Good morning. Be careful not to say anything incriminating while standing next to a Samsung Smart TV — the CIA might be eavesdropping. Yesterday, Wikileaks unleashed a trove of classified CIA documents which shed light on a massive U.S. domestic spying operation. The documents describe the CIA’s ability to hack any citizen’s electronic device, ranging from smart TVs to smartphones, in order to monitor calls, read messages, hijack cameras and record sound. No word on whether the CIA was also behind the
remote detonation spontaneous combustion of Samsung Galaxy phones.
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What’s New, Now
Care/of Custom Vitamins
Supplements can help you fine-tune your nutrition, but it can be hard to know what to take. Care/of, a new direct-to-consumer vitamin brand, offers clear guidance on what supplements your body needs based on your diet and lifestyle, with input from a team of doctors from Harvard and Northwestern. Care/of’s line also includes supplements and herbs designed to boost focus, manage stress, help with muscle recovery and more. Supplements are sent in bespoke daily packs, perfect for taking on the go. And to put your mind at ease, Care/of offers full transparency in its supply chain — so you know exactly what’s in your supplements.
Packs start at $20/month. Try your first month with 2 weeks free using the code GEARPATROL.
i.Con Smart Condom*
Track calories burned during intercourse, thrusts per session and more. (*It’s actually a cock ring.)
Halo Coffee Kopi Luwak Diamond Coffee Pods
You may have heard of Kopi Luwak coffee before, though probably not by name. It’s the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world. Why? The beans are harvested from the poop of an Indonesian raccoon-looking creature called the palm civet. So, technically, you might call it shit coffee, but figuratively, it’s the exact opposite. It tastes spectacular: buttery notes of dark chocolate, spice and toasted macadamia, with an otherworldly aftertaste. (Why else would people pay such prices for fermented nuggets plucked from animal dung?) Now, Kopi Luwak coffee comes in instant pod form. Shit yeah!
The New RUF CTR Is a Modern Supercar in a Vintage Porsche Package
Today RUF pulled the covers off the fourth-generation CTR: a clear homage to the original, but only in outward appearances.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Portable Speaker
The latest speaker from Bang & Olufsen, a leading innovator in hi-fi audio. This is the kind of Bluetooth speaker you keep front-and-center in your living room, where all can see; throughout the house, all will be able to hear. The speakers — a full-range driver, two passive bass radiators, three mid-tweeters — bump the finest-quality sound, and the battery lasts up to 24 hours.
Nike’s New Shoe Aims to Run the Fastest Marathon Ever
Looks clunky, runs like Usain Bolt on PCP.
Pyle Vertical Bluetooth Turntable
Pyle’s vertical plate spinner is a wonder for both eyes and ears to behold. The 3-speed player sits atop a handmade wood case is a magnet for design fans, and audiophiles will appreciate its Bluetooth connectivity and ability to plug into a computer’s USB port for easy MP3 creation from your best vinyl.
Deals of Note
Great Products, Great Prices
How to save on Uniqlo sweatpants, a Patagonia duffel and a Klipsch speaker system.
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