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Jeep Wrangler Rattletrap

This mean machine is up for grabs! The monster vehicle named “Rattletrap” was built by the team at Martin Barkey Racing back in 2007 and is now available for purchase. The ultra-capable off-roader boasts an impressive 500+ Horsepower Twin Turbo 5.9-Liter 12-Valve Cummins engine with 1000+ ft-lbs of Torque, in a JK body rolling on 44×19.5 Pit Bull Rocker tires, making it ccapable of tackling anything from dense forests, sand dunes, swamps, even climbing obstacles over 6´ high. The powerful and unstoppable beast has so many upgrades that it its almost tough to still call it a jeep. $225.000

Posted in Ride on February 23rd 2017 comments
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After 51 Years, Vans Is Finally Explaining What ‘Off the Wall’ Means

If you happened to catch the 2001 film Dogtown and Z-Boys, you might remember the story of how a bunch of ragtag teens in Venice, Calif., would expropriate neglected backyard swimming pools, then drain the water out so they could have a nice cement bowl to skateboard in. “Riding” the pool meant carving paths across the bottom, working up to the rim and then, using momentum to defy gravity, going “off the wall.”

The thing is, not a lot of people caught Stacy Peralta’s 2001 film, and not many more people know what “off the wall” actually means. And for fashion brand Vans, that’s always been a bit of a problem. Because Vans—known for its rubber-soled canvas shoe—wasn’t just part of the Z-Boys’ standard skateboarding uniform in the mid-1970s, it has used the phrase “Off the Wall” as a brand slogan since the late 1960s, when Paul Van Doren started selling shoes that bore his name out of a shop in Anaheim, Calif. Continue reading

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LAB-BOX

The easiest and quickest tool to develop your own films in full day light, anywhere and at anytime without the need for a darkroom. Simply insert your exposed roll (either 35 or 120) in the appropriate module, wind it onto the reel, add the developing liquid and agitate. $79+ on Kickstarter

Posted in Gadgets on February 22nd 2017 comments
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Etch A Sketch Gets A Hi-Tech Makeover With An LCD Screen

Remember when you were young and one of the toys you used to play with was the incredibly frustrating Etch A Sketch, which would take you hours to put together a simple drawing? Perhaps kids these days with their smartphones and tablets might not see much fun in such “low-tech” toys, but not to worry.

Spin Master, the company that acquired Etch A Sketch back in 2016, and BoogieBoard have come together and have given the toy a hi-tech and modern makeover with the Etch A Sketch Freestyle. On the surface it still looks and feels like the old toy, except that under the hood it comes equipped with an LCD screen.

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Posted in Gadgets on February 22nd 2017 comments
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Sound BlasterX Katana

The Sound BlasterX Katana by Creative is a gaming soundbar that’s designed specifically to go underneath your desktop monitor. The sleek Katana has a minimalist and slimness design, packaged within an anodised gray brushed metal-finish casing. Like other soundbars, it combines what would typically be three speakers into one unit, and is powered and enhanced by Creative´s award winning multi-core audio DSP making it the worlds first true Under Monitor Audio System (it can also be used as an enhancement for TV audio). It also features Creative’s programmable Aurora RGB LED lighting (the first gaming and entertainment sound system to have such a feature) that elevates your gaming and movie experience. This is the perfect addition to fully optimize and customize your PC and desktop setup. $299

Posted in Gadgets on February 22nd 2017 comments
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Sigma Art Lenses

Well… that’s about it. Sigma’s finally rounded out their fantastic “Art” series of lenses with a 24-70 f/2.8, a 14 f/1.8 and a 135 f/1.8. The series that began in 2012 with a world-shaking 35mm f/1.4 and now includes every lens most photographers could want is proof that great lenses didn’t have to come from the Nikon and Canon (just look at what people are saying about the new 85). If the past is any indication, these will be just as great.

Posted in Gadgets on February 22nd 2017 comments
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YouTube Kills 30-Second Unskippable Mobile Ads for Shorter and More Interactive Formats

Longer isn’t necessarily better when it comes to mobile video. In a statement on Friday, YouTube said that it’s fazing out its 30-second unskippable ads for advertisers this year.

Beginning in 2018, brands will not be able to buy the 30-second ad format but can purchase other lengths of unskippable pre-roll ads like 20-second promos and 6-second bumper ads.

“We’re committed to providing a better ads experience for users online. As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers,” said a YouTube spokesperson in an email. Continue reading

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Snap Inc.’s Spectacles Are Now Available for Anyone to Buy Online

If you want one of Snap Inc.’s Spectacles, you no longer have to find a randomly located Snapbot and then stand in line to buy one of the elusive $130 gadgets. Starting today, you can purchase them on Spectacles.com.

Following the ecommerce launch, the company’s pop-up store in New York City will close down in a development that’s been expected since January. But Snapbots—the high-tech vending machines that had been the only place to buy Spectacles—will continue to appear in locations around the U.S. following a brief break.

Snap, which owns the popular app Snapchat, first revealed Spectacles at a private event in early September 2016. The devices first went on sale last Nov. 10 via a few Snapbots that toured the country.

Spectacles are souped-up sunglasses that record video, via an integrated camera, from the wearer’s eye-level perspective. Users can then upload 10-second video clips to the Snapchat platform via a smartphone synced through Bluetooth or WiFi.

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Dubai has announced that flying drone taxis will whisk passengers around its fair city this summer. The mini-airships are Ehang184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicles, which are set up to carry one human and a bag — a total of 100 kg — up to 31 miles at speeds in excess of 60 mph. The drones take two days to fully charge. The head of the city’s Transportation Agency says this is a reality, not a Star Trek pipe dream: “We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai’s skies.”

Finally. Now you don’t have to feel weird about falling asleep in a cab. Or not wanting to talk to a cab driver. Or being in a traffic accident because your cab driver is insane. That’s a lot to look forward to. Falling to our death over a borderline obscene, unnatural, arid desert-scape with fake islands, on the other hand… not so awesome.

Posted in Ride on February 21st 2017 comments
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Sriracha Spice Rub Is Now a Thing

In collaboration with food innovation company Sugarmade, Huy Fong Foods is launching Sriracha-loaded spice sticks. Falling somewhere between a marinade and a dry rub, the so-called “Seasoning Stix” are designed to be skewered into beef, pork, poultry or fish. The sticks liquify during the cooking process, resulting in meat that’s flavored (Sriracha flavored, at that) from the inside out. Available in four flavors — Classic Sriracha, Sriracha Butter Garlic, Sriracha Teriyaki and a yet-to-be-named mystery blend — Huy Fong’s Seasoning Stix are slated to ship later this month.

Posted in Style on February 21st 2017 comments
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