Awesomely Insane Kitchen Gadgets For Anyone Who Is A Terrible (Or Awesome) Chef.

Cooking in the kitchen isn’t for everyone. Some people just can’t get the hang of following recipes or knowing how to make reductions. However, if you’re brave enough to set foot in the kitchen (even if you’re not particularly talented), here are some awesome kitchen items you can use to make the experience amazing. These gadgets are for both the awesome and awful… and they’re all cool. Bon appetit!

1.) Heidolph VV Micro Evaporator

For $3,000, the Heidolph VV Micro Evaporator is designed to distill flavored juice from just about any food. Just don’t let anyone see you using a robot looking device to cook your meals!

2.) Wake’n Bacon

Part alarm clock, part automatic bacon machine, this almost DIY product is the new “best part of waking up…”.

3.) Etienne Louis espresso maker

This coffee maker is every Game of Thrones fan future Christmas list gadget must have. Just don’t say he didn’t warn you about the “strength” of your coffee.

4.) Bob Evans sausage gravy dispenser.

Ugh, I can feel myself getting fatter, at a cost of $635.36. Oh boy!

5.) Beanzawave

Maybe the world’s smallest microwave that can plug into a USB, it could revolutionize office space!

6.) ChefStack automatic pancake machine.

For $3,500, never make your own pancakes again! In fact, at over 200 per hour, sounds like it’s time to start hosting breakfast parties.

7.) Ham Dogger.

For only $7.98, you too can make the perfectly uniform shaped meats.

8.) DIY six-cheese nacho fountain

Not found in stores, you’ll have to build one of these using the linked instructions if you want the ultimate man toy for yourself!

9.) Turkey Timer

For $13, never worry if you’re Thanksgiving turkey is overcooked again. Just throw this in there with it and watch it signal TOUCHDOWN when ready.

10.) Portable watermelon cooler

At $335, it’s EXACTLY what it sounds like. You have to reeeaaaallly want this one!

(via NBC News)

Your friends may look at you strangely for having a portable watermelon cooler, but you’ll have the last laugh when you’re enjoying your ice-cold watermelon chunks at the next cookout. Click on the button below to share these awesome kitchen inventions with others!

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Apple Must Advertise That Samsung Didn’t Copy the iPad


Today a UK judged ordered that Apple must issue a notice stating that Samsung did not copy its design for the iPad.

Apple’s statement must be published on its UK website for six months and be distributed throughout several British magazines and newspapers, Bloomberg reports.

Judge Colin Birss mandated that the notice must detail the July 9 ruling in which he dismissed Apple’s lawsuit over Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. According to Birss, the design for the Galaxy tablets doesn’t infringe on that of Apple’s product. He even went as far to say the Samsung designs weren’t as distinctively “cool” as the iPad.

“[The Galaxy tablets] do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool,” Birss said.

The order means that Apple will essentially have to run advertisement for Samsung in the UK, a move that may be inherently bad for business. “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website,” Apple lawyer Richard Hacon told the court.

The UK lawsuit isn’t the only legal battle the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is fighting. Similar disputes between Apple and Samsung are still unsettled in Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. Also this month, Apple paid a cool $60 million for the “iPad” name in China.

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‘Banned’ iPad Mini Video Boasts That Device is ‘The Future…Until May’


Apple’s customary 5-minute videos explaining how each new device is a revolution are a big fat target for satirists, so it’s no surprise that the iPad Mini video is getting the treatment.

Here, would-be Apple execs gush about the Mini with some reservations, like the fact that it doesn’t have a Retina Display, or a fast processor. And, oh yeah, it will probably be old news in a few months.

“The iPad Mini is not the iPod Touch. I don’t want that to sound confusing, even though they have the same processor,” says Jony Ive stand-in ‘Jony Five.’ “They are different. The iPod Touch has Retina Display.”

The makers of the video tap a rich source of comic material: the increasing complexity of Apple’s once-simple product line. “iPad Mini is the thinnest iPad we’ve ever designed,” says Gregg Joswak, VP of iPad Thickness. “So as usual, each product is thinner than the last. It’s always going to be thinner. Except with the third-generation iPad, which is now the old-new iPad. And not the Retina Display iPad. Not to be confused with the iPad Mini, which does not have a Retina Display, but is thinner.”

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Hybrid iPhone Case Sports USB Drive


USB drives: whenever you need one you can’t find one. Cloud storage services like Dropbox and iCloud help you keep track of your data but USB sticks still serve a purpose when you need to take a handful of files with you on the go.

Ego, an iPhone accessory company, has a novel solution. The company’s Hybrid Series Case comes with a USB drive that slides into the back of the case so you can keep track of it when you need to quickly transfer files or are traveling. The case/drive combo is available for the iPhone 4 or 4S.

The Hybrid Series comes in 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB configurations, enough to carry a decent number of videos, songs and photos. Drives are available in 6 colors, with prices ranging from $34.95 to $49.95, depending on capacity.

Are you constantly losing your USB drive? Tell us what you think of the Hybrid Series iPhone case in the comments.

FloJack Brings NFC to Apple Devices For First Time


Apple has been noticeably reluctant to bring near-field communication technology (better known as NFC) to the iPhone and iPad, but now one company hopes to beat Apple to it.

Flomio, a startup that provides a platform for developers to build NFC and RFID-enabled apps, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop a dongle for iOS devices called the FloJack that would bring NFC payments to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for the first time.

The FloJack is described as a pocket-sized NFC reader and writer that plugs into iOS devices through the headphone jack — similar to the dongle that works with Square. With FloJack attached, the iOS device will be able to communicate wirelessly with other devices around it. NFC technology is typically thought of in the context of enabling mobile devices to transit payments, but Flomio is focused on other features.

In addition to FloJack, the company has an app called Flomio NFC Actions, which lets users customize actions they’d like to perform between devices. For example, you can set up a trigger that automatically sends your friends directions or exchanges contact information on the go.

This isn’t the first time Kickstarter has come to the rescue to solve a problem Apple is reluctant to take on. Earlier this year, there was another campaign for a special iPad keyboard case called Brydge that effectively transforms the device into a true laptop.

So far, Flomio has raised just more than $18,000 on Kickstarter out of its total goal of $80,000, with 15 days to go.

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Turn Your iPhone Camera Into a Right Angle Lens


Instead of shooting what’s directly infront of you, a Kickstarter project lets you make more use out of your iPhone camera. HiLO Lens is the first lens that turns your iPhone or iPad into a right angle camera.

It can be hard to get up close to the action when photographing children or pets, or when trying to capture the crowd at a concert. The right-angle design allows for different positioning of the phone to make better use of your camera. The lens sticks to your phone through sticky tape developed by 3M. Clean the sticky side with water and soap and it renews its stickiness each time.

Laying your iPhone on any flat surface turns that surface into a tripod. Use the accompanying app to set a timer for group shots or self portraits with an adjustable shutter delay.

The creators have raised $23,519 of their $27,500 goal with 11 days remaining. What creative ways would you use a right-angle lens? Let us know in the comments.

iPhone Lens

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Did a Robot Find Amelia Earhart’s Plane?


TIGHAR Equipment

It’s not much more than a couple of pieces of landing gear, but 75 years after Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra airplane went missing, a pair of robots may have found its final resting place.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recover (more easily remembered as TIGHAR), announced last week that its robot search team (which consists of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle [AUV] from Bluefin robotics and a remote-control unit from Submersible Systems, Inc. known as the TRV 005) captured images of a debris field that may be from the ill-fated plane.

The two robots had been searching the Western Pacific in an area known as Nikumaroro, which is part of the Phoenix Islands. TIGHAR researchers chose that location because they believe Earhart and her navigator Frederick Noonan landed the Lockheed aircraft on reef before it eventually washed over and broke up in the ocean.

Robots at Work

The AUV and submersible actually worked in tandem to discover what appears to be a set of landing gear lying on the ocean floor. After scanning the target area with a hull-mounted sonar device, the researchers released the AUV. This self-navigating, battery-powered, torpedo-shaped robot used a side-mounted sonar to map the area. Researchers then used the remote-controlled submersible to first relocate the target zone and then deliver high-definition real-time video and images back to the team on the TIGHAR expedition boat.

News of the discovery comes nearly a month after initial reports, which emerged on the actual 75th anniversary of Earhart’s disappearance, said the TIGHAR team failed to find the aviator’s plane

“Early media reports rushed to judgment in saying that the expedition didn’t find anything,” Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told Discovery News. He said that while researchers originally thought they’d find “large pieces of aircraft wreckage,” they soon realized that the rough current would naturally have torn the aircraft to pieces and “we would be looking for debris.”

Discovery Channel, which helped sponsor the expedition, aired a special on the findings on Aug. 19.

Do you think what the TIGHAR team found is, in fact, Amelia Earhart’s crash-landing site? Let us know in the comments.

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iBell Combines with iPhone to Wake You Up Retro Style


Feeling nostalgic for the old-school sound of a twin-bell alarm clock?

If you’re tired of waking up with ringtones, the iBell lets users rise to the “metallic sound of bells,” according to the accessory’s official site.

At $38, the iBell takes the classic look of an alarm clock and combines it with an iPhone docking cradle. While no batteries are required, users do need to download an app for the alarm to work.

For more on the iBell and its smaller cousin, the iBell mini, watch the video above.

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Apple Working On Pandora-Like Service


apple-spotlight-event-600 We know Apple is vehemently against being copied, but the iPhone maker might be taking a page out of Pandora‘s playbook. It may be, according to a report on the Wall Street Journal, creating a similar service.

The music service from Apple would supposedly work with all Apple’s existing products. It would operate similarly to Pandora in that users could select a musician they like and a station would play songs by similar artists.

The WSJ article says Apple is attempting to negotiate its own licensing deals with record companies as opposed to the government-set rates paid by Pandora. The story also suggests this new service might be unveiled at Apple’s big event next Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Apple’s iTunes is a top destination for song downloads, but streaming audio sites like Pandora and Spotify offer up some competition.

Would you use a music service similar to Pandora, but from Apple? Sound off in the comments.

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Data Missing From Malaysia Airlines Pilot and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening around the world. Today, we’re looking at five important stories.

  • Pro-Russian forces quietly took over the Ukrainian naval base on Wednesday. While no shots were fired, men swept in and raised the Russian flag over the building, the Washington Post reports.

  • Malaysia’s defense minister said some information had been recently deleted from the home flight simulator of one of the pilots aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, The Wall Street Journal reports. Investigators say they are trying to retrieve the files; the information it contained is still unclear, but the defense minister emphasized the pilot is innocent until proven guilty.

  • The Federal Reserve is set to issue plans on Wednesday for its monthly bond buybacks, along with forecasts for interest rates and inflation, The Wall Street Journal reports.

  • Google announced Android Wear, a new software platform specifically for wearable devices that will push voice prompts, Google Now and health monitoring features to smartwatches.

  • Sony unveiled its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset on Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Check out the video above for more on these stories.

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