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By admin on September 25th, 2006

Fancy a swanky new phone, but don’t want to brave the slick-haired wideboys in your local mobile retailer? Help will soon be at hand courtesy of Motorola, which has unveiled a self-service vending machine selling mobiles, Bluetooth headsets, car chargers and other accessories.

So far, two of the ‘INSTANTMOTO’ machines have been installed, in San Francisco International Airport and Macy’s State Street store in Chicago. Motorola says they’ll be installed in 20 locations around the US by November, focusing on airports and shopping centres.

Presumably they take credit cards, rather than the small change you’d usually cobble together to buy a Mars Bar or Coke. Be warned, Brits, I’m not sure what reaction you’d get if you stroll onto a UK-bound flight clutching a mobile phone in your duty-free bag, given the current restrictions.

(via Slashphone)



By ShinyMedia on September 25th, 2006

Apple fanboys, look away now – unless you like amusing keynote bloopers, in which case look right this way.



By ShinyMedia on September 22nd, 2006

Toyota develops jumping robot leg (pictured). Apocalyptic Terminator scenario now nearer than ever. [Robot Gossip]
Woman knits life-sized English garden. True story. [Craft]
Top ten must-have gadgets for students. [Cnet UK]
Sony cuts Japanese cost of PS3 by 20%. No discount for us Europeans though. Bah. [BBC]
US geeks would like to know, just how random is the iPod Shuffle? [Wall Street Journal]


Cocaine, the cool new energy drink

By ShinyMedia on September 22nd, 2006

Cocaine! It’s the energy drink advertising executives, journalists and c-list celebrities have been waiting for. Cocaine is being billed as a ‘legal
alternative’ to the class A drug, using a massive hit of caffeine
instead of cocaine. The drink’s inventor, Jamie Kirby, said: ‘It’s an
energy drink, and it’s a fun name. As soon as people look at the can,
they smile.’

Kirby will be smiling too when Cocaine becomes insanely popular, as I’m sure it will. How can it fail, with such a cult, controversial name attached? Kids will think it’s the coolest thing in the world to go into a shop and buy a can of Cocaine.

Cocaine reportedly contains 280 milligrammes of caffeine and is ’350 percent stronger than
Red Bull’ Yowza!
According to the company’s website, the only way to get more caffeine
per ounce is with an espresso.

Cocaine is expected to launch in San Diego this week. Kirby says he
is already getting inquiries about selling the product in England.


Marmite: love it, hate it… art it

By admin on September 22nd, 2006

If you listened to your parents as a child, you’ll know that playing with your food is a sin tantamount to holding the fork in your right hand, going out in the wrong coat, or tying fireworks to the cat’s tail then flinging it out of the window. Or was that just me?

Anyway, Marmite’s policy on feline cruelty remains a secret, but they certainly don’t agree that food is for eating, not for fun. The company’s latest promotional campaign is MarmArt, a site devoted entirely to home-made works of art created with the new squeeze Marmite. They’re even giving away a kit to help you get started.

A cool example of a brand interacting with its public, or a transparent attempt to turn user-generated content into a marketing campaign? You decide. But only after you’ve finished your greens.


Five cool mobile phone games

By admin on September 22nd, 2006

You wouldn’t think The Sims, which on PC relies so heavily on the mouse’n'keyboard combination, would translate to a mobile keypad. But thankfully it does, providing a stripped-down version that’s retained all the character of its big brother. The goal is still the same – meet people, get a job, bling up your bachelor pad and settle down – but it’s been revamped to suit the confines of the mobile screen and controls. BUY IT

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JVC Pulsating Sphere speaker

By admin on September 22nd, 2006

Forget the legion of high-end hi-fi jargon: even us non-audiophiles can get excited about JVC’s new concept speaker. Why? Because it’s called the Pulsating Sphere. It’s not actually a sphere, mind. Instead, it’s got a 12-sided dodecahedral design, projecting sound in every direction. Despite the name, you’re not just restricted to playing The Orb albums and other ambient ‘soundscapes’ on it.

JVC has all manner of tech-speak to explain why the design creates "a natural, near perfect sound field", but I’m wondering whether most men will buy it for that reason, or simply because it’s called a Pulsating Sphere, and looks like an alien speaker from the future? The prototype speaker is being shown off at next month’s CEATEC show in japan, and there’s no confirmed release date or price yet. Here’s hoping if it does make it onto the market, JVC doesn’t lose its nerve and rename it something boring.


Lego Batmobile

By ShinyMedia on September 18th, 2006

Sometimes I wish I was nine years old again, so I could have a legitimate excuse to save up and buy this Lego Batmobile (Lego never did superheroes when I was a kid). Guess I’ll just have to pretend it’s for my nephew’s birthday… BUY IT

If you’re feeling really flash and a Batmobile is just not enough, you can even buy the fricking Batcave, which comes with models of The Penguin and Mr Freeze.


Dualit DAB kitchen radio

By ShinyMedia on September 8th, 2006

The point about a kitchen radio is that you should only have to buy one once or twice in your life. They’re purely utilitarian items – you don’t really care too much about sound quality or looks of a kitchen radio. Their job is to sit there for years on end, next to the toaster, pumping out the Top 40 on Radio One or The Archers on Radio Four.

The Dualit DAB Kitchen Radio is the last ever kitchen radio you’ll have to buy. Just look at it – it could survive a bomb blast. And I love the 1940s/50s styling. So damn functional. It’s not cheap (£199) but as anyone who owns a Dualit toaster knows, the company makes stuff that is built to last. Btw, it’s also available in black or cream, but the chrome version (pictured) looks the best. I want one. BUY IT


Airfix crashes and burns

By ShinyMedia on September 7th, 2006


Terrible news for boys of all ages – Airfix, one of my favourite ever brands, has gone into administration. At the height of its success, during the Sixties, Airfix shifted
350,000 Spitfires, 80,000 Hurricanes and 60,000 Lancasters a year, but
by last year sales were down to a third of that level. A good chunk of my childhood was spent hunched over the kitchen sink, trying (and frequently failing) to apply transfers to the wings of various Airfix planes. Happy days.


New Apple iMacs with Intel chips

By ShinyMedia on September 7th, 2006

Another day, another Apple update. This time the iMac gets a facelift. All iMacs now feature the speedy Intel Core 2 Duo
processor, delivering up to 50 percent faster
performance than the previous iMac.
A gorgeous new 24-inch iMac with widescreen display has been added to the 17- and 20-inch models. Prices start at an eminently affordable £679 for the basic 17-inch model, rising to £1,349 for the 24-incher. BUY IT


Brandish says hi. Hi!

By ShinyMedia on September 6th, 2006

You’re very welcome to Brandish, Shiny Media‘s new site dedicated to The Coolest Stuff in the World – we’ll feature must-have gadgets, fashion that won’t make you look like a metrosexual arsehead, illegally fast cars, fine Cuban cigars, that sort of thing. Only the best stuff gets in – Brandish is like an exclusive
gentlemen’s club, but without the high-backed, red leather chairs, smug
ex-Eton schoolboys and extortionate membership fees.

Brandish joins Shiny’s handsome stable of gadget-based sites: Tech Digest, Shiny Shiny and Tech Reviews.

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