Disney Side Lets You Dress Your Selfie Up as a Disney Character

5:30 PM, Mar. 6th, 2015 · by

A new app from Disney Parks allows you to "dress up" a selfie as a popular Disney character. Disney Side is part of the "Show your Disney Side" campaign from Disney Parks. Currently the app offers to dress up your selfie as a character from Frozen (of course), a Disney villain or Pirates of the Caribbean character. Under "Star Tours" you don't really get characters from the Star Tours attraction, you get to choose from Queen Amidala, Darth Maul, or an X-Wing pilot. There's also a set of Haunted Mansion characters, but those can only be unlocked if you are at a Haunted Mansion in either the Florida or California parks. Once you take the photo you can adjust the costume or change the background and save/share the image. It's odd to see your still photo come to life since the app blinks your eyes and makes you laugh or look around. There's even a short little video sequences you can record and share. It's a fun little app, especially if you have little people to entertain. You can "save" the images and go back to them later and adjust if you want, and for free it's a nice time spender. Since I needed to show off the app, here's the one I did as an X-Wing pilot. It goes without saying I only did this as a random example and just so there would be an image to show off how it works.*

* Totally not true this is easily the best selfie I've ever taken.

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BlueVIBE EXS+ Wrap-Around Bluetooth Headphones - $19.99 (Today Only)

1:09 PM, Mar. 6th, 2015 · by

This looks like a heck of a deal. GOgroove BlueVIBE EXS+ Ergonomic Bluetooth Sports Headphones that have sold for up to $79.99, available for just $19.99 with free shipping from Amazon. I haven't tried them, but would have bought them in a heartbeat if I weren't already up to my ears in headsets. According to the manufacturer, it has, built-in onboard controls and an integrated microphone, built-in rechargeable battery with 10 hours of audio playback, and more. This deal ends Friday March 6, so if you're going to get some, get 'em sooner rather than later. 

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Apple’s World Gallery Highlights iPhone 6 Photographs

10:49 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2015 · by

Apple doesn't attend things like CES or this week's Mobile World Congress, at least not in an official capacity, but the company has a knack for sucking the wind of their PR sails. On Monday, Apple launched the iPhone 6 World Gallery, a collection of beautiful photographs all taken with the iPhone 6. The beautiful shot below was taken by Renee M. using Camera, Instagram, and Flickr apps. There are dozens more in the World Gallery, and they're worth your time.

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Build Your Own LEGO Oscars Statue

10:37 AM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · by

The real winner at this year's Oscars event was LEGO, even though the movie was snubbed. First, a show-stopping song where everything was awesome, and then the best take away from the night were the LEGO Oscar statues. How awesome, even Oprah flipped when she was given one. The LEGO oscars were designed by master builder and artist Nathan Sawaya and given out to only a handful of people, but that doesn't mean you can't get one of your own. Thanks to persistent LEGO fans you can build your own, and they even made a digital model for you to work with. You'll need LEGO's Digital Designer app (free download) to view the file and generate the build guide, plus you'll need 340 bricks for the completed model. Happy building!

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Bluetooth wireless speaker with glow lights only $9.99 Until Friday

5:10 PM, Feb. 24th, 2015 · by

In my humble opinion, everyone needs a portable Bluetooth speaker. If you've been postponing your purchase due to price, here's a bargain for you: The GOgroove BlueSYNC EDG Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker w/ Rechargeable Battery , Stereo Streaming & Blue LED Glow Lights has Bluetooth v2.1+EDR with A2DP for audio transmission up to 32 feet; a unique design with blue LED light accents; both a 3.5mm audio connection and Bluetooth; and a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that provides 6-8 hours of audio playback per charge. Here's the cool part: Its MSRP is $49.99; though it typically sells for $20-30 on Amazon.com. But Tuesday through Friday (February 27th), it's only $9.99 with free shipping from Amazon.com (good in the U.S. only).

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LEGO, Sarlacc, Boba Fett: Star Wars Trifecta

4:40 PM, Feb. 20th, 2015 · by

Even though George Lucas himself has said Boba Fett died in the Sarlacc, that hasn't stopped Star Wars fans from creating their own realities where the infamous bounty hunter (No disintegrations!) lives. Once fan even went so far as to create a Boba Fett lives storyline in LEGO, and it's absolutely magnificent. The build was designed by Daniel Stoeffler and includes five stacking segments going deeper underground to show the Sarlacc, a Sarlacc juice distillery, and more. The model is 70cm tall, or just over 2-foot 3-inches, with an amazing amount of detail including a cutaway of a giant skeleton buried in the sand. Mr. Stoeffler isn't sure how many bricks he used, but it's a safe bet the number goes well above a metric bucketload.

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Adobe Photoshop: 25 Years of Image Editing Video

10:40 AM, Feb. 19th, 2015 · by

Photoshop, the defacto standard image editor, is 25 years old and Adobe is celebrating with a video highlighting works from artists around the world. The short video includes what adobe calls "their most amazing dreams," and the works in the video are pretty impressive, all set to Aerosmith's "Dream On." It's a great example of what Photoshop is capable of in the hands of experts.

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CoeLux Artificial Light Panel Mimics Blue Sky and Sun

12:40 PM, Feb. 16th, 2015 · by

The CoeLux light panel looks like a skylight, but is actually a sophisticated optical panel, a system that mimics blue sky and the illusion of the sun at a distance. It's designed for indoor spaces that would benefit from natural sunlight. From the website: "CoeLux is an optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky. CoeLux offers a breakthrough opportunity for indoor architecture by creating the sensation of infinite space." It was developed by scientists in Italy. Current pricing, however, is high: US$61,000 and another $7,600 for installation. However, some corporations (or hospitals), for example, in special conditions, might consider it essential. The video is amazing.

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Many Things Less Valuable Than Apple

8:17 PM, Feb. 13th, 2015 · by

I like to break down numbers here for comparison, like quarterly earnings data or other crazy big numbers. So one of my favorite places to check out for a bit of mathematical perspective is Things Apple Is Worth More Than. For example, the top post right now is the whole of the 1977 stock market. Other notable posts include the NFL times ten, the Apollo Space Program twice, every house in Atlanta Georgia, and the GDP of Denmark. It's a fun site to check out for even more ways to compare what sometimes seem like made up numbers. 

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