Spotlight On: thingCHARGER!

Wireless thingCHARGER

There’s a clever invention that’s completely stolen the attention of the Clear-Coat office. It’s beautifully designed, incredibly useful, and raised nearly $650,000 in Indiegogo funding from excited people who can’t wait to get their hands on it. That obliterated the inventor’s original goal of $25,000 by twenty-six times. And it’s a device charger. Yes, really. But that’s a little like calling your laptop a great big calculator. Introducing: thingCHARGER, the invention poised to completely revolutionize [Continue reading...]

Stuff We Liked This Month: February 2014

Stuff we like this month

At Clear-Coat, we’re pretty wild about well-designed products. It’s a bit of an obsession, actually. As such, we’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest toys to test out, tech to try and eyebrow-raising products to get our hands on. And then we thought, why not share this obsession with our readers? After all, you guys can surely appreciate a hands-free umbrella or an “anti-loneliness” bowl, too! Without further ado, here are eight [Continue reading...]

Why Your Password is Never Secure (and what to do about it)

Why your password is never secure

You have dozens (if not hundreds) of online accounts that have a password. While most people know ‘abc123′ is a terrible password, and the tech-saavy know to use XKCD’s method, what you should really know is that your password is weak, no matter how long and cryptic it is. Because all passwords are equally vulnerable to being stolen from the various places they live in the cloud, ‘abc123′ is no more secure than ‘correcthorsebatterystapler’. That [Continue reading...]

The Benefits of a Curved Phone

Benefits of a Curved Phone

Curved phones are about to be all the rage right now. I couldn’t help but think: why? Aside from a new feature manufacturers can pitch consumers on, it turns out there are a number of real-world benefits curved screens offer on a phone: Nearly unbreakable Curved phones take advantage of a plastic substrate display, which allows the material to bend and flex without cracking (watch the LG G Flex bend). Aside from the cool factor [Continue reading...]

Hidden iPhone Privacy Settings: A Guide

Private Property

Last week I wrote about some generally helpful hidden iPhone features – but there’s another set of buried settings and features to your iPhone that are also incredible important to learn about: privacy. There are settings and menus within your iPhone’s privacy settings that are 100% undocumented publicly by Apple – the only way to find out what these menu options do is to call into Apple within your first 90 days of tech support. [Continue reading...]