Friday, April 16, 2010

TruePower USB Outlet... For when you need things charged without all the hassle

When any of my gadgets need to be charged, I usually do it overnight so they will be ready in the morning when I need them again. However, my things like my iPod require my computer to be on, or I need to fish out a wall charger and my USB cable. Plus there are a ton of other things that need to be charged with USB cables and ports, such as handheld cameras and camcorders, as well as phones. FastMac has designed the TruePower USB Outlet to help solve all your tech charging woes.

This may be one of the coolest ideas I have seen in a while. Not only does this wall socket come with two standard power outlets, but it also comes with two USB outlets as well so you can plug your USB cable directly into the socket to charge your gadgets. Another cool thing about this socket is that it only draws power when something is physically connected to the port so that power isn’t wasted.

In addition to all those fantastic perks, this port, once it becomes UL approved, will cost a measly $20 and will be super easy to install all by yourself! This really is a great deal and idea for any home with lots of tech stuff that requires USB charging.

Sony’s bloggie MP4 Camera

If you have been checking around the market for a great HD camera, check out Sony’s bloggie. The handheld camcorder, as mentioned above, takes high definition video, compresses the file sizes for easy upload to your Mac or PC, uploads in MP4 format so you can put your videos on you iPod and easily upload to sites such as YouTube, and one of the coolest features about this camera is it’s nifty 270 degree swivel lens that allows you to film people in front of you or turn it so you can film yourself without actually moving the camera.

I have a couple more features to quickly mention… On top of taking video, if you happen to forget your camera and want to take a photo of something, the bloggie has still photo capabilities. Unfortunately, the still photos are only 5 mega pixels, but regardless, it is another really handy feature to have. The last feature I’m going to mention deals with the upload stuff I mentioned before, the bloggie has a built in USB key so you can plug in and start uploading right away without having to find your camera cables and such. This camera has SD card capabilities to store more videos and photos, but comes with a 4GB internal memory as well. For an HD camera, the starting price is really affordable at $169 and it comes in four different colours.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Porn Detection Stick… when you suspect your significant other is lying about their computer content

You may recall earlier in the week when I reviewed a little something called a Chat Stick created by a company called Paraben. Well, that is not the only item they have created. Paraben also has a nifty little item called the Porn Detection Stick.

If you read anything about Paraben’s Chat Stick, you will likely already know a little bit about the product, but if not, I’ll enlighten you a bit. Basically the Porn Detection Stick is an USB drive. All you have to do to work it is plug it into any computers USB port and the software installed on the stick will search the computer for any of the naughty naughty.

Here’s a fun fact for all you mommies out there… according to Paraben’s web site, the average age that a child is exposed to some sort of online pornography is 11 years old. Yikes. Without even knowing it, your kid may have accessed all kinds of innocence destroying images. And for spouses everywhere, not only does the stick search for porn that is currently on the computer, but it can recover deleted files and images so you can see what the past computer users were browsing, as far as porn goes. If porn is a little too raunchy for you, there is also a great little feature that allows you to blur out anything that you may not want to see, so you can get a gist of what is on there without seeing the full monty (ha!). As a last thing to mention in this review, another great thing is that the stick works solely from the stick, once you remove it from the USB port, it leaves no program behind for anyone to discover, so your porn snooping can be your little secret… all for the low price of $99. Having a one-up on your spouse or significant other is priceless though, isn’t it?

Fujifilm FinePix z700 is Furtastic! Err… Fantastic!

You know those days when your pet is being so photogenic and the camera just doesn’t seem to want to take a good picture? Thanks to Fujifilm, you will hopefully no longer have that problem. Not only does this camera (launched in March) recognize your people friends’ faces, it recognizes the faces of your furry friends too! That’s right, this camera has pet facial recognition software.

In addition to the furry facial recognition shenanigans, this is actually a pretty sweet camera with 12 MegaPixels and a LCD touchscreen to make it really easy to edit, delete and check out your photos and videos. The camera comes in four different shades of awesome so that not only will your dog match your handbag, so will your camera!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cleankeys… Bringing out the clean freak in YOU!

We spend countless hours on our computers working, chatting, surfing and whatever else people do on their computers. Not only that, but we eat around them, drink around them and when we’re off sick from work, we usually make time to check out the internet at least once a day. Needless to say, our keyboards are dirty and full of germs. Can’t even-don’t wanna-cause thinking about it too much would make you never want to use your computer again dirty. Gross. Cleankeys is the solution!

This nifty little handy dandy keyboard is a dream come true for hypochondriacs and clean freaks alike. It is, in fact, the worlds easiest to clean keyboard, or so they say. It’s cleanable with no fear of any water damage… because it’s waterproof! Ta da! Some other amazing benefits of this keyboard (so you can tell your friends about these instead of the whole clean freak thing) include a built in track pad so you can get rid of that crazy dirty mouse that you use all day, the keyboard is also wireless, so you can take it wherever you need to go… bring it to work with you, use it at home, wherever you need it! The only real downside to this keyboard is, because it’s a flat surface, it reduces the speed of your typing by approximately 30%.

Regardless, it’s a pretty good idea for anyone who wants a nice all around clean environment. Light, simple and clean concept design (no pun intended… well ok… maybe just a little bit intended) that will run you $399 for a molded plastic keyboard surface or $449 US for a glass keyboard surface, but can you really put a price on cleanliness? I’m talking to you, hypochondriacs and germophobes..

44 Inch Chest

Well I’ve just finished watching my Blu-ray of 44 Inch Chest. I wasn’t entirely sure of what to expect given what I had heard about the film and the pretty brilliant cast involved with it. Even after finishing the movie, I’m not entirely sure of what to make of it, so here’s what I DO know.

The movie stars Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson who play a group of friends who become involved in a kidnapping over the infidelity of one of the men’s wife.

Basically I found the film a bit dry. The fine actors that carry this movie do a fine job with what they have been given, but for me, I found that that really wasn’t much to go on. The story jumps back and forth between reality and some really effed up, strange dreams that the involved husband has. Sometimes they’re funny; sometimes you’re just wondering what the hell is going on. The film carries on while the group of friends decides to do with the kidnapped man.

On a slightly, but not really technical level of the actual Blu-ray, the film itself seemed to be in pretty decent shape as far as HD goes, but as for any special features, the film didn’t stand out too much for me to take the time to check them out (sorry for those who are interested). The features listed are an Audio Commentary from the director (Malcolm Venville), as well as an interview with him, a behind the scenes featurette and a trailer. Meh. If reading my review hasn’t turned you off the film (and I hope it hasn’t… one should always see a movie for themselves no matter what a reviewer says), it’s available on DVD and Blu-ray April 20th.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lord of the Rings on Blu-Ray – Holy Moly Batman!

Anyone who collects blu-ray knows that Lord of the Rings is one of the titles that would be considered the Holy Grail of blu-ray. So when this was announced for blu-ray, you can imagine how excited people got, including me. So here is the breakdown for you:

Pros: IT’S THE FRAKKING LORD OF THE RINGS… on BLU-RAY! It looks pretty amazing, comes in a 9 disc box set, loads of special features… oh, and just in case you missed it… IT’S LORD OF THE FREAKING RINGS… on BLU-RAY! Seriously now.

Cons: Ya, so… I really hate to make this paragraph longer than the pros, but here we go. Of the 9 discs that are included in the Blu-ray box set, only 3 of those discs are actually blu-ray, the other 6 discs are regular DVDs that have the special features on them. Now when the Lord of the Rings came out, we knew that Peter Jackson would release an extended edition of the movies, but no one knew how AWESOME they would be, so everyone bought the regular edition of the movies. However, we now know better and we want the full package, which unfortunately, this is not. I guess that they thought people would just want to buy the first edition of it, whichever edition it was. Again… to clarify: this box set of Lord of the Rings is the regular theatrical release, NOT the extended edition. Boo.

Other than that, you really can’t go wrong with the Lord of the Rings. If you’re looking for something to test your new player, or whether you just already know that you want it, even though it isn’t the super awesome version of the movies… again, you just can’t go wrong… it’s Lord of the effing Rings! Oh, and as a sidenote to this, they have also released the original animated Lord of the Rings again on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray, so if you’re a fan, check it out!