Monthly Archives: September 2008

Concept Ferrari Superbike

Here is a one-of-a-kind concept Ferrari Superbike created by Israeli industrial designer Amir Glinik. Powered by a modified engine from a Ferrari Enzo, the bike is controlled by a drive-by-wire system that is similar to what is found on jet fighters like the F-16.

 

 

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Free One Year Membership To Yoursphere

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You Eat What You Touch

Below are 3 Lifebuoy Handwash advertisements by the advertising agency Lowe Jakarta that scares us into washing our hands more often. You eat what you touch – so before you eat something, think about what you have touched previously. It is a creative way to show how gross it can be when we don’t wash our hands. You can click on the images to enlarge them.

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Download Michael Moore’s “Slacker Uprising” Free On iTunes

Slacker Uprising is a movie of Michael Moore’s tour of colleges in battleground states during the 2004 election, with a goal to encourage 18-29 year olds to vote, and the response it received. The movie is available as a free download on iTunes HERE.

 

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Apple Launches Web-Based iPhone 3G Pre-Purchase Tool

Following the iPhone 3G’s discontinuation of the original iPhone’s iTunes-based service signup and activation, Apple has launched an online tool that lets customers planning to purchase an iPhone 3G review their eligibility and pricing, select an AT&T rate plan, and inform their local Apple Store of when they would like to come in to purchase the device. As all of these steps were previously handled for iPhone 3G customers while in-store or through an in-line, on-site screening process, the tool is likely designed to help reduce the amount of time it takes customers to purchase and activate their phones. It will also likely help avoid confusion when/if there is an AT&T-related issue, giving the user a chance to sort whatever issues may arise with AT&T prior to coming in to the store.

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Make Me Super

Have you ever wanted to be a super hero?  Now you can upload your image at Make Me Super and see a video of your exploits.  You can even add your likeness to a coffee mug, mouse pad or playing cards.

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The Google Phone (The long-awaited HTC Dream AKA The G1)

 

The long-awaited HTC Dream, the first commercial handset running Google’s Android operating system, will be coming to T-Mobile as the G1. Featuring a 3-inch touchscreen, internet navigation buttons and a full QWERTY keypad, the smartphone market has finally broken free of Symbian, Windows Mobile and Apple.

 

The phone will feature Google Maps, GPS, a 1GB MicroSD card preinstalled, Android Market (similar to iPhone’s mobile App Store), Amazon MP3 Store, You Tube and a camera.

 

Set to launch on October 22nd for $179 on T-Mobile in the US on a two-year contract.

 

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New Penny Design

Next year, the penny will be getting not just one new look but four of them, the first changes to the 1-cent coin in 50 years.

The U.S. Mint unveiled the new designs during a ceremony Monday at the Lincoln Memorial. The coin changes are part of the government’s commemoration next year of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.

Lincoln’s profile will remain on one side of the coin but the Lincoln Memorial will be replaced on the other side by the new images, with a different one being introduced every three months.

The first new design will depict a log cabin, representing the place in Kentucky where Lincoln was born in 1809.

The second design will feature a young Lincoln taking a break from working as a rail splitter in Indiana by reading a book. Lincoln as a young lawyer standing in front of the old state capitol building in Springfield, Ill., will be the design on the third coin.

The final coin in the series will show the half-completed Capitol dome, evoking Lincoln’s famous order that construction of the Capitol should continue during the Civil War as a symbol that the Union would continue.

The first new penny is scheduled to go into circulation starting on Feb. 12, Lincoln’s birthday, and then every three months after that.

The changing designs mark another effort by the Mint to duplicate the success of the 50-state quarter program, the most popular coin collecting program in U.S. history. The nickel also had changing designs to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Mint is trying to revive interest in a $1 coin by introducing four new designs each year honoring a different president.

Lincoln’s image was added to the penny in 1909 when the nation was celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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SlotMusic

The cards will be sold by retailers including Wal-Mart and Best Buy. The music will be encoded in high-quality MP3 format and will not be subject to so-called digital rights management, which limits where and how often a song can be played. Each card will have a capacity of 1GB, more than enough to store an entire album, with extra space left over. The space might be used by the labels or the artists for videos, interviews, album art, extra tracks, or other premium content.

The songs themselves will be universally playable on any phone, computer, or digital music player that supports MP3, including the iPod and iPhone. And while Apple’s devices don’t include memory card slots, several music players, including SanDisk’s own Sansa line and devices from Samsung, iRiver, and others, do.   Check out SlotMusic HERE.

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Honda Creates ‘Musical Road’ on California Highway

On Avenue K in Lancaster, Calif., Honda will turn your car into a musical instrument — whether you like it or not. Apparently residents have been complaining and the city is paving over the road Tuesday, but for now, grooved strips in the highway will produce the “The Lone Ranger” melody from Rossini’s “William Tell” overture as your tires rumble over them. As signs will tell you this is “The Civic Musical Road,” and, of course, it will be incorporated into an RPA of Santa Monica ad set to run later this month. “Honda is an advanced engineering company, and we thought it would be fun to connect that to the Civic marketing campaign,” said Gary Paticoff, RPA’s senior vice president and executive producer. Half-inch-deep, 1-inch-wide grooves were notched into the road at specific intervals so that a vehicle traveling over them produces tones, said Ray Hunt, Lancaster’s capital engineering manager.

 

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Free Admission to Disneyland or Disney World on Your Birthday

You can register HERE for free admission to either theme park on your birthday in 2009!

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The Bloggers Choice Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Blogger’s Choice Awards , which honor users’ favorite blogs. Feel free to nominate your top choices in categories like Best Pop Culture Blog, Best Celebrity Blogger and Best Blog of All Time.

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DLO Portable iPhone Speakers

 

A great snap-together design makes the DLO Portable iPhone Speakers ($50) perfect for travel. The TDMA interference-free system features a removable, rotating stand that holds the iPhone upright or horizontally, and offers a wide sound stage thanks to two independent speakers. All of it snaps together to create a handy travel egg. Plus, the entire system turns into a speaker phone when a call comes in — no need to disconnect.

 

 

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Alpha Coffee Table

We saw this yesterday and thought it was cool.  This one-of-a-kind conversation table ($899) was inspired by a Paris flea market find, then designed exclusively for us by a London graphic designer with a penchant for, and a large personal collection of, antique printers’ blocks. Iconic top is carved from one single piece of wood with raised letters and numbers painted in 10 different colors. Vintage crackled finish varies slightly from table to table and adds to the “as found” charm. Top is protected with tempered glass and framed modern in a soft black powdercoated steel base.

 

 

 

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Rumor: Apple Prepping 32GB iPhone Update, Bringing Back At-Home Activation

We’re not particularly inclined to believe them, but the whispers that Apple is about to bump the top-end iPhone capacity to 32GB are getting harder to ignore – especially since 8GB inventory is drying up, leading to speculation that’s it’s going to be dropped as soon as next week. We think the timing’s a little odd on the heels of the Let’s Rock iPod refresh, but considering the rampant speculation that Apple was forced to bump the nano to 16GB and drop the “limited edition” 4GB model entirely at the last minute in response to the new Zune lineup we suppose it makes competitive sense. AppleInsider also says customers will once again get the option to activate in-home, but we haven’t heard anything about that – we’ll see what happens in the next few days. (From Engadget)

 

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The Barack Obama CD – Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement

Inspired by the grassroots movement created by Barack Obama’s historic presidential run and his call for the change Americans need, artists supporting Barack Obama teamed up to create a new CD that taps into the campaign’s universal themes of hope, unity and change. The disc, titled Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, includes a collection of artists from across genres, including such renowned performers as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and John Legend. Through their musical contributions, the artists seek to mobilize voters in the final stretch before the November election. Many of the artists involved will also be volunteering their time to promote voter registration.

 

The track listing is as follows:

 

1. Eternity – Lionel Richie
2. Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
3. Waiting On The World To Change – John Mayer
4. American Prayer – Dave Stewart
5. Battle Cry – Shontelle
6. Make It Better – Los Lonely Boys
7. Pride In The Name Of Love – John Legend
8. I Have A Dream – BeBe Winans
9. Am I All Alone – Suai
10. One Is The Magic # – Jill Scott
11. Love & Hope – Ozomatli
12. Looking East – Jackson Browne
13. Out of Our heads – Sheryl Crow
14. Promised Land – Malik Yusef with Kanye West and Adam Levine of Maroon 5
15. Hold On – Yolanda Adams
16. America The Beautiful – Keb’ Mo’
17. America – Ken Stacey
18. Wide River – Buddy Miller

 

The digital download or CD can be ordered HERE.

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The $1.8 Million Corpus Clock

Most clocks just tell time, simply and reliably. Not the $1.8 million “time eater” formally unveiled Friday at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge.

The masterpiece, introduced by famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking, challenges all preconceptions about telling time. It has no hands or digital numbers and it is specially designed to run in erratic fashion, slowing down and speeding up from time to time.

Inventor John Taylor used his own money to build the clock as a tribute to John Harrison, the Englishman who in 1725 invented the grasshopper escapement, a mechanical device that helps regulate a clock’s movement.

Making a visual pun on the grasshopper image, Taylor created a demonic version of the insect to top the gold-plated clock where it devours time.

The beast — with its long needle teeth and barbed tail_ rocks back and forth, ultimately inserting its talons in notches at the top of the clock to move it forward. Halfway through the minute the grasshopper’s jaws begin to open, snapping shut at 59 seconds.

“Time is gone, he’s eaten it,” said Taylor, who calls the oversize grasshopper “Chronophage,” which translates to “time eater.”

“My object was simply to turn a clock inside out so that the grasshopper became a reality,” Taylor said.

Read more HERE.

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Two New Spirit Posters

Here are 2 new posters for Frank Miller’s The Spirit due in theaters on Christmas 2008.

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Apple Recalls All iPhone 3G Adapters Sold in 14 Countries

Due to a defect identified in the “Ultracompact” USB Power Adapters included with all iPhone 3G units sold in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, and six Latin American countries, and sold separately in these and four others, Apple has launched an exchange program in which customers can return their adapters for a new, redesigned version. The program’s site states: “under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter’s metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock. We have received reports of detached blades involving a very small percentage of the adapters sold, but no injuries have been reported…. Users with ultracompact power adapters should immediately stop using them until they exchange them for a new, redesigned ultracompact adapter.” The page also states that if the user’s adapter has a single green dot near the prongs, they already have the redesigned adapter and will not need a replacement. According to the program page, replacement adapters will be available starting October 10, and the company will offer replacements via the web, or through its retail stores.

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50 Strange Buildings of the World

HERE are some of the most unusual examples of bizarre architecture throughout the world today.

 

 

 

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