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The Looblade Is A New Take On The Toilet Bowl Brush

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They say that when something isn’t broken, you shouldn’t fix it. But improving isn’t the same as fixing, and the Looblade creators make some good points about why their design is an improvement on the venerable bathroom staple: the toilet brush. For one, it’s made from flexible silicone TPU elastomer material that doesn’t trap bacteria as brush bristles tend to do; to clean it you simply shake it before re-inserting in its holder. The material itself has anti-microbial properties that are said to kill 99.9% of germs. Additionally, the cleaning tip features 8 spiralling blades that perform a kind of squeegee action as they’re being inserted at the bottom of your bowl, cleaning both faster and more efficiently. The lack of bristles also mean you won’t get any disgusting dirty water drips as you carry the Looblade back into its holder. All in all, it’s an interesting design that totally justifies the $23 asking price. It’s a Kickstarter, so you will have to wait until December of this year to get yours if you decide to purchase.

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Nora Promises A New Approach To The Problem Of Loud Snoring

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There are many products on the market to help you curb your snoring ways. They range from nostril widening strips, to shock therapy machines, to an entire cornucopia of nasal creativity in between. Nora, a Kickstarter project, hopes to help you out in a relatively novel manner.

Nora is sleek pebble-shaped device that sits on the bedside table and listens for snoring sounds. Once it detects the sound, Nora stops the snoring by slightly moving your head through a padded pillow insert that sits under your pillow.

In order to move your head it uses a small pump placed in a case that goes beside your bed; the pump gently inflates the bladder, which in turn causes you to move your head without waking up, making you tighten your relaxed throat muscles and stopping your snores. The setup allows you to use any pillow you want, is completely silent, and even comes with a companion app that tracks how well you slept, and how much you snored. To get one, you’ll have to pledge $179 to the company’s Kickstarter, and expect to receive your product in May 2016.

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I Don’t Want To Live On This Planet Anymore: Bridal Selfie Sticks Are Now A Thing

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Selfie sticks… you either hate them or love them. Considering their popularity, we suspect we’re the ones being snobbish about a product the marketplace is clearly clamouring for… but there’s just something so freaking irritating about them. Maybe it’s their intrinsic narcissistic quality, the fact that they’re built specifically for taking better pictures of yourself. Maybe you just look like a tool holding one. Whatever the reason, we can’t help but shake our heads when reading about the Bridal Selfie Stick, pictured above. Because yeah, it totally makes sense that you’d be walking down the aisle with a bedazzled selfie stick pointed at your face. Yeah, no, it’s not like you’re supposed to be excited about joining your life to that of another person, right? It’s much more important that the world knows how you looked while doing so.

Cultural criticism aside, there’s a glimmer of hope in the fact that these don’t seem to be available for purchase just yet. They were spotted at bridal-and-evening-wear-designer Reem Acra’s fashion show recently, and there’s no word that they’ll ever make it to market. But of course, once an idea is out…

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[ Mashable ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

HYUNDAI HTRAC: Control the Light

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Welcome to the next generation of AWD technology: HTRAC from Hyundai. Witness the changes in power distribution through LED lights as HTRAC adapts to wet, uneven and winding roads in the blink of an eye.

Deal Of The Day: 90% Off On ‘Build 20 Apps: iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide’

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You’ve read the articles, you’ve heard it from friends: some people are making a killing by making simple iOS apps. You want in on the action, but have no idea where to start. Learning how to code from scratch is hard, but there are ways to speed the process up. The ‘Build 20 Apps: iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide’ takes a more hands-on approach.

You can spend all the time in the world learning the theory behind coding apps, but the most effective path towards mastery? Getting your hands dirty building real, working apps. This course walks you through the essentials: programming in Objective-C and Swift, using the Xcode IDE, and much more. You’ll apply those lessons in creating 20 iOS 9 apps throughout the course—a giant step towards building the next hot app to light up the iTunes Store leaderboard.

– Build 20 iOS apps using Objective-C & Swift 2
– Create a wide range of apps: simple games, random value generators, etc.
– Develop your apps within the Xcode IDE
– Purchase a developer’s license, create an app ID, build on the iOS simulator & more
– Master all objects, actions & outlets possible in app development: displaying text, using if statements, detecting shake gestures, etc.
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Education can sometimes be pretty expensive, and this guide would normally set you back a cool $199. But with today’s deal you only pay a tiny fraction of that: $19!

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Protein Infused Beer is A Thing That Exists

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They’re calling it “Where your weekend meets your workout”, and as unlikely as it seems, this seems to be a real product: protein infused beer. It’s called Brewtein and Nutribeer, and one is a regular American wheat ale that’s had some whey protein mixed in, while the other is lower calorie lager with slightly less protein and almost half the carbs. Brewtein has 7 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbs and clocks in at 178 calories, while Nutribeer has 4 grams of protein and tips the scales at 122 calories. That’s… not a lot of protein when you consider a standard post-workout protein shake can sometimes have 40g+, but if you plan on swigging a six-pack by yourself, you’ll still get in that range. And you’ll be barely able to walk, which will only complement your already wobbly post-legday legs. It’s a win!

The makers claim you won’t notice the taste of the whey, and each one comes with some interesting rewards, since it’s a Kickstarter project that’s honestly unlikely to get fully funded. But hey, we’re doing our small part by telling you about it.

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The Unexpected Health Benefits of Owning the New Moto 360 Smart Watch

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This article is a collaboration with Creative Wire. -Ed.

Technology never stands still, and with all the developments within smart technology in recent years, it feels like it’s moving forward faster than ever before.

It’s an exciting time not just for the developers and the industry itself, but for us – the consumers – who have already seen huge improvements in wearable technology, most specifically smart watches.

If you’re in any doubt as to what a smart watch is, here’s the deal – these little wrist-worn gadgets tell the time, and can also (if you’ve connected it via Bluetooth to your smartphone) receive messages, social media updates and notifications, and some can take phone calls too. You’re also able to control things like the music that’s playing on your smartphone.

Like any bit of tech kit, every smartwatch differs, and the compatibility of each particular smartwatch varies. At present, the jury is out as to whether smartwatches are set to take the tech world by storm, but whereas previous early generation smartwatches might have proved a little lacklustre, these days they are picking up the pace and making the world stand up and take notice.

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Aetho Aeon Steadycam Will Make Your GoPro Videos As Smooth As Butter

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Everyone and the mailman is taking action videos these days. One thing most of them have in common however is how shaky they tend to be. The Aetho Aeon aims to fix that by providing you with a fairly high-tech stabilizer for your GoPro. It features a 3-axis gimbal powered by brushless motors, a 32 bit Cortex processor, and an accelerometer making 1,000 measurements per second, which all combine to keep the camera completely steady. There’s a viewfinder LCD and a joystick to help you point the camera right where you want it, as well as an accessory mount. The battery is good for 5 hours of use on a 2 hour charge, and the kit weighs all of 1.1lbs (500g).

It’s a pretty fancy way to stabilize your videos, and considering the amount of tech, we’re surprised the asking price is only a $349 pledge to their fully-funded IndieGogo campaign, with shipping in Q1 2016.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Star Wars Shoes With Lightsaber Heels

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Another day, another semi-ridiculous piece of Star Wars merchandise. This time we’re looking at shoes from UK retailer Irregular Choice. They’ve created a collection of themed shoes, some of which include lightsaber heels and… curtain tie laces? They’ll definitely stand out and loudly proclaim your love for the franchise. The company will also be selling C-3PO flats and R2-D2 themed heels. The collection comes out on October 30th, but there’s no word on price.

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