Your HomePod Could Really Use This Leather Coaster

So, Apple finally released the HomePod last week, and while reviews are mixed, one thing’s getting people pretty upset. The silicone ring that keeps the HomePod from bouncing around on a table has been leaving ring stains on wood surfaces. Yea, bet you didn’t expect that with a $350 speaker, right?

But, thankfully there’s already a solution, a $20 leather coaster that’ll save your precious wood furniture from Apple’s innovative ways. Sold by Pad and Quill, the coasters are made of “Marine-Grade” stitched leather, whatever that is, that’ll really complete your HomePod. You know, by keeping it from destroying your furniture.

At $20, it’s not a bad deal. But, I don’t know why people are so quick to solve this ‘problem’, I know plenty of Apple-fanboys who’d kill for a Apple stain. And it doesn’t even cost extra, what a bargain.

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These Back To The Future Air Mag Slippers Are As Close As You’ll Get To The Real Thing

Quick, what’s the coolest thing you could own from Back to the Future? Okay, aside from a time-machine DeLorean or a hoverboard, those self-lacing sneakers that were on-screen for 3 seconds were super cool. Well good news, Nike actually made Air Mag sneakers back in 2016, that self-lace like in the movie. Except they were super rare and are now worth around $25,000 a pair.

Not to worry though because you can just buy a pair of knitted slippers that look and feel like the real thing, I’m guessing. Now you can enjoy all the attention of actually owning real Air Mags, if the person is standing like really far away.

Each pair will run between $59-$76 and is (probably) unlicensed, so don’t be surprised if the FBI comes breaking down your door, but it’ll be worth it the next time you go to a Back to the Future themed Halloween party.

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PocketSprite Portable Retro Gaming Device


Play your favorite games anywhere with the PocketSprite Portable Retro Gaming Device. Offering instant access to gaming classics, the PocketSprite includes Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gamegear and Master System. Additionally, the retro gaming device is small enough to fit on your keyring. Despite its small size, the PocketSprite is an entirely playable emulation console.

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Mobile Accessories Organizer


Travel with all of your little accessories in place with this Mobile Accessories Organizer. The classic design is spacious enough to hold your charger, laptop cable, USB cables and even your earbuds. Additionally, the neat design blends beautifully with your everyday style. In fact, this organizer enhances the overall way of carrying your mobile accessories. Instead of carrying them separately and coming up with those tangled wires from time to time, this organizer ensures to keep them in one place.

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Quick Peek Smart Storage Labels


Organize your home with ease when you use the Quick Peek Smart Storage Labels by Bluelounge. Attaching to your boxes and storage bins, you can simply scan these labels to learn what’s inside. Using the app, you simply take a photo of the items you want to store. This creates a Box in the app. The Quick Peek Labels link with the photo so you can simply scan the label to see what’s inside.

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Samsung Scoop Wireless Bluetooth Speaker


Experience clear and powerful sound anywhere you go with the Samsung Scoop Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Featuring a sleek and compact design, the Samsung Scoop is handy to bring with you everywhere. In fact, the Scoop can fit in just one hand. Likewise, it comes with a strap to make carrying or hanging it even easier. Additionally, the Scoop comes with a built-in microphone, so you can take voice calls without even taking your phone out. It also provides Echo Cancellation and Noise Reduction functionality to improve the quality of your calls.

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InvisaWear Fashionable Safety Wearables


Stay safe in style with the InvisaWear Fashionable Safety Wearables. Featuring a line of smart accessories and jewelry, InvisaWear instantly alerts your friends and family during an emergency. It sends your location to your loved ones and the police, even if you can’t speak or don’t know where you are. Additionally, a text message instantly notifies your emergency contacts that you’re asking for help. You can pre-select up to five emergency contacts that will receive your emergency alert.

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Netflix Surprise Releases Cloverfield Paradox During Super Bowl

Two years ago, the trailer released for 10 Cloverfield Lane, the long-awaited sequel to Cloverfield, came with a surprise trailer and a shockingly fast release date being released only 2 months after its trailer dropped.

Well tonight, the franchise upped the ante even further because during the Super Bowl, it was revealed that the next installment in the Cloverfield franchise was being released immediately following the game on Netflix. To be fair, this is Netflix we’re talking about, so they can release anything at anytime, but still it’s shocking how movies are released these days.

Cloverfield Paradox is available now through streaming on Netflix.

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3 Most Important Names in Digital Watches

Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer… they’re all big names in the watch industry when it comes to luxury mechanical timepieces, but here at Oh Gizmo? We say, big deal: we want cool, futuristic-looking digital watches with tons of advanced features! For a time, there was a slight shift away from digital watches, but they recently made a roaring comeback with the invention of smartwatches. However, smartwatches wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the success of several companies in the 80s and 90s. So, here are some important names related to digital watches.

Casio

Japanese company Casio is a name most will connect with digital watches, primarily because of the famous F-91W model that took prominence in the 90s. People all over the world absolutely loved the watch, not only due to its simple-but-effective design but also because of the many features. The resin strap was sturdy and comfortable, it was water resistant, there was an alarm and stopwatch, and it also had a cool LED backlight. Casio had a lot of success with their G-Shock range, which was a lot tougher and built for those needing a digital watch primarily for the outdoors.

Seiko

Although Casio does (deservedly) get a lot of the spotlight when it comes to digital watches, it must be said that Seiko was the company to get it all started. In 1973, the Japanese brand created the world’s first LCD quartz-powered digital watch, called the 06LC. With a design fairly similar to the Casio F-91W, the 06LC was very popular and is still much sought-after today. Although the 06LC won’t be easy to find, you might get lucky if you search via an online second-hand watch market. Be sure to also take a look for the limited edition Star Wars watch!

Apple

We can’t leave Apple out of the list, primarily because the Apple Watch has been so crucial to revitalizing the digital watch industry. It’s designed so beautifully, has more functions than you could ever dream of (heart rate tracker, GPS, and the ability to play music, take calls, play games and send messages) and simply keeps getting better and better. Currently on the third edition, exact sales figures on the Apple Watch are a little hard to come by, but it’s estimated that close to 11.9 million units were sold in 2016, and that 80% of all smartwatch sales were the Apple Watch.

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4 Coolest Smartphone Hacks


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Smartphones are unquestionably entertaining on their own, with each new generation capable of cooler functions than the one before it. Daring techies, however, can ensure that their phones are capable of even more, although doing so may mess with your warranty. Not all hacks make changes to your phone though, and even when they do, the results are worth the bold behavior.
Five-Star Photography Hacks

Smartphone cameras are practically professional-grade these days. It’s possible to capture stunning photos with your phone. The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a phone with a spectacular camera, such as the Galaxy S8 from a carrier like T-Mobile. The carrier is crucial so that you can use apps and programs to touch up your photos. You also need something similar to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network so that you can always send your pictures and Snapchats to friends. How serious is your commitment to becoming a shutterbug? Some of these hacks might be unexpected.

Aerial photographs: Aerial photographs are exquisitely detailed, but they’re hard to snap unless you’re on a plane or flying a drone — or unless you have a balloon. A balloon filled with helium, a fishing line, and a remote trigger are the only items you need to take breathtaking aerial photographs — other than your phone, of course. Tie your phone to the balloon and use the fishing line to keep control of both. The trigger allows you to capture the perfect picture.
Do-it-yourself filters: Your sunglasses can create an Instagram-worthy filter. Give the camera a boost, particularly if the dynamic range of your scene isn’t on-point. Hold your shades in front of the lens of your camera phone and click. This hack works even better if your sunglasses have a gradient.
Exposure: You can similarly fake out your phone’s exposure. To take brighter pictures, slide a black piece of paper or card in front of the camera, then lock the exposure. Your phone will think that it’s too dark to take a good picture so that it will brighten up the photo. Drop the card and snap your photo. The colors will dazzle you.
Do-it-yourself projector: To turn your smartphone into a projector, grab a cardboard box and a DSLR lens. In the box, cut a hole big enough to hold the lens and then secure it using gaffer tape. Place your phone inside of the box, upside down. The phone screen should face the DSLR lens. Queue up the movie you want to play and aim the box at a blank white wall. Instant projector!

Save Time With Inventive Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are lifesavers, and they can save you from any number of embarrassing autocorrect situations. Not only can you ensure that you never accidentally text about the “ducking traffic” again, but you can also set up shortcuts for your email address, for example, so that you don’t have to constantly type it into website fields on your phone. You can do the same with your home address, phone number, and favorite swear words.

Put Your Phone in a Glass

This sounds odd, but it’s a two-fer hack. Placing your speaker in an empty glass amplifies the sound. You can get an instant speaker boost when you’re listening to music. It’s also difficult to turn off your alarms when you have to reach into a glass. Try this trick if you’re prone to pressing snooze or sleeping through your alarm.

Make a Lamp

Your smartphone’s flashlight is bright but concentrated. However, with a simple trick, you can turn it into a bedroom light, which is helpful when you’re traveling, staying overnight with a friend, or dealing with a power outage. Turn on the flashlight, turn over your phone, so the light shines upward, and then place a water bottle on top of the light. Make sure the bottle is tightly closed, of course. The water dims some of the brightness by diffusing the light and increasing its reach.

Keep in mind that some hacks can void your warranty, so you always want to proceed carefully. What’s the coolest hack you’ve ever tried on your phone?

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