Imagine waking up, reaching for the tablet on your nightstand, and turning on your coffee maker from bed. You catch a few more winks before it alerts you that your hot java's ready. If Qualcomm's concept Wi-Fi coffee maker ever goes into production, your mornings may never be quite the same.
BARCELONA, Spain--Cat (yes, the same Cat of industrial forklifts, tractors, and mining equipment) has announced its latest rugged smartphone, the Cat B15.
Rocking Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a grooved rubber back, and hard angles, the Cat B15 is aimed for construction and industrial workers. Made of hardened rubber and aluminum, I really liked the Cat B15's shape and in-hand feel even in my bare hands. It's thick and durable, and raised yellow buttons along the side and top are both tactile and visible.
Dust flaps around the headset jack and charging port help keep it waterproof … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Hasbro let the Internet choose the new Monopoly token and this is what they picked.
- Pebble watch gets growing pains.
- USPS to stop Saturday mail delivery.
- "Walkie Talkies" are shoes you can use as phones.
We'll cut right to the chase: Cat Piano Free, as its name implies, lets you press piano keys on your iPhone that each have a different kitten meow. We're not really sure what the point of the app is, other than to freak out your cat if you have one.
Cat Piano Free starts off with a pop-up ad for other games, but tapping the X in the right-hand corner gets rid of it. Beyond that, it's just a section of piano keys. We have to admit that the cat sounds are pretty realistic; we pressed a … Read more
Ewoks aren't real. This is unfortunate. Sometimes we just have to make do with what we can find laying around the house. For Instructables user carlsonbryant, that happened to be a cat and some scrap leather.
Carlsonbryant lays out the steps for turning your regular domestic feline into a denizen of Endor. The ingredients are basic. You need a piece of leather or leather-like material about a foot square, a leather punch, scissors, and some type of twine or string to hold it all together.
I took on the mission of building my own Ewok cat hat using the instructions. It took about 20 minutes of drawing on a old piece of chamois, cutting out the pattern, punching holes, and tying it all together. The cats hovered around me as I worked, batting at the leather and strings.… Read more
I've always found cats to be remarkably selfish beings.
They lick you when they want something. When they get it, they're off, without so much as a goodbye nuzzle.
Yet I would like to bring you the story of perhaps the most altruistic cat in the world.
This cat was prepared to risk all four limbs and nine lives in order to get someone out of jail. The question now is: who?
For prison guards in Arapiraca, Brazil, were immediately suspicious when they saw the cat sauntering along, minding its own business and crossing the prison gate.
Kitty … Read more
The words "geeky" and "sexy" haven't always seemed like they should go together, but a line of geek pasties from Etsy is looking to change that perception.
Pasties, for those unfamiliar with the term, are patches that cover part of the bosom for modesty or decorative purposes. In my mind, the highlight of MontabahnPasties' offerings is the "Star Trek" pasties. The famous logo/uniform insignia is available in either silver or pink versions with coordinating tassels. Though these look like the insignia from "Star Trek: The Next Generation," they're not likely to trigger your communicator when tapped. … Read more
Whether you love them or hate them, memes -- culturally relevant multimedia often enhanced with a witty caption -- are here to stay.
In an attempt to crown the king of all that is viral, the meme maniacs at the site Know Your Meme analyzed internal page views, search interest on Google Trends, covers, and even parodies to suss out the top memes of 2012. … Read more
Talking Tom Cat for iPad is a variation on the popular Talking Tom Cat app for iPhone. The basic app is available for free from iTunes, there are a number of add-ons and upgrades that cost between $0.99 and $24.99 each. Talking Tom Cat for iPad installs easily on the iPad.
Talking Tom Cat for iPad uses the same model as the other apps in the series. An animated tomcat appears on the screen. You say something and Tom repeats it with changes in voice and expressions. You can interact with the cat, such as patting his belly … Read more
With a few changes and some additional functions, Talking Tom Cat 2, an interactive voice-recognition app, brings more cuteness to your Android device.
The opening screen of Talking Tom Cat 2 has many of the same elements as the original, but now Tom is set up in his own apartment with a new nemesis, Ben. The graphics are just as good in the second version and the onscreen movements are very fluid. The talk function is there again and Tom can repeat anything you say in his distinctive voice. He'll also reflexively react when you poke or swipe certain … Read more