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Redbox Instant is now available to US residents, with a free one-month trial

Netflix has long been the frontrunner for subscription-based streaming movies. Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video are hot on its heels, and now kiosk-based Redbox is entering the fray with the public launch of its own instant streaming service, aptly named Redbox Instant. The service has existed in beta for quite a while now, and it's finally available to the public in the United States.  Read More

The LEGO bookend safe Every year a contest called the MocAthalon takes place, in which contestants must come up with the most creative things to build from LEGOs ... and some of them are truly mind-blowing. This year, creator Blake Baer and the Clutch Builders team crafted some sneaky bookends and LEGO books that actually hide a secret compartment.  Read More

The MULTI with all of its bits The MULTI is a new wallet that aims to pack as many features as possible into a tiny package. To start with, it's a minimalistic wallet made with high-strength aluminum or titanium, depending on the model. However, it also offers a ton of other functions, most of which are things you would never expect to see in a wallet.  Read More

The MonkeyOh is designed to get rid of cord clutter Designed to work with Apple's power adapter, the MonkeyOh gets rid of cable clutter while also functioning as a versatile stand for iPhone and iPod touch.  Read More

The view from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro through Google Maps Street View Google Maps is the first place most internet users look to for views of the world that might be otherwise unreachable. Google is expanding that service, with detailed views from the tops of mountains. Most of us will never be able to climb any of the world's tallest peaks, but with Google Maps Street View, at least we can see what it would be like if we did.  Read More

The VAMP VERZA and the METALLO case

One of the most lamented parts of smartphones for audiophiles is the sound quality. To an undiscerning ear, the sound is fine, but for users who want to hear every last detail of the music, smartphones just can't hack it. V-MODA has already thrown its name into the smartphone sound enhancing battle with its VAMP case for iPhone 4/4S. Now it's back with a new option for iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy SIII, and Samsung Galaxy Note II users called the VAMP VERZA, and its companion case the Metallo.  Read More

The Runbo X3 submerged underwater

Gone are the days when rugged phones had to be simple devices. After all, just because someone wants a phone that can be dropped in water or on concrete, doesn't mean they don't want one that can actually perform useful tasks. The new X3 smartphone from Runbo looks to be able to take a beating, but it comes with Android 4.0 installed, so it might actually be useful for checking email, browsing the web, and downloading apps.  Read More

The iPad mini version of the ampjacket

One of the biggest weaknesses of iOS devices is the speakers. There are plenty of products out there designed to amplify the overly quiet speakers such as the db4 case, the Koostik dock, and the Horn Stand Amplifier. A new player is entering the field called the ampjacket. Not only does it work with iPhone 5, but it's available for iPod touch and iPad mini as well.  Read More

The LoungePac in both its open and closed states Hanging out on the beach sometimes doesn't consist solely of, well, hanging out. A true beach bum knows that having to get up to get a drink or having to leave the beach altogether because of sunburn is just not acceptable. A new chair called the LoungePac is aimed at keeping those things from proving necessary.  Read More

Civitas is a DRM-free city planner seeking funds via Kickstarter

The long-awaited new version of SimCity has finally released, and the launch has been filled with plenty of problems for players. The always-online DRM is causing major server issues, leaving many players facing long waits or unable to play the game at all. With that in mind, a group of gamers have taken to Kickstarter to introduce a project called Civitas – a DRM-free city planning game.  Read More

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