Smartwatch cancelled after 6 days in stores


The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE was the company's latest answer to Apple's dominating entry into the market. But it died fast, pulled off the shelves within a week due to an unspecified problem with the display.

Ron Amadeo writes that they "are not in a position to communicate the specifics of the issue that led to this decision."

LG is being as diplomatic as possible to not burn a bridge with its suppliers, but it's hard to interpret "image quality" as anything other than a finger pointed squarely at the display. The display would also fit the description of a "new advanced component" that had "never been used in an LG wearable device before." The Urbane 2 was the first smartwatch to hit a 480×480 resolution, bringing the round, 1.3-inch P-OLED display to 490 PPI.

Failed quality assurance at this level is just bizarre. What a train wreck. Read the rest

Square, lightweight plastic flask from Stanley


I've been using Stanley's classic flask for years (I literally packed one, full of nice bourbon, in my suitcase this morning for the Melbourne/Sydney/Berlin trip I'm leaving on tonight), and I have no complaints: it's beautiful, easy to close, and rugged. Read the rest

What's inside a "Hello Barbie" surveillance toy?


Mattel's Hello Barbie has a microphone and a wifi interface, and it transmits the phrases it hears to a central server in order to parse them and formulate a response. Mattel claims that the data isn't being retained or harvested for marketing purposes, and assures parents that they can make Barbie stopping eavesdropping on them at will. But does it work? Read the rest

The Qwerkywriter: a delightful Bluetooth keyboard based on a manual typewriter


I blogged the announcement of the Qwerkywriter more than a year ago, when the company was retooling from its successful kickstarter to full retail production. I've had one of the production models in my office for a couple of months now and I've been very impressed! (I wrote this review on it). Read the rest

10 pack of mini LED flashlights for $3 (free shipping)


These little LED flashlights come in handy, and are more convenient than using your phone to light up a dark area. They come with batteries, and the buttons have a small catch on them so you can keep the LED illuminated without having to keep your thumb on the button. I have one in my glove box, my tool box, my travel bag, and on keychains. Once you have them around, you will use them a lot. Amazon has 10 for $3.30, with free shipping. Read the rest

Kickstarting a jewelry-making kit for girls that teaches coding


Robbo writes, "Giapetta's Workshop is a multi-faceted interactive adventure story and hand-crafting jewelry kit, all-in-one, for 8-12 year olds that teaches the fundamentals of coding. They're running a Kickstarter campaign to get everything rolling with the goal of getting 5,000 girls coding in 30 days." Read the rest

The Womanizer: amazing new kind of orgasm-inducing sex-toy with a dumb name


The Womanizer is a new, $189 sex toy billed as a "clitoral stimulator." While woman reviewers universally hate the name and many dislike the leopard-spotted finish, they are universal in their acclaim of the Womanizer's ability to give them fast, powerful orgasms. Read the rest

Keyboard waffle irons: now a thing you can buy


It started as a maker project, became a viral shoop, then a successful kickstarter, and now there's a product: the $75 keyboard waffle-iron. Read the rest

Lumio: Multi-function lamp disguised as a hardcover book


Shut up and take my money, Lumio. Just shut right up and take it. Jesus!

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20000mAh portable charger for $18


This is the best price I've seen on a 20000mAh USB portable charger. It's $36, but if you use the promotion code Y4DFT2KK at checkout you can buy it for $18 (at least it was $18 the last time I checked.) I bring a 20000mAh charger when I travel and it keeps my iPhone 6 Plus fully charged for a few days with heavy use. Read the rest

Kickstarting Braille RPG dice


Emily writes, "64oz Games is working once again to improve Braille accessibility in popular board games, this time in tabletop RPGs. This kickstarter will allow them to purchase a high resolution 3d printer to produce a polyhedral die set (D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20 & Percentile) with Braille as well as print numbers. This will also allow them to continue to produce high quality Braille teaching materials that improve Braille literacy world wide." Read the rest

Lightning iPhone cable sheathed in steel


The Fuse Chicken Titan Lightning Cable is an MFI certified cord sheathed in steel conduit. The connectors are sealed over the cable to reduce the possibility of damage at the ends. The Titan has a lifetime warranty that you probably won't need because Apple will almost certainly make Lightning obsolete before you die. The Titan Lightning Cable is $35 from Amazon.

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All smart TVs are watching you back, but Vizio's spyware never blinks


Vizio made news last April when it pushed out a firmware update that turned on all its' sets spyware features out of the box. Since then, it's only gotten worse. Read the rest

Gallery of the Soviet Union's most desirable personal computers


Starting with the Agat, a 1984 Apple ][+ clone, moving through several other mass-market and semi-mass-market models, including the gorgeously named Robotron, which was mostly produced in the GDR, and the hobbyist Radio-86RK (an 8-bit computer you assembled yourself, a bit like the Altair) and my favorite, the Apogei BK-01 which was as orange as a very, very orange thing. Read the rest

Future Forms: beautifully curated collection of space-age electronics


Mark of Future Forms takes gorgeous photos of his collection of "space-age" electronics from the 1960s to the 1980s, many of which are for sale or rental. You can search by color, brand, or category. I got lost and then found again in "novelty" and then disappeared altogether into "orange." Read the rest

Cheap earbuds that outperform $1,000 alternatives


Wired recommends the Mrice E300 earbuds, a cheapie ($17-25) option that outperforms many headphones that cost over $1000 (!). Read the rest

After 40 years, Sony retires Betamax


You'd be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end.

The last recorders were sold in 2002.

ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge] Read the rest

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