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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

#TrapperKeeperIsBack

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Christmas came early this year. Coming this month to a Target near you is – wait for it – Trapper Keepers. Yes, those Trapper Keepers of 80s lore.

I have to think that their resurgence was inspired by this modern day Trapper Keeper because not only is the original binder-like style returning, but they’re also making a tablet-friendly version. So far it looks like the designs are pretty boring. No Lisa Frank unicorns in sight. (Sigh.)

Will kids and adults alike start carrying around these bundles of fun? Will they get banned from schools again? Only time will tell. P.S. If you don’t know what a Trapper Keeper is you should be ashamed of yourself. Brush up on the history here

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|  July 9th, 2014

Angry Nerd on the Future of Game of Thrones

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There sure are a lot of Game of Thrones fans out there. The ones who’ve only watched the HBO TV series are living in a state of normal fanboy and fangirl anticipation. But those of us who have read the books, and are impatiently awaiting books six and seven, are living in a different kind of anticipation – an angry one.

In a NSFW video every reader needs to watch, Angry Nerd confirms the thing we’ve all feared: the show is going to catch up with the books. Exhibit A) George R.R. is writing these tomes at an incredibly slow rate. Exhibit B) even if the producers break each book into two seasons, they’re still going to run out of material. What does that mean for us? The show is going to have to create even more superfluous storylines or – GASP – things will happen on the show before they happen in the books. Oh, seven hells no.

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|  July 2nd, 2014

Geek Bar Chicago

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Thanks to a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, geeks in the Windy City will have a place to converge this summer.

Geek Bar Chicago is the kind of place where you can play Settlers of Catan in public and cheers to a D&D victory with friends and strangers. It combines dining, drinking, and gaming. While geeky establishments like “barcades” are taking the nation by storm, Geek Bar will truly celebrate and accept all aspects of nerdom. Will there be TVs? Yes. Will they be playing sports? Only if it’s a Quidditch match.

For the kings of the geeks, there’s a GeekFleet program that offers discounts and perks to those who are in the club. Geek Bar is scheduled to open this summer.

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|  July 2nd, 2014

Your Phone Needs a Ring

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Your smartphone already has a ringer, but did you know it can also have a ring? Thanks to Bluetooth technology, a piece of jewelry can light up when your phone needs you.

Ringly is no joke – it’s made from 18K gold and precious stones and it’s available for pre-order at $145. Although it looks the part, it’s no ordinary ring. Besides looking pretty, it notifies you about phone messages, calls, app notifications, meetings, or emails – it’s your choice.  Choose your settings within the app then feel comfortable stepping away from your device. I’m all for anything that lets me “unplug” even just for a little bit. 

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|  June 25th, 2014

The Modern Day Trapper Keeper

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These days, I feel like I don’t even need to carry around a purse thanks to my wallet phone case. But now I’m dying to upgrade to this modern take on the Trapper Keeper: The Mod.

The Mod is a fancy folio – like $250 fancy – that keeps your favorite tech and gear safe in a zippered leather shell. There’s a unique Mod for every kind of person. Choose from iterations like the Shooter with room for a mini tripod and a mesh pouch for memory cards or the Writer with room for an iPad mini and a stylus. The Charger insert keeps your back-up battery nearby while the Executive features a snap wallet for important documents.

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|  June 25th, 2014

No Need to Read. Stream Instead.

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When I say, “streaming” your head immediately goes into video mode, right? But what if I was talking about text? Now I have your attention.

With Spritz, you don’t have to move your eye from word to word – the words move for you. And there’s no need to view an entire page at one time. Only 13 characters are shown at one time – that’s one word. Does that mean your favorite e-reading device could be shrunk into the size of an eraser? Probably.

A few apps and websites are using the reading technology created by Spritz and Spritz has created a few products of their own including SpritzMail, an app for Android, and Spritzlet, a widget that turns any webpage into streaming text. You get to control how many words stream per minute. Will this help you read more?

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|  June 18th, 2014

Wearable Hidden Camera

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I’m not sure how I feel about this one, and it looks like I’m not the only one who’s questioning it. Currently raising funds on Indiegogo (and nowhere near their $100,000 goal) is a line of wearable camera apparel that captures “your everyday adventures.”

NewViewWear is a line of shirts and hoodies – but each piece of clothing comes complete with a removable 1080p HD camera. The camera can record all day or on demand with a finger tap. Two taps takes a photo and three taps store the last five minutes of video. Four recording modes – automated, continuous, loop, and time-lapse – vary the uses of NewViewWear and the footage can be wirelessly transmitted and shared to a smartphone. For $189, I’m not sure if I’m sold.   

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|  June 11th, 2014

Magic Phone Stand

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I know how to make my iPhone levitate. Jealous? No worries, because you can pull off this magic trick too.

The Magic iPhone Stand recently crushed its fundraising goal on Kickstarter. The device makes your smartphone look like it’s suspended in mid-air. Created by a real magician, this project is not just about the illusion – it’s a charger too. So when you’re sitting at a coffee shop and your iPhone sprouts from your laptop straight into the sky, you’re sure to get a few second glances.

Pledge $24 on Kickstarter and a white or black Magic Phone Stand can be yours. 

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|  June 11th, 2014

Stop the Internet Procrastination

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If my mind wanders for just one second… say to a blank browser tab or over to my iPhone… look at it sitting there so lonely… I’m screwed. My train of thought moves from work to Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest.

This infographic from PennyStocks shows the Internet in Real Time. It’s a gigantic display of exactly how and where everyone is wasting there time online. Netflix, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube – all the usual suspects are there. What are your guilty Internet pleasures? The real question is: does this motivate you to go back to work or does it just make you feel better that you’re not the only one?

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|  June 4th, 2014