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This 14 Month Old Accidentally Bought A Vintage Car On eBay

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Handing your kids a smartphone or tablet may sound like a great idea to get some peace and quiet, but that’s until you realize that kids are more than capable of pressing a few buttons and committing potentially colossal blunders. In this case, Paul Stoute from Oregon handed his 14 month old daughter his iPhone, but forgot to log out of his eBay application. Sure enough, she ended up buying a 1962 Austin Healy Sprite! Luckily for Stoute, the car was in terrible condition, and only cost $225; he had been looking to buy a vintage car in the first place, which is why it was so easy for his daughter to complete the transaction. Even more fortunate for him, she didn’t press BuyItNow on the $38,000 Porsche he had also been looking at.

Yes, the car is quite the fixer upper, but the Soutes have decided to keep it anyway with the hopes of having it be road worthy by the time their 14 month old, Sorella, turns 16. And the moral of this story is… don’t ever hand kids your phone. Or at the very least, log out of eBay.

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VIA [ Geek.com ]

The Diary’s Gone Digital, But This Locking Pendant Is An Interesting Twist

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Say you’re a 12 year old girl and you want to keep a diary. Not that long ago, you might’ve put pen to paper and kept that little book under a pillow in your room, protected by nothing more than a ceremonial lock. In the iPad age however, it’s far more likely you’re going to go digital, but let’s face it, that tablet isn’t going to stay under your pillow. To keep your private diary private, the iHeart Locket uses a smart pendant as the locking mechanism for its iOS application. This pendant emits a unique audio chirp that both locks and unlocks the app. It’ll work with only one pendant, but if you lose it… you can always enter a 4 digit code to gain access again. Still, the notion that there’s a physical “key” that opens the diary could be appealing to the product’s target market.

The app itself allows you to add photos, illustrations, digital stickers and audio recordings, all scrapbook-style. There’s even “an automatic transcription function (powered by Nuance Communications) for those who are too young to type.” It’s altogether not a bad feature set for $25, and if someone’s birthday is coming up, could make for a decent present.

Or they’ll just think you’re cheesy, old and outdated and never use it. There’s no understanding kids.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

New Playboy App Lets You Really Read The Magazine “For The Articles”

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For the younger generation, the easy access of nekkid pictures online has kind of made the old joke that you read Playboy “for the articles” kind of obsolete. The new generation is increasingly asking “What the heck is Playboy?” But now that the magazine has decided to launch an application for iOS, and that they have to follow the no nudity guidelines, it’s kind of relevant once again. Somewhat.

Scott Flanders, Playboy Enterprises’ chief executive said in a statement:

As the on-the-go extension of the Playboy brand, our new app brings the best of Playboy with original, thought-provoking and enticing bite-sized content that captures our design-driven and discernible style. We’ve rebuilt Playboy for iPhone from the ground up to attract the new generation of Gen Y fans who enjoy the indulgences of the artisanal good life and modern culture.

So… how good are the articles? Is it worth paying $2 for an application to a nudie mag… with no nudie pics?

VIA [ Geekosystem ]

Will Facebook Start Nagging You To Post Status Updates?

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Sometime last week, Bijan Sabet, a general partner at Spark Capital discovered a new “feature” in Facebook’s iOS application: notifications meant to encourage you to post a new status update. No… nagging you to post an update. We’re not sure exactly how he found it, but he tweeted a screenshot, which you see above. So what’s the deal?

Mashable reached out to Facebook for comment and was told that it’s “a small test they’re running.” Facebook of course does this all the time, trying things out to see what works and what doesn’t, always looking for new ways to boost engagement. There’s no way to tell if this is something that’s going to be made into an official “feature”, but we’re thinking that backlash on this one could very likely top the frequent privacy kerfuffles Facebook is known for.

Any of you want something like this?

VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Use Sonar And Your Smartphone To Catch Fish

Assuming that going fishing isn’t just an excuse for you to go get drunk on a canoe, the Realsonar system pictured above might interest you. It’s an ultrasound device mounted on a buoy, which then communicates with your smartphone through Bluetooth. In this fashion, you get to see where the fish are up to a depth of 150ft. It works at about 4 frames per second, which should be plenty for you to cast your line in the direction and depth required.

But that’s not all the Realsonar does. There’s a Bite Alarm that lets you know when a fish is nearby, so you don’t even have to look at the screen (or even put your line in the water) while you wait. There’s also a mapping feature that lets you get an idea of the underwater topography, which is welcome to any boat owner that doesn’t want to run aground. Salinity and temperature sensors give you an idea of water conditions. And should you lose your buoy in the dark, you just press a button on the phone and it’ll light right up.

The Realsonar system is in the funding phase on IndieGogo. It’s $79 if you get in early, though there’s plenty of room right now.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ DVice ]

Bold Poker Brings Smartphone New To Gambling Old

There are very few things quite as satisfying as a poker night with the buddies. You get yourself a couple drinks, play some music, and hope to go home with a bit more money than you started with. It’s been a tradition for quite some time, and it’s always been one that required roughly the same gear: chips, a deck of cards and a dealer button. The application Bold Poker hopes to replace most of the physical gear with a virtual set, involving a central iPad (or any iDevice, but an iPad would work best) and an iPhone in each player’s hands. The application deals the cards automatically when the dealer button is moved, and they appear on the player’s phone. Depending on the angle you hold your phone, the cards appear either upright for normal viewing, or reversed for discreet mirror use. Chips, however, are still required.

The advantages are many, including not having to wait to reshuffle the pack every time, not having to deal with inexperienced friends who aren’t really sure what to do next, etc. Plus it’s fun. It only handles Texas Holdem’ at the moment, and it’ll cost you $2.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

This Is The One Thing Apple Maps Does Better Than Google Maps

Apple’s Maps application is garbage. Haha. We sure like to beat a dead horse, on the Internets, but we do it because some things stay funny even when they’re not. That is, they’re funny until someone makes a left turn off a bridge… But to be perfectly honest, the Maps application from Apple is very pretty and does at least one thing better than Google’s: it is much more data efficient. This means that you’ll use up to 7 times less data on it for the same actions on the other one. From the folks at Onavo:

Our data experts performed an identical series of activities on Google Maps and Apple Maps that included searching for several US cities, addresses and airports and zooming in and out to locate specific locations. On Google Maps, the average data loaded from the cellular network for each step was 1.3MB. Apple Maps came in at 271KB – that’s approximately 80% less data! On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps’ efficiency advantage edged close to 7X.

Why the difference? Mostly because the Apple Maps app uses vector graphics that can resize infinitely without having to reload any new data. But if you’re on a limited data plan and need to use this application a lot, we suppose that it’s some kind of silver lining.

[ Full Analysis ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

The Monocle Helps Bicycle Riders Keep Their Organs On The Inside

I’ve become obsessed with riding my bike and have been keeping an eye out for anything related to that. So when I saw the Monocle application/accessory that turns your iPhone into a blinking safety light, I was intrigued. You just pop your phone in a specially made holster that relocates it to the back of you, and the LED strobes at a frequency you determine. There’s a timer, so it won’t keep going even if you forget to turn it off and you get audible and vibrating alerts when the battery is getting low. The makers of the Monocle estimate that a 15 minute ride set at 3Hz will impact your battery by about 7%. You also get a case to protect the iPhone, by the way.

It’s a smart way to put a ubiquitous device to extra use, and could just make the difference between being turned into human spaghetti and making it home in one piece. It’s $18 for the app and the case, on pre-order now with delivery slated for December if they reach their funding goal.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gear Patrol ]

LIFX LED Lightbulb’s Kickstarter Success Shows There’s Some Heavy Demand

A while ago we wrote about The Bluetooth Light Bulb. It was a nice product but its availability was not known. Now we’re hearing about the LIFX LED Bulb and we’re starting to hope we can actually get our hands on something real. Unlike the other one, the LIFX works with WiFi to communicate with its application. One bulb connects to the router, and then creates a mesh network with every other one you have installed in your home. Once online, you can adjust each bulb’s brightness and color, as well as program it with a timer. Other features include the ability to dim the light when you go to bed, and to automatically match the colour to the music you’re listening to (mood lighting).

It’s $65 right now as a pledge on Kickstarter, with delivery slated for March 2013. More importantly, the project is not only fully funded, but it’s raised $700,000+ when its goal was $100,000, proving that the market is ripe to bring a bit of innovation to an invention that’s barely changed in the last 100 years.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]