Death Star Dog Cone [Pic]

It’s so ADORABLE! Leetul scifi doggy! I wanna get one and put a Stargate around his head.

[Hobo Hiatus via Neatorama]

Nicktoons in Paris [Video]

The Black Nerd presents a Jay-Z/Kanye spoof featuring a bunch of our favourite Nicktoons from the 90s and not to mention Alisa Reyes – original cast member of Nickelodeon’s All That!

Tis rather amusing if you grew up in the 90s (and had access to Nickelodeon…which I did not. I was a Cartoon Network kid. But I remember many of these characters anyway – it was the 90s.)

iPad 4G: What’s in a name?

Apple has reportedly agreed to refund buyers of the new iPad in Australia who are disappointed to find it does not offer 4G speeds. The company may face similar problems in Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The 4G feature on the new model only works on specific wireless frequencies, namely 700MHz and 2100MHz. Those aren’t used for 4G (LTE) services in all countries, such as Australia which uses 1800MHz. Buyers there have found the 4G version of the iPad automatically switches to a 3G connection — faster than the cheaper version of the new iPad, but considerably slower than 4G.

What makes things more confusing is that in all countries the more expensive model is dubbed the “WiFi + 4G.” However, at launch time it appears Apple didn’t make the compatibility issue entirely clear on its website for Australian visitors, instead simply including a note inside the packaging itself.

That’s prompted a threat of a lawsuit from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It now says Apple has agreed to include the statement ” This product supports very fast cellular networks. It is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX Networks” on all marketing materials in the country and ask resellers to display a notice to that effect.

It doesn’t yet appear Apple is willing to agree to initial demands that it should change the name of the device when selling it in other countries. That could involve some major administrative headaches.

There are similar problems in Europe, where the 4G feature is also of limited use. Swedish consumer officials have questioned whether the marketing is legal, while theUK’s advertising regulator is investigating complaints.

Meanwhile Apple has tried to clear up confusion over battery life in the new iPad. There’s been some concern that two identical devices starting from a “100 percent” charge and carrying out the same activities don’t have the same battery life.

Apple has now explained that the new device, as with all previous iOS gadgets, goes through a charge and discharge cycle when it is plugged in and almost full. Once the battery is genuinely full, it discharges a little then recharges again, continuing this process until it is unplugged, a measure designed to keep an “optimum charge.”

The confusion comes about because the battery display reads 100 percent at all stages of this top-end cycle. Apple insists that no matter what stage is reached at the point the device is unplugged, users will still get the full 10 hours’ life (for average use) mentioned in marketing materials.

Part of the confusions may also lie in the fact that a thicker battery in the new iPad, designed to support the extra screen and graphics demands, takes a little longer to fully charge than in previous iPads.

Why You Should Date a Geek Guy [Video]

The Gay Comic Geek gives you a run down of the pros and cons of dating a geek guy. While it is in the context of the gay geek, there’s plenty there that’s relevant to geek men in general. Or do you disagree? I think he might be generalising the qualities of geek boys just a little too much here. What do you think?

Dated a geek guy before? Tell us about it!

Cute R2D2 Skirt

Find a guy with C3P0 pants to take you out for a stroll?

[59.99USD on Etsy]

GoChaseRabbits have a few other cute geeky skirts in addition to the R2D2 one so check out their store!

Sangria Time-Lapse [Video]

So winter is setting in down in the southern half of the world, so a sangria’s nice. But let’s face it, no matter what the weather, an awesome time-lapse video with (terrible) geeky video effects thrown in making sangria in a totally nerdy way is just fun! :)

Hand-Stamped Geeky Jewelry & Accessories

Get whatever geeky phrase you like hand-stamped onto metal jewellery pieces. They look so damned cool and at prices ranging from 10USD-30USD they’re really not too badly priced for fully customisable stuff! I really like the Game of Thrones “my sun and stars” and “moon of my life” bracelets. If only I had a geeky someone to buy it with…

[Get them at Chasing At Starlight on Etsy]

What Physics Students Do [Pic]

Yeah, the meme is getting a little tired but as a former physics student, I thought this was too accurate not to post.

[Via Ifuckinglovescience]

7 Smartest Anime Characters?

[Credit: Niz]

Found this list on Squidoo of the 7 Smartest Anime Characters, according to the author Gusti.

The English isn’t great in the article but the names are pretty clear:

  • Shinichi Kudo (Detective Conan)
  • Ryuzaki L a.k.a L Lawliet (Death Note)
  • Shikamaru Nara (Naruto)
  • Bulma (Dragon Ball)
  • Hiruma Yoichi (Eyeshield 21)
  • Akiyama Shinichi (Liar Game)
  • Nico Robin (One Piece)

Do you agree? Who’s got a better list?

Nerd Burlesque!? [Video]

Now there’s something I didn’t think I’d see…

Having put on a play in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, I know that there would be SUCH an audience for this in Melbourne! Yay for sexy geekery!

[Via College Humor]

Apple to Refund iPads Down Under

She won’t be so happy when she finds out how inadequate it is…[Credit theunquietlibrarian]

This be one for the Apple haters: Apple’s been attacked by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for engaging in “conduct that was misleading or deceptive or likely to mislead or deceive.” How come? Because down in Aus, there’s no 4G mobile data network that the iPad is compatible with!

Australia does have a 4G network with Telstra but “the new iPad” (I still hate that name), which is meant to have 4G capability, is not actually able to use the Telstra 4G network. Telstra’s network only works with the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Velocity (win for the Android phones).

Paul Anastassiou who is Apple’s barrister said that Apple was willing to make everyone aware of this short-coming via email and was prepared to offer a refund to any customer who believed they were duped, though he thinks not many will take the refund.

I say prove that ass-wipe WRONG. If you’re one of those who bought the iPad with a sim and already have an iPhone (or another smartphone with tethering capabilities) – take that refund! Get your money back and get the iPad without the sim (which costs like 140AUD less!) and just use tethering on your phone. Who needs the extra bill right?

Also, you should do what my boss did: go to David Jones and get their credit card and you can buy it there (yes, they stock Apple products, who knew?) with 48 months interest free! Get iPad now, pay for it in 2 years. Woot.

Mr. Anastassiou said that Apple would actually argue the further demands from the ACCC that included putting corrective stickers on iPad boxes and placing ads in newspapers announcing how the touted 4G capability is perfectly useless in Oz.

Apparently Apple claims that networks in Aus are equivalent to 4G networks overseas. Yeah, tell that to the slow-as internet on my phone Mr. Anastassiou.

So there you have it – Apple chastised for not really giving the bang for the buck they claimed they would. I’m sure the Android fans are more than pleased?

[Via SBS World News]