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Slightly disturbing typewriter auction photos on ebay

Here's just a few from my searches—in pursuit of the elusive red Canon Typemate—but there are many like them.
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Typewriters, Ghosts In The Machine


Movado Group acquires watch startup MVMT

The Movado Group, which sells multiple brands including Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, has purchased MVMT, a small watch company founded by Jacob Kassan and Kramer LaPlante in 2013. The company, which advertised heavily on Facebook, logged $71 million in revenue in 2017. Movado purchased the company for $100 million. The acquisition of MVMT will provide us greater access to millennials and advances our Digital Center of Excellence initiative with the addition of a powerful brand manag...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Fashion, Clothing, Social Media, Tech, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, MVMT, Movado, Daniel Wellington, Movado Group, Efraim Grinberg


Big Bang: the "stupid patent" on teledildonics has expired

Twenty years ago, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted patent number 6,368,268: "Method and device for interactive virtual control of sexual aids using digital computer networks," a minor classic of a majorly fucked-up genre, the bullshit tech patent that simply adds "with a computer" to some absolutely obvious and existing technology or technique. (more…)
Tags: Security, Gadgets, Post, News, Sex, US, Infosec, Patent Trolls, Patents, Uspto, Eff, Sex Toys, Trademark Office, Teledildonics, Hurr Hurr Hurr


It’s Friday so relax and watch a hard drive defrag forever on Twitch

It’s been a while since I defragged — years, probably, because these days for a number of reasons computers don’t really need to. But perhaps it is we who need to defrag. And what better way to defrag your brain after a long week than by watching the strangely satisfying defragmentation process taking place on a simulated DOS machine, complete with fan and HDD noise? That’s what you can do with this Twitch stream, which has defrag.exe running 24/7 for your enjoyment. I didn’t realize how much I ...
Tags: Gadgets, Wtf, Tech, Twitch, ASCII, TwitchDefrags


The Automatica automates pour-over coffee in a charming and totally unnecessary way

Most mornings, after sifting through the night’s mail haul and skimming the headlines, I make myself a cup of coffee. I use a simple pour-over cone and paper filters, and (in what is perhaps my most tedious Seattleite affectation), I grind the beans by hand. I like the manual aspect of it all. Which is why this robotic pour-over machine is to me so perverse… and so tempting. Called the Automatica, this gadget, currently raising funds on Kickstarter but seemingly complete as far as development an...
Tags: Coffee, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Crowdfunding, Tech, Kickstarter, Automatica


Tomu is a fingernail-sized computer that is easy to swallow

I’m a huge fan of single board computers, especially if they’re small enough to swallow. That’s why I like the Tomu. This teeny-tiny ARM processor essentially interfaces with your computer via the USB port and contains two LEDs and two buttons. Once it’s plugged in the little computer can simulate a hard drive or mouse, send MIDI data, and even blink quickly. The Tomu runs the Silicon Labs Happy Gecko EFM32HG309 and can also act as a Universal 2nd Factor security token. It is completely open sou...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Tech, Usb, Computing, Github, Computer Mouse, Midi, USB Hub, Tomu, Silicon Labs Happy Gecko


SNES.party lets you play Super Nintendo with your friends

Hot on the heels of the wonderful NES.party comes Haukur Rosinkranz’s SNES.party, a site that lets you play Super Nintendo with all your buds. Rosinkranz is Icelandic but lives in Berlin now. He made NES.party a year ago while experimenting with WebRTC and WebSockets and he updated his software to support the SNES. “The reason I made it was simply because I discovered how advanced the RTC implementation in Chrome had become and wanted to do something with it,” he said. “When I discovered that it...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Apps, Web Development, Berlin, Tech, Software, Computing, Nintendo, Freeware, Webrtc, Google-chrome, Web Applications, RTC, Nintendo Entertainment System, SNES


Nokia 8110 4G review: a nostalgia trip too far

The original was made famous by The Matrix, and some might want to drop this reboot out of the nearest window tooThe new Nokia 8110 4G is the latest nostalgia trip from HMD Global, but is it more than just a remake of that “banana phone” from the Matrix?HMD had a hit on its hands with the new Nokia 3310 from last year, which was a surprisingly charming dumbphone that cost slightly more than other basic Nokias because of the name. Continue reading...
Tags: Gadgets, Technology, Nokia, Mobile Phones