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Osprey Ozone 80L

The new 80L Ozone wheeled travel case by Osprey makes for the perfect way to travel with ease and style. The 80-liter volume gives you ample room (it’s the biggest of the Ozone series) while its weight of only 4lbs 15oz (2.25 kg) ensures that it’s very much still classified as lightweight luggage.

It’s a durable case and includes some nifty features to make your journeys that little bit easier – things like the grab handle for carrying the case instead of wheeling it along with the zippered vertical and top pockets allowing for easy access to items on the fly. There’s even a rear panel compartment, too.

The Ozone also features three external compression straps to secure your load further as well as protect the zippers, and the main compartment has zip access with lockable sliders and internal compression straps to keep things like clothing neat and in place.

To top it off, it looks pretty slick in light green.

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MakerBot Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer

Why buy plastic components for household items or toys for children when you can build your own? Seriously, the Replicator™ 2 desktop 3D printer by MakerBot can actually do that for you, and to an incredible standard.

Considered one the best desktop 3D printers on the market, it has a resolution capability of 100 microns. This means each layer height is impossibly thin, resulting in smooth surfaces without any post-production.

The build volume of the machine is 410 cubic inches which is pretty big (37% more volume than the previous model), giving you significant space to create bigger creations or get more done at the same time.

These machines traditionally work with ABS plastic but the Replicator™ 2 also works perfectly with PLA, a renewable bioplastic that sticks to the platform reliably and practically avoids peeling, curling, sliding, or shrinking completely. And it’s better for the environment, too, requiring 32% less energy compared to using ABS plastic.

To top it off, the overall chassis on this beast offers industrial level strength to ensure it is stable and durable enough for high-speed printing and the powder-coated steel makes it resistant to changes in temperature and humidity.

Now it’s just a matter of learning how to use it.

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KiBiSi X Table

Top Scandinavian design group KiBiSi bring their talent into the office with the strikingly simple X Table, a manually height adjustable table that “accommodates multiple working positions and daily reshuffling.”

The keyword here is “manually” – meaning no motors, just pure kinetic power. This is a good thing; you’re only adjusting the height after all so the X Table saves electricity and “keeps users active.” Hey, if this counts as exercise, we’ll take it.

It works in the same way as carjacks, ironing boards, and other such tools that have managed to rise just fine without the need for motors, and any technical components are neatly integrated within the table top, resulting in a clean, simple design.

It’s ultimately like any other table that does what tables do best, but at the same time, it’s so much more. And it even comes with an optional storage solution for all your office supplies.

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MV Agusta Brutale 800

If you’re after plenty of brute force with equal amounts technological sophistication, the new MV Agusta Brutale 800 will literally be music to your ears.

Its new 800 engine pushes out a whopping 125 horsepower with torque “comparable to a 1000cc” and with a relatively light weight of only 167kg, it certainly has a unique power to weight ratio.

The three-cylinder engine in question debuted on the Supersport F3 675 and was the starting point for further significant technological advancements such as a counter-rotating crankshaft, which is a first for a production bike.

The Brutale 800 also features 8 level adjustable traction control, adjustable suspension that gives any rider complete control and personalization, and includes an advanced electronics system that keeps the engine and bike as a whole working optimally at all times.

It looks awesome with the three-cylinder engine almost completely exposed. As they say, go naked or go home.

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Droid RAZR HD by Motorola

Much like HTC’s Droid DNA, the Droid RAZR HD by Motorola is another smartphone to hit the market recently that may be just what you’re after.

It certainly offers a lot with its 4.7″ Super Amoled HD screen (a tad smaller than the Droid DNA if that’s what you want) along with its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor capable of all your demands, from capturing stunning videos and photos to streaming online content and high-intensity games. With all that in mind, however, the battery life is surprisingly capable with a promised 24 hours of performance possible.

The device looks sleek and stylish as you’d expect with its reinforced case consisting of Corning® Gorilla™ glass and DuPont™ KEVLAR® fiber. It’s also Global ready, meaning you’ll be able to make calls and texts from more than 205 countries around the world.

We’re only scratching the surface of what this thing can do, so lets just say it’s certainly worth considering.

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Drift HD Ghost

If you’re an extreme sports junkie determined to capture your feats on film, things just got a whole lot easier.

The Drift HD Ghost promises an intuitive user experience for capturing stunning footage and photography in-action and, unlike other point of view cameras that require aftermarket accessories to truly get what you’re after, includes everything you need right out the box.

A particularly cool feature is the industry-first two-way LED remote control that allows you to control the camera from up to 10 meters away. You can switch between taking still photos and motion footage on the fly and also stop and start recording from a distance – great for saving memory and battery life.

The integrated 2-inch LCD screen consists of Gorilla Glass®, which ensures it remains scratch-free through even the harshest terrain, and the whole device is waterproof.

The camera can also sync wirelessly with your smart phone via WiFi, meaning you can transfer the days footage over in a breeze.

Like we said, it’s everything you’ll need.

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Droid DNA by HTC

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone then the Droid DNA by HTC should definitely be a contender.

As you’d expect, it’s packed with features – most notably the whopping 5-inch screen with 1080p HD display. This undoubtedly makes the phone quite big but gives you the luxury of crisp and clear images at a generous size, from gameplay and movie footage to video chat in full HD.

The quad-core processor gives more power for all your demands allowing for faster streaming, smoother gameplay, and all round easier multi-tasking.  The included Beats Audio feature helps your playlists come alive with unmatched sound quality.

Running on Android 4.1 and Jelly Bean, the Droid is also fully integrated with Google Now, which presents you with the information you need – be it traffic reports, train schedules, or sports scores – before you even know you need it.

If this sounds like the sort of thing you’re after, the Droid DNA is destined to be your next companion.

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Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye Whiskey

Good news whiskey lovers! Arriving in stores across the U.S. early next year (or this December in Tennessee) will be Jack Daniel’s new “White Dog” unaged rye whiskey.

Made with a combination of 70 percent rye, 18 percent corn, and 12 percent malted barley the drink will be a first from the Jack Daniel’s distillery since the Prohibition Era.

And don’t be concerned about the unusual color. The “white” appearance typically comes about as a result of the maturation process and the type of cask that’s used to age it. We’re not sure how much it really affects the taste, but it sure looks cool.

They’re experimenting with an aged rye, too, but there’s no definitive news on that at this point. For now, you’ll just have to make do with all of the bite that the “White Dog” brings. Fortunately, that’s a lot.