Keep your eyes glued to the action, no matter where you go, with the FLO TV Personal Television ($200). The service offers live and time-shifted content from leading channels such as ESPN, ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, NBC, Fox, and more, all of which can be enjoyed on the player's 3.5-inch touchscreen, with a built-in stand and stereo speakers adding to the experience. Also awesome is availability of UFC events and the live mobile coverage of all 64 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including a dedicated 24-hour World Cup channel, so you can relive all of the bad calls over and over again.
Continuing our 5th anniversary celebration, we're giving away 5 of these bad boys. To enter, just make sure you're subscribed to our daily dispatch. We'll choose one of you gents at random, and you'll be watching Landon here squeak to the knockout round.
There's few things we hate more than having to give up a beloved pair of jeans because of wear, tears, or holes that outgrew their stylishness. Luckily, we no longer have to. Denim Therapy ($7/inch) is a jean repair service that works miracles on broken denim, restoring pair after pair to respectable-or-better condition while retaining all the marks, softness, and fit that some from a well-worn pair of leg covers. For those of us who've made a semi-serious investment in our jeans, it's a life saver, and you don't even have to leave the house — which is great, because you'll be pants-less for about two weeks.
We're big fans of Zipcar, the car sharing service, so it only makes sense that we'd be pumped about B-Cycle. A collaboration between Humana, Trek, and ad house Cripsin Porter + Bogusky, B-Cycle will soon be launching in Denver, with expansion plans in the works. Simply walk up to the B-station kiosk, pay, grab a bike, and go — you can drop off the bike at any other B-station with an empty dock. Just don't forget to bring a helmet.
Fulfill your wildest Steve Zissou fantasies aboard the Necker Nymph ($25,000/week). Designed and built for Sir Richard Branson by renowned engineer Graham Hawkes, the Nymph is an open-cockpit winged submarine, allowing its passengers to experience unencumbered 360-degree views of the deep. The unique underwater craft uses downward "lift" on its wings to dive, and can stay down for up to two hours. Unfortunately, it's only available when chartering the 105-foot luxury catamaran Necker Belle, or when staying on Branson's ridiculously awesome private Necker Island, so the 25 grand-per-week chartering cost is the least of your worries.
One of the biggest challenges facing small business owners — especially those running a virtual office — is finding someone to man the phones. Ruby Receptionists is a Portland-based company that seeks to help with this problem by providing a team of friendly, trained virtual receptionists who can answer your company's phone calls, forward them to you, send calls to voicemail, and even transcribe important messages and deliver them via email should you be tied up taking care of another project. It's not just cheaper than hiring an on-site receptionist — it also eliminates any chance of your colleagues becoming overly enamored with the new help. [Thanks, Greg]
Whether you're running a small business, gearing up for your summertime lemonade stand, or simply want a way to process the door charges at your next multi-kegger, Square can help. This new service uses a small headphone port-connecting card reader and accompanying iPhone app to allow you to accept credit, debit, and pre-paid gift card payments anywhere you have an Internet connection. The customer signs with their finger, and can even have the receipt sent directly to their e-mail account. Beats the hell out of the ol' metal cash box.
The ever-accelerating pace of modern life makes remembering everything we want a real challenge, especially when those things range from the real to the virtual. Evernote is here to solve that problem, letting you capture nearly anything you want — including text and voice memos, web pages, photos (with text recognition!), documents, and more — and then automagically processing and indexing it all, adding it to a personal database that can be searched and accessed from nearly anywhere, including from your iPhone, Android phone, or BlackBerry, as well as any Mac, PC, or other web-enabled device. If you find yourself exhausting the upload limit on your free account, you can step up to a $5/month premium membership for 500MB/month of uploads, ad-free usage, SSL security, the ability to search within PDFs, priority image recognition, and more.
We've teamed up with the guys at Evernote to give away a limited edition Sony VAIO Signature Collection X Series Gold notebook with a lifetime Evernote premium account. They'll choose one winner from those who enter the contest, so sign up and get entered.
Simplify the process of installing the apps you want on your Windows machine with Ninite. This awesome free service lets you choose from a range of applications, plug-ins, utilities, and other goodies that might normally take hours to download separately, with a "Get Installer" button at the bottom that will do all the heavy lifting for you, creating a simple, one-step app that will install all of the software you chose in one fell swoop. Good for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
As much as we love Amazon and our Amazon Prime accounts, we still miss the instant gratification that comes from purchasing goods in a brick-and-mortar store and having them with you when you get home. Amazon.com Local Express Delivery ($6 and up, per item) aims to lessen this gap by offering same-day delivery for orders placed before a certain time in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Las Vegas, and Seattle. Great news for procrastinators and the impatient, bad news for the ol' charge card.
Take a trip to bourbon utopia with the Maker's Mark Master Distiller Experience ($7,500). On this two-person VIP excursion, you'll get a tour of the Maker's distillery from Master Distiller Kevin Smith, participating in the whisky-making process at every step for a better understanding of how this magic juice is made. Also included is a two-bottle memento with your likeness etched into golden bottles which are then dipped in gold wax with 24-kt. gold flecks, two 375ml Maker's Mark bottles that you hand dip yourself, luxury accommodations in Louisville, and a gourmet dinner hosted by Bill Samuels, Jr.
There's nothing more satisfying than decorating your abode with artwork or photos of your own creation, and CanvasPop ($49 and up) makes it easier than ever to do so. As the world's only large format printing company to work with images of any resolution, CanvasPop allows you to make gorgeous canvas prints of pretty much any image, even if they're taken with your iPhone or nabbed from Facebook, Photobucket, or Flickr. Once you've picked your image, you can choose from a number of cool filters to enhance the look, or leave it as-is; a team of designers is also available should you need assistance.
Looking for more excitement than the local lake or fishing hole has to offer? Head up to Nimmo Bay. Located northwest of Vancouver in picturesque British Columbia, Canada, this resort/adventure destination offers world-class lodging and cuisine, along with a wide variety of outdoor activities, including heli-fishing , white-water rafting, and helicopter tours. Perfect for a rustic romantic getaway or manly corporate retreat, it's sure to offer days of exhilarating fun that will leave you with life-lasting memories. [Thanks, Fraser]