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Logitech’s G810 Orion keyboard makes a strong case for its Romer-G mechanical switches

Mechanical-keyboard enthusiasts are intense about their love of loud, clicky keys — and most know exactly the kind of mechanical switch that they like (Cherry MX Blue for me). But Logitech believes this space has room to grow, along with introducing different kinds of switches from companies that …

Why do phones explode, and what can you do to protect yourself?

One of the at least 35 Note 7 units that caught fire or exploded<p>Every now and again we hear unfortunate stories about gadget batteries catching fire and even exploding (a term that is often used even for incidents that are less dramatic), sometimes causing harm to the unsuspecting user. While very …

Ramsophone is a beautiful music toy inspired by Stranger Things

Dieter Rams is one of the most influential designers in the world.<p>His work shaped the face of Braun for a long time, creating objects like the famous Braun Calculator and numerous classic watches. Steve Jobs cites Rams as an important influence for the design of the first Apple products, and<p>To …

Product Design

Watch a Teaser for “Stranger Things” Season 2

Netflix has shared a teaser announcing that the second season of its hit show “Stranger Things” will return in 2017. It features mysterious titles like “the pumpkin patch,” “the pollywog,” and “in the fall of 1984...” (The first season takes place in 1983.) Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s theme for …

James Franco, Regular Human, Goes to a Houseparty

You are James Franco, regular human, leaning against the wall at a houseparty. You, James Franco, hollow cheeks covered in stubble, star of the film "Pineapple Express," are grinding your molars to the beat of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda," which blares from subpar speakers. This will be a fun party. …

VR Noir shows how virtual reality will transform television

It seems odd to us now, but before the invention of the television, families would gather around radios as a leading form of home entertainment. Before the radio, folks would pack movie houses to watch silent films from Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. This, again, seems very odd to those of us …

STM's Trestle backpack is brilliantly ugly

It's not a flaw, it's a feature<p>Behold the glories of the utterly unremarkable $120 STM Trestle backpack. It's the color of depression and is made of the same rough material you might find covering your belongings after an eviction. But just like an old tarp, the value of this bag is in protecting …

This wearable allergy-detection strip could save your child's life

Eating can be a complicated ordeal for the roughly 1 in 20 children that have food allergies. Allergic reactions to food are responsible for about 200,000 emergency room visits a year.<p>That's a problem that Abigail Barnes, a food allergy sufferer herself, is trying to solve with a new wearable …

Ed Carpenter's bestselling Pigeon Light was an unexpected icon

<b>Most Loved:</b> in our next exclusive movie, designer Ed Carpenter reflects on how the pigeon-shaped lamp he presented at his graduation show in 2001 …

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5 Bizarre Celebrity Quirks You Can Never Unsee

We usually think of celebrities as the cream of humanity's crop, so it's always fun to be able to point a finger and say, "Hey, sometimes you suck …

Harry Potter

Killer robot used by Dallas police opens ethical debate

When Dallas police used a bomb-carrying robot to kill a sniper, they also kicked off an ethical debate about technology's use as a crime-fighting …

12 things every home should have

These are essentials, classics and key ingredients that make up the foundation of a good home, and if you are just starting out they make a useful checklist for setting up in a new space.<p>Could you add to this list? You sure could, but 12 is a nice even number for the purposes of this post.

10 Surprisingly Smart Solutions for Junk Drawers

Keeping the clutter under control often seems like a never-ending battle. But with a few repurposed materials and a bit of creativity, you can …

Hilarious G-Rated Jokes To Share At Your Next Family Gathering

Apparently some people didn’t get this one<p>Credit: Everett – Art/Shutterstock<p>“What is Beethoven’s favorite fruit?<br>BananaNAAA”<p>-LickItAndSpreddit<p>Phone …

These minimalist 'Game of Thrones' GIFs are a mesmerizing, cutesy take on the dark series

<i>Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season six.</i><p>The "Game of Thrones" fandom is known for its artistic approach to celebrating the epic series. From large-scale art installations to miniature paper shields, we never tire of seeing artists' and designers' interpretations. One artist in …

4 New Beauty Gadgets We're Splurging On

That faint humming is the sound of the newest and coolest beauty innovations.<p><b>Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light</b><p>This tiny machine lets you choose between three different colors of LEDs (very specific wavelengths of light): Red light increases your skin's collagen and softens lines, yellow light …

After twin sisters plummeted off a Hawaii cliff, one died. The other was charged with murder.

At the beginning of the decade, Alison and Ann Dadow were well-known yoga entrepreneurs who drove matching Porsches, as identical as they were, around West Palm Beach, Fla. In late May, the 37-year-old twins plunged over the edge of a cliff in Hawaii and fell 200 feet in a Ford Explorer, which …

Build A Bamboo Bike In Under 5 Hours

Dream of owning a rickshaw? Build-it-yourself with Bamboobee<p>Do you remember Bamboobee? The regrettably-named company first released a jig and bamboo …

Everything you need to know about Copa America Centenario

Starting Friday, the United States will stage one of international soccer’s most famous tournaments, Copa America. To celebrate its 100th anniversary and unite the Americas, the crown jewel of South American futbol has ventured beyond continental borders for the first time.<p>Where better to stage it …

Soccer

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‘Covered with bees, and a swarm pursuing’: Man dies after being stung more than 1,000 times in Arizona park

What was supposed to be a short and easy hike ended in tragedy Thursday morning when a young man died after being stung more than 1,000 times by bees in an Arizona park.<p>Alex Bestler, 23, was walking along Merkle Memorial Trail in Usery Mountain park near Mesa just before 9 a.m. when he and a friend …

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Boost your mindfulness and try to rise above digital distractions with these apps to carve out time for peaceful reflection<p>The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can …

Apps

Molekule's air filter aims to purify your home with light

A startup believes its purifying technique can outperform traditional HEPA filtration across the board. Molekule's eponymous air purifier uses a process called photoelectrochemical oxidation (PECO) to remove not only pollutants and allergens (i.e. purifying), but also viruses and bacteria (i.e. …

Science

The 20 Gadgets Every Man Should Own

Modern life never leaves us in one place for long. Racing to work, exercising, grabbing dinner, traveling cross-country or putting our feet up at …

Japan Has A Cheap, Quick Fix For Cracked iPhone Screens

In terms of first world problems, the biggest one is probably a cracked phone screen. While there are plenty of independent shops in major cities that provide screen replacement services, they’re not cheap (though still cheaper than, say, taking it into the Apple store) and you’re at risk of …

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