Pissed that their uber-expensive tech toys shut down in intense heat and sun, three iPad users are suing Apple for everything from false advertising to breaching consumer protection laws. The three plaintiffs — Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning — have filed their complaint in Oakland, CA, and their lawyer hopes to turn it into a class action suit on behalf of all affected iPad users. With mounting reports of iPads shutting themselves down in high temperatures, we wonder if anything will come of this. Surely that’s an obnoxious defect, but the device’s instruction manual does warn that it won’t function properly above 95 degrees, so maybe Apple has managed to adequately cover its ass on this one. iPad users, have you been having any heat-related issues? [The Telegraph] Keep reading »
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Hubby Stefan Magdalinski knew that his wife, Kay, wanted an iPad for her birthday. But like a wily scamp, Stefan did not want to make it easy on her. Instead of using the obvious Apple box, he wrapped her iPad in plastic and had his friends who run a London chocolate shop dip it in frozen chocolate carbonite! The result? A gift that for Kay looks like a giant chocolate bar, but is actually a dream toy for an “Apple nut.” Dude totally should have gotten a blowie after that one. See one more photo, after the jump … [Unplggd] Keep reading »
Today in randomness on Etsy.com: check out this human thumb-shaped USB drive. The gadget is made from flesh-tinted urethane and based on a rubber cast of the creator’s own thumb. Um, ew? Anyone else think a human thumb coming out of your laptop is a bit too Salvador Dali-ish for real life? [Etsy.com] Keep reading »
Designer Norma Kamali made a rather interesting contribution to “CatWalk Becomes TechWalk,” a new public display of fashion and art unveiled last week in New York. While others clothed their mannequins in all things sparkly and astronaut-esque, Kamali revealed a mannequin adorned only in branding and bar codes. Download the app at getscanlife.com, scan the barcodes on Kamali’s mannequins, and learn all you like about the designer and her collection. Kind of cool, no? [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Usually when fashion and technology are integrated, you think, Hmm, that’s an interesting idea (a biking jacket outfitted with blinking turn signals on the back, anyone?), or you just laugh out loud (does weather-activated fashion really have a purpose?). Here’s something that actually seems legitimately wearable: the HoodieBuddie is a sweatshirt that replaces the hood’s ties with earbuds, so your headphones are always conveniently located. Somehow, the makers even managed to make the garment washable, too. Meaning your headphones would stay a little cleaner, we guess?
For some of us, shoes are always on the brain. Now, they can be on the brain, feet and desk, playing your jams. These $55 Japanese stiletto speakers connect to your computer via USB and, surprisingly, are totally something we might wear if they were, you know, real shoes. And if you know anyone with a shoe fetish, congratulations, you’ve got Christmas covered. [Gadget Review] Keep reading »
You turn on The Weather Channel for tornado warnings. You turn on the local radio for flood warnings. But what about those, um, natural disasters a little closer to home? Meet a new iPhone app — purportedly just for men — called Code Red: A Survival Guide To Her Monthly Cycle. Yes, boys, you can pay $1.99 to be alerted on your smart phone the exact days of the month your lady’s egg drops down her fallopian tubes. Keep reading »
Should have seen this one coming. Seriously, what is it about the image of bacon that makes people put it everywhere—bras, iPod cases, masking tape, wallets. Is it because it’s retro? Or just oh-so delicious? Bacon is funny … but why? Truth be told, we’re rather into it, and could definitely jump into the frying pan with this bacon iPad sleeve. [Unplggd] Keep reading »
Not to sound like a whiny brat, but the Gilt app for the iPhone kind of disappoints. They meant well, but the small screen means it’s hard to pass judgment on tiny frocks under all that limited time offer pressure. Blessedly, a handful of iPad apps have swooped in to solve challenging First World issues like these with their awesomeness in the arena of style. (Of course, you need an iPad to start with, but I digress … ) Check out our favorites, after the jump. Keep reading »
Mild and sunny, you say, Mr. Weatherman? Huh, that’s funny. Have you looked out the window? Because it happens to be raining.
Weather reports can be as reliable as that promised “check-in” call from your boyfriend. So, who do you trust when it comes to dressing weather-appropriate? What if your clothes were your trusty weather report source? That’s the concept behind Valérie Lamontagne’s three-piece gown collection. (Side note: because clearly, we here at the Frisky wear ball gowns to work every day.) Each garment monitors climate changes and then manifests the weather data through fashionable features. The blue Sky Dress, for example, inflates with an increase in clouds and vibrates when sensing precipitation. The gold-toned Sun Dress is woven with over 100 LED lights that illuminate when the sun is out or flash to alert high UV rays. The Moon Dress comes with color-changing flowers that indicate the movement of the moon.
But what happens when you find your Moon Dress vibrating and you’re without an umbrella? Or your Sun Dress goes dark but you have no sweater? Fairy Godmother to the rescue? Check out some close-ups after the jump. [Fashioning Technology] Keep reading »