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PCs of the Future: Mouse Box is a PC in a Mouse!

Mouse-Box-PC

PCs can’t possibly get any smaller than this– or can they? By “this,” we mean the Mouse Box, which houses a PC inside it. Pretty impressive, considering all you’ll need is a display to get it up and running. The mouse is about the same size as your average mouse. It houses a 1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex CPU with 128GB of flash storage, plus a micro HDMI port and a USB 3.0 port. It also features WiFi connectivity, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope.

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Restaurant Scans Faces, Lets Beautiful Folks Dine for Free

Chinese Restaurant Scans Faces, Lets Beautiful Eat for Free

We live in a world where beautiful folks are constantly rewarded. From extra boosts to their career to special treatment, you name it, they’ve probably taken advantage of that perk– the latest being a meal on the house if you’re prettier than the average human. A restaurant in Zhengzhou, China is running a promotion where people can get their meals for free if their beauty is perceived as above average by a panel of plastic surgeons.

The news was met with criticism for obvious reasons. In a world where we’re bombarded with images of men and women who look like they were Photoshopped to life, news like this certainly doesn’t help people’s body image.

VIA [ C|NET ]

Turtle Taxi is a Car Service Where Cars Run at a Turtle’s Pace

Turtle Taxi

Feeling nauseous? Have a baby on board? Oftentimes, cab drivers drive way faster than we’d like them to, and some actually get cranky if you tell them to slow down. Those in Japan are pretty lucky though, because there’s a car service called Turtle Taxi that aims to get you to your destination at the slower speed that you prefer.

Each Turtle Taxi is equipped with a button near the passenger’s seat. If you want the driver to slow down for whatever reason, just hit that button and he’ll drive at a slower speed. A turtle is displayed on the windshield to alert surrounding vehicles. It’s definitely an interesting concept and is quite popular in Japan, specially with pregnant ladies and with the elderly.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

 

Mesoloft Sends Your Ashes to Infinity and Beyond

Mesoloft  Ash

Some people choose to have their ashes scattered out into the ocean, while others prefer to stay close to their loved ones in an urn. For those who want to take things one step farther, there’s Mesoloft.

The company offers out-of-this-world services for your final departure by dropping your cremated remains 90,000 feet from the ground.

Mesoloft co-founder Chris Winfield explains: “We know that the ashes will likely travel for months and possibly years as they get carried by the currents in the upper atmosphere. The ashes will eventually descend and settle all around the globe. Moisture adheres to ashes that pass through clouds and the ash will form the nucleus of a raindrop or snowflake.”

Now isn’t tht something else? Unsurprisingly, Mesoloft’s services come at hefty prices, starting at $2,800.

VIA [ C|NET ]

Need to Get Someone’s Opinion? Get the ‘Ethan’ App and Ask Ethan!

Ethan app

There are just some things you just can’t ask Siri–and for that, you’ve got Ethan. Think of him as the friend you never had, only cooler, because he created this awesome app (which he aptly named after himself) that lets anyone get in touch with him, anytime, anywhere. Ethan Gliechtenstein originally made the app so his friends could send him a message, but when random people downloaded the app and sent him a message, well, he didn’t disappoint.

But then random people started downloading and I became sort of a virtual assistant at one point, finding music for romantic dinner or animes with dragons for them. Sometimes it’s hard because they keep asking me questions while i’m sleeping. That’s why I added the rules on the home page.

I downloaded Ethan and sent him a few messages, just for curiosity’s sake, and got a couple of responses faster than I expected. You can get the app for free from the iTunes app store.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

Win the Sumo Wrestling Match, Get a Giant Green Macaron

Giant Green Macaron Sumo PRize

Boxers get cash, but sumo wrestlers get an even better prize (subjectively speaking, that is): a giant macaron. At least, that’s what the second placer was awarded at the recent Sumo Senshuraku tournament in Japan. The giant green dessert was prepared by renowned French pastry chef Pierre Hermé, which made sense since the match was part of the France-Japan Friendship Cup.

Now that’s delectable to ginormous proportions!

 

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Portable is a Flexible, Wearable Smartphone

Portal Wearable Smartphone

You don’t have to worry about Bendgate with the Portal, because its makers let you know upfront that it bends and is definitely more flexible than your average smartphone. The Portable was designed to be a wearable phone, so it should bend to follow the natural curve of your arm. It’s also shatterproof and waterproof for up to 10 meters, so you can wear it even when you’re hard at work or play.

Portal is built with a multicore CPU that comes with 2GB of RAM. Its 3200 mAh battery is also flexible, as expected, and can last for up to 8 hours of talktime. Continue Reading

Check Out Acer’s Selfie Hat for London Fashion Week!

Selfie-Hat

In recent years, people have reached new heights when it comes to vanity. Maybe the era of selfies began when phone makers began putting a camera with each smartphone they made. It exploded when front-facing cameras were upgraded and when monopods (aka selfie sticks) made their way to Amazon.

Someone already came up with the Selfie Brush. Now are you ready for the Selfie Hat? The latter was created by fashion designer Christian Cowan-Sanluis in partnership with Acer. The pink sombrero is eye-catching not only because of all that glitter, but because of an attachment on the brim where Acer’s Iconia A-1 840 tablet is tucked in.

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Use ‘Somebody’ to Send Messages to Friends Via Strangers

Somebody App

If you think about it, social media takes away from actual socialization because of the lack of in-person interactions. Aiming to inject a little bit of that back into social-centric apps is Somebody. The app literally lets you use somebody (while using Somebody–get it?) to send a personal message to your intended recipient, wherever they may be.

Here’s how it works: the user composes his message and includes any special instructions to the messenger, such as extra notes on how to deliver the message or any accompanying actions. He then chooses another user of the app in the vicinity of the recipient to deliver the message.

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