Bumps and spills won’t harm this rugged, water-resistant Bluetooth speaker

Lust List: BlueSync RGD Bluetooth speaker by GoGroove There are those of you who like to take risks. Face it, you love living on the edge, taking your precious electronics into dusty, dirty and even wet locations. If your dream is to play tunes at high volume while you raft Class V rapids, rappel down […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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Affordable camera might bring virtual reality to the masses

Han Jin was looking through the eyes of the robot and could see the future. But the story doesn’t end well for the robot. Jin’s view, with his colleagues’ support, put robot building on hold. The team changed direction, using the robot’s seeing mechanism to develop a Virtual Reality camera that could be put in […]

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Panasonic’s GM1 Is The Tiniest Micro Four Thirds Camera, Like, Ever

Let’s make a little wager. I’ll put a $1 on the fact that most people who buy the tiny new Panasonic Lumix GM1 will never change its lens, instead opting to use it as a rather cool little compact. Not…Read more ›

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Steve Wozniak Visits Kanye West, Kim Kardashian And Baby North West

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have had their baby, and word on the street is that the name is “North West.” KimYe’s creation may very well be the most popular baby on earth right now,  but no one has seen it yet. Well, no one expect… wait for it… Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

In what is probably the most random connection between celebrities in recent memory, the Woz has been chilling with Kim, Kanye, and baby North West.

In an interview with CNN, Woz said that Kim invited him to come meet Yeezy and child. “Just because he was interested in technology and companies, she, as a birthday present, she had me come up there to meet him,” according to Woz.

When pressed for details, Woz said he didn’t know the name of the baby, but hoped that Kim and Kanye would just wait “until the name was suggested by some little accident.”

Kanye West, who recently released his new album Yeezus and often refers to himself in the third person, has been public about his obsession with Steve Jobs for some time. Here’s a quote from an interview he recently had with The New York Times:

“I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.”

Real talk, homie.

Source:  CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live”

Via: Business Insider

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Pandora Updated To Let You Share Everything You Listen To On Facebook

Pandora has finally updated its mobile apps and website to let you connect with Facebook’s “Open Graph.” This means that you can now flip a toggle and share everything you listen to on Facebook. What you listen to is collected under the music section of your profile. Services like Spotify and Rdio have had this ability for awhile.

From today’s announcement:

While we’ve offered social features that allow you to explicitly share your Pandora stations and music discoveries to Facebook for some time, today’s update makes sharing effortless. This means it’s easier than ever to discover new music from friends’ listening activity in your Facebook News Feed or by checking out the music section on their profile. The new music section on your Facebook profile includes a dedicated radio collection which offers a great place to find inspiration for new stations to listen to.

If having everything you listen to instantly shared on Facebook isn’t creepy to you, then there’s probably no reason to not turn this feature on. You can turn it on and off at will. Facebook and Pandora allow you to hide who sees specific activity, like the baby-making playlist you’d prefer not to share with your mother.

Pandora’s update is available on its Android app, iPhone app and website.

Source: Pandora blog

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Spider Monkey Utility Belt Hooks Turn You Into A Photographic Batman [Review]

There’s some irony that the object now stuck to my Spider Monkey — forever — is a clock.

Spider Monkey by Spider Holster
Category: Camera Gear
Works With: Anything
Price: $17

I was going to ditch the standard review format for this post and instead make a gallery of different objects hung on my belt Using the neat little Spider Monkey accessory holster.

That was until I discovered that the adhesive tab that helps hold the Monkey’s Tab onto the target accessory is not reusable. Well, that might not be strictly true. It might well be reusable, but I will never find out because it is almost certainly unremovable.

What It Is

The Spider Monkey is like a miniature version of the same company’s Spider Holster, a ridiculously safe and sturdy gadget for hanging a fully-loaded DSLR on your belt. Like the Spider Holster, there are two parts: a hook which clips onto your belt, and a nubbin which attaches to the gear you want to hang.

But where the bigger Spider Monkey uses a metal pin screwed into to the camera’s tripod socket, and a heavy metal belt-hook, the mini monkey opts for plastic and Velcro.

It’s just as secure, but much lighter, and perfectly suited to its job.

The Good

The low profile means things won’t stick out any more than they have to.

Attaching the strap is easy. You wrap the Velcro-like band around, say, a flash or light meter, and if you want something more permanent you remove the waxed paper covering the sticky adhesive pad. The inside of the hook-and loop is actually grippy enough not to slip off the strobe, but if this is clearly meant to be used with the sticky pad in a belt-and-suspenders manner.

Once in place, that sticky pad is going nowhere, so make sure you get the positioning right with just the “velcro” strip before you commit.

The belt hook just slides over your belt, with a metal spring closing its jaw so it can’t slip off.

You can jump around with this baby attached and it’ll stay on your belt. Even Batman would be happy with its staying power.

To mate the two, you just slide the strap-side’s tab into the waiting slot on the belt hook. A spring-loaded nubbin clicks into place in the hole in the middle of the tab and secures everything. You can jump around with this baby attached and it’ll stay on your belt. Even Batman would be happy with its staying power.

You could even go outside with this on. I did, and nobody shouted “nerd!” at me.

To release, you press a button on the top of the belt hook, which releases the nubbin and therefore the whole docked gadget. After a couple of goes, you’ll be doing it automatically.

Another nice touch is that the “velcro” is a double-sided strip, with the hooks on one side and the loops on the other. This means that you can stick one end over the other in any order. That is, you never have to check to see if opposite faces are correctly aligned because they always are.

The Bad

I’ve been walking around with this timer clock on my belt for a few days now and the Spider Monkey just keeps it there at my side, ready to be stopped, started or reset (I haven’t been outside because I don’t want anyone to think I’m a suicide bomber). In short, it works perfectly.

Once you’ve attached a device, there’s no going back. I’ve tried and pried at the tab and it remains resolute: it’s not coming off.

There are a couple of niggles, though. One is obvious form these photos: once you have attached a device, there’s no going back. I have tried and pried at the tab and it remains resolute: it’s not coming off. If this was my actual purchased device and not a review unit, I’d be pretty pissed off. Unless I’d stuck it to the right thing first time, in which case I’d be elated about the security of the thing.

Which brings us on to the second “problem.” The Spider Monkey won’t work with just anything. The best target appliances are mostly rectangular in shape, and with a flat surface for the sticker to stick to. That said, if something is too irregular you probably won’t want to hang it from your belt anyway.

The Verdict

Spider Holster makes clear on its product page that the Spider Monkey isn’t for use with cameras, but if your camera is a small one, then I| don’t see why not. This clock of mine weighs in at just 330 grams (including the now permanently-affixed strap), and it barely tickles me or the support mechanism. You could easily get up to a kilo before I’d even begin to worry.

For the price, they’re pretty much unbeatable.

Presuming you’ve read this review (and you have, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this…) and you are armed with the knowledge of the tenacious adhesive on the tab, then you’re good to go – buy a basic kit ($17) and add a three-pack of extra tabs ($10) and you’ll be happy. The only accessories I carry these days are copious spare batteries and a lens cap, all of which fit in my pockets. But if I was still a regular strobist I’d be all over these belt mounts: For the price, they’re pretty much unbeatable.

Product Name: : Spider Monkey

The Good: Handy, lightweight, strong, small enough to be unobtrusive. Cheap.

The Bad: Non-removable straps limit utility.

The Verdict Great at what it does. Just be careful where you stick it.

Buy from:

Spider Holster

Rating: ;☆☆☆☆☆ ;

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Hospital Uses iPads to Connect Mothers With Newborn Babies [iOS Blog]

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has debuted (via TUAW) a new iPad program that allows mothers who are not able to visit with their newborn babies in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to connect with them via a video chat on multiple iPads, dubbed BabyTime.

The program is available to mothers who undergo cesarean sections or other complications during pregnancy and will receive an iPad while the partner iPad will be set up next to the baby’s incubator in the NICU. Mothers will be able to virtually visit their babies on a secured Internet connection twice a day.

„BabyTime will help bridge communication with the family and the baby’s medical team and is an excellent use of technology to help new mothers bond with their babies, even when they cannot be physically at their babies’ bedside,“ said Charles F. Simmons Jr., MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics and Ruth and Harry Roman Chair in Neonatology. “When doctors and nurses are treating a newborn in the NICU, mom can be right there asking questions and getting updates, even if she’s on a different floor.”

Simmons estimated that 20 to 30 percent of mothers who undergo c-sections do not feel well enough to travel to meet their babies in the NICU. The goal of the program is to reduce any stress or fear that mothers may have about their new babies, while allowing the mothers to communicate with doctors and nurses.

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