Facebook ban Nirvana's "Nevermind" album artwork
Couple conceive thanks to iPhone app
Those storks best watch their backs: it looks like iPhones will be delivering little bundles of joy from now on. Take Lena and Dudley Bryce from Kelvinside Glasgow. For four years the pair had tried to have a children, but…
VTech announces baby monitor range
Sure, having a baby can be a huge drain on your finances. Yes, having a baby will seriously impact your 8-hours-a-night sleep-plan. And, of course, you may as well forget about any sort of social life you may have had.
But a baby also brings with it new possibilities – including a whole new world of tech you were probably never even aware of.
Tech like the range of baby monitors announced by VTech. VTech has taken its expertise in telephony technology and applied it to the range. Technology such as the DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication) and HD sound, which guarantees crystal clear sound and zero interference from any other device.
First up is the VTech Clear Sounds Digital Baby Monitor Deluxe which includes a temperature sensor with set limits to allow parents to ensure the best temperature for their baby’s sleep.
The parents can talk to their baby via the monitor as well as recording songs. There are 50 pre-recorded melodies, including 4 sung-songs and gentle nature sounds. There’s also line-in for an MP3 player. I hear babies love The Prodigy.
The VTech Clear Sounds Digital Baby Monitor Deluxe is £69.99. There’s also a non-Deluxe version available that’s £20 cheaper. You don’t get the temperature sensor or the LCD display and there’s only 20 melodies and just a solitary sung-song but, come-on, it’s cheaper.
The pick of the bunch, as far as baby will be concerned, is the VTech Sleepy Bear Digital Baby Monitor. You see, for this model baby gets a teddy-bear based monitor.
It’s got the same DECT technology as the Clear Sounds models and comes with 30 melodies including two sung-songs as well as those gentle nature sounds. There’s also a soft, glowing night-light that should help baby drift off to sleep.
Parents can even activate features without disturbing their little one’s sleep, as the portable parent unit operates the monitor remotely.
If you’ve got babies or you’re expecting one soon then these could be just the job for you. Get them direct from VTech. If you haven’t got babies and you’re not planning on having them some time soon, then you really have to ask yourself why you’ve just read this post. That’s five minutes of your life you’re never going to get back.
"Baby Shaker" application pulled from the App Store
“On a plane, on the bus, in a theatre. Babies are everywhere you don’t want them to be! They’re always distracting you from preparing for that big presentation at work with their incessant crying. Before Baby Shaker, there was nothing you could do about it. See how long you can endure his or her adorable cries before you just have to find a way to quiet the baby down!”
Those are the words of app designers Sikilasoft, who have designed an application called ‘Baby Shaker’ that’s just been pulled from the app store after complaints from parenting groups. It’s a surprise that it got through Apple’s rather rigorous approvals procedure.
The app first appeared on the store on Monday, and was withdrawn yesterday after intense criticism. Patrick Donohue, founder of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, responded: “As the father of a three-year-old who was shaken by her baby nurse when she was only five days old, breaking three ribs, both collarbones and causing a severe brain injury, words cannot describe my reaction.”
Apple’s been relaxing its approvals procedure lately, but a scare like this could see them ramp it right back up again. We’ll have to hope that’s not the case.
(via the Guardian)
World's oceans will soon be ruled by IMMORTAL SELF-CLONING JELLYFISH
This is more “science” than “gadgets” to be honest, but we can’t turn down the chance to report on the discovery of an immortal jellyfish.
The jellyfish, known as Turritopsis Nutricula among jellyfish enthusiasts and on jellyfish forums, manages to cleverly revert back to a juvenile state after mating – effectively becoming a baby again and living forever. Scientists say…
GPS-equipped jesuses thwarting baby thieves
Have you ever set up a Nativity scene on public display? Did your baby jesus get nicked?Apparently it’s a rather common problem, but a company called LightningGPS, who make GPS tracking units, are giving away units to churches, schools and community centres setting up their Nativity displays.
Sadly it’s an America-only offer, but I know we have a few American readers, so you might want to let your local pastor know. You can sign up for the offer here. Now what I want to see next is a Google Maps mashup of all the baby jesuses across America, and their recent travels…
LightningGPS (via PRWeb)
Dyson launches compact DC22 'Baby' and DC24 'Ball' vacuum cleaners
We just – ahem – hoovered up some information about several new Dyson vacuum cleaners which will be available from next month, the Dyson DC22 Baby and Dyson DC24 Ball.
Probably targeting the yummy mummy clientele with the first model, it’s a compact cylinder model which is actually one-third smaller…
The best baby dummy you'll ever see. Ever.
Dummies (or pacifiers, if you’re from the US) are a controversial subject. For every parent who thinks they’re the devil’s babygadgets, there’s another who swears by them as a way to get some peace and quiet. Who’s right? Who knows.
However, everyone should agree that if you are going to stick a dummy in your toddler’s mouth, it needs to be this one.
It's official: newborn babies have better accelerometer than iPhone or Wiimote
Jason Kottke has been trying out some important experiments, vital to the ongoing wellbeing of humankind. He set out to find which, out of an iPhone, a Wiimote, and a newborn baby, has the best built-in accelerometer. The iPhone…
Bubba Waring, Facebook foetus, has more friends than you
As most people will readily admit being addicted to the crack which is Facebook, I’m wondering whether it’s a smart move that a couple expecting their first child has set s/he up with a Facebook profile. That’s right – a foetus with a profile. This egg is more clued-up than some people my age I know!…