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Hot Art is a space heater disguised as a painting (a very expensive painting)

To be honest, there’s probably nothing wrong with the space heater you already own, but in the grand tradition of Nest and Dyson, all household objects must now look beautiful. Case in point: Hot Art, a space heater disguised as a 24-by-40-inch…

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Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.37.46 PM In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird. Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More

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Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.37.46 PM In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird. Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More

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Cozy Room: An Expensive, Private Computer Chamber

cozy-room-1.jpg This is the Cozy Room, a personal computer station that seals itself off from the rest of the world as soon as you roll your chair in. They cost around $ 8,000. For reference, that’s pretty expensive for something I could build out of plywood over the course of a weekend. Don’t have $ 8,000 or any carpentry skills? Looks like you’re just going to have to wait until your roommate leaves so you can masturbate. Or stop caring and do it laying in the middle of the hallway like I do. “Come on, not again!” I mentioned it in the Craigslist ad, Derek — you signed up for this. Rub my feet.

The Japanese manufacturers of Cozy Room describe it as a “relaxation room for man and woman.” Unfortunately, any thoughts of sharing some alone time together with your significant other are shattered by the fact that Cozy Room is only designed to hold one person at a time. The whole thing measures 205 x 120 cm (81 x 47 in), but that shrinks considerably when the chair is pushed in to encase the incumbent on all sides. Cozy Room comprises a single, high-backed chair which slides into a cubicle, the back of the chair becoming the fourth wall of the square unit. Inside is a desktop for a laptop or keyboard, room to hang a TV or monitor, an LED light, a display rack for action figures, and enough drawers and shelves to store all of your favorite personal belongings.

I’m not really sure who needs this. Do you not have a bedroom with a door? Plus what stops a roommate or coworker from duct-taping or plastic-wrapping you in there once you pull your seat in? Then it just becomes an expensive coffin. And if there’s one thing I don’t want to do, it’s to die trapped in front of a computer. In front of a charging lion, sure. But I want my last words recorded as, “I’ve got this son of a bitch!” and not, “Mufasa, please don’t!” like they probably will be. Keep going for a couple more shots in case you aren’t sure if this is the Darth Vader inspired masturbation and relaxation station you’re looking for.

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Adobe’s Ink And Slide For The iPad Are Useful, But Expensive, Additions To An Artist’s Workflow

Using Slide With yesterday’s unveiling of the Ink and Slide, Adobe has made its first foray into the realm of hardware gadgets. The company describes the pair of gadgets as a “Creative Cloud Pen and Digital Ruler.” Read More

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WE MUST BUY IT: Wu-Tang Releasing One Very Expensive Copy Of A New Secret Cd

wu-tang-album.jpg Bear in mind when the Wu-Tang double CD (Wu-Tang Forever) came out in ’97 and in ‘Bells of War’ RZA told me I didn’t even have to go to summertime school, that the Wu-Tang double CD would be all the education I needed that year? Well he was AREA ON. And now the group has revealed they’re just releasing a single copy of an upcoming cd, Wu-Tang: As soon as Upon a Time in Shaolin. It will be available in this engraved silver and nickel box and likely fetch several millions of dollars. WE HAVE TO PURCHASE IT. Everybody– begin robbing banks. No casualties though, we’re not killers, we just f *** ing enjoy the Wu.

Wu-Tang’s aim is to use the cd as a springboard for the reconsideration of music as art, wishing the approach will assist restore it to an area alongside fantastic visual works-and develop a shift in the music company, not to discuss make some money, in the process. The one-of-a-kind launch will be a separate venture from the group’s 20th anniversary cd, A Better Tomorrow, which is set for a conventional commercial release this summertime. According to RZA and the cd’s primary manufacturer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, a Morocco-based part of Wu-Tang’s prolonged household, the plan is to initially take When Upon A Time In Shaolin on a “tour” through museums, galleries, festivals and so on. Simply like a high-profile exhibit at a major organization, there will be an expense to go to, most likely in the $ 30-$ 50 array. Visitors will go with heavy security to guarantee that tape-recording gadgets aren’t smuggled in; as an additional precaution, they’ll likely have to listen to the 128-minute cd’s 31 songs on headsets offered by the venue. As Cilvaringz puts it: “One leak of this thing nullifies the entire principle.”

Apparently the ultimate buyer of the cd will have the ability to do whatever they wish to with it, and there’s speculation a record business will purchase it and release it typically themselves. Or that some unclean rich individual will do it free of charge as an act of offering art to individuals. But if Justin Bieber buys it we are going to kick his bitch ass and take it. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO THE WU, JUSTIN. I heard one time he attempted shadowboxing himself and lost. Thanks to rob, Allyson, MARZ, Chris C and Terrance, who are all smart adequate to secure their necks.

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WE MUST BUY IT: Wu-Tang Releasing One Very Expensive Copy Of A New Secret Album

wu-tang-album.jpg Remember when the Wu-Tang double CD (Wu-Tang Forever) came out in ’97 and in ‘Bells of War’ RZA told me I didn’t even need to go to summer school, that the Wu-Tang double CD would be all the education I needed that year? Well he was SPOT ON. And now the group has announced they’re only releasing a single copy of an upcoming album, Wu-Tang: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. It will come in this engraved silver and nickel box and likely fetch multiple millions of dollars. WE HAVE TO BUY IT. Everybody — start robbing banks. No casualties though, we’re not killers, we just f***ing love the Wu.

Wu-Tang’s aim is to use the album as a springboard for the reconsideration of music as art, hoping the approach will help restore it to a place alongside great visual works-and create a shift in the music business, not to mention earn some cash, in the process. The one-of-a-kind launch will be a separate endeavor from the group’s 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, which is set for a standard commercial release this summer. According to RZA and the album’s main producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, a Morocco-based part of Wu-Tang’s extended family, the plan is to first take Once Upon A Time In Shaolin on a “tour” through museums, galleries, festivals and the like. Just like a high-profile exhibit at a major institution, there will be a cost to attend, likely in the $ 30-$ 50 range. Visitors will go through heavy security to ensure that recording devices aren’t smuggled in; as an extra precaution, they’ll likely have to listen to the 128-minute album’s 31 songs on headphones provided by the venue. As Cilvaringz puts it: “One leak of this thing nullifies the entire concept.”

Apparently the eventual buyer of the album will be able to do whatever they want to with it, and there’s speculation a record company will purchase it and release it traditionally themselves. Or that some filthy rich person will do it for free as an act of providing art to the people. But if Justin Bieber buys it we are going to kick his bitch ass and take it. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO THE WU, JUSTIN. I heard one time he tried shadowboxing himself and lost. Thanks to rob, Allyson, MARZ, Chris C and Terrance, who are all smart enough to protect their necks.

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Acer’s new Liquid Z5 smartphone is more expensive than it should be (hands-on)

Acer didn’t just bring a couple of new tablets to Vegas this year, but something to make calls with, too. The latest addition to its Liquid range after the top-spec S2, the Z5 is very much a “value” proposition, as the raw numbers show. We’re looking …

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Peripheral Vision 005: Adam Lisagor on how an expensive video could hurt your Kickstarter campaign

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“When I started, a demo video was a screencap vid,” Adam Lisagor begins, “usually a developer or an engineer, badly miced, going [he grabs the lavaliere mic from his shirt and speaks directly into it, for maximum distortion] ‘I’d like to show you my new CMS financial manager.’ You watch his mouse go around the screen, and it’s super boring. It takes up eight minutes of your time, instead of 30 seconds.” A cursory peek at Sandwich Video offers some insight into precisely how far we’ve come on that front, a parade of short videos produced for companies like eBay, Rdio, Flipboard and Jawbone that bring professional-level production and a dash of humor to the proceedings.

Though, as Lisagor explains, it’s about a lot more than just creating something that looks nice. While his company has evolved a fair deal since the days of the earnest video caps, the spots still need to actually, you know, show people what the products do. “When I first started doing them, they were meant to be a demonstration,” explains Lisagor. “They were meant to show the user experience, while adding a lot more pizzazz and sparkle. We don’t take the route of focusing on shock / entertainment value. We take the opposite approach, where it’s all about the product and being engaging enough to want to share.”

And besides, production isn’t everything. After all, that fancy new video for your crowdfunding campaign might actually hurt your efforts in the end. “If you’re putting yourself on Kickstarter, but it looks like your video cost $ 100,000,” adds Lisagor, “there’s a certain portion of the population that’s going to take that as a sign not to donate to your campaign, because it doesn’t look like you need the money.”

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eBay’s large retail screens could make ‘window shopping’ more expensive

eBay's large retail screens could make 'window shopping' more expensive

You might argue that eBay is a virtual store of sorts already. But — according to reports — the auction giant is planning a new spin on the term. Reuters claims that eBay plans to place 9-foot by 2-foot screens in closed retail units in a variety of locations around New York. The idea being that real shoppers will be able to paw at the virtual stores through the glass, and have purchases delivered to them in under an hour — ideal for those who just can’t wait. There’s already one client onboard — Fith & Pacific Companies — which plans to use the screens to launch a new fashion brand without having to kit out physical stores. The firm does plan on furnishing actual bricks and mortar outlets eventually, but won’t ditch the screens after. Instead making them a permanent fixture in-store to add items that aren’t always available in current stock.

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