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Spinzall Review: It Clarifies and Separates, But It's Too Much for Most People's Needs

Not long ago, I poured a bottle of fancy whipping cream into the gadget I was reviewing, started it up and watched in awe as the machine’s rotor began spinning rapidly, creating a vertical wall of solidified dairy that stayed in place after the machine wound down. “Behold,” I exclaimed as my wife Elisabeth passed through the kitchen. “I made […]

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Polaroid's OneStep2 Is a Vintage Camera for the Digital Age

When Polaroid released the OneStep camera in 1977, the company described it as the “simplest camera in the world.” It had a fixed focus lens and automatic roller mechanism that spit out film that developed in minutes. The OneStep was certainly simpler—and cheaper—than the SX-70, a foldable, leather-bound instant film camera that Polaroid released five years prior with a $180 […]

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The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Online

Last fall, a group of music industry heavyweights gathered in New York City to do something they’d mostly failed to do up to that point: work together. Representatives from major labels like Universal, Sony, and Warner sat next to technologists from companies like Spotify, YouTube, and Ideo and discussed the collective issues threatening their industry. And there were many. For […]

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Patagonia's New Micro Puff Hoody Is Compressible, Warm, and Water-Resistant

A puffy jacket can be compressible, it can be warm, and it can be water-resistant—but never all at once. Call it the iron triangle of insulated outerwear: Improvements to any two of these properties must come at the expense of the third. This classic problem stems from the material properties of down and synthetic insulation. When down gets soaked, it […]

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