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Philadelphia Apple Store Grand Opening on Walnut Street Friday, July 30

July 27th, 2010 1 comment
apple store philadelphia Philadelphia Apple Store Grand Opening on Walnut Street Friday, July 30

After years of rumors, Apple will finally open an Apple Store in Philadelphia on Walnut Street! I walk by here almost every day. It’s amazing how Apple can keep its store openings and product releases so secret.

Apple will hold the grand opening celebration for Apple Store Walnut Street in Philadelphia on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 5pm ED

Address: Apple Store Walnut Street
1607 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Apple Store Walnut Street is the best place to learn about all the latest products from Apple, including the new iPhone 4 featuring FaceTime, which makes the dream of video calling a reality, and Apple’s stunning new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone. Customers can experience Apple’s entire product line hands-on including the magical new iPad that lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more. Visitors to the store can also try the updated MacBook and MacBook Pro with the NVIDIA processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics, and the incredibly popular iPod touch with access to more than 225,000 apps offered on the revolutionary App Store.

Every Apple Retail Store offers a range of free services designed to help customers get the most out of their Apple products, including face-to-face support and advice at the Genius Bar, hands-on workshops and special programs for kids. Customers who buy a Mac®at the Apple Retail Store or Apple’s Online Store can also join the popular One to One program. For just $99, owners of a new Mac get Personal Setup to customize their computer and transfer files from their old Mac or PC, plus a year of Personal Training sessions and Personal Project support on a wide range of topics, from getting started on a Mac to advancing their digital photography or moviemaking skills.

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Cool Screenshot – Happy New Year and Resolution!

January 5th, 2010 1 comment
gadgetmeter newyears Cool Screenshot   Happy New Year and Resolution!

Captured at 1/1 11:11

Happy New Year to everyone from the folks at GadgetMETER. GadgetMETER is now officially 1 year old and I am proud of what we’ve accomplished in that time.

One of my New Years resolution consists of simplifying my online and offline lifestyle.

  • Get rid of junk in my house I haven’t used in years
  • Eat less or no meat.
  • Reduced the number of RSS subscriptions.
  • Deactivated my Facebook account. (I’ll talk more about this later).
  • Discovered http://mnmlist.com and http://minimalmac.com. These are two great websites if you feel you are too distracted with todays bombardment of information.
  • Run a 10k
  • Enrolled at UPenn for Graduate School.
  • De clutter my MacBook desktop and menu bar

Now, if you are wondering how this screenshot is appropriate for this post. Well, I just happen to look at my iPhone at exactly 1/1 11:11pm so I quickly captured it. The background is a picture of Monica Belluci on my jail broken iPhone. Pretty cool huh? It must be a sign because I see it as a way to reset our tech lifestyle and look back at what’s really important: family, friend (true friends, not the persons you don’t know on your Facebook), health, and the environment. Today, we have way too many distractions in our life that really clouds our judgetment on what’s really important. Let’s take time to get rid of online and offline baggage and welcome the New Year!

So I propose this New Years Challenge for you.

  • Go take a walk.
  • Meet with a friend for coffee.
  • Enough with Twitter already. It’s really just for celebrities!
  • Delete contacts on Facebook you don’t ever engage with. Heck, deactivate your Facebook account like I did!
  • Delete LinkedIn. Who really uses this anyway?
  • Stop texting while having lunch or dinner with someone. Enjoy the moment.
  • Volunteer at a community center or shelter.
  • Donate to a charity: time, money, clothes, food. It can be anything.
  • Read a long form book.
  • Go camping or hiking.
  • Call up a friend. No texting!

LED Eyelashes by Soomi Park

November 6th, 2009 No comments

I recently came across Soomi Park’s LED Eyelashes on Gizmodo.

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Without knowing anything about Ms. Park’s design philosophy it would be easy to dismiss these as just some weird Asian quirky accessory that a niche subculture would wear when going clubbing (think Japanese Ganguro). As several bloggers and commenters have stated, wearing these would be like a special form of torture for the fairer sex. And they would be. Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t find a way to design them into one of my own costumes. I could think of at least 2 events a year I could wear these to. As noted on Gizmodo, they are strangely hypnotic.

But then I read this on her website: “Her artwork utilizes the increasing banalization of plastic surgery in many countries around the world, including in Korea.”

I then remembered that the number one form of plastic surgery in Japan and Korea is the kind that makes the eye more round. And these LED Eyelashes very obviously change the shape of the eye, at least to the observer.
So it’s not about fashion. It’s art making a statement. So right on Soomi Park!

Here is a video for your viewing pleasure (note: no need to watch the entire video, it’s awfully long… you’ll get it after the first 30 seconds).

Via Gizmodo

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Solar bags by Noon Solar

August 24th, 2009 No comments

I almost hate to interrupt the steady stream of Google/AT&T/Apple related topics that have been dominating GadgetMeter these last few weeks (kudos to you, Quang Ly, for fighting the good fight!) but sometimes a break is a good thing.
I’m heading out of the realm of “Serious Corporate Land” into “Eco Friendly Accessories World”.
So, I’m the kind of person that rides my bike most places. I’m also the kind of person who is rarely without my phone and ipod (I’m too scared to take my laptop on my bike because I know the minute I do something bad will happen). Anyway, the other day I was busy texting while laying out by Barton Springs Pool and my phone battery died! If only I had one of THESE:

Picture 21 Solar bags by Noon Solar

I could have charged it up right then and there!
These new bags by Noon Solar integrate flexible solar panels into their design. They have several styles of both messenger bags and purses and they are made from either German leather or organic hemp or cotton.
The solar power is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, weighing about 4oz, found inside the bag. Because the solar power is stored inside a battery pack, cell phones and iPods can be charged day or night.

From their website: Noon Solar bags are made from biodegradable materials so that the bags can skip the landfill and go directly into your backyard without hurting the earth. The bags are safe and non-toxic, and most of the materials will actually nourish the earth if buried. The other materials such as the solar panel and hardware can be removed and recycled or reused.
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And after reading their design philosophy I’m about ready to drop the several hundred dollars required to purchase one of their bags.
This is a company whose products AND philosophy I am ready to support. And that in and of itself is a rare thing these days.

VIa Inhabitat.com

Barefoot walking in Five Fingers

May 2nd, 2009 No comments

I’m used to being looked at as I walk down the street – I know I’m stunningly gorgeous.  Well in the summertime, I can’t decide if it’s my rugged good looks that are drawing the eyes or the fact that I’m wearing these:

kso Barefoot walking in Five Fingers
These are Vibram’s Five Fingers.  This particular model is the KSO (for Keep Stuff Out – clever, no??).  They are actual shoes designed to replicate as closely as possible the feeling of barefoot walking.  There are four different models, each one slightly different, but all of them are incredibly thin and incredibly mobile.  You actually CAN wiggle your toes in these things.  They are also very comfortable.  In the summer, I pretty much wear these all the time.  They are perfect for all manner of different outdoor activities, though they do get a bit hot if you don’t wear socks.  But pair these with a set of toe socks and you’re good to go.  (BTW, I highly recommend toe socks – I’ve started wearing those all the time now as well because they are infinitely more breathable than regular socks.  I’ve noticed a significant difference in comfort when wearing my toe socks in dress shoes.)

One big disclaimer – just as you wouldn’t want to walk barefoot in gravel, these things will not insulate your feet from the effects of gravel or pebble pathways.  I took a walk once on a trail that was primarily small uneven stones and gravel and by the end of the walk I wanted to rip my hips out of their joints.

For those of you who are dubious, the benefits of barefoot walking/running have been covered by the New York Times and researched by Stanford University.  No matter how much we deny it, we are the product of a bunch of apes who spent their lives walking/running around barefoot for most of our evolution.  Why fight nature, baby?

Cardok PopUp Is The Coolest Garage

April 28th, 2009 No comments
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CarDok Garage

The Cardok PopUp Garage takes the phrase “Keepin Up With The Jones” to a whole new level! The garage hides your car under ground using an elevator like mechanism. It is driven by a hydraulic platform which can be hidden under a water feature, flowerbed, or even a second car. You can activate it using your electronic key fob. So far, only eight have been built in London and are growing with popular demand.

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CarDok Garage

They don’t come cheap though. First you h ave to be on waiting the list which is currently four months long. It takes 10 weeks to build and will cost you up to $61,181 depending your customization. Add another car ontop and it will be $72,816 (50,000 pounds).

Don’t just watch James Bond movies. Live like him.

Via Born Rich

Zero Gravity Chair by Varier

April 13th, 2009 1 comment
stokke gravity chair Zero Gravity Chair by Varier

Varier Gravity Reclining Chair

Welcome to the modern world where gravity is optional.  Meet the Varier Gravity Reclining Chair for your office or your living room providing you the ultimate floating comfort.

The Varier Gravity Reclining Chair by Stokkes lets you relax in a variety of positions depending on your preference.

stokke gravity lounge chair Zero Gravity Chair by Varier

Stokke Gravity Reclining Chair

The chair can be used as an upright office chair or rocked back like a hammock for a quick nap.

Specifications

* Wood Finishes and Stains: black, natural lacquer, mocca, cherry, natural oiled
* Leather: Yellow, Beige, Cognac, Red, Pale Green, Dark Brown, Brown, Black, Navy Blue, Blue
* Adjustable headrest

Via  Gadget Grid