Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, 3.6Mbps HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2-megapixel cam, AGPS with AT&T Navigator, Video Share support, 320 x 320 2.5-inch touchscreen display, and an “optical mouse” for some reason. You can get it now for $99.99 on a two-year contract. One thing that you definitely notice about this one is the extra screen real estate that could have been…If not for the overly large area that displays the AT&T logo. Otherwise, it looks good.

Fujitsu LifeBook A1110 laptop has interchangable lid

Fujitsu LifeBook A1110 laptop has swappable lidAnd thank god, cuz that one is fugly. Makes me queasy just looking at it. Fujitsu recently intro’d the new LifeBook A1110 15.4-inch consumer- oriented notebook with a swappable lid. That way you can show your style with a green mod labyrinth, bright pink with butterflies, or a cool blue Victorian print. The green mod labyrinth pis making me dizzy.

Fujitsu’s LifeBook A1110 is powered by an Intel Centrino 2 and comes with the Core 2 Duo P7350 or T5800 processor, up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, up to 320GB of hard drive space, and a DVD burner. Some other features are a 1.3MP webcam, 802.11n wireless module, Ethernet LAN port, 56K modem, Bluetooth, three USB ports, ExpressCard and SD Card slots, and a VGA output. It only weighs 6.3 pounds and runs on Windows Vista Home Premium OS. The LifeBook A1110 retails for $799.

GoLive2 announces MMO driving game for Stix controllers

GoLive2 RacingOver the summer, an unknown company called GoLive2 announced what at first glanced sounded like a cool product called Stix. Stix was basically Wii-like motion controls for the PC. I tested a set of the Stix 200 controllers and found they weren’t that good.

GoLive2 is back with a new MMO racing game designed for the Stix controller titled GoLive2 Racing. Let’s be honest about this, the chances of the game being decent are slim to none when you consider how poorly the Stix controllers themselves functioned.

Solid Alliance offers goth 2GB skull rings

Solid Alliance offers goth 2GB skull ringsAre you Goth? Whether you take it so far as to sleep in a coffin or just paint your nails black, you’ll want to pick up some of these skull rings. Like the human skull usb drive, these rings will offer up 2 GB of storage. Great for Halloween or when you just want to punch somebody in the face and leave a lasting impression. Which you’ll want to do when you find out that one will set you back $145.

Toshiba’s $4k Qosmio X305-Q708 gaming laptop

Toshiba’s $4k Qosmio X305-Q708 gaming laptopToshiba is laying the smack down on Alienware, revamping its flame emblazoned Qosmio X305 by introducing the Qosmio X305-Q708, which features a Core 2 Extreme QX9300 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128GB SSD, 320GB 7,200 RPM SATA drive, dual-layer DVD writer, twin NVIDIA 512MB GeForce 9800M GTS graphics cards, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Windows Vista Ultimate. It’s also got a full-sized keyboard with a ten-key number pad, four Harman Kardon speakers, HDMI / DisplayPort connectors, 1.3-megapixel webcam, Wireless USB / USB Sleep-and-Charge technologies and a 17-inch TruBrite LCD (Unknown resolution).

It should be available by the time you read this for around $4,199.99. But if I were you I’d pay extra to get rid of the whole fire motif. With those specs, it’s a damn shame Toshiba is so set on making you look like a flaming dork.

Senin, 27 Oktober 2008

Motorola Aura: A watch trapped in a phone’s body

Motorola Aura: A watch trapped in a phone’s bodyWhat is this new pretty thing? Surely that’s too nice to be a phone. It’s Motorola’s latest, the premium Aura handset, and it’s all about design. It was inspired by high end swiss watches. The phone’s switch blade design all by itself is driven by over 200 parts and 130 of them are ball bearings used to open the handset up to an estimated 100,000 times before failure. It doesn’t end there.

The display is the work of fine engineering too. Just 1.55-inches in diameter, it’s the “world’s first” circular cellphone screen and features 16 million colors and 300 dpi clarity. I guess it doesn’t hurt that it’s coated with 62-carat sapphire crystal too, in order to prevent scratching. The phone is quad band with GPRS and EDGE featuring 7.3 hours of talk time, 2GB, AGPS, stereo Bluetooth, microUSB port, and 2MP camera. It will be available starting December 4th for $2,000. Fine watch quality, fine watch price.

Minoru robot webcam for 3D video chat

Minoru robot webcam for 3D video chatWeb cams have just gone all view-master on us. The Minoru looks like a super-cute Japanese robot and is designed to deliver the Internet experience in 3D. The stereo webcam uses two lenses to form one image that appears three-dimensional…when the viewer wears a pair of 3D glasses. When are we gonna get beyond these nerd glasses?

It’s compatible with chat services like Skype, AIM, and Windows Live Messenger. Apparently the device can take 3D photos and output 3D video that’s uploadable to YouTube too. He’s part E.T., part Wall-E and he’ll be on sale in December for $100.

Custom-made Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3

Custom-made Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3Konami’s limited edition Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 seems absolutely plain when compared to this custom-made system built by Morpheon Mods. It’s absolutely drool worthy and available for auction on eBay. Some of the features include a laser-cut, stainless steel MGS4 marquee, a laser-etched image of Solid Snake himself, a carbon fiber Fox Hound logo on the back, and 14 white micro LEDs to light it all up. That’s Hideo Kojima’s autograph as well.

It’s a fully backwards compatible 60GB PS3. You know it isn’t going to be cheap. Bidding is already up to $2,550.00 with six days left. You’ll also get some other Metal Gear goodies with it, and 15% of the proceeds will go toward the Child’s Play charity. That is one beauty of a PS3. Go bid.

The iBangle bracelet MP3 player

The iBangle bracelet MP3 playerThe iPod pretty much owns the day in the world of MP3 players, but that doesn’t mean they can’t give it a drastic upgrade in the future. Designer Gopinath Prasana prefers a wearable player and so created the iBangle concept. Wearing it is better then carrying an extra gadget after all.

This MP3 player is in the form of a bracelet or bangle, hence the name. It features a multi-touch track pad so you can control your playlist. It’s pretty small, so you won’t be watching videos or movies, making this like the iPod shuffle. Since everyone has different wrist sizes, the iBangle adjusts by inflating a cushion so it will fit snugly.

Big names sign up to iTunes rival

Gbox website
Gbox will offer tracks not covered by copy protection technology
Some of the world's biggest record labels including Universal and SonyBMG have begun selling music through a new download service, challenging Apple.

Customers can buy tunes through Gbox at the same price charged by market leader iTunes - 99 cents (50 pence) a track.

Music fans can download tracks direct from Gbox or from the online retailer Amazon. However, only US customers can currently make use of the service.

Gbox will also benefit from a special advertising deal with Google.

Big names sign up to iTunes rival

H2O Audio iDive For deep sea tunes

H2O Audio iDive For deep sea tunesWell, not that deep. H2O Audio is known for their waterproof products, and here’s their latest way to bring tunes underwater. The iDive “Deep Dive” Waterproof Housing and Over Ear Speakers lets you enjoy your iPod and continue viewing/listening to your favorite media files up to depths of 300 feet below sea level. The integrated amplifier is powered by 3 AA batteries. The H2O Audio iDive Waterproof Dive Housing and Over Ear Speakers will cost you $349.99.

Minggu, 26 Oktober 2008

New HP iPAQ DataMessenger 038 VoiceMessenger Phone

HP iPAQ DataMessenger & VoiceMessenger PhonesHP has two new smartphones in their iPAQ range: the iPAQ DataMessenger and VoiceMessenger. The first handset runs on Windows Mobile 6.1, has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2.8 inch display, Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, Wi-Fi and HSDPA support, quad-band GSM, aGPS, a 3.1MP camera and microSD memory card slot. While the iPAQ VoiceMessenger has a smaller 2.4 inch display and a SureType keyboard. The VoiceMessenger and DataMessenger will cost you €399 and €499. Both will be released in November via Vodafone.

SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise integrates McAfee protection

SanDisk Cruzer EnterpriseOne of the biggest threats to data on an enterprise network comes from employees and flash drives. It’s easy for and employee to nefariously or accidentally introduce a virus or trojan into the network that could destroy or steal important data.

SanDisk is offering a flash drive called the Cruzer Enterprise that includes integrates anti-malware protection form McAfee. The software protects USB drive users from data leaks and features McAfee’s Scan engine offering heuristic analysis for detection of known and unknown threats.

Relay, An Electric Urban Delivery Vehicle Concept

Relay is an urban delivery vehicle designed by Tristan Hipps for maximum transport efficiency. It is a zero emission vehicle which is driven by an electric engine. The vehicle is fully covered from all sides and is provided by one main 48 volt battery and one spare 24 volt battery in case the main battery runs out of power. Relay offers a maximum speed of 40mph with clean and bright environment. Though, Relay has all the qualities of a vehicle that promises green future but with the speed of 40pmh, it will surely be considered as a dead vehicle in today’s fast-paced world.

relay urban delivering vehicle

relay urban delivering vehicle

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Wi-fi buses drive rural web use

A computer kiosk in Kalapathar, India
The vehicles can effectively send and receive emails from villagers
Buses equipped with wi-fi are being used to deliver web content to remote rural villages in the developing world.

In rural India and parts of Rwanda, Cambodia and Paraguay, the vehicles offer web content to computers with no internet connection.

The buses and a fleet of motorcycles update their pages in cities before visiting the hard-to-reach communities.

As well as offering popular pages, the United Villages project also allows users to request specific information.

Wi-fi buses drive rural web use

T-Mobile G1 is officially available to purchase

T-Mobile G1Unless you live under a rock in the ocean between Patrick and SpongeBob, you have heard something about the G1 smartphone. The G1 is the first Google Android device to hit the market and compete against the iPhone and the other smartphone players.

T-Mobile announced today that the G1 can now be purchased. According to T-Mobile, you can walk into any T-Mobile store and walk out with the G1 ready to go. the handset can also be purchased on the T-Mobile website. In some 3G T-Mobile areas the G1 can also be purchased at select third party retailers.

“Kure”, A Unique Dining Table Concept To Save Some Space

“Kure” (also known as ’sphere’ in Turkish) is a futuristic concept table designed in the shape of a flower for your family dinning room. This table is shaped as a sphere when closed and once you open, it can occupy any corner of the house. A light source is fitted in the centre of the table which offers a blue light to the base of the table. This full-fledged dinning table accommodates six dinning chairs which can also be used for some other purpose. Kure is surely a space cushion more favorable for family dinners and aims to bring together the whole family.

kure furnitures for dinner

kure furnitures for dinner

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