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Deal Of The Day: A PS4 And Battlefield 4 Giveaway!

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Giveaways, giveaways, we love to give stuff away! This time you can enter to win a Playstation 4, along with Battlefield 4, and 2 controllers. That’s a $520 value, which you could win just by clicking a couple of buttons. The link is at the bottom, so don’t wait and enter!

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Bullets That Curve In Mid-Air? Yep, The Military’s Got That

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This tech is still in its infancy, but as the video below appears to show, the US military has developed bullets that curve in mid-air. Remember that stupid movie with Angelina Jolie, Wanted? Yeah, it’s like that, only for real this time.

DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program recently conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets. This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful hits.

The EXACTO program is developing new approaches and advanced capabilities to improve the range and accuracy of sniper systems beyond the current state of the art.

When you’re trying to hit a target nearly a mile away, even the slightest mistake compounds into a huge miss, so this kind of tech is definitely useful. How much it cost to develop and how much of that money could have been used for something far less grim than ending lives… is a discussion best left for another day.

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The Rio Firefly Handcycle Transforms Any Wheelchair Into A Motorized Wheelchair

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The indignities suffered by being confined to a wheelchair are only compounded by the fact that you’re expected to provide your own locomotive power. The Firefly Electric Handcycle by Rio Mobility is a battery powered wheel that attaches to the front of just about any wheel chair and transforms it into an electric wheelchair. It will get up to 18 km/h (11 mph) for distances of up to 24 km (around 15 mi) between charges. This should be sufficient for regular daily chores that would normally be tedious and exhausting if they had to be done without external assistance. The device is light enough (under 15 kg (33 lb)) that you should be able to just pick it up and throw it in the car. And most importantly, as many mobility devices cost a fortune, the Firefly Electric Handcycle is relatively affordable at $1,950.

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Swash Clothing Care System Refreshes Dry-Clean Only Clothes

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The thing about clothes that require dry cleaning is that you have to make the trek to the cleaners. That’s a pain, which means they’ll often go for longer periods without getting the attention they need. If you still want to wear them and don’t feel like scaring your companions off, the SWASH™ Express Clothing Care System is able to refresh them between washes.

Simply place clothing inside, insert a SWASH PODS™ cup and press start—your items will be restored and ready to wear in just ten minutes. Removes light wrinkles and neutralizes doors, restores fit that’s lost after wear without pilling or fading, and is safe for most fabrics, including denim, wool, polyester, lycra, cotton,cashmere, sequins, beading and lace; not recommended for silk, leather, velvet, suede or fur.

This kind of convenience clearly comes at a price, and the Swash system is no exception with its $500 price tag.

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Deal Of The Day: 44% Off On MondoHub

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Some of you may remember we wrote about the MondoHub just last wednesday. It’s this massive 28-port USB hub, which should satisfy your USB-pluggin needs for years to come. 24 of these are USB 2.0, while 4 sport the considerably faster USB 3.0 variant. Each port can be switched on or off manually, and there’s even over current protection and the ports are hot-swappable. It’s a capable device that should sell for $99, actually sells for $62 on Amazon, and is being discounted down to $54.99 with this deal.

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Deal Of The Day: 11″ MacBook Air Giveaway

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Cheap is awesome, but free is better. And today we’re letting you guys know about this giveaway we’re hosting. You just have to enter to run the chance of winning an 11″ MacBook Air. It’s the latest generation MBA, with the longest lasting battery and great performance.

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Coolest Cooler Is The Swiss-Army Knife Of Coolers

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With the summer in full swing, coolers are cool again. And the coolest of them all really appears to be, well, the Coolest Cooler. Having blown way past their Kickstarter goal ($1M+ raised with a $50k goal), it appears lots of other people agree with the vision. See, this 60-quart cooler doesn’t just keep your liquids frosty, it also doubles as: a blender, a set of Bluetooth speakers, a USB charger, and more. There are LED lights to guide you to your drinks in the dark. There are tie-down straps to secure your other gear atop of it. Hefty tires ensure you don’t get bogged down in the sand. Internal dividers keep drinks separate from ice, if that’s what you want. Heck, there’s even a bottle opener.

It’s a pretty mind blowing cooler, and you’ll have to pledge $185 to get yours. That’s still much less than the expected $300 retail price.

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You Can Now Control Google Glass With Your Mind

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Love it or hate it, Google Glass is still around and kicking. For those of you happy enough to plunk down a hefty $1,500 to acquire the status of über nerd, you’re aware that the main way to navigate the Glass interface is through the touch sensitive panel on the side. But now with the creation of the MindRDR (pronounced “mind reader”) application by a London company called ThisPlace, you could start controlling some functions with your brain waves alone. You’ll first have to purchase a Neurosky MindWave Mobile headset and connect it to your Glass. After you’ve downloaded the free app, you’ll eventually learn how to take pictures and share them without so much as touching a single thing. Yes, it’s limited to picture taking and sharing at the moment, but the company is working on developing the software to allow you to do more. Limited as it is, it’s still pretty impressive.

Of course this setup also means you’ll be seen walking around with not only the nerdiest set of glasses on the planet, but with a mind reading headset as well. If there were a crown given out to the alpha nerds of this planet, you’d be wearing it proudly. And we, my friend, salute you.

[ MindRDR ] VIA [ Engadget ]

What Your iPhone Has Always Needed: A… Handle?

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Here’s a strange little product. It’s called Fonhandle, and it’s an iPhone case with a long handle attached. Or rather, it’s a handle for your iPhone. Say you… don’t want to raise your hand all the way up to your ear, then with the Fonhandle you can just raise it halfway there. And if you want to take a selfie from a somewhat different angle than what you’re used to, the Fonhandle has you covered there too. Matter of fact, we can’t think of many other uses and apparently nor can the makers, claiming as a feature that it has “other uses that have yet been discovered.” If you have $13 burning a hole in your pocket, their Kickstarter is in dire need of some traction. Surprisingly…

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