In an effort to boost company revenue EA created an Online Pass Program in 2010. The idea behind the EA Online Pass was that they could make money off of the used game market by charging second-hand users to pay additional fees to unlock content.
Bad idea. Long story short, EA has finally done the right thing and is ending the program. “Many players didn’t respond to the format,” the company told GamesBeat. “None of our new EA titles will include that feature.”
This is more about the wow factor than anything else. So don’t fret over the fact that you can’t take a corner without dragging the motor, or that the belt on the left side of the bike is likely to rip your pant leg off, or that if it doesn’t start in the first few tries you will likely have a dead battery. None of that matters because when this bike is parked next to others… they will all be invisible.
This bike was put together by Frank Ohle in Germany and is powered by a 150hp Rotec Radial R3600 airplane engine. This bike is amazingly unique and has to be one of the only 9-cylinder bikes around. Video of the airplane engine motorcycle in action after the break.
Honda ha a bunch of cool new bikes hitting the road in 2014. One in particular will end up in my stable though, the Honda Grom. It reminds me of a Ducati Hypermotard / Monster that has been shrunken.
“This is really a fun time for Honda fans, as we unveil these four incredibly cool all-new machines for 2014 that reach out to entirely different segments of the market,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “This introduction serves as a perfect example of what 2014 is going to be like for Honda, as we continue to bring diverse and completely new concepts to riders, no matter what kind of machines they might favor.”
While the Honda Grom is closer to pit-bike sized than that of a full sized motorcycle… it comes with some cool gadgetry and tech. Start off with the smaller frame, and LED taillight, 12-inch wheels, a two passenger seat, an inverted front fork, hydraulic disc brakes, a 125cc fuel-injected engine, a standard 4-speed transmission, and a digital instrument cluster. All this goodness for just $2,999. I am smiling just thinking about it. Cool Honda Grom Videos after the break.
The Zoll AutoPulse Cardiac Support Pump does near perfect chest compressions which help in cardiac arrest situations. The Zoll AutoPulse is battery powered and uses a load-distributing LifeBand to squeeze the entire chest. This allows for more consistent compressions than those delivered by typical manual compressions. Another nice feature is that while the AutoPulse is providing compressions the life-saver can focus on other activities. Genius!
Give your outdoor dog clean drinking water. No more stagnant, and potentially unhealthy, drinking water. The WaterDog is an automatic outdoor pet drinking fountain. WaterDog works by activating a stream of water when your dog gets within 3-feet of the fountain, and turning off when your dog walks away. All you need is an outdoor faucet and 4 C-batteries (up to one year). Video of the WaterDog automatic pet fountain after the break.
Trying to sneak alcohol into concerts, sporting events, and cruise ships is getting next to impossible. Backpacks and purses are being searched and pockets are being frisked. I personally think this is a violation of rights. However, as long as people are willing to put up with these overreaching searches, they will continue.
So enough of the negative bits. On to the sneaky bits. The iFlask Smartphone flask will make sneaking 4-ounces of your favorite libation much easier. Not enough booze for you? Add a realistic looking digital camera flask that carries another 5-ounces of liquid. Have fun and don’t drink and drive.
For the AT&T customers who love the giant smartphones. The LG Optimus G Pro has made it to the AT&T network for $200 with contract, $550 without.
- Huge 5.5″ full HD color display
- Incredibly fast 1.7GHz quad-core processor
- Advanced 13MP camera with Dual Recording
- Innovative QSlide™ 2.0 and QuickMemo™ apps help you do more, faster
Why didn’t I think of that? We have all seen the vehicle roof storage boxes by the likes of Thule, Yakima, and Rightline. And most folks think they are pretty clever just for strapping some extra storage on the roof of their vehicle. And they were. But things just got super exciting in the roof box space.
The BoatPack ($1,600 + Free Shipping) has a 650 liter storage capacity, wooden seats, two row locks, and as a boat weighs under 45lbs. The boat/roof storage box is made Acrylic capped ABS plastic and is double skinned for strength. The outside of the boat is black and the inside of the boat is white so it isn’t hot to sit in. The boat comes with a wooden seat, a transport wheel, folding oars and rowlocks and can carry 363-lbs of weight. I have never wanted a roof storage box so much.