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The PSP Go is officially dead

Posted in PSP Go! by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

We told you yesterday that Sony had stopped making the PSP Go. Well, now it is official. They have pulled the plug. Sony Japan has confirmed that it has ceased production of the PSP Go and that all future sales will be limited to current stock.

We can’t say we are heartbroken. It was a bad idea from the word Go. This move will allow Sony to shift its focus to the NGP, which is expected to ship in at least one country by the end of this year. Focus is good. It leads to good consoles. It is the right move.

Microsoft kills the Kin

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

The Microsoft Kin is now dead just six short weeks after the launch. The Kin range has been officially dropped. Apparently the handsets had staggeringly low sales figures. One rumor claimed that only 500 Kins had been sold.

Pricing was also likely an issue as Verizon positioned it with smartphone-like pricing. Microsoft’s official statement simply said that their Kin team would be integrated into the Windows Mobile 7 team and that they were not going to ship the KIN range in Europe.

Goodbye 3.5″ floppy disk

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Remember floppy disks? I haven’t used one in years myself and unless you use one to boot up your system when trouble hits, chances are you haven’t either. They bring back memories.

Well, now it’s time to say goodbye. Sony is putting the 3.5-inch floppy disk to rest next year. After March of 2011, the company won’t be producing them. Shed a tear for an old friend. Ah, the good old days, when it took 12 disks to install a game.

Apple will replace iPad with new one for $99 if your battery dies

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2010

With all of the hype surrounding the iPad in the past couple of days, here’s something you might have missed. A page on Apple’s Web site dealing with Battery Replacement. According to the FAQs if your iPad dies “due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge,” Apple will replace it for you for a fee. $99 plus shipping, which comes out to $105.95 per unit.

That’s right. For a $99 service fee, they’ll send you a replacement iPad. Of course it won’t have your data, but if you sync it with your computer you already have it all. It’s a surprisingly generous solution from Apple.

Doctor has cloned dead humans

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Doctor has cloned dead humansSee that picture above? That’s Cady. She died at age 10 in a car accident. A mad scientist by the name of Dr. Panayiotis Zavos infused her DNA into a cow’s egg to study human cloning.

Dr Zavos (Isn’t that a creepy mad scientist name?) assures the public that the human/cow hybrid model is for study only, not for world domination or anything. He says that he would never implant anything but human to human tissue, even though Cady’s mother would allow it. But a documentary filmmaker who witnessed his work says that Zavos has implanted 11 other cloned 100% human embryos into four women who are prepared to give birth to the first human clone. The procedure is a criminal offense in Britain and illegal in many other countries.

The Oboe Robot can help with life after death

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

The Oboe Robot can help with life after deathWe humans are not immortal, so it’s important that we live on somehow after our bodies turn to worm food. As usual, the Japanese can help in their usual creepy way.

‘Oboe’ is designed to hang out with the elderly, so that it can absorb knowledge, experiences and, well everything that reminds you of your loved ones before they die. This way as much of their “essence” as possible will live on. You can see how the future might play out with “Oboe”. We continue to live, in a sense, in robot form.

The mousetrap coffee table

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2009

mousetrap coffee tableHere’s one concept that we hope remains in concept-land forever. The Mousetrap Table is a table with a hole in one of it’s legs. The idea is that when a mouse ventures inside, a sensor shuts a door behind him. Then the little guy is forced into the compartment in the center. Once there, the mouse will be consumed by a microbial fuel cell, which generates energy to help trap the next victim in a vicious cycle.

Why you would want a dead mouse on display where you eat is anybody’s guess. And any company you invite over will not stay long, I guarantee it. Anyway, wouldn’t it exude an ungodly death smell into your environment? Vincent Price should be the pitchman for this morbid little furnishing of death.

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Energy Seed concept uses spent batteries

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 11th, 2008

Energy Seed concept uses spent batteriesThrowing away batteries is a serious crime against nature. At least that’s what some hippies told me once in a dream, when I drank too much cough syrup. So what are we expected to do with batteries if we can’t throw them out? That’s always been our conundrum. Well, the Energy Seed concept by Sungwoo Park is the answer.

You collect all the batteries that no longer power all of your gadgets and you deposit them in the base of this lamp. The lamp then glows, because even a “dead” battery will be able to power an ultra-efficient light source. What we need are battery recycling programs where people can drop their batteries, so that they can power certain lights used around any given city. Pretty cool.

Samsung thinks Blu-Ray will be dead in 5 years

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2008

Samsung thinks Blu-Ray will be dead in 5 yearsIt doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, but just after Samsung announced new Blu-Ray players, Andy Griffiths of Samsung UK made this comment: “I think it [Blu-Ray] has 5 years left, I certainly wouldn’t give it 10.”

Griffiths didn’t speculate on what might replace Blu-Ray, but maybe they know something we don’t. Or Samsung might just think that video downloads will be the future. Whatever the case, the comments don’t exactly make you want to rush out and buy a Samsung Blu-Ray player. Or any Blu-Ray player.

Dead iPod becomes a mouse

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2008

Dead iPod becomes a mouse
Dead iPod? Why not give it new life as a mouse by reincarnating it into an iMouse. This iPod had been run over by a car, so the modder took the Gentlemen we can rebuild it route, by doing just that.

It’s a fully-functioning mouse, with the buttons screen was too messed up so he just has paper in place of it. Imagine what else you could do here. Your mouse could pump out tunes or provide an extra screen for your computer if you kept the screen working.

K2 EMF meter makes ghostbusting a breeze

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2008

K2 EMF meter makes ghostbusting a breeze
If ghostbusting is your thing, you’ll want to check out this K2 EMF meter before you get slimed. EMF (electromagnetic field) energy is similar to what is emitted by your gadgets. The device is simple and portable and will have you catching ghosts so easily that you’ll hear them cursing you out when you review your audio recorder for EVP(Electronic voice phenomenon).

The device has 5 LEDs for different levels of EMF. It even knows the difference between EMF emitted by you and your gadgets and by paranormal spookery. EMF from gadgets will light up the LEDs and remain steady. Paranormal activity makes the meter spike since spooks emit a pulsating EMF energy. An otherworldly specter will cause all 5 LEDs to light up and flash. I can attest to this, since I have one and it did the exact same thing when my mother-in-law came over.

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Woman buried with cell nags husband via texting

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2008

Woman buried with cell nags husband Via texting
Sadie Jones died five years ago and was buried with her most her cell phone. Her widower, Frank Jones, claims to be receiving text messages from beyond the grave. Shortly after his wife’s death, Frank claims he missed a call on his mobile, which didn’t even ring.

He claims the call was from his own home number, but there was nobody in the house. But when he entered the house, it smelled like cigarettes and her perfume. Frank also claims that his late wife has been sending them all SMSes from beyond the grave with words that Sadie would say, but no number. Isn’t that just like a wife? She nags you through life, nags you from the grave and just like when she was living, what the hell can you really do about it but try to block it out?

The Accurate watch is never wrong

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2008

The Accurate watch
The company that thought up this watch must like being right all the time. When a watch maker puts a simple statement like “remember you will die” on the hour and minute hands, you really can’t argue or tell them that they are full of crap.

I haven’t really worn a watch for a long time, and this one doesn’t make me want to put it on anytime soon. Though it’s probably great for the Emo and Goth kids on your block. Personally, I don’t think we needed the reminder, but if you are THAT forgetful about your eventual dirt nap, you can pick one of these up for $145. It might read better if it said, ““remember you will die with $145 less…”