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World Chat Clock

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If you’re like me, you’ll find this whole globalization thing has one huge drawback: people have to sleep. So just how do you coordinate a call when you’ve got a consultant in Singapore, a lawyer in Seattle, and your main team in New York?

Use World Chat Clock to figure out when is the best time to tackle that gnarly global conference call. Enter in up to five cities from around the globe and the Chat Clock gives you times of overlap, breaking out time into office hours, “stretch hours”. Nifty.

By the way, the best time for a call between New York, Singapore, and Seattle? There isn’t one. Start brewing that coffee.

Digital Gentleman

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|  July 22nd, 2014

A Day in the Life of an NYC Cabbie

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There’s an amazing data visualization of a day in the life of a NYC cabbie. The visualization takes data from Taxi and Limousine Service and picks a handful of cab rides out of literally millions to produce the graphic you can see here.

You can watch the cabbie wonder around in the middle of the night, barely picking up anyone, before he grinds it out in the morning, completes several grueling airport runs in the middle the day, then rushes back to Queens for a shift change just to do it all again. Really gives you some respect for these guys. 

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|  July 22nd, 2014

Get an Edge with These Mini Knives

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Wallet. Keys. Mobile device. Maybe some gum. But few of my friends count a pocket knife amongst their everyday kits. What are we, farmers? But maybe that kind of thinking needs to change. Here’s a list of pocket-sized (and I mean coin pocket-sized) knives, ranging from artisanal offerings like the Higonokami Mini to more tactical options like CKRT P.E.C.K.. Some of the knives can double as money clips, and all are light enough to slip into a bag or pocket and, thus, be more likely to be found on your person when they’re needed.

Who’s a farmer now?

Digital Gentleman

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|  July 15th, 2014

The Cool App for the Hot City

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It was 84 degrees over the weekend here in NYC, which, converted to normal Fahrenheit, is about 115. Combine that with a city-wide dearth of modern AC units, and it’s going to be a hot one this summer.

Fortunately, the utility company Con Ed is helping by teaming up with ThinkEco to create a smart AC app, aptly named SmartAC. The app comes with an outlet kit that couples with the air unit, increasing efficiency and allowing users to turn their units on and off remotely. This means a more comfortable overpriced apartment when you get him, and less energy wasted. Stay cool, NYC.

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|  July 8th, 2014

A City Slicker Goes Camping

imageImage via Selectism

I’ll be the first to claim a bout of hay fever when it comes to getting outdoors, but even a urbanite like me has to scamper up past the tree line every once in awhile, even if it’s just to get better 4G reception.

The guys over at Selectism have created a “hardcore” buying guide, presumably aimed at gents like me whose first step in camping is to open up a shopping list. It’s a solid list, though, suggesting everything from Icebreaker Everyday underwear to Czech military flares to Airstreams. One more thing before you hit the trails, boy scouts — some snacks and the number of your local park ranger.

Digital Gentleman

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|  July 8th, 2014

The Coffee Lid Redesigned

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Imagine traveling thousands of miles, enduring countless hardships and trials, only to stumble and fail in your purpose in the last few millimeters. That’s what happens, odds are, with your coffee. That little coffee lid, designed back in the 80s, is fine for keeping your coffee in your cup, but it’s terrible at preserving just about everything else — including taste.

The Viora Lid might seem like a needless exercise in design, but the lid is revolutionary in a space that needs it. The futuristic, polygonal design does two things: it actually improves upon spill prevention, and it gives a better drinking experience, thanks in part to a strategically placed hole that better mimics drinking out of an actual ceramic cup. 

Look for these to top your Greek coffee cups soon.

Digital Gentleman

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|  July 1st, 2014

R.J. Pittman Wants To Change The Way You Shop

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R.J Pittman isn’t your normal shopkeeper. As eBay’s Chief Product Officer, he’s in charge of eBay’s main product, which happens to be eBay itself. After coming out of an obscure little shop called Apple, where he brought the company into the e-commerce space, Pittman joined eBay, bringing his user-first mentality to the tech giant. Pittman’s responsible for the eBay Collections feature, as he tries to bring new digital behaviors to eBay’s tried-and-true model. 

In short, he’s probably a guy you want to listen to. I was lucky enough to be there as he chatted with WIRED’s Steven Levy at WIRED Bizcon. Watch and learn.

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|  June 24th, 2014

The Caffeinated Shave

Image via Pacific Shaving Company

Pacific Shaving Company started off with one of those feel-good, hippie missions that my Brooklyn neighbors love: all-natural, organic ingredients and eco-friendly shaving products. I got interested because they added another all-natural ingredient: caffeine. 

Caffeine, it turns out, is a great anti-oxidant and vasoconstrictor, used regularly in women’s cosmetics. Pacific Shaving Company uses it in their Men’s Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Caffeinated Aftershave. It’s a natural way to reduce redness and keep skin tight. And, yes, it does absorb into the skin, so it’s like you’re having your first cup of joe before you even put on your pants. 

All the stuff is good for the Earth and made in the USA. These hippies may be on to something.

Digital Gentleman

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|  June 24th, 2014

The Quote Best Laptop Bag Out There Unquote

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Call your laptop bag “the best laptop bag out there” and I’ll give you two things: props for some serious swagger, and an incredibly high standard for your product. Travelteq’s latest “Trash" laptop bag about meets that standard.

The bag is maddeningly low profile, and just begs to be paired with other fine accoutrements like a Thom Browne trench or some subtle Italian sunglasses. The bag isn’t just surface-deep — it has just enough pockets to get you organized and a blood red interior to rival your partner’s Louboutins. 

Bag it here and get some of your own swagger.

Digital Gentleman

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|  June 24th, 2014

Can Google Glass be Not Hideous?

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There’s a lot of criticism against Google Glass. Privacy. Cost. Dorkiness. But my main objection, that they are ugly, has yet to be addressed.

Until now. Designer Diane Von Furstenburg is releasing a limited-edition collection of the tech wearable that should be easier on the eyes. The collection features a couple of contemporary, minimalist offerings, and one look that’s appropriate for closet cyber warriors. The invasive, tech-y housing is still visible, albeit more color coordinated.

Glass X DVF will be dropping at a few e-retailers later this month. In the meantime, I wouldn’t toss those Wayfarers.

Digital Gentleman

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|  June 17th, 2014