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When Cars Fly

2007-08-16T08:04:46.550-07:00

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Since Henry Ford built the Model T Ford, people have been dreaming of a vehicle that could drive AND fly. It took almost 90 years before this dream could be realized. Now it will: PAL-V Europe BV is building everybody’s dream in mobility: a full-fledged flying and full-fledged driving vehicle. Your first questions will probably be: How does it work and why is this suddenly possible now?

PAL-V Europe BV started in 1999 to study many technologies and evaluated various concepts. It made numerous designs and patented all its findings, leading to the PAL-V ONE. The first Personal Air and Land Vehicle (PAL-V) available for anybody.

PAL-V Europe BV combines the recent “tilting car” technology of the Carver with the safest and easiest principle of flying, the gyrocopter. It has the exclusive rights to all the basic patents covering this magnificent concept. In addition, PAL-V Europe BV has patents pending for amongst others a foldable rotor.

After 6 years of concept work, PAL-V Europe BV has now entered the next phase. It is starting to build the first commercial prototype to prove all technologies, to finetune the design, to start-up production and carry out the market launch of the PAL-V ONE.

Since 2004/2005 new European and American regulations allow people to fly the PAL-V with a simple sports aviation license. It takes between 15-25 hours getting a license for flying while driving can be done with a regular car driving license.

PAL-V Europe BV is currently raising the capital necessary for the realization phase.

PAL-V Europe BV is also looking for potential customers that would like to be among the earlier customers. Please let us know in case you would like to purchase one or more of the first series.
www.pal-v.com



Build A Better Website

2007-08-12T21:11:10.959-07:00

Xara Online offers a unique set of tools for webmasters. Invaluable to the professional or the home page builder alike, these web page add-ons range from the simple hit counter to powerful database web applications to enhance any website.

Compatible with just about all web authoring tools, they require no programming, no downloads and can be added to any web page in seconds.



New Altina GPS - throws in a 2MP camera

2007-08-10T00:57:58.558-07:00

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This new A680 GPS unit from Taiwanese manufacturer Altina offers all you'd expect from such a device, but rounds off that full feature set with a 2-megapixel camera.

And why not?

Via - Navigadget



Daylight Projection Clock with motion detector

2007-08-10T00:52:34.463-07:00

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Firebox have added another strange and possibly useful gadget to their lineup: the Daylight Projection Clock.

The DP100, unlike most projection clocks, throws an image that can be viewed in daylight. It alternates between time and indoor temperature with lovely red glowing digits.

Its projection arm rotates up to 180º so that it can be viewed from any angle at almost any distance.

Helpfully, the clock is motion-sensitive, so you don't have to press any buttons to rotate through digital clock, calendar, alarm and indoor temperature.

Snooze is rather easily activated when the alarm goes off simply by waving above the clock.

The Daylight Projection Clock DP100 is available now



Shop - Firebox.com



Danger Bomb Alarm Clock – diffuse the bomb to stop the alarm

2007-08-10T00:45:02.777-07:00

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"Don't cut the red wire!"
If you need a sense of massive impending doom to get you out of bed in the morning then this should do the trick.

The Danger Bomb alarm clock wakes you with the sound of an explosion, after which you can only stop the alarm by entering a random safety code that's different each day.

$38.58, via the link below.



Link - to GeekStuff4U



Suzuki launches SV1000 Classic

2007-08-10T00:40:39.494-07:00

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Making its encore following 2 years away from the UK market, Suzuki GB has unveiled a special edition, limited-edition SV1000, featuring a "café-racer" inspired specification, named the SV1000 Classic.

A popular model in the Suzuki range for years, the SV1000 features the proven 996cc V-Twin engine with a traditional upright riding position, but is boosted on the Classic with the addition of special handlebars and a single seat cowl.



Toshiba to launch HD DVD for your car

2007-08-10T00:32:59.952-07:00

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Toshiba is hoping to take its format war against Blu-ray on the road with the launch of the first HD DVD player for your car.

The new automotive HD DVD player will come with a touch panel LCD that promises to feature new technology allowing it to work in varying lighting conditions as well as being brighter.

The prototype was shown off at the "Automotive Engineering Exposition 2007" with Alpine Electronics.

Both company's say they plan to launch a device next year.

We will keep you posted.



"News" for Apple TV promised "soon"

2007-08-10T00:27:27.997-07:00

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It was rumoured by a few that Apple would reveal new iPods today, but as the press event was said to be Mac-focussed, which was from Apple direct, many dismissed the gossip.

They were right to do so as Apple revealed nothing on the iPod front which leaves the suggested September launch date for the new models open.

A new range of aluminium and glass iMacs were launched, as well as the iLife 08 and iWork 08 software suites.

On the multimedia side of things, Apple did make a promise regarding their "hobby" product (as Jobs has described it in the past) the Apple TV.

When asked about the product in the Q&A session, Jobs said:

"We're here to talk about Mac, we'll have some news for the Apple TV soon, but nothing to talk about today."



Premium Xbox 360 Confirmed

2007-08-10T00:23:51.250-07:00

Pure digital hi-def output will soon not be just confined to the 360 Elite as Microsoft has now confirmed that the Premium version of its next-gen console will feature HDMI ports.

In a statement to the press, Microsoft said, "We are offering an HDMI port for Xbox 360 simply as another choice in Xbox 360| PS3'>Xbox 360 owners' games and entertainment experience.

Retailers are gradually introducing HDMI-enabled Xbox 360s into the channel to meet demand."



The Hacky Sack's back and this time its high tech

2007-08-10T00:19:58.069-07:00

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Aah, Hacky Sacks... those long, sunny childhood days in the park with nothing more than small bean-filled bag and a little imagination to amuse you...

Stop the reminiscence right there, because the Hacky Sack is making a 21st Century comeback - with some flashing lights, sound effects and an LED display.

FunKix (complete with noughties mid-word capitalisation) is a wee bean bag, available in three different models, that can be used alone or by a group of friends with different ways to play.

"Flash" gives you a funky flashing light that flashes on impact. "Sonic" has a pre-recorded message (or record one of your own) that plays when the bag is hit or go "DIGI" with an LED counter mode for how many times you can hack it before it hits the ground.

Somehow it's just not the same. $9.99, link for more info below...

Link - to FunKix



Handheld Wii to launch?

2007-08-10T00:12:01.519-07:00

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Obviously impressed with the success of the motion sensing Wii remotes, it seems like Nintendo may be looking into doing something similar for a handheld.

A patent application, filed in the U.S back in March, has been found detailing the concept and reading, "The housing [console] incorporates an XY-axis acceleration sensor to detect an acceleration in an X-axis and Y-axis direction and a Z-axis contact switch to detect an acceleration in a Z-axis direction."

Well, it sounds like a Wii remote but the image, albeit rather crude, shows a Game Boy type handheld. And it wouldn’t be the first time that Nintendo have tried something similar with a handheld as it has previously released the likes of Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble on Game Boy Color and WarioWare Twisted on GBA.



Mysterious Nokia viral reveals countdown to launch on Aug 29 th

2007-08-10T00:06:22.374-07:00

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Want to know more about what exactly Nokia is due to be launching on August 29th?

The rumoured music download service has been the focus of most speculation, but don't forget the news that some new Nokia devices were originally talked up too...

There's a brilliant Nokia viral site live now (link below) that suggests at least one mobile to be launched is the much anticipated N81.

We brought you news of this promising Nseries offering when specs'n'pics were previously leaked.

The N81 (pictured) is a sexy-looking Symbian-based slider phone that reportedly boasts an 8GB memory, is quad band, and has 2.4-inch QVGA screen display, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

You could speculate that it would certainly fit nicely into any music-themed announcements with that ample memory capacity, there's no hint that the N82, leaked at the same, might launch too.

The site is worth checking out - although initially a blur of floating nonsense and eerie sounds, if you find the pause button in the middle with your cursor there's more than meets the eye...

Hit the pause whenever the floaty bits form into a phone-like shape and you'll be treated to a strange selection of short bursts of video clips before a countdown timer is revealed - to August 29th.

That, and the message "I'll be seeing you in the next episode...".

We were excited before, now we're really excited.

Link - to Nokia teaser site



Headphones For i Phones

2007-08-09T23:46:21.621-07:00

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What It Is: Sleek earbud headphones designed specifically for the iPhone. Since the Vibe Duo buds are dual-mode, you can use them to listen to music and answer (and talk on) phone calls.

Who It’s For: Any and all iPhone owners who care about sound quality.

Why It’s Worthy: V-Moda Vibe Duo Headphones are not only dual-mode, they’re also dual-toned, so the black/grey body with white silcone ear fittings make them the only stereo headphone even remotely on par with the iPhone, looks-wise. The cables are coated with a tangle-free fabric, which makes them much easier to handle. And the sound — bass and mid-range especially — is the best we’ve heard out of the shockingly limited selection of iPhone-specific headphones.

Our Only Complaint: You can’t answer the phone by just tapping on the mic, as you can with the crappy-sounding earbuds that are included with the iPhone.

Where To Get It: $99.99 at v-moda.com (or the Apple Store)



The Nightster

2007-08-09T22:17:52.577-07:00

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The Nightster - HD's New Throw-Back
Women love bikes almost as much as we do. I don't care what your four-wheel ride is, nothing comes close to hitting the back roads, wind in your hair, and her arms wrapped tightly around you. And image-wise? Even my accountant looks like a bad-ass on his Harley. (Once he takes off his bifocals.)

If you're looking to add a rougher edge to your image, Harley-Davidson recently put a new bike on the streets with throw-back styling. They call it the Nightster, and it incorporates a whole bunch of old-school design elements Harley has used to harken back to "the themes of outlaw and rebellion that Harley's are iconic for." And can't we all use a little more outlaw and rebellion in our lives?

There's a newly styled logo on the tank and the paint is available in matte finish only, giving the bike an edgier look. The license plate is side mounted, with old-line front fork gaiters and low ride hight that give the Nightster a post-WW II feel. But with today's power How much power? They slapped a fuel-injected, 1,200 cc V-Twin on it, finished in the same matte gray as the tranny and airbox cover. There's no over-chroming on this street beast. That would be too civilized http://www.harley-davidson.com/



Gadgets Sizzle in the Heat

2007-08-09T11:54:55.591-07:00

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Gadgets Sizzle in the Heat
If you get into your car this afternoon and notice a heap of melted plastic, it's probably your iPod or any other tech gadget that was left in the car.

When temperatures outside get into the 90s, the inside of a car can easily heat up to 145 degrees. Those gadgets are no match for this excessive heat.

"It can affect batteries. It'll certainly start to fry your little microcircuits inside of your electronic devices," says David Graveline, a host of a syndicated radio show about consumer electronics.

Graveline also says that the iPod safety guide recommends storing the gadget in a place between -4 and 113 degrees fahrenheit.



Great Site For Reviews

2007-08-09T02:31:26.549-07:00

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Would you like a review from a high ranking blog..what if you could get one from a pr4 blog. Sounds good..it's true and it's free.blogcurry.com Nothing is more important than a link to a high ranked website or blog. Take a look for some more great give aways from http://blogcurry.com/



The Ultimate Hoodie Microfleece

2007-08-09T02:16:22.795-07:00

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Hot summer days means cool summer nights. You could just toss on any old hoodie while you cruise the night, but as soon as you try listening to your MP3 player or newly acquired iPhone, you get a tangled mess o' wires. Knot no more.

The Ultimate Hoodie Microfleece can keep you from getting snarled in your cord mess by utilizing its integrated wire management system. Your cables are actually inside the hoodie -- no more snagging on random obstacles! The hoodie's lightweight microfleece is thin enough that you can control your devices through the fabric, yet thick enough to keep the chill out, while chilling. Add 11 pockets to carry change, keys and bottles -- and you've got the greatest hoodie ever invented! It even has a secret pocket for your, uh, vitamins.



Bluetooth Enabled Retro Handset

2007-08-09T02:12:35.091-07:00

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Raise your hand if you're sick of those blinking, futuristic Bluetooth headsets everyone seems to have crammed in their ears these days ... now while your hand is up, grab hold of this cool retro handset!

Leave that "Star Trek" look to the nerds and dazzle instead with this "Dragnet" looking Bluetooth enabled retro handset! Compatible with all Bluetooth phones, it has a 30-foot range and can both make and receive calls, and it's far more comfortable than having a small chunk of plastic and metal sticking out of your head.

Now if you could just replace that electronic keyboard with a typewriter.



Ford Mustang GT-R Concept

2007-08-09T01:57:19.085-07:00

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Ford Mustang GT-R Concept
The muscular Ford Mustang GT-R rekindles the legendÌs road racing glory and the magic of 5.0-litre Mustangs and hints at a potential future race car.

"The Mustang GT-R blends todays breathtaking design, Ford RacingÌs unmatched history and the most advanced racing technology into the ultimate Mustang," says J Mays, Ford group vice president, design. "Mustangs iconic image grew with every checkered flag so we think the Mustang GT-R is an appropriate tribute to the cars 40th anniversary, and a hint at whatÌs to come."

The bright Valencia Orange car inspired by the famous Grabber Orange 1970 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am race cars (the Yellow Mustangs) piloted by race legends, including Parnelli Jones is a technological showcase that, when peeled back, reveals a number of existing or production-feasible racing parts.

"The Mustang GT-R shows that Ford is back in road racing in a serious way," says Jim OÌConnor, Ford group vice president, North America marketing, sales and service.

The Mustang GT-R features Ford RacingÌs 440-horsepower "Cammer" crate engine that already is affordably available to grassroots racers, and can be tuned to produce more than 500 horsepower under certain race series rules. Last year, a tuned 505-horsepower version of the "Cammer" notched world-class performance and endurance credentials by powering a Focus Daytona Prototype to victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona race.



WHEN IS AN APPLE NOT AN APPLE ?

2007-08-09T01:43:20.911-07:00

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Apple have unveiled the latest incarnation of the iMac and once again are promoting the one-piece computer as more of a piece of sculpture than a bit of IT kit. Like much in the world of contemporary design, materials count for a lot. Apple have made much of the aluminium and glass used to make the iMac, materials which are perhaps more at home in an architectural context. However, it wasn't the architectural similarities that grabbed our attention, rather it was the way the glass-plated LCD resembled an automotive windscreen. With the sheen of the aluminium case topped off with the chrome apple logo, we knew it looked a little like something else... an Audi! Possibly.


Although this connection may be a little tenuous, there is an established link between product and automotive design. There have been many collaborations between automotive designers and watch companies, sportswear manufacturers and other industries. On this occasion it may be that the reverse is true: qualities that make a car desirable influence the design of a product.

If it really was the case that the design style of a brand like Audi influenced the design of the iMac, maybe, in a similar way to the evolution of the TT, we could expect to see further 3D form development of the iMac in future generations. Audi's design style has become more organic and sinewy of late, moving to less rigid, more fluid forms. Perhaps, when simplicity is exhausted as a design style, Apple may follow Audi down the road even further to a place where machines are elegently sculpted objects and possessing something is just as important as using it.



COOL LAPTOP

2007-08-09T01:27:49.218-07:00

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The Belkin Cooling Stand keeps your laptop cool. Powered by your laptop’s USB port, the Cooling Stand adds no extra bulk and is easy to use. A unique wave design creates a channel between the laptop and the stand to assist in natural airflow. Unlike other laptop fans that draw heat down to push it out, the Cooling Stand’s fan takes advantage of heat’s natural reaction to rise by pushing hot air upward through the channel and away from your laptop.



GIVE THAT DOG A BONE

2007-08-09T01:08:57.893-07:00

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A dog is an animal with an enormous sexual appetite which can’t be controlled. Many methods consist in artificial ways to stop dogs inborn character. These methods like castration or meds are going against the nature laws. Hotdoll is a natural (and beneficial for dog’s health) way to control its sexual impulses. This love doll for dogs is shaped to be grabbed easily by the dog’s paws like female hips. Hotdoll is designed in 2 sizes to be used by little dogs and by big ones! Its contrasted colors are made to be easily distinguished by dog’s eyes. The body is made by a plastic structure covered with a 1 cm technogel skin to create a soft touch. All orange parts are made of rubber, that way the doll grips on the floor. The pink hole needs to be washed regularly for hygienic reasons.



DIGITAL KEYCHAIN POCKET WATCH

2007-08-09T01:04:40.596-07:00

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Keys are central to moving and arriving. Whether for your car, motorcycle, house or office, keys are inseparably linked to getting somewhere on time, so the ISI Pocket Watch unites a keychain with an unpretentious digital timepiece.

Its cube form is both appealing and functional, and by simply pulling the cord, it displays the time even in total darkness. The digital display is housed in a semitransparent cube measuring 20mm square and the time is only visible when the cord is gently pulled. A separate turned aluminum holder houses two button cell batteries to power the clock



COOL LAWN MOWER

2007-08-09T00:54:58.855-07:00

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Droplet is an electric mulching lawnmower, addressing the issues of increasingly smaller lawn and storage spaces in Australian homes, and the negative user issues associated with gardening hardware. The droplet incorporates a unique raising and lowering mechanism alongside an unconventional wheel design, resulting in a new interpretation of a typically dull machine. The surface detail flow makes a feature of material connections and visually maps the functionally of venting. The lawnmower is electric, increasing user independence by eliminating the need for technical knowledge and regular maintenance. The mulching technology removes the task of handling grass clippings, and promotes lawn health.



MUSIC SOFA - C/D PLAYER BUILT IN

2007-08-09T00:50:11.160-07:00

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When furniture is fused with high tech kit the results are often about as comfortable and stylish as sandpaper g-string. But the new Music Sofa by designer Giongkun Wuqiongkun defies the norm with its charmingly curvaceous lines and comfy interior cushion, which sent us from nought to napping in only a few seconds… until we were suddenly awoken by some beefy rock riffs. See, this sofa contains a stonking wireless speaker set-up. Plus with a built in CD player it should be music to your ears.