gadgets: February 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg A bizarre iPhone and iPad app which digitally helps gizmo-wielding Catholics to confess has been officially approved by the Catholic Church.

"Confession: A Roman Catholic App" has been designed to be used in the confessional and guide sinners through the process.

In addition to logging how long it has been since their last confession, the £1.19 app provides a step-by-step guide to the sacrament and prayers.

Makers are keen to stress the app is not designed to replace confessing before a validly ordained Roman Catholic priest… because then if your iPhone crashed you would go straight to hell.

200x190.jpgJust because the iPhone is one of the most technologically advanced communication devices known to man, doesn't mean it has to look it.

At least that's the idea behind a new case which is designed to make your Apple gizmo look more like a 1980s-style handset.

Makers Thumbs-Up say they hope the retro styling of their £12.99 80s iPhone Case will be a hit with phone users who are looking for something a bit different.

After sliding their iPhone into the retro holder, users have a device which looks like it could have come straight out of Del Boy's hand, but still has all the mod cons.

And because the iPhone can sometimes have a dubious call quality, your shouting into the handset just makes the whole thing look more authentically 80s.

275x250.jpgA Chinese Canadian inventor who impressed the internet by creating a water-powered jet-pack says it is now due to go on sale.

The JetLev device can power a user 30ft into to air and allows them to travel at 22mph across water by  constantly sucking it up via a hose and then blasting it back down.

Users control the thrust and direction via an arm which hangs over their shoulders from the light weight backpack.

Raymond Li - who spent 10 years perfecting the device - says it's finally ready to go on sale for £60,000 each and sure to become a must-have toy for  fancy holiday resorts

But he also reckons the JetLev could also be employed in search and rescue missions. Unfortunately it won't be any good for your daily commute… unless you're a fisherman.

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