Lego ice cube tray

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I am completely inept at building anything but a long stick . . . I mean, skyscraper . . . with Lego.

That’s why I really like this official Lego Ice Brick Tray. Assuming that the ten “bricks” that each silicone tray makes can’t be snapped together and all anyone can do is to throw them into a glass, the dishwasher-safe tray completely levels the playing field. For just $7.99, the Lego Challenged and the Lego Elite can become equals.

Unless someone gets fancy and freezes apple juice or soda, that is.

Via geeksugar. Also available at Amazon.

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iPhone unlocked: AT&T loses iPhone exclusivity

It’s high noon, Apple and AT&T — we really hate to break it to you, but the jig is up. Last night the impossible was made possible: right in front of our very eyes we witnessed a full SIM unlock of our iPhone with a small piece of software. It’s all over, guys.

The iPhoneSIMfree.com team called us up to prove their claim that they cracked Apple’s iPhone SIM lock system, and prove it they did. (No, we don’t have a copy of the unlock software, so don’t even ask us, ok?) The six-man team has been working non-stop since launch day, and they’re officially the first to break Apple’s SIM locks on the iPhone. It’s done. Seriously. They wouldn’t tell us when and how they would release it to the public, but you can certainly bet that they’ll try to make a buck on their solution (and rightly so). We can hardly believe the iPhone’s finally been cracked. No, scratch that — we just can’t believe it took this long.

Again: we can confirm with 100% certainty that iPhoneSIMfree.com’s software solution completely SIM unlocks the iPhone, is restore-resistant, and should make the iPhone fully functional for users outside of the US. Read on for details and links to our video, and check out the gallery of images below.


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iPod Nano Spy Shots Confirmed as Real by Apple Legal

Apple Legal has asked Gizmodo to take down the iPod nano spy shots from earlier today because they are their “intellectual property.” Out of respect for The Steve, they complied. This pretty much confirms they belong to Apple, whether they are final or a prototype.

How To: Install Nintendo Games and Play With Tactile Feedback in Your iPhone

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Unlike the original version, the NES emulator for the iPhone works great now —except for the sound. There’s still one big problem: the lack of tactile feedback on the buttons. Natetrue, the creator of iBrickr, came up with an ingenious hardware patch: a transparent vinyl layer cut like the gamepad buttons. It seems silly, but it works. Jump to see a demonstration video and learn how to install the NES emulator plus your favorite games in the iPhone (for Windows and Mac OS X.)

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Antquarium is a Gel-Filled Ant Farm

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Although the Japanese often improve on many of our gadgets, replacing the dirt in an ant farm with a nutrient-rich gel doesn’t quite work as well as you’d think. Instead of digging tunnels and generally surviving, the gel ants in this Antquarium live only a short time by feeding on the dead flesh of their brothers and sisters. Great if you’re trying to find who the most survival-worthy ant is, lousy if you’re trying to keep them as pets.

[Amazon via Tokyo Mango]

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Water Tower Apartment Looks Great Inside, Misses Fiery Magical Eye on Top

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Someone in the Netherlands transformed a water tower into a cool vertical apartment. The results are amazing, and the spiral stairs are guaranteed to keep you fit and/or drive you mad with so much spinning. Looking at the guy sliding down the wall, someone already thought about a better route for descent.

[Materialicious via Boing Boing]

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Contact Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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It’s not a direct line, but you’ll get to the admin secretary closest to Steve Ballmer. If you have a longstanding Microsoft issue that multiple trips to the MS customer service line haven’t solved, try pitching her your problems.

Microsoft
Steve Ballmer, CEO
(425) 706-8448
steveb@microsoft.com

Oh, and apparently this one is for Mr. Bill Gates:
billg@microsoft.com

Undoubtedly, both email addresses are answered by secretaries. But would you rather your plea be answered by high-level secretaries who can walk across the office and drop sugar in their master’s laps, or some guy in India with a laptop powered by a heifer’s holy nipples?

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Friendly Email To Steve Ballmer Results In New XBOX 360

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Reader “AlteredBeast” writes:

Dear Consumerist(s)…

I was a frustrated Xbox 360 owner. Long story short, I had 6 Xbox 360 since launch that needed to be replaced, 4 of them due to poor quality control with the refurbished units (only 2 fell victim to the overheating issue). I had already purchased an extended warranty, beyond the extended one Microsoft provided. On the 6th repair, I was insisting on getting a new, not-refurb, unit. I escalated the call as high as I could, to where I was given a special phone number and extension for a case worker of sorts.

I was told that if I had called a few days sooner (closer to when I received the 6th unit), I could have gotten a new unit…but it was too late. He also insisted he was as high as I could go, and there was no flexibility. I thought what I was requesting was fair, and was getting very frustrated.

Around the time I received the box in which to send back my busted 360, The Consumerist posted the email addresses for Microsoft execs, including Bill Gates. I typed up my case, clicked send, and crossed my fingers. Just two days later I received a call from a rep who was perfectly willing to replace my 360 with a new unit! The turn over time was fast, and so far my 360 has worked flawlessly! Granted, it wasn’t in a brand new retail box, so I will never know if it is truly new, but it had no scuffs like my refurbs did, and smelt like a new item. So I just wanted to than you guys, and if you are ever at the Jersey shore, come on over for a BBQ and some Xbox 360 gaming!

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Google turns Google Earth into a telescope

Google has made it to space with their latest Google Earth software that lets you explore the heavens. It’s worth noting though that a similar (and in my opinion, much better) product already existed called “Stellarium” — it makes Google’s product feel really beta.

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The reason I say it “feels beta” is because simple searches for things like “Mars” don’t really give you any meaningful results. It would also be nice to have the option to see the horizon from any place on earth — something that should technically be possible as they obviously have the data.

Google Sky looks promising though — a few years in development should produce some interesting features.

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iPhone 1.0.2 update released

Before you get your hopes up, there’s allegedly no new functionality here — “bug fixes” only. Then again, that was the verbiage last time, too, and there ended up being a few little goodies packed in there. Word to the wise: we’re getting an error on our hacked unit right now, so let us know what y’all are getting.

Update: Yep, Jailbreak still works! Phew.

Update (code BAD): We take it back about our backup working properly. Despite the fact that we had a couple of error messages during the upgrade which seemed innocuous, this iPhone update wiped out our device and refused to restore our last back backup, instead creating a new backup based on a fresh restore. In other words: we just lost everything on our friggin device and the automatic backup is gone.

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