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Illumibowl Lights Up Your Toilet Bowl

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It’t the middle of the night and you have to pee. You get to the restroom, then are faced with a choice. Pee in the dark and risk missing your target, or turn the lights on and blind yourself for a couple of minutes. If only there were other options. There are, my friend, there are, and the Illumibowl is the latest. It’s a combination motion detector and bright LED that turns on as soon as you walk into the restroom. It simply clips to the side of the commode, so requires no installation or fussing about. It’ll cycle through some colors while you’re there, and then turn itself off after a minute if it senses no motion. Best of all, it’s super cheap, costing only a $15 pledge to get yours by January, and that’s including shipping.

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Penball Erasers Let You Have an Impromptu Game of Foosball

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Erasers don’t get any funner than this. You probably don’t need an eraser at this point in time, but you might still want to get them anyway because they’re more than just erasers. You can think of them as attachments that turn plain old pencils into (partial) rods that you can use to play an impromptu foosball match.

It’s nothing like the real thing, obviously, but it provides some fun where there used to be none.

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Hit the Slopes with These Gadgets

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

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With winter around the corner, the powder calls to skiers and snowboarders alike. You begin to dream of rushing down snow-covered mountains and the warmth of the lodge at the end of the day. Technology has advanced snowboards and skis over the past several years, but we’re certain you’ve already got your favorites just waiting for you. This year, it’s time to bump up your gadgets and accessories with the latest tech. This is the gear that will keep you warm, dry and safe. It’s also the equipment that will transform your regular slopes into a challenge. And, when you’re ready to show off your moves and accomplishments, you’ve got to see what the Faveable team’s top pick. Hint: it’s not a camera; it’s way more impressive than that.

Check out: 10 Ingenious Gadgets Any Snowboarder or Skier Would Love

Deal Of The Day: 60% Off on Camera Lens Mug

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You could drink your gallon of coffee like a regular person and let it get cold as the day goes by. Or you could show the world you’re a fan of photography, while at the same time keeping your beverage hot (or cold) for longer thanks to this Camera Lens Mug’s insulated walls. It’s shaped to look like a 24-105mm lens, but instead just contains liquids. It’s normally $50, but today is a much more reasonable $20.

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Anura Pocket Drone Looks Super Awesome

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Quadrocopters are all the rage these days. We’re calling them that now for those of you who take issue with them being called drones. You’re technically right, but hey, people are calling these toys drones so we’ll go with that too if you don’t mind. So, anyway, the Anura Pocket Drone packs a tiny low-res camera, is slightly larger than an iPhone, and can fly for up to 16 minutes on a charge. That makes it appealing to anyone who wishes they could play around with a drone but have always been put off by their size. And the smaller ones usually lack a camera, so the Anura pocket drone solves both issues: it’s small, super portable, and has a camera! The four propellers fold in to the frame, which is what allows its small size. WiFi connectivity extends its range, as well as it allows it to stream video directly to your smartphone. That’s some pretty fancy functionality for a device that’s going to cost you a $195 pledge. But you’ll sadly miss the holidays, since delivery is expected for April 2015.

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One Month After Launch, iPhone 6 Plus Scalping Is A Huge Problem In Canada

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I preordered my iPhone 6 Plus 128GB in Space Grey on September 12th, at 11:22am, with Fido, a large Canadian carrier. It’s now October 21st, and I’m still sitting in the pre-order queue at #206, down from #414 when I first completed the procedure. This is ridiculous. But it gets worse. I have been checking the Apple site daily, hoping to be able to make a reservation there and there never is anything available, ever. So I went to one of the Apple stores several times, hoping for a miracle, only to finally be informed by one of the Geniuses of what’s actually going on: scalping!

According to this Genius, it seems there are teams of resellers who hire kids to refresh the Apple site all day, immediately snagging any units as soon as they become available. They then waltz into the store, buy the devices full price, and sell them for an outrageous profit. To confirm this, I decided to see if I could actually get my hands on a phone from one of these resellers. After walking around a local mall for a few minutes, I happened on a small kiosk that sold cell phones. I asked for a 6 Plus, 128GB and was told that “of course, you can have one. It’ll be $1,500.” Oh. Ok. That’s a 50% profit margin!

Meanwhile, Fido has apparently received only about 200 units of the 6 Plus 128GB Space Grey in one month’s time. That’s Canada-wide! What this seems to mean is that Apple is funnelling the vast majority of its available inventory directly to its retail outlets, rather than through the carriers, since we imagine this way they can reap the full profit rather than sharing a portion with the carriers.

It’s a frustrating situation. Of course we understand Apple’s apparent decision to make as full of a profit now that demand is still high, but the unfortunate side effect of this is that regular customers are being gouged. Supply to legitimate carriers is apparently being throttled, and no one at any retail outlet besides the Apple store seems to know what’s going on.

Any other Canadians experiencing this?

Philly Cream Cheese Releases Bacon Flavor

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We could wax poetic about bacon all day. Just look at our bacon tag to see how much we love the stuff. So don’t be surprised that we’re excited to find out that Philadelphia Cream Cheese has announced the release of a Bacon version of their cheesy spread! It’s stuffed with Oscar Meyer bacon bits It’s only available in a few select stores in the US right now, but will be expanding soon. Apparently it goes really well stuffed into a French Toast.

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World’s Thinnest Case Preserves The iPhone 6’s Unnecessary Thinness

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Apple could have made the iPhone 6 about a millimeter thicker and no one would have noticed. Instead, they made them this thin, and a camera sticks out the back like a sore thumb. On your back. Bravo, Apple, bravo. But regardless of how you feel about this potentially boneheaded decision, you might still want to keep your phone protected while taking advantage of the appreciated, but totally unnecessary, thinness. To this end, take a look at this case from Spigen. Made from polycarbonate and a discoloration-preventing urethane coating, this case is only 0.4mm thick. Less than half a millimiter! We wouldn’t write about cases normally, but a case this thin deserves at least a passing mention. It’s $25 for either model, and comes in five different hues.

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Because, Bacon: Bacon Scented T-Shirt

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This is the official shirt from the United Kingdom of Bacon, and the awesome part is that it smells just like the real thing. It’s all thanks to the special scented ink they used when the design was screen-printed, which treats people who are as far as six feet away with the delightful scent of everyone’s favorite breakfast meat.

The scent only lasts for up to 20 washes, but hey, it’s great while it lasts. Plus the design is a classic. The shirt is available online for $28.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Incredible Things ]