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 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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One could argue that Warby Parker is well on its way to transforming the eyeglass industry by eliminating the middleman, cutting prices, and selling direct to consumers.  Now Warby Parker co-founder Jeff Raider, along with longtime friend Andy Katz-Mayfield, is trying to do the same thing for shaving.  The two launched Harry’s about three weeks […]

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Kevin on February 25th, 2013

I first stumbled upon S’well bottle in an airline magazine.  Intrigued by the manufacturer’s claim of keeping cold beverages cold for 24 hours, and hot liquids hot for 12 hours, I visited their website and purchased a 17 oz. S’well.   The claims are valid:  these double-walled stainless steel bottles keep liquids at temperature for hours […]

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Kevin on January 15th, 2013

If you’re tired of paying exorbitant sums for prescription eyeglasses and are looking for distinctive frames with a retro vibe, check out Warby Parker.   The firm was founded by four friends with a single objective:  “to create boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point.”  The firm contends that the eyeglass industry is controlled […]

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Kevin on January 13th, 2013

Nearly everyone is (painfully) aware of the “razor and blades” business model – aptly nicknamed “bait and hook:”  the razor is inexpensive, and the blades are anything but.  I use a Gillette Fusion razor, and can only imagine the profit margins Gillette realizes from the blades – an eight pack is about $30.  That’s the […]

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Kevin on January 2nd, 2013

Paperwallet is a Tyvek® wallet with a twist.  In a bid to make art more accessible, Paperwallet is collaborating with artists from around the world to create striking, eco-friendly wallets that not only look great, but are fully functional.  Each Paperwallet has 2 credit card slots, 2 business card flaps, 2 side pockets and a […]

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