Miscellaneous

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A commenter on Reddit once said, "I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get into arguments with strangers." I think this is a pretty hilarious way to describe how we tend to take [...]

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After we had our Amazon Echo for a little while, my partner decided that in addition to being able to add items to our shopping list using the Echo, it would be nice to tell the device to order them. "Just wait," I said. "Amazon is in the business of selling things. Sooner or later, [...]

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Attention Spotify users:  Engadget recently reported that Spotify has begun to serve up advertisements on their Web site, targeted based on the music you are listening to.  "Playlist targeting" is what Spotify is calling this feature.  With this technology, Spotify can review your listening habits, and what you are currently listening to, in order to [...]

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ifttt-amazonalexa-1

The Amazon Echo now works outside its black cylinder. Using the new Amazon Alexa Channel on IFTTT, you can create recipes to send Shopping List or To-do List items to services such as Evernote, Twitter, Gmail, or Google Drive. IFTTT, formerly known as If This Then That, lets unrelated apps or services talk to each [...]

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frixion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=190&v=BZArK7AHlyg A few years ago I reviewed the Pilot FriXion erasable pen. This pen features ink that can easily be "erased" by rubbing the rubber "eraser" over the lines on a page. I have those words in quotes because the ink isn't really erased, it's been made invisible by heat from the friction of rubbing [...]

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Pixel-Block-1

Everything we do seems to be tracked these days, even when we open our emails. According to Wired.com, "Marketers—or anyone who’s inspired to snoop—simply insert a transparent 1×1 image [pixel] into an email. When that email is opened, the image pings the server it originated from with information like the time, your location, and the [...]

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kinekt-gear-necklace

Many people may consider wearables like the Fitbit Charge HR to be tech bling, but for real geek jewelry, the Kinekt Design’s Gear Ring and new Kinekt Gear Necklace are the real thing. We reviewed the Gear Ring five years ago and now Kinekt is offering a necklace which is styled for the fairer sex. The Gear Necklace is made from brushed stainless [...]

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batman-moleskine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0xMAFtObys Moleskine's new Batman notebooks have been created in collaboration with Warner Bros. on behalf of DC Entertainment. The collection will have four different themed hardcover designs with metallic details. A fifth notebook, featuring artwork from The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel on its cover and flyleaves, will have a limited run of 5,000. The [...]

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themis

From the "You know you have too much money if you can buy this" files comes the Themis from Solloshi Design. The Themis is a table top humidor for cigars. But it's not just any old ordinary humidor. The Themis is a replica of a Colt cylinder with real bearings and ratchet mechanism and houses [...]

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amazon-cloud-storage-plans

Late last fall, we told you about a perk for Amazon's Prime members, allowing them to store unlimited photos in the Cloud for free.  Well, Amazon has decided to extend the type of files you can store, and they are making the plan available to everyone at very reasonable prices.  No longer must you be [...]

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mailaspud

As part of a new feature I will call "World's stupidest products" or "Do people really buy this stuff?", we have the Mail a Spud service. And yes, it's exactly what you think it is. It's a Russet potato with stamps on it that is sent through the United States Postal Service first class mail [...]

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demeritbadges

Remember those merit badge patches that you earned in the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts?  Demerit Badges are like that, but a little more fun and a lot less serious.  There are dozens of designs in a dozen categories, including Outdoors, Americana and Vegas to name a few.  Each patch is 1.5 inches in diameter [...]

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The optical lenses in our eyeglasses have evolved over the years to include bifocals, scratch protection, progressive bifocals, automatic tinting in the sun and more. But the frames that hold these lenses have changed very little over time. Yes, the styles and designs have changed with fashion trends, but the physical design and components of the [...]

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moleskine-organizer

Moleskine and similarly sized notebooks make great gifts for writers, doodlers and people who like to journal. A new notebook is one idea, but here are three Moleskine accessories that any writer would be happy to see under the tree this year. First up is is one of Moleskine's line of bag organizers. Available in six colors, these [...]

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steamytech

If you are a geek, you most likely already know what steampunk is, but if not, it's a sub-genre of science fiction that features steam-powered machinery and gadgets that have been inspired by the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. The folks at Steamy Tech have created a wide variety of kits and [...]

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frixion-marker

You might remember the Pilot FriXion erasable ball point pen that I reviewed a couple years ago. Now Pilot is offering markers with the same ink erasing capability. The FriXion Color markers are available in over 20 different vibrant colors. The ink in these markers is thermo sensitive. To erase it, you have to heat [...]

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4.Ever Pininfarina Cambiano inkless pen 1

I have never spent a lot of money on a pen, although I do thoroughly appreciate a well designed, highly functional tool. The 4.Ever Pininfarina Cambiano inkless pen appears to be one of those tools. Pininfarina and Napkin collaborated to create this hand crafted (in Italy), beautifully sleek, classy pen that was inspired by the [...]

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Livescribe smartpen fans who also happen to be fans of Moleskine notebooks will be happy to learn that these two companies have teamed up to offer a new series of Livescribe Notebooks by Moleskine. These notebooks have Moleskine's classic design features which includes ivory-colored acid-free paper, rounded corners, ribbon bookmark, elastic closure and an expanding inner pocket. Included in the [...]

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hook-it-sticky-notes-door-hanger

When I need to remind myself to do something that's not part of my normal routine, I leave a note on the front door.  I don't like taping things to the freshly painted door, and tiny little sticky notes can be overlooked or fall off during the night.  I usually write my reminder or to-do [...]

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harbor-breeze-ceiling-fan-pull-chains

There's nothing world-changing about the Harbor Breeze Brushed Nickel and White Pull Chain set, but it will make it plainly obvious to everyone in your family and to visitors which chain turns on the light attached to the ceiling fan and which adjusts the fan speed.  The brushed nickel chain pulls look like a tiny light bulb [...]

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