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The Superdesk Makes Its Debut

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In the war for productivity, there are a lot of gimmicks. There are standing desks, walking desks, and now, this.

Dubbed the “Superdesk”, it can accommodate 100 of your best workers and keyboard jockeys. It’s composed of a single, unbroken piece of resin and plywood, poured on site and spanning 4,400 feet. It sits, I presume for all eternity, in the offices of marketing firm The Barbarian Group. It’s a tongue-in-cheek, but also seriously productive, way of allowing everyone in the company to literally sit at the same table.

Interestingly, the desk is supposedly cheaper to build than a hundred tiny cubicles. I’m sold. Do you think the Barbarian Group is hiring?

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|  October 21st, 2014

An Anorak Upgrade

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Changing leaves. Crisp mornings. Rain that never seems to end. Yes, it’s Autumn. Most of us deal with inclement weather with the usual: strung-out umbrellas on their last legs or, even worse, a nasty rubber bag that’s a sad excuse of a raincoat. 

Thankfully, the anorak is getting an upgrade. This isn’t the outerwear your fisherman uncle kept in the back of his dinghy. These updated pieces, by Royal College of Art graduate Raj Mistry, have fuller, streetwear-inspired lines. The result is a rain jacket that’s water-ready, functional, and, perhaps most impressively, a little sexy.

Available at select London stores in October.

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|  October 14th, 2014

Time-slicing Cities

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Photographer Dan Marker-Moore has the best job in the world. He treks himself and his camera to some of the most picturesque cityscapes in the world, and then just watches. 

Well, he does a bit more than that. Using a technique he calls “Time Slicing,” Marker-Moore manages to do what might seem impossible — he captures that beautiful “magic hour” as the sun sets and the city tucks itself in for the night. The photos are composites taken at regular intervals and stitched together to show the light slipping away. The shoots themselves don’t take long — magic hour is only an hour, after all — but to get the right photo, Marker-Moore often has to repeat the set up multiple times. Doesn’t seem like a bad way to pass the time.

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|  October 7th, 2014

Suit Up With the Suitsy Onesie.

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Folks in San Francisco have created a half-suit, half-pajama abomination. The Suitsy is one man’s effort to “look professional but feel like I’m in my pajamas at the same time.” The Suitsy consists of a one-piece pant, shirt, jacket combo, which is zipped up the front like mechanic’s coveralls. The whole thing is one giant onesie so you can get dressed seconds before that big pitch in front of those angel investors.

I have to say the Suitsy looks — from the prototype, at least — quite professional and modern. You can vote for it via Betabrand, a company known for, ahem, unusual business casual options.

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|  September 30th, 2014

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For those of you who are afraid you’re just a rat in a maze, what about a hamster on a wheel? Designers created this hamster wheel desk using nothing but wood, skateboards, and a sick sense of humor. The “desk” accommodates one human-sized worker, and freely spins on its runners. 

Thankfully, it’s far from perfect. The wheel looks like it’s got some significant inertia, so it’ll be less “stroll in the park” and more “forced march in Rattan.” Still, it could catch on, and I for one, certainly could do with more walking.

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|  September 30th, 2014

Somebody Makes Somebody Else Do the Messaging

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I don’t normally go for highbrow art stuff meets technology, but when tech imitates art imitates tech, that’s a different story.

Created by artist/raconteur Miranda July, Somebody is just like any other texting app, but there’s a twist: send your text and instead of delivering the message directly to your friend, Somebody sends it to someone NEAR your friend. That person then has to (ideally) deliver the message in person. It’s a neat twist to the usual isolation of technology.

Of course, the app really works when there’s a critical mass of users all in one place. So grab it and start Somebody-ing.

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|  September 9th, 2014

Yoga Hacks for the Office

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Lately I’ve been getting into yoga, and not just because it’s an easy first date on Tinder. Yoga can have some crazy applications right at your office. If you’re like, crammed at your desk for 40 to 60 hours a week, there’s a great article on 99u on how some basic yoga can transform you sit, live, and work. 

My favorite involves standing shoulder width apart and then bringing your head down between your knees. It’s a great stretch for your shoulders and chest, and counters the “analyst’s stoop” I had for most of my twenties. Who knew yoga had applications outside of online dating?

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|  September 2nd, 2014

Solarpod Pyxis

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It’s strange that our phones, arguably the most important thing in our 21st-century lives, are prone to pooping out halfway through the day. There’s a variety of charging options, but ironically enough these portable chargers need to be charged in turn.

Solarpod might be able to solve that. The Kickstarter project involves a battery hooked up to a solar panel, allowing you to juice up au natural. The device fully charges in about four hours, and holds enough power to fill your phone threefold.

Of course, sometimes it can be hard to find the sun in the urban canyons of NYC, but Pyxis might make a great option for anyone who needs power away from the grid.

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|  September 2nd, 2014

Not Satire: Facebook Experiments with a “Satire” Tag

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As if you needed even more reasons to be skeptical on Facebook, the social media site has recently announced it is experimenting with a "satire" tag to label links in newsfeeds that come from fake news or comedy websites.

I’m skeptical that this will even work. If the problem is that people aren’t smart enough to read an article and realize its fake, I don’t think putting more words, in the form of tags, is going to help. Also, I’ve got a bridge to sell you guys.

What do you think about a potential Facebook “satire” tag? Tell us at @WIREDInsider.

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|  August 26th, 2014

Google Map’s Newest Feature: The Drunk Train

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For many city dwellers, a night out on the town is like Cinderella: you’ve got to be home before the trains stop running. But the question remains — just when IS the last train out of this popsicle stand?

Well, now we know. Google Maps has recently added a “last" feature, telling you when the very final train to your destination is, thus allowing you to sneak in one more beer before heading back to Brooklyn or wherever it is you’re from. Sure, it’s not officially called "the drunk train" feature, but for some reason, I’m not imagining a lot of sober people will be clicking on it.

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|  August 26th, 2014