Believe it or not there are some people who are not fans of Apple computers but here is an Apple computer that everyone is going to like. Someone has taken an Apple computer base unit, gutted it and then turned into the coolest looking mailbox around, maybe Apple will take this idea further.
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We have all seem them in action, those annoying work in progress bars that never seem to move when you are watching them, but as soon as you turn away, the whole thing simply disappears! Well, it seems that the joke is going to the be on the progress bar from now on, thanks to the Swedish graphic artist Viktor Hertz and his version of progress bars with a difference.
He has come up with some interesting designs that turn the whole idea a progress bar on its head. He has come up with some cool designs that includes a range of every day actions. These ideas bring smoking a cigarette, eating a chocolate bar, waiting for the punch line of a joke and so on. So now, when that progress bar pops up on your screen, it may bring a smile to your face.
If you always wanted to make a great looking GIF, but didn’t know how to or was turned by the cost of the software, then this has to be for you. It is the GIF Maker, a free and easy to use online animation site, check it out and have a go at making GIF’s for yourself. The free to use GIF Maker is easy, simply upload an image, any image will do for now as you are only practising for the moment.
Now it is time to add some animation magic to your image. Pick the size of your canvas, animation speed and you can even add a tune too. This is a really cool idea that offers just about anyone who likes to be creative produce a great looking GIF to share or use and the really great thing is that it is free to use, you do not get many things that are both cool and free these days, do you?
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It must be cool being able to create a piece of art and have people from all walks of life admire your skills. Well with the help of art start up Juicy Canvas, you can. It sounds complex, but in fact, husband and wife team Artur Maklyarevsky and Deb Brugiati have put their experiences of travel and the NYC art scene to good use with Juicy Canvas.
Here is how Juicy Canvas works; first, you make a selection from the carefully selected collections of artwork and designs from around the world. Now you must choose how you want to display this new artwork, choose from a stretched canvas, classic T shirt or a stylish case for your iPhone or Samsung Smartphone.
Let the fun begin, you can remix the design by changing the colours, rotate the image, re-size it and then position it how you want. However, why stop there, why not show it off, share on your social networking sites or even embed on web pages; you can even earn cash and status should your friends think that your designs are worth buying!
You can give Juicy Canvas go, simply hit the pink “Try it out!” button near the bottom of the page to see just cool this can be, you never know you might like it and then there will be no stopping you.
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Update: The Juicy Canvas crowdfunding campaign is now live! Check it out here; Indiegogo
The desktop speaker has been around for such a long time that the design appears to have remained the same for all time. But that is not so, the speaker has evolved but maybe not as much as we would have liked or expected. However, in the case of the Timbre speaker the design has been given a much needed boost.
Using nice pieces of solid alder, as well as stainless steel to produce one of the coolest looking speakers around. Not only that inside has been given a bit of makeover too, so you are getting looks, style and really great sound too, what more could anyone want from a desktop speaker set.
Here are some of the main features; the audio input is from the standard 3.5 mm audio jack, with a power rating of 2 channels with 20W in each, the frequency response is from 85 to 20 000Hz and finally as for the size each speaker measures up at 5 inches (W) x 8 inches (H) x 1.6 inches (D).
This interesting speaker idea can be pre-ordered from just $175 or £109, this sort of quality does not come cheap! However, the Timbre is not too expensive either, becuase when it reaches the stores it is going to cost around $225 or £140.
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It makes no difference how old your email account is or come to think of it how it is used, it is a fact that somehow SPAM will find its way into your inbox and if you are busy it can take up an incredible amount of time just de-spamming your emails.
However, here is an idea that claims to have the measure of your mailbox no matter how active it is. Taper is the security guard on the door of your mailbox letting in only those relevant emails, which will clearly save time and hassle for the account holder.
To find out what Taper does, it is easier to find out what it doesn’t do; such as being a spam filter, using categorized inboxes, auto unsubscribe tool, view later options and that old to do list. Taper is none of them; it simply manages your mail for you.
So, how does it work? The Taper simply let’s just five emails through at a time, yes five and that is because five emails are easier manage than 55 or 105, the more emails you have to handle the higher the chance that you have deleted something important without knowing it.
If you think that managing five emails at a time is an interesting idea, and then you may want to consider pre-ordering Taper at the cheap price of just $20 or £13, it’s the web based option that good for the cloud based email solutions.
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There are plenty of small pocket sized computers around these days, but it looks like the Cubox-i from SolidRun is one to watch. This cube like computer comes in five varieties all offering a different levels of sophistication for the user to play with. However, having said that, the Cubox-i is not a toy, far from it, as the Cubox-i is a real contender as a portable computer that can run open source apps, provide the family with an entertainment system and for the computer fan there is a lot of new and exciting apps just waiting to be developed and tested. What sort of Cubox-i user would you be?
So, what can the Cubox-i be used for? It uses the Android operating system, so it can become an Android TV set top box. There are plenty of open source applications around, so using either Android, Linux or any other open source application. As an entertainment hub, the Cubox-i is ideal for this purpose, with high definition video playback it can stream and play entertainment services. Finally, the Cubox-i can be your portable computer it is small enough to carry around and powerful enough to run applications for presentations etc.
The pre-order cost of the Cubox-i starts from just $45 or £28 for the CuBox-i1 version and rises up to $120 or £75 for the Cubox-i4 Pro model.
Here is a cool way of getting the kids not only to get reading, but they do get right involved with the actual events of the story by making key decisions as they progress through it. The entire story is printed out onto a long paper scroll and when finished with there are other stories ready to download, so that another journey can begin. It is a great idea, because right from the start the kids are engaged as the device needs to be built using the components provided. The design team say it should take around ten minutes to build, but who knows! The fun starts right from the start.
Want to know why the Choosatron is so cool? Check these features out;
The Choosatron facilitates “interactive reading”, which helps to keeps kids (and adults) engaged.
Discover a new way to read. The quick-play stories in the Choosatron invite social reading.
Its portability makes the Choosatron a perfect ice-breaker for social gatherings, caffeinated coffee shops, or alcohol-fuelled bar trips!
For the young (at heart): Have you ever read a story twice and had it change? It’s crazy fun!
Get to a gruesome ending? Use the finger-in-page “Continue” feature to jump back through your choices.
It’s tactile; don’t you miss technology with physicality? Like a Polaroid camera with its satisfying click and whir before spitting out a frozen moment of your life! Keep snapshots of your adventures to share as the Choosatron prints each story told on an inkless thermal printer.
This cool looking device is not available in the stores yet, but can be pre-ordered at around $139 (£91).