March 2014

The Uneven Glass Could Make Drinking Social Again!

Smartphones can be evil when you’re drinking; you might look at your phone instead of talking with friends. or you could be tempted to call or text people who aren’t drinking to tell them the brilliant ideas that came to you after a few rounds. If you’re in the right bar in Brazil, the solution is simple: the Uneven Glass.

V-MODA XS Headphones Let You “Mind the Gap”

V-MODA’s headphones have won us over in a big way. We reviewed and loved the V-MODA Remix-In-Ear, the V-MODA M-80 and the amazing V-MODA Crossfade M-100 over-the-ear headphones. Now the company has released their latest creation. The V-MODA XS offer a sleek, ergonomic and promise great V-MODA sound. They look, and we expect sound, fantastic.

Grain Audio IEHP Wooden In Ear Headphones

The other day we took a high-level look at Grain Audio’s history and products. I came away from my interview in possession of two of their initial products. One of those products, the Grain Audio IEHP Wooden In Ear Headphones were out of the box in minutes. I’ve been using the $99 headphones since then.  

Stream Manchester Orchestra’s New Album COPE Now!

Manchester Orchestra‘s album COPE will be out on April 1st, and their tour starts March 27; We’ve already got tickets for the Austin show (April 22nd), and now all that’s left is to enjoy their new album. While it’s not out for download yet, it is available for streaming via YouTube.

Own a Hand-Crafted Wooden Pen Made from a WWII Ship

I enjoy studying WWII as a history teacher and love hand crafted pens as a pen turner. A cool Kickstarter program is offering a chance to own a hand crafted pen made from the deck of the USS North Carolina. For as little as $45 you can own a piece of the historic ship. Check out Kickstarter to learn more.

Cupcake ATM Comes to NYC, Because Who Doesn’t Need Cupcakes at 4am?

What’s the worst part of wanting a cupcake at 2am? It’s a tough call; your options are usually limited to something in a plastic wrapper from Quick Check, plus you need to actually talk to another human being and admit you’re buying cupcakes in the middle of the night … unless you’re in NYC, where a 24-hour cupcake ATM is opening!

Facebook and Google+ Now Expand Most Link Images

This may be old news for some of you who were upgraded to the new Facebook interface. Mine just went live a few days ago, and there is a fresh appearance when I share a link.  If there’s an image, Facebook expands it and creates an appealing “card-like” post. Google+ does this too – just not as consistently.

From Kickstarter to Market- A Conversation with Grain Audio

It is increasingly difficult to stand out in the world of portable audio. So many companies offer small Bluetooth speakers and a variety of headphones; to say the market is crowded is an understatement. Grain Audio accomplishes something very few upstart companies are able to do – they stand out, and they make impressive products.

Zumba Fitness World Party Review for Nintendo Wii U

Zumba Fitness World Party continues the popular dance/fitness game series from Majesco. This excitable experience involves an included fitness belt (neon green and black) and uses a Wii remote (required to play). Zumba Fitness World Party has amazing gameplay and exercise opportunities. Move to over 40 new songs amid seven worldwide locations that anchor over 40 classes and 14 outstanding instructors.

HTC One (M8) Unveiled – Available Now

HTC today unveiled the HTC One (M8) – an upgrade ( 5.0 inch screen vs prior 4.7 inch screen) front facing 5 mp camera –  to their premium line of Android smartphones. Touting the continued use of metal housing and breakthrough antenna technology HTC introduces a phone with 90% metal (up from 70% in the prior version).  

Use an 11″ MacBook air? Check out the booq Viper hardcase 11

If you have an 11″ MacBook air or Chromebook, you likely take it with you more often than not. That means you need a way to keep it safe and protected. The MBA is, after all, a pricey laptop.The booq Viper hardcase case 11 is a refined but inexpensive way to protect your air; it is just $45!

Watch the Tokyoflash Kisai Console Acetate LED Watch Light Up

Tokyoflash is back with another limited edition watches; the Kisai Console Acetate combines a brushed stainless steel case, a white acetate strap, a recessed black mineral crystal lens, and bright sub-surface LEDs. Its sci-fi control panel layout adds to the unusual look and feel of the $99 watch; it is available with either blue or green LEDs.  

Explaining the Placement of the Wheels on the Elio

Ever wonder why the Elio cars Judie and I both pre-ordered this past January have two wheels in the front and one wheel in the back and not the other way around? This video from Top Gear shows why using the Reliant Robin as proof. Yes, it seems the Elio approach is stable. The Reliant Robin’s? Not so much.

Skydive: Proximity Flight Flies to Xbox Live

Skydive: Proximity Flight offers a unique skydiving sport/simulator experience using classic controllers or Kinect where players get an expanded movement range compare to real life. TopWare Interactive AG and Gaijin Entertainment used real skydiving pros in the game creation and offer freestyle, trick, route flight and adrenaline race modes plus leaderboard functions and multiplayer for $6.99 (Xbox Live exclusive).

Have You Had Error Code 80c805e2 Email Sync Issues on Windows Phone?

If the error code 80C805E2 means nothing to you, you probably don’t use a Windows Phone. I’ve seen it crop up twice, with two different email addresses, and the fixes have been different for both. For my GMail, I had to delete and re-add the whole account; for Outlook, I had to wait for a text message backup to complete.

Put 2TB in Your Pocket with the Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive

The other day we took a look at a massive 4TB Seagate portable hard drive. That’s a tremendous amount of mobile storage capacity, and it’s possibly overkill for many. Today we’re taking a look at a far thinner drive, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive. It’s slimmer, but it still offers plenty of storage – 2TB to be exact.