Hard Graft Hang Camera Strap is a stylish way to keep your camera close – $106
There are many different ways to carry your precious camera when you’re out shooting pictures, but no matter what option you prefer you always need a good shoulder strap. Pretty much every camera sold comes with a branded strap that is too thin, too weak and that doesn’t match the great aesthetics of your camera.
The Hang Camera Strap uses Hard Graft’s characteristic combination of grey felt and hand-stained, Italian leather. It simply looks great, and it is robust enough to keep cameras of any size hanging securely on your neck or shoulder. If you like the design of the Hang Camera Strap then you have a huge collection of accessories to explore over at the Hard Graft website.
Photo by: Hard Graft
Popcorn Time is a dead simple way to stream torrent movies on Mac, Windows & Linux – $0
The name of this site wouldn’t feel right if all the posts kept on being about objects, so here comes the second one about pixels. This time it’s about an application that has been making big headlines lately because of its clean and simple UI combined with the use of the controversial BitTorrent technology. I’m talking about Popcorn Time, a free application that lets you stream a huge collection of HD movies with almost no waiting time at all.
It has been called “the Netflix for pirated movies” and that sums it up pretty well. Popcorn Time has a very polished and easy to use interface that, contrary to most other BitTorrent services and apps, is a no-brainer for almost anyone. Choose a genre to the left, click on a movie poster to the right and start watching. It’s dead simple and it should make a lot of companies very worried.
The screenshots on the official website show old public domain movies that are legal to watch, but with the actual application downloaded you’ll be greeted by the latest Hollywood productions like Gravity, American Hustle and Frozen. The creators of Popcorn Time are very open about the fact that the application uses BitTorrent sites to stream these movies and that it might be illegal to do so in the country you live in. If you’re already, for whatever reason, comfortable with downloading torrents then this application might be a much easier solution. But in the words of the Popcorn Time website:
Q: Is this legal?
A: Depends on where you’re from, really. Once again: we’re using torrents, so if you really care, you’d better google what the legal situation around these protocol is where you live.
Popcorn Time is open source and it’s available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Use it at your own risk but please make sure that you know what you’re doing before you proceed.
Update: The developers behind Popcorn Time have shut down the project and the application is no longer working. Since the whole project was open source there are other people who are preparing to release a new, working version of the application. Time will tell how that play out.
Nomad Cables are highly pocketable USB cables for your iOS or Android devices – $15-25
In order to be prepared for anything that the day brings I usually carry a lot of gadgets and accessories in my bag. To reduce its weight and size, and because I just like it this way, I prefer to keep most of my gear small and light-weight. USB cables is no exception and I really like them as short as possible. After trying out a lot of different options, I have come to the conclusion that Kero makes the best Lightning and Micro USB cables for my needs.
The Nomad cables are short but can still bend a lot, something that is convenient when used together with devices like the Dark Energy Reservoir. The build-quality is good and the Lightning version is of course Apple MFi certified. There’s not much more to be said, they are just cables after all, but I can’t recommend the Nomads enough. This is a great gift for anyone who owns a smart phone and it’s something you can keep in any bag or jacket pocket and hardly notice it’s there until you need it.
Photo by: Pixels & Objects
SlatePro Desk is a sleek bamboo desk with built-in air vents and multiple device docks – $368-698
If you’re looking for a new, feature-packed desk for your home or office then you might find what you’re looking for at Kickstarter right now. iSkelter just launched a new crowd-sourced project called SlatePro and this isn’t like any other desk you’ve seen before.
I’m actually writing this sitting down in my couch with their previous Kickstarter project Slate Mobile AirDesk in my lap. The AirDesk is a bamboo slate with large air vents, a built-in mouse pad and a carved out dock that fits a phone or a small tablet. It was successfully funded by me and 1107 other backers on Kickstarter and it shipped a while ago. I’m very happy with the final product and I think it’s only natural that they take this a step further with the SlatePro.
The SlatePro is a real work desk with hand-crafted steel legs. It shares all the nice features of the Mobile AirDesk, but it also has some new features added. The bamboo is now covered by a layer of protective acrylic and there are holes ready to keep the cables coming from your computer and display organized. Instead of one device dock there is now three available, and a few other new slots and stands have been added. They even carved out a special place for your cup of coffee or glass of water, which I think is a fun attention to detail.
Check out the Kickstarter presentation video below and head on to the project presentation for more pictures and information. I think this desk looks incredibly useful.
Photo by: iSkelter