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Kickstarting a second Oh Joy Sex Toy collection


The first collection of the smashing, sex-positive webcomic was such a success, they're doing it again!

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Lenovo's expensive answer to the new MacBook

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Lenovo's LaVie Z is a new 1.87lb laptop that's even lighter than the new MacBook Air. Moreover, it sports three USB ports, a beefy Core i7 5500U CPU, and even claims the same 9-10 hours of battery life.

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Hourglass full of magnetized "sand"


This $14, 100-second hourglass is filled with magnetized iron filings that form beautiful fans and other shapes as the sand drains into the bottom bulb. (via Canopy)

Minimalist Bluetooth knob controls "anything"

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Griffin's PowerMate Bluetooth is a shiny spinner knob. You hook it up to your computer via Bluetooth. Then you can control something with the knob. Volume sliders, browser scrolling, Arkanoid, whatever—just so long as it's on a Mac. So you can't really control anything, per se, and it is not "unlimited," as suggested in the marketing copy. In addition to computers running the Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, your destiny cannot be controlled using the PowerMate Bluetooth.

But for those with a Mac, there's an included app to program more complex scripting around the gadget, too. One AAA battery provides two months of use, according to the specs. It's $59 from Amazon. 61MlTD0dYwL._SL1280_

Anyone can open a Master Lock padlock in under two minutes

Well-known security researcher Samy Kamkar has discovered a simple method for cracking the popular Master Lock padlock in eight or fewer tries, meaning that most gym lockers can be popped in less than two minutes.

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Toy, snap-fit hydraulics

Small Machines are snap-fit, laser-cut simple hydraulic machines that use standard syringes and plastic tubing filled with tap-water for motion-control.

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$17 radio amp lets thieves steal Priuses

If your car has a proximity-based ignition fob that lets you start the engine without inserting a key, thieves on the street in front of your house can use an amp to detect its signal from your house and relay it to the car, getting away clean.

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Travel smart with hanging compression shelves

I spend one in three nights on the road -- in hotels, on friends' couches, even in RVs -- and figuring out luggage is my obsession, which is why I gave Valet Luggage Compression Shelves a try. Read the rest

Walmart's $150 Chromebook not awful, say reviewers

k2-_8d372c8c-01b4-4d04-a02f-805a6a72063d.v2 HiSense's amazingly cheap laptop is "a good, basic experience that doesn’t feel as slow as some past ARM Chromebooks have," writes Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica. PC World agrees, writing that "it is now possible to buy an adequate computer for $149, a cash outlay many people can afford."

Matt Weinberger thinks that the design is surprisingly sleek for a low end machine "that's far more than I could have asked for" given the price.

CNET's Sarah Mitroff warns that the keys feel mushy, but says it's a promising pick for people who just want the cheapest decent laptop going.

One downside is that there's only one place you can get it.

Snuglet - prevent accidental power cable disconnects

Millions suffer in silence as the freakin’ MagSafe magnet in Mac notebooks turns out not to be strong enough, so every time you shift on the couch it falls out. I don’t know if you have this problem, but many of us are very frustrated that the magnet is not as strong enough as it was in the old days.

There was a successful Kickstarter thing called a Snuglet. It’s a shim, it looks like a staple. This tiny liner for the MagSafe jack, through some miracle of physics, amplifies the magnetic grip of the power plug so that it does not fall out unless you really kick the power cord or trip on it or something, which was the original idea. -- David Pogue

This is from the Cool Tools Show podcast with David Pogue. See all of David's picks here.

Multitool in a hair-clip


The $10 Monkey Business Clippa Mini Tools Clip is a hair-clip with a sawblade, trolley coin, wrench, phillips screwdriver, ruler, and eyeglass screwdriver.

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Backchannel: computers can talk to each other with heat

A paper by Ben Gurion University researchers to be presented at a Tel Aviv security conference demonstrates "Bitwhisper," a covert communications channel that allows computers to exchange data by varying their temperature, which can be detected by target machines within 40cm.

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Nagra IV-L: the pinnacle of tape recorder UI


A design classic from 1968, with all the dials, knobs, switches and buttons you could possibly need.

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Gamer jewelry


New Zealand jeweler Charlie Meaden's OG gamer pieces include these shiny game-controller earrings and the Space Invaders ring, both available in gold or silver. (via Geeky Merch)

The 1982 JC Penney Christmas Catalog


631 lovingly scanned pages for your perusal; may I draw your attention to the electronic toys, including Little Professor at $15, Speak and Spell digital at $62, Coleco Frogger at $60, Merlin at $31.50, Simon at $32, Pocket Dungeons and Dragons at $20 and Electronic Battleship at $40 (multiply by 2.42 to adjust for inflation).

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Star Trek sushi set


The beams of blue spacewarp light on Thinkgeek's $35 Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set detach from the Enterprise's nacelles to form chopsticks, while the saucer section unscrews to form a soy sauce dish. (via Geeky Merch)

A 10000mAh portable USB charger for $13

kmashiIn 2013 I paid $80 for a 6000mAh USB charging unit. Here's a 10000mAh charger for $13.

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