Tools


Felt Firewood Holder

Sure, there’s something to be said about living alone out in the wilderness*, where no one will ever see you lugging firewood around — but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do it in style. The Felt Firewood Holder allows … (More)

Simplecast

These days, it feels like I’m one of the few people on the internet who hasn’t yet started a podcast. Since my personal site runs on Squarespace, it would be a trivial matter to have a show hosted there, but … (More)

MPod Mini Stand

One of our longtime favorite camera tripods has been the Joby GorillaPod, which has flexible legs for customizing your shooting setup — even if it means hanging the thing from a tree. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for a … (More)

Dark Energy Reservoir

Readers of this site, being aficionados of fine technology, are likely no strangers to running out of charge when they need it most. Until battery tech improves such that it only takes one charge to power a smartphone for a … (More)

Sony QX Series Lens-Style Cameras

What if you could somehow take the accessibility of a smartphone and pair it with the power of a point-and-shoot camera? Sony’s new ‘Smart Lens’ QX series of cameras aims to do just that. Available for pre-order in two flavors … (More)

Black+Blum Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser

The Black+Blum Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser is exactly what the name implies. Weighing in at 2.2lbs, the heavy-duty body is made from aluminum and contains a cast iron core, while the blade itself is made from stainless steel and is quite … (More)

Exotac Matchcap

If you do a lot of camping or hiking, you should check out the Exotac Matchcap waterproof match case. It’s made of aircraft-grade aluminum and can hold quite a few strike-anywhere matches. It also has several types of built-in striker … (More)

Nomad Key Ring Lightning Cable

The Nomad Key Ring Lightning Cable ($25) is a miniature cable with a lightning adapter on one end and a USB plug on the other. It attaches to your key ring so you’ll always have it with you when you … (More)

IFTTT for iPhone

IFTTT (If This Then That) is one of our favorite tools on the web. It essentially allows you to cook up “recipes” for automating actions across all kinds of web services — Dropbox, Evernote, RSS, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, App.net, to … (More)

The Ringtool

The Ringtool is a Kickstarter project that takes the following tools and puts them on a small, lightweight key ring: Bottle-cap opener 3mm Hexhead 4mm Hexhead 5mm Hexhead 6mm Hexhead 8mm Hexhead Flathead Driver Phillips Driver Torxhead T25 Driver The … (More)

Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac

Dragon Dictate is one of the most well-known dictation apps for the Mac, due to its accuracy and extensive feature list. Normally it goes for $200, but the guys over at StackSocial are currently offering it at $100 for the … (More)

Permanent – Spreadsheets for iPad

If you spend a lot of time messing around with spreadsheets, you might want to check out Permanent for iPad. It’s an easy-on-the-eyes spreadsheet app that’s been optimized for touch and supports the XLSX and CSV formats for easy importing/exporting. … (More)

Pixelmator 2.2 and Vectormator

About a week ago, the guys at Pixelmator released version 2.2 of their popular image editing app, code-named “Blueberry”. It was packed with new features, such as smarter shape-selection tools, a palette with drag-and-drop shapes, a new light-leak effect, and … (More)

Briefs for Mac and iOS

Remember back in 2009 when designer Rob Rhyne unveiled an ambitious UI prototyping toolkit for iPhone called Briefs? After several years of waiting, and a couple of rejections by Apple, Briefs has (*finally*) made its introduction to the public. Briefs … (More)

Inkwell Sketch Kit

The Inkwell is a sketching kit made just for app- and web designers. It’s got the essential tools one needs to put together an awesome UI wireframe: Hand-crafted bag Copic C-1 marker Copic C-3 marker Micron 05 pen Sharpie fine … (More)

Automatic – Smart Driving Assistant

The onboard computer of just about every car made since 1996 contains tons of useful data about the car and its driver’s habits. Usually you have to take the car to a mechanic and let them hook up a gizmo … (More)

ChargeCard

There are a surprising number of awesome credit card-shaped iPhone accessories. One of my longtime favorites has been the GoGoStand, but the ChargeCard looks to be another top contender. As you can see in the image above, it has a … (More)

Cord Tacos

Silly name, handy items to have around. You won’t find these nifty little cable holders in our cable management guide, but if all you’re trying to manage is the occasional iDevice cable or set of earbuds that you toss into … (More)

The Bulldog Hardware Peg-A-System Kit

With spring right around the corner, I’ve been reviewing my to-do list for my house and yard. One of the big items on the list is to organize our workshop, which has gotten junky in the 15 months since we … (More)

MacDock

It looks like 2013 might be the year of Thunderbolt expansion docks. We’ve got the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock, which is an awesome addition to desktop Macs. And now, a Kickstarter project known as the MacDock wants to be the … (More)

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