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InstruMMents creates a better tape measure with 01

InstruMMents creates a better tape measure with 01

If you have ever had the need to measure something, you had to resort to using a tape measure or ruler. Those are the same tools that people have been using to take measurements since 1860 when the tape measure was first invented. A company called InstruMMents, founded by the folks who created the Misfit Shine, have unveiled a new dimensioning device that can replace that old tape measure with something more modern and easy to use and the product is called the 01.

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Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Anyone who has tried to build or repair something that needed a few screws put in it knows that getting those screws started can be a literal pain. Slip the screwdriver off the screw head and it always seems to want to cut fingers or mar wood. A new device called the Micaton magnetic screw holder promises to make screwing things together easier and less painful.

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3Dsimo mini is a geeky multi-tool that burns, cuts, and extrudes

3Dsimo mini is a geeky multi-tool that burns, cuts, and extrudes

Anyone who tinkers with electronics or DIY projects needs some specialized tools. A new product has debuted that gives users several tools in one product and it's called the 3Dsimo. 3Dsimo has a 3D printing pen, precision solder, burner, and cutter in one device. The tool is aimed at people who create jewelry, figures, accessories, decorations, and other art.

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See the world’s oldest stone tools up close

See the world’s oldest stone tools up close

A newly published paper suggests that the oldest known tools pre-date the previous record holders by 700,000 years. This places the first tools squarely in the hands of pre-humans, likely in the palms of our ancestors, well before the previous record holders: Homo habilis. These tools were found in a dried up river bed in Kenya, where similar tools have been found that ranged thousands of years forward - the ones found here may have been the first. As should be obvious, these tools are just about as rudimentary a set of tools as you're ever going to see.

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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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3D-printed drill is smaller than a quarter, and it actually works!

3D-printed drill is smaller than a quarter, and it actually works!

We've seen some amazing 3D-printed things these days. From sonic art installations to human noses ready for transplant, the 3D printers of today know no bounds. At first, it seemed the trend in 3D printing was to go bigger and better. Companies were dreaming big and creating 3D printed houses. Now, 3D-printing is going the opposite direction as makers are creating tiny objects to showcase their skill. Introducing the world's tiniest drill, engineered using CAD and a 3D printer by Lance Abernathy, who hails all the way from New Zealand.

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Coolbox is a toolbox for your gadgets (and tools)

Coolbox is a toolbox for your gadgets (and tools)

Coolers have received a modern makeover, and so why not the trusty ol' toolbox? Enter the Coolbox, a toolbox for your tools and gadgets with some oft-used integrated technologies. LED lights, for example, are built into the toolbox to provide light when needed, and the lid has a magnet inside that'll keep loose hardware (like nuts and bolts) in place. There's also a built-in battery and charging ports for powering or juicing up one's smartphone or tablet, both of which can be propped up on the lid.

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Leatherman Tread wearable multitool has 25 features

Leatherman Tread wearable multitool has 25 features

I have a Leatherman multitool that lies around in my junk drawer because I don’t want to wear something that bulky everywhere I go. The sad fact is that often I wish I had it with me because I need a tool in random places, especially at work. Leatherman is one of the biggest names in multitools and the company has a new offering coming soon that features 25 different tools.

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Google unveils tools that track and secure your online life

Google unveils tools that track and secure your online life

Used to be identity theft only revolved around cards and social security numbers, but these days our virtual identities are just as important and even more vulnerable. With the enermous power that it wields over our Internet lives, Google is in the prime position to help mitigate the effects or sometimes even prevent incidents from happening in the first place. That is why it is releasing two new security tools that will let users check up on their online activity and, if necessary, batten down the hatches.

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Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Your DIY home repairs don't have to be archaic, at least as far as Ryobi is concerned. The power tools manufacturer has released a new line of "smart" power tools designed to work with your smartphone and a related app, which when combined give the tools additional functionality they wouldn't have on their own. This allows the tools themselves to be priced cheaper than they would if each provided the extra tech as integrated features, and gives you an excuse to pull out your phone while working.

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gTool PanelPress torture chamber wants to fix bent iPhones

gTool PanelPress torture chamber wants to fix bent iPhones

You are probably tired of the endless debates, videos, proofs, arguments, and counter arguments about the bendable properties of the iPhone 6 Plus, and perhaps other smartphones as well. But no amount of talking will actually fix those already bent devices and you are just unlikely to get an open admission from manufacturers as you are to get answers from a wall. One company, however, has rolled up its sleeves to offer a fix in the form of the gTool PanelPress.

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Google launches Disavow Links Tool for webmasters

Google launches Disavow Links Tool for webmasters

Disavow (v): To deny any responsibility or support for something. This definition succinctly describes Google's Disavow Links Tool, which allows webmasters to disavow links to their websites if they feel that the links are causing harm. If ever there was a time to say, "With great power comes great responsibility," this is it.

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