The Genius Ring makes powerpoint presentations a breeze


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So there are plenty of gadgets and gizmos designed to make giving presentations easier, but do any look as cute as this!? And no, it’s not because it’s pink (it actually comes in much better shades, like blue, silver and green too).

The Genius Ring doesn’t just allow you to toggle through presentations either, you can move a cursor around the screen and operate other programs too, all just with the ring. It works with a built-in laser pointer, meaning you can be up to ten metres away from any screen or board and it’ll still work accurately.

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January 7, 2012

Amoeba Modular USB Drive keeps private things private

Amoeba Modular USB Drive keeps private things private

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This is a clever concept from designer Hyunsoo Song, which is basically a USB stick with a number of different modules. The idea is that people use their USB drives to store all kinds of things and sometimes there may be private or sensitive data on there you don’t want anyone else to see. However, in offices many people end up borrowing them and passing them between colleagues, so this way you can keep your private content private on the first module and still give your friend a USB drive to use if they’ve misplaced theirs by snapping off a different section! Genius.

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November 22, 2011

Babies and Kids Take Over Netflix

Babies and Kids Take Over Netflix

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Can’t figure out what to give your friends who just became new parents, or for a toddler’s birthday?

Gift them with a subscription to Netflix for their new “Just for Kids” offering to look like a genius. The special section of their online service has titles appropriate for children. This allows kids – or babysitters – to pick movies without worrying that they’ll screen “Nightmare on Elm Street.”
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October 22, 2011

Google+ sees explosive growth, 50 million-plus users in less than 3 months

Google+ sees explosive growth, 50 million-plus users in less than 3 months

All that talk of Google+ becoming a “ghost town” seems premature. Paul Allen, founder of Ancestry.com and self-titled “Google+ unofficial statistician,” said his model which attempts to estimate the number of Google+ users by counting unusual surnames shows that the social network grew some 30 percent just in the two days following its opening to the public.

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September 27, 2011

Simplehuman Sensor Trash Can

Simplehuman Sensor Trash Can

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In a perfect world, everything would be run by sensors. If you’re Bill Gates, your house is already programmed with sensor technology: when you walk in a room sensors track your presence and lights purr to life, paintings come alive, and a soundtrack starts to play in the background.

But until Gates bequeaths us his house, we’ll make do with the Simplehuman multi-sense trash can. As simple humans can deduce, the can works by sensing your presence and conveniently opening the can.

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November 29, 2010

Lala could make iTunes’ Genius smarter


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Apple’s apparent acquisition of music streaming service Lala is about improving iTunes music discovery and competitively combating Google search as a music discovery tool tied to free music streaming services. I say apparent acquisition because there is no official confirmation from Apple, although I’d be shocked if All Things Digital’s Peter Kafka got it wrong. He has confirmation of a done deal, and Kafka’s reporting record is outstandingly excellent.

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December 7, 2009

Undercover Laptop Sleeve looks too worthless to be stolen

Undercover Laptop Sleeve looks too worthless to be stolen

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The easiest way to discourage thieves from getting at your laptop? Stash it away in a case that looks so worn out that no one can ever guess the little treasure that is hiding within. Reminds me of my grandmother’s advice for undertaking a peaceful trip – to hide jewelery and money within balls of crumpled newspaper and then carelessly (seemingly) toss them into the luggage. Which has worked for me to this day.

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August 4, 2009