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indoona – Free Internet calling, but Not Skype

I like Skype, I really do, but for some reason it seems every time I go to use it I have some small problem with it. Recently I was trying to call my mom (I really needed to call my mom) and it would ring once and then end the call before anyone picked up. Now I tried to explain that to my mother… but I’m not sure she was buying it. So now I find out about a new free calling service, one that seems a bit more user friendly, and a bit more integrated with today’s Smartphone usage.

Welcome indoona, a new free calling service that lets you message, video chat and voice call other indoona users all over the world, all for free, using your wifi or 3g connections. indoona actually imports your phone book and even automatically lets you know which people on your list are online and able to participate in free calling all in real time.

Simply download the application from the app store and register by entering your mobile phone number. Shortly thereafter you will receive a special code in an instant message and after entering it, you’re ready to go. indoona even allows you to send messages to your contact list via Facebook and Twitter, inviting them to join indoona with you.

The application itself is free for iPhone (Ipod Touch, Ipad 2), Android, PC and Mac, and with premium services indoona will allow you to call the landlines and mobile phones of non-indoona users at very low rates or you can subscribe to a “follow you anywhere” indoona phone number. Just check out indoona.com for more information.

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Lovatics “Kissenger” – Kiss me you Pig!

Ah the long distance relationship. Most of us have tried them, not all of us have succeeded. I guess the romantic notion still stands, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, or was that “out of sight out of mind”? Hey wait a minute here, there’s a big difference there, but our next gadget is sure to help ease the pain of your long distance romance.

Welcome Kissenger, no not the politician, the robotic pig… made of silicon and equipped with some soft and smooch-able lips, Kissenger is designed to work in tandem with his long distance pig partner enabling 2 long distance human lovers to engage in an Internet make out session, via the pigs. Weird right? But lets just admit it, its not the first time any of us have kissed a pig, am I right?

Anyway, you just smooch away on your Kissenger’s touch sensitive lips and he (or she, I suppose) Don’t want to make anyone all crazy here… sends the kiss to the other pig (the robot, not your girlfriend) and that Kissenger moves his little lips and makes a bit of a humming noise, which may or may not be disconcerting, but I digress. So there you have it, two people in love, far away from each other, making out with plastic pigs… oh forget it, I have no where to go from here.

I see no reason why Kissenger the kissing robot wont be able to save scores of long distance relationships the world over! Get out the violins and light some candles. And you thought romance was dead. By the way, for those of you still reading, no, he doesn’t have a tongue. Seriously?

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Game Show Clock

“Wheel….of….Fortune!!!” Remember that zany game show from the early 1980s, where Pat Sajak and the ever lovely Vanna White (also the world’s most frequent TV clapper) kept us glued to our seats as we attempted to solve puzzle after puzzle in the classic gameshow. Well, time has certainly passed in the two decades, and while such game shows are no longer drawing in the audience quite unlike reality TV, you can still bring home a slice of nostalgia with the $27.99 Game Show Clock. There are no puzzles to solve except the one that your boss throws onto your desk, and if you are a clock watcher, surely you would love for the needles to land on the time where you are supposed to get off work – as stated in the employment letter, anyways. Definitely worth a purchase if you want to take a walk down memory lane, or know a Wheel of Fortune enthusiast in your social circle.


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Happitaps iPhone Interactive Bear

iPhones and other forms of smartphones are so commonplace these days, you would be hard pressed to find someone with a featurephone instead. Well, if you happen to own an iPhone and have run out of creative methods to keep your little one occupied during a long road trip, here is something which you can consider. For just $19.99 a pop, the Happitaps iPhone Interactive Bear should get the job done, being an interactive bear of the future that will let you slide in your iPhone or iPod touch. The Happitaps bear is not only capable of singing, he also has a joke or two up his sleeves, is able to read stories, teach ABCs and even play games. Heck, that ought to make sure you have some free time for yourself to check out the paper at the end of a hectic day at the office, no?

Just in case your kid is still too young to use the Happitaps iPhone Interactive Bear, the Toddler Mode will go through all the activities automatically, since there are no app menus to fiddle about. Sounds like an interesting purchase for anyone who owns an iPhone or iPod touch and have a noisy toddler to pacify, no?


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From your Phone to the TV… Wirelessly!

I love Smartphones, they really have made many tasks much simpler, I can check prices, find things in stock, heck even submit an order and have it waiting for me. The only problem I have is that I need to have my glasses in order to be able to see anything on the darn thing, and its not just my eyes.. the screen really is a bit small, I could do a lot more with the phone if I could see the stuff on an ordinary sized screen… you know, only when I needed to.

So here’s a neat idea, imagine if you could simply stream your Smartphone content right to your television, allowing you to view or work with items right on the big screen, instead of on your teeny tiny phone. Imagine if that could be pretty much any TV, and that you could conveniently view Internet pages, watch video, play games, or perform other activities related to the mobile phone by viewing them on that television screen, all by means of a simple mobile phone accessory. That would be pretty cool, right?

Well, the technology exists and has already been patented by Mr. Lasse Haltunnen, who now, through an intellectual property brokerage firm, is currently listing his idea for sale.

His game changing ”accessory” comprises a Bluetooth receiver and a converter which receives signals transmitted from the mobile phone, and converts these signals (such as image signals) into an output format (e.g., RGB signals) as required for display on a television screen. Evidently, the technology can easily be built into some sort of proprietary docking station or perhaps even some other peripheral making for a very interesting concept.

No word on the price of this amazing intellectual property, but interested parties can contact: www.icap.com Just promise, when you make your super successful Phone-to-TV gadget that we get one to check out, at least a few weeks before anyone else!

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Megaphone turns up the volume

So, you think that the iPhone or iPod touch is the next best thing since sliced bread? You could be correct on the account of it being a portable media player, and apart from docking it to a standard speaker dock or listening to your tunes using a pair of headphones, along comes the Megaphone which will be available in two flavors – £399.99 and £599.99, where the former comes in black or white shades, while the latter is plated in gold, hence the increase in price.

This is the accessory if you want to increase your iPhone’s public audio capability by a mile without having to lug around separate speakers. All you need to do is plug it into the Megaphone, and resembling an Alpine horn, this spectacular ceramic device will be able to rest on a stylish wooden stand. Definitely a conversation starter, and is the perfect ice breaker if you are going to hold a party that will see many guests not know each other.


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Megaphone turns up the volume

So, you think that the iPhone or iPod touch is the next best thing since sliced bread? You could be correct on the account of it being a portable media player, and apart from docking it to a standard speaker dock or listening to your tunes using a pair of headphones, along comes the Megaphone which will be available in two flavors – £399.99 and £599.99, where the former comes in black or white shades, while the latter is plated in gold, hence the increase in price.

This is the accessory if you want to increase your iPhone’s public audio capability by a mile without having to lug around separate speakers. All you need to do is plug it into the Megaphone, and resembling an Alpine horn, this spectacular ceramic device will be able to rest on a stylish wooden stand. Definitely a conversation starter, and is the perfect ice breaker if you are going to hold a party that will see many guests not know each other.


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Libratone Live and Libratone Lounge offers AirPlay connectivity

Everyone wants to go wireless these days, and I cannot blame them for it. After all, living the wireless lifestyle is definitely something worth looking into, as we own more and more consumer electronics devices than ever before. Just take a look at the number of chargers that you need to pack before you head off on a long trip – surely the number might even scare you! Of course, audio visual devices too rely on cables, but these days, thanks to the wonders of Bluetooth as well as other wireless standards, you can live the untethered lifestyle.

We will take a look at the Libratone Lounge and Libratone Live, where both of them will take advantage of AirPlay wireless connectivity. Just what is AirPlay? Here is a little quick primer for the uninitiated – AirPlay enables one to stream music throughout your entire pad sans wires. With AirPlay technology, it depends on the hardware manufacturers as to whether they want to integrate it into a range of devices such as speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems. So far, companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon have already jumped aboard the bandwagon, and Libratone decides to tag along, too.

With AirPlay, you can stream songs from your iTunes music libraries on Mac or PC, in addition to the number of tunes that are stashed away on your iOS-powered device such as the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, over one’s Wi-Fi networks. The Libratone Live and Libratone Lounge will boast of minimalistic interior, being rather diminutive in size so that it does not take centerpiece place in your home.

The Libratone Live is small and even comes with a handle for easy placement, while the Libratone Lounge was specially designed to be a stand alone device, and alternatively, you are able to fit it under a TV or just about anywhere aesthetically while enjoying a similar exceptional sound.

The inclusion of FullRoom technology will make sure that acoustic sound is covered from corner-to-corner, and you are able to take this experience to the next level by personalizing the FullRoom feature with the Libratone App. Both devices are constructed from quality raw materials and are lovingly made, boasting craftsmanship that includes hand-picked materials such as cashmere, chrome and wood.

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Cops wear Body Mounted Cameras – Say Cheese!

 

You see it everyday, a police officer involved in some sort of a scuffle that’s been recorded on someone’s Smartphone. It almost always makes the officer look bad. I watch these events unfold on my TV almost every night, and I wonder to myself, what happened BEFORE someone started recording? I mean, surely the “bad guy” wasn’t just walking down the street minding his own business…

Well, in towns all over the country, we wont be left to wonder anymore, cops in many places nationwide have been outfitted with tiny wearable cameras. Unlike the often observed dashboard cameras, these little guys can be worn on a collar, head mount or with the Taser unit shown above, even mounted on Oakley sunglasses. These devices will capture everything from the police officers point of view, not just at the point that some spectator decided to start recording. Police simply activate the device and begin recording evidence that will negate any disputes as to what actually happened.

Most of these HD digital micro-cameras are about 2 inches long, an inch wide and are voice activated. Compatible with Android and iOs, all recordings made by these cameras are date and time stamped and cannot be altered or erased and designed to preserve chain of custody concerns, although the officer is most often in charge of initially activating the camera, and they also have the ability to turn it off.  On TV when the camera goes off, its never a good thing, is it?

So is moving towards a body worn camera for all officers a good idea? Does it put the officers in danger or do more to protect the public? Some folks feel that cameras will lead to better performance and more professionalism on the job, others feel it will safeguard against bogus lawsuits, still others feel as though its a violation of privacy on both sides. The jury is still out on this one for me… but I think you’re going to see them around your town all the same…

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Duo Pop – a Gameshow for your iPad

Ever since I was little, I always loved the idea of family game night. It always made me feel special and I always had so much fun! I guess psychologists have a million different reasons why family time is so important to the development of a child. I just know it was one of the highlights of being a kid, and it made me feel a whole lot closer to my mom and dad.

Well, here’s something you dont see everyday, a multi player gameshow for the iPad, think Jeopardy, without the need to phrase the answers in the form of a question. Each player gets their own “Popper” in order to buzz in with an answer. The apps are available on iTunes and with several titles to choose from, family game night can be a blast!

There’s Guesstimation, where you answer such questions as “how many ridges are there on the edge of a dime?” In The Know is a progressive clue game where the quicker you guess correctly, the more points you can earn. There are also some Highlights magazine themed hidden picture games and of course a more adult oriented game, Duo’s Saturday Night Live.

All the games are offered as free downloads to try, after that, if you enjoy them you can purchase additional content for under 2 bucks. The actual game, which works with any iPad and is good for 2 to 4 players (or teams) Comes with 4 “Poppers” and a transmitter to be place near your iPad’s speaker. Available for $39.99 at Amazon.com Stay tuned for a review of Yoomi and Plink, 2 other iPad games brought to you by Duo!

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