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Avid tech enthusiast, gadget lover, marketing critic and most importantly, love to reason and talk.

Livestrong Fitness Special Edition LS28IC Indoor Training Cycle

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(image credit: Livestrong Fitness) Limited Edition Livestrong LS28IC Indoor Training Cycle | US$1,699.00 | world.livestrongfitness.com

we thought we should spread the word for this. this Limited Edition Livestrong LS28IC Indoor Training Cycle in exclusive yellow and black design is limited to 500 units. it will be on sale next month (January 2011) for $1,699, in which $1,000 of the sale will goes to Livestrong Foundation, a foundation founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Amrstrong.

there are some subtle meanings to some aspect of this training cycle, for example the the number ’28’ on the front represents the 28 million people living with cancer and the seven stars on the seat post represent Armstrong’s record-breaking seven Tour de France wins. it will come with a Certificate of Authenticity and an autographed picture of lance Armstrong.

if you in the process of looking for a training cycle, why not do your bid to contribute to a more meaningful cause at the same time? besides, the training cycle does look cool. don’t you think so?

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love Photoshop? like these PS-inspired Salt & Pepper shakers

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die-hard fans of photoshop will love these. a set of salt and pepper shaker in the shape of the photoshop application icon. photoshop is my life and this certainly looks cool on your dinning table. next i shall cover my dinning table with a table cloth printed with a Mac desktop screenshot. or maybe not.

PS: i still don’t understand what dinning and photoshop has in common.

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Reading Ruler enables measurement even in darkness

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(image credit: Ho Sung-Woon & Woo Moo-Bum)

unlike the usual measuring tape that has graduations on the tape, the Reading Ruler doesn’t have them. designed by Ho Sung-Woon & Woo Moo-Bum, the Reading Ruler gives you the measurement in different units of measurement via a display on the tape measure itself.

you can even see the result in the dark. though i can’t phantom why we ever need to measure anything in the dark. maybe not in pitch dark condition but i will say, more likely for low light condition where you weren’t able to read off from a conventional tape measure clearly. strangely, we already have laser-aided measurement device to measure quite accurately for a variety of distances and this concept seems rather redundant. but the device itself is nice looking though.

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Midland SubZero Headphones warm your ears with music

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(image credit: Firebox) Midland SubZero Headphones | £34.99 | www.firebox.com

for those living in ever-so-cold country, earmuffs are worn to protect your ears. that can be so dull and boring cos’ wearing earmuffs don’t give you music to keep you in the grooves while you are traveling or zipping down the snowy alps of Switzerland. you wish you could put on a pair of cans instead but not without getting frozen ears. not with the Midland SubZero Headphones though – it’s a headphones that keep your ears cosy and warm in the harsh wintery days.

the interior of the earmuffs, i mean the headphones are lined with soft cotton-fur with flush earphones built inside the lining. it comes with inline remote and mic for taking calls or skipping through tracks while you are trekking towards your destination, prowling through the snow. this pair of cans will work with iPhone, iPod and BlackBerry and it won’t impede you from wearing your headgear. the SubZero is worn around the back of your head, so it will go nicely along with your headgear or ski goggles.

the Midland SubZero Headphones comes in four different styles: Black, White, Camo (as in camouflage) and Luxe Black Leather.

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2010 Digital Life snazzy Dream PC cost $10,000

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if money is no object, this could be the PC you would build. the Dream PC is an annual project undertaken by Digital Life to build a, er… snazzy Dream personal computer that has the latest hardware in it. the result is this lean, mean Dream machine that packs a six-cores Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition cooled by a Corsair Hydro H70 closed-top water-cooling system.

there’s no point in trying to narrate the goodies packed into it because i am too overwhelmed by it that i am lost for words. lets settle for a run down what lurks within the mean Coolermaster HAF X tower casing:

Main board: Gigabit X58A-UD09
RAM: 3 x Geil Evo Two GET312GB2000C9TC DDR3 rated at 2,000MHz with heat sinks (total 12GB of RAM)
Hard Drives: Crucial Real SSD 256GB, OCZ Revodrive X2 240GB SSD, Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
Optical: LG BH10 Blu-ray writer
Graphics: 3 x AMD Radeon HD6970 (from Sapphire, Gigabyte and AMD reference series)
Power Supply: Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1200w
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech Steel series 7G keyboard and G700 5700dpi mouse
Display: Dell U3011 30-inch LCD (IPS panel)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (OEM)
Sound: Denon AVR-2311 AV amplifier and Jamo 102HCS6 home theater speakers

total cost: S$13,315 (approximately US$10,186).

one word: wow. life’s good when you have loads of money. unfortunately, the PC won’t last (i.e. not for sale, either). after it is built and showed off, it will be dismantled and all the parts return to their respective vendors. it is, after all, a test of what can be achieved when the best hardware comes together as one.

Digital Life is a regular supplement paper of the Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper. the weekly supplement gives reader insight to tech developments and news.

official licensed limited edition TRON XBOX 360 controller

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(image credit: PDP) Limited Edition XBOX 360 TRON Controller | US$49.99 | www.pdp.com

this is insane. the TRON fever has reached an incredible proportion. seriously, tell me what else isn’t TRON inspired now? you have everything ranging from replica Lightcycle bike to gaming mouse to headphones and now, console game controllers. this particular item is from Performance Designed Products or PDP for short. the Limited Edition XBOX 360 TRON Controller is a web exclusive and it’s only available from PDP. Continue reading official licensed limited edition TRON XBOX 360 controller

weight, monitor and share your stats with WiFi bathroom scale

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WiFi Bathroom Scale | £119.99 | www.firebox.com

WiFi and sharing are not limited to just electronic gadgets and social network sites. they have come to bathroom scale in the form of WiFi Bathroom Scales. what an apt name that tells what it does, isn’t it? this isn’t your average bathroom scale. this tempered-glass and aluminum bathroom scale is a digital scale that comes with back-lit digital display screen.

and it don’t just stop there. the scale automatically records your weight, fat mass and BMI (Body Mass Index) each time you weigh yourself. the scale then uses WiFi to send these informations to your computer or iPhone. alas, weighing has become much more complicated now that you can track the above mentioned results on a password protected website or from the free iPhone app. remember the sharing part? yea, you can even sync your results with Google Health or share them via email, Twitter or Facebook. that’s if you’re really proud of your stats. i probably won’t want to share my stats. i am too ashamed to do so.

though, i still can’t comprehend why should i be sharing my stats. nevertheless, welcome to the future of weighing. WiFi Bathroom Scales truly lets you see weighing in a different light. if you’re already stocked with the latest, technologically advanced gadgets and thinking about what’s next on the list. this could be it.

C-Water – water purification has never been this easy

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there are so much talk about solar energy, wind energy and i think it’s high time somebody starts thinking about water conservation – which is also an important resources that we can’t live without. with the ocean covering 70 percent of the earth, water purification could provide us with clean, drinking water from this abundant resource. not to mention, places that do not have access to clean drinking water.

at least this is what designer Chao Gao has in mind with the portable water recycle device, dubbed the C-Water. sea water, C-water. get it? or maybe not. it could be just a coincidence or simply means ‘see water’? nah. anyway, C-Water employs really simple method of distillation by means of evaporation.

the C-Water is a slim device and several of it can be combined together to create a larger C-Water system. power to the C-Water is bestowed by the sun. there’s not even a single electronic or battery involved. you couldn’t get anymore environmental friendly then this. C-Water is light weight enough to be able to float on any calm water surface.

the operation of the C-Water is completely idiot-proof, hence we wouldn’t want to bother elaborating how it works. just check out the images below. they are really, ridiculously simple and self-explanatory. basic science at work. however, there are no details on the rate of water purification at this point. from the little knowledge i had on science, it’s going to take quite a bit of time. then again, if you are out in the wild, this could be a life saver gadget.

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on sale now: futuristic high wheel bicycle for $3,600

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(image credit: YikeBike) YikeBike | US$3,595.00 | www.yikebike.com

the world was introduced to the YikeBike last year and for those who are still drooling over it, now you have the opportunity to own the YikeBike for a handsome sum of $3,595. constructed out of carbon fiber, this electric foldable bike weighs in at 10.8 kg and has a top speed of 23 km/h. not exactly fast but considering riding it without a handle upfront, it’s kind of er… scary. Continue reading on sale now: futuristic high wheel bicycle for $3,600

EMILY can reach distressed swimmers faster

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(image credit: Hydronalix) Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard | from US$3,500.00 | hydronalix.com

rescuing distressed swimmers in the open water proves to be a daunting task. traditionally, beaches has lifeguards to swim out to the distressed swimmers, which might be a little too late. another alternative is to deploy jet ski, but jet ski is cumbersome to deploy and it also runs the risk of hitting the distressed swimmers. Continue reading EMILY can reach distressed swimmers faster