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Author Archives: David Ponce

Brilliant Advertising From Guinness

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There isn’t much to say here, other than to note that this particular ad is effective because the beer is black and reflects light so well. Wouldn’t have worked so well with a lager, and that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? Good job, Guinness advertising agency!

The question, of course, is if you’ll even notice this when you’re good and drunk…

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Deal Of The Day: 51% Off On TextExpander 4, Winner Of The 2010 Macworld Editors’ Choice Award

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If you find yourself typing the same thing over and over again, whether for work or in your day to day emails and messages, you might get a kick out of TextExpander 4. It allows you to assign shortcut keys to a piece of text of any length, “from a single line signature to paragraphs of boilerplate, just drop them into your snippet collection and have them at your fingertips – literally.” It works with signatures as well, letting you pick from an image library. It’ll fix typos and fill out forms for you, and generally try to be of assistance in the sometimes tedious task of entering repetitive information on a computer. It’s normally $35, but today you can have it for $16.99.

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Verner Panton Living Tower Is A Vertical Sofa For The Rich

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It’s nice when you can afford the luxury of decking out your living space in out-of-the-box pieces of furniture and home apparel. It’s all Ikea and dollarstore cutlery for us, but if your wallet has deeper recesses than ours, Verner Panton’s Living Tower is an interesting take on the sofa. It features an organically shaped sculptural piece that can accommodate up to 3 to 4 people in comfort, all the while looking like it came straight out of the 60’s. And that’s, well, because it did. Panton died in 1998, and originally produced this piece in 1969. But it’s being brought back by Vitra, the original manufacturer, and you can have it for an astounding $16,125. Yes, delivery is free in the continental USA, but that’s probably small consolation once you realize you spent 5 figures on a piece of furniture.

Dimensions, incidentally, are 78.75″ L | 26.5″ d | 78.75″ h.

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E-Bike Retrofit Kit Monitors Your Heartrate, Adjusts Assist Accordingly

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Many people use bicycles as an exercise tool, and not only as an outdoorsy activity. But sometimes, when you’ve ventured out a little further than you normally do, it’s nice to have a little assistance on the way back. The Falco Fusion Sports Electric Wheel is an electric motor hub that can be mounted on just about any bike, turning it into an electric assist vehicle. Its rugged design means that this also includes mountain bikes, by the way. The 50V 400Wh Li-Ion battery pack is good for up to 110 miles of assistance, which is great, but not the salient feature. That would be its compatibility with heart-rate monitors, which would allow it to precisely and automatically control the amount of assistance its sending your way, based on how tired you are. If your goal is to maintain your heart going in a specific range, but suddenly a hill shows up, this electric hub would let you climb it without pushing your heart above its target.

Granted this isn’t the first electric drive hub we’ve come across, but we believe it’s the first time we see it integrated with heart-rate monitoring. It’s doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, so we’re not sure if it’ll ever see light of day. A $495 pledge can get you on your way to owning one.

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Dyson Just Upped The Robo-Vacuum Ante

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Even though the company had gone on record saying the “technology for robotic vacuum cleaners isn’t ready yet”, that might have been $47 million and 16 years of R&D ago. Today that all changes with the announcement of the Dyson 360 Eye, a robotic vacuum cleaner that they clearly feel is ready for the big time. Unlike its competitors, this bot has a 360 degree camera mounted on top, which allows it to accurately map its surroundings and more efficiently cover its working area. It does the mapping at 30fps, but adjusts its shutter speed to match the bot’s own movement, so it never loses track of its position within the room. A rotating brush made from carbon fiber and nylon bristles spans the width of the front of the bot, kicking dust up in the air and making it easier for the powerful V2 digital motor to suck it up. This dust gets stored in the 0.4L tank, which is plenty for most jobs. The battery lasts about 20 minutes before the Dyson 360 Eye needs to find its way back to its charging station, which it’ll get to even if there are minor obstacles in the way, thanks to its articulated “tank treads”.

Excited? Get ready to wait. The bot is being launched in Japan in Q1 2015, and then the rest of the world afterwards, at an undisclosed price. Expect that price to be: a lot!

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Deal Of The Day: 52% Off On X-Presenter Smart

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You’re looking at a pretty cool presentation tool. The X-Presenter Smart comes with a USB dongle, and a laser pointer that inserts into a phone’s audio jack. With the related application, you’ll be able to “start and stop presentations, forward and backtrack slides, or even turn the screen black to focus attention back on the speaker.”

X-Presenter SMART is a free and complete presentation app that allows you to control onscreen presentation programs including PowerPoint and Keynote.

With amazing app features like Mouse Mode, the smartphone screen acts as a touchpad to move the mouse cursor, click on links, right-click, and scroll up and down.

It also comes with a plug-and-play USB dongle to be used with the Smart App to get your presentation rolling in just a click. The USB dongle is super compact and allows for seamless communication between your device and presentation at hand.

That’s a pretty useful tool to have, all the more so because it’s just $24 today. If there are any college students reading this… guys, this is going to be useful this semester. Just sayin’.

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One Keyboard, So Many Devices: The Logitech K480 Lets You Switch Between Them

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If you’re anything like us, you have a multi-device setup at home. You watch stuff on the TV that’s connected to a Mac Mini, say. Then you work on your desktop with your smartphone sitting atop of it, and maybe there’s a tablet nearby as well. It’s the way things are done these days, but do you really need multiple keyboards for all these, when just one would do? The Logitech K480 can connect via Bluetooth to three devices simultaneously, and then seamlessly switch between them at the push of a button. A usage scenario could involve you typing on your desktop, then switching to your smartphone to reply to a text, and then searching for another song to listen to from the streaming music service on your Mac. There’s even a cradle integrated into the keyboard for you to nestle a mobile device.

It’ll be $50, available this September across the states.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Leggage Laptop Case Gives You A Foot Massage On Those Long Flights

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The only thing more unpleasant about flying than having the seat in front of you jammed into your knees, is not being able to get back into your shoes at the end of a long flight because they swelled up so darn much. They say you should get up and walk around, but it’s not always possible to move that monolith next to you, snoring his day away. The Leggage laptop case features ribbed and angled hard surfaces that give you up to 9 different massaging positions. Just place your case on the floor and rub your feet all over it, angling them up and down and promoting circulation. Then stand right back up like you haven’t just been confined to a flying box of sardines for 12 hours. You can fit laptops up to 15.6 inches inside the case, and only comes in black. It’s $80.

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Disney Theme Parks Are Serving Mac n’ Cheese Cones

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We are feeling our arteries clog as we write this post, not because we had any of these delicious looking concoctions, but just because we’re looking at them. Yes, that’s a gigantic bread cone containing macaroni and cheese. And while the cones themselves are not new (they might’ve been around since 2012), the fact that they’re at Disney is. To be precise, this particular cone was sold at the concession stand at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Fantasmic!. Wendy from the DisneyFoodBlog took the picture, and she chose to have her cone with bacon sprinkled on top. Good for you, Wendy! They’re about $10 each, and come in Mac n’ Cheese and Chilli Cheese variations. Each one is served with Lays, and probably 5 times your recommended daily intake of carbs and fats. Enjoy!

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