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Playing Madden Makes You Smarter (About Football)

Playing Madden Makes You Smarter (About Football)
There’s been a lot of fuss over the years about the educational content of games, and more recently, as the definition of “gamer” expands and systems like the Nintendo DS are showing up in schools all over the world.

And One More Thing: Apple Upgrades White Macbook Specs

And One More Thing: Apple Upgrades White Macbook Specs
iSneaky:  The White 13-inch MacBook has been upgraded, but for some unfathomable reason Apple’s not flaunting it. It absolutely definitely surely can’t be because of the newer, more expensive Aluminum MacBooks. The most obvious upgrade is the GPU, which is now an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (256MB), quite a substantial leap from the Intel GMA X3100 (144MB).
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Do a Little Stargazing With Your Nintendo Ds

Do a Little Stargazing With Your Nintendo Ds
Between the inventive homebrew community and all the “practical” software titles available at retail, you can do just about anything with a Nintendo DS these days, and in March, you’ll even be able to use your DS as an interactive star chart.

Microsoft Songsmith: the Windows Vista of Digital Audio?

Microsoft Songsmith: the Windows Vista of Digital Audio?
The idea behind Microsoft Songsmith is simple: people love to sing. We love singing more than we love playing instruments. How do I know this? Here’s how: How many people do you know play the guitar while taking a bath?

Flexicord Cables: the Slinky Evolved

Flexicord Cables: the Slinky Evolved
The main reason why I’m looking forward to a wireless future is because wires and cables are really messy. I can set things up fine, I know how to use color codes and to match shapes and to match the male end with the female end, but the way they sprawl all over the place is really irritating.

Dream With the Petals in Psn’S Flower in February

Dream With the Petals in Psn’S Flower in February
Do flowers dream of petals dancing on the wind? According to ThatGameCompany (makers of flOw,  predecessor), they just might, especially if they’re stuck on the dull, lifeless windowsill of an apartment. And here you thought it was just guilt-inducing to bring a pet into your apartment; now the flora is fighting back, too. flower (lower case “f” preferred) is game-as-art-project (or perhaps vice versa) in which players guide petals through abstract landscapes.

Together 4 Dead: a Zombified Proposal

Together 4 Dead: a Zombified Proposal
There’s nothing more romantic than a midnight escape across the rooftops, just you, your lover, and as much ammo as you can carry, as the ravenous undead hordes slobber below you, rotting arms waving in a symphony of rage and hunger.

Beds on Facebook: Furniture Revolution

Beds on Facebook: Furniture Revolution
It’s pretty normal these days to keep a blog or Twitter account. Some people even set up social networking accounts for their infant children, or even their pets. One intrepid person has pushed the envelope, however, into a realm heretofore unimagined: she’s got a bed with its own not-inconsiderable fanbase on Facebook. The custom hamburger (or, cheeseburger, as it maybe should be) bed resides at Kayla Kromer’s house in Texas, and looks pretty comfy, but should it have a Facebook page of its own?

Philips Cinema 21:9 Ultra Widescreen Perfect for Movie Snobs

Philips Cinema 21:9 Ultra Widescreen Perfect for Movie Snobs
So now that you’ve got your brand new super-deluxe widescreen flat screen television, isn’t it time for an upgrade? If you’re like me, you know the minute you buy anything that runs on electricity, you’re cursed with its immediate obsolescence.

Wi-Far Out: Wi-Fire USB Range Extender

Wi-Far Out: Wi-Fire USB Range Extender
Wireless connectivity is the bees’ knees. In most cases however, you have to give up some of your connection speed for the convenience and neatness of being wireless. Sometimes it’s the router’s fault, but I think you’ll agree with me that the built-in receiver/transmitter in most computers, especially the ones in laptops, could be better.

Turn Your Wii Remote Into a Useful Tool

Turn Your Wii Remote Into a Useful Tool
You could keep an actual toolbox around, with things like screwdrivers and hammers… or you could con your gadgets into performing double duty as home improvement devices. And sure, you may not want to pound nails with your iPhone, but I bet you have no objection to using your Wii remote as a level. Leveltool is a homebrew application that turns that oh-so-versatile motion-sensing Wii controller into a level.

Mickey Mouse Prime: Mickey Goes Transformer

Mickey Mouse Prime: Mickey Goes Transformer
If you ever thought Mickey Mouse would be infinitely cooler if only he could transform into some sort of vehicular transport (and fight the Decepticons), then your dream is about to be realized with this Transformer Mickey. I never knew something could look so innocently badass.

Ruben & Lullaby Opertoon – Strangest iPhone App (So Far)

Ruben & Lullaby Opertoon – Strangest iPhone App (So Far)
Ok, how’s this for a concept? Take two moody lovers on a park bench. Put them inside your iPhone or iPod Touch. Shake them vigorously. Watch the sparks fly. Yep, that’s the idea behind interactive artist Eric Loyer’s new iPhone app, Ruben & Lullaby.

Heartbeat LED Watch Performs Cpr on Itself

Heartbeat LED Watch Performs Cpr on Itself
This funky modern watch out of Japan tells time not with hands or numbers, but with a tiny little electrocardiogram machine that sits on your wrist. OK, the EIN Cyber Heartbeat LED watch doesn’t actually tell you if your heart is still beating, but its LED graphical display is styled to look like a mini heart monitor.

Left 4 Crochet: Zombie Amigurumi

Left 4 Crochet: Zombie Amigurumi
Let’s be frank here: Left 4 Dead’s zombies are kind of gross. There’s the Smoker, who has a truly gargantuan tongue that shoots out, often from some distance, only to wrap you in deadly zombie saliva, and there’s the Boomer, whose projectile vomit summons a flood of other undead, and of course, creepy Witches, massive Tanks, and annoying Hunters.

Toothbrush Sanitizer: the Toothbrush of Toothbrushes

Toothbrush Sanitizer: the Toothbrush of Toothbrushes
“Your toothbrush cleans your teeth. What cleans your toothbrush?” Nice tagline. If your answer to that question is “umm..” then you might want to take a look at the VioLight Zapi toothbrush sanitizer. I think we all have to take a look at the VioLight Zapi toothbrush sanitizer, because really, what cleans your toothbrush?
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