Tag: 80s

Tubular ’80s redux alert: Mixxtape brings mixtapes into the Bluetooth era.

The mixtape will just not go away, and that’s just fine by me. In this case, the beloved cassette of the days of yore now comes in form of a new MP3 player called the Mixxtape, courtesy of wildly popular Kickstarter campaign that blew away its funding goals faster than you can say don’t stop believin’. Order now and by the end of the year or so, you’ll be ready to start transferring your music library onto this sweet Bluetooth device that has a built-in LCD display and touch controls, a headphone jack, streaming capabilities, and an internal rechargeable...

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The Wooden Boombox: Very awesome, but not actually a boom box

From the everything old is new again files, may we present the Wooden Boombox? It’s actually a Bluetooth speaker, but on the outside, it’s a brilliant hat tip to the old school boombox of my misspent 80’s youth. Only better. because this one is made out of Acacia Koa wood instead of ugly shiny chrome, beautifully carved so it make a great conversation piece wherever you put it, and it won’t chew up and spit out 600 D batteries a week when you play Blondie nonstop because she just, like, speaks to you. In fact, you get about 15 hours on a charge, or use...

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Relics of technology: Super cool, especially now that you don’t have to use them.

Long live my Grandpa’s reel-to-reel, symbol of long, boring vacation films we were forced to sit through for hours on end as children. And now–yeah, I feel a sort of nostalgic longing for that kind of simplicity, pulling down the giant projector screen and gathering around the living room in the dark,  instead of cramming around a 13.3″ laptop screen like we do today. If you don’t know his work, Portland photographer Jim Golden is an exquisite photographer doing very cool, very modern things with still life, particularly vintage tech like the reel-to-reel above. You thought you couldn’t do anything...

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Fantastically retro phone cases let you ring-a-ling, clickety-clack, or ding dong.

Remember when buttons actually clicked, dials actually twisted, and packaged cupcakes were actually made out of food? We do, and we love to see the past recreated beautifully on retro phone cases as our readers might have noticed. Here are a few more we discovered at the Etsy shop Sealed With a Case, and they are are naturally free of both calories and busy signals. We’re smitten with the collection of retro smartphone cases  not only because they’re super cute and handmade, but also because the shop is woman-run and has exceptional reviews, which is not all that common for gadget case shops on...

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9 awesome retro Apple Macintosh gifts to celebrate the Macintosh anniversary. 30 years? Wow.

Thirty years ago, a sledgehammer flew across our television screens during the Super Bowl, heralding the birth of the Apple Macintosh personal computer on January 24, 1984. Today, many of us will celebrate the Macintosh anniversary by shooting emails from our 5th generation Apple iPhones, editing family pictures with brilliant photo apps on our Apple iPads, and working furiously on our Apple MacBooks. The future is now. So in the honor of the world that Jobs built, check out these retro Apple gifts that are perfect for those of us who still have a soft spot for that groundbreaking...

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Web Coolness: The big Apple iPhone news, Marvel female super hero, and first rock star in space

Here are some of favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them! Turn one of your old scarves into a camera strap! How neat.  We’re fascinated by this family who has decided to only use pre-1986 technology. Whoa. So excited that one of our favorite tech organizers is on Kickstarter. Go show them show them some love? Everything you need to know about the new iPhone 5S, 5C, and iOS7. Catch up in a click with this helpful post. Apparently Marvel wants a female super hero film. Yes please! (via Geek Sugar) You will be...

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Simon is back. SIMON IS BACK. (Just making sure you understand how excited we are.)

I still remember spending hours on end playing Simon, that awesomely fun hand-held eletronic game which had you imitating the light patterns as they got increasingly hard. Get it: Simon Says? I cannot even believe it’s back. I still credit my strong memory today to the game Simon and I don’t care what 3-D motion sensor technology it does not have, your kids will still be captivated by the utter simplicity, and the innate desire to beat one’s own score with bragging rights for the rest of eternity. (I got THIRTY-TWO. How many did you get?) We are so...

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Milktape: Like a James Bond mix tape. Because see, it’s not really a mix tape at all…

What appears to be a retro-cool mix tape is actually a high-tech gadget capable of stealing your honey’s heart. Also with music. Continuing our undying (and, yes, stubborn) love for the mix tape, this super cool mix tape thumb drive from Milktape cleverly conceals a USB plug that holds 128 MB of storage space, or about 15 carefully selected songs. Less if you include Freebird.   Just like the mix tapes of yore, it comes with stickers to doodle on, a case, and a cover on which to list all of the songs you’ve carefully curated. Bonus: it’s on sale...

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Let’s chat! But with our mouths. The Talk Dock will help.

Remember when “chatting” involved a receiver comfortably nestled between your chin and shoulder while you paced the kitchen, tethered by a springy coil that was fun to wrap around your finger? If not, congratulations on not having eye wrinkles yet. If so, welcome back. Now you can chat just like that, but while charging up your fancy phone. The Talk Dock is a combination phone dock, charging station, and receiver, not to mention a fantastic conversation starter. Its charger is compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, or 5, but any phone with a headset port can use it if...

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Cool Mom…Pixels? Garb for your favorite gamers

Whether you spent your youth glued to a Gameboy, know a dude who keeps his NES on a pedestal, or have kids digging on Mario for Wii, these pixelated sweatshirts might be worthy of a one-up.   The Drew Wise (The Pixel Artist) Collection features eight sweatshirts that combine old school pixel art with cutting-edge photographic printing techniques for designs that pop like a Hammer Brother. Meaning you will look exactly like a walking Gameboy. Or Pokeball. Designs also include skulls, the Triforce, and Game Over.   Sizes run from Small to 3X, so be sure to check the...

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