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Dyson Redesigns The Hair Dryer: Meet Supersonic

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Dyson, best known for their vacuum cleaners, recently launched its first foray into an entirely new area: beauty products. In revealing the Supersonic Hair Dryer, the company also gave reporters a glimpse into the four year effort that went into its creation. The dryer itself is said to be much quieter, and lighter than current top-of-the-line models. And… it also looks like the future!

Four years in development, the company spent $71 million (and took four years) to make its hair dryer, with the sort of specifications and research backstory of a car. The press release explains the 600 prototypes, over 100 patents pending, and a cast of 103 engineers that worked on it. It helps to explain the price ($400), but even salon-level hair dryers hover around the $300 mark.

The name at least partly comes from their efforts to make it quieter; by increasing the blades on the rotor to 13, from 11, they realized the device started generating sounds beyond the audible range for humans. Dogs, on the other hand, may not appreciate your morning blow-dry routines.

So yeah, it’s $400, and will only be available at Sephora starting this September.

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How To Decide if you Need Smartphone Insurance

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Featured post by Todd Green. -Ed.

Whenever you sign up for a new cellphone plan, there is one moment that is always the same — the moment where you are asked if you want insurance. There are many different opinions on what you should say in that moment; some people swear by cell insurance, while others decry it as a scam. Below, you’ll find some shopping strategies to help you decide if insurance is right for you — and where you should get it.

Look at the Costs
At the heart of it, deciding on phone insurance is about a simple equation: How much does the insurance cost versus how much the phone would cost to replace. Newer phones, of course, are going to have a higher replacement cost, and getting insurance for your latest pricey gadget is probably a good idea. On the other hand, the cheap pay-as-you-go model you pick up at Walmart may not be worth the monthly premium. Instead of thinking of phone insurance as a monthly expense, you can think of it as putting aside a bit of money for a new phone with every payment.

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Deal Of The Day: 96% Off On StreamJack TV SmartDNS, Lifetime Subscription

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Looks like the competition is heating up in the VPN scene. The StreamJack TV SmartDNS seems to do what most VPNs do, and additionally, it doesn’t log your IP at all so there’s less worry about your potentially less-than-legal pirating activities being tracked back to you (not that we’d condone piracy).

Every device connected to the Internet is using a ‘DNS’—even your device, right now. By using StreamJack’s DNS, your IP address will be routed through their custom global DNS network. As a result, you’ll shield your IP from prying eyes, and even unblock geo-restricted content. That’s right, watch Netflix USA anywhere in the world.

– Bypass internet censorship
– Enjoy a fast & reliable solution for watching TV, listening to online radio & more
– Rest assured that your activity will not be logged
– Use hand-picked dedicated servers
– Keep your IP address anonymous
– Unblock streaming services (Hulu, Netflix, BBC, Amazon Prime, etc..)
– Set up on any device (click here for more details)

Well, you’re getting a lifetime subscription so that would normally be pretty expensive. Like, $750. But you can have it for $29 with today’s deal.

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The Collar Perfect Travel Iron Is The Frequent Traveller’s Best Friend

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You’re running late for a meeting and the only shirts you brought with you on your trip are all wrinkled. Well, if you put a suit on, most of the shirt will not be visible anyway, but what about the collar? That’s of course where the Collar Perfect Travel Iron comes in. All it does it make it super easy to get a crisp collar in a couple of minutes. You can also fold out its ‘wings’ and use it like a traditional iron, though as we mentioned a second ago, that might not even be necessary. It’s $35.

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The Shock Clock Uses Pavlovian Conditioning And Electricity To Wake You Up

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Yes, we know, waking up is hard. There’s an entire eco-system built around providing you with an endless array of options to get yourself out of bed in the morning. But there’s something really interesting about the Shock Clock. It’s a little bracelet you wear to bed, and when it’s time to get up, it does three things: first it gently vibrates, then if that’s not enough, it starts to make an audible alarm sound… and then, if you’re still lazing around, it gives you a harmless but potentially painful electric shock. After some nights, your mind starts to associate the vibration and audible alarm with an upcoming shock, and you’ll presumably make efforts to get up before that happens.

The features don’t end there. There’s a Snooze Lock setting that prevents you from snoozing; the only way to turn the alarm off is to get up and walk around, leaving it up to the motion sensors to determine you’re actually awake. Additionally, there’s an Accountability Feature that lets your friends zap you remotely should you fail to wake yourself up.

Granted, nothing stops you from simply removing the thing from your wrist in the morning, but at some point if you don’t want to be helped, well… It’s $99, with a May 2016 expected delivery date.

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These Are The Stockings You Never Knew You Wanted

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Ladies (or gentlemen of similar persuasion), look down at your stockinged feet. Looks ok, right? Or does it? Well… what about your carefully pedicured nails? Huh, what about them? Do you even see them? Does the world get to appreciate your effort? Japan, as always, comes to the rescue. You’re looking at stockings with individual spots for your toes, and with little toenails painted on them. They come in all kinds of styles, and surprisingly cost about the same as regular stockings: 1,200 Yen, or about $10 each. Designs include items like “Flamingo”, “Mermaid”, “Lime Candy”, and other cutesy things you may or may not like.

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Deal Of The Day: 67% Off Lugulake Portable Bluetooth Speaker Dock

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It’s nice to have options, even when they’re options on product categories that have been written about to death. The Lugulake Portable Bluetooth Speaker Dock may seem like just another bluetooth speaker, but it’s a heavily discounted Bluetooth Speaker.

This speaker set doesn’t just sit next to your tablet or smartphone, it’s right there behind it. It props your device up for you to see the screen at the perfect angle, and syncs wirelessly to stream your audio with the highest quality.

– Use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly from up to 33 feet away
– Plug non-Bluetooth devices into the 3.5mm audio port
– Enjoy premium audio: bass enhance technology, dual 3-watts drivers & high definition sound
– Hold up your mobile device at the perfect viewing angle (even w/ a protective case on)
– Play for up to 10 hours without recharging
– Connect the included charging cable to your computer’s USB port to recharge

Normally $90, it’s $29 after today’s deal, always shipped free of charge.

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New Captain America Collectible Figure is the Hero We Need

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With the highly anticipated world premiere of Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, toy manufacturers have released brand new collectable figures – and Steve Rogers is one of the best we’ve seen in a while. Not only can you show your allegiance to Captain America and his team during this upcoming civil war, but you can also display the full range of Cap’s badassery. The 1/6th scale collectable figure comes with Cap’s iconic shield (complete with scratch marks we believe from Black Panther during the forthcoming movie), as well as a slightly updated suit. Even though we’ve seen Steve’s longtime friend Bucky Barnes return to the side of good in the first trailer for Civil War, we have a feeling Cap’s going to need his full bag of tricks to take on Iron Man and his team next month.

Of course, collectable figures aren’t the only awesome Captain America merchandise we’ve seen lately. Along with Cap’s shield as a bedside light, a Captain America mug over at Hot Topic is bound to make your coffee taste that little bit more patriotic – take a look here. That said, there’s only so much ass-kicking some merch can do, as it could be difficult to battle evil with ceramic. Playing as Captain America in an online RPG named Marvel Heroes is probably the closest you’re going to get to having super-soldier powers and a vibranium shield. For those interested, the free game can be played on SevenGames.

Even though the ending of Civil War is still yet to be unveiled (unless you’ve specifically searched for spoilers), we expect that current Captain America actor Chris Evans will scheduled in the two upcoming Avengers movies, titled Infinity War – Part 1 (2018) and Infinity War – Part 2 (2019), so we hope he makes it through Civil War. However, as we’ve seen with Game of Thrones, popular characters sometimes don’t survive it to the end… but all will be revealed come May 6th.

Otto’s Over-Fired Broiler Gets Up To 970C/1700F To Cook The Perfect Steak

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Did you know that a lot of fancy steak houses cook their meats by broiling them? Yeah, it’s not just by dropping a good cut on a hot grill that you can cook up a steak; given the right temperatures, infrared radiation will get there faster, and possibly better. Otto’s Over-Fired Broiler uses two separately adjustable infrared gas units that reach their 970?C/1700?F operating temperature within 3 minutes. You then just have to place your steaks inside and broil them one minute per side to create a delicious crust that locks the juices in, while the interior remains moist and tender. The size of the grid accommodates even the largest slabs, ensuring even Texas-sized portions get cooked to perfection. It’ll cost you €590 or about $665USD to own, and if you live stateside, you’ll have to wait until October 2016 to get it.

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