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Author Archives: David Ponce

Taco Bell’s New App Lets You Order Food, Skip The Line

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It’s lunchtime and your bowels are seriously hankering for a beating? No better way to go about it than to stuff your face with some tasty Taco Bell. But hey, that long line just to place an order? Ain’t nobody got time for that, so Taco Bell’s just released an new iOS and Android app that not only lets you place your order before you even reach the restaurant, but also customize each item to your liking and pay from your phone. The company won’t actually make the food until you reach your closest location in order to safeguard its “freshness”, but at least you won’t have to wait an hour while hungry patrons stare at the menu while making their minds up; there will be dedicated mobile pickup lines, separate from the regular lines. Interestingly, the app uses your location to determine when to prompt you to confirm you’re ready to have your food prepared. When you accept the prompt, the order is sent directly to the kitchen and your name will be called when it’s ready.

[ FastCompany ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator Looks Useful, At Least For Some

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Despite the name, the Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator isn’t some kind of Halloween prop. It’s a tiny HDMI dongle that mimics a display and fools a computer into thinking it’s connected to one. This is for people who often remotely connect to display-less machines, and who would benefit from being able to do so at full resolution. You see, many PCs automatically lower the output resolution if they don’t detect a display, some even going as far as disabling the graphics card altogether. But if you’re running software that would benefit from having the GPU chugging along, like cryptocurrency mining software, then the Headless Ghost is especially useful. As a matter of fact, if you have a farm of machines built specifically for that purpose, you’ll be happy to know that you won’t be needing a display for each PC, but that an inexpensive £10 (~$16 USD) dongle will do. It can mimic resolutions ranging from 800×600 to 4096×2160.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Deal Of The Day: The Monster Mac Freebie Bundle

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This deal is free, as in beer. You get to download 7 utility applications for the Mac, completely free of charge. It’s called the Monster Mac Freebie Bundle, and if downloads reach 60k, there will be an 8th thrown in: “BackBlaze, 3 Months Of Unlimited Online Data Backup for Mac or PC.” The applications are:

- Macbooster 2
Free Up Your Disk Space For Faster Function & Better Protection

iTunes Data Recovery
Easily Restore Your Lost iPhone, iPad, Or iPod Data

PDFToolkit For Mac
The Ultimate Combination Of PDF Utilities

Sharepod
Copy/Recover Songs & Share Playlists From Mobile To Desktop

SaneDesk
Create Unlimited Desktops Tailored For Any Scenerio

Subliminal
Rewire Your Brain With Computer Messages Visible For Only Milliseconds

Convert64
Encode & Decode Base64 Files With Ease

Your downloads are available immediately, with minor updates thrown in as well.

[ Get The Monster Mac Freebie Bundle ]

This Belt Turns Into A Scooter

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Ah yes, we’ve always wanted to keep our pants up with a 4 pound belt. Who hasn’t? Although to be honest, if it meant that we could just whip it out and ride around in a neat scooter, we might actually consider it. But then of course our pants would fall off, which means the belt is just decorative, which makes you wonder why you’re going through so much trouble in the first place. Ádám Török, from Hungary, decided as part of his product design graduation project in 2013 that in the future most transportation methods will be portable, and that seems to be good enough a reason for him. He created this Belt Scooter to demonstrate his point. It does seem functional, but is most likely a one-off project. Whether it’s available for sale anywhere is anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to know what sort of things can be made with a bit of ingenuity and creativity.

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Deal Of The Day: 39% Off On MondoHub, A 28-port USB Hub

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We suppose that USB-ports are a little bit like cup holders: you can never have enough. With the MondoHub, we’d be frankly shocked if you ended up running out of ports, since it features a whopping 28 of them! That’s 24 USB 2.0 ports, and 4 blazing fast USB 3.0. Also, there “automatic overcurrent protection and hot-swapping Plug and Play technology for each port so you can disconnect your devices without having to worry about data loss.

Each port also has a power switch so you have complete control over which devices are charging or using valuable system resources.” That’s a pretty full-featured device, and it costs all of $59 today, after a 39% rebate.

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Profane Sticky Notes: Annotate With Style

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You may think that sticky notes that say “F**k this” and “Don’t F**k this up” are just novelty items meant to sell by sheer shock value (although, let’s be honest, the “f word” doesn’t exactly have the shock value it once might’ve had). But if you really believe that, you’d be missing an essential point: a swear word’s ability to catch your attention. If you’re annotating documents where it’s essential to get someone to do something and notice your instructions, you may as well give these “Get The Hint – Loud and Clear” stickers a shot. They’re all of $5, and come in a 2-pack with the following captions: “f**k this”, “f**k that”, “this is f**king urgent”, “don’t f**k this up”, and “f**k yeah”.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

Dexmo Exoskeleton Lets You “Feel” Virtual Objects

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With the success of the Oculus Rift, we’re currently seeing a renaissance of interest in virtual reality (yes, for you young’uns out there, were was a VR craze back in the mid-90’s). Not only are companies like Sony launching themselves into the fray, a ecosystem of VR-related peripherals is apparently being built. The Dexmo Exoskeleton by Dexta Technologies, pictured above, is a perfect example. It’s an input-output device that attaches to your fingers and wrists and not only tracks their position, but is able to stop their movement when the virtual object you’re trying to grasp is actually gripped, letting you actually feel it. It’s a force-feedback VR controller, basically, and yes, it’s probably not the first such device hitting the scene. It is, however, the first seemingly affordable one, with a basic input-only version going for a $65 pledge. The more complete version does cost a more hefty $159, but that’s still somewhat reasonable for what it is. There is a catch, however, and that’s the fact that only the index finger and thumb receive force feedback, allowing you to pinch, rather than properly hold objects. Perhaps 5-digit feedback will be included in the next generation of the device, but for the early adopters out there, Dexmo seems like a great way to expand your VR explorations.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Buy Your Own Boeing F-4 Phantom Ejection Seat

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What on earth are you going to do with a non-functional McDonnell F-4 Phantom II two-seat twinjet fighter ejection seat? Who cares?! It’s an honest-to-goodness ejection seat that was once in an actual airplane. It’s been ripped out and refurbished for your owning pleasure.

This genuine Mk.7 rocket-assisted ejection seat from an F-4 Phantom II was made by British manufacturer Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd., the world leader in ejection seats for more than 60 years. The seat has been professionally cleaned and refurbished and riveted to a durable, hand-finished sturdy steel base with a natural-looking weathered finish. It includes a seatbelt, grip handle on right side of seat, empty oxygen tank and release button on left side of seat, Boeing Custom Hangar plaque permanently attached to the seat back, and Certificate of Authenticity. Each piece is unique and may vary slightly from photograph.

Owning a piece of aviation history is rarely a cheap endeavour, and this seat is no exception. You’ll have to pay $15,000 for it, with shipping charges apparently not being included in that pricetag.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Hemingwrite Merges Old School Typewriter Mechanics With Modern E-Ink Display

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Committing word to screen requires at least a minimal amount of inspiration; we’d know, it’s sort of what we do. But not all inspiration is created equal and sometimes, for some type of writing, you need a device that has a little more cachet than today’s computer keyboards. The Hemingwrite is a new, single-purpose, distraction-free typewriter that merges an e-ink display with an old-school mechanical keyboard. It’s a dedicated writing machine with lots of cool features:

- 6+ week projected battery life – Pull a Thoreau and take the Hemingwrite to your off-the-grid cabin in the woods

– 1 million+ page memory – Never worry about having to delete old documents

– Best typing experience with the highest quality mechanical keyboard switches – remember those old keyboards with great tactile feedback? This is like that but better.

– Daylight readable, high contrast screen with backlight for writing indoors, outdoors in the daytime or at night

– Syncs with your favorite cloud apps like Evernote and Google Docs so you can review and edit your documents later

– Beautiful retro-modern design with built-in handle for easy portability

It even looks like it’s a real product in the making, though we have no idea at what price or at which point in time it’ll be released. You can sign up to be notified of that, along with updates to the project along the way.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]