• Phantom Fireworks Uses Nook Tablets To Help Customers Preview The Boom

    Phantom Fireworks Uses Nook Tablets To Help Customers Preview The Boom

    Everyone’s favorite roadside explosives purveyor, Phantom Fireworks, is now offering “firework previews” on a fleet of Nook Tablets that will be available in stores. The tablets will will allow customers to view photos and videos of the fireworks they’re buying and will streamline retail operations, allowing customer service reps to place orders at the… Read More

  • Photo gallery: Japan's KDDI shows summer cell phone line-up

    Japan’s second biggest mobile company KDDI today unveiled [JP] the 10 cell phones of their new line-up for this summer. The first of these models, the majority of which are waterproof (which seems to indicate a new trend in Japan’s cell phone industry), will be rolled out in Japan as early as at the end of this month. Here’s the complete line-up. Read More

  • Backpack cooler bag features solar charging and built-in speakers

    What fun is going to the beach if you can’t bring a half-dozen portable electronic devices along with you? And let’s not forget how difficult it is to keep all those juice boxes cool. Yes, I said juice boxes. Drinking beer in the daytime makes me sleepy. Anyhoo, this bag features solar charging, speakers, and it’s insulated to keep your favorite libations cold. Read More

  • Collapsible cooler features AM/FM radio, MP3 input for $25

    Summer is slowly, slowly wasting away. Perhaps you should go to a beach, just to see what all the fuss is about. Me, I don’t care for the beach. There’s too much sand and too many people who don’t share my concern for what sand does to electronic devices. And the sun! Get over yourself, Sun! We get it, you’re bright. I’m trying to play games on my iPod touch… Read More

  • Solar pool cleaner works all day long, won't come between you and your wife

    Apparently this whole “solar power” thing really works. Case in point, this Solar-Breeze apparatus uses solar power to clean your pool all day long and, aside from keeping your pool clean, it cuts down on the amount of time your pool’s pump has to be running since it grabs gunk and leaves before they get sink to the bottom and get sucked into the grate. Read More

  • Reminder: Motorized ice cream cones exist

    This thing has been around for quite a while but just in case you’ve never seen it before (or just in case you’ve forgotten about it), here it is: a motorized ice cream cone. Read More

  • EZGrill: The $5 single-use grill

    I live on the top floor of a third-floor walkup with no balcony in the middle of Boston. That doesn’t mean I don’t like grilling, though. Granted, I can’t really grill nor do I have any use for a grill, but maybe someday I’ll want to grill somewhere else. What? Now I have to buy a grill? What the hell do I need a grill for if I’m only going to use it once or twice… Read More

  • The 'Go Plate' facilitates outdoor food and beverage enjoyment

    Even though summer has been effectively cancelled for certain areas of the country, it doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy an all-American barbecue. You’ll just have to cook everything on the stove and eat inside. Just like summer, except more like winter! Read More

  • This wireless speaker, it floats!

    If you have a swimming pool then you, my friend, need this little waterproof floating wireless speaker that looks like the thing that pops up out of the muck in the trash compactor in Star Wars. This one doesn’t have a cool robotic eye, though, just “Rich sounding bass. Crisp treble. And no wires.” Read More

  • All-electric Jetski goes 50mph, is whisper quiet

    It’s oddly wonderful to see a Jetski darting about in the water accompanied only by sporadic splashing sounds instead of the constant whine of a gasoline motor. The “Eco Watercraft” is an all-electric Jetski that can apparently go up to 50 miles per hour on a battery that lasts three hours in between charges. Read More

  • Softbank floods Japan with 15 new cell phones (part 1: all Sharp models)

    Big news from Japan’s cell phone market today as Japan’s No.3 telecommunications company SoftBank and the No. 1, NTT Docomo, presented their new cell phone line-ups for the summer. Softbank announced a total of 19 new models [JP] (sales start within this month), and many of them are made by Sharp. Read More

  • Floating iceberg is the perfect eyesore for your lakefront property

    Finally, a chance to scare the bejesus out of nighttime boaters everywhere. Stick this gigantic inflatable iceberg out at the end of your dock and listen for midnight fishermen to scream in horror as they find themselves floating brake-lessly towards what they can only imagine to be a Titanic-like fate. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Newegg's end of summer sale, ahoy is having itself a little end of summer sale that might interest some of you. Prices on some items have been cut by as much as 65 percent, meaning you’ll be able to buy things like a Lite-On 20X DVD burner for $29, a 16-inch widescreen monitor for $99, and the Logitech G7 wireless mouse for $57. All of the promo codes you need to get the discounts can be found here. Read More

  • Samsung and AT&T have a summer Krush

    Samsung and AT&T kicked off their exclusive music tour last night with a free Mariah Carey performance in Hollywood. The Summer Krush tour presents seven one-night only private music events, with tickets only available from radio promotions, street teams and online registration. This summer’s acts include: Gavin Rossdale in Seattle, on August 7; LeAnn Rimes in Dallas, on August… Read More

  • TiVo v9.4 sneaks into your box

    Word is out that TiVo is sending its summer update (ahead of schedule, yeah!) to TiVo HD and Series 3 DVRs. v9.4 gives you six new features, including the ability to play or delete a folder, browse the guide at any time, even while watching live TV, a recording or even downloading and easier access to closed captioning. The update should hit all machines by the end of the month. Zatz Not… Read More

  • Funny: "Signs You're on a Summer Vacation with a Geek"

    OMG, this is so true. BBspot has a list of the Top 11 Signs You’re on a Summer Vacation with a Geek. I totally do most of these things. 11. The GPS unit sounds an awful lot like Majel Barrett.
    10. Spend more time on the free wi-fi at the hotel looking up places to visit than actually visiting them.
    9. The luggage has a million tiny feet and is virtually indestructible.
    8. You get… Read More

  • Sand iPhone

    You’re at the shore with your family, the weather’s nice, there are girls running around in bikinis, and some douche is playing Hoobastank on their crappy-ass boombox. Sounds like a perfect day at the beach. How could you make it any more perfecter? You could make a sand iPhone, duh. Dork. flickr set [via Boing Boing] Read More

  • Good Idea, Bad Idea: iPod in a Microwave Edition

    It’s approximately 134 degrees outside and that got me thinking: what if you put an iPod nano in the microwave? Work with me here, people. Well if you did, it’d look something like this, not all that dissimilar from a Fourth of July celebration held inside Bio Dome. We’re like The N: we go there. As a matter of fact, a friend of mine actually put his iPod into a microwave… Read More

  • Rolling Cooler Brings You Tunes, Beer

    I thought this would be a day too late to be useful for your 4th of July reveling before realizing that it rained quite a bit yesterday. So if you have some leftover Keystone Ice from yesterday’s celebrations, why not grab this expensive cooler and head down to the beach in style? The Rolling Cooler is pricey with its $150 pricetag, but it comes with enough room to stack a few… Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Have Video, Will Travel

    Why are you watching videos again? Summer is currently in full effect. It’s hot as hell outside, the sky is beautiful, the water is warm – you need to get out there. So bring your family or some good buddies and hit the trails, slope, or beaches. Find something to do. Just remember to be equipped with the best video gear possible. Because between the 14-hour car ride to your… Read More