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Send Messages Without Internet or a Cell Service with TinCan

TinCan

Most messaging services these days use your cell service or the Internet. But if you find yourself in a place with fluctuating signals and no Internet, then an alternative you can consider is TinCan. It’s an app that lets you send messages to other TinCan users who are within WiFi range, which is about 100 feet.

So how does it work? Well, the app appears as a WiFi hotspot with the ssid TinCan_(randomID) to users who don’t have the app. When the app detects someone with TinCan nearby, it automatically exchanges messages that they don’t have in common. That said, the messages are public, with its developer describing it as being “akin to Twitter or IRC.”

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KnowRoaming is the Smarter, Cheaper, and Easier Way to Roam

KnowRoaming

One tip that frequent travelers dole out to non-frequent travelers is this: buy a local SIM the moment you land, because international roaming rates will be the death of your wallet. Local SIMs are usually sold for cheap and even though you might not consume all the credits from your initial top up, at least you won’t be slapped with atrocious roaming rates by your regular network.

There used to be no alternative to this–but that was before KnowRoaming came along. KnowRoaming is a sticker that you’re supposed to stick onto your SIM card using the included applicator. Once affixed, you’ll be able to connect with local networks wherever you are in the world by firing up the KnowRoaming app.

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Kickstarter for Apps? Crowdfund Your App on Appsplit

Appsplit

Need some help on the app that you’re building? Then check out Appsplit. You can think of it as a Kickstarter for apps, but even better because it lets you do a bunch of other stuff aside from letting you crowdsource and raise money to fund the development of your app.

The site features a marketplace where you can sell your app and cash out. Appsplit also lets you connect with other like-minded developers that you can maybe hire to help you build your app.Continue Reading

Kapture is a Wristwatch That Records Your Every Word

Kapture

Want a record of everything that you’ve said? You can either call the NSA or slap this contraption on your wrist. Obviously the former isn’t an actual option, so your best bet is Kapture. It’s a wristwatch-slash-wearable audio recorder that records your every word. The catch is that it only has enough memory to store 60 seconds of sound, so you can only go back and listen to the last minute of your immediate past on playback.

Kapture constantly and continuously records audio. Given its limited storage, it is also continuously erasing data and recording over previous recordings, too. Its creators are seeking $300,000 for seed funding and will be launching the project on Kickstarter on September 3rd.

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The Annoyinator Will Annoy the Heck Out of You

Annoyinator

Nothing annoys people more than high-pitched sounds that just get on their nerves. If you want to wreak havoc and cause undue distress to people (because yeah, you’re a prankster like that), then the Annoyinator is just the thing you need.

It’s essentially a targeted loudspeaker of sorts for your iDevices. It was conceptualized by the Henry, who is the son of Caleb Crome, the Kickstarter project’s listed creator. You see, Henry wanted his dad to create the loudspeaker so he could aim the sounds from the ‘Dog Whistle’ app.

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BrewBit Wireless Offers Real-Time Monitoring When You’re Brewing Booze at Home

BrewBit

Making homemade beer is more than just mashing and mixing stuff and letting it sit. It’s sort of like an art form that involves technique aside from the technical. For example, temperature is a really important thing to keep track of so you’ll end up with professional-quality and good-tasting beer. One tool that can help you monitor the temperature when you’re brewing is the BrewBit Model-T.

The BrewBit is a WiFi-enabled temperature controller with open source software, so you can hack it and modify it to perform other functions, if you’re not a homebrewer. It’s equipped with dual independent temperature probes and dual independent outputs. You can choose to control one, both, or none of the outputs for logging purposes. Its makers explain that the BrewBit can help “keep your fermentation and mash temperatures where you want them to be”, resulting in high-quality, great-tasting beer.

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Smart Bedding: You’ll Never Have to Make Your Bed Again

Smart Bedding

Do you hate having to make your bed every morning? Well, you won’t have to anymore, not with Smart Bedding. It’s described as a “new, innovative bedding line” where the top sheet snaps onto the duvet cover. That means no more wrinkled and bunched-up top sheets, since it’s attached to the duvet.

It’s a simple solution to a first-world problem that has hounded millions of people all over the world, including Smart Bedding’s own designers, Marshall Haas and Jon Wheatley.

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