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By Roger Wood/Klockwerks

XKCD watch-face for Moto 360


Spam writes, "I'm a fan of XKCD and so I decided to put together a watchface for the Moto 360 based on xkcd.com/now because I really like Randall Munroe's concept for a simple world clock."

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If you don't agree to the new Wii U EULA, Nintendo will kill-switch it

When you bought your Wii U, it came with one set of terms-of-service; now they've changed, and if you don't accept the changes, your Wii seizes up and won't work. That's not exactly what we think of when we hear the word "agreement."

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LISTEN: Travel gadgets for your next trip

This week, Xeni, Mark and Jason talk TSA-friendly backpacks, aromatherapy to help you sleep, and two travel must-haves for your phablet and vehicle batteries.

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T-shirt printer spits them out in seconds

Epson's SureColor F2000 can print a t-shirt in just a few seconds. At Comic-Con in New York, they had one on display: I emailed a picture, rested my iPhone on its transparent lid, and recorded this real-time video of it running one off in less than a minute. Like a goddamn office memo! It does full color tees, too. Specs:


• 5-color Direct-to-Garment Printer
• All new Ultrachrome® DG inks
• Revolutionary EPSON PrecisionCore® TFP® Print Head for extreme print quality and production speeds
• Maximum resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi for white ink and 1440 x 720 for color inks
• Large garment imaging area up to 16" x 20"
• Designed for simple maintenance and high reliability
• Garment Creator imaging software included

It was on special at the show, but you'll have to pay the full $20,000 price now, suckers. Another caveat: you have to prep the tees chemically, and with a heat press, before using it. Here's some more video from a different show:

Booze flasks that look like NES cartridges


I bought one of these at New York Comic-Con this weekend -- it's a surprisingly good facsimile of an old NES cart; and the rubber stopper (rated to 10psi) performs better than it looks like it would. My only complaint is that it's a bit awkward to nip from directly, though it'd be fine with a straw.

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Nerdy steering-wheel covers


Oklahoma City's Beau Fleurs sells a remarkable variety of steering-wheel covers, each adorned with a hellokittyish hair-bow (pictured here: the Marvel comics edition, $25).

(via Geeky Merch)

Brain-computer interface gives lock-in sufferers a way to communicate

"Noninvasive brain-computer interface enables communication after brainstem stroke" (Science Translational Medicine) reports on the successful use of a brain-computer interface to allow an individual with "lock in syndrome" (conscious and aware, but unable to move any part of his body) to spell words and carry on dialogue with his family.

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HTC's "Re", a tiny periscope camera

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Pitched as an action camera for the rest of us, the $200 tiny Re pairs with Android and iOS smartphones and shoots 1080-lines video at 30fps, or 720-line video at 120fps.

It's a simple proposition of size and functionality. The Verge's Dan Seifert isn't terribly impressed.

HTC says the Re Camera is easier to use than your smartphone because you don't have to frame a shot or worry about opening a camera app before you take pictures. Its ultra-wide lens is supposed to capture everything in the scene for you, so you don't miss anything. And since you're not staring at your phone to take the pictures, you can still enjoy what's going on while you preserve memories for later.

But after using a pre-production version of the Re Camera, I'm not convinced that it's a better option than just using your smartphone to take pictures.

$35 Firefox OS smartphone - back to the drawing board


Ron Amadeo's review of the much-heralded Cloud FX phone, a $35 smartphone for the "rest of the world," paints a gloomy picture of a poorly thought through first outing.

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Kickstarting Tinyscreen: thumbsized color screen from the Tinyduino people


Ken writes, "We're a small hardware company based out of Akron, OH in the US in the US that make tiny electronics and have a popular platform called the TinyDuino (a small Arduino compatible board)."

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ECTO-1 license plate keychain


The $4.50 ECTO-1 Ghostbusters keyfob is just one of the many delights at the Unofficially Original Etsy store; OUTATIME Back to the Future version. (via Geeky Merch)

Sourcecode for "unpatchable" USB exploit now on Github


Last summer's Black Hat presentation on "Badusb" by Karsten Nohl alerted the world to the possibility that malware could be spread undetectably by exploiting the reprogrammable firmware in USB devices -- now, a second set of researchers have released the code to let anyone try it out for themselves.

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Logitech's K480 wireless keyboard connects to multiple devices

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Unlike most Bluetooth models, this one pairs with three devices and includes a dial to jump between each.

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I hate DVDs so I bought a $13 DVD player

I watch videos on Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Air. None of these play DVDs. (I hate DVDs but sometimes it's the only way to get a video.)

I rip the DVDs I buy using RipIt on my iMac, the only machine I have with a DVD drive. But the drive is failing. It spits out 90% of the discs I put in it.

Instead of fixing the DVD drive in the iMac, I bought a USB-powered "Generic USB External DVD Combo CD-RW Burner Drive" on Amazon for $12.82 (free shipping with Prime). It has worked like a charm with every disc I've tried. It's quiet, too. It does not burn DVDs but I have no reason to burn DVDs. If I need to give someone a large file I will either put it on a thumb drive or upload it to cloud storage.