Jacob Haas

Designer, doodler, dad and gadget enthusiast. Currently working as an art director in PA. Loves writing the first half of short stories, and might even finish a few someday.

Updated type experience coming to Adobe InDesign CC and Illustrator CC

NEWS – Anyone who has used the latest Adobe Creative Cloud versions of InDesign or Illustrator has probably noticed that font selection is a little unwieldy. I use InDesign every day and whenever I’m looking for a specific sort of typeface to use, like a nice handwritten font, I find myself squinting at the tiny …

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These mosquito repellers conjure an anti-bug force field

NEWS – We’re heading into the middle of summer, and that means cookouts, pool parties, and naturally, mosquitos. There are methods of curbing those pesky bloodsuckers, but bug sprays are smelly and oily and may not mix well with sunscreen, and open flame candles can be messy or dangerous. Thermacell may have that problem licked. …

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Black+Blum Eau Good Duo water bottle review

REVIEW – Every minute, a staggering one million plastic bottles are purchased, many of which simply contain filtered water, and that figure is on the rise. Homeware designer Black+Blum aims to help curb that rampant bottled water consumption with their double-duty water filter and infuser bottle, the Eau Good Duo. What is it? The Eau …

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Logitech KEYS-TO-GO Bluetooth Keyboard review

If you’ve ever tried typing a memo or a lengthy reply to an email on your smartphone, then you’ve probably experienced that frustration of cramped fingers, getting the cursor in the right position, or wrestling with highlighting a bit of text to copy. Logitech’s KEYS-TO-GO portable keyboard is a serviceable remedy that comes with a …

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Apple offers free month of larger iCloud storage plans

Apple offers free trials of larger iCloud accounts

Apple has begun promoting free 1-month trials of paid, higher storage iCloud subscriptions to customers currently on the standard free 5GB plan. The promotion is limited to users who are on the entry-level (and rather paltry) 5GB storage plan. The 50GB, 200GB and 2TB tiers typically run $0.99, $2.99 and $9.99 per month, respectively. Anyone …

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Nintendo reveals Switch Online service details

Nintendo Switch Online

After months of conjecture based on a handful of details, Nintendo finally announced their full intentions with their upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service, launching in September of this year. The service will allow continued access to multiplayer games as well as Save Data Cloud Backup (finally!) and access to a growing library of classic NES …

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Fanstereo Studio43 Bluetooth Headphones review

When it comes to headphones, there seems to be a sliding scale of form and function. Looks, comfort, sound quality and price are all factors that fluctuate wildly. Do the Fanstereo Studio43 Bluetooth Headphones deliver on all categories? What is it? The Fanstereo Studio43 Headphones are premium wireless Bluetooth headphones with clean aesthetics and comfortable, …

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AUKEY Graphite Wireless Charger review

Wireless charging isn’t a new technology, but it’s rapidly becoming an industry standard in mobile devices because of its ease of use. Despite this fact, I haven’t seen very many chargers that are visually impressive. Most of the time, they’re just black, plastic pucks relegated to the corners of a desk or nightstand. AUKEY’s Graphite …

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Jisoncase Leather Slim-Fit iPhone Case review

One of my favorite official Apple accessories has been their leather iPhone cases. I’ve purchased a few over the years and my only regret was how much I spent on them…. usually upwards of $50. What if you could get Apple-quality for less than half that price? Jisoncase’s Leather Slim-Fit Case is just what you’re …

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1.1.1.1 – DNS for faster, more private browsing

You can think of DNS (domain name system) as the directory of the internet. It’s the thing that connects the name of a website (google.com) to its IP address (8.8.8.8). With every action that requires internet access, the first thing that needs to happen is your device looking up the address of a domain. And …

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The Oregon Trail Handheld Game brings you dysentery on-the-go

It’s an 80’s classroom nostalgia trip in a pocket-sized package! In this handheld version of the classic Oregon Trail, hunt for food, trade with settlers and ford dangerous rivers as you attempt the 19th-century trek from Missouri to Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. This game was a treat to play in elementary school, though I think …

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Leave your smartphone behind with the Light Phone 2

Modern smartphones have basically become the equivalent of someone tapping you on the shoulder every 10 seconds. If you don’t meticulously manage app notifications, your phone quickly devolves into a hyperactive toddler of a distraction machine. Sometimes, you’d love to just chuck it into the deepest pocket of your backpack, but what if someone really …

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