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Chat Off the Grid Without WiFi or Mobile Coverage with FireChat

FireChat

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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Compose a Tune and 3D-Print It Into a Music Box with Music Drop

Music Drop

Give someone the gift of personalized music with Music Drop. So it’s not actually a song in the sense that you can only create a 16-tone tune, but that’s still something.

The service is being offered by Left Field Labs. Here’s how it works: you’ll be asked to compose your very own 16-note melody by clicking squares on a grid, with each one representing a certain note. When you’re done with your composition, they will then convert it into a 3D-printable file that will be used to “print” the tune in the form of a tiny music box.

 
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Left Field Labs explains: “We are all about using technology to help humans be, well, more human, and so we updated this small device with some of the emerging technologies of our time. We wanted to create a modern day adaptation to put tech and cheer right in your hand.”

Due to the high volume of initial orders, they aren’t accepting new ones yet. However, you can still sign up to create your very own tune and save it. Head on over to the Music Drop Web site to get started.

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Sharks ‘Tweet’ When They Get Too Close To Shore

Shark Week

 

Because of movies like Jaws, people have become more conscious (and sometimes, overly paranoid) about sharks and whether or not one might suddenly bite them while they’re in the water. Most beaches aren’t infested with sharks, and a lot don’t wander too far out into the shore. That said, sharks do occasionally end up in areas where people are frolicking by the beach, so unless the beach has posted some warnings about it, then there’s no need to fret.

The odds are against most people because they don’t find out that there’s a shark in the waters…until the shark is a few feet away. With this in mind, scientists in Western Australia have devised a different system to alert people of the presence of sharks in the water: Twitter.

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

RemoveMe

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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Now People Can Send Self-Destructing Messages with SecretInk

Secretink

I’m sure you’ve heard of Snapchat by now and what it does. It’s an app that lets users send text, photos, and videos that are viewable to the intended recipient for a limited time. At this point, you’ll more or less know what SecretInk is all about since it’s being dubbed as the Snapchat of email.

The service was recently launched by PowerInbox, who wanted to fill the void that was left when other encrypted email providers like Silent Circle and Lavabot chose to fold rather than wait for the NSA to come after them. SecretInk can be used with Gmail and other web-based email services via PowerInbox’s add-on.

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Cryptstagram Lets You Send Encrypted Messages Hidden in Glitch Images

Crypstagram

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, but sometimes, you don’t need that many. The quote implies figurative words, but there’s a way for you to literally insert text into an image–without having it appear as mere text–by concealing the words into glitch images. The image sharing site that lets you do this is called Cryptstagram, which was set up by ad agency The Barbarian Group.

Basically, all you’ll have to do is upload an image and add a message. The site does the rest by “encrypting” your message into the image. It even allows you to protect your image/message with a password for good measure. The resulting images can be shared via the site or saved to your computer, if you prefer to send it in some other way. Recipients of Cryptstagrams can then visit the site to decrypt their messages.

You can check Cryptstagram out here.

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Spoiler Shield Filters Spoilers from Your Facebook and Twitter Feeds

Spoiler Shield

Got friends who are blabbermouths? Then you need Spoiler Shield. It’s a filter that identifies and blocks spoilers on your Facebook and Twitter feeds, so no one can spoil the ending of your favorite TV show or reveal who won in the finals of whatever sport you’re into before you get a chance to see it for yourself.

The app is essentially a viewer for your social media accounts. You’ll have to link your profile to the app and grant access to it before it can do its thing. You will then be asked to select items that you’d like to “shield” yourself from, which is provided in a pre-set list. For example, under the NFL and MLB categories, you can choose teams that you don’t want to hear about from the list. There’s also a TV show category, which includes the likes of True Blood, Game of Thrones, and American Idol.

Spoiler Shield is currently available for iOS and can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store. An Android version is currently in development.

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BrdsNBz is a Texting Service Where Teens Can Ask About the Birds and the Bees

BrdsnBz Website

It’s unfortunate, but not all kids feel comfortable enough with their parents to bring up the birds and the bees when the time to talk about it rolls around. The same goes with some parents trying to initiate the old sex ed talk. Addressing the matter to make sure teens stay safe and informed is BrdsNBz. It’s a texting service that’s geared towards teens and parents that lets them send in sexual health questions. The service promises that the asker will receive a response from a health expert within 24 hours.

The service is being offered by New Mexico and North Carolina. California has a similar program called HookUp 365247, which sends weekly sex ed tips and information on nearby reproductive health clinics to those who signed up.

VIA [ C|NET ]

iCracked Fixes Up Smashed iPhones So They’ll Almost Be Good as New

iCracked

Dropped your phone? Cracked the screen? Dropped it into a puddle of water? Fret not. The guys at iCracked can help you out. They’re a start-up that promises to fix up your phone, regardless of the shape it’s in. You don’t even have to drive anywhere or ship your phone out to a repair service, because iCracked’s repair technicians will come to you.

Aside from repairing busted-up devices, iCracked now offers a buyback service and are offering protection plans that start at $6 a month. These are options that you might want to check out, especially if you’re a particularly clumsy phone user.

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