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April 26, 2014 • Gear Bits

Something Different: Glow in the Dark Sand Art iPhone 5 Case

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you see something else that you never would have expected. An example: the Glow in the Dark Sand Art iPhone 5 case. The front of the case looks like any other; this one happens to look like white plastic on the front. But turn it over and you’ll …

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April 12, 2014 • Gear Bits, News

Chili’s is Now Serving Up. . . Tablets?

Like many other mid-level restaurants these days, Chili’s is attempting to redefine itself to avoid becoming almost irrelevant–just witness what has happened to Olive Garden and Red Lobster in the last year. With remodeled restaurants, plenty of fresh new menu items, aggressive couponing and promotions, and now touchscreen tabletop kiosks, Chili’s is looking to engage …

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April 6, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

MyTask: The “Swiss Army” iPhone Case

Smartphones are great, and for many people they replace quite a few things, from alarm clocks and day planners to cameras and GPS. But sometimes you need something more than just your phone, and the MyTask case aims to make that easier than cramming the pockets on your cargo pants. Need a pen or spoke …

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April 2, 2014 • Gear Bits

Homestar Runner Updated for the First Time in Four Years

Homestar Runner was one of my favorite websites in college.  The mix of crazy characters, funny voices, strange situations, and quotable lines was a hit with my friends and me.  However, over the years, the creators, The Brothers Chaps, slowly stopped updating the site.  But after four years, it was finally updated yesterday. Go check …

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March 27, 2014 • Gear Bits

Monopoly Game Changer: Your House Rules May Become Official on April 3

Have you noticed  almost every time you play Monopoly at a friend’s house, their “rules” are just a little different? Toy maker Hasbro noticed that as well, and they’re running a contest where through April 3, 2014 you can vote on some of the more popular house rules and urge that they become official.

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March 25, 2014 • News

Cupcake ATM Comes to NYC, Because Who Doesn’t Need Cupcakes at 4am?

What’s the worst part of wanting a cupcake at 2am? It’s a tough call; your options are usually limited to something in a plastic wrapper from Quick Check, plus you need to actually talk to another human being and admit you’re buying cupcakes in the middle of the night … unless you’re in NYC, where …

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March 22, 2014 • Gear Bits, Yum Log

Mix Your Special Formula with this Science of Spirits Lab Cocktail Set

If you like to mix drinks with the precision of a chemist this bar set is for you. The Science of Spirits mixology set has all the tools you need to make it happen. It includes a mixing flask and stirrer, lab flask glasses, test tube shot glasses, and a tray to securely carry it …

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March 21, 2014 • Gear Bits

UNICEF Tap Project Pledges Drinking Water If You Can Put Your Phone Down

The UNICEF Tap Project is a fantastic program that challenges us all to go without our smartphones.  What do we get as a reward, other than the reward of unplugging itself?  Generous donors like Georgio Armani Fragrances will give one day of drinking water to a child in need for every 10 minutes we can …

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March 17, 2014 • News, Travel, Yum Log

VinGarde Valise Wine Suitcase Gets Bottles There Intact

A press release recently came across the Gear Diary email transom announcing a new wine suitcase from Wineline that they call the VinGarde Valise. This prompted a discussion among our editors about who would possibly ever need a suitcase for their beverages. As usual, I had a real-life anecdote about something I did while traveling …

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March 11, 2014 • News

911 Versus the Family Cat

A rather unusual 911 call has been making the rounds of the Internet today. Apparently a family in Oregon had a baby, and their cat was most displeased. The cat went on a reign of terror, scratching the baby and scaring the family so badly they locked themselves in the bedroom and called 911. To …

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March 3, 2014 • Outdoors, Reviews, Yum Log

Vortex Blender from GSI Outdoors Lets You Create Your Own Polar Vortex

  As cold as it’s been, it’s hard to imagine doing anything outside. But it won’t be long until it’s warmer, and you’ll be using the search box here at GearDiary to ask “What was the name of that cool outdoor blender that Chamberlain was going on about?” The answer to your future query is …

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February 27, 2014 • News

Pepsi Max Presents Test Drive 2

Remember that crazy funny video featuring Jeff Gordon pretending to take an unsuspecting used car driver on a wild ride? For a little while some people thought it was real but it turned out to be a viral ad for Pepsi Max. One journalist in particular – Travis Okulskiski of Jalopnik – was particularly doubtful …

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February 25, 2014 • Health and Fitness

Head Lice? Selfies Might Be to Blame!

This year at high schools and colleges there are more cases of head lice than any time in recent memory. While most years head lice are spread between younger kids, it is the increase in older teens with lice that sparked concerned. According to lice-treatment expert Nitless Noggins, there is a correlation between the rise …

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February 21, 2014 • Gear Bits

DHL Pranks UPS and TNT in Hilarious (and Fake) Advertising Campaign

Just because everyone looks at UPS or FedEx as the big boys of shipping, doesn’t mean that DHL has to take it lying down.  To that end, DHL decided to “prank” fellow shippers UPS and TNT by printing “DHL is Faster” on temperature-sensitive paper and glued them to large boxes and had UPS and TNT …

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February 11, 2014 • Gear Bits

Vladimir Putin Sports Yota Advertising for Russian Mobile Provider

There was controversy back in 2012 about the official sponsors of the Olympic games forcing athletes to not display logos of their sponsor brands. The Sochi Olympic games came with their own controversies, but the branding rules stand. For the athletes anyway, as the Russian President wore a fleece with several brands displayed, including Russian …

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February 10, 2014 • Gear Bits

Project Capture Enables UFO Reporting Via iPhone

Project Capture is a social network way for UFO enthusiasts to report “something unexplainable in the sky” or an alien “crash site” via iPhone or iPad app. Get alerts when UFO’s are spotted by your crazy neighbor in your neighborhood. Submit your own UFO reports. Be advised this is only for legitimate material and false content …

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February 7, 2014 • Gear Bits

Is “Not Having Kids” the Right Prescription for You?

Want to sleep through the night? Looking to keep your stress as low as possible? Looking to avoid paying $50,000 a year for college? Hoping to retire before the age of 75? Try “Not Having Kids”. It isn’t the right for everyone but it may be just the right prescription for you. Click for video. …

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February 3, 2014 • Gear Bits

NYC I.V. Doctor Will Make HouseCalls with Hangover Cure

  Did you party a bit too hard last night during the Super Bowl? If this morning is not treating you kindly, and if you live in the NYC area, then you might want to give the I.V. Doctor a call. “Party without worrying about a hangover” and “discover why so many celebrities and socialites …

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February 1, 2014 • Gear Bits

Valentines Day Gifts That Will Leave You Single on February 15th

    Ah Valentines Day. That heartwarming day filled with love, chocolate, over-priced cards and, of course, terrible gifts that far too often backfire on the giver. Sure, you can get the love of your life a Lexus tied in a red bow, but what will you do the following year? Here are a few …

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January 30, 2014 • Gear Bits

Are You a Good Liar? Take This 5 Second Test and Share Your Results!

There are several personality traits that can supposedly be revealed based on the results you glean from this simple 5 second test. Kev and I did it over breakfast, and the results were a bit surprising … or maybe they weren’t. Watch the video, take the test, and then share your results below!

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January 27, 2014 • Gear Bits

You’ll Never Clean the Litter Box with These Feline Stickers

Who needs cat videos when you can stick these feline stickers anywhere you want? Forget nine lives, since you get 11 different stickers per pack. I like the one with the butterflies. Purrrfect for your cat lover. But ouch — at $151 plus $17 for shipping for the set, it’s you who is being declawed.  Order now. Or …

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