Liven up your next gathering by letting Bartendro ($500-$2,500) take care of your drinks. Available in models with 3, 7, or 15 dispensers, this Raspberry Pi-powered gadget lets you hook the dispensers to various juices and liquors, then choose a drink you’d like to make out of them from your tablet or smartphone. The desired specifcations are sent over Wi-Fi to the machine, which uses peristaltic pumps to precisely dispense the ingredients that are then mixed and dropped into your glass. Prefer to keep things simple? $300 will buy you the same tech in a single Shotbot. Source:Bartendro
How better to celebrate the upcoming holiday than by a sampling of booze? The whisky advent calendar ($245) is just the traditional advent calendar you’ve come to know, only behind each of the 24 doors lies a different 3cl sample of whisky. For added fun, one of the doors contains a sample of 50 year old single malt Scotch, a full bottle of which would run you over $550. Happy holidays indeed. Source:Whisky Advent Calendar
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Tossing a piece of popcorn into the air and catching it with your mouth is a time-honored snacking tradition. But what do you do when your hands are full and you’re hungry for a bite? The Popinator ($TBA) is here to help. Using binaural microphones, the Popinator listens for you to say the word “pop”, estimates your mouth’s position, and then fires a single piece off in that direction, letting you catch it with your mouth and continue on about your business. No word on when or if it might hit the market, but you can sign us up for one when it does. Source:Popinator
Speed isn’t everything, and the other top browsers bring more than enough to the table to make them relevant. We took a look Safari, Chrome, Dolphin, and Atomic Browser.
Safari is your default browser and it’s easily the most used browser on the iPhone. Safari is the easiest to use and since it’s built into every function of iOS, it’s also the most convenient.
Safari’s strengths are pretty obvious. It’s your default browser, so it’s integrated well into every other app straight out of the box. As we mentioned above, it’s also probably the fastest of all your options.
If you’re a Safari desktop user you can sync bookmarks between the devices (and across your iPhone and iPad). It doesn’t transfer your history or anything else, but it keeps everything in line on all of your devices.
Safari is also integrated into everything you do. If you want to open a link in an email, on Twitter, or anywhere else, the default place for that to happen is Safari. As a functioning web browser, Safari does just fine even though it doesn’t have a lot of special features.
The Bad: It’s a Little Boring and Doesn’t Have a Lot of Options
Safari is fine for most things and you won’t find anything terribly wrong with it. That said, the syncing features are a moot point since Safari isn’t that popular of a browser on desktop. It also has a lot of limitations on the amount of tabs you can use, and the fact it forces you into the mobile version of websites is a bit annoying.
More than anything, it’s just a simple, somewhat boring browser. It doesn’t have many features for power users and you can’t add any functionality or change how it works. It also stuffs a lot of it’s most useful features, like Private Browsing, cache clearing, and password info, all the way back in the Settings app instead of inside Safari. This means you have to make a few extra and unnecessary steps just to change up simple settings. For most people, this is fine, but if you’re looking for a bit more from your web browser, Safari is a bit bland.
Who It’s Good For: Most Everyone Who Doesn’t Want to Play Around with Settings
If you’re a Safari user on desktop than Mobile Safari is great because of the bookmark syncing. It’s also the easiest and most accessible one to use. If you open up a lot of links in other apps, or you just don’t want to futz around with settings, Safari is the go-to browser.
Chrome is the newest player on the field, but the fact the desktop version is the number one browser means the iOS versions have a leg up on the competition. I’ve been using the mobile version of Chrome since it was released and have been mostly happy with the results.
The Good: Syncing, Incognito Mode, Speed Dial, and More
Chrome on iOS isn’t as fast as Safari, but it’s not slow by any means. That said, the best feature of mobile Chrome it is the fact it syncs across all your computers. Bookmarks, open tabs, and recently opened tabs on your computer can all be pulled up on the mobile version in an instant. You also get an Incognito mode for browsing privately, and an unlimited amount of tabs.
Chrome has a few subtle, but handy features as well. You get a speed dial page when you create a new tab, and you can open up the desktop version of any mobile site by selecting “Request Desktop Site” from the options menu. You even get some simple gesture browsing with the ability to swipe to the right to change out tabs. If you’d like to use it as to open URLs without jailbreaking, you can do so with a simple bookmarklet.
The Bad: Interface Takes Some Getting Used To, Crashes
The iPhone version of Chrome is smooth and responsive, but it takes a little while to get used to how the tabs and everything else works. Once you do it works like a charm, but unlike Safari you might not be able to hand it to a friend with the expectation they’ll know how to use it. It also has some issues with crashing when you load up more complicated sites. This only happened to me with the iPad version with consistency, but it was still annoying.
Chrome has its share of annoyances as well. For instance, the swipe gesture to change tabs (pull to the right) is easy to trigger on accident. The tabs work great on iPad, but they’re easy to lose track on the iPhone’s smaller screen and the card-stack layout of the tabsis a bit tricky to get the hang of.
Who It’s Good For: Desktop Chrome Browser Users
If you use Chrome as your primary desktop browser and you’re synced up with your Google account, then Chrome for iOS is a fantastic option. It’s fast enough, has lots of great features (seriously, the Desktop View is fantastic), and syncs everything across all of your devices immediately.
As the name suggests, Dolphin is the most playful of the bunch. Its core principle is gesture based control and it offers a very different way to browse the web. It’s our pick for the best web browser on Android, and the iPhone version is just as strong.
The Good: Sidebars, fun Browsing Experience, Webzine Feature
Dolphin is easily the odd-man-out amongst browsers and it’s the only one trying to do something new. For the most part, this comes in the form of using gestures to quickly load up web pages (draw a “T” to go to Twitter, for instance), and browse the app. While that’s Dolphin’s main selling point, it still has a lot of other great features.
One of the the best is the webzine format that works similar to Flipboard and makes browsing your favorite sites a little more fun. It also has a great sidebar function where you can quickly glance at your bookmarks and history without fumbling around.
One of the great things about the Android version of Dolphin is the add-ons. These mini-extensions can do the same sorts of things you do with extensions on your desktop, but on your mobile browser. The iPhone version doesn’t get these.
Dolphin is also a different looking browser that takes a little getting used to. Hand your phone over to a friend and they’ll probably be a bit confused if you give them Dolphin instead of Safari. Still, it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it and once you do it’s a fun way to browse the web.
Who It’s Good For: Anyone Looking for a Different Way to Browse
Dolphin has a lot of fun features and the gestures make it an enjoyable browser to use for pretty much anybody. That said, it doesn’t have a lot of really powerful features or options. It can do a lot of the things the other browsers can, and it’s certainly the most original on this list. If you want a new way to browse the web and interact with your web browser, Dolphin is for you.
Atomic Web Browser
The Good: Tons of Options, Settings, Browsing Modes
Atomic has a ton of options and settings that we’re not going to list off here. Our favorites include ad block, Dropbox support, and the ability to download files. You can customize Atomic in a lot of ways as well. You can set up themes, turn features on or off, and even configure your own gestures.
It’s also a less weighty browser that doesn’t keep junk around you don’t want. You can automatically delete cookies, clear history, and clear out autofill directly from the app itself. Basically, you can make Atomic into your favorite browser if you’re willing to play around with the settings a bit.
The Bad: It’s a Little Ugly
We didn’t have a lot of complaints when we picked Atomic for our favorite iPhone browser and we still don’t now. It certainly isn’t the prettiest to look at of all the options, but the interface is functional and works well. It’s a little overwhelming to use at first because of all the various settings, but once you get used to Atomic it’s a terrific browser. You can grab a free version, but the full-featured Atomic Browser is $1, making it the only browser on this list you have to pay for.
Who It’s Good For: Power Users Who Like Options
Atomic is all about options. You can easily change nearly any setting, drop into private browsing, run in full screen, and even block ads. If you don’t care about syncing to your desktop browser, Atomic is a good bet.
One last thing we should note is if you’re jailbroken, you can set any of the above browsers as your default browser with the Browser Changer tweak available in the ModMyI repository. Once you set it up, every link you open from any app will be your browser of choice.
We couldn’t cover every single browser on the iPhone, so if you have an opinion about one we didn’t cover, tell us what you love (and hate) about it.
Available at a price of $23,380, Marea is the first furniture piece in the carbon-fiber collection, which has been inspired by the idea of the human form in suspension and the single motion of a brush stroke.
To best describe, it’s a sleek chaise lounge that strikes a perfect blend of fluid beauty and innate strength. Though, it’s just 4mm thick at its edge, but it possesses the capability to sustain great weight.
Built up of two separate carbon sections that are anchored together at the critical strain point by a central titanium hub, Marea, weighing 17kg, is almost invisible when viewed from the side, taking the traditional form of three chaise lounge to a cantilevered extreme, both from an aesthetic and functional point of view.
And, for those who wish to personalize further, designer Jules Sturgess also offers full bespoke finishing. But, this chaise lounge is only limited to 50 individual pieces, and each piece is carefully crafted by hand from 22 layers of three different weaves of carbon fiber layered at 45 degree angles to build in both longitudinal and transverse flexural strength.
Notably, the furniture piece is only made to order, and no two will ever be the same.
Another piece of furniture is Monolito and Megalito; dramatically cantilevered and spanning three and a half meters, it also appear to defy the laws of physics, and is just 5 mm thick at their tips. With production limited to just 25 individually numbered examples, a full customization service is also provided.
Inspired by the hammock, another furniture piece, the Amaca chaise is inherently very comfortable as it only has one hard point (under the legs) the rest of the body is suspended in a reclined sling that conforms perfectly to the body’s shape.
Attention all DJs! the competition is now over and the winner is Technical DMXP6 Double CD mixer with USB, scratch and BPM! Built with the same quality design and forward thinking technology that we can expect from this team this mixer goes above and beyond, providing the DJ with every tool needed to keep your crowd dancing and partying.
Connect this mixer to your set up from the back panel using the balanced XLR, RCA master out and RCA record out outputs. Utilize the rack mountable design and easily integrate this into your mobile rig or DJ coffin. Connect 2 USB flash drives to play music files or load 2 different CDs into the front loading CD decks. Use the folder browsing feature to search through your USB flash drives. Play MP3 Cds in addition to a standard audio CD! Connect a microphone and have the ability to talk to your crowd while mixing!
Built for the seasoned professional DJ and for the DJ that is just starting out, the DMXP6 has all the features you will ever need! Make a loop on the fly, use the rubberized jog wheel to precisely cue your tracks, EQ your songs using the bass, mid and treble tone controls per each channel, use the reverse playback for both CD and USB tracks and get that “vinyl” feel, pitch your music up or down and match your beats using the seamless pitch control or use the BPM counter to make it easier to match up your BPM’s! If you are Dj’ing for a dancefloor and the party people are moving and grooving, the biggest mistake a DJ can make is not blending the next song on time. If there is a pause or a change in the groove, you will lose your entire dancefloor. Use the BPM counter and insure you will never embarrass yourself by blending a mix that is off beat! Use the built-in scratch function for both the USB and CD inputs and add some flare to your mix while impressing the crowd with your DJ skills! These are the tools that separate the person that just “plays” music from the DJs come to rock the house!
Aligned with Technical pro’s rugged design and long lasting build for all their gear, the DMXP6 has a built-in anti shock system the helps prevent any skipping or playback issues. The sound output utilizes an analog to digital converter at 24 bits with 8 times oversampling which means this bad boy will sound thick and full, lighting up any room with that “Big Room” club sound DJs strive to achieve! If you are a DJ and need a reliable, quality built mixer that can do it all, this is for you!
As a professional DJ, the party’s entire mood is controlled by the touch of your fingers. One thing is certain when a DJ is working there is just one thing in your world and that is the music. You create a world of blend and balance between beats that magically send the floor into a rave.
Ask almost any DJ how he manages to create such fantastic sounds they will point to two factors their gear & skill. With the Technical Pro DMXP6 you get the power needed to create those moods.
Technical Pro’s mixers have a reputation for providing high quality audio and reliability, giving professional DJs the tools they need to expand their musical horizon, with capabilities for mixing, remixing, producing and performing. Incorporating features recommended by many professional DJs and club engineers, they raise the bar on flexibility and performance.
The DMXP6 is the “go-to” mixer for DJs the world over, novices and professionals alike. This dual CD mixer offers all the most sophisticated features that allow you to mix, remix, produce, and perform like a professional DJ, at a price anyone can afford and at only 15 light, portable pounds. Don’t confine your musical creativity to rigid presets and outdated features. The DMXP6 offers clean, intuitive controls, and simple, yet dynamic construction. If high quality audio, reliability, and a professional sound are important to you, choose the DMXP6 for the best in flexibility and performance.
• Dual USB Inputs
DMXP6’s USB inputs will accept USB flash drives up to 8GB provide quick and easy access to your .mp3 file play lists.
• Anti-Shock System
DMXP6’s buffered skip-protection technology keeps your music playing, even when vibrations might cause other players to skip.
• MP3 CD and USB compatibility
DMXP6′s allows you to play MP3 CDs and you can also take advantage of the DMXP6’s ability to browse through folders on your USB flash drive devices. Folder support allows you to browse through your music and select tracks from different folders.
Standard cue, search, and pitch controls, and tone controls (bass, mid, treble and gain) allow you to be the ultimate “mix master” of your music. The DMXP6’s rubberized jog wheels allow for easy control; you can reverse, playback, play backwards (reverse), and scratch on both USB and CD tracks.
• Beats Per Minute
When you match beats from the left to right, from one song to another, the DMXP6 sets everything up. When you start playing both songs, the DMXP6 will display will indicate the BPM for both songs, allowing to to match the beats from each song and cleanly transition from one song to the other.
- Inputs: RCA, (2 audio sources), MP3, USB memory stick (2)
- Outputs: XLR (balanced), RCA (master, record output)
- Microphone Inputs: 1/4”, XLR
- Plays MP3 CDs
- Folder browsing on USB input
- Seamless loop and reloop (in & out)
- Fader start / relay
- Digital / analog converter: 24 bits / 8x over sampling
- Iridescent blue LED level meter
- Single/continuous program (99 programmable play tracks)
- Rubberized jog wheels for easy control
- Tone controls (bass, mid, treble and gain)
- Cue, search and pitch controls
- Replaceable crossfader
- Illuminated control buttons
- Anti-shock system helps prevent skipping
- Reverse playback on both USB and CD
- Scratch on both USB and CD
- BPM Readout
- Rack Mountable, Anti-shock system helps prevent skipping
- Pitch control: ±18% / Auto voltage
- Sampling Frequency: 44.1 KHz / Lineal quantificaition: 24 Bits
- Signal to noise ratio: >90dB, Crosstalk (1KHz)>70dB, Dynamic Range (1KHz)>80dB
- dimensions: 19” w 10” h 4.75” d
- weight: 15 lbs
- MSRP: $599.00
the Rinser toothbrush is your standard teeth-cleaning implement with a little secret: it has a tunnel in its chest that creates a water fountain when you place it under faucet. This makes it easy for you to rinse out your mouth without setting the toothbrush down and picking up a cup or something else.
Aside from the primary purpose of this clever multi-tool, you can replace the brush heads when they get worn out. They just snap on and off so you don’t have to buy a new brush every month. Currently the rinser brush is available for pre-order. $22 gets you one brush and one brush head replacement, but you can pre-order more if you want. It’s not the cheapest toothbrushes in the world, but it’s one of the more clever ones.
I’ve spotted some amazing deals on Craigslist, but I also know people sometimes get screwed (out of money!) on Craigslist. How can I weed out the scams from the legit listings and make sure I get the best buys?
Craigslist is a terrific resource for nabbing great deals on everything from furniture to bicycles to electronics—but it’s also full of duds and scams. Although not all listings on Craigslist are fraud attempts, it’s smart to take extra precautions when buying fromany stranger online (whether on Craigslist or eBay or another buy-and-sell site). Here are a few things you can do before and during the sale to make sure you don’t get ripped off.
While Searching: Watch Out for Red Flags in Craigslist Listings
How can you spot a Craigslist scam? Many of them feature the same telltale signs:
- An abundance of spelling and grammatical errors. A typo here and there is forgivable, but when a listing is riddled with poor English, it’s an indication an overseas scammer posted the ad using automated translators—or the person behind the ad just doesn’t care about the listing. Either way, you probably want to stay clear.
- Generic product photos. Look for real photos instead of the typical product pics or photos found elsewhere on the web. It’s hard to believe the seller actually has the item in question if he’s using PR photos.
- Ad posted in multiple places. Sellers are only allowed to post their ad in one city. If you see the same ad posted word for word in a distant city, that’s a huge red flag. You can search all Craigslist sites at once with previously mentioned Search All Craig’s or more recently highlighted Craiggers. Search Google for the ad wording to see if it’s been posted elsewhere or check the Craigslist Scammers blog dedicated to just this purpose.
- Too good to be true. The biggest telltale sign of a Craigslist (or other) scam is if the ad promises a ridiculously good deal. When you’re buying from sellers seemingly desperate to get rid of their used stuff, it’s hard to know what’s a true offer or just bait for your personal info. Know what your product is selling for (see below) and, if you have any doubt, pass on it.
When You’ve Found an Item to Buy: Vet the Seller and Know Your Product
The risks: wasting your time buying a fake or a broken item or something other than what you’re expecting; paying too much for it
Let’s say you found what looks to be a legit deal—the photos are unique and the listing doesn’t look like typical Craigslist scams. Now it’s time to ask some questions and find out more about the seller and the item.
Ask detailed questions about the item you want to buy over multiple emails or calls.Does the laptop come with all the installation CDs and has a virus scan been done on it recently? For an apartment rental, what’s included in the rent or what amenities are nearby (you can verify this with Google Maps)? What problems or issues with the item has the seller had? Why is this person selling the item? What’s the exact model number of the item? Asking questions like this not only gives you more information about the product, it verifies the seller has firsthand knowledge of it.
For whatever you’re buying, also look up ahead of time common problems with the item and how to spot a fake. Google “common problems with [X product]” or “how to spot a fake [X product]” to find the right questions to ask and things to look for when testing out the item in person (see below). You can also check for recalled items at several government sites.
Look the seller up. Search the seller’s email address and phone number on both Craigslist and Google. Look up the seller’s name on Facebook and White Pages services (see if the address matches, too, if you’re given one).
Check if the price is right. Although a lot of items on Craigslist may be great deals, sometimes the prices really don’t make sense. In a Priceonomics study, people sold their used TVs on Craigslist for 14% less than the same TV was selling new, but a 30% discount for headphones. The 14% discount, Priceonomics says, isn’t enough of a deal for the hassle of possibly buying a dud. Sellers, apparently, were pricing their items based on the original prices they paid—not the market value at the time, which made them price their used TVs too high. Check out price guide Pricenomics to find acceptiable price ranges and recommended used prices. You should also check the going prices for that specific model/item on Amazon and other retailers. Want an even better deal? If you’re ready to haggle, use the 15-to-20 percent rule to find a more reasonable price (sellers may be adding in this haggling price too).
At the Exchange: Meet Safely and Inspect the Item
The risks: getting robbed or physically hurt; not noticing problems or missing features until after you’ve parted with your money
Ready to buy? Now comes the most anxiety-ridden part: the exchange.
Meet in a public location, such as a bank or coffeeshop. Craigslist says meeting in person will help you avoid 99% of scam attempts on the classifieds service. Meeting face-to-face can still be risky though, so to avoid the chance of being robbed, meet in a public place—preferably one with lots of witnesses and security cameras. A bank lobby, Gizmodo suggests, is perfect because you and the seller can withdraw and deposit cash without having to carry it around. If a bank lobby seems too odd to conduct your personal secondhand buying business, a hotel lobby, busy gas station, coffeeshop, or similar location would work (and these also usually provide ATMs for easy access to cash). (Note: Buy & Flip advises not using a parking lot, mall, or fast food restaurant because people aren’t actually paying attention there. I think Starbucks or Barnes & Noble may be perfect because of how busy these locations are and you have outlets for testing electronic items.)
Bring a friend. Go with a friend or family member for additional protection. He or she can also help you evaluate the item in question.
Kick the tires. Make sure you test everything and try using the product before you pay for it. For a used computer, check the ports, make sure you have the license keys and admin account information, confirm the battery life is what’s expected and all the specs match, and look for things like massive dust buildup. Before you buy a cell phone, make sure it can be activated by verifying the electronic serial number or ESN with your cell phone provider or atCheckESNFree. If you’re buying a car, make sure all the paperwork is available (registration papers, titles, and maintenance information) and look for other stolen car signs. If it’s got a plug, plug it in to see if it works. Push all the buttons, and try all the features.
After all your sleuthing and research, hopefully you’ll end up with a proud purchase.
P.S. See our Definitive Craigslist Guide for the Recession and How to Avoid Getting Scammend When Buying or Selling Online for even more advice. Or share your tips and experience with us in the comments.
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