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Monthly Archives: April 2013

EBGames selling PSP mystery bag

Sony PSPSo we’re envious of Japan, right? They get everything cool first. Some of the stuff never even makes it here. Oh well, such is life.

One thing that’s been selling for quite a bit over there, is the much hyped Sony PSP. That’s making a few people pull their hair out in frustration this side of the world. And of course, certain companies (coughEBGamescough cough…) have decided to shamelessly capitalize on our collective PSP envy.

You can now pre-order a Starter Package for 399$. That gives you the PSP itself, one unspecified accessory and three games. Hmm… so let’s see. The PSP alone is expected to retail at around 200$ That leaves 200$ for three games and an accessory….

Let me tell you, at that price, the “accessory” better wash the dishes and make the bed.

Check out EBGames’ website

Street Art meets Counter Strike

CS Street Art
A lot of people spend a lot of time in front of their computers. I’m sad to say (yeah, right!), certainly not all of it productively. Some of that lost productivity is spent playing online games and one of the most popular games nowadays, is Counter Strike.

It’s an amazing game. I’d know, I’m one of those unproductive people who spent (very few, I swear) hours shooting people in the head. Well, now you can customise your maps just a bit, with some funky street art.

Via CoolHunting.

Hello Kitty MP3

HelloKitty mp3
It’s pink. It’s cuddly. It’s beyond cool. It’s Hello Kitty and it’ll play music for you. You don’t have to feel bad about owning a displayless player, the iPod Shuffle made that kosher a little while back. And for those of you out there who still think the Kitty is only for the little girls, think again. I have it on very good word that it’s a fashion item, worn by the most discerning fashionistas.

Hmmm…

Read Japanese? Check out the website.

Bose, noise cancellation that actually works

QuietComfort2Whenever sound equipment companies make a claim to noise cancellation technology, you have to ask yourself one question: “By cancelling, do they really mean blocking?”

Sound Physics 101

True sound cancellation is an active process. Sound is a wave. A wave has troughs and crests. If it meets another soundwave that is an exact inverse of it (that is, that has crests instead of the troughs and vice versa) they cancel each other out. Sound cancellation technology uses a separate set of speakers to generate an inverse soundwave of whatever surrounding noise it picks out (airplane engine, passing cars, etc) and literally cancels the ambient noise, leaving only the most crystal clear instrumental Marilyn Manson for your private delight.

Usually, what companies mean when they say “Sound Cancellation” is: “Really Spongy Earbuds”, or “Really Thick Earmuffs”, or some such asinine passive device meant to keep sound away from your ears instead of true sound cancellation.

But Bose, my friend, does not misuse the term with the QuietComfort 2. As well they shouldn’t, at 300$. But, as a review in DesignTechnica says:

At an MSRP of $299, consider this a $100 worth of decent headphone, and $200 worth of noise reduction.

And that, let me tell you, is one small price to pay to drown out… some people I know.

Read the review.

World’s smallest TV, er… MP3 player

Kudos to MobiBlu for releasing the “World’s Smallest MP3 Player”, the DAH-1500. While any such claims should always be taken with a grain of salt, this particular design is quite elegant, if only for looking like a tiny television.DAH-1500

Now, on a side note, I have an issue with the name. Not with MobiBlu, but the name of the player itself. Why DAH-1500? Would you tell a friend: “Hey, I got myself the new DAH-1500!” It just doesn’t roll off the tongue and I really feel that companies should review their alphabet soup taxonomy. But maybe it’s just me. Maybe people do like saying names like XS200, EMP-400 or CW300. What do I know?

Anyway, back to the player. It features an FM tuner, audio jack/data jack (that’s right, 2 in 1), OLED screen and 20 hour playback time. Not bad for such a tiny buddy.

Visit the source of the information.

iBear luvin for your iPod mini

Kubrick iBear
Not a whole lot of witty commentary to be made about this, as it’s pretty self explanatory. Seems like everyone is riding the iPod wave these days. And why not?

Basically, what we have is five cute little bears switching their innards with your mini. In matching colors, bien sur. I imagine this one was inspired by the succes of a previous model, the iKub, which I have to admit is somewhat attractive in its blocky ugliness.

If anyone speaks Japanese, go look for it in this website. It’s somewhere… inside.

Ferrite bead, radiation stopper

Ferrite bead I like people who worry. They’re entertaining to watch. They’re fun to talk to. By fun of course, I mean the kind of fun that you get at the dentist. They also happen to provide good business to an entire industry that guiltlessly feeds on their collective misinformation and paranoia.

Well, maybe I’m overstating things just a little, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we can now chose to worry about at least on less thing. See, as Professor Challis, who is chairman of the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme in the UK said: “There is no evidence yet that mobile phones are harmful to health but people have not been using them long enough for us to be sure.” No evidence huh? Well, better be safe than sorry, right? Right.

So, attach this ugly ferrite bead to the wire of your handsfree kit and you’ll pretty much also be radiation free. That won’t save you from pollution, global warming, flash floods or getting hit by a passing car. But at least, my friend, you’ll be radiation free.

Check out the article

3D Gaming Phone From LG

3D Gaming Phone
Games in cellphones, from personal experience, suck. I’ve had high hopes with every new handset, and was always let down. Perhaps the fact that my all-time favorite cellphone game is still “Snake” is a good indication of how bad things are. Well, in Canada at least. See, we don’t really get anything here. But that’s beside the point. The point is that companies are still trying to add gaming functionality to cellphones, and some are quite serious about it. Like LG.

They claim to have developped the world’s fastest 3D phone. The specs actually sound sort of interesting for a phone. It’s a clamshell that opens up to a 2.2inch, QVGA-class (320X240) LCD screen. It’s powered by a mobile GPU capable of 1 million polygon/second. That’s 5 times more than anyone else. It’s also equipped with motion sensors, presumably adding to the gaming experience. They also threw in a 1.3megapixel camera, for good measure.

Sounds juicy, except that of course the juice pretty much stays in Korea. LG is saying that maybe after 6 months or so, they might market it here, as a “high-priced, premium product.”

Hrmm…

Read the article

Bluebroc’s c-station: will definately not cramp your style

Bluebroc c-2 workstation
Not quite content with simple and efficient, Bluebroc has given birth to gaudy and extravagant. That’s a euphemism for pretty darn cool and, when do I get one? It’s the workstation from the future and the future is now. It comes in leather and chamois fabric and you can choose your own colors.

I can already imagine the countless hours of pleasure to be had entertaining the ladies on something like this. Then again, maybe it takes a special kind of lady to appreciate it’s intrinsic beauty. A special kind of lady I have yet to meet…

Visit the website.