Archive for March, 2009

Skype For iPhone Now Available in the US, Has VoIP over 3G With 3.0 Firmware

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 by nuKnuK

Apple’s just about finished rolling out Skype for iPhone, and now US residents can go download the VoIP app for themselves.

Our quick test showed that voice quality is quite good—definitely on par or better than actual 3G calling over AT&T’s network—and connects rather quickly. It’s unfortunate that 2.2.1 doesn’t have background notifications, so there’s no way somebody could Skype you unless you had the app open all the time.

In an iPhone to iPhone Wi-Fi call test, Phone A heard Phone B perfectly clear, but the person on Phone A sounded like a robot with enunciation problems from Phone B’s side. iPhone to Laptop worked perfectly fine, however.

via IPhone Apps: Skype For iPhone Now Available in the US, Has VoIP over 3G With 3.0 Firmware.

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Vending Machine Uses Infrared Rays To Make Fresh Pizza on the Spot

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 by nuKnuK

This machine makes pizza from fresh ingredients—mixing the dough, adding sauce and toppings, and cooking it using all kinds of weird thingamajigs and infrared rays. In just three minutes, as you can see in the video.

The pizza machine has all the Italian chefs up in arms—and I can’t blame them. After all, can it make a Bacon Cheese Pizza Burger? It can’t.

Created by Claudio Torghele with some technology developed at the University of Bologna, it does it all. Mixes the flour and water into dough, makes the base, adds the tomato sauce, and finally puts the toppings on top. The whole process takes three minutes, thanks to the use of infrared rays. You can imagine the results. According to Torghele:

via Hmmmpizza: Vending Machine Uses Infrared Rays To Make Fresh Pizza on the Spot.

Elevate Your Stay | Hotelicopter

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2009 by nuKnuK

Experience the adrenaline rush of taking off and flying high in the largest helicopter ever produced.

The Hotelicopter features 18 luxuriously-appointed rooms for adrenaline junkies seeking a truly unique and memorable travel experience.

Each soundproofed room is equipped with a queen-sized bed, fine linens, a mini-bar, coffee machine, wireless internet access, and all the luxurious appointments you’d expect from a flying five star hotel. Room service is available one hour after liftoff and prior to landing.

The Hotelicopter’s excellent crew and staff make your security and safety their number one priority. Our vehicle meets or exceeds all safety, operating, and maintenance requirements outlined by the FAA in the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) relating to transport category rotorcraft.

via Elevate Your Stay | Hotelicopter.

Wondering How Peeps Are Born?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2009 by nuKnuK

Peeps taste like the foam rubber inside a Temperpedic mattress, but enough people devour the marshmallow birdies that they’re reborn every Easter. The Tribune shows us the industrial womb they’re born in via photogallery.

via Easter: How Peeps Are Born.

New Prius Vs. Fusion Hybrid Vs. Honda Insight: Which Hybrid Should You Buy?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

A battle even more hotly contested in the car world than the Muscle Car Wars: the introduction of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2010 Prius and Honda Insight gives us the Hybrid Car Wars! Who survives?

With yesterday’s 2010 Toyota Prius Review, we’ve now driven all three major competitors in the Greener-Than-Thou segment. Let’s take a look at how the new Prius stacks up against the bigger, mid-size 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan (which normally would play against Toyota’s larger Camry Hybrid, but since the Fusion’s already kicked it’s tail in fuel economy, we thought we’d move it up from the JV Hybrid Car Wars to the Varsity level), the 2010 Honda Insight and, sort of like a control subject, a 1990 Geo Metro XFi. We’ll take a look at how each plays against each other when it comes to fuel economy, size and space, performance, driving dynamics and price. So finally, we can answer the question: Which new hybrid car should you buy?

via New Prius Vs. Fusion Hybrid Vs. Honda Insight: Which Hybrid Should You Buy?.

Pico Projectors Go High Def

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2009 by nuKnuK

That didn’t take long. While we’re still waiting for many announced pico projectors to even be released, Forever Plus has revealed the world’s smallest 720p projector.

This diminutive 0.49 x 0.59 x 0.19-inch box projects footage from HDMI at 1,280 x 768 resolution for 30,000 hours thanks to LED lighting. There’s no word on price or availability.

via Projectors: Pico Projectors Go High Def.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i First Hands On: 50D’s Sensor, 1080p Vids, $899 (!!)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2009 by nuKnuK

OMG, where’s my extra money when I need them?

The rumors were true. Canon has crammed the $1500 50D’s sensor and 5D-Mark-II-like 1080p video capture into an $899 en

try-level Rebel. We ran it through its paces for a few hours, and it’s awesome.

So what we have here is almost the exact sensor from the 50D—a 15.1 megapixel CMOS with sensitivities up to ISO 12,800 at its top-end H2 boost setting. And almost the exact same HD capture from the 5D Mark II—the only change is that 1080p video is captured at 20fps, down from the 5D Mark II’s 30fps. You can step down to 720p video at 30fps, though, for the same buttery smoothness we’ve seen on the 5D Mark II. Other aspects of the video capture mode have actually been improved over the 5D Mark II, which we’ll get to in a second.

via Canon EOS Rebel T1i First Hands On: 50D’s Sensor, 1080p Vids, $899 (!!).