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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Hookless Hangers

Hookless Hangers (Images courtesy Hookless Hangers)
By Andrew Liszewski

Maybe there’s an obvious downside to this idea that I’m just not seeing, but I kind of like the look and functionality of these hookless hangers. The not so secret trick behind the hangers is that the traditional hook has been replaced with a neodymium magnet, which also requires you to replace the rod in your closet with a metal strip mounted below a shelf or something. Now your first thought is probably that magnets would be no where near strong enough, but these can support up to 5lbs of clothing, and there’s a deluxe version designed for coats that supports up to 7.5lbs.

On one hand they end up saving a lot of vertical space in a closet allowing you to stack two rows of clothing in some cases, but on the other a 5-pack of basic wooden hangers is around $20. Now I hate to discourage people from buying this company’s product, but this seems like another DIY project that could accomplish the same thing for a lot cheaper.

[ Hookless Hangers ] VIA [ Better Living Through Design ]

Oakley’s 3D TRON Glasses Are The Stylish Way To Watch The Upcoming Sequel

Oakley's 3D TRON Glasses (Image courtesy Oakley)
By Andrew Liszewski

Oakley has joined the long list of companies that have announced a tie-in with the upcoming TRON: Legacy sequel with their “TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan eyewear. They sport some nifty TRON-inspired graphics on the frame, but here’s the real reason you might want to shun the 3D specs handed out at your local theater and opt for dropping $150 on these instead:

To engineer Oakley 3D eyewear, Oakley combined its industry-leading frame innovations with lens technologies that maximize the 3D experience by offering unprecedented levels of clarity and visual fidelity. “TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan features HDO-3D™, a collection of proprietary lens innovations that have achieved the first optically correct 3D eyewear on Earth. Oakley 3D lenses virtually eliminate the ghosting or “crosstalk” between images that reach each eye from one moment to the next, a potential problem with inferior 3D eyewear.

A second key difference between Oakley 3D eyewear and conventional designs is the lens curvature. Greater curvature around the eyes provides a wider field of view, but without highly precise optics, even a mild curve can cause visual distortion. Oakley technology maintains optical clarity so the wearer can enjoy a wide field of sharp vision. The curvature of Oakley 3D lenses has the added benefit of minimizing distracting glare.

The glasses will be available in November, well ahead of the film’s December 17 release date, giving you plenty of time to break them in beforehand.

[ PR – Oakley To Debut 3D Eyewear With Special TRON: Legacy Film Edition ] VIA [ Acquire ]

‘Super There Will Be Blood’ Turns Daniel Plainview Into A 16-Bit Hero

By Andrew Liszewski

The second I walked out the theater I knew that There Will Be Blood would have made for a fantastic video game. But oddly enough none of the major development studios seemed to jump on the property at the time. So UK-based Tomfoolery Pictures shows us just how awesome a video game based on Daniel Plainview’s adventures would have been. And of course, a classic 16-bit side scroller was the only way to go. Milkshake!

[ Tomfoolery Pictures – Super There Will Be Blood ] VIA [ Tiny Cartridge ]

Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker – This Isn’t Going To End Well

Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker (Images courtesy Spinmaster Toys)
By Andrew Liszewski

The holidays are a time for splurging, when you can be a bit less worried about your waist line. But I have a bad feeling I’m going to end up on a TLC special if one of these Dairy Queen Blizzard Makers ever crosses the threshold of my home. To be frank it looks like your standard home ice cream maker, and according to comments online there’s actually no mechanism to mix in the toppings which is the whole point of a Blizzard! But that wouldn’t stop me from creating frozen culinary experiments the likes of which DQ’s research labs have ever seen. (No FDA getting in my way!) $34.99 from Toys”R”Us not including ingredients or cold.

[ Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker ] VIA [ I4U News ]

Elecom’s New Slim Swiveling SD Card Reader

Elecom MR-C25 Card Reader (Image courtesy Elecom)
By Andrew Liszewski

Should your older laptop be lacking a built-in SD card reader, but you find yourself in constant need of one, Elecom has just introduced this slim and svelte model known as the MR-C25 which you can leave attached to your computer even when packing it away. It sits fairly flush to the side of your laptop and also swivels so that it’s not blocking USB or other ports while it’s attached. It supports most types of SD cards including SDHC, SDXC and microSD, and should be available sometime in November, pricing TBA.

[ Elecom MR-C25 Swiveling SD Card Reader ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Sega’s Vanquish Review

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I have been waiting to play Vanquish ever since I saw the trailer for it online. I downloaded the demo and decided that I had to have the game. Ever since we got it in here at the office I have been playing it nonstop. I finally broke away from the screen to write up a review for Sega’s Vanquish, so here is that review.

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Sony Discontinues The Walkman Cassette Player

By Chris Scott Barr

Since I write for a tech news site, I usually try to keep my finger on the pulse of technology news. Naturally, things do slip by me. Case in point: Apparently Sony has continued to produce the Walkman for the last 30 years. Yes, I do mean the actual Walkman, as in the portable cassette tape player. It seems there has still been a demand for them even after all of these years.

The company has continued to produce and sell the devices in Japan, racking up 200 million unit sales over the years. So why is this making headlines now? Well it seems that the company has finally decided to shut down production of the Walkman cassette player line. I guess someone told them about those newfangled MP3 players that are all the rage these days. (Yes, I did just use the phrase “all the rage.”)

Back in July the company produced the final batch of the Walkman cassette players. They are currently being sold throughout Japan, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

[ Sony ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Fancy Italian Style Plastic Cutlery

Extravaganza Italian Style Plastic Cutlery (Images courtesy Rockett St. George)
By Andrew Liszewski

Since it all comes from a plastic injection mold anyways, who says disposable plastic cutlery has to look cheap? This Extravaganza Italian Style cutlery looks just like the fine silver your mom only uses during the holidays, but it’s made from white plastic instead. At ~$26 (£16.50) for 4 place settings including a knife, fork, desert spoon and tea spoon at each, it’s unfortunately considerably more expensive than the plastic cutlery you’d find at the grocery store. But not so much that you’ll flip out if it accidentally gets discarded during the hectic holidays.

[ Extravaganza Italian Style Picnic Cutlery ] VIA [ ]

Deal Of The Day: Lenovo IdeaPad Y460 For $649

By David Ponce

Today we’re looking at two different configurations of Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y460, the Core i3 and i5 model. If you’ll recall, we already looked at this laptop a little over a month ago. Through the wonders of constantly falling prices, the Core i3 config that you could then get for $669 is now $20 lower than that. This is reached through $150 off directly from Lenovo plus a $250 stackable coupon to bring the $1,029 price down to $649. Even better are the savings on the Core i5, where you can now purchase what cost $849 (after rebates) for $806 after $150 and a 15% stackable coupon.

[ Lenovo IdeaPad Y460 For $649 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]