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Author Archives: David Ponce

Gratuitous: Special Barrier Obliterates Truck

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You’re looking at a specially built barrier stopping a truck. That much is obvious. What you may not know is that it’s developed by Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute, under contract by the US State Department and it has only one purpose: to stop explosive-laden trucks travelling up to 50mph dead in their tracks. As you can see, it’s quite effective at that. The idea is to place it in front of high-value targets, like embassies. And as you can probably imagine, survival of the occupants wasn’t part of the engineering equation. Considering they’re hurling themselves at a building in order to blow it up anyway, it would have been silly to even care about this.

There’s no word on where or even if this barrier will ever be deployed, but just knowing it exists can inspire a little bit of confidence that embassies could eventually be protected from the kind of attacks that killed over 200 people in 1998.

[ Texas Tribune ] VIA [ Jalopnik ]

LEGO Super Mario Bros. Floor Lamp Can Be Your For A Princely Sum

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Everything in life comes at a price. The price you pay for not having the patience or the skill to build a magnificent 27.5″ tall, and 10″ square Super Mario Bros. floor lamp is an outrageous $2,200(USD). And let’s be honest, you know that if you had that kind of disposable income, you’d be it yesterday. Right?

This is a Mario Brothers themed Lego light that can also be used to hold your keys, wallet, sunglasses, whatever. The lights are LEDs and they are operated by remote control. Via the remote you can turn the light on and off, change the color, turn the brightness up or down, and the lights have some color changing effects as well.

It’s made by Etsy seller PugsnLegos, who fortunately has other similar (but smaller) items for sale at more reasonable prices.

Hit the jump for lots more pictures and a video of the thing in action.

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Deal of The Day: $1,000 Google Play Store Giveaway

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Want to buy all kinds of apps on Google’s Play Store, but the money isn’t there? Just enter this giveaway and run the chance to win up to $150 to spend on anything you like! That’s first place, while second place gets $100, and 15 other winners get $50.

Considering this giveaway closes today at midnight EST, you’ll know in a few hours whether you won, so what’s the harm in trying? Just enter below!

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Deal Of The Day: 50% Off On RAW Beats Speaker

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This is a rugged Bluetooth speaker. It’s $40. Think about that for a second. The RAW Beats Speaker is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, scratch resistant, and has a 7 hour battery life. On top of that it weighs less than a pound, and a built-in mic even lets you take calls. Toss it around, play with it in the rain, in the shower, while camping, it doesn’t matter. It measures 6″ X 2″ X 2″, and as mentioned, weighs less than a pound: 0.85lbs (0.39kg / 390g).

Did we mention it’s $40? That’s down from $80, a 50% price cut.

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OMG #Bendgate: Bent iPhone 6 Plus Devices Will Be Replaced Under Warranty

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Set aside world hunger, rampant terrorism, an increasingly ambitious Russia… forget all that stuff: the new iPhone 6 Plus has a tendency to bend in people’s pockets! But fret not, if your skinny jeans have given Cupertino’s new mini iPad mini an unintended curve, word is that it can be replaced under warranty.

Folks at TheNextWeb asked about the issue via Apple support chat were the representative said it is “100 percent up to the Genius you speak at the store.” The Genius will first conduct a test which is called the Visual Mechanical Inspection and if it passes that the unit will be replaced under warranty, provided that all of the guidelines are met. If not then customers will have to pay for a replacement.

It sounds like Apple is still deciding how to handle the issue, and it’s a little disconcerting to know that the fate of your super expensive giant phone is completely in the hands of a potentially pretentious Apple Genius. And we’re not sure what those guidelines are, but we suppose they involve there not being an obvious ding that would indicate the phone was dropped, rather than gently bent while in the comfort of your hipster pants.

VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Clever Candle Holder

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Oh, this is probably as old as the world. But had you seen it before? We hadn’t, we think it’s pretty cool, so we’ll tell you about it and you can direct your “Your stuff is stale as day-old farts!” comments to our legal department (hint: it doesn’t exist). Although, really, there’s not much to say. It’s a candle holder with an opening so you can light it with a match without burning your fingers or being forced to light the candle first and then having to insert it while hoping it doesn’t tilt around too much and extinguish (we get stressed out by simple tasks). It’s $16, which is probably too much, but we’re not about to start looking for another, cheaper purchase link.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ OddityMall ]

The ThermalStrike Luggage Will Bake The Bedbugs Out Of Your Clothes

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There are some thing you want to bring back from your vacations, like that stupid jar of sand or that bottle of questionable rum. But what you definitely don’t want to bring back are bed bugs. Those little suckers will lay eggs in your clothes, and next thing you know you have an infestation. But if you pack your stuff in ThermalStrike’s line of heated luggage, you don’t have to worry about a thing. Special elements on the inside lining will heat the contents up to 140° F (60C); just leave the bags plugged in to an outlet for a few hours before checking out, and you’ll effectively kill any potential friends you were about to inadvertently bring back. It’s FAA and TSA compliant, so you can travel worry free. And the price is more than reasonable, with a carry-on sized bag costing $200, while a full size upright is $249; the set is $399.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Deal Of The Day: 33% Off On The RFID Blocking Alpha Wallet

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If you’re in the market for a new wallet, we sincerely hope you’re considering some of the slimmer, more minimal offerings out there. No one wants a George Costanza situation. And while you’re at it, why not get something like the Alpha Wallet? It features two anodized metal plates, held together with a rubber band. Sandwich your cards and cash between them, and never worry about someone skimming your information. Normally costing $45, you can have it for $30 today.

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Deal Of The Day: 40% Off On The Mobile Cloth

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Yes, of course you can clean your phone with a tissue, or even the corner of your shirt. But more often than not you’ll find yourself just pushing grease and germs around the screen, but not off. The Mobile Cloth is made from a special material that has been shown to lift up to 98% of germs present on a screen, with no need for chemicals. Each cloth is 9″ by 9″, and come in packs of 5, in varying colours. Normally $20, it’s $11.99 today.

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