Snap pro-quality photos with the Acesori 5 Piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit - now 80% off

Experienced shutterbugs with DSLR cameras have boatloads of lens options for capturing the moment. Unfortunately, smartphone photographers often get stuck with their one crummy lens, which means limited zoom and focus for their final image.

Step up your smartphone’s photographic power with the Acesori 5-Piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit, now just $9.99 in the Boing Boing Store.

Magnetic rings easily attach one of three custom lens to your Android or Apple device, improving the range and clarity of your smartphone shots. The fish eye, wide angle and macro lenses are made with anti-scratch glass, so they'll handle easily as well.

The package also come with metal lanyards and lens covers to keep your lens safe and ready at a moment’s notice.

Find out how much better your smartphone pictures can be at 80% off the Acesori Lens Kit’s retail price, while this deal lasts.

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Australian educational contractor warns of wifi, vaccination danger to "gifted" kids' "extra neurological connections"

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Wise Ones, an Australian "gifted" education programme offers students who test into it vaccination exemption forms, and advises them to avoid wifi, because they say that "gifted children" have "extra neurological connections" that make them vulnerable to "extra sensitivities to food or chemicals." Read the rest

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Pete notes, "What is scary is how easy it was to make." (Thanks, Pete Smith!) Read the rest

Meet SpotMini, a wee dancing robot from Boston Dynamics that also does the dishes

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It's described as "nightmare fuel" by Digital Trends but I think it's adorable. Read the rest

US Customs and Border Protection wants to ask for your "online presence" at the border

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The week, the US CBP published a notice in the Federal Register proposing a change to the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record paperwork that visitors to the US fill out when they cross the border, in which they announce plans to ask travellers to "please enter information associated with your online presence." Read the rest

Stasi radio monitoring department, hard at work, 1980s

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Here's a small gallery of the East German secret police's 26th Division, hard at work during the 1980s. Read the rest

Apps help women bypass states' barriers to contraception

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In many states in America, legislatures have erected punitive, vindictive barriers for women seeking contraception, requiring them to get prescriptions for safe, widely taken medications. Read the rest

The blacker a city is, the more it fines its residents (especially black ones)

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In the aftermath of the Ferguson uprising, much ink was spilled on the reliance of the predominantly black city on fines from its residents to pay its bills -- and on the use of what amounted to debtors' prisons that locked up those who wouldn't or couldn't pay the constant stream of fines and scared the rest into begging and borrowing to pay their own fines. Read the rest

The Armour Charge Steel iOS Charging Cable is the toughest on the market - only $24.95

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Some truths are universal. For one, your phone will always run out of power when you most need it. For another, the charging cords that come packaged with your Apple device will fray, split, and rip faster than Usain Bolt in a game of tag.

Instead, pick up a charging cord that anyone would have a tough time damaging with the Armour Charge Steel iOS Charging Cable, right now as low as $24.95 in the Boing Boing Store.

The Armour Charge isn’t your normal cable - it’s made from 100% stainless steel-woven cabling that’ll protect your phone’s charge from almost anything. Couple that strength with its aluminum housings and you’ve got reliable charging power for any USB 2.0 or Lightning device.

Its compact durability make it a perfect travel accessory on the road and a great safeguard against accidental cord-ripping incidents at home.

Grab the 1-meter version for $24.95 or the 2-meter edition for $32.95 before this offer expires.

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Adam Savage describes four unusual and useful tools he loves

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On the Cool Tools Show podcast, Kevin Kelly and I had a wonderful, wide-ranging discussion with Adam Savage, the former co-host of Mythbusters and the editor-in-chief of Tested. Adam is erudite, funny, and very smart. Check out our show notes here. Subscribe to the Cool Tools Show on iTunes | RSS | Transcript | Download MP3 | See all the Cool Tools Show posts on a single page Read the rest

The demographics of Brexit

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The Brexit vote wasn't mere xenophobia, it was self-destructive lashing out by people whom the political classes had written off for a generation. Read the rest

The morning after the Brexit vote, Nigel Farage admits money for the NHS was a lie

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In the runup to the Brexit vote, the "Leave" campaign repeatedly argued that the National Health Service could receive £350m/week in funds diverted from the money supposedly remitted by the UK to the EU (in reality, that number is radioactively false). Read the rest

Vaping while faceswapping yields unusual results

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Accidental surrealism is the best surrealism. Read the rest

Listen to isolated vocals on "God Only Knows"

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Need something to soothe your jangled soul today? Pop in the buds, sit back, close your eyes and have a listen to the isolated vocal tracks on the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." There... that's better. Carl Wilson and the Boys at their finest.

[Via Playback FM]

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Limited-edition tee: Home Cooking is Killing Restaurants

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Epic copyfighter fashion snark from Techdirt: $20, cheap! Read the rest

Student journalists: 5 days left to win a badge to NYC's Hackers on Planet Earth!

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If you're a student journalist and want to attend HOPE XI, the Eleventh Hackers on Planet Earth conference (July 22-24, NYC) you can win free admission (and an interview with me!) by submitting an article about any of the topics come up at HOPE conferences! Get writing! Read the rest

Delicious Madagascar hissing cockroach cake

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Artist and baker Katherine Dey made this creepy-as-hell but probably delicious cake that looks like a Madagascar hissing cockroach. Its innards oozes with Boston cream filling. Dey made a video how-to, below. Just make sure you clean up the crumbs or else the real roaches will come and then who knows what could happen if they realize what you just ate.

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