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( If everyone could have one wish as to how they would change their apartment, I bet a good majority would choose more closet space. Levi’s has answered that wish in kind with these portable closets. No…

The WSJ has confirmed that Mic will introduce their newest mobile phone OS on Monday at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. WinMo 6.5 is dead; long live Windows Phone 7.

The announcement will almost certainly come during Steve Ballmer’s Windows Phone press conference, scheduled for 3pm local time. According to the WSJ, Windows Phone 7 will have an entirely new user interface that closely resembles that of Zune. This backs up what we’d heard from a tipster last month.

Apparently, Windows Phone 7 will look to fix the mistakes of WinMos past by working more closely with OEMs:

With Windows Mobile 7, similarly, Microsoft has gotten more involved in hardware design by creating detailed plans for a small number of handset “chassis” on top of which hardware manufactures can build their devices, people familiar with the effort said. The idea behind the plan, these people said, is to limit the wild variation in quality of Windows phones and to make it easier for independent application developers to write software that runs well on them.

One of those devices to run off of Windows Phone 7 is expected to be Microsoft’s Project Pink/Zune phone, although that handset’s considered unlikely to be part of next week’s announcement.

It’s still going to be some time before we see any Windows Phone 7 devices on the market, but it’s good to see Microsoft getting in gear to replace the inexcusable WinMo 6.5. [WSJ]


Artist and Geekologie Reader Eric Tryon went and made himself a skeletal bicycle. It’s fully functional and the arms and head move whenever you make a turn. Plus, it looks like you’re humping a demon skeleton, so ghosts won’t mess with you.

Hit the jump for a closeup.

( I think you may agree with me when I state that the more convincing something appears (such as, I would argue, these Copenhagen Zoo Bus Ads), the more impact it will have. I mean, yes the fantastical is…

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Working in a windowless office is drudgery. If you’re stuck at a dungeon desk, today’s featured workspace can at least give you a peek into an office with more than its fair splash of sunshine. More »

This is actually wonderful. Barbie’s had 124 careers since 1959, ranging from Stewardess to Paratrooper. Today she gets her 125th: computer engineer. You can tell she’s smart ’cause she’s got glasses, and reads nothing but binary.

Barbie’s latest career move is also significant for being the first decided entirely by online vote. Though maybe it’s not so surprising that the internet community was especially inclined to see a Bluetooth-rocking geektastic Barbie.

She’s been around for decades, but Barbie’s every bit the influencer that she’s always been. Will this inspire a generation of women to become computer scientists scientists? Probably not. But it might go a long ways towards dispelling any unfair preconceptions about the computer sciences.

Full release below, but first: can anyone tell me what the binary on her screen says? I hope it’s not just a bunch of stories about unicorns. That might defeat the purpose.

The Vote Is In: Barbie® Unveils Her 125th and 126th Careers
For the first time ever, Barbie® asked the world to help her select her next career. Over the past few months Barbie® did research around the world and also conducted an online voting campaign, calling upon the world to vote for her doll’s next career – Barbie® has asked her Twitter followers and fans on Facebook to help her with this important career decision.

But that’s not all! Consumers loudly campaigned for another Barbie® career. The winner of the popular vote is Computer Engineer. Computer Engineer Barbie®, debuting in Winter 2010, inspires a new generation of girls to explore this important high-tech industry, which continues to grow and need future female leaders.

“All the girls who imagine their futures through Barbie will learn that engineers – like girls – are free to explore infinite possibilities, limited only by their imagination,” says Nora Lin, President, Society of Women Engineers. “As a computer engineer, Barbie will show girls that women can turn their ideas into realities that have a direct and positive impact on people’s everyday lives in this exciting and rewarding career.”

To create an authentic look, Barbie® designers worked closely with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to develop the wardrobe and accessories for Computer Engineer Barbie®. Wearing a binary code patterned tee and equipped with all the latest gadgets including a smart phone, Bluetooth headset, and laptop travel bag, Computer Engineer Barbie® is geek chic.

Always a trailblazer, Barbie® continues her impressive career path in 2010 and throughout the new decade as she takes on these two new aspirational careers. Both News Anchor Barbie® and Computer Engineer Barbie® are currently available for pre-order exclusively at

If you go out to party with your friends and leave your significant other at home, chances are that he or she wouldn’t be very happy. Fortunately, here’s the perfect solution.

The video is in Spanish, so read below to understand what’s happening before playing it

The promotional team of Andes—a very popular beer in Argentina—came up with it. They noticed that, once guys get a girlfriend, they don’t go out with their friends as much as before. The girlfriends just don’t like their men going out with their brute friends to get drunk. As a result, beer consumption drops.

To solve this, they created the Teletransporter. Granted, it’s not a real teletransporter, but it’s good enough: A soundproof booth with an integrated sound system controlled by a touchscreen. The sound system offers different ambient sounds, which get played at the touch of a button. The beer company installed several of these in bars and clubs all over the Argentinian city of Mendoza.

Now imagine that you—girl or boy—are in the bar and get a call from your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend. You can a) answer the call and get crucified later, b) don’t answer the call and get crucified later, or c) go into the Teletransporter booth, choose a lie, press the option, and then pick up the phone as the ambient sound changes. Something like this:

I wouldn’t be surprised if these Transporters get installed in bars all over the world, in the style of old phone booths. [Pagina2 - Thank you, Rubén]

( The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one car that won’t give you an unexpected surprise — excluding this commercial of course. Dubai-based advertising agency Impact BBDO illuminates the new Blind Spot Assist…

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iPhone: The default Weather app for iPhones—hey, it works. The Outside weather app provides instant weather conditions, push notifications for custom weather criteria, and a stylish design and interface that will make you a closet weather geek.

The basic weather checking interface itself is pretty neat eye candy, with clever weather depictions of what’s happening right now, and forecasts and additional data you can get to by swiping vertically and horizontally. The push alerts, however, are what really sets Outside apart.

You set alert levels for the UV index, what you consider T-shirt weather, and rain, and Outside will ping you at a pre-determined time—like, say, right when you wake up—to let you know what you should dress for that day.

Outside is $2.99, and that price buys you 30 days of push notifications; every additional 90 days is $1 more. There are certainly free weather apps in the App Store, but outside is a very helpful service, without annoying mobile ads, for the price.

Outside [via MobileCrunch]