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Zoltar will personally tell your fortune for $9,000


Say hello to your own personal Zoltar.

Hammacher Schlemmer

I’m fascinated by old animatronics, especially ones that purport to tell your fortune. Zoltar, made famous by a cameo in the Tom Hanks movie “Big,” isn’t some musty old machine from the back of a forgotten arcade. He’s real and he can be yours for $9,000 from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The fortune-telling machine revels in the details, from Zoltar’s paisley vest to the black-and-gold-painted trim on the oak and birch cabinet.

Zoltar will shake you down for a quarter before spilling his secrets. He’ll move, pass his hand over an illuminated crystal ball, and speak one of 16 audio fortunes. He then dispenses one of 23 different printed fortunes on a paper card.

According to the product description, “Zoltar acknowledges your presence and invites you to approach him.” OK, that might be a little creepy when you get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and try to walk past Zoltar.

Zoltar stands more than 6 feet high and weighs 225 pounds, so he could also double as an NFL linebacker in a pinch. There’s no mention of the machine’s ability to grant wishes. The closest you might get is investing in a giant piano to relive the FAO Schwarz scene from “Big.”

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Leaked Nokia Atlas image shows a Windows Phone 8 device heading to Verizon

Leaked promotional picture of Nokia's Atlas reveals it's bound for Verizon

When ATT announced it was keeping the Lumia 920 for itself, plenty of clothes were rended and teeth were gnashed. However, the ever-reliable @evleaks has shown a picture of a Nokia handset, codenamed Atlas, that’s bound for Verizon’s, erm, less unpopular network. While there’s no official confirmation as to the phone’s pedigree, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was a customized version of the 820 to follow in the footsteps of T-Mobile’s 810. Whatever happens, we don’t have that long to find out either way.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/09/nokia-atlas-verizon/

Silicon Valley’s reality show: A new trailer of beauty

Isn’t he lovely?

BravoTV Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

What it must be to be ugly and in tech.

What it must be to be, oh, in one’s late 20s or even early 30s and be ugly and in tech.

How does anyone cope? The Valley shrinks must never go home to their VC lovers.

This obvious truth is underlined by a new trailer for Bravo TV’s forthcoming reality show about Silicon Valley — which enjoys Randi Zuckerberg as one of its producers.

You might have heard about this show. Imaginatively titled “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” it has already shaken the brittle emotional foundations of those who believe everything in tech is serious.

But now here is a new trailer that will sure assuage all fears.

For here are impossibly gorgeous boys and girls who are desperate to prove that they aren’t merely beautiful, but our future.

“I live, breathe, eat, s***, daydream my company,” says one stunning(ly smackable) boy, who may well be called Dwight.

Another pulchritudinous — and, who knows, educated — young lady declares: “There’s the bloggers, the engineers, and then there’s the investors. None of it would work if there wasn’t each part.”

Surely this gives you pause for thought.

“The future of the world is on our hands,” says one excitable girl. One wonders whether her, um, social widget that tells you whether your nails are truly dry (I’m making this up) is the future of the world.

“People have been intimidated because this package generally doesn’t come with a brain,” says Sarah — who, I fear, some might decide is utterly brainless by the end of this series.

This must-see, must-wince, must-see-again show launches November 5.

Who can imagine that this will be anything other than the finest water-cooler fodder since “Jersey Shore?”

One can only hope that the tech world is fully prepared to look itself in the moving mirror that is television.

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Boxee TV streaming / OTA set-top box and DVR pics leak out

Boxee TV streaming  OTA settop box and DVR pics leak out

If you’ve been wondering “what will Boxee do next?” there appears to be an answer. A tipster has sent The Verge pics of a new set-top box, still built by D-Link, that ditches the original’s angular design for a more conventional shape and integrates live TV tuning support as well as DVR capabilities. There’s no word on the storage capabilities, but the box advertises an included antenna and remote (lightly refreshed, losing the QWERTY keyboard) and implores owners to “stop wasting money on stuff you don’t watch.” Boxee’s healthy support for internet content, both streamed and locally stored, is still intact and a survey suggests support for viewing content on mobile devices. Not mentioned? Cloudee integration or any cable TV support, encrypted, ClearQAM or otherwise. There’s a few more pics beyond the source link, we’ll start updating our CES watchlist now.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/08/boxee-tv-streaming-ota-set-top-box-and-dvr-pics-leak-out/

‘Star Wars’ glasses: Use the four eyes, Luke!

Boba Fett eyeglasses

Yes, you can get your eyeglasses with tinted lenses.


There are some places where it’s not appropriate to wear a Wampa skin “Star Wars” dress covered in fake blood, but you still want to express your fandom through fashion. That’s when you whip out your surprisingly subtle Darth Vader glasses.

Japanese company Aigan has introduced a collection of officially licensed “Star Wars” eyeglasses. Choose the Force with Luke Skywalker or R2-D2 styles. Go for the Dark Side with Darth Vader or Stormtrooper models. Can’t decide which side you’re on? No problem. There’s a Boba Fett pair, too.

The glasses are considerately designed without going overboard with glued-on Chewbacca hair or massive lightsabers where the earpieces should be. Luke’s glasses, for example, take their design cues from his X-Wing Fighter with bare metal, white, and orange accents. An artfully placed row of blue rectangles along the side whispers “droid style” on the R2-D2 glasses.

The subtlety of the designs means you’ll feel like you’re a member of a super hip secret club whenever someone actually notices you’re wearing “Star Wars” glasses.

Personally, I wouldn’t really mind at least one over-the-top design. Perhaps they could come out with some Princess Leia glasses with little buns on the side.

It seems like 2012 has been host to a grand explosion of “Star Wars” fashion. Think of these eyeglasses as the cake toppers on your Princess Leia hoodie or the perfect accessory to go with your Han Solo and Leia wedding rings.

Darth Vader glasses

Darth Vader may well be wearing these under his mask.


(Via Geekosystem)

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Native Facebook app for Android is in the final phases of internal testing

Facebook for Android is in the final phases of internal testing

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s HTML5 Android app was a mistake? Well, one of our tipsters, embedded deep inside the Social Network, has let us know that the native version for Google’s mobile OS has entered final testing. As such, it won’t be long before the software is ready for consumption by the public at large, give or take an angry Winklevii or two.

[Thanks, @Gam3sFan]

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/08/native-facebook-for-android/