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AQUA lightweight headphone amp ditches the battery

AQUA lightweight headphone amp ditches the battery

If your smartphone can't put out enough volume for your needs or has subpar audio quality, the solution is a headphone amplifier. The weight and bulk of such amplifiers are a problem for many users, though, as it detracts from the portability of a smartphone and earbuds setup. Enter the AQUA headphone amp, a lightweight amp that looks like a large inline control. It is designed to work with headphones and smartphones, and works to improve and amplify the output audio quality.

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Matchstick pulls plug on Firefox OS Chromecast rival

Matchstick pulls plug on Firefox OS Chromecast rival

Would-be Chromecast rival Matchstick has pulled the plug on its streaming dongle, after headaches with Firefox DRM proved insurmountable. The company raised more than $470,000 in crowdfunding cash back in late 2014, persuading backers with its vision of open-source streaming video, place-shifted content, and big-name services like HBO Go, Netflix, and Pandora. Now, Matchstick's creators are promising to pay back every cent they raised, having discovered that taking on Google is easier said than done.

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Exploding Kittens stop-motion unboxing

Exploding Kittens stop-motion unboxing

This morning our very own box of Exploding Kittens cards arrived, ready to show us what a massively successful Kickstarter campaign looks like. Using the BLACKBOX company (the same folks that ship Cards Against Humanity) along with hundreds of other contributors, the creators of this game have created a high-quality piece of work. This card game is one of the top 5 most-funded Kickstarter projects ever, and certainly one of the most entertaining. This game also holds high esteem for not losing their cool when their original goal was surpassed by an unimaginable amount.

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Exploding Kittens shipping today

Exploding Kittens shipping today

The Kickstarter-smashing card game by the name of Exploding Kittens has begun shipping as of today. Created by a crew that includes The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman, this game was created with the hope of selling 500 decks of cards through a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign saw unimagined success, winding up selling 460,000 decks instead. As such, the crew would be forgiven for not meeting their original projection of a July delivery of the game. Lucky Kickstarter backers, though, they tightened their bootstraps and went to work - the game begins shipping today.

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Gnarbox edits and shares HD video sans laptop

Gnarbox edits and shares HD video sans laptop

There are a bunch of reasons why people like to record HD video and then need the ability to edit that video without a notebook. It's easy to record HD video wherever you are and whatever you are doing today thanks to cameras like the GoPro that are small and portable. It’s not so easy to edit that video without having a notebook with you at all times. The Gnarbox is designed specifically to allow you to edit your video and share it on the go without needing a notebook.

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GoFish Cam is an action camera for your fishing pole

GoFish Cam is an action camera for your fishing pole

You can post a picture of your big catch online, but showing the catch as it took place -- that is, from the moment the fish started eyeing your hook -- isn't as simple. Enter GoFish Cam, an action camera of sorts that attaches to your fishing pole and records stabilized footage as you reel in fish. The camera is pill shaped and attached to the fishing line in such a way that the lens points toward the fishing hook, ensuring every moment is recorded.

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Jewelbots open source wearable teaches girls to code

Jewelbots open source wearable teaches girls to code

I have a ten-year-old daughter so my house is often filled with bracelets of one sort or another that her friends give her or she gives them. A new open source wearable friendship bracelet has debuted called Jewelbots and they are more than just a pretty bracelet for girls to share. Jewelbots are intended to teach girls to code.

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How Double Fine changed game development and Kickstarter forever

How Double Fine changed game development and Kickstarter forever

Today, Double Fine released to the public the last episode of its aptly named Double Fine Adventure documentary series. This ends a run that was something akin to a TV soap that spanned 20 episodes and three years (Episode went up August 2012). It also closes a chapter of the game studio's history, a single chapter but one whose effects have rippled throughout the gaming industry and the crowdfunding scene. And whether or not you actually liked their Broken Age game, there is no denying it: Double Fine made, and changed, history. For better or for worse.

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Smithsonian wants to digitize Neil Armstrong’s space suit

Smithsonian wants to digitize Neil Armstrong’s space suit

Astronaut Neil Armstrong's historically significant space suit is the latest subject of restoration at the Smithsonian. The crew hopes to not only fully restore the suit itself, but to digitize its image. With the latest technology in imaging and 3D scanning, the Smithsonian hopes to turn the suit into a digital piece of material. With the media created, the suit will be able to be looked at and explored in classrooms and museums around the world - not to mention the virtual reality space for all people everywhere.

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Znaps magnetic adapter makes charging a snap

Znaps magnetic adapter makes charging a snap

One of the coolest little features that Apple throws at the MacBook is the magnetic power adapter. That means you don't actually have a plug that you have to push inside an opening on the MacBook. The other upside is if you trip on the charge cable of a MacBook you are unlikely to pull the computer off the table or counter, the magnetic charger just pulls away. The Znaps magnetic adapter is very similar to that MacBook charger.

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E1: the smallest micro 4/3 interchangeable lens 4K camera

E1: the smallest micro 4/3 interchangeable lens 4K camera

Smartphones have somewhat put digital cameras on notice, but a new shooter might be turning the tables on mobiles. No, it isn't something as complex as the Panasonic LUMIX CM1 camera smarpthone/smartphone camera. Instead, this one bridges the divide between a handy and portable GoPro and a professional camera monstrosity. Z Camera's E1 is laying claim to the title of a the world's smallest micro four-thirds Ultra HD 4K digital camera, one that can be used with popular interchangeable lenses like those from Panasonic and Olympus.

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