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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Why Isn’t The iPhone’s Unlock Screen Like This?

By David Ponce

Apple’s design mantra centres around elegance; this is pretty obvious not only in the physical aspect of their products but in the logic and simplicity with which their software is constructed. Sadly no one is perfect and right now the iPhone’s lock screen is a bit of a mess. With the addition of the camera unlock button it’s no longer symmetrical nor are the sliding gestures consistent: unlocking the phone slides horizontally, while accessing the camera slides vertically. The above picture surfaced on Brye Kobayashi’s website and features a redesigned lock screen. Pressing and holding either button would bring up the slider. Slide to the right to unlock, left to access the camera. The buttons are round, to match other round sliding buttons throughout the interface.

It’s smart. It’s simple. And it’s elegant. Apple, what are you waiting for, hire the man!

[ Brye Kobayashi's Page ] VIA [ Core77 ]

HighPoint RocketU 1144A 4-port USB 3.0 Card Reviewed. Verdict: 20Gbps Bandwidth at Your Disposal

The best you’ll do on most modern desktop computers for USB 3.0 ports today is one or two at most. Yet many PCs don’t even come with a USB 3.0 port. To take advantage of the massive SuperSpeed USB external storage and flash drives out there, desktop PC users don’t necessarily have to be looking to buy a brand-new rig to get additional USB 3.0 ports. Many motherboards have an x4 PCI Express slot tucked away inside that goes unused. HighPoint has a 4-port USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 card that pops into that forlorn slot and that provides a much needed USB 3.0 upgrade for a desktop PC.

The only downside to cards like this for some users is that the computer has to be opened up, which could void warranties. The HighPoint RocketU has 4 discrete ASMedia ASM1024U controllers integrated giving each port full 5Gbps bandwidth. That means each port has access to the highest potential USB 3.0 speeds. Theoretically, this particular card offers a total of 20Gbps of data throughput. It has out-of-the-box support for both Windows and Linux; Mac Pro users looking for Snow Leopard or Lion support will have to check out the Mac version of the RocketU card. During everyday use, Everything USB found the ports are a bit too close together for multiple flash drives to use at once, but the card is still impressive. Read all the details in the full review.

[Full Review @ Everything USB]

Optical Illusion Friday: That Dancing Girl Finally Makes Sense

By David Ponce

You’ve probably seen the above girl in those stupid ads that ask you “Are you right brained or left brained?” Or some such idiocy. But most people had a really hard time seeing the illusion. The above interpretation makes that easier. Look at the girl on the right, then on the left and hopefully you’ll notice the middle one changing directions. It doesn’t always work, but when it does it’s pretty awesome.

VIA [ Reddit ]

F1 Driver’s Helmet To Feature An Angry Bird

By David Ponce

So today the F1 season takes off in Melbourne. You should keep your eyes peeled for driver Heikki Kovalainen who drives for Caterham F1. He’ll be wearing the helmet you see above, featuring the red bird as well as the Angry Birds logo. Kovalainen is from Sweden Finland, which is where Rovio is headquartered, so it was a perfect fit for the company.

It’s no secret that the franchise has been printing money lately and they’ve also been spending it. To promote their upcoming Angry Birds In Space, they got to work with NASA and astronaut Don Pettit to make an announcement for them from the International Space Station. We also reported that the company was preparing to launch a series of themed activity parks across Europe.

Things appear to be good over at Rovio, and it’s all thanks to those little birds.

Hit the jump for more pics and links.

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Some People Just Like To Watch The World Burn

By David Ponce

If you want a pretty badass firepit to put in your backyard, look no further than this:

The Third Rock Fire Pit is designed by Rick Wittrig. Each one is made from one quarter inch (6.35 mm) thick carbon steel. This is by far the heaviest gauge metal used in any fire pit available today. The sturdy construction assures you of having this functional art for many years to come. They have an iron oxide finish/patina on the outside which will darken a little with time then become permanent. The interior is coated with a high temperature resistant paint and has an 1-1/2″ rain drain in the bottom. This high quality fire pit requires no maintenance and has an overall height of 42″ and a diameter of 36″

Something this large and this heavy and this… awesome, can’t be cheap. And it’s not, making a $1,679 dent in your bank account. Each one is handmade so yours will be somewhat unique. And shipping within the continental United States is thankfully free.

Hit the jump for more pictures and links.

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LEGO R2-D2 Set For May Release

By David Ponce

There aren’t many things that tickle a geek quite as much as Star Wars and LEGOs. So you can imagine the excitement at the news that the LEGO Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2 is set to be released in May. Measuring over 12 inches in height, the 2,100 piece robot features a 360 degree rotating head, “a retractable third leg, front panels that open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and a circular saw, and 2 fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms.” It’s big, it’s heavy and yes, it’s also expensive at $250. It’ll be available directly through the LEGO website.

You should definitely hit the jump to see a video detailing the development process. And watch until the end, it gets a little funny.

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SNAP Skateboard Folds Away For Easy Storage

By David Ponce

Fun story. When I was 10, I was fat and couldn’t have balanced on a skateboard if my life depended on it. Instead, I’d kneel on one and propel myself forward with my hands, pushing on the side. All was good until one day I had the brilliant idea to try and push… from the front! That quickly resulted in my pinky finger being dramatically separated from its nail. Not fun. So I don’t like skateboards, but plenty of people do. And if you’re gonna buy one, you might want to consider the SNAP, which folds away for easy transport in a backpack:

The deck is constructed from 6061-T6, high grade aluminum, and fitted with 56mm premium, 85a urethane wheels using ABEC 7 bearings for fast and efficient cruising. It folds into a compact 14.3” x 7.87” x 5” dimension that can easily fit inside smaller lockers and backpacks.

From the video it looks like you can do anything with this board that you could with a wooden one. The hinges are patented and are meant to secure the board so it doesn’t just fold up as you do an ollie. Or whatever it is the kids do on skateboards. Remember, I don’t like’em.

It’s $119.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Transceiver For iPhone Makes You Look Douchey, Could Be Look You’re After

By David Ponce

The hipster manifesto states that normal everyday items must be used in an obtuse manner, in order to make some kind of ironic statement. Or something like that. The point is that we always see people doing seemingly dumb things with the intent to make it look cool, and the Transceiver for iPhone falls squarely in that category. You use it to talk on your phone. Simple as that. There’s even a volume button on the side. And it’s cheap: $20. Just make sure to have your thick-rimmed glasses and skinny jeans on when you do this; you’ll make lots of friends that way.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Glow In The Dark Jellyfish Lamps

By David Ponce

This is a lamp that is made from a real jellyfish. No, they didn’t kill these fish, they waited for them to die from natural causes and then froze them in liquid nitrogen. Once they’re rock hard, they dipped them in a liquid epoxy solution and let the whole thing harden. This means the lamp will not break, and not chip, even if you drop it. Even better, jellyfish skin contains bioluminescent proteins that makes them glow in the dark. Simply expose the lamp to light during the day and at night it will release these photons back for your viewing enjoyment. Or, you can buy one of the company’s many-colored LED bases to light it up at will.

They range in size form 3.75inches to 7 inches and in price from $35 to $170.

[ Product Page ]

Thanks, Scott.