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Zus Kevlar MFi Certified Lightning Cable For $19

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Look, I have the Zus Kevlar MFi Certified Lightning Cable, and I think it’s awesome. I even did a review. And while today’s deal isn’t a deal in the sense that you won’t save anything from the MSRP of $19, if you get yourself one through the link at the bottom, you’ll be supporting this site in the process.

Stop re-upping on low quality charging cables that tear after just a few months. The ZUS Cable can bend over 15,000 times, 50% more than the nearest competitor, and is covered by a lifetime warranty. That’s how confident ZUS is in their cables. These cables are built with the same aramid fiber technology used in aerospace and military applications so normal wear and tear just won’t affect them.

– Cables are tangle-free thanks to the nylon braiding
– Each cable comes w/ a complimentary velcro tie to keep the cable further organized
– 90 degree plug provides a slim fit in narrow spaces
– MFi Certification means your iPhone is perfectly safe to charge

This is legitimately a great cable. It’s tough as nails and feels premium. At $19, which is cheaper than Apple’s own charging cable, it’s a no-brainer.

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Would You Pay $56 For Five Potato Chips?

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Well that’s how much ‘S:t Eriks India Pale Ale’, a Swedish beer brand, is charging for what they’re calling “The World’s Most Exclusive Potato Chips”. Sold in a limited edition box containing all of 5 chips, each thin potato wafer contains what sounds like some prime ingredients, such as:

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With a taste similar to that of mature cheese, matsutake is one of the world’s most sought-after species of mushrooms.

Truffle Seaweed As the name suggests, truffle seaweed has a flavor reminiscent of truffles. The seaweed grows in the form of small tufts on the brown alga known as Ascophyllum nodosum, which is only found in cold tidal waters.

Ammarnäs Potatoes The potato in the chips comes from the potato hillside in Ammarnäs, a steep, stony slope in a south-facing location where almond potatoes are cultivated in very limited numbers.

India Pale Ale Wort During the process of brewing beer, the barley malt is converted into a sweet aromatic liquid known as wort. To add a hint of sweetness to the chips, freeze-dried wort was added, of the kind normally used to brew S:t Eriks India Pale Ale.

Of course there’s nothing in there that can properly justify the asking price, but it’s a fun marketing gimmick and here we are, giving them some attention. Still, if you want your own, well, you can’t have one, since they’re sold out. We don’t know if there will be another production run, or if this is even the sort of thing you’d eventually find on eBay.

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Deal Of The Day: 20% Off On Drifter Phone-Free Smart Speaker

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Bluetooth speakers are everywhere, and they all pretty much do the same thing. But the Drifter Phone-Free Smart Speaker has one feature we haven’t seen as often and it’s kind of cool: a built-in 16GB hard drive. This means you can take the Drifter with you and leave your phone behind, and not worry about getting it wet or damaged.

You’ve never met a speaker like Drifter. The world’s first smart speaker allows you to play music independent of your phone, so you can truly take it anywhere, regardless of an internet connection. Drifter’s customized operating system allows you to download music from your favorite apps directly to the speaker. With a 16GB hard drive, that’s up to 4,000 songs right at your disposal any time you want them.

– Listen at home on WiFi, on the road on Bluetooth, & w/ Outdoor Music System® when you’re off the grid
– Leave your smartphone out of any dangerous situations thanks to Drifter’s built-in hard drive
– Choose the music you want to hear right on the built-in touchscreen
– Bring Drifter into the pool or ocean w/ you, it floats & boasts an IPX7 completely waterproof rating
– Hang outside w/ the included carabiners or mount to any GoPro mount
– Carry it anywhere – it’s only 6″ long
– Record your life around the music w/ the built-in camera

It’s a cool product, and it’s seeing a decent price drop, from $299, to $239 with free shipping.

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What A 6 Year Old’s Drawings Would Look Like In Real Life

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No, not even close to being a gadget. But it gave us a good laugh on a Thursday morning, so why not share it with you guys? Below is a series of images that bring to life one lucky kid’s masterful art pieces. His name is Dom, he’s 6, he likes to draw, and he even has an Instagram account where he shares his life’s work. That’s cool enough as it is, but then his dad takes each drawing and through the magic of photoshop, recreates a “real life version” of the subject. It’s creepy, it’s hilarious, and frankly we think it’s awesome. Hit the jump for a bunch more pictures.

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5 Tips on Keeping Your Car Running Like New

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

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So you did it. You saved up for that down payment, you did your research, and you finally bought the perfect car for you. It’s your pride and joy, and you have every intention of keeping it running as buttery smooth as the day you bought it.  But how?  Cars eventually wear out, break down, and reach the end of their useful life.  What makes the difference between a car that no longer works after 100,000 miles, versus one that makes it beyond 300,000?

Well, there’s a number of things that go into car maintenance.  In this article, we’re going to highlight the 5 most important tips on keeping your vehicle in top shape, many of which are excerpted from this excellent article from the Nationwide Blog: “5 Essential Tips on Making Your Car Last“.

1. Keep those fluids in check

A car requires a wide range of fluids to function, from engine oil, to brake oil, to engine coolant, to transmission oil.  All these need to be stocked in their respective compartments, in sufficient amounts to perform their duties, as well as changed at specific intervals.  Your car’s user manual may suggest you only check every 20,000 miles, but it won’t hurt you to do this more often.  Cooling fluid should be orange; if it starts to look red, it might need a change. Engine oil shouldn’t be black, so if that’s the color you see at the tip of the dip stick, go for an oil change. 

2. Buy good quality parts

When you’re changing the oil, opt for higher quality synthetic oil.  This type of oil resists heat degradation better and will go longer between changes, prolonging your engine life.  Similarly, buy a good quality oil filter, which will do a better job sifting out potentially damaging particles.

3. Develop good practices

When you first start your engine in the morning, it’s a good idea to leave it running for around 30 seconds, before driving off.  After you turn your engine off in the evening, gravity starts to work and slowly drains away the protective film around various metal parts, pooling it in their respective tanks.  It’s a normal process, but it’s important to know that it takes your car a few seconds after startup to once again pump the fluids back where they belong.  Give your baby a chance and wait a little.

4. Take care of the exterior

It may seem to you that cleaning and waxing your car is a purely aesthetic exercise, but the truth is that you’ll also be helping keep the body in shape; no one likes a car eaten away by rust.  Salt buildup can speed up the corrosion process, and a good one-yearly coat of wax will put a barrier between the elements and your car’s body. If you live in an area that gets rough winters, it’s also important to regularly clean the underbody to wash away salt and grime that inevitably builds up.

5. Drive smart

Starting slow and braking gently may seem like a no-brainer, but they do more than save you money on gas.  Your car is under constant stress on the road, from potholes to uneven surfaces.  If you constantly slam on the pedals, you’re just adding to that and increasing the wear and tear, taking years off your vehicle’s life.  It’s never a bad idea to just slow down a little and treat your car with kindness.

In the end, while these tips may seem obvious to some of you, it’s never a bad idea to be reminded that practicing all of them will save you time, money, and effort and will keep value in one of your biggest purchases. 

For more tips on car ownership, from buying one to learning about alternative fuel vehicles, the Nationwide blog is an invaluable resource.

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Pay What You Want: Learn to Code 2016 Bundle

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Last Thursday we made the point that learning how to code wasn’t the only way to earn marketable skills online. But you know something, despite there being other skills to learn, the fact remains that being a solid coder will make it much easier for you to find gainful employment in an increasingly technocentric economy. The Pay What You Want: Learn to Code 2016 Bundle gives you access to up to 9 different courses, featuring hours and hours of lectures and exercises, a $1,500+ value. Right now, getting access to all of them requires you to pay at least the average bundle price, currently $19.36. If you pay less, which you can, you’ll still get the two courses in the pictured list without a lock icon.

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These Coasters Make It Clear What Your Priorities Are

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Serving drinks to your guests while using coasters says a lot about you. It says you value your expensive furniture, which is fine, but it also shows you can be a little uptight about things. Yes, you want to keep your expensive things looking expensive, but why did you have to get something so delicate to start with? Plus, tossing a coaster under your friends’ drinks also puts some pressure on them to keep using them; it’s sending a message. And just in case that message isn’t clear enough, these coasters right here spell it right out. The “Don’t f**k up the Table” coasters are about as direct as you get, and their bluntness might actually take some of the tension away, putting a potentially slightly uncomfortable message front and center while making light of it, simultaneously.

Or, of course, we could be overthinking the whole damn thing, and these are just cool conversation pieces. Whaichever way you want to see it, it’ll cost you $17 to own a set of 4.

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Deal Of The Day: 94% Off On Windscribe VPN, Lifetime Pro Subscription

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The world of VPNs is vast, and Windscribe VPN is yet another player. But this one’s got a couple tricks up its sleeve that its competitors don’t.

Windscribe is much more than a VPN. It’s a desktop application and browser extension that work in conjunction to protect your online privacy, unblock websites, and remove ads and trackers from your everyday browsing. With Windscribe, you’ll never mess with confusing settings and options menus again; just turn it on on your desktop once, and it’s good to go in the background forever.

– Mask your physical location from 3rd parties w/ an encrypted tunnel
– Access geo-locked content from anywhere
– Avoid most ads while you’re browsing
– Torrent securely & share files w/o worrying about your ISP snooping on you
– Use on all your devices simultaneously
– Get protected by the top-notch firewall that protects you in case of connectivity loss
– Leave no trace or logs while you browse

Normally $900, it’s $49.99 for a lifetime membership.

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A Camping Hammock Supported By Your Car

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Lazing around on a hammock on your camping trip is probably one of the finest activities to do, while on a camping trip. But what if there are no usable trees around? What will you tie your tarp to? The Eagle Nest Outfitters Roadie Car Stand is a set of metal frames that are meant to go right under your vehicle’s wheels. These frames then give you the posts you need to set a hammock up. It’ll support up to 250lbs, which isn’t all that much; you can kiss doubles hammock time goodbye, unless the two of you are really tiny humans. And when you’re done, you can just toss it in the trunk and go. It’s $200.

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