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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.

Digital Gentleman

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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?

Digital Gentleman

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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.

Digital Gentleman

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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.

Digital Gentleman

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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.

Digital Gentleman

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|  August 26th, 2014

NYC Slow Mo

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New York is supposed to be one of those places that flash before your eyes, what with the freneticism and the never sleeping and all. But if you take a moment to look around, you’ll see a lot of beauty in between those piles of garbage and noisy cars. 

Tim Hessler captured some of that beauty using a slow motion camera and a lot of patience. There’s some great shots of classic New York City visions: hasidim in Brooklyn, handball players in LES, even pigeons. If you can make pigeons look good, that’s saying something.

Reminds me a lot of James Nares “Streets" piece, which captures more of the day-to-day street scene. Makes me want to go out for a walk in the smelliest, prettiest town in the whole world.

— Digital Gentleman

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|  August 19th, 2014

NOOKRONO Chronograph Taps Space Age Cool

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Nooka’s new collection is giving me some serious 60’s Space Race nostalgia right now.

Nooka is a New York-based design firm specializing in timepieces. Their latest project, the Nokrono, takes 60’s space age instrumentation to heart. The time pieces feature bold faces and minimalist sensibilities and definitely look like something a test pilot might strap to himself to explore the coldness of space. The watches also have space age prices: the limited edition NOOKRONO Lux features 18 karat gold and costs $5,000. 

Digital Gentleman

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|  August 19th, 2014

Merge into Urban Cycling with The Merge

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Cycling around Manhattan can sometimes be a practice in futility. There are tight spaces, unpredictable weather, and the need to stow and carry cargo. 

Fortunately, Pensa and Horse Cycles came together to create Merge. The name could possibly reference the way the bicycle has been merged with a lot of other functions essential to solid urban riding. The top tube of the bike, beyond just looking cool, provides housing for a number of hidden features, including a USB charger, back fender, and even a rack. And a dynamo generates power for built-in lighting. 

But the most urban-friendly feature: a kickstand.

Digital Gentleman

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|  August 12th, 2014

Driving Towards A Friendlier Parking Sign

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You wouldn’t really think that parking signs would be all that exciting. That is, until you live in a city where they’re literally a joke

Leave it to some Brooklyn designhead to tackle the issue. Nikki Sylianteng took the labyrinthine parking sign, which on a typical street could stretch to several pages, and re-imagined them as user-friendly, visually-based infographics. Now instead of text, Sylvianteng’s signs show a Google Calendar-esque layout of when it’s permissible to park on a given street.

It’s not perfect, but the signs speak for themselves. Which, in parking lingo, is saying something. 

Digital Gentleman

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|  August 5th, 2014

Brooks Multi Tool

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Ask any bicycle geek what they’d prefer to rest their cheeks on, and nine of ten will mention Brooks. The storied English bicycle saddle (don’t you dare call it a bicycle “seat”) maker has turned their attention away from our delicate rumps and towards the nitty gritty of bicycle maintenance, developing a multi-tool that’s fresh out of some steampunk fantasy. The tools got all the requisite functions, including allen keys, flathead screw drivers, a chain tool, even a bottle opener. 

All you need to provide is a tweed jacket and a stiff upper lip.

Digital Gentleman

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|  August 5th, 2014