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.

Lightsaber key-blanks


They're $10 for a set of two -- one red, one blue. Blanks come in KW1/KW10, SC1 or WR5, with more to come.

2 pcs. Red and Blue Light Saber Space Keys (via Oh Gizmo)

Cash-strapped Kansas auctions huge lot of seized sex-toys


GOP governor Sam Brownback's "experiment" in tax/spending cuts produced a $300M budget deficit; they're selling off a massive lot of sex toys and porn seized from a company that wouldn't pay its tax-bills.

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Kickstarting fine jewelry made by scanning animal skulls

Fire and Bone's repeating its previous Kickstarter success with a new collection of 3D scanned skulls (including velociraptors!) that are turned into lost-wax molds through 3D printing, available in finished form as yellow/white bronze and silver.

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Anti-bedbug luggage uses heating elements to bake your stuff

Thermalstrike's heated luggage has plug-in elements that heat the contents of your bag to 140F before you unpack them, which should theoretically kill any bedbugs that hitched a ride home with you from the road (remember to take out your toiletries and electronics first!).

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Man From Mars Radio Hat


It's been three years since we last mentioned the astounding Man From Mars Radio Hat, so here is your triennial reminder that we are a fallen people, our glory years long behind us.

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Kickstarting a wallet machined from a single piece of aluminium


Erik sends us his "Decadent Minimalist One" Kickstarter, "a minimalist wallet that is machined from a single billet of 7075-T6 true aircraft-grade aluminum: No screws, no rivets, no straps, no elastic, no velcro, no rubber bands, just metal."

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Vader cuff-links


These handmade Darth Vader cufflinks, $22.49 from Cuff Relations, are a pretty good power meeting accessory (cue "Don't fail me again, Admiral"). (via Geeky Merch)

Build your own working tabletop V8 engine


The Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine ($65.62) sounds fantastic -- the lengthy selection of positive reviews confirm the manufacturer's claim that a "talented 10 year old" could assemble it, and it can be disassembled and reassembled, which makes it great for classrooms, camps and studios. (via Red Ferret)