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Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Social networks have their benefits, but for some the downsides -- lack of privacy chief among them -- is too big of a downside to risk it. The folks behind the new Neobase have come up with something they bid as a solution. This "Private Network Device", as they call it, allows the owner to create their own private social network that is entirely within the owner's control. There's no cloud involved; all the content on the Neobase's social network -- which can be shared with others -- is stored on the device itself, cutting out all the middle men and, theoretically, proving more secure because of it.

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Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

The democratization of 3D printing has made many a dream and idea come true, but for all the fairy tale stories, some things are kept out of the media. Yes, 3D printing does seem like magic, almost instantly giving physical existence to otherwise digital only objects, but the product that comes out of the printer is rarely the polished finished product you get to see in the end of the process. There's still a lot of cruft to be cut out first, a tiresome and ugly process that Retouch3D wants to cut out as well.

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Appkettle smart kettle lends mobile control

Appkettle smart kettle lends mobile control

Appkettle is a smart kettle that allows users to set the temperature, monitor the process, and more when warming up water for their morning coffee or afternoon soup. It works, as you'd expect, in conjunction with a mobile app lending hands-off control of the kettle, which can be left on its own in the kitchen (after the water is added, of course). The design itself is modern with a shiny outer shell, but conservative enough to blend in with most kitchens with its round shape and matte black base. According to its maker, this is the first kettle that offers volume and temperature control in real-time on a mobile device.

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SnapPower brings USB to any outlet without re-wiring

SnapPower brings USB to any outlet without re-wiring

Around the world, around town — even around your home, finding an outlet is tough enough. It’s especially annoying when you need to charge your mobile devices, because then you need to port around a clumsy charger with you. There are outlets that have USB ports, but require a rewiring job many are uncomfortable with doing. For the masses, there’s SnapPower, an outlet cover that adds a USB port, but requires no wiring. All you have to do is slip the faceplate on in place of your existing one, and you have a USB outlet!

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Bluewire device records smartphone calls from up to 33-feet away

Bluewire device records smartphone calls from up to 33-feet away

There are a bunch of reasons that someone might want to record the calls that they receive over their smartphone. Many smartphones have the ability to record calls built in and there are apps out there that will allow that to happen as well. A new device has debuted called Bluewire that claims to be the world's smallest Bluetooth headset call recorder. The device looks like a normal Bluetooth headset, but it is able to record calls from up to 33-feet from your smartphone.

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Emvio stress-reducing smartwatch adds zen to your life

Emvio stress-reducing smartwatch adds zen to your life

Emvio is the a smartwatch that is the antithesis to practically every other smartwatch on the market. "Emvio" means "to live" in Greek, and its designers want you do just that with their new, stress-tracking smartwatch. Emvio isn't the first stress-tracking smartwatch, but it aims to go above and beyond as it measures your stress level on a scale of 1 to 10 and notifies you when your stress level raises. Sure, we all notice when we fly off the handle, but sometimes we operate unaware we're pumping cortisol in a giant negative feedback loop of stress.

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Pebble Time Kickstarter ends with over $20M in funding

Pebble Time Kickstarter ends with over $20M in funding

The recently announced Pebble Time smartwatch has done it again, setting a new funding record for Kickstarter, much as the original Pebble watch in 2012 was the most successful product on the crowdfunding site for some time. The funding period for the Pebble Time ended on March 28th, raising $20,338,986 from 78,471 backers. The initial funding goal was only $500,000, an amount that was met only 15 minutes into their campaign, with $1 million met in just 49 minutes.

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Brik Case is a LEGO-like case for your laptop

Brik Case is a LEGO-like case for your laptop

Laptops are usually hefty investments, and wise buyers protect their investments. For a notebook, that generally involves buying a laptop case, which are available in many different varieties: leather, plastic, and just about everything between. A plastic brick version isn't commonly one of those options, however, as it's not the first medium you'd consider using to protect a gadget. It was bound to become a reality at some point, though, and thanks to the Jolt Team, it now is. Brik Case is a plastic-brick case that looks like it is made from LEGOs, and that can be customized using other plastic bricks.

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Kickstarter gives successful projects their own homepage

Kickstarter gives successful projects their own homepage

Kickstarter has decided to give its successful projects a little more exposure, or at least increase their creators' abilities to highlight their own products. Such is done using its new "Spotlight" feature, which gives all successfully funded projects a homepage of their own that details the subject's full history, that looks the way the creator wants it to look, and that link to other relevant pages, such as the company's website. This benefits users, as well, who want to explore the various products that have found success on Kickstarter.

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Pillars of Eternity launches: a new take on an old legacy

Pillars of Eternity launches: a new take on an old legacy

Very few Kickstarter projects can claim to be the second most crowdfunded RPG game in history, fourth when you include all other game-related campaigns. But Pillars of Eternity, which was called Project Eternity back then, can definitely lay claim to that title. Although almost exactly a year late in their promised delivery time, the game from the designers of some of the world's best loved computer RPGs, like Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, has finally gone gold and is now available to backers and buyers alike.

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