Yes, a Cat-Food Brand Really Has Created Three iPad Games For Cats
Kat Hannaford — All I will say about this is that if you consider lending your iPad to your feline for some browser-based cat-game fun, please oh please wear a screen protector. Won’t someone think of the chiiiiildren! [Games For Cats]
Sam Biddle — You’d like to think that customer service is out to serve the customers you, right? Not exactly! After an unusually broad spread of Mac Defender, a piece of OS X malware, Apple is telling customers they’re on their own.
For some people, the best way to handle rough terrain is with a bobble hat, knee-high socks, and thighs slathered in liniment. Others, however, see it as a good chance to throw some magnificent tech into the mix and see what comes out. The machine-heads behind the DTV Shredder fall into this second category thankfully.
A snarling hybrid of skateboard, motocross bike and panzer tank, the DTV Shredder is the next generation of all-terrain vehicle. Already garnering attention from the US military, this rugged one-person vehicle pushes the competition into the long grass when it comes to handling tough terrain. The rider stands sideways on the Shredder, planted on a modified skateboard deck for improved balance and a narrower wheelbase. Although “wheelbase” is perhaps the wrong word. Because the DTV Shredder is propelled by two enormous caterpillar tracks.
This Electric Superbike Packs Enough Juice for 185 Miles of Cruising
Sam Biddle — When you think electric vehicle, you might think of some piddling, golf cart-like geezer, humming its way along gently. Not a futuristic, 125 mph super-cycle. The Lito Sora motorcycle hardly looks like what it is—100% electric and fierce.
The Canadian-made Sora not only looks like it drove out of Blade Runner, but has some real world specs to lust after: 12 kilowatt-hours of lithium polymer battery life, a touch dashboard with GPS, and a 185 mile range off one charge. And that GPS? It’ll adjust power consumption on the fly, depending on how distant your destination is.
That one charge, however, will take some time—eight hours to juice ‘er up again. The Sora also only exists at the prototype right now, and you can bet on Tesla’s sizzling grave that the thing will probably cost extravagantly more than anything you’ll ever dream of affording. But you can drool! That’s always free. [Lito via GizMag]
Bendi the Tablet Stand is Like a Mini Flexible Arm For Your ‘Pad
Kat Hannaford — Over on Kickstarter there’s a nifty stand—that fits all sorts of tablets—just crying out for you to invest a dollar or more to put it into production. Apparently it sucks onto the back of the tablet, with the other end clamped to a table like a vice, or with magnets or even with another suction cap if you’d rather stick it to the window.
Unlike a lot of the other ingenious tablet stands we’ve seen before, the Bendi gives the user full control over the angle it’s positioned in, something you can try out for yourself if you commit to investing at least $49, as creator Eric Mann will give you a Bendi as thanks for your help. [Kickstarter via Trendhunter]
Electric motorcycles are taking a big step forward.
Brammo announced this morning that it is rolling out a new line of electric dirt bikes featuring six-speed transmissions, an unprecedented development that promises to boost performance and increase range. Until now, electric motorcycles have used direct drive, providing optimal acceleration or top speed but rarely both.
By introducing multiple gears, the Oregon company’s line of Engage and Encite motorcycles can offer wheelie-inducing acceleration and grin-inducing top speed. Company boss Craig Bramscher claims its top-tier motocrosser rivals the performance of a 250cc four-stroke gasoline motorcycle and hopes to prove it this weekend at the big MiniMotoSX race in Las Vegas.
“The acceleration of these bikes is just amazing,” he says. “We’ve had some professional riders on it and they’ve been blown away.”
What I Wouldn’t Give to Press Ctrl + O On a Bottle of Beer Right Now
Kat Hannaford — How many times have you wished you could press ctrl/cmd + F in real life? Or ctrl/cmd + Z? We may not be able to perform those life shortcuts just yet, but with Art Lebedev‘s ctrl + O bottle opener, at least we can crack open a cold one, for $18. [Art Lebedev via FoodBeast via TechEblog via Technabob]
Photosynth for iOS is the panorama creation and sharing app that lets you capture more of your world. Now you can capture 360° in all directions (up, down, left, and right) to create spectacular images. Using the latest in computer vision techniques, Photosynth makes it easy and fun to create and share interactive panoramas of wherever you are.
Photosynth can share images and interactive panorama experiences to Facebook (with the included free Photosynth.net service). Integration with Bing Maps means millions of people could see your panoramas on maps and in search results for locations you’ve captured.