Today in Gear: April 25, 2014

Dust-and-Grooves-Gear-Patrol Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting
So your better half says your obsession with vinyl is becoming a problem? Let her flip through the 130 incredible collections profiled in photographer Eilon Paz’s Dust & Grooves for a little perspective. Then bring your latest haul from record store day out of the closet. $66
Apolis-Chambray-Gear-Patrol Apolis Japanese Chambray Shirting
Apolis’s new shirts for spring/summer 2014 combine premium fabrics sourced from Japan (chambray, flannel and cotton) with the skilled hands of a 90-year-old tailoring cooperative in Honduras. Global citizen indeed. $158+
Belkin-Confrence-Gear-Patrol Belkin Conference Room Power Center
Your iPhone waved a red flag after slide 80, severing your ties with the outside world. Those zany breakfast burritos are starting decompose a mere five hours into your team “offsite” on the next floor. You begin to cry softly in the corner as the next chart spirals onto the screen with a nifty “swoosh” sound effect. Then you remember that Belkin’s conference room power center could have averted the disaster with its four surge-protected power outlets and eight USB connections. $63
Vysk-Gear-Patrol Vysk QS1
Texas security startup Vysk has developed a case for the iPhone 5/5S and Samsung Galaxy S4/S5 that takes personal mobile privacy to spy-like levels. It encrypts personal information like texts and photos and allows for private VoIP calls; a built-in 2,200mAh battery powers its internal microphone and encryption processor and works in tandem with a Vysk QS app. Making calls also requires a $10 monthly subscription to the company’s secure network that prevents anyone from gathering information like when the call was made, the identify of the caller or the phone numbers involved. Anyone tracking to hack the encrypted call is also greeted with a buzzing sound. Last but not least, the case can also physically lock down your phone by covering both cameras and jam all microphones. Saying “get me Putin on the line” does absolutely nothing. $229 ()
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