Samsung, Swarovski release blinged-out Galaxy Note 3 cover

Samsung and Swarovski have partnered to deliver a custom cover for the Galaxy Note 3. On display at this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, the $300 crystal-clad cover is also on sale for a limited time.

The Galaxy Note 3 case is bundled with a matching bracelet and comes in three color options: Jet (black), Crystal Bermuda Blue and Crystal Metallic Light Gold, and Crystal Metallic Silver. There is one catch -- you'll have to trek to Swarovski's retail store in Manhattan, New York to get one.

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Aim carefully with $130,000 crystal toilet

TOKYO--Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but crystals are clearly for asses.

That's what Japanese interior-fixtures maker Lixil believes, and it's proving it with this awesomely blinged-out toilet under its Inax brand.

The Satis loo is decked out in 72,000 Swarovski crystals and is valued at $130,000, according to Lixil. It's on display at the company's showroom just outside Tokyo's tony Ginza district.

"2011 was a really tough year for Japan, with the earthquake and tsunami disasters," says Lixil's Shintaro Kaai. "We wanted to do this to cheer everybody up just before Christmas." … Read more

MacBook Air gets 20,000 crystals, 2 cherubs

I've been waiting for the moment when famed Renaissance painter Raphael and an Apple product finally meet in a triumphant clash of art and design.

Sound the trumpets and cue the "Hallelujah" chorus! That day has arrived in the form of a 2011 MacBook Air slathered with 20,000 Swarovski crystals arranged as Raphael's two cherubs against a silvery background of glittering angel tears.… Read more

VibroGym Swarovski thingie makes us shudder

Vibrating platform exercise machines claim to give you a workout without the work. The VibroGym Diamond VG Evolution does just that, giving you the feeling of exercising so hard that you throw up--without the exercise. In fact, all you have to do is look at the thing and you go straight to being sick in your mouth.

It's covered in thousands of our old nemesis, the Swarovski crystal. Fresh from assaulting the Olympus Pen E-P1 and a host of other gadgets, the Swarovski crystal has swarmed over the Diamond VG Evolution in an unspeakable nexus of utter pointlessness.

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Gadgettes 170: The 'enough with the feminism' episode (podcast)

We received a passionate e-mail from one of our listeners about the show's constant feminist slant. Fortunately for Nicholas, we quickly decided to devote an entire episode to the other side (for a change).

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E-mail that inspired today’s episode: The “enough with the feminism” episode Enough with the feminist ranting! I want to hear smart woman discuss technology. Not feel uncomfortable as they take every dubious marketing idea personally. Why if I took every male marketing idea personally, I’d … Read more

Gadgettes Podcast 163: The Technology We're Thankful For Episode

Today's cornucopia of technology is perfect for when you travel to visit your family for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some tech makes getting there safer and capturing the moment easier. Other tech was meant for your escape from the in-laws.

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Gadgettes Podcast 156: The Gourmet Gadgette

It's hard to keep us out of the kitchen, for no other reason than we just really enjoy food! Today we offer up a dilectable assortment of gourmet gadgets.

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Cocoon Cooker Grows Meat In Your Kitchen (thanks Bill!)

Ultrasonic dishwasher cleans your plates with waves of sound (thanks Sam!)

Ravi cools wine at the very moment it is poured

Cosentino turns minerals and woods into truly unique surfaces

LED Grabbing Tool Picks Valuables From Where Fingers Fear To Tread

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Gadgettes 153: The Gun Show Episode

How on earth are you going to install that gun rack in your track if you don't have properly buffed guns on your arms? That's right, it's all about fitness tech. Now, Jason has to take a run around the block to catch a cab.

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Wii Fit Bulks Up

Sandisk Sansa Clip+ mp3 player looks pretty, plays awesome

Vivian Tam MP3 Player

Ultra-thin Sony VAIO X laptop weighs just 1.5 lb

Webcycle doles out internet speeds as fast as you’re pedaling (thanks, Morely!)

What would James Bond use? The Japanese pistol camera

What the hell!? Really Snowing Picture Frame Makes It Winter Anytime

Pink Watch Barbie’s gadgets

PRETTY (Bugatti Edition!) Tea kettle of the future from Bugatti

Swarovski crystals and Italian leather for your Bugatti Diva

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Hello Kitty Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z85: No camera deserves this

My eyes! My eyes! They burn! Oh Lord, they burn! The axis of evil that is Hello Kitty and Swarovski has struck again, wreaking havoc on yet another perfectly serviceable gadget. Today's unfortunate victim is the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z85 compact camera.

The Z85 is a 9-megapixel snapper with a 2.6-inch screen which, frankly, doesn't deserve this kind of humiliation. As if the glittering stick-on sequins around the lens ring aren't enough, there's a bunch of gravel-colored stars splattered about the place, and a Hello Kitty face that resolves itself out of nowhere like a … Read more

Light switches brace themselves for Swarovski

It seems like everything under the sun is getting the Swarovski crystal treatment. Back in February, we introduced you to the top five Swarovski disasters, which included phones, radios, and even a whole piano covered in the stuff. Now you can add light switches to the list of useless abominations sprinkled with Swarovskis.

This time around, Berker Switches and Systems has teamed with Swarovski to present the "Crystal Collection." Why would you settle for a boring old plastic switch when you can get a large, multi-faceted Swarovski-cut crystal instead?

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