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The Sticker Book for Software Designers

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Software designers rejoice. There’s now a sticker book in your future. A what? Yes, a sticker book. The Sticker UI Book is a sketchbook for UI and software concepts, but it comes with storyboard templates and stickers that represent common UI elements.

Both newbies and experts will find this sketchbook helpful, as well as its accompanying digital version that makes wireframes faster and more consistent. All is optimized for web, mobile, and tablet platforms. Pledge $25 on Kickstarter and you’ll get a sticker book – plus a free digital UI kit. 

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|  October 20th, 2014

Front of House Emails

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Your company might not actually have a front desk, but it has a “front desk.” It’s the virtual place where support, contact, or job application emails are sent. But whose job is it to answer these? One startup is hoping to make the email response process a lot more efficient.  

It’s called Front and it’s an email task manager that allows certain employees to be assigned certain emails. Users can even follow email chains and leave comments for coworkers as a company response is worked out behind the scenes. No more messy forwarding or CCing – Front is just an added layer on top of your existing email. Here’s another bonus: every time your company is mentioned on Twitter, it channels through Front so no Tweet will go unanswered. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Disqus are queued for the future. The program costs about $9 to $19 per month.

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|  October 20th, 2014

Halloween 3D Printing Round-Up

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Halloween is fast approaching. While some turn to their sewing machines to whip up some creative costumes and decor, we’re turning to our 3D printers. Here are our favorite spooky 3D-printed projects for All Hollow’s Eve.

Parametric Spider Web

Print some of these webs in glow-in-the-dark and use them for decorations or party favors, or quick and easy Halloween jewelry.

Finger

Scatter some broken-off fingers around your home and office and elicit some screams. Can also double as cupcake toppers. Yum.

Coffin Box

This detailed coffin box can keep candy safe and can double as a – somewhat cryptic – jewelry box post Halloween. 

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|  October 19th, 2014

DIY Tablet Mount for Your Car

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Spend a lot of time in your car? Do yourself a favor and make this tablet mount. A simple plastic frame gets anchored to your car’s center console cup holder with a silicone block. Now your tablet is in reach for directions, music, or the occasional email check from the parking lot.

To make this project, you’ll need plywood sheets and plexiglass sheets for the frame and upright, as well as a heat gun and a drill. Next you’ll cast the snugly-fitting base for you cup holder with silicone and corn flour. Once the silicone has cured, you can attach the frame to the upright with screws or glue, then use the heat gun to make any final touches. Read the full tutorial at Instructables.       

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|  October 19th, 2014

Crowdsourced Airport Security Line Information

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What if you could crowdsource airport security line wait times? You could arrive for your flight maybe an hour later than planned if you knew the queue was moving quickly.

Miflight is a mobile app that does just that – it determines how long the airport security line takes and shares that information with travelers around the world. Simply select an airport and a terminal to check the time. Once you arrive, set the timer (which can be manually adjusted if you forget) and submit your update. Now this app will only work if people use it so download it now, fellow travelers! 

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|  October 18th, 2014

A Hidden Narration in Waze

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Here’s a trick to play on your friends: open up their Waze app, go to Settings, then Sound, then select English US – Terry Crews. Yep, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Sgt. Terry Jeffords has recorded navigational directions.

Next time your friends open their app and punch in a destination, the former football player turned actor will bark point-to-point directions – and they really won’t know what hit them. This isn’t the first time the Google-owned app has recorded a celebrity.  Kevin Hart was a voice option last year. Since these latest celebrity guest guides often coincide with a TV or movie launch, I’m hoping Waze is already queuing up Darth Vader or Yoda for the next Star Wars movie… 

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|  October 18th, 2014

Solar Sun Stove, for Eco-Friendly Cooking in the Wild

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We’re all for camping, but one thing’s for sure: As with all adventures in life, the food had better be great. But that’s easier said than done, right?

The GoSun Solar Stove certainly can’t guarantee the food will be good (sorry, chefs, that’s on you), but at least it’ll make cooking it a tiny bit easier. As Uncrate explains, this portable stove weighs in at just 7 pounds so it’s easy to schlep in and out of the woods, and uses an all-natural process to harness sunlight and turn it into cooking heat.  The structure uses an evacuated glass tube as a cooking chamber with a stainless steel cooking tray inside, and converts as much as 80% of sunlight into food-cooking, 550-degree power.

Now there’s no excuse for crappy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches under the stars. Sorry, dad. 

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|  October 17th, 2014

This Waffle Iron Lets Even the Most Artistically Challenged Make Waffle Art

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Pancakes usually get all the glory – it’s far less often that someone makes Mickey Mouse waffles, and with just a few aptly-placed berries, pancakes can turn into kid-friendly smiley faces in no time. But one Quirky product is aiming to change all that.

The Pixel Waffle Maker is a 9x9 stainless steal iron that helps even the most artistically challenged make beautiful waffle art with very little sweat. Just rearrange the silicon squares in the fitted tray by pushing some down and pulling some up, pour the waffle mix on top and your waffles will be printed with beautiful shapes in no time.

 Before kids, it’s the perfect way to create phallic edibles. After kids, be the favorite parent by making them snowman waffles. Either way, it’s a win-win.

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|  October 17th, 2014

Swatch Presents “Higher” - NYC Movie Premiere

Snowboarder-filmmaker Jeremy Jones went Deeper, then he went Further, and now he’s going Higher for the final installment of his epic winter sports trilogy.

Join @SwatchUS, and Jones for the premiere of Higher in NYC on 10.16.

RSVP for the pre-party at Swatch TSQ from 4:30-6:30 p.m. SwatchRSVP@swatchgroup.com and purchase a pair of tickets here: http://www.axs.com/events/253363/jeremy-jones-higher-tickets.

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|  October 16th, 2014

When an Online Date Gets Turned Into a Movie

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You know you had a good date when it gets turned into a movie. That’s what’s happening to one OkCupid couple. It was a non-traditional date to say the least and now New Line Cinema bought the rights to the story

The experience was chronicled by Clara Bensen post-date on Salon.com and it was titled “The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever.” Here’s why: the Texas-based couple traveled to eight countries in 21 days with only passports, credit cards, and iPhones – and they never once changed clothes. In all fairness, this was planned in advance. Bensen knew what she was getting into though it was not her idea. But either way, one month and two weeks after meeting online, they boarded a flight bag-free to Istanbul. And eight countries and 21 days later, they were still together. That might be the most impressive part. 

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|  October 15th, 2014