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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Dingoo A330 Mini Game King Is About The Size Of The Game Boy Micro But Includes Support For Wireless Controllers

Dingoo A-330 Game King (Image courtesy GBAtemp)
By Andrew Liszewski

The original Dingoo A320 Mini Game King was, for lack of a better description, a Game Boy Micro clone that was far more capable than Nintendo’s offering. While roughly the same size, it allowed you to play a variety of emulated ROMs as well as a pretty comprehensive list of multimedia formats, even on a larger display thanks to video-out capabilities. But details about the A320’s successor were recently posted on the GBAtemp forums, and in addition to a new design that makes it look more like a miniature PSP, the A330 includes a 2.4 GHz radio receiver allowing it to work with wireless game controllers.

The inclusion of wireless controller support makes a bit more sense given the A330 can be connected to an external display, but there’s nothing stopping you from using it while squinting at the handheld’s 2-3 inch, 320×240 LCD display. ROM support appears to include GBA, SNES, NES, Mega Drive, Neo Geo, CPS1, CPS2, Lynx, GBC and Sega Master System titles, while multimedia support includes RMVB, RM, AVI, WMV, FLV, MPEG, DAT, MP4, ASF as well as MP3, WMA and FLAC files on the audio side. There’s no word on pricing or availability just yet, but the A320 sold for about $80-85, so I suspect the A330 will be similarly priced.

[ GBAtemp – Dingoo A330 announcement & news ] VIA [ Tiny Cartridge ]

Announcing The Winner Of The RichardSolo 1800 Battery Backup

By Chris Scott Barr

After consulting the magical random number generator, I have discovered the winner of last week’s contest. Congratulations are in order for Sdlaxin43, who will be receiving a RichardSolo 1800 Battery Backup. For those of you that didn’t win, fear not! We’ve got more giveaways in the works, so stay tuned.

[ RichardSolo ]

Pyramid-Shaped iPod Dock & Coffee Table Would Make Even The Pharaohs Shake Their Heads

Horus Coffee table (Image courtesy Thivend Stephane)
By Andrew Liszewski

Ultra-high performance concrete didn’t exist when the ancient Egyptians built the original pyramids, but it doesn’t seem like designer Thivend Stephane is striving for historical accuracy when it comes to his Horus Coffee Table. Not only is the scale way off, but the real pyramids don’t have an iPod/iPhone dock, 2 amplified speakers or a tempered glass tabletop illuminated with LED accent lighting. And I have no idea how much it costs, or if it’s even available for sale.

[ Thivend Stephane – Horus Coffee table ] VIA [ Furniture Fashion ]

‘Domestic Transformer’ Apartment Crams 24 Rooms Into Just 330 Square Feet

By Andrew Liszewski

Architect Gary Chang lives in a rather small apartment in Hong Kong, 330 square feet to be exact, but has definitely made the most of his situation. Using a cleverly designed series of sliding walls, his apartment can be transformed into a variety of different living areas from a kitchen, to a bathroom, to even a home theater complete with a video projector and large screen. Mirrors on the ceiling help to camouflage the tracks used by the sliding sections, but also serve to spread the ambient light coming in through the windows, which are actually tinted warm and golden so that every day feels like it’s sunny outside.

[ YouTube – A Tiny Apartment Transforms into 24 Rooms ] VIA [ TechEBlog ]

Neodymium Magnets Improve An Already Clever Hack

Binder Clip Magnet Cable Holders (Image courtesy gkrieshok)
By Andrew Liszewski

A few weeks ago Lifehacker posted a clever tip about using binder clips attached to the side of your desk to prevent unused cables from sliding off onto the floor. However, it required those cables to be threaded through the ‘handles’ of the binder clips, which was slightly inconvenient whenever you needed to use one of the tethered cables elsewhere.

But one of their readers has improved on the design, in my opinion at least, by attaching a set of neodymium magnets to the clips, creating a sort of MagSafe hack for everything from power to USB to even video cables. Just remember that magnets and electronics aren’t good bedfellows, but an extra ounce of prevention should ensure this hack does more good than harm.

[ Lifehacker – Combining Binder Clips and Magnets for Easy Cable Access ]

Hulu Inches Closer To A Paid Subscription Model


By Chris Scott Barr

It’s been nearly a year since I dropped my cable subscription, and I couldn’t be happier. Between Hulu Plus vs Netflix streaming, I have little desire to ever switch back. Of course there has always been that fear that Hulu would switch over to a paid subscription model. Now it seems that a paid model is coming, but it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been.

The current proposal is to continue offering the latest 5 episodes of current shows for free. However, users could pay $9.95 a month for what’s called Hulu Plus. This would get you the entire back-catalog of episodes, rather than being limited to the latest ones. There is no word on whether paying the fee would free you from watching the ads or not.

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Silk Space Invaders Tie – Because ‘Black Tie Event’ Is Open To Interpretation

Silk Space Invaders Tie (Images courtesy Since 1337)
By Andrew Liszewski

Just because you’re being forced to wear a tux to some fancy-shmancy event doesn’t mean you can’t add your own flair. For about $40 (€ 29.90) from Since 1337 you can order a black silk tie, with either blue or green Space Invaders accents, that tells the other guests you’ve decided to play by the rules of high society, but are willing to exploit every loophole you can find.

[ Silk Space Invaders Tie ] VIA [ Josh Spear ]

Soft Machines – Your Favorite Electronics In Pillow Form

Soft Machines (Images courtesy DaWanda)
By Andrew Liszewski

While they seem to have a soft spot for drum machines, synthesizers and sequencers, Berlin, Germany-based Soft Machines creates and sells these highly detailed plush versions of old-school electronics. Having absolutely no musical capabilities I’m partial to the plush Nintendo Game Boy myself, but unfortunately since they’re not mass produced in a factory (which isn’t a bad thing) they’re actually rather expensive. At the cheapest end of the scale is the plush Game Boy which sells for about $132 (€99) while the plush Leipzig is the most expensive at about $265 (€199).

[ Soft Machines ] VIA [ ]

R2-D2 USB Desktop Cleaner

R2-D2 USB Desktop Cleaner (Image courtesy NCSX)
By Andrew Liszewski

How an astromech droid ever got stuck on crumbs duty I’ll never know, but for just $20.90 you can have this miniature version of R2-D2 (he’s just under 4-inches tall) roaming your desk, sucking up Doritos leftovers. Since it’s powered by one of your PC’s USB ports I’m going to wager it doesn’t have the strongest suction capabilities, which kind of makes me wish Dyson would strike up a partnership with Lucasfilm. An R2-D2 with root cyclone technology? I definitely wouldn’t need Obi-Wan Kenobi’s help when it came to cleaning my apartment.

[ R2-D2 USB Desktop Cleaner ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]