rock docks: one of the kind iPhone & iPod docks

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who says dock should be a boring white block? i admit that white does look modern and clean, but what if you are not into white blocks? fret not. GreekUnique has a some docks that definitely will rock your dock, i mean your iPod/iPhone. custom out of gaming console’s controller, such as the one featured above, it charges & sync your iPhone or any iPod (except Shuffle). also available are (e.g.) Atari 2600 Grand Prix game cartridge dock, Nintendo 64 game controller, Nintendo Controller dock, NES Light Gun dock – just to name a few. not many of these are going round. want one? better grab it before it’s gone. prices are dependent on model.

check it out @ ETSY website.

Custom iPad stand out of old Macintosh machine

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would you like to have one? unfortunately, it is not available off-the-shelf but you can certainly follow the instruction to make one yourself. i would think you will need a pair of technical hands to do that and of course, an old Macintosh that you are ready to dig out it’s internal. pretty cool, except that having to touch-interface horizontally, isn’t exactly ideal for long period of time. perhaps for watching movie?

how about adding a 30pin dock to the side (if there’s room) and route the cable to the back? in this way, you can have unlimited juice while watching movie on it or surfing the net. or maybe throw in some mod circuitry to connect a vintage Mac joystick? perfect.

check it out @ Site Hirac (Japanese).
Instructions in Japanese and English.

Android watch: Winamp Beta & Whatsapp Messenger for Android

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it’s official: Whatsapp is now available on Android Market – not beta anymore. so friends out there who are using Android devices, can now text me via Whatsapp. saves us some money. great.

remember Winamp? to me Winamp is to MP3 as iPod is to portable music player. that was the first player that i used when i first discovers the wholesome goodness of MP3 music. i sure did have a lot fun with Winamp for desktop back then. you know adding plugins and changing the skins… now Winamp Beta is now available for Android (OS 2.1 & above) users. it will not be just another music player, but it will be a complete media management for Android and syncs seamlessly between your Winamp desktop library, wirelessly or wired via USB cable. the Winamp Beta features persistent player controls, play queue management, widget players & shortcuts and displays song info, album art et cetera.

going retro Arcade gaming with your iPad: iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet

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another reason for you to get an iPad. well, not really. but if you already have an iPad, consider going old school with this sweet iPad Arcade Cabinet with cheerful paint job to match. basically the iCade (yes, that’s what they call it), is an iPad dock in the guise of retro Arcade Cabinet, dedicated to retro gaming. you will need the iCade App to go with this Arcade cabinet. strangely, i can’t find the App on the Appstore. perhaps it is only available in US Appstore? so those non-US Store users, do take note. Continue reading “going retro Arcade gaming with your iPad: iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet”

2nd series Lightsaber Chopsticks: Star Wars Darth Maul & Mace Windu Lightsaber Chopsticks Set

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yet another item from the ever popular Star Wars franchise. following up to the popular Lightsaber Chopsticks series (remember Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Yoda Lightsaber Chopsticks?), Kotobukiya introduces the 2nd series which has 2 sets: the Darth Maul & Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Chopsticks set and the Darth Maul & Mace Windu’s Lightsaber Chopsticks set. with Lightsaber you can eat your sushi in the Jedi way while defending the galaxy from the rebel forces or the Imperial troopers – depending on which sides you chose.

the chopsticks’ lightsaber blades are casted in translucent material and measures 9 inches long. the Darth Maul chopsticks comes with a special bonus connector which lets you convert the Darth Maul chopsticks into a doubled-bladed lightsaber, just like in the movie. i’m not sure what you going to do with the chopsticks when you do that. each chopsticks include a translucent Star Wars logo chopsticks rest. may the force be with you (when are eating your sushi)…

the new Star Wars Lightsaber Chopsticks set will be available in November @ US$19.90 a set.

check it out @ KotoUS.

bring toilet accessories to your phone: iPlunge Phone Stand

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fans of toilet accessories rejoice! now you can bring a piece of your toilet to your desk, in the form of iPlunge Phone Stand – err… i am not sure why would you want to do that but the cool/cute factor is definitely there. this miniaturized plunger has a suction cup that attaches to most hard, smooth surface of your mobile device, propping the device up at an angle. please don’t leave this in the toilet, cos’ this isn’t a real toilet plunger. in case you are wondering, this unique item is designed by Homade, the same guys who brought you the iTape Deck iPhone case. the iPlunge Phone Stand retails at a modest US$5.95. Continue reading “bring toilet accessories to your phone: iPlunge Phone Stand”

Hard Graft 2UNFOLD laptop bag & iPhone 4 Phone Fold Wallet

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Hard Graft 2UNFOLD Laptop Bag. it’s a briefcase, shoulder bag, backpack, a courier and clutch bag, depending on how you fold it. tanned leather never look this good. this hand-made in Italy leather good is a perfect choice if you are lugging both your laptop and iPad along. aside from stowing away your laptop, there’s a enlarged zipper compartment that can fit your iPad fitted with Hard Graft’s iPad case and an internal compartment with zipper for your phone and wallet. it is called 2UNFOLD for good reasons. in unfolded form, it can be a briefcase, should bag or backpack. fold it up and it turns into a courier bag (aka messenger bag) or a clutch bag. Continue reading “Hard Graft 2UNFOLD laptop bag & iPhone 4 Phone Fold Wallet”

FaceTime Beta installation and first test

this a rather exciting feature, so i decided to do a test run on my iPhone 4 and iMac. downloaded FaceTime Beta yesterday and installed it. those whose still have yet to update your iPhone 4 to iOS 4.1, you may want to do so. i was on iOS 4.0 previously and FaceTime on Mac prompted me that ‘FaceTime on iPhone needs to be updated’. so i suggest you do so too. anyhow, download (14.1MB) and installation was very zippy. ok, i got no one to call this morning when i did the test, so i was calling myself on my iPhone. strange as it was, but hey, it was a test and i’m not digging into call quality anyway. 2 simple calls were made: from Mac to iPhone and iPhone to Mac. if you haven’t update your iPhone 4 to Mac, you won’t be able to call from your iPhone 4 to Mac either.

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the standard installation process...
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completion of installation...
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part of the set-up process: sign up or log-in with your existing Apple ID to associate the Mac with FaceTime
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first call - iMac calls iPhone. ok, this was me calling myself, but it works anyhow
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the second call was from iPhone to iMac.
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(left) is the call view on iPhone. (right) is the address book on iPhone. note the new 'FaceTime' button

Apple Special Event October 20, 2010 – Back to the Mac

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just spent more than hour viewing the keynote on the Apple Special Event named “Back to the Mac”. a few things were announced, including the ‘sneak peek’ of the 8th major Mac OS X release, Lion. the event kicked off with intro by Jobs, with Tim Cook giving the audience a run down of the current state of the Mac. i’m sure we have heard those many times over over the couple of weeks, so i won’t go into that. besides, we are more interested in what Steve wanted us to know. yes? Continue reading “Apple Special Event October 20, 2010 – Back to the Mac”

sculptured illumination: Hulger Plumen 001

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there are artists who uses light and the darkness to express their art. and then there are those who make light bulbs into art. well, in the art world, nothing is impossible. so here comes the world first designer bulb. you heard it right. it is a bulb. if you are like me who make every attempt to cover up those ugly energy saving bulbs, even if they weren’t installed, then this is the (expensive) solution. you have to tell yourself, you are buying an art – which is true – and lighting up is just a bonus it offers. frankly, i am tempted. by the way, this is a energy saving bulb, so it is capable of shaving up to 80% off your energy bills. with these good looking designer bulbs, who needs lamp shade?

visit Plumen Shop.