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Deal Of The Day: 10% Off On PowerCube Original USB

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Electronics need to remain juiced up, and that means you’ll have multiple power cords vying for the same outlets. That’s when power strips usually enter the picture, but they don’t all have to be boring eyesores. The PowerCube Original USB features 4 outlets and 2 USB ports in a cubic configuration, which prevents bulky transformers from blocking access to an adjacent outlet. There’s a resettable fuze that’ll blow at 15 Amps, so your electronics don’t fry in the case of a surge. Normally you’d pay $20 for this, but today it’s $18.

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Deal Of The Day: 20% Off On The 180 QX Drone With HD Camera + Extra Battery

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There are all kinds of drones flooding the market at the moment, for pretty much any budget. The 180 QX Drone is somewhere in the bottom mid-range, normally costing $239 but discounted to $189 today. We’re even throwing in an extra $5 off if you use the coupon code “qxdrone5″. For your money, you get a drone with a 720p camera that can also record stills.

The 180 QX is a great ready-to-fly drone for pilots of any skill level. It has three different flight modes: High and Low angle modes emphasize stability for photography/filming, while Agility mode allows for ariel stunts such as loops and rolls.

With the included camera, you can easily capture high-quality videos or images while you fly. Don’t like leaving the house? No worries – the 180 QX is small enough to fly in the inside, but durable enough to take some beatings in the great outdoors.

One charge will get you between 5 and 10 minutes of flight time, and this drone comes with one spare battery so you can keep on going even as the other charges back up.

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Coffee Mug With Integrated Pipe

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If the first thing you want to do when you get up in the morning is smoke up, we might want to suggest you could have a problem. Then again, we don’t judge and if that’s how you chose to live your life, then all the power to ya! So wouldn’t it be great if you were able to take a sip of your morning Joe and have a little toke at the same time, from the same vessel? That’s exactly what the Pipemug lets you do. They’re intended for tobacco use only (wink wink), and feature a fully functional pipe, with the mouthpiece on the handle and the chamber sticking out like a mushroom on the side. Prices start at $49 and don’t seem to go much higher than $60.

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Pantelligent Is A Smart Frying Pan That Takes The Guesswork Out Of Cooking

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Frying something up is simple once you’ve done it a few dozen times and burnt or undercooked enough things to know how hot to make the pan. That’s called experience. But if you lack that and still hope to make a nice dinner for your date tonight and not look too stupid in the process, you’d do well to get yourself the Pantelligent Frying Pan. It has a temperature sensor embedded inside, which communicates with your smartphone. This way you just select a recipe and it tells you when the pan is hot enough, when it’s too hot, when to add which ingredients, etc. It takes your hands and walks you through the entire process of cooking, while removing the fear that you’ll burn something or leave the center raw. You’ll still have to exercise some caution because the right temperature on the pan doesn’t mean you can leave stuff on it indefinitely, but having that extra piece of data can still go a long way to preventing some culinary disasters. It’s a $200 pledge, which seems atrocious considering you could get a regular pan for maybe $20… but that’s the price of technological advancement, we suppose.

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Tabletop Fireplace Fits Better In Cramped Apartments

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There’s something about a crackling fireplace that just screams Holiday Season, but that’s a luxury that apartment dwellers have long ago given up. It doesn’t have to be that way, and The Tabletop Fireplace is quite possibly the easiest way to approximate the experience, without burning the whole building down. It’s a self-containing fireplace that burns recycled liquid ethanol and gives off nothing more than CO2 and water vapour in the process. The flame gets up to around 7″ high, which is quite a bit less than a legit fireplace, but come on people… call it a compromise. For a bit of festive spirit right on your kitchen table, you’ll have to spend $160.

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Deal Of The Day: The Apple Watch Giveaway

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The year 2015 may not bring flying cars and ubiquitous honverboards like BTTF II promised, but it will bring the Apple Watch. Some of you are already saving up for the purchase, while others gripe at how expensive this stupid watch is while simultaneously sort of wanting one. Well, how about winning one? Just enter our Apple Watch Giveaway for a chance at this $400 timepiece.

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Stocking Stuffer: Scotch Infused Toothpick

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Man, it’s the Holidays. It might as well be called the Eatingdays, because everyone knows you’ll be stuffing your face with stuffing. After you’re done, however, you might want to pick at your teeth, so having these Scotch Infused Toothpicks will definitely put the fun in functional.

- Finest quality northern white birch
– Soaked in barrel aged Islay single malt scotch from a 200 year old distillery and then kiln dried leaving behind flavors deep in the wood of the toothpick
– All natural ingredients
– Each bottle has a minimum of a dozen toothpicks

It’s $9 for a pack, but they seem to be sold out at the moment.

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Somabar Is A Robotic Drink Maker For The Home

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Making tasty cocktails can take a little bit of skill, which is why many people just opt for a good ole beer or wine when drinking. But Somabar hopes to take most of the effort out of the equation by giving you the ability to make hundreds of cocktails at the simple press of a button. The WiFi-enabled appliance carries six special pods that you are meant to fill up with your own combination of liquors, spirits and chasers, as well as a smaller ‘bitters’ pod. Once you’ve told the related application just what’s in these pods, you’ll instantly have access to a list of available drinks.

When you press that button on the app, your SOMABAR will take the ingredients from scratch, infuse bitters (if you are in the mood) and dynamically mix them in precise quantities using positive displacement pumps before pouring out your craft cocktail in less than 5 seconds. The mixing comes from a combination of fluid dynamics, kinetic energy, and turbulence created by static vanes. What that means is fewer moving parts to maintain, as well as fast and perfectly mixed cocktails. Our on-board software and sensors make it easy to make new recipes and manage your inventory (liquid gold).

The pods are dishwasher safe, easily attach and detach from the device, and can be stored in the fridge so your booze is cold.

It’s a $399 pledge for now, with expected delivery in July 2015.

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Self-Tightening Bionic Bra Being Developed

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It’s a dilemma most men are unaware of: that of what type of bra to wear? Something comfortable will usually not provide enough support at the gym or during vigorous activity. And sports bras will keep your boobs in place, but at the cost of comfort. A two-bra approach is the most common solution, but researchers at the University Of Wollongong in Autralia have spent the last 25 years trying to develop a bra that does well in both situations. It’s only recently, thanks to new materials and 3D printing, that they are starting to see good results. The ‘Bionic Bra’ they’re developing would feature smart materials that tighten when needed, providing extra support when physical activity is detected, and relax when calm returns.

The bra isn’t quite ready for commercial release, but a working prototype seems to have been developed and work is underway. How far away from prime time this is, and at what cost, is a mystery for now.

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