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KoalaSafe Deals Parents The Trump Card In Internet Control

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Parents everywhere rejoice: meet the simple, (mostly) conflict-free gadget that enables you to limit your kids’ internet use without coming off as the bad guy. With the days of a shared family computer long gone, it’s not unusual to have at least one tablet or device per child, and while this can make for a much more peaceful household, it does make it considerably harder to keep an eye on children’s online activity. This is where KoalaSafe comes in. A simple, inoffensive device that plugs into your existing router, it enables you to block specific sites, such as Facebook for example, or simply cut off internet access altogether.

The idea came to Australian developer Steven Pack when his niece and nephew got their first tablet devices and started spending much more time indoors – a story that will no doubt sound familiar to parents everywhere. Rather than adjusting the settings on each individual device, KoalaSafe gives parents centralized control by creating a separate wireless network that can be cut off at any time. It also allows for a certain degree of flexibility, with the option of shutting off specific categories or apps in addition to the adult sites that are blocked by default. Parents can also set up a schedule, limiting internet hours to certain times of day. The best bit? It doesn’t require any spyware or blocking software, making it harder for savvy kids to meddle.

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Deal Of The Day: 30% Off On Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand

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Look, you can’t just keep your mobile device in your hands all day, ok? That’s, like, hours holding something that weighs, at least, you know, like a pound. If you wanna rest that thing somewhere while you catch up on your YouTube subscriptions, you’re going to want something like the Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand.

This twisty little stand will hold up your smartphone, tablet or camera anywhere you go. Using magnets and flexible materials, it has full 360 degree rotation so you can twist and bend the stand for your device to face any direction you want. Put it in your car, on your kitchen table, outside in the yard, or even wear it on your body.

– Includes disk to attach your smartphone or tablet to
– Connects to your devices via magnet for easy removal
– Features unlimited positions & places to attach
– Compatible with most all devices

Normally $50, our deal today brings the price down to $34.99.

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A Tiny Candle Powers The Lumir C, An LED Lamp

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You take electricity for granted, my friends. But there are parts of the world that are off the grid, and guess what, these folks need to see in the dark too! The Lumir C is meant to work without batteries or any form of external electrical source, and be used in settings like camping or simply as an effort to conserve energy. The device powers its LED light through harvesting the heat from a burning candle. You see, a good portion of the energy given off by a candle goes right into the invisible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, being released as heat-carrying infrared radiation. The Lumir C harvests this “wasted” energy and uses it to power its LED light, giving off a light output of 15 lumens via four 0.2W LEDs… about as much as a candle, actually. But remember, you also have the light from the burning candle still going, so the Lumir C effectively doubles the visible output from a candle. With this arrangement, you can open up mood and lighting possibilities candles alone couldn’t provide. It’s a $59 pledge, with shipping in July.

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Too Much Star Wars Merch? How About The Star Wars Death Star BBQ

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Yeah… we’re not sure where to draw the line anymore. The amount of Star Wars merch is never ending, and we’re growing tired of reporting on it. We suspect you do too, so we’re gonna dial it down. But not before we tell you about the Star Wars Death Star BBQ. So yeah, it’s a BBQ shaped like the Death Star, and no it’s not an actual miniature Death Star on legs. It’s officially licensed, made from stainless steel and in every other way than its appearance a charcoal BBQ. It’s £99.99, which is a lot of pounds, especially if you count them in American dollars, all $143 of them. You’re free to pre-order, but it won’t ship until May 31st.

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Air Bonsai Floating Star

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Create something magical with the Air Bonsai Floating Star. With this device, seeing really is believing. Comprised of two parts, the energy base and a moss ball, this unique planter houses a real growing plant and magically suspends in the air. Focusing on balance and elegance, the plant delicately floats above the energy base and rotates to create a galaxy-like twirling display. The Air Bonsai is powered by built in magnets in the base and the moss ball. Choose to plant a bonsai or any plant of your choice and watch as it grows from the sponge inside the moss. With the ability to stay in position for years, you’ll create a delightful floating display unlike any other garden.

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Self-Driving Isn’t Just For Cars: The Smartbe Stroller Brings High Tech Innovations To An Age-Old Product

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We have sensors. We have batteries and brushless electric motors. We have Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. We have the tiniest of microprocessors… Wouldn’t it make sense to cram a bunch of these into a baby stroller, and give it the kinds of features we’ve come to expect in all our products in 2016? The Smartbe Stroller is as high-tech of a stroller as we’ve ever seen. It comes with three driving modes, from full manual, to power-assist (where you’re still pushing, but with minimal effort), to completely self-driving. In this last mode, the stroller always stays ahead of the parent, within arm’s reach, whether you’re walking or even jogging. Additional features are almost too numerous to name: built-in rocker, wireless Bluetooth speakers to play your music to your baby, electric bottle warmer, “climate/temperature-controlled bassinet keeps your baby comfortable no matter the weather, and air filters can protect against pollution and allergens.”

If this project ever manages to see light of day (and that’s a big “if”, considering the ambitiousness of the project, and the fact that it’s far from fully-funded on IndieGogo, and that all they have at the moment is a bunch of CG renders…), the Smartbe Intelligent Stroller promises to be Tesla of strollers. Completely connected, fully-automated, and as high-tech as any early enthusiast would want their infant carrier to be. Prices start at $900 for the basic non self-propelled model, and go all the way up to $3,199, with shipping in April 2017 (further re-inforcing the impression that we’re looking at vapourware).

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Took Long Enough: Sriracha To-Go Packets

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We’re not sure why it’s taken this long, but Sriracha is finally releasing to-go packets of its famous, delicious, almost addictive sauce. Over a year ago we told you about the Sriracha2Go Keychain Bottle, and that was pretty cool. But let’s be honest, who’s going to really carry some hot sauce on their keychain? So it makes a lot more sense to get these, which come in boxes of 50 or 200, for $15 or $35 respectively.

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These Zombie Mugs Are Ultra-Realistic, Whatever That Means

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I mean… as much as we like to imagine they’re real, zombies don’t exist. Ok? I don’t wanna burst anyone’s bubble, but it’s true. So, you know, that “realistic” tag is kind of funny… But if they were real, sculptor Turkey Murck’s Slow Zombie mugs would be as realistic looking as I’ve ever seen. They’re all cast from a hand-made mold, made out “of stoneware, coated in a food-safe glaze and fired to 2200 (F) degrees to ensure it is completely functional, durable and safe to drink from. All cast mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe.” They’re also not cheap, at $220 a pop. They’re completely sold out, but Turkey is planning to release a second batch in February. You can sig up on his website to signal your interest.

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Deal Of The Day: The 2016 Pay What You Want Mac Bundle

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The Pay What You Want Mac Bundle is one of the products that made our partners, StackCommerce, famous. You get a truckload of apps for a tiny fraction of their full retail price. And these are full apps, not trials. The way it works is that you can pay anything and you’ll unlock three apps, Disk Expert, CleanExit, and Airy YouTube Downloader. If you pay more than the average price, you unlock all of them, a $429 value! At the time of writing, this amounts to $13.40. Additionally, 10% off all proceeds go to charity, and if you pay even more and make it into the Top 10 leaderboard, you are automatically entered into a giveaway to have a “Chat with New York Times Best-Selling Author Ramit Seth.”

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