The Whirl Is Not Enough: Hundred-Dollar Fidget Spinners

By the time Trevor Hirschi decided to make a fidget spinner, the market was already saturated with $2 plastic devices that covered the shelves of toy stores and bodegas. So Hirschi, a machine tool technology instructor at Bridgerland Technical College and men’s jewelry designer, got to work on something a little more exciting.

After shuffling through a couple different concepts, he settled on an airplane propellor. He’d kept a World War II airplane model in his room as a child that would later inspire his first fidget spinner, the TiSpin Prop. To make it, he assembled a 3-D model and used a computer numeric control machine to carve grade 5 titanium into the shape of a propellor. That machine runs at up to 30,000 rotations per minute, which Hirschi says is necessary to create precise blades for his propellers.

You could call the TiSpin Prop a fidget spinner, but it’s not the kind you’re used to seeing in mall kiosks and convenience stores. The meticulously crafted device, read more

The Best 2017 Holiday Tech Deals: Audio, Gaming, TVs, Cameras

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday … they’re over and done, but the holiday deals continue. If you’re still on the hunt for affordable gift ideas, or just want to treat yo’ self to some new gear, look no further. We’ve gathered our favorite deals from around the web.

Also be sure to read our many Holiday Gift Guides.

Gaming

1 Year of PlayStation Plus – $40 ($20 off)

Buy on Amazon

If you own a PS4, you need PS Plus to play online. It also gives you access to a few free games each month. This is an easy way to save a Jackson on a service you’re going to have to pay for anyway.

Xbox One S Console Bundle – $190 ($60 off)

Buy on B&H Photo, $190 on Amazon

Buy the Choose Your Own Edition model on Amazon

Anything under $250 is a great price for the Xbox One S, which is still the mainstream Microsoft console that’ll play all Xbox One games—just not in 4K.

PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB – $350 ($50 off)

Buy on Walmart, Amazon

The PS4 Pro is normally $400, and is Sony’s newest, most powerful PlayStation. If you own a 4K TV, this is the PS4 you’ll want to buy.

Blackout Yeti USB Microphone and Assassin’s Creed Origins Bundle – $85 ($55 off)

Buy on Amazon

If you’re hoping to get into Twitch read more

Gift Ideas for Artists, Writers, Musicians, and Photographers: iPad Pro, Roli, GoPro, Fujifilm

Apple’s most powerful tablet is made for any creative digital task: writing the next Great American Novel, sketching up something pretty, or making sick beats. There’s no shortage of apps to suit any artistic passion. If they love to draw, get them the $100 Pencil accessory, and if they are a writer, get them an add-on keyboard—Apple’s gets the job done, but Logitech’s is better.
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Gifts Ideas for Campers: Micro Puff, BioLite, Otterbox, Knives

Red Paddle Co

10’6″ Ride MSL

Price$1199

Stand-up paddleboarding is the perfect family sport. Thrillseekers can surf waves, and parents can explore placid water with kids by pushing them around on it. This bundle comes with Red Paddle’s award-winning Ride 10-foot, 6-inch inflatable board, backpack, pump, repair kit, RSS battens, and a water-resistant phone case.

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Twitter’s Newest Feature: Multi-Tweet Threads

Everybody loves a good #thread. You know the type: those long strings of related messages designed to tell a story or make a point that can’t be expressed in a single tweet. They used to be called tweetstorms; now they’re just threads. The Trump era has spawned many threads, and you can find good ones on everything from Starbucks zombies to Olive Garden fights to the deeply personal ramifications of health-care policy. In a fast-moving, ever-changing timeline, threads can powerfully dominate a conversation.

Threads have never been an official thing. All you do is reply to your own tweet with another tweet, and you’ve got a thread going. But throw in a few replies from other people, and reading a thread becomes a mess. So Twitter’s making threads easier to create, easier to find, and easier to read. Now a thread is a full-fledged Twitter feature, right alongside hashtags and casual racism.

The threading feature will roll out slowly, so it might not hit your phone read more

Gift Ideas for Bike Commuters: Helmets, Locks, Bikes, and Bags

Hexlox

Bike Wheel Security Kit

These nuts, sold as a set, replace the regular nuts on a bike’s wheels—perfect for the security-minded bicycle owner. They can’t be loosened with a standard wrench and require a unique key to remove. There are different configurations for whether the bike has hex nuts, standard nuts, or quick-release skewers, so choose wisely. Hexlox is in Germany, but ships worldwide.

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You Give Up a Lot of Privacy Just Opening Emails. Here’s How to Stop It

“I just came across this email,” began the message, a long overdue reply. But I knew the sender was lying. He’d opened my email nearly six months ago. On a Mac. In Palo Alto. At night.

I knew this because I was running the email tracking service Streak, which notified me as soon as my message had been opened. It told me where, when, and on what kind of device it was read. With Streak enabled, I felt like an inside trader whenever I glanced at my inbox, privy to details that gave me maybe a little too much information. And I certainly wasn’t alone.

There are some 269 billion emails sent and received daily. That’s roughly 35 emails for every person on the planet, every day. Over 40 percent of those emails are tracked, according to a study published last June by OMC, an “email intelligence” company that also builds anti-tracking tools.

The tech is pretty simple. Tracking clients embed a line of code in the body of an email—usually in a 1×1 pixel image, so tiny it’s invisible, but also in elements like hyperlinks and custom fonts. When a recipient opens the email, the tracking client recognizes that pixel has been downloaded, as well as where and on read more

22 Gift Ideas for Movie Fans: Moviepass, Roku, FilmStruck, Miyazaki DVDs

LG

OLED 55-Inch 4K TV (OLED55C7P)

Price$1700

We love LG’s OLED TVs. They have high-resolution 4K displays with high dynamic range (HDR) for strong contrast, but the secret sauce is the OLED display. Unlike any other type of TV, OLED displays light up every single pixel independently. That means there is no backlight on the TV, so when there is something black on screen, it’s completely black, giving this TV a vivid, constrasty picture like no other. It’s expensive, but should last them many years of awe-inspiring movie watching.

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I Can’t Stop Drinking Coffee Out of This Temperature-Regulating Mug

My daily coffee routine goes something like this: I arrive at the office, drop my bag next to my desk, grab my mug, and head to the kitchen. I fill it to the brim with the delicious Stumptown brews WIRED provides and bring it back to my desk. Then begins a careful countdown: I have to wait a few minutes for the joe to cool, then drink it as fast as possible before it gets cold. I usually fail, and end up tossing (or begrudgingly chugging) about a third of my mug’s contents when I head back for a refill. Rinse and repeat, too many times a day.

Over the last couple of weeks, the Ember Ceramic Mug has changed all of this. The mug keeps 10 ounces of coffee at whatever temperature you want, for as long as you want. You choose the exact temperature in Ember’s companion app, or pick from a preset.

Is spending $80 on a mug a ridiculous indulgence, much like $14 avocado toast and those super-expensive candles that supposedly smell like your hometown? Yes. It’s also wonderful. read more

14 Delightful-Sounding Gifts for the Discerning Audiophile

Turntable Kitchen

Curated Coffee and Vinyl Pairing

Sign up your loved one for this subscription service, and each month, they’ll receive a new vinyl 7-inch single and a new bag of coffee beans from Slate Coffee Roasters in Seattle. The records are exclusive releases, come pressed on colored vinyl, and feature tracks recorded just for Turntable Kitchen by indie-pop artists like Ben Gibbard, Lucius, Sloucher, and Goon. It’s $25 for a one-off, or you can buy a subscription of whatever length you think they might enjoy.

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