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Flickr: Search - Obama Street Sign

2009 Jan 20, 2:04"Early this morning in San Francisco, Bush Street was changed to Obama Street along its entire length, from Presidio to Battery."PermalinkCommentsvia:boingboing flickr obama cultural-disobediance streetart street sign photo

Bluelounge - The Sanctuary

2008 Jun 9, 4:44"The Sanctuary is a beautiful, simple solution to a real everyday problem. A place to put the multitude of personal items we all carry around so they are easily located again when later needed and, always fully charged"PermalinkCommentsgift gadget design cable battery phone mp3player charger shopping product

LED Throwies

2008 Apr 24, 12:32Throwies = LED + battery + magnet. Throw onto metal surface. Looks like fun.PermalinkCommentsart graffiti electronics geek howto streetart diy throwies cultural-disobediance

ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset Review

2008 Mar 23, 1:25

I ordered a ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset to use at home. When I come home I plug my phone in to charge in my room, but then I can't hear it ring elsewhere in the hosue. The idea was to take this handset which wirelessly connects to cellphones via bluetooth and place it in another part of the house so that I can tell I'm getting an incoming call. The only issue I have with that setup is that it ringing isn't any louder than conversations held over the phone, that is, the ringing is a little quiet.

The handset pairs with cellphones in the same manner as any other handset over bluetooth. It has an internal rechargeable battery which is charged via a standard USB port built into the base of the handset and it comes with a USB cable. Next to the USB port is the only button on the phone which is pressed to answer a call, hang up a call, or begin voice dial, held down to turn the handset on and off, and held down longer to begin pairing with a cellphone. There's a blue LED in one of the holes in the microphone portion of the phone which blinks to indicate if its on or trying to pair. Transitioning between on, off, and pairing produces a cute sound and a change to the LED.

Overal I'm pleased with its simplicity and use of common parts although I wish there was a way to adjust the volume of the ring.

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New Scientist Technology Blog: Phones that plan their meals

2008 Jan 25, 1:54Research paper suggests location aware cellphones ask their owners to charge them when the phones see they're at home.PermalinkCommentsarticle newscientist research cellphone battery power microsoft
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