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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Siri Ported To iPhone 4, Developer Doesn’t Release It

By David Ponce

Yeah, so the iPhone 4S came out a while ago and aside from a faster processor, everyone was pointing to Siri as being the only real improvement over the iPhone 4. Of course, Siri is software and it didn’t take long until hackers figured out how to port Siri over to the previous generation device. That early port was rather useless since the real processing and the brains behind Siri take place on Apple’s servers; these servers only talked to Siri requests coming from an iPhone 4S and nothing else. But now there’s a new port out that has succeeded in getting Apple’s servers talking to other devices. So yeah, Siri obviously works outside of the 4S.

That’s nice to know. Except we can’t get our hands on this yet since whoever developed this has decided not to release the port. It was more of a proof of concept.

Fear not Internauts, this is the interconnected tubes and it’s only a matter of time until others walk in these footprints and take away the most and only compelling reason to upgrade from an iPhone 4.

VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Largest Gold Coing Minted Is Worth $57.34 million

By David Ponce

Not that it has anything remotely to do with technology, gadgets, or something you can ever hope to get your hands on… but the coin you see above should tickle your geek cells anyway. It’s made by the Perth Mint of Australia, weighs over a ton and based on current gold prices should be worth around $57.34million. Created to “mark the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that will be held in Australia”, the coin has an “Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II’s image [on one side ]” and a kangaroo on the other. It measures 12cm thick (almost 5 inches) by 80cm across (about 31.5 inches) and after taking 18 months to complete, the going is now on public display.

VIA [ Born Rich ]

Those McNuggets Don’t Look Golden Enough

By David Ponce

Fatty, salty and unbelievably delicious, McNuggets remain incomplete; what they have in flavor, they lack in being made out of gold. You can get one step closer to fixing that flaw with these cans of sprayable, edible food coloring. They’re called Food Finish and are allegedly safe and completely tasteless. So for € 24,80 (or about $35USD as of this writing) you can have that chrome plated steak you’ve always wanted, or those… blue french fries. Heck, even those red pancakes are within grasp.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Slashgear ]

Spruce Up Your Room With Star Wars Wallpaper

By David Ponce

Looking a little Victorian in its execution, this great Imperial Forces wallpaper is sure to make any Star Wars fan seriously consider its purchase. Covered in repeating patterns of “Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and members of the Empire, this hand-screened, flocked, designer wallpaper is an artistic way to decorate your office, collectibles room, or space station.” Legitimately licensed from Lucasfilm, the wallpaper has the price to match its authenticity: starting at $75 for a 27″ x 90″ that is able to cover 17 sq ft, up to $350 for 27″ x 540″ able to cover 101 sq ft.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Insert Internet, Receive Smells

By David Ponce

While not quite as elaborate as the SMELLIT device we wrote about earlier this month , this little box promises to add a little bit of smell to your Intertubes browsing experience. It’s called “Olly” and is basically a smelly chime. You set it up so that it releases a puff of fragrance at a predetermined event, whether it’s “tweets, a like on Instagram, or just your train running late.” The nature of the scent is up to you, and can be anything from a citrus essence, some gin or your partner’s perfume. Simply insert the fragrance into a removable plastic tray.

Olly is not on the market just yet as the company is looking for ways to make it at scale. But you can sign up to be notified when it’s ready.

[ Olly Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Deal Of The Day: Up To $412 Off On Dell XPS 15z Core i5 Ultra-Slim Laptop

By David Ponce

The XPS line as some of you may know sits at the upper end of the range for Dell and the prices usually reflect this. The 15z you see on special today starts at $942 in its lowest configuration but does quickly go up to $1,900+ with options. But that’s where the bigger savings are, since you can get a Core i7-2640M 2.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB 7200RPM HDD, 1080p WLED screen, 2GB GeForce GT 525M graphics, Bluetooth 3.0 laptop for $1,499 after $412 in rebates.

[ Up To $412 Off On Dell XPS 15z Core i5 Ultra-Slim Laptop ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

The Dot Panoramic iPhone Camera Attachement Is Awesome!

By David Ponce

Ok, so we may be late to the game here, but this little device looks too cool for us to pass on it. It’s basically a lens that allows your iPhone’s camera to shoot in 360 degrees… simultaneously. No stitching images together.

Snap Dot onto your iPhone 4 / 4S, download our free Looker app, and instantly record fully immersive 360° videos right on your iPhone. Going to a concert? You can record the show and the audience. Heading out on a road trip? Leave Dot on the dashboard and record your highway adventures. No matter what you’re recording, Dot sees everything!

Our unique catadioptric optical system is fully AR-coated for excellent color fidelity in all environments. Dot is a lightweight attachment that doesn’t require batteries or external power. Dot comes with a microfiber pouch that doubles as a lens cloth.

Most impressive is when you watch the below video and realize you can pan the camera around, 360 degrees, as the video plays.

$79. We want one!

[ The Dot ] VIA [ ]

Porsche Design P’9981 Blackberry Smartphone

porsche blackberry knight

Eric Evdosin

For those of you who are still loyal Blackberry and BBM fans, you will love their latest. This is not the most advanced phone on the market, however Blackberry goes all out for their latest Porsche Design Blackberry P9981 Smartphone. This unique and remarquable handset features a forged stainless steel frame for enhanced durability. A sculpted QWERTY keyboard. Blackberry OS 7 with a special Porsche UI, a 1.2 GHz processor, 8GBs of on board memory, dual-band Wi-Fi and 720p HD video recording and a hand-wrapped leather back cover. If your one of the few that hasn’t changed their minds about Blackberry after their last outage, at least upgrade to this model.

Oh and the price? Expect it to be around $2,000.

[ Blackberry ] via [ Crnchy ]

Logitech C910 HD Pro Webcam Reviewed, Verdict: Nice Evolutionary Upgrade.

Logitech has advanced its webcam line recently with the release of the C910 HD Pro Webcam. They continue on with their core line of peripherals and while not being able to boast of any exciting new hardware features they have polished and refined their latest with considerable software improvements. While the current ‘best’ resolution for video is 1080p, current bus, bandwidth and hardware limitations have made this a bit of a unicorn for shared video. The technology base just isn’t available to reliably support that much streaming data. Logitech has opted to stick with refining 720p software solutions. Their hardware, Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and 5 megapixel sensor, could easily do 1080p but our USB 2.0 systems and bottlenecked Internet providers just can’t keep up. The vastly improved image software makes the best of whatever video signal you can muster and adjust light levels quickly and effectively.

This latest, the C910 HD, adds the “Pro” moniker in deference to the business software that’s been included. In the past, many webcams have been targeted at friends and family video chats but many businesses are now adopting person to person video conferencing as a daily part of your job. Logitech has answered this new direction with the inclusion of a trial version of FastAccess, a facial recognition and security software. While the results of the first round of tests have been mixed on the security, the over feeling is that Logitech has continued to move their product forward. For an exposé on all the new functions and any glaring weaknesses, head over to Everything USB for full review.

[Full Review @ Everything USB]