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BlackBerry 10 Camera Features

Posted on: May 8th, 2012 by kennyp No Comments

Onstage during the BlackBerry World 2012 keynote general session, Vivek Bhardwaj shared a look at a camera feature being developed for BlackBerry 10 that allows you to detect faces and turn back frames to capture that magic moment.

BlackBerry: Washed Up or Starting Fresh?

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012 by kennyp No Comments

BlackBerry smartphones reigned for a long time among professional men as their communication tool of choice, offering features that simply couldn’t be found on competing products like top-notch security, instant push email and the still popular BBM messenger.

In recent years, though, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has fallen behind the sudden competition from the Apple iPhone and the wide array of high-end Android phones, and that fall culminated yesterday with company CEO Jim Balsillie resigning from the board of directors and leaving plans for the future to new, fresh minds.

With this major move and the urgent push towards the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system, the question for the future is this: are users likely to embrace the BlackBerry again after so many years of lagging behind? Are QWERTY keyboards still necessary to professionals or have on-screen keyboards caught up sufficiently to replace them?

Whether you’re an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry user, 2013 will see you flooded with more high-end options than ever before, with nearly every phone released to the market containing the features once relegated only to BlackBerry devices. If you’re a current iPhone or Android user, will you consider switching? If you’re a current BlackBerry user, will you hang on for the ride to see where it all ends up?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Sand Flea Jumping Robot

Posted on: March 30th, 2012 by kennyp No Comments

The Beer Tool Bottle Opener

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by kennyp No Comments

The Beer Tool is the manliest bottle opener you’ll ever own and it was created to be the last bottle opener that you will ever need.

This is not some cheap plastic replica shaped to look like a wrench, each Beer Tool started out as a working man’s wrench and then was hand formed for one particular job. That job is to open bottles and it does it well. So go ahead and get one for your mancave, BBQ, tailgate, or garage.

Like most great ideas, the Beer Tool came out of a problem. Being tired of having to use the wife’s wine bottle opener to crack a cold one the decision was made to come up with something tougher, stronger, and manlier. A few hours later the original Beer Tool was born and there was much rejoicing.

This Tool measures in around 7.25″ long and comes prepared with a paracord strap for hanging on display or saving you life in a MacGyver moment.

Get yours today: http://www.etsy.com/listing/93402233/the-beer-tool-bottle-opener-original

2 Kick-Ass Home Aquariums

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 by kennyp No Comments

Want a pet that adds a cool factor to your crib but doesn’t carry a risk of defacating on your carpet? Cats and dogs are cute but busy men often turn to fish for animal companionship simply because they are well-contained, quiet and generally safe.

 

Assuming the only thing better than a standard aquarium is an aquarium with unique design and function, here are two very kick-ass home aquariums to inspire your next trip to the pet (or hardware) store.

 

1. The Aquarium Toilet

Leave the reading material behind the next time you take an extended trip to the bathroom and focus instead on the animals living in your toilet! The patented Fish ‘n’ Flush toilet aquarium is a fully functioning toilet combined with a 2.2 gallon tank intended to safely house small fish. Flushing the toilet gives the visual impression of the fish ending up with your waste but worry not, it’s just an optical illusion.

 

2. The Fish Highway

If a more customized aquarium is what you’re after, have a look at the aptly-named “Fish Highway,” a system of connected tanks and tubes that allow fish to travel the length and breadth of one man’s sitting room. Constructed of materials that can be easily found with a trip to a pet and hardware store, this custom rig turns an otherwise boring room into a watery paradise and you can bet those free-roaming fish are happy, too!

The New iPad: Under the Microscope

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by kennyp No Comments

The latest iteration of Apple’s iPad tablet computer has been released to its expected fanfare of long lineups and general fanboyism, but many average users have been left wondering what exactly the iPad (somehow not to be confused with the original iPad) has to offer them that their still nearly new iPad 2 cannot.

While most of the new iPad’s hardware has seen an upgrade over that offered by earlier incarnations of Apple’s flagship device, the real boost comes in the form of the so-called “retina display,” a screen packing a whopping 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. While the difference can be seen simply by comparing photograph, app and video views on the two devices side-by-side, one man has taken it upon himself to show us all the real nitty-gritty of all of those extra pixels by putting the respective screens of the iPad 2 and new iPad beneath a digital microscope.

Magnified 80x, the difference becomes suddenly clear; the new iPad quite obviously packs much smaller pixels onto that small 9.7 inch screen, giving it the ability to show everything from your photographs to in-game effects in a crisper, clearer and more satisfying way.

So is it worth an upgrade simply because of this fantastically pixelated screen? Only your wallet and your eyeballs can know for sure but you can rest assured that this is one very sweet display.

 

iPhone 5 Rumors to Tide You Over

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by kennyp No Comments

If you’re an Apple fanboy, the recent release of the new iPad may very well be leaving you with feelings of emptiness and forlornness; with no new toy to look forward to, what’s to keep you getting up every morning? Eight month release cycle aside, Apple does have one more product up its sleeve that is likely to see a 2012 release: the tentatively-named iPhone 5.

While no official details have made their way onto the interwebs yet, speculation abounds on what the next iteration of Apple’s famous smartphone will include as far as upgrades and new features are concerned. Keeping up with these rumors and, let’s call them what they often are, straight up lies, can be a difficult task but there are sources that aim to condense the rampant gossip into a fun and readable format.

Whether you’re worrying about possible release dates, the people you’re most likely to meet while waiting in line in front of your local Apple Store on release day or the slew of possible upgrades, these infographics have you covered:

Any bets that Apple decides to simply call this next-generation smartphone “iPhone?” Oh, the confusion.

6 Car Gadgets That Make Perfect Gifts for Men

Posted on: March 16th, 2012 by kennyp No Comments

Ah, gift buying; some of us love it, others not so much, and all of us find it stressful. Whether the man you’re buying for is one who has everything or one who wants for nothing to begin with, your goal is to locate, purchase and place into his hands something that will genuinely please him – but where to begin?

Finding that perfect gift for the special man in your life can be a difficult job and narrowing down his interests is the only way to start. Working with the knowledge that most every man loves his car and the toys inside of it, here are six car gadgets that make perfect gifts for men:

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Autonet 3G In-car Wireless Router

Whether he’s an office road warrior or just a music lover, every man will find good use for an in-car wireless router! With the ability to connect to EV-DO towers around the United States, the router provides a full-fledged WiFi connection while on the go, allowing web surfing and media streaming from anywhere with an appropriate cellular signal!

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Lemur Autovision

If he’s a performance and statistics enthusiast then the facts and numbers outputted by the Lemur Autovision tool may be gift enough! This diagnostic kit hooks into the car and uses a data broadcaster to transmit detailed information about driving performance, including braking frequency, average and top speed and, distance driven and time on the road, all in the name of improving the driver’s skills.

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Jabra Speakerphone

With new laws in many parts of the world banning mobile phone use while driving and Bluetooth headsets and ear pieces often serving as more of an irritant than an aid, the Jabra Speakerphone will be a welcome sight for any man! Simply clip the speaker/microphone combination to the overhead sun visor and enjoy crystal clear sound quality with every conversation.

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TFT Mirror Monitor with Rear-View Night Vision Camera

To achieve both safer conditions and a Batmobile-like aura, give the gift of a very cool anti-glare rear-view mirror that doubles as a 7” monitor for a rear-mounted camera with night-vision. This handy tool will aid in backing up in awkward situations, vastly improve rearward vision at night and look very cool with the camera mounted over the rear license plate. The monitor is even able to double for use with a DVD player or video game console!

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Mavia Autobot

Forget the Batmobile; with the Mavia Autobot, you can help the man in your life achieve full Knightrider status! Featuring a long list of uncanny abilities, the Mavia Autobot sports GPS to lead the driver to the car when overwhelmed by an unfamiliar parking lot, the ability to send alerts by email and text message if an accident occurs, a remote unlock key-chain controller and much more.

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Cobra iRadar

Turn any iPhone or Android-powered mobile phone into a police radar detector, avoiding speed traps and red light cameras while on the road! The Cobra iRadar gadget connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, providing visual and audible alerts when police speed check radar is detected within range.