Kickstarter Amazon Store

Amazon will finally let you buy all those Kickstarters you don’t need

By on July 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Amazon will finally let you buy all those Kickstarters you don’t need

Kickstarter is a fantastic way to get brand-new technology for cheap. But apart from the risk of being scammed, it’s also quite unsatisfying. You pay your money, and a couple months later (if you’re lucky!), something comes in the mail. It’s the opposite of the two-day shipping satisfaction of Amazon Prime, in other words.

So Amazon is trying to fix the problem by adding a dedicated section on its site for buying Kickstarter products.

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Sospendo Smartphone Holder

This is the worst smartphone gadget to ever grace the internet

By on May 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

This is the worst smartphone gadget to ever grace the internet

In a world of Bluetooth-connected fart trackers and hipster-friendly tinfoil hats, I am aware that describing a Kickstarter as “the worst” is a bold claim. But hear me out: from idea to execution to the innumerable GIFs littering the crowdfunding campaign, this particular wearable smartphone accessory ticks all of the boxes.

At heart, the SOSPENDO combines two of the very worst things: selfie sticks and wearable smartphone holders. The SOSPENDO is, according to the press release, an “innovative, ergonomic hands-free device that will hold smartphones, tablets and GoPro cameras.”

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PayPal Crowdfunding Purchase Protection

PayPal will no longer protect you from Kickstarter campaigns that fall apart

By on May 9, 2016 at 8:20 PM.

PayPal will no longer protect you from Kickstarter campaigns that fall apart

You might want to think twice before you find another crowdfunding project with your PayPal account. Starting on June 25th, PayPal is updating its User Agreement to remove Purchase Protection on crowdfunding projects, which means dissatisfied Kickstarter and Indiegogo contributors will no longer be able to dispute charges.

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Chronicles of Elyria

In this MMO, your character actually ages and dies

By on May 4, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

In this MMO, your character actually ages and dies

Realism versus fun is a very difficult balance for a game developer to strike. As technology improves, gamers want to see lifelike environments, impressive physics engines and animations on par with the best that Pixar has to offer.

But they also want to be able to get shot 700 times over the course of a 6 hour campaign and somehow only die two or three times. It’s a dilemma, to say the least, which is why we often don’t feel the stakes of the story.

So what’s one surefire way to get players to make the most of their decisions in a game? Give them a death sentence.

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iPhone 6s Pictar Case DSLR

This iPhone 6s case wants to give your phone a DSLR-quality camera

By on April 20, 2016 at 5:05 PM.

This iPhone 6s case wants to give your phone a DSLR-quality camera

The iPhone 6s is already one of the world’s top smartphone cameras and some pro photographers have compared its performance with digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras that are typically used in pro photo shoots. You might not need to use the iPhone 6s camera for professional photo sessions, but there’s a new case that should certainly improve your photography game. More →

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Kickstarter Coolest Cooler Fail

The second-biggest Kickstarter project ever is also a spectacular fail

By on April 15, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

The second-biggest Kickstarter project ever is also a spectacular fail

Remember the Coolest Cooler Kickstarter that became the most funded Kickstarter project in the summer of 2014? With more than $13 million in pledges, the Coolest surpassed the Pebble smartwatch by promising to become the high-tech cooler that the 21st century deserves. However, the company behind it failed to deliver the product on time. Fast-forward to spring 2016 and Coolest is asking backers who have not received their cooler to pay an extra $97 for “expedited delivery.” More →

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MovieSwap Online Movie Sharing Legal

A brilliant plan to make online movie sharing legal

By on March 11, 2016 at 2:24 PM.

A brilliant plan to make online movie sharing legal

Sharing copyrighted movies online is not legal, and rights owners are still furious about the amount of piracy out there — though many studies have shown that illegal downloads don’t cut into their bottom lines. Of course, sharing DVDs with friends and family is perfectly legal and nobody will come after you for that.

What if a brand new streaming service took that approach to the next level? What if you could share your DVDs with millions of “friends” from around the world, and watch their DVDs just as you’d watch content on Netflix?

There’s a new movie streaming service called MovieSwap that wants to make DVD movie sharing popular again, but with a modern twist that’s likely to enrage movie studios.

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Strip Smartphone Anti-Slip Accessory

Meet Strip, an alternative to bulky smartphone cases that won’t ruin the look of your iPhone

By on November 5, 2015 at 12:04 PM.

Meet Strip, an alternative to bulky smartphone cases that won’t ruin the look of your iPhone

There are two camps when it comes to smartphone safety. Some phone owners want to keep their phones safe at whatever the cost, even if it means squeezing the device inside of the mess of plastic and rubber that constitutes a case.

Others are willing to risk fall damage because they can’t stand covering up that beautiful piece of hardware that costs upwards of $600 without a contract.

Members of the second camp: We have something you might want to see.

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UsBidi Intelligent Phone Charger Kickstarter

Meet UsBidi, the intelligent charger your iPhone’s battery will thank you for

By on November 3, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Meet UsBidi, the intelligent charger your iPhone’s battery will thank you for

About two weeks ago, Australia-based mobile technology company UsBidi launched a Kickstarter for a device that it’s calling “the world’s most intelligent charger ever.”

We won’t know for sure if they’re telling the truth until the product ships, but it appears to be striking a chord with consumers as the campaign has already collected over $270,000 after starting with an initial goal of around $25,000 USD. More →

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AirBolt Smart Luggage Lock iPhone Android

Meet AirBolt, the tiny smart lock that’ll fix your lost luggage problem

By on October 29, 2015 at 8:25 AM.

Meet AirBolt, the tiny smart lock that’ll fix your lost luggage problem

Ever had to deal with an airline losing your luggage? That’s one problem the AirBolt smart lock will try to fix once it becomes a commercial product. The tiny device is currently available for preorder on Kickstarter, and will ship at some point in August 2016 assuming the AUD $50,000 goal is reached. The project is approaching $10,000 in pledges, with 45 days left in the campaign. More →

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MagCable Android iPhone Magnetic Charger

Meet MagCable, the accessory that brings an iconic Mac feature to your smartphone

By on October 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

Meet MagCable, the accessory that brings an iconic Mac feature to your smartphone

Even the most hardcore Apple hater can grudgingly admit that the MagSafe technology Apple uses to keep MacBooks charged is incredibly cool. Now a new Kickstarter project called MagCable that’s being spearheaded by a company called aMagic is hoping to bring this technology to your smartphone. More →

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Blocks Modular Smartwatch iPhone Android

Blocks modular smartwatch storms past $250,000 Kickstarter goal in less than a day

By on October 13, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Blocks modular smartwatch storms past $250,000 Kickstarter goal in less than a day

It all started as an awesome concept, at least on paper, a few years ago: The Blocks modular smartwatch that would let the wearer customize his or her smartwatch experience by removing and adding blocks that contain different hardware components. Since then, the Blocks Wearables team has made significant progress, and a functional device should ship to your door by next May, assuming you’re ready to back it up on Kickstarter – and that everything goes well during manufacturing. More →

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