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Monthly Archives: July 2008

You probably already know that unplugging your electronics is a good way to shave costs. Regardless of having a gadget turned on, just being plugged in sucks power and runs your bill.

This is becoming fairly common knowledge, thus, you’d expect no less than for someone to come up with a better way to do it. Maybe it doesn’t bother you, but just throwing cords on the floor isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing in the world. Depending on just how clumsy your household is, it could also be dangerous, as well.

Minor annoyance, meet simple solution. Paulo Oh designed an outlet that will hold onto unplugged cords for you. The appropriately named Hang On Outlet is equipped with an extra shelf that is notched to secure plugs. Unplug ’em, slip ’em in, save. This is an easy way to be energy-smart while keeping your area neat.

Of course, if you’re looking to save trouble, this won’t get you there. You’ll still have to bend down and physically unplug things when you aren’t using them. Also, I don’t know about you guys, but every outlet I’ve ever had is vertical. This horizontal setup wouldn’t work out too well for me. I mean sure, you could just rotate it (in theory), but then you’re facing cords bent at sharp and awkward angles. It’s just something I’m anal about, as it’s bad for the wiring.

The Hang On Outlet is still a concept at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a release of something along these lines in the near future. [Yanko Design]

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No, seriously. Wine in a can.

Here’s the deal. Some Swedish designers got together (booze involved, debatable) and created a can with the sole purpose of holding wine. I wouldn’t doubt one bit that it was a complicated and expensive process. So they’ve accomplished that, clearly unsatisfied with wine glasses and bottles, and now they wait at wine-can.com. Just sit and wait for hits.

Can for your wine?

Any takers? You can put your wine in it!

We already designed it. Did all that work for you.

Someone?

They are “currently looking for investors”. I know there’s a market for everything but…well, the empty webpage speaks for itself. [Wine-Can via OhGizmo!]

The 19.7MB 2.0 Pwnage tool is availble now. iPhone Dev promises a more official announcement later on, but for now we have the tool a little early. Merry Christmas to us.

It jailbreaks and unlocks iPhones + iPod Touches, but it can only jailbreak 3G. Bugs are still being worked out for a 3G unlock, but we can expect it in the future.

There are a couple of things to be aware of. First of all, the Pwnage tool doesn’t show Windows users any love. It wouldn’t be the first time, and it certainly won’t be the last. As far as a Windows release, I dont’ know if/when there will be one.

Secondly, yes, you can brick your iPhone if you don’t know what you’re doing. The risk is there as always and I’ve already personally seen my share of commenters today preaching the details of their woe and desperately asking for help. Be warned.

Other than that, enjoy the release. [iPhone Dev Blog]

For whatever the reason, AT&T’s site breifly announced that iPhone users would now be able to utilize free Wi-Fi.

“AT&T knows Wi-Fi is hot, and free Wi-Fi even hotter, which is why we are proud to offer iPhone customers free access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi hot-spot network with more than 17,000 hot spots, including Starbucks. Now users can relax and access music, e-mail, and Web browsing services with their favorite blend in hand from the comfort of their favorite location.”

Of course, shortly after several bloggers had time to announce the news, AT&T took down the notice. The really amusing part is, this is actually the second time this has happened. And not only the second time, but the second time in the last six months. Bravo.

“We have not made any announcement regarding free Wi-Fi and iPhone,” said Wes Warnock, AT&T spokesperson. “The Web page was posted in error and is being removed.”

Right. Yes, we gathered that it was an error. Still, when asked why this false information had been published twice, he had no comment. I can’t beat them up too much, but at the same time, you just have to imagine AT&T sitting there going, “Man, can you BELIEVE they fell for that old trick TWICE?”

Sore-nosed users are no doubt starting to get the idea that there is not, in fact, any stain on their shirts; and by “stain” I mean “free Wi-Fi”, by “shirts” I mean “mobile devices”. Time to stop looking down. [CNET]