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In An Age Where Data Theft Is Rampant, An Office Shredder Is A Must

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fellowes, Inc. . All opinions are 100% mine.

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According to the Ponemon Institute, data theft is is on the rise.  The year 2013 brought with it a 30% higher incidence of data breaches over the previous year, and with each incident averaging a cost of $5.4 million, we're talking about a serious issue.  And while many offices these days rely on off-site document shredding options, the cost of these can be up to 55% higher over a three year period than in-house alternatives, like the Fellowes AutoMax line of walk-away shredders.

These shredders have large bins that can accommodate up to 500 sheets of paper, which you simply have to drop in and walk away from.  A patented system of rotating paddles, called SureFeed Technology, ensures that anything that's in that drawer gets fed into the cross-cutting blades.  You also don't have to worry about anything jamming, thanks to the machines' JamGuard system, which will automatically reverse directions when it senses a potential clog. And it's not just paper you can shred: CDs, DVDs, paper clips and staples… the machine will chew it all up.  Finally, if you're worried about someone fishing something out of the bin after you've walked away, know that the SmartLock system will prevent them from doing so: once engaged, the drawer will lock until that batch is done.

Like doing periodic backups of your hard drives, getting into the habit of regularly shredding your documents is good office hygiene.  It's easy to ignore it until you become a victom, but then it's too late.  Fellowes AutoMax is a simple, cost-effective way to stay secure and it's one you should seriously consider.

 

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If Drifting Is Your Thing, The Verrado Trike Will Blow You Away

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When it comes to wheeled vehicles it’s easy to become obsessed with acceleration and power figures. But at the end of the day the important thing is how much fun you’re having while driving. To that end, the Verrado Electric Drift Trike by Local Motors might have a thing or two on its four-wheeled cousins, the cars. You might have heard of downhill drift tricking already, but this drift trike trades gravity assistance for an electric engine. Gone are the days where you have to ask your buddy with a pickup truck to haul you back up the hill. This vehicle “combines a BMX fork with a 20” heavy duty front wheel featuring an aluminum casting around the brushless hub motors, two rear karting wheels lined with PVC pipe, a strong disc brake and a powerful programmable electric motor.” A 3 hour charge will give you 45 minutes of fun or up to 12 miles of travel if all you end up doing is going in a straight line. But let’s face it, if you’re going to pledge $1,560 for one of these, you’re really looking to be going sideways around a track, and that’s more than ok.

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Pykmax Reinvents The Guitar Pick

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Anyone who’s ever played guitar knows that holding a pick, as easy as it seems, is actually somewhat challenging. Granted it becomes easier as you become more skilled and there’s nothing inherently wrong with the current design, but that doesn’t mean picks can’t be made better. Pykmax hopes to do just that by adding a carefully crafted ergonomic grip that comfortably sits in your hand and lets you keep playing for hours without experiencing any of the tiredness that often comes from prolonged use. Tested by several guitarists of various levels, Pykmax appears to improve on an old design, and does so at minimal cost: $12. It comes in two sizes, and various plectrum gauges can be selected, just like regular picks.

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FretPen Is A Pen… And A One-String Guitar At The Same Time

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What on earth can you possibly do with one string and 3 frets? Not much of course, unless there’s a bit of digital magic thrown in. The FretPen is a fully functional writing instrument, but it’s also a smartphone-connected one-string guitar. You clearly won’t be able to recreate Slash’s solos from November Rain, but a tiny D-pad on the pen does allow you to switch strings on the fly, giving you the ability to play scale-like runs and some forms of rudimentary melodies. If you watch the video below you’ll get a sense of the device’s capabilities. There’s a Kickstarter campaign launching on the 22nd, so if this piques your interest, feel free to give them your email address to be notified when they’re ready to accept your pledges.

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Smartphone Batteries That Charge In 30 Seconds May Be Just Around The Corner

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StoreDot is an Israeli startup that’s been working on making our batteries better. They’re created a prototype that can go from 20% to 100% in about 30 seconds, and then discharge at the same rate as a regular battery. This is accomplished by using organic “nanodots”, or 2 nanometer wide “bio-organic peptide molecules” that fundamentally alter the way the batteries work. The company has even received $6 million in funding from an undisclosed Asian smartphone manufacturer to further work on the technology, because as exciting as this is, it isn’t ready for prime-time. For one, the current prototype is huge. Secondly, capacity is still an issue, since even at this size the battery doesn’t even equal that of a Galaxy S4. But these are hurdles that could potentially be overcome, and StoreDot is hoping to have something commercially viable by 2016.

Stay tuned.

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Time to Bust Some Ghosts: Ghostbusters Neutrino Wand

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When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, the only people you should call are the Ghostbusters! They were a huge hit in the eighties and the original team are still very much revered by kids and the young-at-heart who grew up following the franchise over the years. The third movie is still in limbo, although we’re definitely keeping our fingers crossed that they work something out.

But why not nab ghouls and catch ghosts Ghostbuster-style with this Neutrino Wand while you wait? It’s inspired by the one Ray, Winston, Egon, and Dr. Peter Venkman used to capture Slimer, Gozer, and a host of other ghosts in the movies. It’s made with great attention to detail, from the blasting button and proton stream switch to the adjuster knob and the sound effects that emanate from the wand upon firing.

The Neutrino Wand prop replica is available for $280.

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Chat Off the Grid Without WiFi or Mobile Coverage with FireChat

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With FireChat, you’ll be able to chat with anyone close to you location-wise, even when there’s no WiFi or when you’re outside the coverage area of your mobile network. It works by making use of the Multipeer Connectivity Framework built into Apple’s iOS 7. Think of it as being a peer-to-peer WiFi-Bluetooth connection of sorts where you’ll be able to send text messages and even images without the usual service or connectivity requirements.

FireChat works best in “Nearby Chat” mode where you have to be within 30 feet of the person you’re chatting with. The app is available for free on iTunes.

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The Bud Bug Will Grind Your Botanicals, Put A Smile On Your Face

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There are times when you need to grind some herbs, and there are plenty of devices for that. Most of them however are of the “badass” variety, with some kind of metal, laser etching, super blades, anodized this. The Bud Bug is the first automatic grinder we’ve come across that would also put a huge smile on your face while using it. Don’t believe us? Watch the video below until the end, it’s only 30 seconds long.

Simply insert whatever needs grinding, close it up and watch as the Bud Bug’s stupid face as it does its job, making a line of finely ground botanicals that comes out its behind. It’s a novelty item, sure, but for $35 you and your buds can have a good chuckle as you refill your vaporizers.

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Buzzy pain Relief System: Distract’Em So It Doesn’t Hurt’Em

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The Buzzy Pain Relief System pictured above is a vibrating ice pack with a cute bee-like figure on it, just for good measure. See, it’s meant to be used on kids that are about to get some form of potentially painful medical treatment, like an injection. Just hold it against the planned injection site for a few seconds, then move it to some other part of their body while you do the deed. They will feel nothing, or almost nothing. Hundreds of positive reviews back this up, as well as the Buzzy being FDA-approved and award-winning.

. Buzzy is a hand-held device that naturally and quickly minimizes sharp pain from needle sticks like IV starts, blood draws, finger pricks and immunizations, through a combination of vibration, ice and distraction methods. Buzzy combines two pain control theories, the Gate Theory of Pain Control (the vibration) and the Descending Noxious Inhibitory Control (the ice) to confuse the nerves and trick the brain into not feeling the sharp pain. Buzzy helps minimize the drama and trauma that sometimes come with medical visits.

It’s $40 and completely reusable.

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