People tend to forget that, underneath the sleek scratch resistant glass, artfully crafted microchips, and nebulous cloud computers, our technology is run by people. People with agendas. And that means often our favorite social media platforms don’t play nice with each other.
Facebook and Vine
Facebook doesn’t integrate with Vine. In fact, Facebook doesn’t support GIFs at all. Which is a shame. Funny cat GIFs are better than funny cat pics.
Instagram and Twitter
This is probably the most annoying and juvenile instance of platforms not playing together. Rather than show a nice Instagram pic right on your Twitter feed, you’re forced to open the Instagram pic on Instagram, or a browser. The real loser here: user experience.
Google Plus and Anything Else
Seriously, Google, your Plus platform has lots of potential but doesn’t play well with others.
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There’s fewer and fewer places where you can escape technology. Coverage maps are getting more filled in. Wireless towers are behind every boulder and atop every vista. So maybe it’s time to embrace technology even as we escape into the wilderness.
Yonder is an outdoors app about getting away, and telling all of your best pals about it. The app allows you to tap into a community of outdoor adventurers—from experienced survivor to novice picnicker—that share tips, pics, and details of outdoor spots near you. Find out about a cool trail, surf spot, or overlook right from your device.
Read more about it via Cool Hunting. I’ll see you (and your phone) on the mountain.
Put skin irritation on ice—for good—with Braun’s revolutionary line of CoolTec shavers in three sleek colors. The world’s first shaver with active cool technology, the CoolTec takes the heat out of shaving and delivers outstanding results. Take better care of your sensitive skin and avoid irritation with this next-gen grooming machine.
Instead of allowing heat to build up, Braun’s innovative Thermo-Electric-Cooling technology has an aluminum cooling bar that actively cools down the skin during shaving to prevent redness and burning. It also has a specially designed SensoBlade that captures hair from all angles for a smooth finish and an ultra-efficient, adaptable three-stage cutting system.
The innovative design comes in three sleek colors with sweet features, like an LED display, a quick-charge, five-minute option for the powerful Li-Ion battery that fully charges in an hour, and a convenient travel pouch. Now that’s cool, cutting-edge tech.
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If there’s an item of clothing that needs disruption, it’s the dress shirt. Fitted over the complicated shape that is a man’s torso, an ill-fitting dress shirt often ends up billowing in the wind or pulling at the slightest movement.
Outlier, famed for it’s technical, handsome clothing, is taking the garment to task. They’ve developed what they call a Pivot sleeve, which uses large panels of cloth to eliminate stress points found on most dress shirts, while keeping the garment trim. The shirt is made of a wool/cotton blend that only adds to the shirt’s comfort and capabilities.
Their webstore has seen a run on the shirts, but you can be sure they’ll be a restock. Grab one and disrupt that next board meeting.
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Google is introducing Helpouts, an extension of their Hangouts platform. With Helpouts you can schedule one-on-one tutorials with self-professed experts in a particular discipline, using all the Hangouts features to talk and discuss in real time. Experts can advertise their knowledge and optionally charge clients for their services.
There’s already tons of interesting Helpouts, from men’s style, to Photoshop, to cooking. Even Brazilian jiu jitsu. Helpouts: one more reason to never have to leave your apartment.
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I don’t get the 3D printing thing. So far 3D printing has been used to make things I’m not too keen on, like guns and creepy miniatures of yourself.
Apparel company Appalatch, however, has piqued my interest. They’re seeking funds to create 3D “printed”, custom fit sweaters. Rooted in a philosophy of sustainability and responsibility, Appalatch hopes to create garments that are so well-made and well-fitting that people end up buying (and wasting) less. Towards this end they hope to acquire a special knitting machine that “prints” sweaters with zero waste. The idea is to just send in a few measurements and out pops a custom-fit sweater.
I’d give it a shot, for sure. I wonder if they could 3D print me some cozy undies.
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Here’s your problem. You’re too technical for the man bag, but you’re too vain for the backpack. It’s a classic metro-technical man conundrum.
Solution: the SSCY ‘Tack’ bag. It marries the functional backpack to the stylish tote. The water-resistant, durable bag converts from backpack to tote and back in seconds and, get this, looks good in both configurations. The long straps can also act as external webbing in a pinch. And, it’s made in Brooklyn, so you’ve got even more street cred.
You’ve got that man bag down. Now you can focus on that $80 haircut.
— Digital Gentleman
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There’s a map in this Mat Honan piece that should shock you. In it, you see that the entirety of the US, except for some flecks in the Appalachia and splotches in Idaho, is bright orange — covered in high-bandwidth wireless.
This means that there are fewer and fewer places to really disconnect. Now, Honan argues, disconnecting is now more a mental activity than a physical one. How do you do that? When on vacay, try leaving your phone off or, better yet, at your home or hotel. Limit the number of photos. Repeat some restful kōans. Or do what I do: when the urge to check your phone comes, just have another whiskey neat.
Either that, or start scoping out the property scene in Boise.
— Digital Gentleman
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You might not think the humble analog pencil would make for compelling digital content. But you’d be wrong. The site, Pencil Revolution has a simple mandate: chronicle all things wooden writing utensil-related. The site now has reviews, of both pencils AND pencil-related books; sharpeners, ads and the like.
But Pencil Revolution is notable for other things, too. Notice, for example that it’s a basic, straightforward blog. In a world of twerking and cat GIFs, it’s surprisingly deep and yet unadorned. In other words, it’s a writer’s dream. Go ahead and jot that down.
— Digital Gentleman
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Think wearable tech and we’re still dreaming of self-drying jackets. Real wearable tech has been a bit of a let down, either looking dorky or not meeting our tech-dream standards. Some are even a bit fatigued at how needy they are. Here’s what I want before I put on wearable tech:
It knows what I eat. Jawbone Up, Nike+, none of these things know when or what I eat. My wearable tech should know what I’m consuming so that it’ll know how to keep me from consuming.
It doesn’t look like tech. Making things look futuristic is a surefire way to make it look dated. My wearable tech should look like regular accessories, or otherwise be unobtrusive.
Yea, I’m talking to you. There needs to be a seamless way for my wearable tech to know I need its attention, without me having to look around, wave my arms, or wink. I’m not at the gym, here.
What would you want on your wearable tech?
— Digital Gentleman