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Monthly Archives: November 2005

TV Torrents Organises Your TV Downloads

By David Ponce

We talk a lot about torrents round these parts. But you do know that for every pirated file you download, a kitten somewhere dies, right?

Please, think of the kittens and download responsibly.

That being said, TV Torrent is a new site that does a very nice job of bringing you TV content in an organised fashion. It’s essentially a front-end for Mininova. The site lists TV shows with file size, number of seeds and peers and more importantly, there is a page that groups the shows together. This is great if you’re not entirely sure what you’re in the mood of, and would like some suggestions. Simply browse the list of shows and download away then leave the site, content with the knowledge that the file is available for download.

[TV Torrents] VIA [Digg]

Nokia 8800 Meets Aston Martin

By David Ponce

The Nokia 8800 has been out for some time now. It’s gorgeous, it’s thin… long legs and all that. And now, the stainless steel beauty is getting stamped with the Aston Martin name in what looks to be like a limited edition (to 250 units) co-branding run.

Not a whole lot by way of details on this. The cell is already pretty freaking expensive, and the Aston Martin name on it, coupled with the limited edition schtick is likely to push the price into the right-hand-cutting, soul-mortgaging league.

Also known as pocket change for some of us.

[Slashphone] VIA [Textually]

The i-Deck, Spensive iPod Speakers With Bezel For The nano

By David Ponce

I know I got me some iPod haters out there. Sorry guys, just skip this post.

The i-Deck is a fine looking speaker system that features a little dock for your iPod. What’s particularly nice about it is their system of interchangeable bezels that let you dock almost any version of the player. They recently released one that adapts to the nano.

Comes with a remote, charges the player, connects to the computer and most importantly, according to some reviews, sounds quite nice. Since it’s actually more expensive than the player, at $430, it better sound like delicious honey-coated sirens.

Or something.

[i-Deck] VIA []

The Bugatti Veyron, Driven

By David Ponce

The Bugatti Veyron is nothing new, so no hate mail please. But for those of you who’ve never come across this thing of beauty, know that it just happens to be the fastest, probably most expensive production car in the world. The W16 engine (that’s right, two Audi V8 engines fused together) is coupled with 4 turbochargers and is cooled by (count’em) 10 radiators. It transmits an earth scorching 1001 bhp to the ground through a carefully crafted 7-gear paddle transmission and reaches 62mph in 2.5 seconds. Top speed? 252mph, aka 405kph, aka 370ft/s. That’s a football field a second.

It’s faster than the McLaren F1. Faster than an F1 car. Faster than anything. Matter of fact, you could give the McLaren a headstart, let it reach 120mph, and you’d still get to 200mph quicker!

It comes at a price. A cool million. And lots of gas. I heard somewhere it takes a gallon of juice just to start. But, really, who’s counting when you’re driving the finest this planet has to offer?

Jeremy Clarkson of The Sunday Times recently drove the car (the bastard), and for his impressions, come inside. Out here, you get the link to the full article. It’s really fascinating.

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4GB MP3 Players From Siren

By David Ponce

You can’t say “The Holidays are upon us!” often enough. That means you’ll be raking your noodle for gift ideas, and yes, we’ll be happy to make a few suggestions. For those in your life that can’t distinguish between quality and, er, crap-ity, consider these two MP3 players, the EDGE and the SIR, from a company called Siren. They might be available at Walmart soon (I say might because an older version was, so you know…), so they’re not likely to hurt your wallet too much.

Now, they come with a bunch of standard features, like integrated storage, FM radio, voice recording, SD/MMC expansion slot, 16 hour battery life on an AAA, etc. What sets them apart from the slew of other token players is that they will also be available in 4GB, making this company the third after Apple and Sandisk to do so.

Right now however, you can go look at the order page and stare at the “coming soon” sign.

[Sirenplayer] VIA [DAPreview]

Ugly Dolls For Christmas

By David Ponce

Just remember, the Holidays are on your doorstep. And there is no better gift for a little young’in than a teddy bear. Now, be creative for once and give him something he can show to his friend(s) in school or something. Give him an “Ugly Doll”.

Let me tell you, these creatures are darn fugly, and the kid in your life should love’em. They’re all about $25.

[Ugly Dolls] VIA []

Xbox 360 Pre-Order And Other Coverage

By David Ponce

Okay, that’s it. I’ve buckled under the pressure. Here’s the token Xbox 360 coverage. As you know, it’s out. If you don’t know, please find a rock, and hide under it.

Also, you might have heard that it’s darn hard to get your hands on one. The hype is in full swing. There are reports of serious scuffles, ridiculous eBay auctions, cold weather campouts and probably a lot of broken hearts. All this over a game console.

Well, why not? Now, should you have a little bit of patience, and a disdain for any physical effort, I’ve come across a website that will allow you to order an Xbox 360 and get it delivered to your door. Atomic Park has 870 units arriving on the 29th of November and 2000 more on the 9th of December. If you order now, you get on the list and they will ship back out as soon as they get there. Yes, in time for Christmas, and it’ll only cost ya… $850. Yup.

Now, should you wish to take advantage of your new console’s networking abilities, perhaps you’ll want to do away with the cables and go wireless. For $100 you can order from a wireless network adapter that doesn’t look like turd and connects to the machine’s USB port.

And yeah.

That’s all I’m going to say about this. VIA Gadgetmadness and I4U.

Vulcanus MK4, A Microwave Water Heater

By David Ponce

Finally, a breakthrough in the water heater arena.Pulsar Advanced Technologies has announced that, starting next week, they will launch the MK4, a microwave-powered on-demand water heater.

Why is this cool? Well, until now, you had two options: electric heaters that keep a large amount of water hot at all times, or natural gas heaters that heat up water on-demand. The first is very costly and wasteful, and the second is not available to everyone, especially those in rural areas. You can’t heat water up quickly enough with conventional resistance-based electric elements, as it would require huge amount of electricity, but with microwaves… it’s totally different.

The Vulcanus MK4 can heat water from 35 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit in seconds and can source multiple applications at once: showers, dishwasher, sink usages and more. It is the size of a stereo speaker with a sleek modern look, making it ideal for condos and apartments, while powerful enough to serve the needs of any size family.

Think of Batman Begins, and you’ll get the idea. No word on price.

[Pulsar Technologies] VIA [Digg]

Waterless Washing Machine Developed

By David Ponce

First off, this image is just for illustration purposes. Ok? I hate to post without a pretty picture to look at. Anyway, it seems some folks at the National University of Singapore have developed a washing machine that cleans your clothes without water. And no, it’s not dry-cleaning either.

Get this.

The machine uses negative ions, compressed air and deodorants to clean clothes. Industrial design students Wendy Chua, 21, and Gabriel Tan, 23, said they were inspired by the technology in air purifiers, which uses negative ions to clump dirt and bacteria, making it easier for the particles to be sucked out. The ions are a natural cleaning agent.


So, a washing machine that sprays perfume and blows some (ionised) air on your clothes. If it works, and that’s a big if… then this could put some dry-cleaning places out of business. But well, it’s in Singapore, it’s a student project, there’s not a lot of info. I bet we’ll never see this, least not anytime soon.

Of course, I’ve been known to not really know anything. So make what you will of this.

[Read the article] story VIA []