Two new versions (one free and one for $2.99) of the AIM iPhone app are live as we speak, finally bringing along push notifications. For anyone not aware, this means that now when the app is closed, it will display notifications showing you how many outstanding messags you have, while keeping you connected to the AIM service even when its not actively in use. Some people are also reporting Beejive IM, the one that’s $15.99 but much more versatile and refined, to be live as well (also boasting push notifications).
When all else fails, we know that the state of California can always rely on solar energy. For anyone else that’s in need of some juice for their devices when power outlets are not doing their job or nowhere to be found, there are these portable solar panels by Burton. SolarRolls are rugged, waterproof and perfect for everything from sea kayaking to going deep into the jungle. They’re offered in a variety of sizes/power outputs and can be linked together for more output.
Buy It: $300-$650 at Burton
One outlet, four electronic thingamajigs to plug in, let the Juice Box help balance that equation. Mitered walnut box with felted wool removable top tames the tangle of cords, while concealing a power strip of your choosing.
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We just got an email this morning notifying us of CircuitCity.com‘s return to the online shopping world. What to expect? Well, apparently there are “lower prices, new faster shipping, and world-class 24/7 ‘Customer First’ Service.” Last week, Circuit City, CircuitCity.com, and the old CC’s customer email list was all acquired by Systemax Inc., an electronics retailer that’s been in business since 1949. They’re also entering the social networking spectrum with links to their RSS feed, Twitter and Facebook.
There are some pretty good deals on there right now but check it out for yourselves and let us know what you think.
Dodging bullets like Neo in The Matrix has been somewhat of a inner desire for all of mankind, amiright? The army would love to have superhuman-like abilities to dodge bullets without the need of a green screen. Imagine having the ultra-quick reflexes needed to become Dodgeball Champion!
IBM was recently awarded a patent that essentially would give us the ability to do all these things and much more. This body armor would continuously scan the area for incoming projectiles. If one is detected, the system would deliver a shock to the muscles causing a swift, reflexive action away from the bullet. (more…)
The E.V.A. and Butter/fly speaker systems by NBS Audio Cables has an exotic design that hardly resembles anything remotely similar to a conventional loudspeaker. The kit’s pair of 48-inch-tall pyramids intrigue us the most with a unique smooth, grille-free finish. They’re designed to reproduce music in a room via indirect sound radiation. (more…)
Imagine accessing your phone’s dialpad on the palm of your hand in the most literal sense or accessing your email account on any surface or any place. Imagine you’re in the bookstore and you want to know what other people thought of the book you just picked up. Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that can assist in doing these things and so much more. It turns any surface into an interactive display screen.
See the video of the prototype in action below. (more…)
The concept seems odd but it’s actually not a bad idea. Or is it? No one wants to be the next Diallo, but if they do then this is the best way. Imagine being tired of carrying your handgun and your cell phone. Ensuring your safety is definitely more important than answering your boss’s phone calls.
This concept is really something special though. The cell phone rests inside the guns handle so you’re definitely going to be doing some accidental dialing when you go on that killing spree. (more…)
Details are out about the N97 that was released today at Nokia World. It has a 3.5-inch, 640 x 360 pixel resistive touchscreen display with tactile feedback and QWERTY keyboard. Nokia calls it the “world’s most advanced mobile computer.” Really, guys? It does have a a 32GB internal memory and A-GPS, HSDPA, and WiFi. Plus, it’s packing Bluetooth and a 3.5-mm headjack and a microSD expansion slot.
The battery is capable of up to 1.5 days of continuous audio playback or 4.5-hours video. 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss glass and “DVD quality” video capture at 30fps, too.
The N97 will launch with a retail price set at around €550 ($693) excluding subsidies and taxes, phone to ship in H1 2009.
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The consolidation of payment methods start the second we were able to use a debit card in place of a check or cash. Now, BMW’s taking steps to increase the usefulness and versatility of future key fobs. The BMW research and technology group have developed a prototype which uses a security chip (which communicates with a card reader via radio) that is inserted into an electronic key device, thus granting you access not only to your vehicle, but also to make cashless payments, functioning as a personalized credit card.
Future BMW keys will also work as mobility devices giving access to personal data such as subscriptions to services, address books or favorite radio stations from inside any BMW car. All data including purchases can be tracked via an online account.
If you lose your keys often, you may want to think about disabling these features in the future.
Thanks to designboom