A Claw for Ice

The Empire Strikes Back is definitely my favorite Star Wars movie. Come on. You can’t tell me that you didn’t shiver up and down as the rebels fought the empire on Hoth. The subterranean cold forced the rebels to come up with a number of different innovations for surviving. Massive amounts of high tech clothing to start. How about the ton-ton? A two legged horse that survives the cold.  In the case of the wampa – the big abominable snowman type thing that hung Luke upside down in his cave – he was cut out for the cold. Fortunately the wampa’s strength was no match for a Jedi.

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Verizon announces LG Spectrum 2

Here we are with yet another smartphone that you might be interested in, especially if you are looking to upgrade your current contract that is set to expire. Of course, you will need to rock to Verizon Wireless if you want to pick up the LG Spectrum 2. The LG Spectrum 2 is a Verizon exclusive, so you are unable to pick it up from other mobile carriers in the US, and it is already available Stateside online since yesterday, while arriving at brick-and-mortar Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the weeks ahead for a surprisingly affordable $99.99 price point – after you hand in a $50 mail-in rebate and agree to a new two year contract, of course.

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Samsung Nexus 10 announced

The tablet market has seen a reversal of roles of sorts, if you were to analyze it. For starters, Apple, when Steve Jobs was still alive, said that the 7-inch tablet market does not make sense, and tablets released at that size was pronounced to be DOA – Dead On Arrival. Rather ironic then, to see Apple step into the 7-inch tablet market with their recently announced iPad mini, don’t you think so? Samsung, on the other hand, had always tried to best Apple in the 10-inch tablet segment with their attempts coming in the forms of the Galaxy Tab family, while issuing 7-inch models under the same banner to boot. Their latest attempt, however, carries the Nexus flag of Google, resulting in the Google Nexus 10 which will also be the first device to ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in tow.

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Computer Control at Your Fingertips…Literally

Think of the evolution of the mouse & keyboard. First there was the lack of mouse and the directional keys on a keyboard attached to the PC. Then this crazy little thing with the clicks came along – albeit corded. Keyboards too became corded. Then the mouse and keyboard lost their tail and went wireless. Somewhere in there the track pad came on the scene. What’s next? Your finger. And it looks like early 2013 will make it a reality.

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Nokia Lumia 822 announced for Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless will be playing nice with the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, and the first handset to roll out with Verizon livery would come in the form of the Nokia Lumia 822 – which is a variant of the stock Lumia 820. The change in model number makes it easier for folks to quickly identify with just which mobile carrier the device is on, and Verizon claims that the Nokia Lumia 822 was designed specifically for Verizon’s fast and ubiquitous 4G LTE network – which incidentally, they are also the US’ largest mobile carrier at the moment.

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Comfortably Nap Anywhere!

“I love a good nap. Sometimes it’s the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. ” A classic quote from George Costanza on Seinfeld. Recall the episode where he builds a little nap area under his desk. There was space for his blanket, alarm clock, even a cup.  Face it. Few of us get enough sleep. Napping anywhere sure would help on certain occasions.

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Organize Your Spices

Have you ever been in the midst of cooking, mucked up hands and all, and needed to get to spices? Pull open the drawer and try to find the one you need. Next thing you know you are trying to open that new jar of paprika by stabbing it with a massive chef’s knife only to have butterfingers take over and yep – paprika shower. Dealing with those little spice jars stinks. Having spices readily accessible and easy to measure definitely makes a difference.

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A More Comfortable Backpack

Have you checked out the backpacks kids are carrying to school lately? The amount of stuff that high school kids have to tote around is ridiculous. And – in the case of my Freshman nephew – if the locker is not nearby the classrooms they are stuck schlepping all books with them.  Or how about college students? Maybe your dorm is across campus from where you need books. Backpacks have been proven to be a smart way to tote stuff. But seriously, even a good pack leaves users with big shoulder loads.

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