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DecalGirl Retro SkinsIt seems like every day more and more companies are making skins, decals, and wraps for the iPod line, but every once in a while a truly smash up design comes along. DecalGirl has come up with six delicious retro designs including Iceberg (shown here), Shag Swag, Key Lime, and others. All six of her designs are available for both 3rd and 4th generation iPods, the iPod Mini, and the iPod Shuffle and feature the same removable, reusable peel and stick vinyl technology. Bravo to the designs and to the prices at $3.99 to $6.99 each it’s quick and cheap to protect the finish of your iPod while giving it a stylish new look.

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Defcon Roundup

Posted by Sparky Categories: Mods / Hacks

DefconLast week in Las Vegas, NV Defcon was in full swing bringing with it new world records, creative hacks, and a shameful wall of sheep for those foolish enough to use unencrypted methods to talk to their servers back at home. PT from MAKE has a couple of great entries in their blog covering his experiences there. After seeing these and other posts from the event Gear Live is going to have to head down to Defcon next year and do some reporting first hand. Check out more information after the jump.

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When you think of Home Depot I’m assuming you think of strong masculine things - plywood, tools, appliances. We highly encourage you to think further: Home depot now offers theFurgles, a unique CD and DVD storage solution. An excerpt from the Home Depot website:

Colorful, kooky, comfort-seeking creatures called Furgles! Allergic to fruits, vegetables and all forms of exercise, Furgles feast solely on CDs and DVDs. They’re what we like to call disc-i-vores. This whimsical Belly Case line features three goofy and gullible monsters that store 24 discs inside their bellies.

I don’t know if I could come up with a better or worse description for these myself. Whereas I can see how they manage with the colorul, kooky, CD/DVD feasting qualities of the Furgles I am at a bit of a loss at the Furgles abhorrence of all things good for the kids this product seems to be aimed at. If the Furgles are your thing then head on over to Home Depot and type “Furgles” into the search box on the top right. $9.99 of your hard earned dollars later you can have your own fuzzy friend on it’s way to happily eat 24 of your favoriteCD’s for safe keeping.

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Latest Gear Live Videos

Vaja PSP CaseVaja, the makers of many fine leather cases for laptops, phones, and MP3 players have introduced the PSPouch and PSPouch retro. These stylish leather cases protect the PSP and 2 extra games along with 4 Memory Sick Duo cards. With a number of great color combinations available this could be a winner for toting your games. With a $140 and $160 price tag respectively you should really love your PSP consider forking out for it, but when you do you will be the most stylish kid on your block!

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DescriptionWhat do you get when you combine a PocketPC, a signal amplifier, and a high gain antenna with a slingshot base? The Bloodhound WiFi Gun. The creative hackers from the schmoo group at Defcon put this WiFi signal detector together and instantly created a new category in WiFi detectors - deliciously excessive. Our hats are tipped to you, oh wielder of the bloodhound gun!

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Coke EnvigaCoke employed beverage scientists in cooperation with Nestle may be working on a disturbing miracle of sorts with Enviga, a “diet” soda that burns calories. The Enviga product they claim would increase the users metabolism and burn calories upon drinking. Although this is a great concept in theory we have seen time and time again how weight loss drugs either fail to work, or present a wild array of side effects - I can’t see it catching on. Way to go Coke - find a way to make caffeine more “peppy”, and make us even more afraid to drink your products!

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Bob Artner, the Veep of TechRepublic, has an interesting program on ZDNet which sums up five elements of an effective professional blogger. It is done on a whiteboard video, and is very unique - as well as spot on, I believe. This is a good viewing piece for anyone that wants to blog effectively, and sustain a captivated audience. This is one that I see quite a few people talking about, so it must be good!

Miyamoto Controller DesignShigero Miyamoto gave an interview today to GameSpy and talked about making controllers for Nintendo’s both in the past, and what ideals should be observed in the future. He commented that he wants a controller to be something fun - something that you want to interact with - not something complex that needs to be learned.Miyamoto wants each button of a controller to be different, feel different, look different - he feels that this helps audiences young and old be comfortable anddifferentiate between the wide array of buttons present on modern game controllers. He seemed surprised that Sony and Microsoft had not taken strides in this direction - Microsoft has colored their buttons, but has failed to change their shape even with the release of theXbox 360. Near the end of the interview Miyamoto expressed his two goals for the revolution controller design: “What we really want to do is create something that’s not frightening to the user that is usable for a Zelda-type game. We’re going to have to figure out a way to marry both those ideas.”

Obviously with rumors of a QWERTY controller for the Xbox 360 Microsoft has taken a very different approach to designing a controller. Everything from electro-shocking cylinders to hepatic feedback touch screens have been proposed for the Revolution design by people in Nintendo’s fan base. What do ourPlayfeed readers think the Revolution controller is going to look like? How will you interact with it? How will it interact with you?

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QWERTY Xbox 360Someone has snapped some camera phone pictures of a Spanish language presentation from Microsoft which featured a controller for theXbox 360 which appeared to have a full QWERTY thumb board nestled between the main game controls. Of course the rumor mill is flying about this, but the potential for online communication and game control (particularly for MMORPG’s) is limitless if you add a feature like this to the Xbox 360. Let’s hope this is a planned product and not just some marketing guys “what-if” prototype.

Read More | GamersReports via Joystiq

I just found a nifty visualization hack created by a student at MIT. It’s a graphical map of all of the zip codes in the United States. As you start to type a zip code it highlights possible areas that the zip code is in until it has narrowed down on a single zip code. Make sure to turn on the zoom feature and type in your home zip code. I find it interesting how structured the zip codes are - you can see how they were laid out according to population density quite easily. I can’t wait until someone migrates this from Java toGoogle Maps!

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