This mechanical pencil is made entirely out of metal

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The second version of the Modern Fuel mechanical pencil is up on Kickstarter right now and it’s a minimalist designer’s dream come true.

This pencil is made entirely of metal with no plastic parts, and you’ll have the choice of your pencil being made of titanium, copper, bronze, and stainless steel. It can also fit 0.5mm, 0.7mm, and 0.9mm lead sizes for any of your drawing needs. The pencil comes with an Allen wrench for when you need to take it apart and replace some parts. When you put the pencil together, the pencil shows off a sleek and seamless appearance that’ll titillate any minimalist. Read more…

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You can now explore moons and planets with Google Maps

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Get excited, space fans. 

Google just rolled out a new Maps feature showing off some of our favorite planetary neighbors. 

The new Maps feature label images of our moon, Mercury, Venus, Pluto, the International Space Station, and a number of icy moons that orbit the outer planets like Saturn (as seen by the Cassini spacecraft, which just reached the end of its mission at the ringed planet in September) and Jupiter.

“During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail,” Google said in a blog post announcing the new feature.  Read more…

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This line of smart jewelry is the most stylish Life Alert you've ever seen

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Wearable tech is a growing market, with new smart rings and other jewelry being added all the time. The latest to join those ranks is Blinq — a line of smart rings currently seeking funding via Kickstarter.

Blinq will apparently alert you to smartphone notifications by a simple flash of light or lowkey vibration. Their most unique function though is a panic switch. 

If you’re ever in a dire situation, you can use a unique, pre-determined tapping sequence to send out a distress message to all of your emergency contacts. Think of it as a way more stylish version of Life Alert. Read more…

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ZTE announces a foldable, dual-screen phone that makes no sense at all

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If you like wasting money on experimental hardware, then you’re going to love this new Android phone from China.

ZTE announced today a brand new, foldable, dual-screen mutant phone otherwise known as the Axon M. The smartphone is sold exclusively through AT&T in the U.S. and will eventually roll out to China, Europe, and Japan.

The Axon M looks like something between a throwback to the T-Mobile Sidekick and two full smartphones bolted together. It’s weird, ugly, and frankly makes no sense at all.

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The best example of its peculiar design is “Mirror Mode,” which lets you watch the same exact thing on two different screens. The owner can fold the phone in half, stand it on the table in an upside-down “V” position, and let two people sitting across the table view the same thing. Read more…

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