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Never Ties Shoelaces Again With Zubits Magnetic Shoe Closures

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Why tie shoelaces when you don’t have to? You won’t have to worry about your shoelaces getting untied ever again with Zubits. It’s a magnetic shoe closure that works with your existing laces to make lacing up infinitely faster– which makes sense, since no actual tying is involved. All you have to do is thread the laces into Zubits, cut off the excess lace (how long or how short you’d like your laces to be depends on you), and snap it closed. It’s that simple.

When you’re ready to slip your shoes off, just push your foot forward to break the connection. The downside is that they might not hold up to rigorous activity or sports (note the keyword there: might), but you could always give it a go to test its limits yourself.

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Do You Check Your Phone Too Often? Checky App Will Help You Keep Track

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How many times do you check your phone in a day? You might not know the exact number now but there’s an app for that if you’re curious. It’s called Checky, and it was developed by Calm.com to help users keep track of their phone-using habits by monitoring usage. The app also keeps track of where the phone was checked for additional stats.

All you have to do is install the app and you’re good to go. At noon, Checky will let you know how many times you checked your phone the previous day. You can download Checky for Android here and for iOS here.

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Soto Pocket Torch Turns Any Regular Lighter Into Powerful Windproof Torch

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Did you know that that disposable lighter you bought for a couple bucks can actually be turned into a powerful, windproof torch capable of outputting a 2,300ºF flame. You just have to get the Soto Pocket Torch pictured above, and insert your disposable lighter in it. It won’t work with any lighter; they do have to be of a certain size and type, but it’s not brand specific. And at $20 for the device, it’s a really cheap way to light stuff on fire around the house.

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Beacon Yoga Mat Helps You Get Those Positions Right

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A lot of people post photos of themselves doing all sorts of yoga poses all the time, making it look oh-so-easy and effortless in their shots, but it isn’t as easy as it looks. If you’ve tried it (especially one of those headstand poses), then you know what I mean.There’s a lot of emphasis placed on getting the position right, because holding a pose when you’re doing it all wrong might cause an injury.

If you can’t do yoga with a friend or in a class where others will be able to help you out, then the next best thing is the Beacon yoga mat. It’s an interactive mat embedded with LEDs and a pressure sensor that lets you know when your hands or feet aren’t where they should be.

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‘Moments’ App Shows You How Much Time You Spend on Your Phone

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How much time do you spend on your phone in a day? A few minutes? Half an hour? Probably more, especially if you use instant messaging or check for emails a lot during the day. Giving you the exact figure is Moments, an app which tracks how long you used your phone and where you were when you were using it. It uses the collected data to build a map to show you the most frequent location of use.

If you feel like your usage is excessive, then you can set a maximum daily limit for your phone usage using the app. When your time’s up, an alert pops up letting you know it’s time to put your phone down and start living (and interacting) in the real world. It’s available for iOS and can be downloaded from iTunes for $3.99.

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Synek Countertop Beer Tap Is Kind Of Like A Kegarator Without Being One

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The Synek Draft System pictured above isn’t a kegerator for the simple reason that it doesn’t use any beer kegs. These are large and unwieldy anyway, and you’d have to be seriously committed to beer drinking to set a system like that up in your place. Instead, Synek uses special 1 gallon pressure pouches that are capable of handling up to 30psi of pressure, and block out UV rays. Simply fill them up at any local tap (if you know a place that’ll fill up a growler, they’ll fill these bags up too) and insert it in the device. Just like that you’ve got cold beer on tap, in quantities that are reasonable for any household. You won’t lose any carbonation on account of the special pouches, and once opened they’ll last for months and not days like a growler.

The device is doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, and a $300 pledge will get you one machine plus 5-10 bags.

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Powdered Alcohol On The Way? Maybe

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Palcohol is a powder than, when mixed with water, will turn it into Vodka or Rum. It’s great for camping trips, for example, where lugging big bottles of liquor can be a pain. Instead, the powdered alcohol will take up less space and weight, and can be mixed with water from a stream, or liquids you bring yourself (like juice). Each packet of Palcohol contains enough powder to make a standard concentration drink, if mixed with 5 ounces of liquid. The company also plans on selling flavoured versions of the powder, so that you may have a full standard drink (like Margaritas, or Cosmopolitans) without needing to add anything more than plain water.

There is some discussion over whether the product is legal for sale in the US, with approval being granted and retracted only 13 days later. Upon closer inspection, it does appear to be a technical issue related to labels, rather than a rejection of the product for sale on US shelves. Which means that if all goes well, you’ll be able to get either type of Palcohol (Vodka or Rum) by this fall, though we’re not sure for how much.

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Take a Picture of Your Food and This App Counts the Calories For You

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Counting calories involves a lot more work than you think. From keeping food diaries that you have to update with every meal and snack to looking up alternatives in case what you just ate isn’t on the list, calorie counting can be a pain. The good news is that there’s an app that’s currently in the works that makes it easier for weight watchers and health buffs.

The project is called Ceres, and it’s basically an app that lets users count calories by having them take pictures of their food. The actual counting is up to the app.

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Rezhound Lets You Know When Reservations Open Up At Your Favorite Resto

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Being on the waiting list sucks, especially if you’ve been dying to try out the food that everyone’s been raving about at the hippest restos in town. Persistent foodies are not one to give up easily though, and life is about to get easier for them with Rezhound.

Rezhound is a service that monitors when reservations open up at your restaurant of choice. When spots eventually do open up, it will send you email and SMS alerts to let you know that it’s time to phone in before the spots are all filled up once more. The service is open for a number of regions, including San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.

You can try Rezhoud HERE.

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