Make a Mixa is a pretty cool idea for anyone old enough to remember the good ol’ mix tape days. Select a blank cassette tape in white or black, upload the pictures you want to decorate it with (either from your harddrive or from web services like Flickr) and voilá – you’ve got yourself a custom and USB-enabled 1GB cassette tape ready to be filled with whatever you want (mp3’s, images, emo poetry…).
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Here’s the 3 Skypephone by 3 and Skype. Besides standard cell phone features like a 2 megapixel camera, mp3 player, mobile TV, Java/3D games, USB + Bluetooth connectivity and web surfing this handset offers complete Skype integration. That means free Skype calls and instant messaging wherever you might go, as long as you have access to 3’s internet services.
It’ll be available in glossy black and white with blue and pink trim and will be launched sometime before christmas in the UK, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau and Sweden.
3skypephone.com (Official Site)
Three.co.uk: Skypephone (Preorder, £49.99)
Skype: Press release
Nokia announced the Maemo Linux-powered N810 Internet Tablet today, the newest addition to their Nseries range. Just find a Wi-Fi spot (or Bluetooth using your cell phone) and this pocket-sized device will allow you to use VoIP (Mmm.. Skype), watch YouTube videos, update your blog or whatever Internet related things you like to do while not in front of your computer.
It sports a slide-out keyboard and a 4.13" 800×480 touch screen as well as a GPS receiver (with built-in maps and satellite navigation and Wayfinder voice-guided navigation) and support for up to 10GB memory cards for off-line media.
Unlike some companies (*cough* Apple *cough*) Nokia is encouraging 3rd party open source developers to explore and expand the N810’s possibilities and also announced the launch of maemo platform support services for software developers and companies.
The N810 is expected to start shipping mid November with an estimated retail price of 479 USD.
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Want to leave AM/FM to the old folks and go Internet radio all the way? The wood-encased Tangent Quattro has support for local WiFi LAN audio streaming along with over 5,500 Internet radio stations. Other features include an alarm clock and five radio station presets.
Available in white, red, walnut and black.
Amazon: Tangent Quattro WiFi Internet Radio ($349.00)
Tangent-audio.com (Official site)
The Ipevo Solo 1 is something of a landline/VoIP hybrid. It’s got an embedded Skype client so you won’t need your computer for incoming and outgoing Skype calls at all. Other than that it sports speakerphone, anti-echo design, a 2" color display and speed-dial.
SkypeStyle: Ipevo Solo 1 (£107.99, US $217)
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News aggregators has been done numerous times before but.. who cares. Let me introduce you to Freshpilot News, a new (and quite useful) subsection of Freshpilot.
Basically it helps you stay up to date with the current web buzz by scanning a large number of popular and useful websites ranging from user-submitted news sites (like Digg, Reddit, Shoutwire, del.icio.us) to respected blogs (like Engadget, Gizmodo, Uncrate), more visually stimulating sites (like Flickr, Youtube) and design resources (Styleboost, Web Creme, Computer love, Logopond).
All this content is then divided into three main sections: News & Buzz, Technology & Gadgets and Design, Style & Inspiration, the latter focusing mainly on web design.
An Estonian named Otto de Voogd noticed that his bank offered the possibility to customize his next VISA credit card with any picture, being a Firefox fan he chose his favorite icon (thank god for vectorized icons) and picked up the card a couple of days later.
It started with a user getting banned after posting a hexadecimal string that represents the master AACS key used in encrypting HD-DVD discs over at Digg. Other users started submitting the string again and again leading to more people getting banned while the stories was buried from the frontpage. After a while people discovered that Diggnation actually is partly sponsored by the HD DVD Promotion Group and that’s when all hell broke loose – the riot is in full effect and the bricks are flying.
Every single frontpage link contains the HD DVD code now, and Kevin Rose (one of the Digg founders) recently raised the white flag and made this statement:
“But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.
If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.”
OhGizmo’s David Ponce has written an interesting article on the matter.
Personally I think it’ll be pretty interesting to see what happens after this.
The WebKit-based Mac browser Shiira recently left the beta stage and released version 2.0. Quite a few fancy features in this one, or what do you think about:
- Safari Exposé (treats tabs just as your ordinary Exposé)
- Folding paper page transitions (for those who want it, but only in Tiger)
- Refreshed user interface
- Private browsing
- Safari and Firefox bookmark integration
- Extensive RSS support
…And much more. If the whole “based on WebKit” thing sounds suspicious to you I can add that Safari is based on it as well.
Lifehacker’s Gina Trapani has combined a number of different Firefox extensions designed to power-up Gmail usage in Firefox into one, huge extension called Better Gmail. So, now you can get saved searches, attachment icons, label colors, keyboard macros, filter assistants and right-click conversation previews out of a single extension.
Lifehacker.com: Better Gmail Firefox extension