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Bicycle Wheel Lights

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Whether you’re a DIY kind-of-guy or not, check out these Instructables tutorials for bicycle wheel lights that will make your two-wheeled transportation safe for night rides while looking totally sweet.

Ok with soldering LEDs and clamping a battery to your wheel? This LED bicycle wheel tutorial looks pretty sleek once completed. If you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty and learn a few new skills, this rainbow-colored wheel light tutorial will generate random colors and patterns as you ride. For those looking for something easier, this easy EL wire tutorial only involves weaving wires through your spokes. 

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|  September 6th, 2014

Jetpac Joins Google

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Google just acquired Jetpac, an awesome city guide app that pulls content from Instagram.

In this travel app, there are no reviews. Places basically get voted up via the number of shared photos on Instagram. You can search the app for things like “Bars Women Love in Moscow,” and it will scour Instagram for the bar with the most images of lipstick-clad women. Search “10 Happiest Places in Chicago” and it will track smiles. Search for hipster haunts in San Francisco and it will count the mustaches. Although the app will be removed from the App Store, here’s hoping that it will be heavily integrated into Google’s algorithms.

Read more about it at Tnooz

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|  August 30th, 2014

No More Waiting For The Check

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There’s been a slow but steady movement of dining and ditching – but in a good way. Developers are always looking for ways to make our lives easier and paying for your restaurant bill by smartphone is just one of those ways.

The popular reservation-making app OpenTable is now incorporating payment functionality into its app. The service is only available in New York and San Francisco right now (see the list of participating restaurants), but it should be available in 20 additional cities by 2015. Simply book your reservation with OpenTable, add your credit card, the server sees that you’re paying digitally and closes your check, you approve it, and leave whenever you’re ready. Not bad.

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|  August 23rd, 2014

A Better Bike

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The Bike Design Project gave five firms in five cities the chance to design the best urban bike imaginable. New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, and Seattle dreamed up their best designs – and Seattle won by popular vote.

Denny is the name of Seattle’s two-wheeled creation and here’s what made it a shoe-in to win: the handlebar is not just a handlebar – it’s a lock. Not only does this prevent riders from having to throw a lock in a bag or attach it awkwardly to the bike, it deters thieves from stealing. Because how can you ride a bike without handlebars? The Denny is a super simple bike for the casual rider with a few added benefits like automatic shifting and turn signals. What? Yep. It’s that amazing. A limited run of Denny bikes will be released in 2015. 

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|  August 23rd, 2014

The Urban Bicycle of Your Dreams

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It’s called Merge and it’s a prototype bike designed by Pensa and Horse Cycles with city riding – and storing – in mind.

That means it needed to be lightweight to carry up and down stairs, a compact size to navigate between cars, and the frame had to hold some hidden amenities. USB charging and lighting, a fender, lock cable, and a spring-loaded retractable aluminum rack all fit into the frame and completely disappear when not in use. The USB port is linked to a generator in the front wheel so devices can be recharged while cycling.

The impressive ride was created for The Bike Design Project.

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|  August 16th, 2014

Flight Tonight

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Ever dreamt of just walking out your front door and onto a flight? A new app called Flight Tonight makes that dream a reality.

The app finds flight deals from your location that depart today. You can literally book your ticket as you’re on the way to the airport. Or if you’re feeling really risky, just show up to the airport first. I just tested the app to see what’s leaving out of New York City tonight. The options ranged from $201 to Nantucket, $224 to Akron, $245 to Rochester, and $281 to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner.  It would have to be an 8-day trip but I’m thinking of heading to the airport now… 

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|  August 16th, 2014

Introducing Amazon Wallet

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There’s Apple Passbook, Google Wallet, and now Amazon has entered the game.

Amazon Wallet, which will come preloaded on all Amazon Fire phones, lets users store loyalty cards and gift cards only. The simple app comes in handy for checking balances and earning rewards, but has yet to include a mobile payment option. However, if there’s one place people are used to spending their money online it’s with Amazon and I’d expect to see a mobile payment option soon.

This has the potential to be the one mobile payment option that actually catches on… what do you think? Tweet us @WIREDInsider

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|  August 9th, 2014

Stylish Safety

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If you’re one of those people who don’t wear a bike helmet because you think it looks dorky, listen up. Bandbox has created fashionable helmets with interchangeable covers that include fedora, cowboy, newsboy, derby and straw hat styles among others.

The various hat covers simply slip over the basic Bandbox helmet. The helmet is a full two-inches smaller in diameter than a typical helmet without compromising any safety features. While there are still chin straps, the finish of the helmet and the straps come in a range of natural colors that can blend into your hair color or skin tone. The basic helmet is $60 and the covers start at $40. 

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|  August 9th, 2014

Get Paid For Your Travel Woes

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Getting delayed at an airport is the worst. Wait a minute, getting denied boarding because of a cancellation or overbooking is the worst. Sometimes your day can be brightened by an offer for a $200 voucher, but I have some news for you: you’re worth more. Really.

It turns out that fliers have rights and airlines often deny them of those rights. Many airlines throw around “high value” vouchers without a care because they actually owe passengers more money – like 200 to 400 percent of their one-way fare. Shocked? That’s why you need to download the AirHelp app now. Send them your flight details and they’ll do the work for you – for free. If they manage to get you a reimbursement, AirHelp will take a 25 percent cut. It’s worth noting that the average compensation is about $1,100. Zing!

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|  August 2nd, 2014

Introducing the $13 Fitness Tracker

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A popular Chinese budget smartphone manufacturer has entered the wearables game and done the unthinkable – it created a device that’s only $13. Before you dismiss it as the likely piece of plastic crap that it is, read on.

Xiaomi’s Mi Band monitors fitness, tracks sleep, and acts as an alarm. It’s pretty seriously waterproof, it can unlock your Xiaomi phone, and there are plans for it to interact with other gadgets in the future. (Think about it unlocking your front door upon approach or turning on your computer when you enter the room.) But here’s the biggest feature: a 30-day battery life. For someone who is constantly forgetting to strap on my FitBit Flex because it’s being recharged, this is quite appealing.

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|  August 2nd, 2014