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These Retro Arcade Games Are Ready for You to Play Them

Like relics from any age, there's a lot of stuff happening on the internet that should probably be preserved. That's the rationale behind the Internet Archive, which has been preserving online curios since 1996. In the years since, it's grown into something far larger: a repository striving to provide "universal access to all knowledge". A repository, furthermore, that now has 900 classic arcade games available for you to play right in your browser.

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Microsoft's Next-Generation Whiteboard is Straight Out of an Ironman Film

Microsoft just debuted the Surface Hub 2, a super-futuristic "whiteboard" that's essentially a massive 50.5" 4K tablet powered by Windows 10 that runs apps like PowerPoint and Skype. It's designed to empower teams and drastically increase efficiently but, quite frankly, adds a massive cool factor to any workspace. It's equipped with a ton of bells and whistles (rotating 4K cameras, crystal-clear, far-field mics and even more) and also gives you the ability to "tile" Surface Hubs together for a stunning visual effect stretched across an entire wall. Corporate life doesn't look so bad with one (or 6) of these.

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Blackmagic's Pocket Cinema Camera is Amazing

Though technology keeps getting smaller and less expensive, there are still some big leaps that need to be made before professional-grade equipment can be called “affordable” by average consumers. Enter Blackmagic’s new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. This palm-sized digital camera packs a punch in a remarkably small format – offering the ability to capture unbelievably crisp and detailed images, and the whole thing is housed in an incredibly tough and lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate case.

 

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The First Helmet with an Integrated Crash Detection System

Quin Design will be the first brand to bring a motorcycle helmet to market with an integrated crash detection system. It uses built-in Bluetooth technology to sync with your phone through an app, where you can take calls, listen to music, navigation and use any other useful apps while riding. That’s nothing new — where the Quin helmets standout is if and when you do go down on a ride, the system automatically sends out a signal to your listed emergency contacts. And, in a less severe situation, say, running out of gas on the side of the road, you can hit the S.O.S beacon and call for help. Quin looks to be finally bringing something amazing for rider safety to market and all funded from a Kickstarter that met its 100% goal in 48 hours.

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AssembleAR Wants to Make IKEA Furniture Even Better

The trade-off for the great prices IKEA offers is the fact that you need to assemble everything yourself. A basic table is easy, but get into furniture with drawers and unique elements and those picture-based instructions become infuriating. Designer Adam Pickard thinks the future could hold a better way, and that’s why he developed AssembleAR, an app that displays IKEA instructions in augmented reality. He included animations so that you can see each step being accomplished right next to the actual piece of furniture you’re building. Obviously, without IKEA’s blessing, this is only a concept for now.

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Leica M Monochrom Stealth Edition

As Marcus Wainwright tells it, the design process for Lieca’s M Monochrome Stealth Edition Camera wasn’t easy. The founder, designer, and CEO of the Rag and Bone label spent a lot of time looking at past examples of camera collaborations before the lightbulb really went off. The insight Wainwright worked with? Leica makes the fastest lenses in the world – making them one of the best for low-light photography. From there, the fashion designer got the idea of producing a matte-black camera and highlighting markings on the body and lens with a luminescent glow green. 

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Levi’s Is Pioneering Something Called ‘Laser Washing’

Denim will always be a staple in the fashion world and whilst the iconic name in Levi’s has grown slightly tired amongst today’s staunch competition, there’s no denying that the brand is ahead of the game when it comes to innovation.

The American company recently revealed a new digitising technique which employs lasers to achieve the perfect finish on denim in record time without the use of harmful chemicals or intensive manual labour.

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Arara Bike Lights Are Magic

Not only do Arara lights never need to be charged, they make your bike look pretty awesome while upping your visibility on dark roads. A magnet mounts to your frame, the lights mount to your spokes. When you pedal, the lights move towards (and away from) the magnet, which charges the capacitor and through some miracle of physics and magic (it’s actually just physics) the lights light up. The lights spinning on your wheels make it look like you’ve got technicolor rims, and you’ll get your choice of red, orange, yellow, green, blue or white.

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Awayco Makes Surf Travel Easier Than Ever

Let's be real: traveling with surfboards sucks. Between worrying about careless baggage handlers busting your boards, absurd baggage fees and the hassle of carrying a board bag through a crowded airport, the entire process is seemingly designed to maximize stress.

Enter Awayco.

Awayco is a membership-based platform for high-performance surfboard rentals. They are now based in Australia, the United States and Indonesia. Their goal is to save you the hassle of traveling with surfboards and bring you the bottomless quiver bag that you’ve always wanted. 

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Skydio R1 Autonomous Flying Camera

Designed specifically for autonomous operation, the Skydio R1 Autonomous Flying Camera relieves you from the burdens of manual control. It's powered by a Nvidia Jetson AI chip, which uses its 12 navigation cameras and a main 4K shooter to see and understand the world around it. This allows it to track your motion, create compelling footage, and avoid obstacles. Built in California from lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, its slim design fits in your backpack for easy transport.

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Nanocase Make iPhone Cases That Can Actually Improve Battery Life

Tired of finishing the day with no battery on your phone or worse, having it die mid e-mail/tweet/message? Nanocase might have the perfect solution for you with a new graphene iPhone case that will actually improve your battery life. The slim and sleek Nanocase uses graphene, the extremely efficient heat dissipating material used in space research, biotechnology and nanotechnology, to remove heat more effectively than any other material, which ultimately means your device will stay cooler under load thus potentially increasing the battery life while also extending the working life of the phone overall. It’s also worth mentioning that the “cooling” effect of the Nanocase means you won’t have to worry about hot hands or laps during extended periods of use.

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Nomad Wireless Charging Hub

Apple excited a lot of folks in the middle of last year when they announced Qi charging compatibility with their new iPhone 8 and X. Not only did this mean a more seamless charging experience for users – but it also meant fresh new gadgets would be rolling out from second party suppliers. Out of all the interesting and well designed chargers that we’ve seen so far, the Nomad Wireless Charging Hub stands out the most. This hockey-puck like device is designed to sit unassumingly on a desk or nightstand and juice up your phone with its wireless top output of 7.5 watts.

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The Zanco tiny t1 Is the World’s Smallest Phone

There are times when we don’t need notifications about post likes, new images or emails. The Zanco tiny t1 wants to take you back to the age of flip phones and T9 text entry with what they’re calling the “world’s smallest mobile phone.” The tiny t1 is so small it easily fits in the palm of your hand or the coin/Zippo pocket on your favorite pair of jeans, which also means it’s tiny enough for bags, backpacks, pouches, purses or pretty much anywhere else.

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12 Wireless Chargers For Your New iPhone

One of Apple’s greatest strengths is that they are constantly at the forefront of innovation. Both iterations of the iPhone 8 and the X will feature Qi-compatible charging. With Apple having not yet released their own charge pad, finding one that works with your new iPhone can be an annoying and, perhaps, difficult endeavor. Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork and put together the following list of the 12 best wireless chargers for your new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X.

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Best Apple Watch Apps

The idea of the smartwatch has been floating around our collective culture ever since the introduction of comic book hero Dick Tracy’s wrist communicator way back in 1946. But it wasn’t until just a few years ago that the concept really came to fruition. Even still, the ones on the market were clunky and unreliable. Then, Apple changed everything with their first iteration of the Apple Watch. Here is a roundup of some great apps.

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Apartmento's App Is Your New Daily Commute Read

Since 2008, Apartamento has been one of the most honest and influential independent magazines, publishing designer profiles and behind-the-scenes looks into the lives (and homes) of creative thinkers. Its app, which quietly launched late last year, has been making those stories available to non-subscribers for free — but with a catch.

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The Best Cameras to Get You Back Into Film

Film is making a comeback, and in a very big way. You watched it happen with vinyl, and now you’re slowly watching it happen with film. But is it really that shocking? Just as people learned that analog sounds better with music, it also often looks better with photography. Your interest is piqued and you want to see what all the fuss is about, but you have no clue what you’re doing. You don’t know an SLR from a rangefinder, or 35mm from medium format. Worry not, friend, here are 7 of the best film cameras of all time:

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Best Compact Cameras for 2017

A new wave of compact digital cameras has been hitting the market steadily over the past few years, with each new release getting closer to pro-level DSLR’s in terms of optics quality and resolution. Pocket sized and powerful, these compact cameras are changing the way that consumer and prosumer photographers capture moments while on the road. Before you head out on your next adventure, consider leaving the DSLR behind and opting for one of the more sensible options below.

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