Friday, January 21, 2011
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Unconfirmed: NYT Website Paywall Will Cost $US20 A Month

The New York Times announced on Wednesday that they were putting in place a paywall from this month – meaning “a visitor to will be allowed to view a certain number of articles free each month; to read more, the reader must pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the print newspaper, even those who subscribe only to the Sunday paper, will receive full access to the site without any additional charge.”

An Attractive Case Mod You Can Actually Buy

Case mods provide some giggles, sure, but how many of them that we’ve seen previously would you have actually bought? If I were in the market for one, this Hammerhead HMR98902 would be top of my list.

Never Fumble For The Light Switch Again With These Painted Walls

However dubious you are about the science backing up On/Off’s paint, you can’t argue against its sheer innovation. Suitable for all surfaces, it lets you control the lighting with just a touch and can even be covered over with wallpaper.

Star Wars Blu-rays On Sale September 27, Says Amazon

According to the pre-order page on Amazon, the hugely anticipated Star Wars Blu-rays are being released on September 27, with the nine-disc boxset coating $US90. Only want the prequels? That’ll cost just $US45, sir. [Amazon via /Film]

Strip A Record Player Down To The Bare Essentials

We don’t need your 1200s any more, Technics – some twisted metal and plastic is all we want for a bare-bones record player. Inventor RD Silva identified the must-have components and threw away the rest, resulting in a minimalist design.

No, You Can't Drink From This Cork iPad Case

Believe me, I’d try if I thought it’d work. What I do love about the Kork case, made from recycled cork, is the clean packaging. All the relevant outputs and ports are catered for too, and it costs $US67. [Kork]

An Album Written For The Most Annoying Of The iPods, The Shuffle

Like John Brownlee at Cult of Mac, the Shuffle just doesn’t fit with how I like to listen to music. Give me Tusk – in its entirety! So then, Matthew Irvine Brown’s album written just for the Shuffle intrigues.

Woman Speaks First Words In 10 Years After Voice-Box Transplant

Brenda Jensen is speaking again, after 10 years using an electronic voicebox, thanks to an ambitious larynx transplant. And before you ask – it’s her own voice, and not that of the larynx donor, even though that would be cool.

Snowman Survives Journey To The Desert - In Cardboard Box

This cute little snowman survived a 8552km journey from Japan to the desert of Bahrain without any refrigeration. The only things keeping him alive in his cardboard box were some new vacuum insulation panels designed by Panasonic.

Want 3DTV On A Big Screen Without Glasses? You're Going To Need (At Least) 2K Content...

One of the most striking things about pounding the show floor at CES this year was that the future of 3DTV in the home is inevitably going to be without glasses. Prototypes from LG, Toshiba and Sony all showed that glasses-less 3D is a possibility, and in some cases, it can even look pretty good. But you’re going to need to boost the resolution.

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