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The Lotus EliseI don’t pretend to know much about cars, even though I do own one.  That’s why I find articles that help explain their complexities so invaluable.  Case in point is How Stuff Work’s overview of the Lotus Elise, which has been available in Europe for some time, but is about to enter the US market with its 2005 model.  It comes with a sticker price of $40,000…which is actually a lot cheaper than most supercar prices.  If you still don’t find yourself drooling at some of the pictures though, then maybe cars aren’t for you.

Read More | How Stuff Works


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Fly CatcherLittle Shop of Horrors fans rejoice!  Now you can have your very own eating plant that actually burps after snapping down on those pesky flies.  This little curiosity measures about 8 inches and operates on three AAA batteries.  A non-toxic bait (read: not dog dung) based at the bottom of the jaws lures the insect inside. As the insect crawls into the mouth of the trap, two sensors detect the insect causing the mouth to shut, swatting the insect dead.  I’m wondering if it works on cockroaches too - and also, how you are supposed to dispose of the bugs?

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The Barcode SS LED watch
The UK’s gadget shop Boystuff has announced a line of geek friendly binary watch faces, so only the geeks among us will know what time it is. Unfortunately, this look has been done long ago, one only needs to visit Tokyoflash.com to see not only binary watches, but all sorts of unusual LED faces and graph faces. It’s hard to choose just one. I personally favor the Barcode SS but then again, I’m more old school. Perhaps you want a newer more pimp flashed LED movement watch that has running light shows. Just take a look through their selection and choose the watch that meets your idea of time.

Read More | Tokyoflash


iPod Digital Camera Connector

Ever wanted to be able to connect your iPod photo to your digital camera and transfer some images to free up some space on your card? The time is nearing when that will be a reality. Apple Japan held a press briefing where they revealed some iPod accessories along with what you see above – a digital camera attachment. The attachment hooks up to the dock connector of your iPod and has a female USB port where you plug in your digital camera to transfer the images.  At a minimum of 30GB for your digital camera, this puts my puny 512MB card to shame.

Read More | Apple Insider


XM Satellite RadioXM has announced a price increase for their satellite radio service effective April 2, 2005. The increase will raise the now current rate for their basic service of $9.95, to $12.95 per month. They are also going to include two premium services free of charge. Those two premium services are XM’s online radio access, and the show “High Voltage”. These two services are currently offered at a price of $3.95 and $1.95 respectively. What seems to be a good deal deserves a second look. Sirius, XM’s competitor, offers online satellite radio free of charge on its basic plan of $12.95 and states it will allow subscribers to listen to Howard Stern free of charge when his program launches next year. If you are a current subscriber, you may lock in the rate of $9.95 for the next 5 years. Now that these two services will be the same price, the decision on what service to purchase will be based on what truly matters – hardware price and quality. Expect to see hardware price cuts in the coming months.

Read More | Reuters


DescriptionMan, this would totally suck. Imagine Apple releasing a firmware update for current iPods (with new iPods coming with the firmware by default) that made the gadget display ads on its screen at various times. Or better yet, 15-20 second audio ads between songs. Even shuffle owners aren’t safe! Luckily, this is just a gag. Let’s hope Big Steve doesn’t get any ideas.

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Napster LogoYou know, I have been playing around with Napster To Go for about a day or so, and I must say it is growing on me. The interface could use a little work, but the fact that I can pull up and listen to just about any song at any time is the real draw (and, the point actually) of Napster To Go. You can queue music up to play tracks one after another, or download the music to be transferred to a portable audio device. The price here is very minimal as well - you pay less for Napster To Go than you would buying one CD per month. I am going to continue messing around with it, and let you know what I think after the trial is over.


Rogue Prototype Tablet  With its 8.4-inch LCD screen, stylus, and ability to play most games designed for the PC, the Rogue prototype gaming pad would run circles around every other handlheld gaming device.  It also features an ergonomically designed joystick, a track ball, and trigger buttons.  The two Tucsonian creators behind the upgradeable device are looking at a mid-2006 release.  Time will tell though, if gamers are willing to pay this kind of money to seriously get their portable game on.

Read More | Tucson Citizen


Who wouldn’t love to have one of these at their office?  While launching rubber bands at pesky coworkers is nothing new, this bad boy can load up to ten rubber bands at once.  You can then shoot off all at once, “shotgun” style or in small bursts.  Highly accurate, painful, and hilarious all at the same time.

Read More | ThinkGeek


Internet UrinalWhen you’re as addicted to the Internet as I am, you can go for hours without getting out of your PC chair.  The drawback to this, of course, is the bladder busting pain from not using the bathroom as often as you should.  Kiss all that goodbye now, because with the new Internet Urinal, you can surf, play Quake, post in forums, and pee all without getting up from your chair.  Perfect for LAN parties, where you can’t afford to take a break.  It even comes with a female adapter. 

Read More | ThinkGeek


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