Review: Hard Graft iPhone Fold Wallet – Lending the Italian class to your Gadget

(image credit: mike) Hard Graft iPhone Fold Wallet | €65.00 |

Another new addition to Hard Graft‘s lifestyle accessory assortment is this Phone Fold wallet, designed for iPhone. Receiving the wallet in an origami inspired multifold package was a pleasant surprise. Such attention to the overall presentation was certainly appreciated. For a moment, I was actually at war with myself whether to open it at risk of ruining the envelope. My eagerness to check out the real deal eventually triumphed.

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the origami inspired packaging – to open or not to open?

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Google releases Nexus S and Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread

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(image credit: Google) Google Nexus S | US$tbc |

finally, a news that dispel all speculations and leaks. Google announces its next generation Google Phone, dubbed the Google Nexus S along with the new Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread. unlike its predecessor, Nexus S is the next generation of Nexus devices, co-developed by Google and Samsung. Continue reading “Google releases Nexus S and Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread”

Air Jordan limited edition Dominate Another Day iPad

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this is one iPad that you do not wish to have a case over it. seriously, with the iPad back etched with images from the video ‘Dominate Another Day’, you wouldn’t want to keep them hidden away. apparently, only selected list of people gets to receive this limited edition “Dominate Another Day” iPad. according to CNET, “Dominated Another Day” is a viral marketing campaign on YouTube promoting basketball legend Michael Jordan’s brand. Continue reading “Air Jordan limited edition Dominate Another Day iPad”

Mophie Juice Pack Plus adds 2000mAh to your iPhone 4

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(image credit: Mophie) Mophie Juice Pack Plus | US$99.95 |

the battery life for iPhone was never good. the short battery life is made even more obvious with its endless applications available to user, hence we never have enough juice for both play and work. thankfully, we have good people like Mophie who devised cases with built-in battery to extend the iPhone’s battery life, so we can continue enjoy the phone for both work and play.

in comes the Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 4 which promises to add a whopping 2000mAh to your iPhone 4. as with the earlier incarnation for iPhone 3G/3GS, the Mophie Juice Pack Plus also doubles up as a protective case with shock-proof band. here’s a run down of what the juice pack promises:

  • up to 8 additional hours of talk time on 3G (16-hours on 2G)
  • up to 7 additional hours of Internet use on 3G (11-hours on WiFi)
  • up to 44 additional hours of audio playback
  • up to 11 additional hours of video playback

with the juice pack on, users can still charge and sync the iPhone via the included USB cable. there’s a standby/charging switch which allows toggling between standby or charging mode so users can choose to use the battery pack when requires. a 4-light LED status indicator at the bottom of the case lets user how much juice is left with a touch of a button and it also doubles as an indicator for charging status. a function reminiscent of the MacBook battery indicator.

if you’re feeling pinched by the price tag of $99.95, perhaps you will feel more comforted to know that this juice pack is more than just a battery pack and a case. it also features an ‘acoustic sound enhancement’ which means that the case design acts as a virtual speaker box by redirecting sound from the bottom of your iPhone4 to the front, resulting in a richer, fuller sound quality.

i’d say this could be a great juice pack if you are constantly demanding for power. currently, only black is available but a few other colors should pop up soon.

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a car made of BamBoo? Rinspeed BamBoo Concept

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Rinspeed isn’t new to making wild concepts, judging from what they have envisioned with SQuda and iChange. hence this no-frills BamBoo came as a surprise. though named BamBoo, you can be assured that the concept isn’t built entirely of BamBoo, and bamboo fibers are restricted to the interior components. Continue reading “a car made of BamBoo? Rinspeed BamBoo Concept”

the perfect time machine: the DeLorean Time Machine Hard Drive

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fans of the 80s sci-fi movie ‘Back To The Future’ (Universal Pictures, 1985) will definitely go gaga over this piece of hard drive in DeLorean Time Machine guise. this 1:18 scale replica features working hood and gull wing doors and has every bits of detail you would expect from a proper DeLorean Time Machine including the Fusion reactor and the 1950s moon rims. Continue reading “the perfect time machine: the DeLorean Time Machine Hard Drive”

waterproof and sweatproof buds for the active lifestyle

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active lifestyle music fans will understand that moisture is the greatest enemy of your music gear, especially to the headphones. H2O Audio has a new line of ear buds that promise to keep those nasty moisture out, including your perspirations.

it is supposed to be 100% waterproof and sweatproof and capable of withstanding submersion of up to 1 meter underwater. not that you can bring it for your swimming session, unless you have an equally waterproofed music player to go along with it. its more for a good thorough rinsing after an active use, to keep those nasty saltish sweat off.

the Flex All Sports Waterproof Headphones come in four different hues to choose from and has three different sizes of Elastomer ear plugs to suit different fittings and the in-ear buds also means noise isolation too. at $29.99 its probably a heck of a deal and because of its waterproof/sweatproof feature, its going to last a long way.

funny, isn’t it? because some of us paid ten times more for some ear buds thats likely to be less ‘tough’. pay less – last longer; pay more – may not last any longer. ironical isn’t it?

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finally, flash for your old iPhone with the iFlash External Flash

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(image credit: Gadgets and Gear) iFlash External Flash | US$29.95 |

if you are still holding on to your trusty old iPhone but wishes that it has flash like its younger sibling, then your wish may have just came true. iFlash is an external module with built-in LED light that attaches to the iPhone 2G/3G/3GS and even iPod Touch, enabling flash-aided photography on those devices.

it attaches to the device via the 30-pin port, much like what you will do with a external portable charger for iPhones. the iFlash has an on/off button so you can use the LED light for photography or as a flash light for getting around in the dark. the flash module draws its juice from the iPhone battery – which, in my opinion, will be pretty taxing to the already poor battery life of iPhones.

when not in use, you can plug the 3.5mm plastic lug into the iPhone’s 3.5mm jack so it will remain handy when you need the flash again. though i am not sure if this 3.5mm plastic lug will work on the old iPhone 2G. at $29.95 you can give a new lease of life to your older iPhone, well, at least on the photography aspect.

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blog news: temporary no-post for a couple of days

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we going to have a ‘no-post’ for a couple of days due to some administrative effort on the backend. sadly, you won’t be seeing any physical changes to the blog after these two days, though. however we promise to do a facelift once we have reached a ‘reasonable’ traffic level. on a side note, we are glad to receive more than 100,000 hits over the last three weeks. we will be making use of the next two days to gather up more useful, fun and ‘life-style centric’ articles for everyone out there. we believe there are like minded people like us who believe in gadget-tech-lifestyle fusion and we don’t need to go all technical or dwell into emerging trend – we just want share the wonder of life with of gadgets, technologies and lifestyle. so just hang in there. we will be back posting in no time. cheers! – ed.

from materials of trucks and cars: FREITAG F48 HAZZARD Backpack

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(image credit: FREITAG) FREITAG F48 HAZZARD Backpack | approx. US$325 |

with so many shiny gadgets to lug around, we definitely need a bag that is tough enough to lug them around. new from the Switzerland company, Freitag, is the F48 Hazzard Backpack which promise to deliver storage for your electronic gears with diligent toughness. judging in the promo video, we believe this bag was designed with cyclist in mind.

the F48 HAZZARD Backpack is made from used truck tarpaulins and the straps are of used car seat belts. both are tough materials which has been proven by their use in automotive industry. seat belts? well, i guess you can’t get any safer than that, unless you want an airbag to go with it.

FREITAG expects the square design would suit “business use without losing uniqueness” and it comes in a variety of design prints and colors. the bag can be easily converted to shoulder bag carrying too. i don’t quite agree with “business” unless you are in the creative field. i am not so sure if you would want to bring this to a big corporate meeting.

being unique (and square) will set you back at $325. i’d say that’s pretty pricey for a backpack but if being unique is what you are into, then the F48 HAZZARD might be just for you.

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