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Tats for Your Tech

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I would never get a tattoo on my body but I would most definitely tat out my tech.

Tech Tattz are temporary tattoos for your favorite gadgets. The simple black outlined vinyl decals look like someone doodled a design with a Sharpie on your device. Attach the $6 stickers on your phone, in the corner of your laptop, or on the back of your tablet. My favorite products are the colorful USB charger decals that will ensure that no friends or family steal your power. 

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|  August 27th, 2014

Tom Hanks Made an App

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Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Tom Hanks collects typewriters. He loves the satisfying sound they make as each letter is pounded on the page, so he decided to make an app that recreates the magic.

Hanx Writer is a free iPad app that mimics the sounds and slowness of a manual typewriter. The clack-clack-clack is addicting and the delete key (thanks, modern technology!) makes this digital typewriter a viable option for word processing. If you’re feeling daring, you can turn off the “modern delete” and learn how to X over typos. In-app upgrades include two typewriters with a slightly different look and sound, plus upgrades like colored ink and background colors.

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|  August 27th, 2014

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