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China’s Baidu To Launch Dubike Smartbike

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Forget Smart Watches, they’re very 2014. With 2015 on the horizon, the new thing could be Smart Bikes. At least that’s what China’s online services giant, Baidu, seems to be hoping. Not that they’re betting the farm on it, but with the launch of the Dubike (in collaboration with Tsinghua University’s design department), they’re at least putting a credible effort behind what looks to be a solid high-tech bicycle. The Dubike has sensors to determine heart rate, pedal rate, pedal pressure, and a bunch of others, with the aim of digitizing the entire cycling experience. Regenerative braking fills up the batteries, which in turn power all the electronics on board, as well as your own, should you wish to charge these. There’s no pedal assist however, so if there’s a steep hill ahead, you’re on your own.

There are no details on pricing or availability, but word is Baidu hopes to have it on the market by the end of the year. Which market? Most likely just Asia, if not China only. But hey, maybe its existence will encourage others to push ahead in this field.

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The Anatomy Of Shows

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It’s no secret that TV shows follow a formula. Ever wonder what it is, for various shows? This is John Atkinson’s take on that. We think it’s particularly accurate, regardless of how cynical you think we might be. And that right there, is the reason we download or stream anything we decide to watch.

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Trunkster Suitcase Is Packed With Modern Digital Convenience

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Major luggage manufacturers are going to start playing catch-up soon if things like the Bluesmart suitcase takes off. Now there’s another entrant in this increasingly crowded field, and it’s called Trunkster. This one doesn’t have any zippers, opting instead for an easy-open sliding door. On the tech side, there’s a built-in scale as well as a 3 Amp, 15,000 mAh battery pack to charge your devices. A $40 option even gives you GPS tracking abilities, in case your suitcase ends up with Nermal in Abu Dhabi. An Aluminum and polycarbonate build ensures your stuff doesn’t get crushed in the cargo hold, and a hidden compartment keeps important documents in a slightly safer spot.

It’s a $295 pledge for the carry-on, or a $335 one for a checked Trunkster.

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Creepy But Awesome: Raiders Of The Lost Ark Melting Nazi Face Candle

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The Melting Toht candle looks like your regular old candle-in-the-shape-of-a-man-with-his-mouth-open candle at first glance. But light it up and you’ll see that it will slowly transform into Gestapo agent Toht from Raiders of the Lost Arc from that unforgettable scene towards the end of the movie.

Even if you haven’t seen the flick, the candle’s still awesome to watch as it burns. Hit the break for a video of that scene we’re talking about (it’s not for the faint-hearted!)

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Ultimate Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

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Every year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday seemingly become more frenzied than the year before. And, they might just be. But, if you’re running frantically through the shops and whizzing through websites as if you’ve won some sort of fill-your-cart competition, than you’re doing it all wrong. You need to have a plan – and you need to consider the deals that you really want. If you’ve not developed your shopping strategy, you’ll want to take a look at the tips compiled by the faveable team. They’ve got some secret tips you wouldn’t want to miss, especially if you’ve ever wrapped your Cyber Monday shopping with a touch of buyer’s remorse.  These tips will keep you in line and in budget. While we’re on that subject, you can check a small snapshot of our Black Friday Deals coverage and our new re-designed homepage for the holiday season!

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This Holiday Season, Foster The Spirit Of Giving By Wishing For Others, Not Yourself

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s that time of year again, when the shopping malls are decked out in full Christmas gear and ‘Jingle Bells’ blares from every available speaker. It’s a wonderful period that brings many people back to their childhood, where the only worries to be had was which Christmas classic to watch, and how to spend your snow day off.  And even once you’ve grown up, it’s still really tempting to wonder just what you’ll get under the tree.  Will it be a gaming console?  A new set of tools for the garage? Socks?

Well, the one thing that’s even nicer than receiving a present is giving one; wishing for yourself is great, but wishing for others is even better. To encourage people to just that, Capital One is launching a campaign called Wish For Others, where you’re asked to share with the world what you’d like to see someone else receive, whether it’s a close friend, a family member, or anyone close to your heart.  The best part of  #WishForOthers is that they’ll actually grant some of them!

So when they asked me what I’d wish for someone else, I had no choice but to think of my lifelong friend JS.  I’ve know the guy since I’m 6 years old and he’s the closest thing I have to a brother.  However, him and I were dealt a very different set of cards at birth (not that my life was that great, incidentally).  His parents were mostly absent and divorced at 8, when hey chose to send him to schools for kids with behavioural issues.  This exacerbated his temperament and he never ended up graduating high school.  Through many bad decisions he ended up using drugs and eventually started showing signs of mental illness.  Throughout his 20’s he spent time in and out of mental institutions and it’s only recently, in his early 30s, that he’s started to stabilize.  But he’s a broken man who lives barely above the poverty line, has few social skills and even less prospects for the future.

Despite this history, I know him to be a kindhearted person, caring endlessly for his grandmother and friends.  He’s never harmed anyone and I know all he really wants is a normal life with a wife and kids.  While those goals may be slightly unrealistic at the moment, I can say that the pillar of our friendship, the one thing we shared over the 28 years we’ve known one another, is gaming.  From 1988 onwards, we played together on every console that came on the market.  I’d buy them, and he’d come over for days to play. It was the one common ground we always shared, and it’s cemented our friendship, troubled as it might have been. Now of course he still plays, but he does so on a cathode ray television (the big ole’ boxes of old) and an Xbox 360. It’s all he can afford. So… that’s my wish for JS.  I’d love to see him play on a proper HDTV and an Xbox One.  It’s not much in relation to all the other things he’s missing, but it gives him a bit of joy in an otherwise pretty bleak life.

So what would you wish for others? You can enter Capital One’s contest in many different ways.  You can share your wish for others in Twitter or Instagram, while using the hashtag #WishForOthers.  You can also visit @CapitalOne’s Facebook page and enter there.  If you’re curious about what’s going on with the campaign and want to get more details, simply go to their website, Wish For Others.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to brighten up someone’s holiday season, whether or not they end up winning your wishes for them.

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Deal Of The Day: The Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle ft. Typinator

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StackCommerce’s Name Your Own Price Mac bundles are one of the reasons they’re doing so well. They’re beloved by readers and we think this new one will be no exception. You’re looking at 9 everyday Mac apps, plus 1 course so you can learn how to use them all. This is a $543 for which you can pay what you want. Mind you, you’ll only get 3 apps if you pay less than the average price, but this price is normally much, much lower than the true retail value. 10% of all proceeds go to charity. So what are these apps?

Typinator
The Program That “Types” Frequently-Used Text For You

Hotspot Shield VPN – 1 Year Elite Subscription
Protect Your Privacy: Surf Anonymously, Unblock Websites, & Hide Your IP address

Starry Night Enthusiast 7
Turn Your Computer Into A Virtual Universe

Intensify Pro
The Image Enhancer For Photographers Of All Levels

Spotdox: 3 Year Subscription
Get Access To All Your Files, On Any Device, Anywhere

Data Backup 3
Easy, Powerful, & Flexible Backups

Paperless
Fuel Your Paper-Free Lifestyle

MacJournal 6
A Multimedia Journal For The 21st Century

Pixa
An Invaluable Image Management & Sharing App

The Must-Have Mac App Tutorial
Learn To Navigate The Ins-And-Outs Of Your 9 Apps

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Plan V Uses 9V Batteries To Charge Your Phone

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You may not know it, but there’s likely a drawer somewhere in your home where you keep all kinds of odds and ends that you need around the house. Screws, butterfly fasteners, IKEA wrenches, a hammer, and probably a couple 9V batteries for your smoke detector. Well it turns out if you get the Plan V, they’ll have another potential use: charging your phone. Plan V is a tiny dongle that takes a 9V battery and uses its power to charge your mobile device. It’s great if the power is out for an extended period and you really need to charge it. Or if you’re out somewhere and are desperate for some more talk time. It’s small enough to serve as a keychain, and costs all of $12… if it gets made. It’s a Kickstarter at the moment, and until they reach their funding goal they’re only making a Micro-USB version. They’re still far from the goal so nothing is sets in stone, but you can help them out with a pledge if this looks like something you’d use.

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Yoogo Self Defense Keychain

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It’s a cliché of so many movies: nervous girl walking back to her car in the dark, clutching her keys in her hands as if she’ll manage to fend of a would-be attacker with them. Maybe that works in the movies but in real life, it wouldn’t hurt to have something like the Yoogo keychain instead. Its special shape lets you securely grab it, while allowing some portions of it to stick out between your fingers. This both protects your hand in case you have to defend yourself, while inflicting a little more damage to your assailant. It’s not quite a brass knuckle, so we think its use is probably legal, but hey… we are not lawyers so make sure to know your local laws before carrying this. It’s $20 and they’ll ship worldwide.

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