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eBay Valet is For People Who Are Too Lazy to Sell Their Own Stuff

eBay Valet


If you’re too lazy to list stuff you want to sell on eBay, then here’s an app that you might want to check out: eBay Valet. It’s like a valet, only instead of parking your car for you, it sells your stuff on your behalf instead. Here’s how it works: just take a picture of whatever it is you want to sell, and send it to your valet via the app.

eBay Valet will then take care of the rest, from evaluating your stuff and giving you an estimate of its worth to listing it and eventually selling it for you. They’ll even send you a prepaid box so you can ship your item to eBay. If it ends up getting sold, they’ll send you 70% of the profits–all for taking a picture.

You can get the app here.

VIA [ Uncrate ]

Crypto Stick Replaces Passwords With a Flash Drive

Crypto Stick


Writing down passwords to folders filled with confidential files or stuff that you’d want to keep a secret is a bad idea. But at the same, most people feel like they have no choice because memorizing passwords for hundreds different folders is no easy task. Cue the Crypto Stick, which is essentially the next-generation flash drives that come with added security.

The device is currently being beta tested. It takes security to a higher level, with decryption being done on the device itself. Hidden volumes are also accepted. To access your data, you’ll have to key in a pin and you’ll be able to access the files within.

The beta version of the Crypto Stick is available online for about $205.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek ]

RemoveMe Lets You Unsubscribe From E-mail Lists With A Single Click


Subscribing to email lists is relatively easier compared to unsubscribing from them. Some hide the unsubscribe link so you’ll (presumably) give up on trying to unsubscribe. Others redirect to an invalid unsubscribe page or instruct you to send them an email requesting to be removed from the list instead. The most annoying case is the one where you’ve already followed their instructions on how to unsubscribe to a T and get the message that you’ve already been unsubscribed. Then a day passes, and you get another email from them again.

Aiming to make the entire process of unsubscribing easier for everyone is RemoveMe. It’s essentially a browser extension that adds an “Unsubscribe” beside the email subject in your inbox, so you can just click that and it’ll do the rest for you. Easy, right?

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Wrangler Debuts Moisturizing Jeans

The only thing better than getting yourself a new pair of jeans is getting one that’s been infused with “hydrating oils and butters such as apricot kernel oil, passion fruit oil, rosehip oil and shea butter.” Right? No? Heck, we don’t know anything about fashion, or whether women would ever be into such a thing, but there you have it. They’re called the Demin Spa Jeans. Lizzie Jagger (yes, Mick Jagger’s daughter) is the one modelling them in the picture, and has this to say about the experience:

“They definitely feel cooler than regular jeans,” said Lizzie Jagger in a film to promote the style. “After a day wearing them, my legs feel great – they come out feeling more silky than usual.”

They come in three variants: Aloe Vera (that soothes sensitive skin), Olive Extract (which helps keep skin toned and moisturized) and Smooth Legs (that reduces the texture of cellulite). After the oils and botanicals wear off (roughly two weeks after first wear), you can purchase a refresher spray. The pants are being launched on UK-based online retailer Asos, and will be available for £85 (or about $134) starting on January 28th. Asos does deliver to the US.

VIA [ Mashable ]

‘Doodle or Die’ is Kind Of Like ‘Draw Something’, Except You Play On a Browser Instead

Doodle or Die

Remember Draw Something, that interactive doodling game by OMGPOP that quickly went viral upon its release? Its popularity died out almost just as fast as it rose (I bet Zynga felt like slapping themselves silly since they acquired the developer for hundreds of millions at its peak) when mobile gamers moved on to the next hot thing in gaming.

Doodle or Die follows the same premise, since players are expected to enter random phrases and create drawings based on the phrases that other people have turned it. The difference is that you can play with random people and keep drawing and drawing without having to wait for turns. That, and the fact that it’s the players who decide what to draw in the first place. In short, I guess you can think of it as chain-drawing game of sorts where you alternate between drawing stuff and describing stuff as you play.

It’s amazing what some people on the site have drawn so far. You can check out a couple of impressive drawings done by other players after the break.

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Amazon Introduces Same Day Delivery


By Chris Scott Barr

When I’m wanting to purchase something new, I usually have to debate on just where to buy it. The biggest decision is whether I want to save money and buy it online, or spend a little extra to have it today from a brick-and-mortar store. Well if you happen to live in one of seven cities, you’ll be able to have the best of both worlds by having things delivered the same day you order them.

Over the weekend Amazon announced that they will be offering same day delivery in 7 major cities. This is apparently an effort to make brick-and-mortar stores less appealing to those in the delivery area. Hit the jump to see which areas have access to this service, and the cutoff times to have items delivered to you on the same day.

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googleDrive – A Better Way To Spend Your Thursday

googleDrive (Image courtesy phatfusion)
By Andrew Liszewski

You probably already know about the online flight simulator that lets you ‘fly’ a virtual plane over the satellite images provided by Google Maps. Well here’s a similar idea, but instead of flying a plane, you actually get to drive a miniature car over the standard street maps view. Once googleDrive is loaded you simply enter the city where you’d like to cruise around and you’re off to the races. The car is confined to the actual streets (the yellow and white areas) though I have noticed you’re able to drive across the occasional shopping mall and other gray areas that usually indicate a structure. You’ll probably tire of it pretty quickly unless you’re especially bored, but can you think of a better way to earn your paycheck on a Thursday morning?

Head over to phatfusion where you can try out googleDrive yourself.

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SnoopStick – Goodbye Privacy

SnoopStick (Image courtesy Solid Oak Software) By Andrew Liszewski

The SnoopStick is a USB flash drive apparently designed with the intent of allowing parents or employers to keep an eye on what their kids or employees are doing online. Just plug the SnoopStick into any USB equipped PC you want to monitor and then run the setup program which takes about 60 seconds. The software that gets installed is completely invisible leaving no evidence that the system is being watched or monitored.

Once installed on a system you can then monitor that computer’s online activities anywhere in the world by simply plugging the SnoopStick into your own PC. You can see what websites have been visited, check who or where emails have been sent and even read IM conversations as they happen in real time. The SnoopStick will even store up to 12 months of activity logs if you don’t want to keep an eye on the other computer all the time or if you happen to need a bit of evidence later on.

The SnoopStick is available from CYBERsitter for only $59.95.

[ SnoopStick ] VIA [ Techie Diva’s Guide to Gadgets ]

Mattel IM-Me – Safe Instant Messaging

Mattel's IM-Me (Image courtesy Ubergizmo) By Andrew Liszewski

Another piece of kid-friendly tech shown at the Toy Fair in New York this week is the IM-Me instant messenger from Mattel. Unlike a Blackberry though, or even standard online messaging the IM-Me is intentionally rather limited in regards to who your kids can talk to while online. The IM-Me consists of a handheld ‘PDA’ with an LCD screen and full QWERTY keyboard that interfaces with an included RF dongle designed to be attached to the USB port of their parent’s PC.

In order to have an online chat with someone else that friend has to be both added to a pre-approved list of contacts and has to be in range of one of the RF dongles which typically means they’re restricted to using it somewhere in their parent’s home. The whole idea of the relatively closed system is to ensure your daughter can only communicate with her friends and not a future star of the ‘To Catch A Predator’ show. (I’m Chris Hansen, what are you doing here with that IM-Me?)

At the moment the pinkish-purple stylings of the IM-Me ensure that it will be a girls-only product and it’s scheduled to be available sometime in the summer of this year for $64.99.

[ Wired – Toys That Protect Kids From Pervs ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]