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BottleLoft Saves Some Space In Your Fridge

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Once again showcasing how we definitely do live in the first world, the BottleLoft is a device specifically designed to make more room in your fridge for beer. Because a full fridge is a problem, in some parts, and making room for beer is definitely an essential necessity. Ok… we’re only being a little bit sarcastic, because we actually do like beer and think this is a pretty cool device. It uses Neodymium magnets to hold on to your bottle caps, attaches to the “ceiling” of your fridge using a special 3M tape and can hold up to 88lbs under ideal conditions. That should be many times more than enough to hold 6 beers, so we’re giving the BottleLoft a hearty thumbs up. Especially at the $39 pledge pricing.

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Semi-rigid Cubic Rubber Bands

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These are sort of neat. They’re rubber bands shaped like a wireframe cube. They keep their shape, but of course they stretch since they’re rubber bands. They’re easy to find in a drawer, and we suppose that’s it as far as their advantages are concerned. And here come the disadvantages, or rather the disadvantage: it’s $10 for 3! They’re 20mm per side, if you must know, though to be honest if you end up buying these we have something to tell you: you have too much disposable income!

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PhotoMath Application Solves Algebra Equations Automatically

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Remember solving algebra equations in school? Ya, neither do we. It was one of those things you learnt just before the exam, and quickly expunged from your memory afterwards. It was hard, yo. But how different things might have been had we had something like PhotoMath back then. It’s an application that scans an equation on paper by using your smartphone’s camera, and then proceeds to solve it instantly. Not only do you get your answer right away, you get a step-by-step breakdown of the solution. This sort of immediate feedback can help kids know if they’re on the right track as they’re doing their homework, without having to wait until the next day to find out. Of course, that’s assuming they don’t just abuse the damn thing and skip the thinking part altogether, relying on it to get work done rather than to learn anything. Which is exactly what’s going to happen, so we’re not sure how to feel about it. And, in any case, it only solves simple linear algebraic equations, so you can forget about it helping you with your Calculus. And it’s not even out yet, with a “early 2015″ target. Still, if you’re curious about it, you can sign up to be notified when it’s ready for download.

PhotoMath from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.

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Illumibowl Lights Up Your Toilet Bowl

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It’t the middle of the night and you have to pee. You get to the restroom, then are faced with a choice. Pee in the dark and risk missing your target, or turn the lights on and blind yourself for a couple of minutes. If only there were other options. There are, my friend, there are, and the Illumibowl is the latest. It’s a combination motion detector and bright LED that turns on as soon as you walk into the restroom. It simply clips to the side of the commode, so requires no installation or fussing about. It’ll cycle through some colors while you’re there, and then turn itself off after a minute if it senses no motion. Best of all, it’s super cheap, costing only a $15 pledge to get yours by January, and that’s including shipping.

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Penball Erasers Let You Have an Impromptu Game of Foosball

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Erasers don’t get any funner than this. You probably don’t need an eraser at this point in time, but you might still want to get them anyway because they’re more than just erasers. You can think of them as attachments that turn plain old pencils into (partial) rods that you can use to play an impromptu foosball match.

It’s nothing like the real thing, obviously, but it provides some fun where there used to be none.

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Hit the Slopes with These Gadgets

Every weekday, our friends at Faveable compile a list of awesome gadgets and gear that men would love to discover.

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With winter around the corner, the powder calls to skiers and snowboarders alike. You begin to dream of rushing down snow-covered mountains and the warmth of the lodge at the end of the day. Technology has advanced snowboards and skis over the past several years, but we’re certain you’ve already got your favorites just waiting for you. This year, it’s time to bump up your gadgets and accessories with the latest tech. This is the gear that will keep you warm, dry and safe. It’s also the equipment that will transform your regular slopes into a challenge. And, when you’re ready to show off your moves and accomplishments, you’ve got to see what the Faveable team’s top pick. Hint: it’s not a camera; it’s way more impressive than that.

Check out: 10 Ingenious Gadgets Any Snowboarder or Skier Would Love

Deal Of The Day: 60% Off on Camera Lens Mug

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You could drink your gallon of coffee like a regular person and let it get cold as the day goes by. Or you could show the world you’re a fan of photography, while at the same time keeping your beverage hot (or cold) for longer thanks to this Camera Lens Mug’s insulated walls. It’s shaped to look like a 24-105mm lens, but instead just contains liquids. It’s normally $50, but today is a much more reasonable $20.

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Anura Pocket Drone Looks Super Awesome

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Quadrocopters are all the rage these days. We’re calling them that now for those of you who take issue with them being called drones. You’re technically right, but hey, people are calling these toys drones so we’ll go with that too if you don’t mind. So, anyway, the Anura Pocket Drone packs a tiny low-res camera, is slightly larger than an iPhone, and can fly for up to 16 minutes on a charge. That makes it appealing to anyone who wishes they could play around with a drone but have always been put off by their size. And the smaller ones usually lack a camera, so the Anura pocket drone solves both issues: it’s small, super portable, and has a camera! The four propellers fold in to the frame, which is what allows its small size. WiFi connectivity extends its range, as well as it allows it to stream video directly to your smartphone. That’s some pretty fancy functionality for a device that’s going to cost you a $195 pledge. But you’ll sadly miss the holidays, since delivery is expected for April 2015.

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One Month After Launch, iPhone 6 Plus Scalping Is A Huge Problem In Canada

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I preordered my iPhone 6 Plus 128GB in Space Grey on September 12th, at 11:22am, with Fido, a large Canadian carrier. It’s now October 21st, and I’m still sitting in the pre-order queue at #206, down from #414 when I first completed the procedure. This is ridiculous. But it gets worse. I have been checking the Apple site daily, hoping to be able to make a reservation there and there never is anything available, ever. So I went to one of the Apple stores several times, hoping for a miracle, only to finally be informed by one of the Geniuses of what’s actually going on: scalping!

According to this Genius, it seems there are teams of resellers who hire kids to refresh the Apple site all day, immediately snagging any units as soon as they become available. They then waltz into the store, buy the devices full price, and sell them for an outrageous profit. To confirm this, I decided to see if I could actually get my hands on a phone from one of these resellers. After walking around a local mall for a few minutes, I happened on a small kiosk that sold cell phones. I asked for a 6 Plus, 128GB and was told that “of course, you can have one. It’ll be $1,500.” Oh. Ok. That’s a 50% profit margin!

Meanwhile, Fido has apparently received only about 200 units of the 6 Plus 128GB Space Grey in one month’s time. That’s Canada-wide! What this seems to mean is that Apple is funnelling the vast majority of its available inventory directly to its retail outlets, rather than through the carriers, since we imagine this way they can reap the full profit rather than sharing a portion with the carriers.

It’s a frustrating situation. Of course we understand Apple’s apparent decision to make as full of a profit now that demand is still high, but the unfortunate side effect of this is that regular customers are being gouged. Supply to legitimate carriers is apparently being throttled, and no one at any retail outlet besides the Apple store seems to know what’s going on.

Any other Canadians experiencing this?