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This Video-less Video Game is Amazing

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If I told you this new video game didn’t have any video, would you still want to play it? I mean, it sounds kind of boring. But what if I told you that in the game, you’re a knight who’s seeking vengeance against the people who gouged out your eyes and stole your wife? Now we’re talking.

A Blind Legend is a mobile game that is played with nothing but audio cues, like the clopping of your horse’s hooves, a narration from your daughter, and the clashing of swords. (Listen to the audio teaser to get an idea.) Players respond and move through the game with swiping motions on their touchscreen. Created by a French design studio for both non-sighted and sighted players, the game was fully funded on a European crowdfunding site and should be available in 2015. If you’re too excited to wait, try the demo version.

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|  August 20th, 2014

The Cordless Charger

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If we can’t have hoverboards or flying cars, can we at least get rid of cords? I’ve been on a mission to find a good portable charger for my always-dying smartphone and this might be it. FoneSalesman’s QiStone+ is a portable wireless power bank. It’s pocket-sized and it’s pretty. I’m sold.

To charge a device, simply lay it on top of the QiStone+. It can power two devices at once with or without wires – there’s a USB 2.0 port – and you can even use one QiStone+ to charge another. Four LED lights indicate how much of the 4000mAh of power is left. The one downfall is that it would be hard to charge your phone on the go unless you have a cord handy. Let’s also remember that not all phones have wireless charging capabilities so make sure your phone is compatible with Qi inductive charging. But the $75 price tag isn’t too terrible.

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|  August 20th, 2014

Mirage: The One-Tap Messaging App

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The makers of the Yo app are jumping on the Snapchat bandwagon. Their version of a self-destructing messaging app is called Mirage. You gotta admit – the name is kinda genius.

What makes this app different from Snapchat is that users can send photos, 15-second videos, audio, or text to contacts who don’t even have the app yet. When users sign up, all contacts are loaded into the app. With a simple touch to the contact name a message is initiated regardless of whether or not they contact is a Mirage user. Pretty simple. Almost as simple as Yo… I see a trend here. Will you download Mirage? 

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|  August 13th, 2014

The Perfect iMac Stand

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If you want to be a productive worker, your desk setup should be of utmost importance. You might be one of those creative who works better in chaotic environment, but a little organization never hurt anyone.

The UNITI Stand is an aluminum multi-device organizer that streamlines your entire iMac workspace – but it’s not just for Apple products. The stand elevates your monitor to a more comfortable viewing height while two magnetic detachable docking cradles let your favorite smartphone and tablet live upright while charging. As a bonus, an audio jack stays easily within reach. The sleek design turns any desktop into a sophisticated workspace.

Back it on Kickstarter now to secure your own deluxe stand for $219.

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|  August 13th, 2014

An Emoji Worth 1,000 Words

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The basic smartphone emojis are great and all but my friends take it up a notch. We make our own by editing pics of our own faces or celebrity faces. It’s time consuming and doesn’t look too professional, but it’s funny. Then Imoji entered the picture – the app that changed our lives.  

Simply upload a photo into Imoji, zoom in, then trace around the face with your finger. Now you’ve got a professional-looking emoji of your friend’s party face. Or your dog’s sad face. Or your own angry face. Emojis must be texted from within the app, which is not ideal but they can be saved to your photo roll once sent. Why type when a face can say it all?

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|  August 6th, 2014

Send Anonymous Emails

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Don’t kill the messenger, right? Now you can say something without being tied to the delivery.

The new service is called Leak and it lets you send an email message anonymously. You can choose what you want the “from” field to say: friend, coworker, family member, friend of a friend, or someone. While there is obviously some bullying that could go on, Leak is hoping to “use anonymity for good.” It’s a venue for expressing an opinion or thought that you weren’t brave enough to say in person.

Coworkers can express their true thoughts on the workplace environment, friends of friends can divulge a love connection, and family members can give friendly nudges. You can even sign up to receive a digest of the best Leaks of the week to see what others are too scared to say. 

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|  August 6th, 2014

The $499 Home Robot

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Looks like we’re one step closer to a Jetson-like future thanks to a recent Indiegogo campaign. (I will have my own Rosie the robot one day! And my flying car!)

Jibo is a digital personal assistant for families. His voice sounds like that of a friendly cartoon character complete with giggles. He can talk back to you and recognize faces, which means he can “bring content to life” by speaking and interacting with users. A 360-degree rotation lets Jibo’s screen easily capture photos from anywhere in the room and track multiple people while on video calls.

Watch Jibo in action on YouTube

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|  July 30th, 2014

Preserving Your Social Past

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These days it seems like social is trending toward self-destruction. After years of leaked photos and video catastrophes, we’ve finally lost trust in ourselves and put a timer on our digital footprint. It’s all about permanently destroying any evidence of your social adventures. Ahem, Snapchat.

But there is still a strong movement toward preserving your social past. Besides a still-strong fan base for Facebook and Twitter, Timehop just picked up $10 million in funding. Remember that app? It lets you see what you were up to digitally on a certain date in the past, from photos to updates. Three million people check the app daily and the company hopes to move forward with diary-like features.

Are you more of a saver or a self-dustructer when it comes to social? Read more about it at VentureBeat.

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|  July 30th, 2014

Comic-Con for Writers

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Comic-Con isn’t just for fanboys and fangirls. It’s also a great alternative to a typical writing conference. Here are just a few can’t-miss panels for word nerds, up-and-coming authors, and wannabe screenwriters.

Thursday Learn pro tips from the author and contributors behind the Hugo Award-nominated Wonderbook in Wonderbook: Writers on Creativity and Inspiration at 10 AM in Room 25ABC.

Friday Sitting on a TV series idea and need help turning it into a presentable pilot? Don’t miss How to Write a TV Pilot at 8 PM in Room 23ABC.

Saturday Meet authors who’ve raised a combined total of $200,000 for 10 projects in Ways to Increase Success on Your Self-Published Kickstarter Project at 4 PM in Room 23ABC.

Sunday You may find your idea has more potential than you think during How to Create Your Own Novel: From First Idea to Publishing and What you Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film at 4 PM in Room 7AB.

 

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|  July 23rd, 2014

Fit Bit Flex Gets Fancy

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If you’re a Fit Bit Flex diehard like I am, you’ll be thrilled with this news. While the silicone bands do come in trendy colors and the basic black is fairly sleek, I usually remove my Flex for nights out. But now that Tory Burch has entered the game, my Flex is never coming off.

Printed silicone bracelets in the traditional Tory Burch logo pattern are only $38, but there’s an ultra chic metal hinged bracelet that you will want immediately. Honestly, no one will know there’s a Flex hiding inside. Unfortunately, it’s $195. The Flex performs best when clipped into a wristband, but I’m still intrigued by the stealth brass pendant necklace – except for the $175 price tag.

See the whole collection here.  

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|  July 16th, 2014