Bank Quest Piggy Bank

June 23, 2008

Strange how we’ve gone from a nation who hoards cash and places value on honest and hard work into what we are today – people knee-deep in debt, relying on rolling credit cards to keep our high flying lifestyle going. Perhaps if we had the Bank Quest Piggy Bank to help us out in our youth, we’d have a much more positive view when it comes to saving cash for a rainy day. This nifty little device features an LCD display that allows you to play in a RPG, and other than dungeon crawling, you can also purchase newer and better equipment – with one condition: you must put money inside first. The Bank Quest Piggy Bank can hold up to approximately 500 clams at best when it hits retail stores this August. No idea on the pricing details though.

[Akihabaranews]

USB Necktie Cooler

June 23, 2008

I seriously wonder who decided that ties were the in-thing of the male fashion world – after all, isn’t this piece of cloth extremely hazardous to one’s health? Imagine getting strangled by it accidentally due to some freak circumstances like an underground train’s doors closing on the tip of your tie and moving on without the driver realizing it. Good thing this USB Necktie Cooler from Thanko is office bound, as you hook it up to a nearby USB port, powering the built-in fan located at the tie’s knot. Should you decide to wear this geeky silk tie outside of the office, there is always a battery pack holding four AAA batteries to help you stay cool. This Japan-only release will retail for $28 and $34 (for the necktie alone and necktie with battery pack, respectively).

[Product Page] via [Crunchgear]

Apple iTunes…over 5 billion served

June 20, 2008

Steve Jobs must be smiling all the way to the bank as he can’t seem to do any wrong – phenomenal sales of the iPod, killer iPhone figures, and now the latest statistics that will further swell his bank account – the iTunes marketplace has just broken the magical 5 billion sales figure. And to think that iTunes started just 5 years ago. I believe it is the solid marketing arm of Apple that really kickstarted everything into where they are today, in addition to a great MP3 player (back then – the iPod is now a portable media player for the uninitiated). Of course, album cover art like the one you see on the right might help, but that is far from the main factor. Here’s to another 5 billion (and more), Apple. Now make iTunes available in each country already!

[CRN]

Princess Leia, I thee wed…in space

June 20, 2008

I wonder whether Rocketplane Kistler Japan would’ve been a major player when it comes to space weddings during the era of Luke Skywalker, but that’s best left to the figment of the imagination. The company is very real, and it being a space transportation provider decided to expand its list of services by hooking up with wedding planner First Advantage to host weddings aboard the Rocketplane XP suborbital spaceplane. Such an exotic location won’t come cheap though, as it costs $2.2 million for a complete wedding ceremony aboard a 1-hour space flight. Of course, for that amount of cash you’re rewarded with a complimentary photo and video album, a truly original dress (Princess Leia’s slave suit would be nice), a wedding certificate and miscellanous ceremonial items. It will take 4 days of rehearsal for the entire thingamajic, which is way too stressful as the couple would probably want to get it done and over with soonest possible. Space wedding services are tipped for a 2011 launch, but applications can be received from early July onwards.

[Pink Tentacle]

Geiger counter case mod

June 20, 2008

Case mods are aplenty, but how many of those actually stand out from the rest? It takes a whole lot of creativity and passion to come up with something unconventional and unexpected, and I would say that the Geiger counter case mod fulfills both criteria. While the specifications inside aren’t anything to shout about (300MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 4GB flash drive), it will definitely draw the attention of most folk who look at it. It would be cool if it actually worked – Bruce Banner would go nuts by the ticking it produces, he’d turn green before Windows 98 boots up…

[Technabob]

Light up defiantly in storms

June 20, 2008

Walking chimneys, take note! If you’re one who absolutely must have a cancer stick no matter the situation, then I would highly recommend the Delta Stormproof Lighter. Forget about Zippos – those’re old school, these babies are able to ignite a flame despite being in the presence of 70-80 mph winds (what are you doing out there in the first place is another question), capable of hitting 2000°F on the thermometer while remaining water tight when closed. It is encased with a tough elastomer armor for outstanding impact resistance, so you can hurl it a thief who’s running away to knock him out without having it suffer any damage. $49.95 is all it needs to expedite your path to the grave, but you can also bring this on camping trips if my nicotine-laden brain serves me right. One thing though – if you’re so adamant on lighting up in such fierce winds, chances are a wayward flying branch or projectile will do you in before those cigarettes do.

[Product Page]

Gallons per mile better way to save

June 20, 2008

Are you walking around with just an arm and a leg left, no thanks to the sky high fuel prices? Well, instead of giving up your first born the next time you’re at the gas station, why not introduce a paradigm shift to your thinking? U.S. researchers claim that thinking in gallons-per-mile (and I thought the military were the only ones doing that) will do you a lot more good that searching for the next fuel efficient ride. According to Richard Larrick, a management professor at Duke University, “There is a math illusion here. Most people think improvements in miles per gallon are all the same, where a 5 gallon per mile improvement would yield the same gas savings in a car that gets 10 miles per gallon or 20 miles per gallon. The reality that few people appreciate is that improving fuel efficiency from 10 to 20 miles per gallon is actually a more significant savings than improving from 25 to 50 miles per gallon for the same distance of driving.” Did you get all of that down? I’m still trying to figure it out, and my brains are oozing outta my ears.

[Reuters]

AT&T giving steep discounts for the 3G iPhone

June 20, 2008

Just how much dough is AT&T losing, anyways? A recent analyst note from Oppenheimer has bandied the $325 figure which AT&T has given as a discount in order to hit the July 11th figures of $199 and $299 for the 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. I suppose the steep discounts by AT&T’s side show that they are going to place their faith in the 3G iPhone to take off like never before, attracting new subscribers while increasing ARPU in order to offset the initial paper loss. In addition, the analyst did mention that AT&T will be forking out another $100 for each iPhone sold in Apple stores – no idea why though. Perhaps the top brass at AT&T are desperate to cling on to this exclusive contract, or they just have plenty of love for the Jobster himself?

[MacRumors]

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June 20, 2008

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