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InPaint Photo Editing Bundle

Want to remove unwanted elements from photos? InPaint can delete power lines, light poles, date stamps, and other imperfections in a snap. It’s just one of five digital image apps you’ll get in this bundle, which also includes iResizer, Multi-View, BatchInPaint, and PhotoStitcher, all for Mac or PC. Save 74% in The Awesomer Shop.

Marshall Emberton Speaker

Marshall Emberton Speaker

Marshall’s latest Bluetooth speaker is small, but still packs a punch. Its acoustics are designed to produce an enveloping 360º sound, while its battery offers up to 20 hours per charge. It’s IPX7-rated for water resistance, and at just 2.68″ x 6.30″ x 2.99″, it’s compact enough to toss in your bag for everyday use.

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Humble Circuits & Electronics Bundle

Humble Circuits & Electronics Bundle

This Humble Bundle is packed with over $1000 worth of reading material from Morgan & Claypool to help you learn about electronic circuits, microcontrollers, and engineering principles. Pay what you want, and if you spend more than $15, you’ll get all 17 e-Books, while supporting the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Jumbo DeskStand

Jumbo DeskStand

Want to upgrade to a standing desk, but already have a regular desk? The Jumbo DeskStand offers a double-decker design that lets you place your keyboard and mouse on one level, and your display (or displays) on another. Shelf heights are easily adjusted on its 10-slot ladder. Made from durable baltic birch plywood.

Macally Round Key Mac Keyboard

Macally Round Key Mac Keyboard

Macally’s slimline aluminum keyboard looks great with modern Mac computers, blending in a retro typewriter vibe with its circular and oval keys. It’s optimized for use with MacOS, and includes numerous Mac-specific shortcut keys. Plus, it’s a bargain compared to the price of Apple’s venerable wired keyboard.

CityHawk Flying Taxi

CityHawk Flying Taxi

Israel-based Metro Skyways is showing off the design for a flying urban vehicle. The CityHawk would take off and land vertically like a helicopter, but uses drone-like fan blades, specially engineered to limit noise. It’s designed to hold up to six occupants, and could be used as a taxi, emergency medical transport, or a flying limo.

Why Green Screen Is Tricky

Why Green Screen Is Tricky

TV news channels, YouTubers, and even blockbuster movies us green screens to place people in alternative locations by removing their background and replacing it with another. Tom Scott explains why it’s challenging to get a really convincing background swap, and how the effect is really easy to spot when done badly.

CHUWI LarkBox Micro PC

CHUWI LarkBox Micro PC

This palm-sized computer measures just 2.4″ x 2.4″ x 1.7″ and weighs just 4.5 oz. It can run Windows 10 or Linux at up to 4K resolution, and has an Intel Celeron J4115 CPU, Intel UHD 600 GPU, 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, USB-A, USB-C, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm audio ports, and a MicroSD card slot. It can also be upgraded with an M.2 SSD.

Bosch Blaze Laser Measure

Bosch Blaze Laser Measure

Ever need to measure something far away? Bosch’s GLM400CL digital tape measure uses a powerful laser to bounce off surfaces up to 400 feet away, even in sunlight. It has a built-in camera with zoom to help you target your subject, and is accurate to 1/16″. It can calculate length, area, volume, and more in real time.

The Rise and Fall of Blockbuster

The Rise and Fall of Blockbuster

’80s and ’90s kids surely remember how Blockbuster dominated the home video rental landscape before Netflix and streaming took over. This animated infographic from V1 Analytics shows the rise and fall of the business as its stores popped up and vanished across the nation between 1986 and 2019.

Nordic Hygge AirChill

Stop sweating at your desk or on your couch with this compact cooling machine. It uses the power of evaporative cooling, and is especially good on hot, dry summer days. It measures just 6.5″h x 6.8″l x 6.9″w and runs for up to 4 hours on its USB-rechargeable battery pack. Save 29% in The Awesomer Shop.

Darth Vader Clapper

Darth Vader Clapper

Command your appliances and lamps like a Sith Lord with this Star Wars-themed outlet controller. The Darth Vader Clapper has two sound effects. It says “The Force is strong with this one” when you clap on, and “You underestimate the power of the Dark Side” when you clap off. There’s also a C-3PO version.

Orb Bike Light Bottle

Orb Bike Light Bottle

Improve your bicycle’s nighttime safety and visibility without installing extra equipment. Simply place this water bottle into your bottle cage, and you’ll get a bright source of light. It runs for up to 8 hours in constant mode, and 16 hours in flash mode. Of course, it still holds drinks too.

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Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3

Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3

The latest version of Harman Kardon’s Aura Bluetooth speaker features an undulating, wave-like design under its dome that not only helps produce enveloping, 360º audio, but produces beautiful ambient lighting effect. It packs in six mid-high drivers, and a subwoofer, along with two 15W amps and one 100W amp.

Kasa Smart Power Strip

Kasa Smart Power Strip

Remotely control appliances, lamps, and other plug-in items with Kasa Smart’s WiFi enabled power strip. It has three independently-controllable outlets, two always-on USB ports, and surge protection. Its app lets you remotely control and schedule outlets, and it works with Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control.

Samsung Odyssey G9 Display

Samsung Odyssey G9 Display

Samsung’s droolworthy QLED gaming monitor packs a 49″ wraparound screen that’s been specially curved to completely fill your field of vision. It has a 5120×1440 resolution, up to 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, HDR 1000 for vivid contrast, and support for FreeSync 2 and G-Sync for smooth panning.

The City Radio

The City Radio

Travel the globe without leaving home with this unique device that lets you listen to radio stations from around the world. The portable speaker works with an app and Bluetooth to bring you radio stations from 18 different cities, using swappable buttons to access your nine favorites.

iiRcade Arcade System

iiRcade Arcade System

The iiRcade is taking a different approach to retro arcade gaming. Rather than coming with just a couple of titles, or using illegal roms, it plays officially-licensed games which can be downloaded for $2.99 – $14.99. It comes preloaded with 10 games, and is available in bartop or cabinet versions. Current games list here.

Wix in the 1990s

Wix in the 1990s

Back in the 1990s, the way for people to easily build their own websites was with services like GeoCities. But Squirrel Monkey is here to imagine that a graphical web-building tool like Wix was also around to give Yahoo!’s service a run for its money, complete with MIDI sounds, background textures, and “Under Construction” GIFs.

Sand Drawing Robot 2.0

Sand Drawing Robot 2.0

A while back, maker Ivan Miranda built himself a robot which could write words in the sand. He’s back to build an upgraded version of the machine which can draw much faster than the previous one. It uses 50 mini servos to doodle, two mini tanks to drive, and Arduino Mega controllers for its digital brains.

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Kami Wire-free Security Camera

Keep tabs on your home from anywhere with this totally wireless security camera. The Kami captures crisp wide-angle HD footage. It works day or night, and only requires charging once per month. It can alert you when it detects motion, and store footage to the cloud (6 mo. trial service included). Save 37% in The Awesomer Shop.

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

We’re already quite familiar with the evolution of Windows sounds. Now listen to a variety of Windows startup, shutdown, and error sounds played on piano, courtesy of Bored Piano, where you can also check out digital piano covers of familiar game console startup sounds. More on his Japanese language channel.

Rollova 2.0 Rolling Ruler

Hozo Design’s digital measuring gadget calculates distances as you roll it across a surface. It can measure straight lines and curves with precision, and displays its measurements in inches (decimal or fraction), or centimeters on its bright blue OLED display. Made from stainless steel, aluminum, nylon, and silicon rubber.

The Origin of Digital Communities

The Origin of Digital Communities

Before the Internet we know today, we had standalone services like AOL. And before that, we had Bulletin Board Systems. These homebrew hangouts let people with similar interests congregate via their computers. Off the Cuf looks back at the first BBS and its creators, and how they laid the groundwork for much to come.

Apple Watch Water Ejection

Apple Watch Water Ejection

Separated by a travel ban, The Slow Mo Guys’ co-host Gavin Free goes solo without his buddy Dan Gruchy in this abridged episode. With the help of Phantom Flex 4K camera and a Laowa probe lens, Gav decided to see what’s actually going on when an Apple Watch ejects water from its speaker ports after going for a swim.

NUÜR C LED Table Lamp

NUÜR C LED Table Lamp

NUÜR’s “C”-shaped aluminum lamp makes a great accent light for your desk, bookshelf, or bedside table. Beyond its modern, sculptural design, it offers stepless dimming, and three color temperatures to choose from, so you can pick warm, cool, or neutral light output. Measures appx. 12.6″ tall.

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