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Motorola Defy+

September 25th, 2011 David No comments

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The forthcoming Motorola Defy+ does all the same boring shit your current phone does, but it’s got one trick that smokes the competition. The Defy+ will survive a ten-minute dunk underwater. When will you ever need this? Well, if you haven’t dropped your phone in a toilet already, you will soon. Then you’ll know why this one is better.

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Ak47 Design Outdoor Fire Pit

September 23rd, 2011 David No comments

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Cool fall nights are always right for a backyard fire. But in the morning when you notice your patio deck has a burn in it, you’ll wish you had one of these outdoor firepits from Ak47. With its smooth, architectural design, it fits with any décor and keeps your fire safely contained. When you’re done, just slide the metal cover over the top and forget about it.

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Google’s Photovine App Now Open for All

September 20th, 2011 David No comments

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Back in July we covered the release of Photovine for iPhone, an image sharing app developed by Google’s internal Slide team that, among other things, is also responsible for Disco, a group messaging app, and Pool Party. Powered by a slick design and attention to detail, the Photovine app that was released last month didn’t allow everyone to sign up and start sharing photos as the system was invite-only without an open sign-up. With an update pushed last night on the App Store, Photovine has revamped Facebook and Twitter integration from within the app and finally opened registrations without the need of a beta invite.

Unlike the popular photo sharing app and iPhone-based social network Instagram, Photovine doesn’t revolve around the simple concept of photos uploaded to a user stream and shared with followers. Rather, Photovine is based on “vines” — photos connected by a caption and contributed by you, your friends, and other people using Photovine. So, for example, say you’d like to share a photo about your newly acquired MacBook Air, you can start a vine called “My new MacBook” and your friends will be able to let the vine “grow” with new photos related to the caption, and the photo you originally posted. This is best explained by Photovine’s promo video, which we’ve embedded after the break.

Photos in a vine can obviously be liked and commented on, each user has its own dedicated page with a profile picture and followers/following/likes counts, and an Inbox tab in the bottom toolbar allows you to check on messages you’ve received from other users, or notifications such as new followers, comments, and likes. This is not too dissimilar from Instagram’s implementation of “activity”. Users can add new photos to an existing vine (or even “watch” a vine if they’re interested in it) or create a new one from scratch — Photovine comes with a beautiful custom camera interface that lets you snap your own photo, or pick one from the Camera roll. Indeed the whole app sports a gorgeous and clean design that makes it easy to jump through vines, user profiles, and comment on photos shared by others.

Photovine for iPhone is an interesting concept with a good-looking interface and additional social functionalities to forward photos to Twitter and Facebook, and find friends on those social networks as well. You can download Photovine for free on the App Store.

 

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Power Pod

September 19th, 2011 David No comments

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A clean workspace is the sign of a cluttered mind. But so what, nobody else has to come into your head and get work done. The common areas of the office are a different story. This 6-port AC power supply disguises itself as a tidy little desktop pen holder/accessory tray until you need juice. Then just pop the lid off and plug in.

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Wally One Boat

September 13th, 2011 David No comments

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It’s not exactly cheap, but the Wally One Boat (€580,000; roughly $840,000) is likely the most affordable in the company’s line of legendary sea cruisers. A replacement for the company’s prior Wally Tender, the One is designed to be the ultimate day boat, offering a small kitchen area, a sleeping area for two — three if you’re adventurous — a 43-foot length, Yanmar 370hp engines, and a top speed of 40-50 Knots.[Uncrate]

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8 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient

September 5th, 2011 David No comments

Published 4 days ago By Lou Carlozo, Green Dad columnist for dealnews

2626829710 a12547e78c z 8 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient<=”" a=”" align=”right” border=”0″ height=”250″ hspace=”8″ vspace=”5″>My friend Fabulous Frank is always coming up with neat ideas and inventions; one of his best designs boasts a refrigerator with a glass door on it. And while that may mean some extra-tough cleanups, just think of the one glorious advantage it offers: “Every time you’d go to check the fridge,” he says, “you wouldn’t have to open the door to see what’s inside.” Which of course means less energy wasted.

Until Fab Frank’s fridge becomes a regular consumer option, we have our work cut out for us. Even if you have an EnergyStar refrigerator, you know these big appliances still eat electricity — about 500 kilowatt-hours per year even for the stingier models. The question is: Can we improve on that? You betcha. Below are some tips for making fridges (both standard and EnergyStar models) run more efficiently. And we’ll start with a tip that comes courtesy of Frank himself.

1) Open The Door Less

Particularly if you have kids, you know fridge doors get opened dozens and dozens of times a day. Whenever that happens, warm air rushes in, making it harder for your appliance to keep cool. Leave the doors open longer than two minutes, and you’re putting strain on the fridge. So until they invent glass doors, do what you can to limit how often and how long your doors get yanked open. With shopping trips, I lump all the refrigerated items into one big pile and then load up as fast as possible. Try determining how much time you need to shave off your loading time with this Presto Electronic Clock & Timer ($10.68 with free shipping via Prime).

2) Pack It Up, Baby

After each shopping trip, I love to stuff the fridge — and there’s a reason besides the fact that many Italian Americans like myself do this. A full fridge means that there’s less hot air that needs cooling. Of course, a stuffed fridge means poor air circulation, and any well-stocked cooler begs to be opened many times. But so long as you police your clan from peeking out of boredom (or swinging on the handles) you should come out ahead on the energy-savings side.

3) A Freezer on Top is Tops

For those of you considering a new fridge, keep in mind that not all EnergyStar models are created equal. The government’s EnergyStar website reports, “Models with top-mounted freezers use 10% to 25% less energy than bottom-mount or side-by-side models.” Besides, a bottom-mounted freezer means stooping over to get the Haagen-Dazs, which isn’t exactly my idea of how to launch an indulgent dessert experience. The GE Top Freezer Refrigerator in White or Black ($448 via “APP50B2″ with free shipping) is an inexpensive option that fits the bill.

4) Chill Out on the Ice-Cube Maker

Maybe we could stand to learn something from the Europeans, who don’t take ice in their drinks. Icemakers and through-the-door dispensers not only increase a refrigerator’s price by up to $250, they also increase energy use by 14% to 20%, EnergyStar figures show. So if you have an icemaker, why not give it a rest? And if you really need crushed ice, consider the merits of these Tovolo Perfect-Cube Ice Trays (two for $14.99 with $3.99 s&h) and a hammer.

5) Location, Location, Location

This one comes courtesy of our friends at allyou.com, who point out that a fridge shouldn’t rest close to obvious hotspots. “Place your fridge away from your oven, stove top, radiator, or other heat sources, and make sure there are a few inches of space around it. The unit can nestle, but it shouldn’t abut walls, counters, or other appliances.” I suppose that means no cold storage for my Twinkie flambé, either.

6) Check the Seals and the Frost

Just as leaky window and door seals yield a drafty house, a fridge with bad seals around the doors can’t do its job well. If your seals have suffered from wear or damage, check out RepairClinic, which stocks just about every type of replacement part for large appliances. As for the frost side, it’s a good idea to periodically defrost your freezer, as that will help it work better. If you see more than a quarter-inch of frost all the way around, it’s time.

7) Clean Those Coils

Dust is the enemy of many large appliances, from air conditioners to stereo systems. In the latter, dust blocking the vents can cause overheating, and dust on the coils of your fridge forces it to work harder. Getting in back of that monster may conjure visions of an emergency room visit, but tidying up isn’t hard if you consult a reliable resource, like your appliance manual. A vacuum with a crevice attachment is crucial, as is a small brush (like a paint brush) to reach more troublesome areas. Your efforts will not only keep the fridge working better, but also preserve its longevity.

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Going colder than the preferred temperature wastes electricity, and for refrigerators, that ranges between 35 and 38 degrees, according to howstuffworks.com. There are other benefits as well to sticking in this range: “Anything higher and foods will spoil too quickly (it also presents food poisoning problems). Anything lower and freezing becomes a problem.”

Common to all these tips is one overarching principle: habit. Once you get in the habit of checking on the appliances you take for granted, they’ll reward you in kind with extended years of service and extra savings in the bank — all while making a dent in your carbon footprint.

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Streets of Monaco Yacht

September 1st, 2011 David No comments

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Everyone has their favorite city, a place where they feel most at home whether or not they live there. But what if you could pack up that place and take it with you, basically anywhere you wanted to go? That’s sort of the idea behind the Streets of Monaco Yacht (Around $1 Billion). This insane invention aims to recreate Europe’s most notorious billionaire enclave with scaled down clones of iconic structures like the Monte Carlo Casino, Hotel de Paris, Cafe de Paris, and even the Grand Prix course, functioning as a go-kart course on the deck of this 500-foot watercraft. Other features include multiple swimming pools, a multi-use court for basketball and tennis that doubles as a helipad, a submarine (!), an interior “oasis” area, space for up to 16 guests and 70 staff members, a spa, and, of course, a swim-up jacuzzi bar. All of which begs the question: how big does a yacht have to be before it becomes a city unto itself?

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Bullet Chess Set

September 1st, 2011 David No comments

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Never mind the ’90s-era website from which it comes — the people were obviously too busy shooting their guns to worry with web design. The Bullet Chess Set ($300) is a completely unique set made from spent .223 bullet shell casings, which have been creatively cut, smashed, and otherwise manipulated into intriguing forms that are nonetheless recognizable as their respective pieces. For extra flair, carry the board separate and load the pieces up into a bandolier.

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Rolltisserie

August 20th, 2011 David No comments

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Whether you’re a professional tailgater, the designated family reunion chef, or simply have a reason to make unreasonably large quantities of smoked food, you would do well to check out the Rolltisserie ($6,700-$7,300). Made entirely of 304 stainless steel and mounted on dedicated trailers, these mammoth smokers combine a fully automatic, gas-fired, wood-smoking oven with a digital temperature control system and over-sized self-basting rotisserie system to cook nearly 200 pounds of food at once, making for an awful lot of happy diners.[Thanks Uncrate]

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Deal Alert: Dream Cars race track driving for $99

August 19th, 2011 David 1 comment

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$59 for Luxury Bentley, Aston Martin, or Lamborghini Ride-Along Experience ($177 Value). $99 for Driving Experience ($237 Value). Deal Alert: Dream Cars race track driving for $99

 

The Fine Print

  • Expires Aug 24, 2012
  • Limit 3 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 18 or older. 6’4 height max. 325lb weight max. Must sign waiver. Must have valid Driver’s License.
  • See the rules that apply to all deals.

Highlights

  • More than four miles of raceway track & 1,400-foot straightaways
  • Drive 202 mph with 550 horsepower
  • Transportation available from NJ transit station

Now available to anyone with enough cash, luxury sports cars were originally designated for ostentatious athletes such as basketball stars and champagne-treading water-polo players. Harness power and opulence with today’s Groupon from GT Dream Cars at Old Bridge Township Raceway in Englishtown, New Jersey. Available dates to redeem this Groupon in 2011 include September 1–5 and October 14, 21, 28–30; 2012 days will be specified at a later date. Choose between the following options:

  • For $59, you get a three-lap luxury sports-car ride-along experience (a $177 value).
  • For $99, you get a three-lap luxury sports-car driving experience (a $237 value).

GT Dream Cars leases its elite fleet of exotic sports cars on a temporary basis to help add a touch of luxury, beauty, and raw power to an afternoon or weekend. Clients select one of three swanky steeds: the powerfully sleek Aston Martin Vantage, the luxurious Bentley Continental GTC convertible, and the Lamborghini Gallardo, capable of speeds up to 202 mph with the power of 550 horses or 78 furious mastodons. Whether easing into the driver’s seat or calling shotgun, auto aficionados take three spins around Raceway Park’s 1.35-mile road course, blasting down the 1,400-foot straightaway and deftly maneuvering the mini corkscrew. Family and friends can achieve a vicarious thrill in the flat-screen-laden lounge and purchase lunch on-site, though the cars will not partake due to their strict celery-and-motor-oil diet.

The New Jersey track is easily accessible from New York City via New Jersey Transit. Clients can take a bus or train from Penn Station to Matawan/Aberdeen, where GT Dream Cars staff offers pickup and drop-off services for an $18 fee. Alternatively, the raceway is about 40 minutes away by car from downtown, or seven days by tortoiseback.

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