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OhGizmo! Behind The Wheel: The 2015 Kia Soul EV

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It was a cold and rainy day in New York City, a thick fog ominously blanketing Manhattan in a muffling layer of grey. I had made my way into the city to spend an afternoon with the all-new 2015 Kia Soul EV, the company’s first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle, and I was excited at the opportunity despite the Lovecraftian weather. How would the Soul, a car known as a fun, quirky, and uppity Urban Passenger Vehicle, handle the transition from piston power to electromagnetic locomotion? Would its range estimates hold true, or would anxiety creep in? How would the added battery weight affect its ability to handle Brooklyn’s dilapidated tarmac? I was about to find out.

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These Geeky Christmas Sweaters are Perfect for the Season

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When people talk about Christmas sweaters,”ugly” isn’t too far off. However, these particular ones designed by artist Drew Wise are anything but ugly. They’ll probably even appeal to the non-geeky folks who don’t get what’s being references in the designs: Guardians of the Galaxy featuring none other than the four guardians and the scene in the beginning when Peter gets abducted; Star Wars featuring R2D2, Darth Vader, lots of Stormtroopers, and the Death Star; and Doctor Who featuring otherworldly creatures, the Doctor, and of course, TARDIS.

Hit the break to check out the rest of the designs and the actual sweaters.

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Deal Of The Day: 45% Off On Striiv Fusion Smartwatch And Activity Tracker

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Do you have a gym rat in your life? He’ll love this thing. It’s called the Striiv Fusion Smartwatch and Activity Tracker, and it’s literally packed with features. Check this out:

-Track steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled and active minutes
– Track sleep quality and duration, plus use its vibrating alarm
– Text messages, emails, incoming calls, weather notifications, and more
– Silky smooth touchscreen made of ion-hardened glass for high-level protection for an active lifestyle
– Elastomer wristband adds durability
– More functionality and apps to be added for the latest technology
– Removable touchscreen module to give you real time updates on your fitness and sleep goals
– A choice of 3 band colors for an extra touch of style

Now for the good part. The smart watch normally costs $100, but you can have it for $55 today! It’s still early enough to get this as someone’s Chrsitmas present… Just saying.

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Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire Bags Keep The Merch Fever Alive

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Perhaps even more impressive than the visual and auditory marvels that await us in the upcoming Star Wars sequel is the unstoppable train of merchandising opportunities that’s currently rolling through the marketplace. Take the above travel bags as an example. They’re actually kind of cool, featuring a hook that lets you hang them up on a hotel door somewhere and easily access your things. There’s one for the Galactic Empire, and another for the Rebel Alliance. They’re both neat, and cost next to nothing at $35, but you’ll have to wait until January 2015 to get your hands on them.

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Stun Gun iPhone Case Keeps You Safe In Dark Alleys

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There’s a definite deterring element to seeing and hearing the spark of a stun gun; something about it screams instant pain, and rightfully so. So we’re intrigued by the Sun Gun Case by Yellow Jacket. This particular one is made for the iPhone 5/5S and is 30% more powerful than the iPhone 4/4S model. This means that at the press of two buttons (for safety reasons it’s not just one) you’ll generate a spark that’s 950,000V across, and which can cause a good amount of discomfort on any would-be assailants. And when it’s not sparking electricity across two electrodes, the case doubles as, well, a case for your phone. Sure, it’s likely a little bulkier than your slimmer, non-stun-gun cases, but that’s a small price to pay to be able to carry a serious self-defense tool. It’s $149.

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Activated Charcoal Toothbrush Cleans Your Mouth Better Than The Competition

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So it seems there’s a bunch of people who believe that activated charcoal does some pretty magical things.

Binchotan Charcoal is a highly porous activated charcoal from Japan that naturally removes unpleasant odors from the air, regulates the humidity, absorbs chemicals, dissipates the electromagnetic field, generates beneficial negative ions, and is used in everything from cooking to water purification to household deodorizing.

since it allegedly does so many great things, it’s no surprise to see it integrated into the bristles of a toothbrush, an implement tasked with cleaning some of the dirtiest parts of your body. The Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrushes are black and apparently will “help remove plaque, stop bad breath, and even prevent harmful bacteria and viruses from growing within the brush itself.” Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s snake oil, but either way the toothbrush is all black, which is kind of cool. It’s $10 for one.

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You Know You Want These Bizarre Gifts

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

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Once upon a time the idea of exchanging gifts at Christmas may have included things that people actually need. Now, it seems, this time of year is all about indulging yourself and the people in your life. And that’s okay. When else are you going to have a chance to pick up all those little toys and gadgets – and be able to justify it?  Featured image above is of Sci-Fi Door Decals with Airlock, Armory or Laboratory theme. If you’re looking for a few laughs this holiday season, you’ll want to pick up some of these gifts recommended by the faveable team. If you can’t get a smile from these goodies, you’re unlikely to get one at all.

Check out: 14 Shockingly Weird Gag Gifts Your Guy Secretly Wants

‘Hush’ Noise-Masking Earplugs Will Help You Get Some Shut-eye

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For some, sleep doesn’t come so easily. If counting sheep and a glass of warm milk does nothing for you, then you might want to check out Hush. It’s a pair of noise-masking ear plugs that silences external noises and distractions while creating a soothing sleep environment by playing some calming sounds.

Hush works in conjunction with an app on your smartphone. Aside from helping you go to sleep, it also lets you set up an alarm and private notifications. It also has a tracking feature in case you misplace the ear plugs.

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Deal Of The Day: 39% Off On Liquid Image EGO Action Cam

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If you want to get in on the POV videos/action vids trend, but don’t want to pony up the fairly onerous sums a GoPro demands, know there are plenty of other options on the market. The Liquid Image EGO is a mountable, full-HD action sport camera with WiFi. It’s small, shoots 1080p video at 30fps and 720p at 60fps, and shoots “12.0 MP images through a 136-degree lens and includes a continuous photo mode.” The battery will last you between 1.5h and 2h. It’s a decent camera, but more importantly, it’s an affordable camera, clocking in at a very respectable $120 after today’s rebate.

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