Author Archives: Kevin Fubar


Flapping Toasters – Kinect, Meet 1989

Flapping Toasters – Kinect, Meet 1989

Clever hackers put together an interactive piece of art that is reminiscent of the old Flying Toasters screensaver. The artists call it a kitschy "absurdist reconstruction of the classic screensaver Flying Toasters." Become one with the winged toaster, flap your arms to flap the wings and tilt to flip your tiny silver box to roll away from danger. First off, this looks really fun. Secondly, they're already talking about turning it into a game. This is an early look into something that's going to be super fun.

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iPad 2, HARMAN OnBeat, Upgrade Bracket Free Promo Code

iPad 2, HARMAN OnBeat, Upgrade Bracket Free Promo Code

Free stuff is always nice. We just got this tip that you can get an upgrade bracket that will allow you to fit your iPad2 into your HARMAN OnBeat. The old model was too loose to accomadate the slimmer tablet. If you have been running into this problem, JBL has your back. They're offering to ship free brackets to anyone who has this problem. All of the details are after the break.

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Verizon 4G LTE Down Nationwide

Verizon 4G LTE Down Nationwide

Verizon's experiencing some stumbling blocks the day before the commercial release of their new DROID Charge by Samsung. The LTE network that Thunderbolt users have been using with speeds of up to 12Mbps down is curently broken. Completely broken, as in down nationwide. This is only affecting the LTE component of Verizon's network, their 3G network is as strong as ever. Verizon is aware of the problem and has it's engineers working for a fix. For you Thunderbolt owners with a broken phone, there is also a workaround. This network outage is just five days after Verizon rolled out LTE to six more cities across the US.

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CloudTalk – Integrated Multimedia Messaging

CloudTalk – Integrated Multimedia Messaging

CloudTalk is a new application that integrates all kinds of messaging into a unified platform. Honestly, my first thought was that this is attempting to solve a problem that nobody has. There are so many ways to send text, video, pictures, or audio files across devices that it's not even funny. That said, it seems like it's actually a sweet little app and I'm impressed with the slick UI as well as the ability to create "Communities" on the fly, which works like a group in facebook or like google wave.

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Hair Follicle Harvesting Robot Approved by FDA

Hair Follicle Harvesting Robot Approved by FDA

Baldness is one of those things that our capitalist society manages to rail against something fierce. We have foams, drugs, surgeries, and old-wives tales all centered around the dreaded idea of losing your hair. I think hair loss is similar to how silverback gorillas go silver when they're all alpha-male and in-charge. One time I read it had something to do with testosterone. That said, Restoration Robotics just received clearance to market a new robotic system called the ARTAS. It's designed to assist in the hair transplant process by precisely ripping out a hair follicle and storing it until the doc can manually transplant it into the area where the hair is thin.

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HTC 7 Pro could be Verizon’s first WP7 phone

HTC 7 Pro could be Verizon’s first WP7 phone

HTC's 7 Pro might be Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 device. The HTC 7 Pro is also known on Sprint's networks as the HTC Arrive. We reviewed the Arrive here recently. The possibility that this phone was imminently going to be a part of Verizon's stable was revealed when a gaming site that tracks and publicly displays the hits from various phone operating systems displayed some otherwise unknown model numbers. First off, hats off to the crew over at pocketnow for putting the pieces to this puzzle together.

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PSN Network Updates – Anon disavows [UPDATED AGAIN]

PSN Network Updates – Anon disavows [UPDATED AGAIN]

There's an update to this story about Sony's PSN network going down. System crackers gained access to the Playstation Network's Admin Dev accounts. Sony has publicly stated that they don't have any idea how deep the incursion went. Anonymous has disavowed any knowledge of the attack, though all eyes are on them in the wake of their recent threats vs Sony. Sony got pwnd.

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Apple iTunes, Rumblings from the Cloud

Apple iTunes, Rumblings from the Cloud

I've been downloading music since I first figured out that I could minimize my AOL window in Windows 3.1 and open up a Netscape browser. My thirteen-year-old self was ravenous for the media that I could find searching on early FTP directories that shall remain nameless. MP3 blew my mind at the time. I was amazed that data could be compressed like that (a 600+MB music CD could be compressed down to as low as 50MB). That kind of stuff was a lot of fun for me, but the music itself wasn't the goal. It was as much about the hunt, the technical challenge and the WOW! factor. It took about a half-hour to download a 128kbps bit-rate MP3 of a 3-5 minute song. Now, Apple is signing a deal with Warner Music to offer streaming, cloud-based music services. They haven't said anything publicly, but both they and Google are looking to grab as much of this market as possible after Amazon released their Cloud Player last month.

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DON-8r Robot

DON-8r Robot

Props to robot designers for finally coming out with stuff that can make a difference, not that robotic factory arms and mechanized food processing and and and... Whatever man, this thing is cute. It's designed on the principle that many organizations depend on charitable contributions for their operating budgets. Usually it takes legions of volunteers to collect these donations, but in our modern world such tasks can be done with robots just as well. Not to mention that people get annoyed with panhandlers. Enter DON-8r bot, designed by Tim Pryde. There's even videos after the break.

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