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Archive for March 2013

SociaLink Makes Social Network Connections a Snap

SociaLink Makes Social Network Connections a Snap
If you’ve ever met someone at a party or meeting and wanted to exchange social networking information, you know it can be kind of a pain. Sure, you can hand them a business card – even one with a QR code on it – but that exchange of info still isn’t instantaneous, and requires the other party to follow up later.

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Expansion Pack Launches

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Expansion Pack Launches
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that an expansion pack for StarCraft II is now available. The expansion pack is called StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. The expansion pack follows the arrival of Kerrigan and her brood as she aims to destroy Arcturus Mengsk.
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NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory Observes Two Eclipses in Only Seven Hours

NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory Observes Two Eclipses in Only Seven Hours
On Earth, being able to view a solar eclipse is a very rare occurrence. In space, it’s not so rare to witness this event. Recently, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a glimpse of two incredible eclipses in only a seven hour period.

Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So Daughter Can Play as the Damsel and Save Mario

Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So Daughter Can Play as the Damsel and Save Mario
What would you do if you introduced your daughter to Donkey Kong and she was disappointed that she couldn’t be the female and save Mario? Would you just say, oh well, that’s the way it is?

Runbo X3 Rugged Phone Wants to be the Rambo of Smartphones

Runbo X3 Rugged Phone Wants to be the Rambo of Smartphones
If you’re the type of person who’s constantly  dropping their phone on the ground, or just like to participate in lots of outdoor activities, you might want to check out this new rugged Android phone, that’s designed to take a licking and keep on talking.

The Dark Knight Melts: 6-Foot-Tall Snow Batman

The Dark Knight Melts: 6-Foot-Tall Snow Batman
Illinois State University must be like a prison. Why do I say that? Because Illinois State University junior Anthony LaGiglia carved this impressive batman snow sculpture with only a plastic knife from the dining area. I imagine that he secreted away the knife and fashioned into a shiv in his cell.

DroidBeam LED Projector Has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Built In

DroidBeam LED Projector Has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Built In
Before flat screen TVs became so affordable, I used to be a big front-screen projection user. While most of us are more than satisfied with our LCD and Plasma displays these days, you still can’t do any better than a front projector if you want a screen bigger than about 80 inches – unless you’re the ruler of a small nation.

Ben Heck Builds PS3 Wii U Xbox 360 Combo System

Ben Heck Builds PS3 Wii U Xbox 360 Combo System
I’ve been waiting a very long time for somebody to build a single game system which could play all of today’s console games. Well that day is today – courtesy of master modder Ben Heck. For his latest project, Ben has created a single mutant machine that combines a PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues: Lord British Hits Kickstarter

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues: Lord British Hits Kickstarter
Gamers familiar with the Ultima video game series have likely heard of its award-winning designer and creator, Richard “Lord British” Garriott. Garriott has launched his latest project, a new fantasy role-playing game called Shroud of the Avatar, and is seeking to fund development via Kickstarter.

Gigabot Large Format 3D Printer: 3DD

Gigabot Large Format 3D Printer: 3DD
3D printing has really taken off these last couple of years. We’re seeing not just affordable 3D printers but ones in all shapes and sizes as well. Last month we featured the 3Doodler, a pen-shaped 3D printer.

Ford Raptor Pickup Totally out of Place, Yet Right at Home on the Nürburgring

Ford Raptor Pickup Totally out of Place, Yet Right at Home on the Nürburgring
I’ve spent time driving the Ford Raptor pickup from a couple different model years and came away impressed by the truck. The Raptor has an impressively powerful engine and the sort of lifted stance you expect to see in a desert racing truck.

Google Concept Shoes Can Talk, Still Can’t Tie Their Own Laces

Google Concept Shoes Can Talk, Still Can’t Tie Their Own Laces
Google presented the Glass’ funny younger brother at the 2013 SXSW multimedia festival. While the Glass was made to act like your butler, the aptly named Talking Shoe is meant to serve as your hype man.

Hyperkin RetroN 4 to Play Original NES, SNES, Genesis, and GBA Carts via HDMI

Hyperkin RetroN 4 to Play Original NES, SNES, Genesis, and GBA Carts via HDMI
Fans of classic gaming systems will be happy to hear that HyperKin is working on their latest retro console, and this one has a couple of new tricks up its nonexistent sleeves.

Doctor Who TARDIS Cake Pops: Tasty and Really Delicious InSide

Doctor Who TARDIS Cake Pops: Tasty and Really Delicious InSide
If you’ve been reading Technabob for any period of time, you know that I have a love for Doctor Who. I also have a terrible sweet tooth. So I’m a real sucker for things which cross those two streams.

LG Ultrawide Monitor: The Creative Professional’s Dream Display

LG Ultrawide Monitor: The Creative Professional’s Dream Display
I recently had a chance to test drive the LG 29″ Ultrawide IPS Monitor (Model 29EA93-P) for an extended period of time, and I thought I’d share my experiences with you in case you’re in the market for a new display. 

Philips Hue LED Lamps Get API and Software Developer Kit

Philips Hue LED Lamps Get API and Software Developer Kit
I’m a big fan of Philips Hue LED bulbs. In fact, I’ve got two rooms of my house outfitted with the bulbs, and continue to add more. There’s something just so cool about walking into my home theater, pulling out my iPhone, and changing the colors in the room to set the mood for a movie or video game session.
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