Hold It is one of those little tools that I suspect many of us never knew existed.  If you’ve ever lost the little tube off a can of WD-40, brake cleaner, compressed air or the like, this inexpensive widget will prevent it from happening in the future.  Available from Amazon.  $1.98 for a package of […]

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Kevin on December 29th, 2013

  I’ve linked to Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools website since 2008, and have found numerous neat tools and gadgets on the site over the years.  So I was happy to learn that he’d decided to produce a book containing all the best tools and gadgets he and his site’s contributors have discovered and reviewed. The […]

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Michael W. on December 23rd, 2013

8gb $179, 16gb (recommended) $199  In August 2011, Google announced its bid to acquire Motorola; the acquisition was motivated by two considerations: Obtaining Motorola’s vast patent war-chest, to have bargaining chips against Apple since Apple had gone suit-happy against various Android phone makers for copy-catting the iPhone (note that, ironically, Apple never sued Google itself […]

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Michael W. on December 16th, 2013

The Amazing HP 7 Model 1800 “Mesquite” Tablet: Intel powered, Wal-Mart (!) exclusive Not great, but pretty darn good. Email, social networking, Skyping, Google HangOuts, and watching videos are a breeze. Music player is awesome!  Did I mention $99?? This is a guest post from our friend and longtime Practical Hacks reader and contributor, Michael […]

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Check out the DJI Phantom, perfect for aerial photography, general surveillance, and just generally terrorizing your neighborhood: The Phantom has a 300 meter range, and if it loses contact with the controller, its GPS returns it to your home location, where it will automatically land itself.  The Phantom includes a camera mount which accommodates GoPro […]

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Kevin on September 18th, 2012

This is one of those “better mousetrap” stories.  Made in Japan by the Feather Safety Razor company, these are the best nail clippers I’ve ever come across. What distinguishes the Feather PaRaDa from the cheap clippers sold at your local drugstore are its remarkable sharpness and the fact that the Parada captures the clippings.  The […]

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Kevin on December 31st, 2011

If you worry about losing your digital camera – or perhaps worse, the images on its memory card – you might want to check out CameraTrace. For an annual fee of $10, CameraTrace provides a metalized, adhesive tag for your camera which enables someone who’s found it to return it to you. The tag directs […]

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