Cock-A-Doodle… Sizzle?

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You’ve tried everything to wake up: from setting your smartphone alarm clock to the blaring of obnoxious sirens or your favorite song to making use of the satisfying snooze button and hearing those sounds again at a later time, which, like a cockroach, keeps… coming… back. It probably makes you a lot more frustrated than relieved. Maybe you’re old school and choose to hear the pealing of a classic twin bell alarm clock. Well, enough of all that futile fanfare— here is something that will do a much more effective and delicious job:

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The Wake Up And Smell The Bacon iPhone app by Oscar Mayer shows the image of a rotating skillet instead of the typical two clock hands. You will wake up at the time you set the alarm to by hearing the crackling sound of bacon bathing in a sea of grease.

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Loudbasstard Smartphone Passive Amplifiers – Slick, Green and Loud

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I won’t lie to you – I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit placing my Nexus 7 on various household surfaces, propping it up on pencils and pointing it at walls of various angles in an attempt to discover the best, wire-free method of amplifying its measly speakers. But it seems Loudbasstard have beaten me to it with their range of passive amplifiers.

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These gorgeous looking passive amplifiers are made from woven bamboo and rattan and come in a range of colors including teal, crimson, charcoal and my favourite, emerald. Due to the nature of bamboo and rattan, Loudbasstard amplifiers are sturdy, easy to clean and will boost the overall sound output of any smartphone or tablet without the need for extra wires, adapters or electricity in general!

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This Smartphone Dodges Government Surveillance — Reduces Tinfoil Budget

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When all of our personal information, pictures, and text messages are autonomously stored in the hard drives of our phones, we almost have no control over who has access to our classified material. Whether you know it or not, hackers are not the only people prying through our digital data, government agencies like NSA have long since established its dominant presence in our daily functions.

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If you want to bypass the untraceable government monitoring on your mobile devices, a new phone will soon be out in the market that features an added privacy element. They call it the Blackphone, a smartphone specially designed to enable secure, encrypted communications, private browsing and secure file-sharing.

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Hands On: TaskOne is the Swiss Army Knife of iPhone Cases

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Paul Bunyan type “A” personalities and iPhone 5 and 5s owners rejoice, because the TaskOne multi-tool is here to ensure that cutting down a young tree limb and carving it into a bow for the Hunger Games requires nothing more than an iPhone case.

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And you can open beers with it!

Tool turned iPhone case company TaskLab are out of their minds with survival and outdoor capabilities here. Read More »

Hands On: Phone Soap is a Fecal Matter Erasing Tanning Bed

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I come to you from a soapbox, not the normal height boosting crowd-pleaser but from a small tanning bed-like device, Phone Soap, made to blast away bacteria with UV lamps and simultaneously charge your phone.

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This little guy is light and poised to give your smartphone a wicked tan with its four-minute UVC lamp work.

CNN, MSNBC, Mashable, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and even Fox News (so you know it’s the real deal, folks) have all featured and endorsed this little cure for the bacterial barrage that is many a person’s favorite communication device.

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World’s First Transparent Smartphone — Great, Now Can Someone Please Help Me Find My Phone?

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The wait for the world’s very first transparent smartphone might not be very long. Polytron Technologies, a Taiwanese global systems integration firm, has just unveiled a prototype that they hope to put in consumer’s hands by the end of 2013.

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For years, Mac rumor mills having been churning out photo predictions of what the next iPhone model will look like and some of the most far fetched have been translucent. Polytron Technologies’ new smartphone seems slightly primitive by comparison, because it is still in the very early stages of development, but what they’ve come up with thus far seems promising.

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Pointless Luxury: Vertu’s New Smartphone Will Set You Back Nearly 20k

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Hand made in England – along with Bentleys and Aston Martins – the British luxury mobile phone maker Vertu has just released their latest smartphone called the Vertu Ti with an astounding $19,900 price tag.

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I’ve been following what Vertu has been up to over the past half a decade or so and it seems as though they do one thing and one thing only: make cell phones for gazillionaires who enjoy status symbols. I first spotted a Vertu phone at a Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills in 2006 with a price tag that would make anyone’s mouth drop – around $5,000. One of the company’s most expensive models, the Signature Cobra, sold for a whopping $310,000 dollars.

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Charge your Phone with a Cold Beer Or a Hot Coffee

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Talk about green energy – all you have to do is place a frosty green brew down on magic coaster, and the heat disparity causes an energy transfer that is harnessed and sent out of a USB outlet and into your phone.

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Now if you are like me and you plug your iPhone in to charge while you are seated at the computer (and thinking about the USB that is nearby) the Epiphany onE Puck will blow your mind into all kinds of reusable, clean energy-type fragments.

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UpperCup: The World’s First iPhone Cup Holder and the Best Worst Idea Since Clogs

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Dutch marketing agency and think-tank Natwerk’s newest product, called the UpperCup, which is being touted as the first iPhone cup holder, is a giant swing and miss. This isn’t the first time the Dutch have introduced a terrible product to the world. Have you ever tried to wear wooden clogs? But we say, “That’s nice,” and move on for a few hundred years until they show up again at our door with something else entirely ridiculous.

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UpperCup is clearly a terrible idea because unless you only have a few sips of coffee left, the iPhone (which weighs only about a couple of ounces) will be far lighter than your venti latte or tall iced coffee. As the picture shows, the idea is to pop your phone in and place your coffee in the little cup hold that slides out. It sounds plausible in theory, but in actual practice you could imagine the actual strain on your hands by trying to hold the coffee and text at the same time.

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SOS Hand-crank Cell Phone Charger LED Flashlight Combo Takes On Storms

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With the extreme storms that are becoming more and more prevalent as the globe heats up, or at least seem to come around all too often in the 21st century, an SOS Charger that works off of old fashioned Hand-crank power should be in everyone’s household or backpack.

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The SOS Charger powers cell phones and an on-board multi-functional LED flashlight by winding a handle.

Anyone that was blanked for electric for a week or two (like I was) following the wake of Super Storm Sandy and had to rush out and drive to the local craft brewery that provided power strips to charge cell phones will appreciate the SOS device. And even more so if you were one of the lucky New Yorkers to feel the gas panic and subsequent shortage and after a while did not have the gas to drive to work, let alone Starbucks, to charge your phone.

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