Long Flight Tips

How to make long flights tolerable for just $60

How to make long flights tolerable for just $60

By on July 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM.

Flying is amazing. You can start your day in Russia, and finish it in Reno. You can travel in relative comfort at over 500 miles per hour. Of course, the operative word here is relative. Few things are sweeter than figuring out a way to cruise in business class as you cross an ocean or two, but if I’m honest, it’s pretty impractical for the vast majority of humans. So, do you squeeze yourself into an impossibly tight seat for 13 hours to get from Atlanta to Seoul, or do you stay home and spend the day clicking through Google Images?

You go.

I’ve endured my fair share of excruciatingly long flights in economy class, and there’s really no redeeming quality to the experience. The only benefit is that you arrive somewhere different. In fact, a quick Google search for “how to survive long flights” yields page upon page of tips from here, there, and yonder. I suppose I’m adding yet another to the pile. More →

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Kickstarter Acton R Rocketskates

These crazy ‘Rocketskates’ have already passed $230K on Kickstarter

By on July 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM.

These crazy ‘Rocketskates’ have already passed $230K on Kickstarter

Remember that good-looking, electric Marbel skateboard, that managed to raise over $365,000 on Kickstarter, or more than four times its goal? In case you wished someone would come up with a similar project for roller skates, you should check out the Acton R “Rocketskates,” which have already raised more than $230,000 on the same crowd-funding site, well over the $50,000 goal, with 35 days to go until the campaign is finished. More →

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Vapshot Mini

How to inhale your alcohol

By on July 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM.

How to inhale your alcohol

“Drinking is so 2013,” says Vapshot, creator of a pair of alcohol vaporizers aimed at the discerning partygoer for whom dumping alcohol down one’s gullet is no longer appealing. Instead of doing shots the traditional way, the Vapshot and all new Vapshot mini turn your favorite liquid alcohol into a vapor that can then be injected into a serving bottle and sucked out with a straw. Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but get used to it — vapor is the latest trend and someday soon we might find ourselves inhaling our meals at a local restaurant. More →

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Best Kickstarter Projects SYNEX

Brilliant new invention brings the joy of fresh draft beer right to your home

By on July 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM.

Brilliant new invention brings the joy of fresh draft beer right to your home

There’s nothing better on a summer day than getting a nice cold beer fresh from the tap. However, you’ve traditionally had to go to a bar or restaurant to get fresh draft beer, which can be an expensive treat after a while. A new Kickstarter project called SYNEK wants to change this by giving you your own mini-tap that you can store right on your kitchen counter and use to pour yourself fresh beer whenever you like. More →

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Smartphone Computer Usage Study

Horrifying chart reveals how much time we spend staring at screens each day

By on May 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM.

Horrifying chart reveals how much time we spend staring at screens each day

It’s rare that a single chart can can be so simple and yet so horrifying. Such is the case with a chart put together by widely-respected Kleiner Perkins Internet analyst Mary Meeker for her annual presentation on Internet trends. More →

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Kickstarter Colfax PHD Urban Bag

This cool urban bag solves two pressing smartphone problems at once

By on May 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM.

This cool urban bag solves two pressing smartphone problems at once

Gadget owners who have to travel a lot have to deal with two pressing problems: charging all their devices on the go, and accessing various kind of files while away from home and the office. While many bags are able to safely carry electronic gadgets, the Colfax and Colfax PHD urban bags currently raising money on Kickstarter will also deal with power and storage issues on the go.

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Google Nest Dropcam Purchase

Google and Nest apparently want to watch you sleep next

By on May 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Google and Nest apparently want to watch you sleep next

Google and Nest are reportedly interested in providing some sort of home surveillance equipment and support in the future, The Information has learned, as the Search giant may make another purchase to help with such plans. Google is apparently looking into buying camera startup Dropcam, although it’s not clear whether the two parties will go ahead with these moves. More →

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Kickstarter Marbel Electrical Skateboard

Meet the Tesla of electric skateboards

By on May 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Meet the Tesla of electric skateboards

Skateboarders looking for an awesome new board should check out Marbel, an electric skateboard currently raising money on Kickstarter that looks very much like an ordinary board. The company says its skateboard is the “most advanced” ever built though, featuring battery technology similar to what you would find in a Tesla Model S. More →

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Kickstarter Light Sentry Smart Home Lighting

This smart home lighting setup could help you save money on your electricity bills

By on May 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM.

This smart home lighting setup could help you save money on your electricity bills

Sonne Industries on Wednesday launched its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the Light Sentry, a smart home lighting system that could help users save money on their indoor and outdoor lighting setups. The Light Sentry system will use a Natural Light Sensor to automatically power lights to desired intensity levels, adjusting them to environmental conditions, seasonal changes and even time. More →

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Airplane Fire Video

Passenger captures video as airplane’s engine bursts into flames

By on May 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

Passenger captures video as airplane’s engine bursts into flames

Air travel is stressful enough when everything goes according to plan — now imagine being on a plane and having one of the aircraft’s engines burst into flames shortly after takeoff. That’s exactly what happened to an airliner full of passengers in Perth, Australia headed for Barrow Island earlier this week. More →

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PicoBrew Zymatic Home Brewing Machine

Ex-Microsoft engineer invents a new machine to help you brew the perfect batch of beer

By on April 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Ex-Microsoft engineer invents a new machine to help you brew the perfect batch of beer

Home brewing is rewarding but it’s also often fraught with peril — if you don’t thoroughly sterilize all of your equipment or if you drop in the yeast while your wort is still hot, it can ruin hours of hard work. Bloomberg Businessweek has written a profile on former Windows engineer Bill Mitchell, who left Microsoft in 2010 to work full-time on PicoBrew, a startup that’s dedicated to take away as many potential pain points as possible for home brewers.

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Banksy Mobile Lovers

Banksy’s latest work ‘Mobile Lovers’ has been torn down – but for a good cause

By on April 16, 2014 at 4:22 PM.

Banksy’s latest work ‘Mobile Lovers’ has been torn down – but for a good cause

One of famed graffiti artist Banksy’s most recent works is a commentary on how distracted we all are by constant connectivity. Dubbed “Mobile Lovers,” the piece shows a man and a woman looking past each other’s shoulders at their smartphones while embracing. It’s a terrific work of art, as all of Banksy’s pieces are, but it was recently torn down by a local man, as BBC reported. More →

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