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Make Dry Aged Steaks At Home With SteakLocker

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Dry aged steaks are the bee’s knees. They’re also typically your wallet’s worst enemy ($30/lbs to $50/lbs.), and therefore out of reach for most casual meals. It doesn’t have to be that way however, and with the SteakLocker, you could be on your way to making this wonderful beef concoction right at home. It’s a connected fridge that links to your smartphone, and monitors temperature and humidity closely. That’s important, because when you’re dry aging the meat, you’re basically rotting it in slow motion, allowing moisture to escape (concentrating the taste) while enzymes already present in the meat work to digest and dissolve connective tissue, all the while permeating the fibers with a buttery, almost nutty flavour. It’s awesome, even if it sounds gross. But if you do it wrong, you do end up with just that: rotted meat and a bad case of food poisoning. To put the odds on your side, the SteakLocker also contains a UV light that should be able to eliminate surface bacteria, as well as a fan to circulate air and an activated carbon filter to prevent less desirable smells from making it into your kitchen. So, simply place your chunk of beef in there and let it sit for at least 21 days.

It’s a fairly large appliance, measuring 34 inches tall. But at $600, you’re getting a machine that could cost almost 10 times as much, and steaks for a fraction of what they’d cost in restaurants.

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Deal Of The Day: 16% Off On PhoneSoap

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Sometimes it’s best not to think about some of life’s realities, like what goes in a hot dog or how dirty our phones really are. The sad truth is they’re very, very dirty. Some accounts claim there are 5 times more bacteria on our phones than on our toilet seats! So that’s why products like the Phonesoap Charger, pictured above, are popular among those of us who don’t trust our immune system to do its job. Place your USB device in there to charge, while it gets blasted with UV-C light, which is apparently just the kind of ultraviolet light that kills bacteria most effectively. It’s the same kind of UV light used in hospitals, and if it’s good enough for them, it should do for you. Granted, once clean, there’s no telling how quickly it’ll get dirty again… But let’s worry about one thing at a time.

The Phonesoap normally costs $65, but you can have it for $54 through this deal.

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Thumb Extender Stylus To Help You Use Giant Phones With One Hand

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It’s an undeniable trend: smartphone screen sizes are getting bigger. And while bigger is better, those of us with shorter thumbs may beg to differ, as one-handed use of these larger devices becomes almost impossible. Thanko, Japanese retailers of many oddball gadgets, are selling these thumb-extending styli that look stupid, but do allow you to reach the upper corners of your screen that were previously too far. We’re not sure why it needs to be shaped like a thumb, but as long as it gets the job done we suppose some people might not mind the indignity. Good luck getting your hands on one, however. Even though it’s cheap at 1,480 yen (or roughly $15), we don’t believe Thanko will ship directly stateside. Those of you who are more motivated might want to look into a service like White Rabbit Express.

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Deal Of The Day: 20% Off On TrackR Tracking Sticker

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The TrackR sticker is a coin-sized Bluetooth-enabled device that sticks to any item you wish to keep track of. Just stick it on, and when you can’t find it anymore, launch the app on your smartphone and locate it in an instant. It’ll tell you the distance to your object, and at the press of a button, you can toggle an audible alarm on the sticker. It’s actually a two-way relationship, so if you’ve lost your phone but have the TrackR device in hand, you can press it to have your phone ring, even if it’s set to silent. Of course the tech requires you to be within Bluetooth range, but not necessarily your own; if another TrackR user passes within range and you’ve declared your item lost in your own app, you’ll get a notification of its whereabouts. You can pair up to 10 such stickers and track just about any item of value. Normally, you’d pay $25 for one sticker, but you can get it for $20 today.

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What Your Android Device Needs Is More Buttons

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a physical button on most Android devices, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a legion of tactile-obsessed customers longing for one. Well, with the Dimple, you can add four of them! You simply stick it anywhere on your phone, and assign each of the buttons to a different function. It connects to your phone via NFC, and doesn’t require a battery at all. Usage scenarios could include: speed-dialing a loved one with one press of a button, launching your non-life-wasting Candy Crushing endeavour in less than 2 seconds, capturing a photo before it’s too late, etc. It’s quite useful, even if it may make your phone look just a little bit weird. And you can own one (as long as their crowdfunding goes well) for a small $27 pledge.

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FretPen Is A Pen… And A One-String Guitar At The Same Time

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What on earth can you possibly do with one string and 3 frets? Not much of course, unless there’s a bit of digital magic thrown in. The FretPen is a fully functional writing instrument, but it’s also a smartphone-connected one-string guitar. You clearly won’t be able to recreate Slash’s solos from November Rain, but a tiny D-pad on the pen does allow you to switch strings on the fly, giving you the ability to play scale-like runs and some forms of rudimentary melodies. If you watch the video below you’ll get a sense of the device’s capabilities. There’s a Kickstarter campaign launching on the 22nd, so if this piques your interest, feel free to give them your email address to be notified when they’re ready to accept your pledges.

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Smartphone Batteries That Charge In 30 Seconds May Be Just Around The Corner

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StoreDot is an Israeli startup that’s been working on making our batteries better. They’re created a prototype that can go from 20% to 100% in about 30 seconds, and then discharge at the same rate as a regular battery. This is accomplished by using organic “nanodots”, or 2 nanometer wide “bio-organic peptide molecules” that fundamentally alter the way the batteries work. The company has even received $6 million in funding from an undisclosed Asian smartphone manufacturer to further work on the technology, because as exciting as this is, it isn’t ready for prime-time. For one, the current prototype is huge. Secondly, capacity is still an issue, since even at this size the battery doesn’t even equal that of a Galaxy S4. But these are hurdles that could potentially be overcome, and StoreDot is hoping to have something commercially viable by 2016.

Stay tuned.

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Smartphone Connected LED Bulb Also Streams Audio

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LED lightbulbs that can be controlled with your smartphone are nothing new. But the AirBULB adds one extra feature that could make a big difference when comparing similar products: it streams audio from your connected smartphone through its integrated speakers. This means you can have audio throughout your home without having to pass any cables anywhere. Granted you’re only getting a 3W output, but that should be sufficient for some background music.

The LED bulb’s colour can be adjusted through the app, and it can be set to flash when you get a call or notifications. An $89 pledge will get you yours, with shipping expected around May if the campaign reaches its funding goals.

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Miracle Machine Turns Water Into Wine

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Jesus may have performed this trick some time ago, but he didn’t do it with technological panache. The Miracle Machine pictured above however claims to turn water into wine using sophisticated electronics… only not really. See, it does make wine and it does use water as a starting ingredient, but then you have to add “grape concentrate, yeast, and a finishing powder that imbues the liquid with barrel-aged flavour.” Ok, that’s not quite as impressive as Jesus’ magical trick of yore, but it is arguably less painstaking than making wine the traditional way. The Miracle Machine uses an array of “electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps”, and churns out what’s being called a “$20 bottle of wine” from $2 worth of ingredients in about 3 days. Using a smartphone app, your job is simply to select the type of wine you want, add the ingredients and wait. You’ll get a notification when your wine is ready to drink.

There’s going to be a Kickstarter soon, with the expected retail price at around $500, though the early adopter figure should be much lower. You can register on their website to be notified when the campaign goes live.

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