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Why Tech Wednesday: The iPhone X Will Cost $279 To Replace The Screen. Here Are Some Other Things That You Could Buy With $279

Sure, that new iPhone looks cool. You can show it off to your friends and be the cool kid on the block for the next couple of days. But Apple has released pricing info for those unfortunate enough to drop their shiny new phone and the most shocking is the $279 charge for repairing the screen.

So for those people we figured we’d have a little fun with the numbers and see what else that $279 could’ve bought you.

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This Waffle Stick Maker Will Drastically Increase You Consumption of Waffle Sticks

What can be more exciting than being able to make waffle sticks whenever you want? I mean,  I guess a lot of things, but waffle sticks are pretty cool too.

The Babycakes Waffle Stick Maker Mini makes making waffle sticks much easier than making waffle sticks by using a regular waffle maker, by making waffles that are already sticks (I’m so sorry). The design means that everytime you make cook waffles, they come out ready to dip in your favorite healthy toppings, like melted chocolate, Nutella or just good ol’ syrup.

I mean, you could just cut up regular waffles into sticks, but what are you, a psychopath or something?

It’s available for $13. Though it only makes 4 small sticks at a time, so it might feel a little ridiculous going back so many times for more. Is there such a thing as going back for eights?

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Exploring the Top Benefits of Tech Gadgets for Education

Whether you are looking for the best Bluetooth earbuds to listen to the latest lecture that you recorded or you simply need a more sophisticated calculator, you know that certain gadgets are imperative to streamlining the education process. Learning more about how certain gadgets can benefit you when you are learning will help you to make sure that you have the ones that you need to get the most out of the material that you are studying.


Study When It is Convenient for You


Certain tech gadgets make it easier for you to study on the go, or at least review lectures and the basic material. For example, if you have the best Bluetooth earbuds handy, you can listen to lectures while you are commuting to school or when you are waiting for an appointment. You can also utilize a flashcard app on your smartphone and create flashcards that include the pertinent information that you are learning in your classes. Both of these make it easier to review the material more often so that you can master it.


Take Advantage of Independent Learning


Technology has made it easier than ever before to take advantage of independent learning opportunities. When you are in school, your teachers and professors will tell you that for every hour you spend in class, you have to spend one to two hours at home reviewing the material. Before technology changed the world, this typically involved just reading your notes and your books. However, you can not engage in interactive activities and even host virtual study groups.

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The LaySee Pillow Is Made For People With Glasses

If you’ve ever tried to lay your head on a pillow while wearing glasses, you know how much of a pain it can be. And if you don’t wear glasses, then I’m happy for you, it must be nice to have functioning eyes.

For everyone else there’s LaySee, a pillow with contoured edges that allow you to lay your pretty head to rest while wearing glasses. I’m not saying it’s a good idea to sleep with glasses on (unless you’re trying to read your mind), but if you just want to rest your head and watch some Stranger Things then maybe you could use a LaySee Pillow.

It costs $79, but it’s made of premium materials. Now I just wonder if it work with people who wear contacts.

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This Hunger Games Theme Park in Dubai Doesn’t Really Get The Irony

The Hall of Heroes (Not Pictured: All the dead kids who were forced to fight each other)

The Motiongate Dubai theme park, has recently debuted their newest addition, a Hunger Games themed section. The section features a “Capitol Bullet Train” rollercoaster, the Hall of Heroes, and the Panem Aerial Tour multimedia experience.

I think they don’t quite understand the irony in having Hunger Games themed attractions, as the franchise revolves around a dystopian future where only rich residents enjoy a high standard of living and nearly everyone else suffers from poverty and starvation. There’s also that little detail where they make kids fight to the death annually for their amusement.

Honestly, if they’re going all in with Hunger Games attractions, they could do a little better. How about park staff dressed like Panem Officers who confiscate the food you just bought, flash mobs that every hour, pretend to riot to protest the wealthy. Of course, the main attraction would be the Hunger Games Experience where kids between the ages of 12 to 17 fight in mock version of the actual games. The losers are kicked out of the park, no refunds, while the winners get a $5 gift card.

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Nerf Powered Tennis Ball Launces Makes Playing With Your Dog Even Easier

Playing with dogs is great. You throw the ball, they run after it, and sometimes they even bring it back, it’s a lot of fun. But what if you could make it even more fun with a Nerf blaster that shoots tennis balls?

That’s exactly what the Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster does (not a very original name guys). Just load it up, pull back the mechanism and watch it fly up 50 feet away, hey at least it’ll save your arm from wearing out if you’re dog never wants to quit. You can also adjust the power between four different levels, based on how far your dog’s willing to run. “You want me to run that far?! Nah, you can get it yourself.”

It’s even hands-free pickup so you don’t have bend over and grab the ball everytime, just press the end of the gun against the ball on the ground and it’s loaded. Dog lovers are going to love this toy.

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Toothpick Crossbow Looks Fun/Super Dangerous

If you ever wanted to launch toothpicks up to 80 feet, that’s oddly specific, but the Ace Sniper might be for you. It’s a tiny metal crossbow that launches toothpicks like a medieval sniper.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “That sounds dangerous” well, it is. It’s 3 ounces of stainless steel retina-piercing fun. Use it at the office for lunchtime wars until someone receive an unintentional tracheotomy. It can even store additional injury-causing toothpicks in the chamber to maximize damage, I mean fun!

It’s available for $60. It’s seems pricey, but that build quality really makes sure that your ludicrously dangerous toy won’t break on you before you accidentally give your buddy some new piercings.

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The NoPhone Air vs iPhone 8

If you’re starting to get fatigue with all these new smartphones coming out every month, then maybe it’s time to upgrade just one more time, to the NoPhone Air. The NoPhone Air is a revolutionary product that combines the convenience of an iPhone with the flexibility of the air that surrounds us. Let’s see how it stack up against the new iPhone 8.

  • NoPhone Air doesn’t need to be charged. iPhone 8 needs to be charged several times per week.
  • NoPhone Air can never be broken. iPhone 8 can’t even survive a fall off of a skyscraper.
  • iPhone 8 weighs more than 1,000,000 times more than the NoPhone Air.
  • iPhone 8 locks you into a long and pricey contract. NoPhone Air is a no-contract device.
  • iPhone 8 has no 3.5mm headphone jack, but neither does the NoPhone Air. This one’s a draw.

As you can clearly tell, the NoPhone Air is geared to bring serious competition into the smartphone wars, and it’s coming in guns-blazing. Sure, there are some features we’d like to see in the future, like a screen, camera, buttons or body, but for $6 you really shouldn’t expect more than a plastic package with a pocket of air.

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Fitly is a Backpack You Can Wear While Running

If you’ve ever tried running, you know how hard it is to keep simple things in your pocket. Keys and wallets flop around like crazy, and phones are another story altogether, most people end up buying an armband to keep them phone safe.

Bringing a back pack would be nice, but they’re too heavy and loose to use, but Fitly is different. It’s a minimalist backpack with small pockets to hold things tight against your body while running. Its adjustable strap, which sits right under the chest, is what allows the Fitly to firmly stay in place and its gentle stretching pockets prevent your belongings from bouncing around. It’s great for those keys, a card or two and maybe even a nutrition bar, and lets you run without worrying that your stuff will fall out of your pockets.

It’s available on Kickstarter for $69 and seem like a great idea for most serious runners. Great, now I need a new excuse for why I can’t go running.

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