- Lower Risk Cigarettes – Would you Smoke again?
- ESCORT Live – Turns your Smartphone into a Radar Detector
- Smartphone Controlled Foam Fighters
- Point and Click Dictionary
- Dell XPS laptop family expanded, offers new options
- Carbon Audio Zooka slide-on speaker bar for your Apple devices
Posted: 27 Jun 2012 01:28 PM PDT
I guess I will remember for the rest of my life the day Susan and I snuck into the cellar and tried our first cigarettes, some stolen Lucky Strike non filters from her grandfather. I remember how cool I felt taking my first puff and how green I turned even before I managed to exhale. Susan became a smoker. I never tried it again, of course now I wouldn’t bother, why try to like something that could kill you… but what if it wouldn’t?
Phillip Morris, the biggest and definitely the most well known tobacco company, is poised to sell a brand new type of cigarette, that they suggest will pose a much lower health risk than traditional cigarettes, all by the year 2017. If smoking posed less of a threat, would you still try to quit?
Phillip Morris is currently developing three brand new products that would be sold under one of their already existing brand names such as Marlboro, and it seems like the best of their 3 new concepts may be a seemingly simple one, heat the tobacco rather than burn it, or generate some kind of aerosol that could still be inhaled.
These cigarettes are meant to provide the same feeling including the nicotine jolt that users currently get from their traditional pack of smokes, but without the direct path to lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema that currently comes from lighting up.
The heated-tobacco device should pass clinical testing soon and then production of these lower-risk cigarettes would probably start in around 3 to 4 years. This isn’t big tobaccos first foray into safer cigs… but 2 previous versions of so-called healthier smokes crashed and burned, if these new cigarettes really were safer, would you be tempted?
Posted: 27 Jun 2012 12:39 PM PDT
Slowly but surely our Smartphones are taking the place of our other gadgets, cameras, GPS devices, video cams, book readers, video games, these devices seem to be loosing out in the war with the Smartphone, it’s obvious that the quality the Smartphone can dole out has yet to make these other items obsolete, but isn’t it just a matter of time?
Next in line to be replaced may be the radar detector… check out Escort Live, where with the touch of a button you can download ESCORT Live for free and then turn your Smartphone (either IOS or Android) into a radar detector by joining ESCORT Nation.
Just by downloading the new ESCORT Live 2.0 ticket protection app, you will get access to a portion of the ultimate live alert network. This app let’s you know where ticketing threats might be. With ESCORT Live on your smartphone, you can track speed traps and cameras before you are in their range, giving you time to slow your butt down, you will also be able to receive automatic reminders for previously marked threats.
For full access to Escort Live’s premium features, like their patented GPS full feature set including: vehicle speed; posted speed limit data; over speed limit alerts; compass and directional headings and detailed threat information including time sensitive, ‘heat-mapped’ color coded warning icons for fast, safe and more accurate responses or full access to real-time radar and laser alerts received by other detector users in the area, you should be prepared to spend $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, but let’s face it, that’s a whole lot less than the cost of a ticket! Find more info at escortradar.com
[ ESCORT Live – Turns your Smartphone into a Radar Detector copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Posted: 27 Jun 2012 06:30 AM PDT
So you have more or less tried just about any and every kind of game on your smartphone device, and are looking for a new experience? Enter the $9.99 Smartphone Controlled Foam Fighters, where it turns the virtual world into the real one, at least with some creativity and imagination on your part. Basically, this purchase will let you fly a fighter plane from the World War II era, and you are able to embark on missions such as intense dog fights, bombing runs, formation flying, as well as escorting different units of soldiers. You can opt to be part of the Axis or Allied groups, and with another 8 of your friends over a local Wi-Fi connection, there is plenty of fun and mayhem to be had.
Each plane will unlock different campaigns, and you can pick up points along the way to install upgrades to your planes – with what else but different weapons, of course! The app can be downloaded from the Android and Apple App Stores.
Posted: 27 Jun 2012 06:00 AM PDT
Do you see hyperlinks around you? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you will most probably wish that the $279.95 Point and Click Dictionary is part of your arsenal when you read a tome or are fully engrossed in a new book. Basically, the Point and Click Dictionary is a pocket-friendly scanner which is capable of looking up and displaying word definitions on the go – sort of like a hyperlink to words in the physical realm. This does away with the need for you to thumb through large books or type entries, as the device can slide over reading material in a snap. There is also an integrated flip-up camera which will be able to scan any word with a single button press, and the definitions will be shown instantly.
Not only that, this little scanner that could will also deliver audible word pronunciations thanks to its built-in speaker, and the 2.4″ color LCD display at 320 x 240 resolution ought to be good enough to display definitions clearly. There are more than half a million definitions in the Point and Click Dictionary which are sourced from the Collins English Dictionary, and it also delivers translations to and from French, Italian, Spanish, and German courtesy of the award-winning Collins foreign language dictionaries. Other functions include MP3 playback, voice recording capability and a picture viewer.
Posted: 27 Jun 2012 05:30 AM PDT
Dell has certainly done its part to be worth checking out as a major force when it comes to computer hardware, and their notebooks have been pretty spiffy all this while. Having said that, Dell has worked to expand the XPS laptop family by introducing two models – the Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook and Dell XPS 15. We shall definitely take a closer look at both machines, and first of all, there is the Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook which is said to offer outstanding performance that comes in an extremely mobile package.
The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook will come in a couple of configurations – although both of them will come in a highly-durable machined aluminum chassis alongside an innovative silicone base, with the entire design measuring just 20.7mm thin. Not only that, it comes with a brilliantly bright 14″ 400 nit HD+ edge-to-edge display, a backlit keyboard that comes in handy when you want to work in the dark or in low light conditions, and optional performance graphics, with up to 11 hours of battery life that Dell claims is the longest battery life of any Ultrabook in the market right now, for its class, of course.
Apart from that, you can opt for a traditional 500GB hard drive to work in tandem with a solid state drive in the form of a 32GB mSATA card. There is also the Intel Rapid Start and Smart Response technologies, where the former lets you achieve super fast boot-up and hibernate response times, while the latter is able to recognize and cache the most frequently used files and applications in a flash, letting you experience far more uptime and being more productive than ever before instead of playing the waiting game.
As for the Dell XPS 15, this is a thin powerhouse device that is said to deliver performance, graphics and screen resolution for creativity and entertainment’s sake. Sporting a stunning, vivid, edge-to-edge display which is said to be up to 75% brighter compared to standard panels, the Dell XPS 15 also comes with powerful NVIDIA graphics as a standard, a backlit keyboard like the XPS 14 Ultrabook, an optional integrated slot load Blu-ray disc drive, and up to 1TB of hard drive space alongside a 32GB or 128GB mSATA card option.
The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook will start from $1,099 upwards, while the Dell XPS 15 has a higher starting price of $1,299 and above.
[ Dell XPS laptop family expanded, offers new options copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Posted: 27 Jun 2012 05:00 AM PDT
We all know that Apple churns out some really spiffy looking devices, and have done so for a fair number of years already, without any hint of them stopping anytime soon. Well, if you happen to own at least one of the following – the iPad, iPod touch, iPhone or MacBook, then you might want to check out the Carbon Audio Zooka slide-on speaker bar which was specially designed as an accessory for the mentioned devices.
Of course, for anything to work in tandem with Apple’s devices, they will certainly need to look their best – or at least, flow along with the general design principles over at Cupertino. Good to know that the Carbon Audio Zooka slide-on speaker bar conforms to such lofty standards, and we shall take a closer look at just what it is capable of delivering for your ears to enjoy right after the jump.
First and foremost, we are looking at what Carbon Audio claims as “extraordinary sound quality”, where the Zooka is tipped to deliver a concert hall experience which is capable of significantly enhance the kind of music you hear, movies you watch, and games you play – amongst others, of course. Not only that, you can live in complete wireless freedom with the Zooka thanks to the ability to “project” sound via wireless Bluetooth, leaving you with the choice of placing the speaker a good 30 feet away from the primary device.
There is also an integrated microphone thrown into the mix, allowing the Zooka to work in tandem with the iPad, transforming it into a high quality speakerphone that will make your Skype and Facetime experiences a whole lot more pleasant. Of course, having said that, it will also play nice with other communication software to boot. Sporting a unique patented design, the Zooka can slide onto the edge of an iPad or MacBook without getting into the way of the camera.
To make sure the Zooka lives up to its purpose, there is also a removable kickstand that lets your iPad stand up, making it ideal for watching videos on the go without leaving your hands tired. The Carbon Audio Zooka slide-on speaker bar can be yours for $99.95 each, where it will come in nine colors including black, blue, dark grey, green, orange, pink, purple, red and teal as it rolls out sometime this August.
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