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24 Mobile Apps To Make Your Summer Road Trip Better [Infographic]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT

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We always say that the advances in technology affect everything in our lives, and that really does mean everything. Not only has technology completely changed the way we all interact with each other, it also affects seemingly mundane activities like how we cook our dinner, how we decorate our homes and even how we travel. Ten years ago I would have never thought that I needed to download some new mobile apps before jaunting off on a road trip, but now that is always part of my standard "get ready for vacation to-do list."

I'm an app snob, and if an app's interface seems lame or if it doesn't perform, I'll quickly delete it and find another one. There are simply too many apps out there for us to have to settle for ones that don't do their job. Road trips are as much a summertime tradition in the United States as hosting BBQs and having pool parties. There is just something about piling in the car on Friday afternoon, putting the top down, and cruising all the way to the beach that makes us smile.

When I saw this new infographic called On The Road Again: Great Mobile Apps For Summer Travel by High Table, I knew I wanted to try out some of these apps. They are all free except for two, and if they really save us time and money like they are supposed to then I thought you might get some use out of this infographic too. And, speaking of road trips and cars, if you want to see an old-timey tricked out car transformed into a BBQ, click here. And, last but not least, I thought this article called How To Blog While On Vacation might be helpful. Happy road trip!

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Via: [Column Five Media] Header Image Credit: [John Chow]

Flaunt Your Loki Loyalty With 12 Out-Of-This-World Products

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT

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Damn, it feels good to be a prankster. Everyone loves the Avengers, but let's not forget about their silver-tongued nemesis…the notorious Loki of Asgard. Loki Odinson, later known as Loki Laufeyson, is one of the most tragic and complex characters in the Marvel universe. Sure, he does horrible things and tries to take over the world, but he has his reasons for doing so. He's burdened with glorious purpose, and fans can't help but love him for it.

Superheroes like the Avengers can't show off their sweet skills without a determined supervillian like Loki to challenge them. And there's no denying that he's a formidable opponent!

Perhaps you're a fan of Loki's various comic book incarnations (I'd love to recommend a few stellar issues if you haven't checked them out), or of his epic portrayal by Tom Hiddleston in Thor and The Avengers (how could you not be?). Or, maybe you simply enjoy exclaiming "Loki'd!" in the office after you prank your friends. Regardless, fans like you should be encouraged to show support for this green-and-gold-clad trickster however they can.

To get you started on your quest, I've gathered 12 of my favorite products for kindred Loki fans out there. I tried to include a variety of items – from intricate figures to handmade jewelry – to accommodate fans from all walks of life. Don't worry, there's something for every price range too! They're listed in order of most expensive to least expensive. Which one's your favorite?

Loki Sixth Scale Figure

Sixth Scale Figure, Photo Credit [Sideshow Collectibles]

Loki Handmade Doll

Loki Plush, Photo Credit [ShadeDreams]

Loki in Disguise Suit T-Shirt

God of Mischief in Disguise T-Shirt, Photo Credit [redbubble]

Loki Art Nouveau Print

Art Nouveau Loki Print, Image Credit [artisticoddities]

Loki Comic Book Coasters

Recycled Comic Book Coasters, Image Credit [crabappledesign]

Loki 'I Do What I Want' Pendant

Loki Pendant, Photo Credit [BubblegumSniper]

Join Loki's Army Print

The Avengers Loki's Army Fan Art Poster, Image Credit [FeerieDoll]

Loki Hulk Smash iPhone4 Case

iPhone 4/4s Case (Loki's Face After Hulk Smash), Image Credit [vergacraft]

Loki Silver Etched Ring

Avengers-Inspired Loki Ring, Image Credit [ImpressedArt]

Loki Perler Bead Necklace

Loki-Inspired Necklace, Photo Credit [Weeabootique]

Tom Hiddleston Loki'd Earrings

Tom Hiddleston Loki'd Fabric Button Earrings, Photo Credit [ODarlingDesigns]

Loki Paper Doll Puppet

Loki Paper Doll Puppet, Image Credit [WhitefoxHats]

R2-D2 Novelty Phone Puts More Retro In Your Life

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT

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How do you put more retro in your life? Maybe you go for things that remind you of your youth like something you used to love as a teenager but that doesn't really exist today. I know of a lot of people who are suckers for everything '80s. It could be everything from those small handheld monochrome games that you used to play all day everyday to the legendary Sony Walkman. Some people invest their hard earned cash in a vintage mac computer, or they love the feeling of plastering old school posters on the wall in their basement. It's as if they want to stop time from slipping through their hands. It's a little creepy when you think about it, but that is how people cope with getting older I guess.

My best friend actually sports a retro Asteroids arcade game cabinet, and she could probably own your royal heiny on if you ever thought about challenging her in a game. There are many retro things in people's lives, and with technology moving forward so quickly, I can totally understand the feeling of wanting to keep some of the old attached in your life. However, if you really want to retrofy your life, I think you should totally have to take a look at the R2-D2 Novelty Phone.

In a world where seemingly everything is ruled by the smartphone, this thing will come across like a superhero gadget on your desk. Wouldn't it be cool to just sport a cord on your phone? I mean, some people wouldn't even know why that cord was attached to the phone in the first place. The youth of today would probably think it has something to do with a primitive anti-theft system that you found in some shady backyard sale. But you know this awesome retro phone would keep you in touch with the younger you for years to come. This badboy is now made available by Amazon for just $175 for a new one and $124.99 for a used one. Remember, it's an art to keep the retro close to your life so geek it up!




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