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Author Archives: David Ponce

Deal Of The Day: 60% Off on Camera Lens Mug

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You could drink your gallon of coffee like a regular person and let it get cold as the day goes by. Or you could show the world you’re a fan of photography, while at the same time keeping your beverage hot (or cold) for longer thanks to this Camera Lens Mug’s insulated walls. It’s shaped to look like a 24-105mm lens, but instead just contains liquids. It’s normally $50, but today is a much more reasonable $20.

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Anura Pocket Drone Looks Super Awesome

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Quadrocopters are all the rage these days. We’re calling them that now for those of you who take issue with them being called drones. You’re technically right, but hey, people are calling these toys drones so we’ll go with that too if you don’t mind. So, anyway, the Anura Pocket Drone packs a tiny low-res camera, is slightly larger than an iPhone, and can fly for up to 16 minutes on a charge. That makes it appealing to anyone who wishes they could play around with a drone but have always been put off by their size. And the smaller ones usually lack a camera, so the Anura pocket drone solves both issues: it’s small, super portable, and has a camera! The four propellers fold in to the frame, which is what allows its small size. WiFi connectivity extends its range, as well as it allows it to stream video directly to your smartphone. That’s some pretty fancy functionality for a device that’s going to cost you a $195 pledge. But you’ll sadly miss the holidays, since delivery is expected for April 2015.

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One Month After Launch, iPhone 6 Plus Scalping Is A Huge Problem In Canada

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I preordered my iPhone 6 Plus 128GB in Space Grey on September 12th, at 11:22am, with Fido, a large Canadian carrier. It’s now October 21st, and I’m still sitting in the pre-order queue at #206, down from #414 when I first completed the procedure. This is ridiculous. But it gets worse. I have been checking the Apple site daily, hoping to be able to make a reservation there and there never is anything available, ever. So I went to one of the Apple stores several times, hoping for a miracle, only to finally be informed by one of the Geniuses of what’s actually going on: scalping!

According to this Genius, it seems there are teams of resellers who hire kids to refresh the Apple site all day, immediately snagging any units as soon as they become available. They then waltz into the store, buy the devices full price, and sell them for an outrageous profit. To confirm this, I decided to see if I could actually get my hands on a phone from one of these resellers. After walking around a local mall for a few minutes, I happened on a small kiosk that sold cell phones. I asked for a 6 Plus, 128GB and was told that “of course, you can have one. It’ll be $1,500.” Oh. Ok. That’s a 50% profit margin!

Meanwhile, Fido has apparently received only about 200 units of the 6 Plus 128GB Space Grey in one month’s time. That’s Canada-wide! What this seems to mean is that Apple is funnelling the vast majority of its available inventory directly to its retail outlets, rather than through the carriers, since we imagine this way they can reap the full profit rather than sharing a portion with the carriers.

It’s a frustrating situation. Of course we understand Apple’s apparent decision to make as full of a profit now that demand is still high, but the unfortunate side effect of this is that regular customers are being gouged. Supply to legitimate carriers is apparently being throttled, and no one at any retail outlet besides the Apple store seems to know what’s going on.

Any other Canadians experiencing this?

Philly Cream Cheese Releases Bacon Flavor

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We could wax poetic about bacon all day. Just look at our bacon tag to see how much we love the stuff. So don’t be surprised that we’re excited to find out that Philadelphia Cream Cheese has announced the release of a Bacon version of their cheesy spread! It’s stuffed with Oscar Meyer bacon bits It’s only available in a few select stores in the US right now, but will be expanding soon. Apparently it goes really well stuffed into a French Toast.

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World’s Thinnest Case Preserves The iPhone 6’s Unnecessary Thinness

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Apple could have made the iPhone 6 about a millimeter thicker and no one would have noticed. Instead, they made them this thin, and a camera sticks out the back like a sore thumb. On your back. Bravo, Apple, bravo. But regardless of how you feel about this potentially boneheaded decision, you might still want to keep your phone protected while taking advantage of the appreciated, but totally unnecessary, thinness. To this end, take a look at this case from Spigen. Made from polycarbonate and a discoloration-preventing urethane coating, this case is only 0.4mm thick. Less than half a millimiter! We wouldn’t write about cases normally, but a case this thin deserves at least a passing mention. It’s $25 for either model, and comes in five different hues.

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Deal Of The Day: 14% Off On 3-Month Loot Crate

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If you’re a geek and a gamer, chances are you’re heard of the Loot Crate. If not, you need to get on it. It’s a monthly mystery box that’s packed with gear that you’ll love, from strategy guides, to stickers, figurines, T-shirts, and even “dragon jerky”. It’s been described as “nerd Christmas once a month”, and at $16 a month, it’s a steal. Today’s deal costs $48 for 3 months, with is 14% off it’s regular $56 pricing.

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Dunking Buddy Helps You Dunk Your Cookies

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Living in the first world sure seems to make it possible to think it’s necessary to design things like the Dunking Buddy. It’s a little gadget that helps you dunk your cookies in milk, because apparently holding them in your fingers is either too hard or too annoying. You could, after all, drop one in… and then that would be disastrous. So the Dunking Buddy attaches to the side of your glass with a magnet (with one part inside) and gives you a tiny plastic tray in which to place your sugary flour discs. That way the rampant danger of drowning cookies is mitigated, and everyone can snack stress-free.

It’s still under development, with a patent pending (!) and an undisclosed price. But you can sign up to be notified of when it’ll be launched.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ThatsNerdALicious ]

Japan Crate Sends You Sweet Japanese Candy Every Month

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You might’ve seen some Japanese candy and its colourful packaging on the Internet for years, and wondered how they taste. But Japan is there, and you’re over here, and oh how will you ever find out? Well it’s easy now: sign up for a Japan Crate, and every month you’ll get a mystery sampling of Japanese candy!

Every month we’ll send you a mystery box ranging from 4-6 full size candies or 10-12 with DIY Candy Kits. Receive anything from a sushi candy making kit to Vanilla Ice Cream Kit Kats. Starting at $12/month with free shipping anywhere in the United States.

So not only can you get a hand-picked sampling of Japan’s finest cavity-causing sugar treats, but you’re also sort of signing up for a surprise every month. It’s like Christmas, twelve times a year!

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Bluesmart Is The First Connected Smart Luggage

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If you consider yourself a modern day traveller, you’re really going to want to take a look at Bluesmart. It’s the “world’s first” connected smart luggage, and it actually packs a host of features that have us salivating here at OhGizmo HQ. Check this out:

- TSA-approved lock that can be toggled via the application.
– A proximity sensor will send you a notification if it senses you’re leaving your bag behind.
– A built-in scale in the handle tells you your bag’s weight.
– Location tracking in case of loss (although this is based on the potential proximity of other Bluesmart travellers within range).
– Built-in battery to recharge your electronics (a typical phone up to 6 times over).
– Easy-access front flap to reach your electronic devices within.
– Trip data tracking.

It’s a good looking piece of luggage to boot. The cherry on the icing is that the company isn’t asking for an outrageous sum; the Indiegogo Early Adopter pricing is set at $215 for the moment, and will go up to $235 once that’s over. Delivery is far away, however, with August 2015 slated as the target.

Hit the jump for a bunch of pictures and links.

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