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Flic: Cute as a Button
It seems that nothing can stop the Swedish startup juggernaut at the moment, as another piece of tech by Shortcut Labs gets its crowdfunding launch. Unlike many hardware offerings though, Flic is a simple premise at a winning price point. Essentially...
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Adventure-Proof Power from Brunton
With roots in developing navigation tools going all the way back to 1984, Boulder, CO-based Brunton has applied its sensible and utility-driven approach to design toward creating tools for the modern-day adventurer. Whether seeking solace in the...
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Swich Wireless Phone Charger
Similar in concept and material to the Orée Pebble 2, the Swich wireless phone charger uses both natural wood and stone in delivering a wireless charge to smartphones and other such devices. Unlike the Pebble, the Swich proffers a more elegant structural...
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This is Ground
LA-based This is Ground makes leather goods for all your tech-related headaches and near-catastrophes; as they put it "creative solutions to everyday problems." From leather cord "tacos" (designed to keep cords bunched together, but not tangled...
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CH Gift Guide: Perfect Snap
Have a budding lensman in your life? Help your favorite photographer move beyond the confines of Instagram filters and into the bigger picture with a gift that will surely enhance their camera skills. Whether it's Hasselblad's beautiful point-and...
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Leatherman Grind
The diagnosis of dangerously loose hardware—when you realize your skateboard feels squirrelier than ever but you're, no doubt, far from home—often leaves you no choice but to ask a stranger to borrow a screwdriver and wrench. To make sure you're...
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PowerPot by Power Practical
Going off the grid for a few days is one of life's purest pleasures. While ditching modernity is sometimes a must, having a flat battery on your mobile phone or digital camera can dampen your adventure. From making a call in the event of an emergency...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Ron Arad In Reverse Israel's talented designer Ron Arad recently opened a new exhibit at the Design Museum Holon (which he also designed in 2010) called "In Reverse." Inspired by his love for metal, the series explores the physical characteristics...
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Manfrotto Befree Tripod
No longer does traveling fast and light also have to mean leaving your camera gear behind. Case in point: the Befree Tripod from Manfrotto. Weighing just over three pounds and standing under 16 inches when folded, we found the portable tripod to...
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Power in Your Pocket
For all the access and entertainment an iPhone 5 provides, battery issues still plague ever-active, on-the-go users. But there are several alternatives to carrying around cords and scoping the scene for an outlet. As the summer season hits and holidays...
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Nokia Lumia 928, In the Gloaming
Advertorial content: The Nokia Lumia 928 promises to be the best low-light camera phone on the market today, so we're using it to produce a new series of stories photographed at twilight, called In the Gloaming. Sporting Carl Zeiss® optics and...
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Test Drive: 2014 Lexus IS F Sport
Since taking the helm at Toyota Motor Company in 2009, president and CEO Akio Toyoda has been pushing hard for a more innovative direction. So far many of the company's talking points have been downplayed as hype, but the 2014 fleet looks to change...
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August Smart Lock
We've seen everything from robots that work autonomously to clean your windows, to iPad apps that change your lights' hue, but the latest home improvement technology to deservingly catch our attention is the August Smart Lock. The most recent project...
TRAVEL
Airframe Portable Phone Mount
As the weather continues to warm up in the Northern Hemisphere, our inner-compass begins to spin, urging us onto the open road. To assist with navigation once we heed the call is the handy Airframe portable car mount. This little device from Kenu...
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The InterLock
While we've seen a variety of solutions to carrying a cumbersome bike lock, like Levi's commuter series, the task is most often a bit of a struggle. Enter the InterLock, an integrated seat post bike lock. Currently on Kickstarter, the device replaces...
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iPad Mini Cases
Apple launched the much-anticipated iPad mini last week, and with it their own smart cover—a familiar folding design only made a touch more magical by the reduction of materials and realignment of magnets so that the edges lock together when...
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Experiment ZR012
United by one-track minds focused on horological innovation, MB&F and URWERK recently teamed up on a new experimental project to bend the boundaries of timepiece engineering. Project C3H5N3O9—the molecular formula for nitroglycerine, so Nitro...
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Make Noise
A brilliant new initiative that's as exciting as it sounds, Make Noise aims to raise awareness about the importance of recycling electronics by supplying the UK with a host of free club nights around the nation this November. The project is the brainchild...
CULTURE
Bullrun Rally 2012
More than just an excuse to take your super-car from the track to the open road, the Bullrun Rally is an eight-day adventure putting driving abilities, navigational skills and overall gravitas to the test. Started in 2004 with a cross-country...
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Deep Fried Gadgets
Beer battered tablets and crispy fried notebooks are just a few of the dishes served up in "Deep Fried Gadgets", a delicious new series by photographer Henry Hargreaves. Inspired by an internet video of a Japanese youth deep frying and eating his...
DESIGN
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Caine's Arcade Caine's Arcade tells the heartwarming story of a creative young boy in East LA who made a DIY arcade using cardboard boxes from his father's auto parts store. Discovered by an encouraging young filmmaker, Caine has what he calls...
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Amplifiear
Nonlinear Studio's Amplifiear is a clever clip-on device designed to enhance your iPad's sound. Stunning in its simple design and basic, low-tech construction—no batteries or wires, nor electric currents of any kind required—the Amplifiear...
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Electric Skateboards from CES
Nestled among the many iPhone gadgets and advanced home accessories at this year's CES were a couple of companies taking a less conventional approach in the realm of outdoor activity. We spotted a pair of electric skateboards for those seeking...
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iPhone Photo Accessories from CES
While running around the labrynth of CES last week we noticed more than a couple standouts in the category of iPhone photography. From snap-on fisheyes and tripod-compatible add-ons to an app that sends physical post cards with the swipe of a finger...
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