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Unbelievably Cool Gadget Gift Ideas for 2014

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

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No one’s is interested in the standby gifts that you’ve always given (and received) in the past. Ugly neck ties and cologne samplers were the gifts you had to give before tech started to come in at reasonable prices. The Faveble team has compiled a list of awesome gadgets that are sure to impress anyone and there’s something for every budget. We’ve spent time gathering together the coolest gifts for axe-wielding lumberjacks and the geeky coder down the hall. Don’t worry; there are ideas for the “normal” folks too. Featured image above is of the Pebble Steel, one of the most popular smart watch available in the market right now which is compatible with both Android and iOS.

Check out: Take a Break With These Utterly Cool Gadget Gift Ideas for 2014

Taco Bell’s New App Lets You Order Food, Skip The Line

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It’s lunchtime and your bowels are seriously hankering for a beating? No better way to go about it than to stuff your face with some tasty Taco Bell. But hey, that long line just to place an order? Ain’t nobody got time for that, so Taco Bell’s just released an new iOS and Android app that not only lets you place your order before you even reach the restaurant, but also customize each item to your liking and pay from your phone. The company won’t actually make the food until you reach your closest location in order to safeguard its “freshness”, but at least you won’t have to wait an hour while hungry patrons stare at the menu while making their minds up; there will be dedicated mobile pickup lines, separate from the regular lines. Interestingly, the app uses your location to determine when to prompt you to confirm you’re ready to have your food prepared. When you accept the prompt, the order is sent directly to the kitchen and your name will be called when it’s ready.

[ FastCompany ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator Looks Useful, At Least For Some

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Despite the name, the Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator isn’t some kind of Halloween prop. It’s a tiny HDMI dongle that mimics a display and fools a computer into thinking it’s connected to one. This is for people who often remotely connect to display-less machines, and who would benefit from being able to do so at full resolution. You see, many PCs automatically lower the output resolution if they don’t detect a display, some even going as far as disabling the graphics card altogether. But if you’re running software that would benefit from having the GPU chugging along, like cryptocurrency mining software, then the Headless Ghost is especially useful. As a matter of fact, if you have a farm of machines built specifically for that purpose, you’ll be happy to know that you won’t be needing a display for each PC, but that an inexpensive £10 (~$16 USD) dongle will do. It can mimic resolutions ranging from 800×600 to 4096×2160.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Deal Of The Day: The Monster Mac Freebie Bundle

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This deal is free, as in beer. You get to download 7 utility applications for the Mac, completely free of charge. It’s called the Monster Mac Freebie Bundle, and if downloads reach 60k, there will be an 8th thrown in: “BackBlaze, 3 Months Of Unlimited Online Data Backup for Mac or PC.” The applications are:

- Macbooster 2
Free Up Your Disk Space For Faster Function & Better Protection

iTunes Data Recovery
Easily Restore Your Lost iPhone, iPad, Or iPod Data

PDFToolkit For Mac
The Ultimate Combination Of PDF Utilities

Sharepod
Copy/Recover Songs & Share Playlists From Mobile To Desktop

SaneDesk
Create Unlimited Desktops Tailored For Any Scenerio

Subliminal
Rewire Your Brain With Computer Messages Visible For Only Milliseconds

Convert64
Encode & Decode Base64 Files With Ease

Your downloads are available immediately, with minor updates thrown in as well.

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This Belt Turns Into A Scooter

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Ah yes, we’ve always wanted to keep our pants up with a 4 pound belt. Who hasn’t? Although to be honest, if it meant that we could just whip it out and ride around in a neat scooter, we might actually consider it. But then of course our pants would fall off, which means the belt is just decorative, which makes you wonder why you’re going through so much trouble in the first place. Ádám Török, from Hungary, decided as part of his product design graduation project in 2013 that in the future most transportation methods will be portable, and that seems to be good enough a reason for him. He created this Belt Scooter to demonstrate his point. It does seem functional, but is most likely a one-off project. Whether it’s available for sale anywhere is anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to know what sort of things can be made with a bit of ingenuity and creativity.

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Hit the jump for a bunch of pics.

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Mesoloft Sends Your Ashes to Infinity and Beyond

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Some people choose to have their ashes scattered out into the ocean, while others prefer to stay close to their loved ones in an urn. For those who want to take things one step farther, there’s Mesoloft.

The company offers out-of-this-world services for your final departure by dropping your cremated remains 90,000 feet from the ground.

Mesoloft co-founder Chris Winfield explains: “We know that the ashes will likely travel for months and possibly years as they get carried by the currents in the upper atmosphere. The ashes will eventually descend and settle all around the globe. Moisture adheres to ashes that pass through clouds and the ash will form the nucleus of a raindrop or snowflake.”

Now isn’t tht something else? Unsurprisingly, Mesoloft’s services come at hefty prices, starting at $2,800.

VIA [ C|NET ]

Get the Best Gifts for Your Athletes

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

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Most men love their sports. For some, catching the game on the TV at the bar is never going to be enough. They have to get involved; they need to play. Playing sports and working out is a natural way to ease tensions and enjoying time with the guys. Of course, that doesn’t make it easy for you to shop for sports lovers. Fortunately, the Faveable team has got exactly what you want. Get your holiday shopping out of the way and check out the top gift on the list. It’s incredible in ways you would never believe.

Check out: Gifts Athletes Love! The 9 Best Sporting Gifts for Men

Pickup Power

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Just like that, our lives are now (sort of) run by mobiles. Smartphones, tablets, smart watches, music players… each one plays a part in your daily life, whether it’s for work or for play. However, each one is just as useful as a paper weight when it’s out of juice. That’s where Pickup Power comes into play.

It’s a power strip with three AC outlets plus a portable, removable battery that you can take and go to charge your device while you’re on the go. It’s available with either a 4,000 or 6,000 mAH battery.

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Deal Of The Day: 39% Off On MondoHub, A 28-port USB Hub

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We suppose that USB-ports are a little bit like cup holders: you can never have enough. With the MondoHub, we’d be frankly shocked if you ended up running out of ports, since it features a whopping 28 of them! That’s 24 USB 2.0 ports, and 4 blazing fast USB 3.0. Also, there “automatic overcurrent protection and hot-swapping Plug and Play technology for each port so you can disconnect your devices without having to worry about data loss.

Each port also has a power switch so you have complete control over which devices are charging or using valuable system resources.” That’s a pretty full-featured device, and it costs all of $59 today, after a 39% rebate.

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