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Dropped your phone in the toilet? Here’s how to rescue a wet phone

“Never put your phone in the back pocket of your jeans,” I told my daughter. (She had her phone in the back pocket of her jeans when I said this.) But she took my warning for what it was: Mourning. She hugged me. It was well known by now that I had drowned a brand-new Nexus phone, a device I…

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War in the Lab

  It started late at night. I was hunkering down after a long day – a long month, really. I heard footsteps. Before I had time to react, my door was kicked open and I was taking fire from a deadly accurate Precision RBS Talos handgun. Within seconds my bed was pelted with a fast round. I dove for cover…

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Save the Wine!

For centuries, winemakers have studied the alchemy and chemistry of preserving wine. But what if you can’t — or shouldn’t — finish the bottle you opened? If the wine isn’t very good, stick a cork in it, put it in the fridge, and save it for cooking. If it’s amazing, dig deep and finish it right now! But what if…

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Big Sale on the Smart Robin Phone

Deal alert! Nextbit Robin for $199 I am intrigued by the Nextbit Robin. You won’t find it being pitched by your cell service provider. It isn’t brought to you by a ginormous profit-hungry corporation. And the phone is a bit outside the box. It runs on a souped-up Android that claims to learn as you use it. It is a direct-to-consumer smartphone…

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Massive Sale: Audible Studios

I have been a fan of Audible since they launched. I have a subscription. I give audio books as gifts. And I listen almost every day when I walk my dog up a steep hill. Audio books have gotten me through long flights, enhanced city walking tours, and kept me moving when I might have preferred to be a couch…

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Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband

I took a meditation class in college, hoping it would reduce my anxiety. It helped for a while. But when the class ended, so did meditation. Then I worried about my failure to meditate. How hard is it? You do nothing. I failed at doing nothing. Eventually this knowledge made me so anxious I took a deep breath and let…

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Groceries Without Going to the Store

I used to make lists. While making lists, I often fantasized – and sometimes tried to technically solve – a world where my lists could take action. My grocery list would communicate directly with the store and get the goods without so much effort at remembering, driving, and getting. I was frequently mocked – Nerd! Star Trek fan! Waster! —…

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A Deal on Headphones That Will Save Your Hearing

“What? I can’t hear you,” you shout, annoyed at your friends’ sudden universal tendency to mumble. Has everyone lost the ability to speak clearly, you grumble, realizing that you sound like a crotchety old fogy. Before you assume it’s everyone else, ask someone you trust: “Is it my hearing?” And be prepared for the answer. It might be. This doesn’t…

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Headphones that Will Make You Cry

  “Go ahead and cry,” Christina laughed, teasing. I blushed because that’s exactly what I was trying not to do. The prototype Nura headphones I was wearing were tapping some strong emotions. Dragan Petrovic, COO and Founder of Nura Headphones — clad in a shiny, black Mandarin-collar bespoke shirt and jacket combination – nodded in agreement. “I’ve seen it before….

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Terror vs. Wonder: How a flashlight can make or break your night dive.

I call him, “the man in the gray suit,” and never speak of him if I’m diving. His name starts with a J, has four letters, and for eighteen years, he was the “great white” reason that my first night dive was my last. I was tired and chilled from a long day of diving. I looked off the stern,…

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