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Bluetooth Speaker with Roasting Thermometer is….wait, what?

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:37

If you’re like me, you’ve never once thought “Man, if this roasting thermometer could also play Pandora from my phone, then it would be perfect.”  If you’re nothing like me, but still have a love for perfectly cooked meat and high-quality tunes, here is the product for you.  $89.99 will get you a digital meat thermometer that not only plays music from your bluetooth device, but also doubles as a speakerphone in case someone calls you while you cook.  Definitely one of the stranger combinations in creation, but just like there’s someone for everyone, there’s someTHING for everyone as well.  As proof, the product has rave reviews.  Get yours here.



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How to Fix Pink Screen of Annoyance on Google Chrome

Thu, 2014-04-17 04:43

For the first time in the better part of a year (and the first time since I made the jump to Windows 8.1) I loaded up Google Chrome to have a play with a few extensions. To my annoyance the screen was a horrible shade of pink, which made the tab headings almost illegible.

A search for the cause revealed that it was most likely a stereoscopic 3D setting – which was not applicable to my video card. At any rate, the purported solutions involved turning off functions of the video card that should not need to be switched off. A stop-gap perhaps, but not a fix. I thought there would have to be a better way, and there was.

Solution: Long story short, if Google Chrome looks pink (and you have an Nvidia video card), then update your nvidia driver.

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Bugatti Noun: a Fancy, Overpriced Toaster for Rich Dumbasses

Thu, 2014-04-17 01:32

Enter the Bugatti Noun, it has the distinction of being the world’s most over-engineered (and most expensive?) piece of consumer toasting technology.

To be fair to the Noun, it has some pretty cool features – first of all, it uses far infrared radiation to toast your food, which will most often be bread) at temperatures as high as 300ºC (572ºF) to toasty perfection in as little as 80 seconds. What’s more, you can see it all happening, thanks to Bugatti’s use of “a special transparent glass ceramic material with an ultra-high resistance semiconductor.” The panels will move in until they come into contact with your toasting target. Cooking possibilities are not limited to bread, it can also cook meat, fish and vegetables (as long as you put them in special cooking bags).

Naturally, the toaster is controlled via touchscreen display and an app, which allows users to set precise temperatures and cooking times, or choose from a range of presets for performing such functions as heating bagels, defrosting and, most importantly of all, toasting. The panels and crumb collection tray are removable for easy cleaning.

Price: $1000 (available in the United States in early 2015) [via Gizmag]

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Time Ripe for Plus-sized iPhone

Thu, 2014-04-17 01:15

Will the iPhone 6 come in two sizes? The rumor mill and some leaked presentation slides seem to suggest that Apple is cooking up something bigger than 4.5 inches. It seems more likely than ever that the iPhone 6 will have a >5-inch variant.

All but the most die-hard of Apple fanbois will probably have experienced Galaxy envy on a few occasions. While 4.5-inches might be fine for phone duties, casual gaming and some light browsing, it is too limiting to do much else. An extra inch of screen would change pretty much everything. Imagine not having to flip the screen to landscape mode to read a non-mobile-optimized web page – game changer right there. Picture a world where your on-screen keyboard was big enough that you did not have to rely on auto-correct to fix those all too frequent fat-fingered typos – it almost sounds like Utopia.

Historical precedent

Why now? Apple makes some beautiful devices, but they have a history of getting things amazingly right early on and then being too slow to adapt to the evolving needs of their customers. They become resistant to change, until it affects their bottom line. This is not limited to their phones, think about how long they held out on USB 3… or look further back to how long it took for Apple to jump on the Intel bandwagon.

The iPhone’s tiny screen and exorbitant price tag are starting to hurt sales. Things will slip away further unless they change one or both of those things (not necessarily on the same phone).

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Robotic Floor Mop is Tantalizingly and Perhaps Suspiciously Cheap

Thu, 2014-04-17 00:20

If you have hardwood floors and have a shoes-off policy in your home, then most of the time you can get away with dry mopping your floors instead of vacuuming. It is light, easy work, and it doesn’t take all that long – but it is a chore of the type that can easily be passed on to a robot slave.

The robot in this case is called Mofa, it will quietly scoot around your floors with a microfiber mop, leaving cleanliness in its wake. Given that it is mop, not a vacuum cleaner, you are going to need to brush the dust and assorted detritus off it every once in a while – but it makes no noise, so should be easy on pets and crawling babies. It has a battery life of 1.5 hours.

The only thing that makes this author a little leery of the product is the price tag. At 7,800 yen (around $80), it almost seems too cheap. The growing e-waste pile in my shed is testament to the quality, or lack their of, of budget-oriented, Japanese-designed, Chinese-made electronics. It is priced right in As Seen on Television gimmick range. That is not to say that it won’t work – rather it is to say that one should exercise a little caution and not expect miracles from an $80 robotic cleaner. If the most exciting thing about a product is its price tag, it will probably disappoint.

Price: About $80 (available from May)

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Chinese Farmer Builds Space Shuttle Replica on Roof of House

Tue, 2014-04-08 02:40

Chinese site Xinhuanet has published images of the space shuttle replica that a Guandong farmer built on the roof of his house. As of yet there is no word on how the sixty-something-year-old farmer constructed his awesome monstrosity, or the materials from which it was built, other than that it is covered in tiles.

I for one applaud our anonymous Guandong farmer, for turning his house into one of the planet’s more awesome landmarks. Here’s hoping that an earthquake doesn’t bring it crashing down onto the roof of his home.

[Chinanews.com via Kotaku]

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Kate Mulgrew AKA Captain Kathryn Janeway is About to Spit on Science in Geocentric Documentary [Update]

Tue, 2014-04-08 02:25

Kate Mulgrew, better known as Captain Kathryn Janeway (of Voyager) fame is doing her bit for religiously-motivated pseudo-science by lending her voice to a documentary that proposes that we live in a geocentric universe (meaning the Sun and everything else revolves around the Earth).

The documentary, which is called The Principle, Robert Sungenis (who also happens to be a holocaust denier and anti-semite) suggests that NASA has been covering up research data that suggests that we live in a geocentric universe.

Now, I don’t know if Mulgrew subscribes to these ridiculous notions or not – for all I know she may just need to eat, but you know what? There are more respectable ways to make a living than lending ones voice to the lunatic fringe. I now feel totally justified for never really warming to Janeway.

UPDATE: Mulgrew has since issued a statement on the matter. It seems that she had no idea that her voice was going to be used in the documentary and that shenanigans were involved.

She wrote:

“I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE. Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary. I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused. Kate Mulgrew.”

As for how her voice got there to begin with, Mulgrew offers this explanation.

I have no recollection of being interviewed for such a film, and of course had I known of its premise I would have refused. So, either the producers used clips of me that were in the public domain, or they bought them from other production companies that I may have given some rights to distribute my interviews to, or they may have interviewed me under false pretenses, in which case I probably signed some release. I simply don’t know.

Maybe Janeway wasn’t so bad after all.


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Scratch-N-Sniff Jeans Give Non-washers the Illusion of Freshness

Tue, 2014-04-08 02:05

Today, it came to my attention that there are people out there, other than hobos, who actually prefer to not wash their denim. It seems that Naked & Famous had these very people in mind when with their Scratch-N-Sniff jeans, which emit a minty fragrance when scratched.

The minty coating will survive up to five washes – after that you are on your own. Now, five washes might not seem like a lot, but with the opportunity for extended wear, we could be talking about weeks between washing machine visits.

Price: $158 [Gizmodo]

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Ear Scope Guarantees Your Earholes Stay Clean

Mon, 2014-04-07 19:23

Let’s face it- Q-Tips don’t work that well.  And if you’ve ever been to an ENT that’s given your ear canal a thorough cleaning, you know what having clean ears is all about.  Straight from Japan, the invention capital of the galaxy, comes Ear Scope Windows- a fiber optic cleaning tool that is compatible with your windows computer.

The device was created by Coden, the world’s leading endoscope manufacturer, and was designed for the average household.  With a 15.1 inch monitor, the scope allows you to magnify the inner crevaces of your ear up to 15 times!  The device even allows you to take still photos of your nasty lobes, and waxy ear drums while you clean away!


The Ear Scope Windows by Coden features:

  • Total length: 19.2cm (7.6″)
  • Cord length: 200cm (6.6 ft)
  • Lens tip: 1.5mm (0.06″)
  • Ear cleaner: 3mm (0.1″)
  • 1/5-inch color CMOS
  • Weight: around 110g (3.9 oz)
  • For Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Requires 2.4GHz Intel Core Duo Processor, 2GB RAM and over
  • USB 2.0
  • Materials: ABS, stainless steel, glass
  • Includes ear cleaner, ear pick, CD-ROM, lens cleaning brush
  • Made in Japan
  • Instructions: Japanese

You can pick yours up here now for $201.   Check out the video below…provided you speak Japanese.


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Bring Back the Mixtape With Sharetapes

Fri, 2014-04-04 13:13

Those of us that grew up in a simpler time remember when passing a physical mixtape to a friend or love interest was everything.  Sure, now you can just email a collection of music, but what’s the fun in that?  Sharetapes allows you to bring that feeling back, without the lo-fi sound, or the poorly-made cassette we all used to revere.

The device looks like a tape, and is compatible with most smartphones.  All you do is create your own playlist from iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, and a few other popular platforms, dump it onto the tape, give it a name like “Summer Jamz ’14″ (must be written in Sharpie), and pass it along to your bro, or the lady that’s captured your eye.  The tapes come in a few different colors, and operate with a built in NFC chip, and QR Code compatibility.  Pick up a 5 for $7 here.





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