Saturday, January 5, 2008

3-D Anatomic Puzzle - Muscle Man

3-D Anatomic Puzzle - Muscle Man.
3D Muscle man imageWe present a new fun way for learning anatomy - the 3d puzzle. Withthis new idea students can learn anatomic relations by assembling ageometric model themselves. To make it as exciting as possible the 3d model is enriched with docking positions which allow the different parts to be connected together to form the complete muscle man!This is a great way to help your children want to learn and it can also be used in schools to make the lessons of biology different and more exciting.Don’t miss out on this fabulous new ideaSize of the 3-D model: 6.25 x 2.5 x 1.5″46 pieces in the puzzle.


Friday, January 4, 2008

Super Mario Bros. Meets Doom

Super Mario meets DoomIn this clip, you'll see "a classic Super Mario Bros. level recreated in 3D, using the Doom engine." Though the skin may not be perfect, it's definitely a conversation piece to say the least.


Spykee the Skype Robot Gets Three Friends With iPod Dock Crotches

Spykee vox imageSpykee, the built-it-yourself Skype robot, just got three different models that you can build him into—one of which is a her.

We've got the first images of the Spykee Cell, Spykee Vox and Spykee Miss, all of which have a video camera, MP3 player, VoIP phone, microphone, louspeaker, motors, and the ability to shove an iPod into its crotch. The best thing about this guy is that you can control him from anywhere in the internet. Well, maybe that'd be the second best thing—the first best is still the fact that he has an iPod where his junk should be. Get yours from Erector.

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Spykee miss robot imageSpykecell Robot pics

Game Vault: Cybernator (SNES)

Cybernator gameCybernator is basically "a run and gun game released in 1992 for the Super Famicom/Super NES -- the indirect sequel to Target Earth as part of the Assault Suits series by NCS Corp."

ScrewAttack takes a look back at this title after the jump.

The game takes place in the future, during a time when Earth's fossil fuels have begun to dwindle. There is a massive war taking place all over the earth for control of these resources, as well as for territorial rights on the moon. The two warring governments, the Axis and Federation, have the ability to go into space and create giant space stations and weapons of mass destruction.

Source- announces voice activated directions for mobile phones logoAsk has released a mobile directions service called Click To Speak. This will allow users to enter an address using your voice instead of typing it out. Simply speak the city and state, then the street address for both your destination and also your starting point.

To use the new Click To Speak just visit from your mobile browser, click the Directions link, then click on the speak the address option. Once there you will just hit “Continue” and you will then begin the voice prompts, after you finish you will receive a text message with the details of your directions. The directions are available in either a list view or turn-by-turn view and can even be switched back and forth between driving and walking routes.

With just a quick test myself it seems pretty good, check out the video below for a quick walk through.


Apple + Jay-z = New Record Lebel - Rumor

Jayz Apple record rumour imageIts a new year and it is time to let the hearsay out.

Rumor has it that Apple will be partnering with Sean Carter (Jay-Z) to start a new record company. Fresh off his mixed success as president of Def Jam, the Jigga-man has been snagged by Apple (according to sources) to head up a label that cuts out the middle man (a.k.a. the major record label).


Thursday, January 3, 2008

Alarm Clock Design is So Stupid it's Brilliant

Alarm clock designThe Emily Clock from designer Greg Wolos will soon go from concept to reality thanks to a simple twist that allows it to be mounted on a wall so that it can be easily read while lying in bed. Sure, you could criticize by saying that it would be easy to duct tape your current alarm clock to the wall and achieve a similar effect or pick up a projection clock if you happen to sleep on your back. But hey, the guy won a contest with this design—and he will make money off it. That makes it brilliant.


Xbox Live outage, day 13: Still up and down

Xbox Live service 13 still downTo all those who've been tipping us like crazy about Xbox Live going back down again: yeah, we heard, and we know you're not happy. If you're having problems (or even if you're not), feel free to let us know in comments. Almost two weeks of outages, yeesh.

To all those sick of hearing about Xbox Live being up and down: feel free to stop reading here, there will be another news story along in a few minutes. But do remember that Xbox Live is possibly the most widely used paid gaming service in the world.


Jalopnik's Legal Guide to Cellphone Yapping While Driving

Jalopnik's cellphone map
Jalopnik's got an extensive guide to the ins and outs of talking while driving. The map above covers the basics.


Got a manuscript? Publishing now a snap

Manuscript SnapGetting a book published isn't the rarefied literary feat it once was.

New printing technologies are making published authors of legions of aspiring writers, a population that once toiled for years on tomes that might not see the light of day.

The vast majority of today's instant authors may sell only a few dozen copies of their books, but on-demand publishing is letting thousands realize the ambitions of generations of would-be writers.

On-demand publisher has churned out 236,000 paperbacks since it opened in 2002, and its volume of new paperbacks has risen each month this year, hitting 14,745 in November. Retail giant got into the game this summer, offering on-demand publishing through its CreateSpace, which was already letting filmmakers and musicians burn DVDs and CDs.

The programs are easy for just about anyone to use: Authors select basic options, including the book's size, binding style and paperback or hardcover. After the manuscript is uploaded, users go to a page where they select a font and design the book's cover. Even after a book has been printed they can fix typos for later printings.

Unlike vanity publishing, in which aspiring authors pay to have their books run on traditional presses, on-demand publishing doesn't have to cost writers a cent.

Publishers produce books only after they're ordered and paid for, which eliminates overruns and the need for warehousing. They charge for printing, or take a cut of sales, and they set up payment systems, online bookstores and Web marketing tools.

Some authors publish on-demand books in hopes of catching the eye of a major publisher. But not all writers who use on-demand publishers aspire to write the great American novel.

The system also allows small businesses to print high-end brochures, screenwriters to shop their scripts around and others to assemble wedding and other special-event books for friends and family.

"I'm just amazed I have the book in my hand," said Catherine Dyer, a 49-year-old Atlanta resident who co-authored a cookbook with her four sisters through "I knew trying to get a traditional publisher would take ages. With this, I knew at the onset I could have a book in my hand."

"You Want Me To Bring a Dish?" — the sisters' 104-page cookbook — sells for $22.76. They've ordered about 100 copies to stock stores around Atlanta and are promoting the book through local signings and radio appearances.

Dyer's already brainstorming ideas for a spinoff.

"Cause I know I can get it published," she said.

The challenge for authors now is getting the word out about their work.

"It's all about the marketing and distribution. We realized early on that that was the bigger challenge," said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO of, an on-demand publisher with 11,000 available self-published titles.

To help authors, Blurb automatically creates widgets that can be dragged and dropped onto other Web sites.

What makes self-publishing viable is the Internet, which gives writers instant access to audiences that share their same interests, no matter how obscure. Authors also use online communities such as blogs, and others to market their works.

"It used to be, if you created a book about an obscure topic, your audience was limited. Now maybe you're part of an online gardening community, and you already have an audience of 5,000 who care deeply about roses," Gittins said.

For most aspiring authors, a book deal with a major publishing house remains the ultimate dream, however.

Big companies like Random House Inc. or HarperCollins Publishers can promote authors on a national scale and get titles in major bookstores. Professional editors also polish copy in the traditional publishing world, a step that can transform a manuscript into a best-seller or perhaps a masterpiece.

"The value and cachet of being with a larger house is still something authors value," said Tina Jordan, vice president of the Association of American Publishers.

Users of's CreateSpace are listed the same way as literary giants online. Keyword searches will pull up self-published books along with those of Grisham, Shakespeare, Hemingway or Rowling.

The writers are willing to live with drawbacks that would drive a purist crazy. Printing quality can vary, with images possibly emerging denser or brighter in some copies. Some in the industry say the quality of on-demand publishing has improved greatly and few would be able to distinguish the difference from those printed on traditional presses. And on-demand books are priced according to their length, making them pricier than books printed en masse.

But Gittins said shoppers are willing to pay a little more for a book tailored to a specific audience.

"It's really an opportunity for people to get their creative content out there to millions of people," said Stacey Hurwitz, spokeswoman for CreateSpace.


Lenovo launches IdeaPad- Laptop and desktop lines

Lenovo Ideapad Y710 NotepadLenovo's Think brand (ThinkPad, ThinkStation) has gotten the company far, but it was clear those boring numbers (3000, 2000) just weren't cutting the mustard. Say hello to Lenovo's new global portable and desktop computing brands: IdeaPad and IdeaStation, respectively. While details on the IdeaStation desktop lineup are still pretty sparse, the laptop lineup has three machines running the gamut of sizes -- the Y710 (17-inch gaming rig), Y510 (15-inch workhorse), and U110 (11-inch ultraportable) -- all featuring VeriFace (facial recognition software), media keys, textured lids, and flush bezels, and available in April. Too bad none have WWAN -- that really would have made our day. Check out the specs:


* 17-inch WXGA (1440 x 900) CCFL VibrantView display
* Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5GHz)
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD2600, 256MB
* Up to 4GB RAM, up to 500GB in drives
* Game Zone keyboard lighting, and auxiliary display with resource usage and performance controls
* Blu-ray reader with dual-layer CD / DVD burner
* 802.11a/b/g/n (but no Bluetooth, apparently)
* HDMI, VGA, S-Vodeo
* (4) USB 2.0, ExpressCard, 1394, media reader
* 1.3 megapixel camera
* Dolby Home Theater sound: four speakers + subwoofer
* 15.6 x 11.2 x 1-1.5-inches, 7.9 pounds
* Starts at $1,200.
Lenovo Ideapad U110 NotepadU110 (the rest of the specs are still pending)

* 11-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) CCFL display
* 0.7-inches thick, 2.3-pounds
Lenovo Ideapad Y510 NotepadY510

* 15.4-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) CCFL VibrantView display
* Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 (1.83GHz)
* Intel GMA X3100 graphics (up to 256MB)
* Up to 4GB RAM, up to 250GB drive
* Dual-layer CD / DVD burner
* 802.11a/b/g/n (but no Bluetooth, apparently)
* VGA, S-Vodeo
* (3) USB 2.0, ExpressCard, 1394, media reader
* 1.3 megapixel camera
* Dolby Home Theater sound: four speakers + subwoofer
* 14.3 x 10.2 x 1.1-1.4-inches, 6.4 pounds
* Starts at $800.


Moaner Lisa Bottle Opener For Beer Drinking

Moaner Lisa openerOh Moaner Lisa, where were you two nights ago when we really needed you? Popping tops off the finest beers with her hind quarters, she gets off on the whole operation, moaning and gasping while releasing your favorite brewski and its foamy suds from its glassy confines. While yelping out her urgent cries to her relentless operator and all within earshot, she'll clamp down on any bottle cap, no matter how bourgeois its underlying contents, opening up its spirits to the outside world with her helpful vaginismus. Add this piece of valuable entertainment to your misogynistic utensil collection for a mere £4.99 (about $10).


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

USB Credit Card: Making it even easier to spend money

As if we needed another way to make spending money even easier, Shinhan Card has unveiled a new USB Credit Card that will work both in-stores and online. The credit card will be a contactless card in store allowing you to just swipe it over the payment system and for online purchases you can just put the card into the USB drive to have it automatically enter the card details. The new USB card will not be available, at least yet, in the US and sadly the USB credit card is just that, there is not any user storage on the device.