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Find Pets That Look Just Like the Ones You Had Before with PetMatch

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What do you look for in a pet? Some consider looks above all else, while others take note of activity level and the specific needs of the breed before making a choice. If you’re of the same mind with the former, then you’ll find the PetMatch app useful. It promises to help you find a pet that looks just like the one you had in mind. You could even use it to find a pet that looks like your old pet before he died and went to heaven.

All you have to do is fire the app up and upload a picture of your desired pet or of your pet that just passed on, and the app will do the rest. SuperFish, the parent company behind PetMatch, explains: “Our sophisticated algorithms (and our registered patents) allow us to analyze every picture and provide similar and near identical images in real time — no text tags, no human involvement.” Once a match is found, the app will send you info on where you can fetch your new companion.

You can download the app on iTunes.

[ PetMatch ] VIA [ C|NET ]

BKON Craft Brewer Means Speed, Painful Price Tag

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When it comes to making tea or coffee, it seems the options are endless. If heaping a spoonful of instant into a cup of hot water isn’t your thing, you can opt for single-serve machines. These are great, but since laying eyes on the BKON Craft Brewer, we’ve realized that they’re really just amateurs. The BKON means business, as it’s able to crank out a cup of tea or coffee a minute for an hour. It also stores up to 200 recipes and lets you browse them through its touchscreen. It uses a process called RAIN technology, which is their patented vacuum extraction method that allegedly beats regular extraction by allowing for lower temperatures (which avoid bitter flavours) and faster brewing speeds.

Yeah, this is a fancy machine, and it’s one that’ll make your wallet cry: $14,000 is the asking price. You better have some deep pockets or a serious need for it, because we’re going to stick with our Tassimo.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Chocolate Toothpaste: Have Dessert, Brush, and Have Dessert Again

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Remember how you wished that chocolate-flavored toothpaste existed back when you were still a kid? Well, you might have grown several feet since then but now Theodent has made that wish come true with their new line of fluoride-free, chocolate-flavored toothpaste. This probably isn’t the first time someone decided to make toothpaste that made it seem like you were brushing chocolate all over your teeth, but Theodent is different in the sense that the chocolate flavor isn’t there just for novelty’s sake.

Rather, it’s there because of Theodent’s toothpaste formulation that contains a patented substance obtained from the cacao plant that gives it its distinctive chocolatey flavor. It’s called rennou, and it’s non-toxic and safe-to-ingest (although you probably shouldn’t squeeze it and eat it right out of the tube), so you won’t have to worry about kids accidentally ingesting it while brushing.

Theodent Classic is sold at $10, while the extra-strength variant Theodent 300 is priced at a whopping $100.

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

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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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Fellowes’ AutoMax Paper Shredder Is A Truly Hands-Free Experience

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Fellowes invented the personal paper shredder back in 1990, and have been innovating with new models and new features ever since.  We even reviewed one of their devices two years ago. Now the company has announced their latest innovation: the Fellowes AutoMax series of shredders, like the 500C and the 300C.  These are truly hands-free, auto-feed shredders that pretty much do all the work for you.  You simply have to drop your pile of papers, DVDs, CDs, paper clips, and other shreddables into the drawer and walk away.  A patented system of rotating paddles (SureFeed Technology) ensures that everything gets fed into the cross-cutting mechanism and gets turned into unrecognizable bits. No more standing around the machine, wasting company time and money.

The 500C has a 20 gallon bin, while the 300C can handle up to 16 gallons, which is large enough to ensure you don't have to keep coming back to refill it every two seconds. Also, a feature called JamGuard System prevents paper jams, which is an essential ability for a device that claims to be completely hands-free; after all what's the point of being able to walk away, if you keep having to come back?

There's even a feature called SmartLock that prevents anyone else from opening the drawer until that batch is completely shredded. This is to stop someone else from accessing your private documents after you've inserted them in (and walked away). Couple all these features with other innovations like SafeSense, which immediately halts shredding if your hand or fingers touch the paper opening, and you've got yourself some groundbreaking machines in the personal shredding space.  To find out more about these devices, follow the link below.

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Smart Glasses Allow Medical Personnel To See Through Your Skin

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If you’re in the hospital, you’re already pretty unhappy about whatever it is that got you there in the first place. And it adds insult to injury when the nurse tries to take blood, or insert an IV, and instead repeatedly stabs you in the arm because she can’t find a vein. A device called the Eyes-On™ Glasses System lets medical practitioners see right through your skin, for a clear view of the vasculature beneath.

Featuring a patented design that incorporates multi-spectral 3D imaging and wireless connectivity, Evena’s point-of-care Eyes-On system is the first vein detection device to deliver clear, anatomically accurate, real-time imaging in a wearable, easy-to-use, hands-free and cart-free system.

Evena’s Eyes-On Glasses include digital storage to enable easy verification and documentation of vein patency throughout a patient’s stay in the hospital, and telemedicine capability to share images remotely. The system also interfaces with hospital electronic medical records systems for seamless documentation.

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There is no word on price or availability, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see the system being used in hospitals in the near future.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Obscene Just Got A New Name: Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

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You know you’re looking at a special car when the company that makes it is able to charge an extra $600,000 for a version that has bits chopped off. Yes, we’re talking about the roof-less Lamborghini Veneno, dubbed Roadster because that’s what you call those kinds of cars. Don’t call it a convertible though, since there’s no roof at all; if it rains you’ll hopefully have the good sense to keep it inside. Aside from the open air bonanza, you get the same 750hp V12 sitting behind your behind, vibrating your lady parts all the way to a top speed of 221 mph. And you do get almost the same acceleration, although the extra weight (needed to strengthen the car after its surgery) does add a smidge to its 0-60 time, now at 2.9s, up from 2.8s from its lighter cousin. A slower car with bits chopped off, for an extra $600k? Yeah, that sounds about right for Lambo.

Like it’s non-roadster sibling, this car comes in extremely limited edition, with just 9 models planned for 2014. A Veneno Roadster will set you back 3.3 million euros (about $4.5 million), or roughly a Gallardo more than a simple Veneno.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Keep Your Bag Safe No Matter Where You Go

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Shady hostels, back alley bars, public libraries… heck, anywhere can be a bad place to leave your bag unattended. But if you really want to see it when you come back, you could spend a bit of effort protecting it. The Pacsafe steel mesh Bag Protector wraps around your valuables, and allow you to secure them anywhere.

Featuring patented smart eXomesh® cage system, the Pacsafe is an adjustable high-tensile stainless steel locking device, designed to cover and protect a variety of bags and packs from tampering, pilfering and theft.

Perfect for small backpacks, smaller luggage items or those who carry just the bare essentials.

They come in a variety of sizes, and prices seem to start around $60.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Soup Straws Adds Suction As A Way To Enjoy Ramen Noodles

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There is a right and a wrong way to eat certain foods. Ramen noodles are meant to be picked up with chopsticks and slurped. That, fun as it is, doesn’t sit well with many wet-chin-averse Westerners, so Julian Lechner has created Soup Straws. These are hollow chopsticks with a series of holes at the tip to channel that tasty broth all the way up to your mouth, without making a messy detour through your beard. It’s a simple enough idea, but is sadly one that hasn’t been turned into a commercially available product just yet. We’re not sure what’s holding Justin back from Kickstarting this, but with a bit of effort, should be simple enough to do. Or, well, now that the idea is out in the wild and no patent on the design presumably exists, maybe someone else can get on it?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]