The Swap-O-Matic, Vending Machine Exchanges Goods for Goods

Interesting – but in real implementation how can you prove that someone isn’t just putting in any old crap – you’d really need some kind of scanner to test for the validity of what is going in….

The Swap-O-Matic is a vending machine art project based in Brooklyn where users can exchange goods without exchanging money. Lina Fenequito of Good World Media is the main designer and creator behind The Swap-O-Matic, which currently is a one-up retro-styled machine that travels between various New York City stores.

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Tune In – Best Music App By Far

Choose from the Best Variety

TuneIn offers over 50,000 stations and 120,000 shows, all yours, wherever you are.

Remember Your Favorites

With the Favorites feature, you can tell TuneIn to remember the stations and songs you love the most. Plus, when you sign up for a free account, TuneIn will show you these Favorites anywhere you use TuneIn – on your phone, on your computer, in your car and beyond.

Discover New Favorites

Shake your phone or press the “Recommended” button and TuneIn will reveal a new station that you’re bound to love.

Get What You Want, Easily

If you know what you want, simply search for an artist, song, or sports team and TuneIn will show you a list of stations currently playing what you’re looking for. If you are in the mood to discover something new, you can browse through categories like music genre, sports, talk, location, or language.

Play It Again

With TuneIn, you can pause and rewind what you’re listening to. If you missed something, you can quickly skip back to hear it again. TuneIn Radio Pro is a premium mobile version of the service that lets you record any station to your phone or tablet.

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Sony SmartWatch

Damn, and I just bought a really nice watch!

Alongside Sonys pair of new Xperia handsets, the companys taken the chance to offer up some new smart accessories to augment their Android phones. Heres the SmartWatch. The spiritual successor to LiveView, the clippable watch detaches from the flexible watch strap. In fact, weve been told that the device can be transplanted to any watch strap. Its connected to Bluetooth through your phone — acting as a notifier and music play as well as the capability to answer calls and check-up on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The capacitive touchscreen ably picked up our prods, although youll need to tap the side-button to wake the display. Thanks to the lightweight rubbery strap, its not a chore to wear either, with several strap color options readied for launch. Its not attempting to match the resolution of your smartphone, although it plays nice with any Sony phone running Android 2.1 and above. We go wrists-on after the break and you can expect the device to adorn your arm some time this quarter at around $149.

via Sony SmartWatch hands-on video — Engadget.

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CES: Lenovo toys with folding IdeaPad Yoga

This is interesting….from Lenovo no less…

Despite its reputation as a maker of buttoned-down business laptops, Lenovo can always be counted on to produce a couple of intriguing concept pieces at CES every year, such as the IdeaPad Yoga.

This Windows 8 prototype laptop is described as “the industry’s first multimode notebook with a 360-degree flip-and-fold design”. A 13.3-inch touchscreen laptop, the Yoga is a thin, light laptop, but perhaps not quite an ultrabook. It’s 16.9mm thick and weighs 1.4kg.

via CES: Lenovo toys with folding IdeaPad Yoga | Mobile Devices | ZDNet UK.

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rule the internets

A very cool service that lets you develop rules to automate things on the internet for you…

Put the internet to work for you by creating tasks that fit this simple structure:

if this then that

Think of all the things you could do if you were able to define any task as: when something happens (this) then do something else (that).

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Acer unveils worlds thinnest laptop

My next laptop…;)

Acer on Sunday unveiled the worlds thinnest laptop computer as an array of “ultrabook” rivals prepared to debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Blue Bottle Coffee : Three Africans

Highly recommended, if you drink coffee, that is…

This coffee is generally a blend of Ugandan and two different Ethiopian coffees which produce a big, chocolaty aroma, and excels in either the French press or the Moka pot. Unlike some of our fancy shmancy single origins, which tend to be nichey and polarizing, this blend has a very easy-to-like personality, good body, unthreatening complexity, and reasonably clean aftertaste. The Ethiopians – a Yirgacheffe and dry processed Sidamo – leave subtle imprints of dried blueberries and cardamom, and clean up the slightly raisin aftertaste of the PNG, which we are currently using in place of the Uganda. And, though the PNG is from New Guinea, it maintains our flavor profile and we do not discriminate- or want to change the name to Two Africans, or purchase another stamp. A fairly dark roast, this inclusive blend will take milk or cream quite well. Some say damn well.

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The Android-Powered Smart Watch Marries Luxury and Tech

Almost cooler than a Galaxy Nexus…

Smart technology in watch form has captivated the world since the days of Dick Tracy, but since the turn of the decade, we’ve inched closer to having the entire world on our wrists. The best-selling Kickstarter project in history was a vessel to turn a watch-defaulted iPod nano into a wrist-worn super-device. The desire for a smart watch solution was so strong that Apple actually included a fitness watch capability in its most recent generation nano. But, there was no fully functional smart watch on the market that was able to function as well as a smartphone with half the size and double the ergonomics.

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Skyrim Review: An RPG Worth Shouting About

Absorbingly beautiful graphics and incredible game play.  You know when you watch a movie and you get so absorbed in the story and the characters and the visuals that you wish you could never leave that world? This is it.

While Skyrim’s landscape doesn’t have the fantastical elements of the aforementioned places, excitement and a true sense of discovery are tied to the secrets hidden within. I climbed a mountain to find a long-forgotten tomb, crossed a frozen tundra in search of powerful masked adversaries linked to one of this world’s greatest mysteries, and found myself riding my steed with haste toward a village under dragon attack. Much of the content the world offers is worth devoting time to, whether that leads to an enchanted sword or a settlement filled with side quests.

via Skyrim Review: An RPG Worth Shouting About – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Xbox 360 – www.GameInformer.com.

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Minecraft Creator Notch Makes Minicraft in 48 Hours

Notch is awesome. Wish I could build a game in 48 hours!

Last weekend, Minecraft creator and Mojang AB founder Markus Persson aka Notch entered the annual accelerated game development competition Ludum Dare. In the competiton, developers attempt to create a game from scratch in one weekend based on a community suggested theme. This year’s theme was “alone”, and in 48-hours, Persson created a game mash-up of The Legend of Zelda exploration and Minecraft crafting called Minicraft.

via Minecraft Creator Notch Makes Minicraft in 48 Hours | PCWorld.

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