Your old printer has served you well. It’s dutifully churned out term papers, contracts, and last-minute photo gifts. But wouldn’t it be nice to upgrade to a printer that prints chocolate? Seriously though: a team of researchers in the UK have devised a machine that does just that. Apparently the magical chocolate printer works like other 3D printers currently used in manufacturing, creating a 3-dimensional shape by slowly building up very thin layers of material, which in this case just happens to be the most delicious material known to man. At the moment, the chocolate printer is still a prototype, but lead scientist Dr. Liang Hao has big plans: “Chocolate has a lot of social purposes,” she says, “so our intention is to develop a community and share the designs, ideas and experience[s].” Yep, a chocolate-themed social network. The future sounds pretty delicious, huh? [BBC News]
I’ll admit I was skeptical when I heard that the White House was holding a technology challenge for developers to create an app that would help prevent sexual violence. All of the stuff that I believe can change the prevalence of sexual violence — harsher punishments for criminals, a cultural change on what consent means, a modification of the way we use alcohol and drugs — cannot be found in the App Store. But I’m impressed — very impressed — by the contest’s winning app called Circle Of Six. Keep reading »
The jig is up. We’ve been bamboozled. Had. Got the wool pulled over our eyes. There isn’t, in fact, an iPad3, or an iPad Mini, like some had been hoping. Instead, there’s the “New iPad.” Whatever that means.
Obviously, there are some cool things aboutApple’s latest gadget — and we told you about them yesterday, so I won’t go over them again in excessive detail. (Voice dictation [aka Siri]; new retina display; new iSight Camera, to name a few.) But still. I say save your cash. You really needn’t shell out $500 of your hard earned money — or $729 if you want the 4G. And here are five reasons why. Read more…
If you’ve been frustrated by the chronic separation of your keyboard and your pants, then today is your day, my friend. A Dutch design company has finally created a pair of jeans with a keyboard, wireless mouse, and speakers sewn right in. They’re fashion-forward too: dark denim with orange seams stitched to resemble the wiring of a circuit board. Unfortunately this particular pair won’t be available for sale to the public, but I’d say it’s a good indication that it won’t be long until our crotches are writing our status updates for us. [Discovery News]
If you’ve ever lost a cellphone to a toilet bowl, rainstorm, or a really important call in the shower, a new product might be able to help you out: Liquipel is a waterproof protective coating 1000 times thinner than a human hair. Customers get their phones treated as a preventive measure, and then, after that inevitable dip in the toilet, send them in to the Liquipel headquarters, where a special machine activates a plasma process and voila, the phone is dry and good as new. The process costs $59, which isn’t exactly cheap. Nevertheless, it’s catching on: the company says they’re currently processing 1,000 soggy phones every hour. [Reuters]
You want to pick out a great gadget gift for that special guy in your life, but you have no idea where to start? Well, we’ll let you in on a little tech expert secret here — start by matching the device to his personality. We’ve spent countless hours doing extensive research on this subject (“extensive research” = playing with each and every gadget you see below, with the exception of the JetLev) and talking with many a man here at Tecca and beyond, to create the perfect list for that special dude in your life. We’ve even given you a price range in each type, so whether you’re on a budget or feeling like a big, big spender these days, there’s something here for every guy on your list! Keep reading »
E-cards work well for a quick greeting, but sometimes you want to give the pleasure of a physical card in the mail. Gone are the days of simply finding a card in the store, signing your name and maybe writing a word or two. Thankfully, there are some great, easy ways to send cards without ever having to set foot in a Hallmark store. With these apps and websites, you can create and send personalized cards right on your phone to have delivered in the mail. Read more…
You know who I’m talking about: she’s always got headphones glued to her ears, stood in line to score the iPhone4S, and mocks you endlessly for still having a Hotmail account. Here are 10 gifts that will make the plugged-in girl in your life jump for joy.