29 April, 2012

Latest Posts on Coolest Gadgets

Latest Posts on Coolest Gadgets

Skype Humoticons unveiled

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:30 AM PDT

Humor might be said to be something that is lacking in many people these days, or rather, a sense of humor if you want to be more specific. After all, we have all gotten so serious in our lives, moving about from one task to another and always living under a sense of pressure. Even when we are talking to one another, there is this underlying tension as to who has the “right” in the conversation. Well, this kind of tension does not disappear even when we are holding a conversation online, and these days, apart from Facebook, many of us do keep in touch with one another using Skype.

Skype started off as a VoIP program, and over the years, it has done more than just that, and is now keeping up to 200 million people connected to each other simultaneously, be it via messaging, through a phone call, a video call, or simply a Skype-to-Skype conversation. Skype is not a company that remains as it is, and this time around, they have a new “It’s Time for Skype” marketing campaign that intends to introduce a little bit of humanity back into how we communicate with one another, every single day. As part of Skype’s pledge to make the web a little more human, Skype has worked on a new Facebook app that they call Skype Humoticons.

Just what are Skype Humoticons? Well, this particular Facebook app will enable you to mimic classic emoticons through the capturing of images of your own facial expressions, where you can use a current photo or to actually snap a real photo with your webcam. After that, you can post said photos in the Humoticon gallery or if you feel like it, share it on your Facebook wall. I guess this will have all those duck-faced posers on 9gag come up with their fair share of Humoticons. If you want to take things one step further, there is the option to create an animated Humoticon by taking up to five pictures to show others how you really feel. The moment you are done, download your Humoticon or copy its URL – and it is good to keep an instant message company.

Press Release

LG Optimus True HD LTE launches in Europe and Asia

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:00 AM PDT

LG continues their march forward to LTE smartphone dominance (although other parties might disagree with that considering the paltry number of releases to date) with the release of their latest model, the Optimus True HD LTE. This particular smartphone will see action in the following countries – Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Hong Kong and Singapore. Originally having rolled out in Korea (the South, obviously), and is now available in Japan, Canada and the US, the LG Optimus True HD LTE will be LG's flagship LTE powered device.

This particular handset has been specially recognized for its HD multimedia capabilities as well as stunning 4.5″ 1280 x 720 (16:9 ratio) True HD IPS display which will certainly be a pleasant surprise to your eyes. To make sure that you will not suffer from lag of any form with the LG Optimus True HD LTE whenever you want to run a program or game, there is a 1.5GHZ dual-core processor underneath the hood that ought to be able to get the job done. Apart from that, it will also be capable of snapping some rather great looking images with its 8-megapixel camera, paving the way for a truly best-in-class user experience.

It might not come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box, but an upgrade is definitely in tow for the future. According to Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, "The mobile industry is evolving around LTE technology which has demonstrated its capability when it comes to speed, efficiency and reliability. With the Optimus True HD LTE, we want customers to understand that LTE isn't just about the network and that all LTE phones are not alike."

Right now, LG has the greatest number of LTE patents under its belt, and has also showcased the world's first voice-to-video conversion over a LTE network at the MWC 2012 event held at Barcelona, Spain. It would be interesting to see just what other kinds of future handsets which LG will release that will roll with LTE technology.

Press Release

Kids Swiss Army Knife

Posted: 28 Apr 2012 05:30 AM PDT

So your little tyke wants to be all grown up like daddy and own his or her own set of tools? Of course, giving hardware that has sharp ends and edges which cut stuff up like a hot knife through butter to children who are unable to handle such tools with maturity is never a good idea, as you can never quite tell just when an accident might happen. ThinkGeek steps in with the $7.99 Kids Swiss Army Knife, letting little John or Jane feel smug, knowing that he or she is walking in daddy’s footsteps.

After all, which adult, especially the guys, who do not love fooling around with their fair share of tools? The Swiss Army Knife is definitely one of those gizmos that are handy to have around, not to mention help you out in a tight spot if you are MacGyver. As for the Kids Swiss Army Knife, it will not be able to pick locks, but rather, help your little one have a nice, hearty meal without missing a beat. The half dozen plastic tools will comprise of fork and spoon that are large enough to eat, while the saw blade and the knife will be able to slice through cake, hot dogs, or sandwiches with ease. Enter the can opener/screwdriver which is strong enough to pry apart stubborn plastic bricks.

Last but not least, the magnifying lens helps you have a fun backyard science excursion, in addition to the more mischievious ones burning up some ants in the process.

USB Power Strip

Posted: 28 Apr 2012 05:00 AM PDT

Just like handbags and shoes are to the ladies, so too, are USB ports to the guys. At least to those of us who love our gadgets to bits. The $9.99 USB Power Strip will offer you four USB ports so that you can juice up to a trio of USB-powered devices simultaneously, without worrying about whether there are enough USB ports left available on your notebook to go around. Bear in mind that the USB Power Strip has but one purpose – that is, to charge only USB devices, and it is tiny enough to be slipped into a notebook bag without taking up too much space.

Your mates will definitely want to hang out with your more during conventions, since you are the “saviour” of your mates’ devices as well when they are all low on juice. The USB Power Strip will measure a diminutive 1.1″ x 4.4″ x 0.75″, and you will receive either black or white shades when it is shipped to your doorstep as there is no way for you to select the color as it is assigned randomly.

Banana Bunker – Practice Safe Snacking

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 03:03 PM PDT

Do we ever think about the tragedies that we narrowly escape everyday? Do we lie in bed at night and realize what could have been, and say “Thank you” for every unspeakable horror that we somehow avoided. I do, and today I actually know one disaster I was cosmically saved from. My daughter put an unprotected banana in her backpack, with her textbooks, her iPad and her brand new gym sneakers. Gasp!

It was luck that saved me this time, but I wont leave it to chance again, as now I know about… The Banana Bunker! A Company called Cultured Containers developed the Banana Bunker to protect your luscious fruit from smooshing and bruising when carried for lunch or snack, of course if you’ve ever had the misfortune of a squished banana in your purse, backpack or briefcase you already know that the loss of the banana was the least of the problem.

Now I know what this thing looks like… and I also know thats probably the only reason you’ve read this far… but the Banana Bunker is in fact, a specialty container designed specifically for almost any size banana. The open ends accomadate different lengths while the ribbed center allows you to bend the case to encompass your own personal banana’s gentle curves.

So get your minds out of the gutter and start thinking in terms of fresh and healthy snacks that wont leak all over the contents of your lunchbox or bag. Is it overkill? I guess the answer will be yes for many of you, but only for those of you that never have experienced the horror of an ill handled banana. Save yourself while there’s still time.

Get yours at bananabunker.com for just under 7 bucks, available in blue, orange, green, yellow and clear. Seriously?

Safe Snapp – a Digital Witness in an App

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 11:01 AM PDT

Could any more people end up missing? I cant even open a paper, watch the news or check my e-mails without hearing yet another tragic story of somebody’s loved one disappearing. As a mom its particularly scary. You would think with all of our satellites and GPS devices there would be something out there that’s better than what were doing now. What could it be?

Someone seems to be thinking in a better direction, check out Safe Snapp, these folks are just released one of the more innovative self-defense tools on the market made especially for your iPhone.  This unique mobile app, or the fact that an app like it actually exists, might just be enough of a deterrent to save some lives. Heres the deal, SafeSnapp provides iPhone users with the ability to place not only themselves, but a would-be attacker at the exact time and location before an attack can happen.

If you feel threatened for any reason, you simply need to tap the SafeSnapp icon, and point your iPhone in the direction of the bad guy and your Safe Snapp app goes to work  within seconds, making a record of the potential attack. Not only three pictures of the attacker, but your GPS coordinates, and your cell phone number are sent to your email address, to your emergency contact and stored within a secure (law enforcement accessible )database almost instantaneously. So, even if the attacker takes or breaks the phone, it’s already too late.  The images and data are already off the phone, and there’s nothing the attacker can do about it.

SafeSnapp is considered a technology based app and is not intended for use on any iPhone prior to the iPhone 4. Safe Snapp is available at the app store for $3.99 so keep your eyes on the Safe Snapp website for updates.