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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Rumor Mill: Samsung to Launch the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch at IFA

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch

The competition between Samsung and Apple is fiercer than ever. It’s been rumored for months that Apple is working on a smart watch, but Samsung is working actively to beat them to the punch.

Sources say that Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch at their IFA press event, which will be held on September 4th. Apple is also said to be planning a press conference announcing the iWatch this September, but specifics on both events are not yet available or officially announced by either manufacturer.

Few details have been confirmed for the Galaxy Gear, but you can expect it to be compatible with Samsung’s wide range of smartphones and tablets.

VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Kii is One of the Smallest iDevice Chargers You’ll Ever Use

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Nothing is more annoying than going on a trip out of town (or even just across the town) and having your phone or table die out on you. You could get one of those portable, external batteries for some instant extra juice, or you can get the Kii accessory charger instead.

The Kii is a teeny tiny accessory charger that connects and syncs your iDevice with your laptop or portable charger. There’s a Lightning connector version and one with the 30-pin connector that works with older iPhones. It’s especially convenient since its small size lets you attach it to your keychain so you can easily take it with you on your travels.

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Meet Hal Lasko, the 97-Year-Old Pixel Painter

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Hal Lasko is legally blind, but that doesn’t stop him from creating awe-inspiring works of art. His medium of choice is especially unusual. Hal doesn’t use oil or pencils; rather, he uses a mouse and Microsoft Paint to come up with unique and detailed masterpieces. The basic paint program has a zoom feature, so Hal takes advantage of that to make up for his deteriorating eyesight.

Hal, aka the Pixel Painter, began creating pixel art fifteen years ago. He’s pretty dedicated to his craft too, as he spends about ten hours a day in front of the PC working on his latest piece.Continue Reading

Google’s New Nexus 7 Tablet Now Available for Pre-Orders

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Google has announced the much-awaited and newer version of the Nexus 7. I was gifted the older Nexus 7 last Christmas, along with some tablet accessories and it has lived up to every expectation so far. It has its limitations and occasional hick-ups, given that it’s a budget tablet and all, but it definitely ranks high up in my books and is almost up to par with Apple and Samsung’s tablets.

The new Nexus 7 received a bunch of upgrades, such as a rear-facing camera which its predecessor doesn’t have. It will come equipped with an Adreno 320 GPU and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM.

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Volvo Sets Out to Build Crash-Free Cars by 2020

Volvo Crash Free Car

Tens of thousands of people die each year due to car accidents. Often times, people are to blame, but that’s not stopping Volvo from wanting to develop crash-free cars by the year 2020. Volvo isn’t the only carmaker that’s hard at work building safety systems that will provide the driver with additional tools to avoid vehicular accidents.

These systems include: pedestrian detection in the dark, animal detection, road edge and barrier detection, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, self parking, and adaptive cruise control with steer assist.

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Kia Optima’s UVO System Is Pretty Nifty

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This post is sponsored by Kia.

I’ve had my eye on the Kia Optima for a while now. Let me tell you why. I’m a 32 year old guy, and I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m starting to think about changing priorities. Well, I’m not so much thinking about it consciously as I’m realizing it’s happening. Yeah… the life of parties and sports cars just doesn’t have quite the same appeal it once did. And so the time has come to look for a vehicle more appropriate for me. That’s where the Optima comes in.

For one, that car’s a looker. The lines are strong, flowing, elegant and balanced, and I noticed it on the road before I even started doing any research on it. And once I did start digging, I was pleased. Take the engine for example: it comes in 200hp and 274hp configurations, which is plenty. I’m not going to lie, changing priorities doesn’t mean I don’t want to have some fun now and then! And the other thing that stood out to me, being a gadget geek, was the UVO infotainment system. This is what I want to take some time to talk to you guys about.

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This Ought To Add Some Panache To Your Home’s Exterior

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We’re really not sure what kind of person would get a kick out of adding a little statue to the down spout from their gutters, but someone somewhere thought someone somewhere else would like it. So it’s here, and it’s called Big Boss Bear Gutter Guardian Downspout Statue. It’s made from “designer resin”, marketing slang that tells us that its target market is possibly the sucker; you know there’s one born every few minutes. It purports to steer water away from your foundation and into your lawn, while simultaneously brightening up your home. Sure. It’s a bear with a spout stuck up its behind. But hey, we don’t judge (we’re lying, we do). It’s $32.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

What If Superheroes Had Instagram?

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I’m an aging fart. Well, I feel that way at 32 anyway, and all the more so since I never got into Instagram. I just don’t see the appeal in documenting the food I ingest and sharing it with my friends. Maybe it’s because I really don’t care what you eat, and I assume you wouldn’t either. Anyway, enough burying the lede. This is a series of funny pictures of what the Instagram of some superheroes might look like, if, you know, superheroes weren’t aging farts like me.

Hit the jump for a bunch more.

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This Is A Portable Seatbelt For Buses

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We’ve all thought it: “isn’t it funny that we put our seatbelts on when driving our cars, but don’t even think twice about getting on a huge bus that doesn’t even have them?” Granted, accidents involving buses are rather rare, but they do happen and it’s rarely pretty. So that’s why Blake McCauley and Charles Bedell have created the SafeHarness portable seat belt. It features two loops, one that goes around the seat back and cinches in place, and the other that attaches around your waist. It’s been tested and meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. And although you could theoretically buy your own, the idea is for current bus companies to buy them in bulk and retrofit them to their fleet. It would be much easier and cheaper to do than a regular seatbelt, but obviously it’s an uphill battle to get any company to do anything it doesn’t have to do, and from which it stands to profit very little. So if you do want your own, you can get it for a $60 pledge on Indiegogo, assuming of course that the campaign reaches its funding goals… which seems unlikely with $1,000 raised from a $50,000 goal and only 11 days to go.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]