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A MagSafe Charger For The iPhone Would Be Awesome

MagSafe is really wonderful tech, the MacBook’s most underrated feature. Wouldn’t it be great on the iPhone too? That’s what the Kickstarter for a charger and battery pack called “Cabin” is shooting for. And even if it never actually happens, it’s a nice fantasy.


A Mesmerising Site That Tracks And Displays Real-Time Lightning Strikes

Did you know that a lightning strike emits a broadband pulse of radio waves that can be detected thousands of miles away? It’s that phenomenon which allows a website called Blitzortung to show lightning strikes as they happen all around the world, in real-time. If you thought it was hard to tear your eyes away from the World Cup, this is somehow even more entertaining to watch.


A Carabiner Charging Cable Is Always Where You Last Clipped It

There’s a new weapon in the war on lost — or escaped — charging cables. Nomad Goods, who’ve already come up with a clever way to keep a charging cable on you at all times, has just revealed its new NomadClip which is, in a way, like a handcuff preventing your Lightning or microUSB charging cable from going missing.


Watch Lightning Hit A Moving Car

Boom. A couple was driving their pick-up truck on a fairly empty highway when the weather gods decided that their car would be a great target for a direct lightning bolt strike. According to the couple, after getting hit the car’s airbags popped out, the electrical system was destroyed, the car door’s locked and black smoke started filling the car.


Video Captures Storm Chaser Getting Hit By Lightning

Storm chaser Scott Sheppard got hit by lightning yesterday: A bolt struck his arm, passing thru his body into the ground and blowing a hole in the road. His car — and another one that was passing by — were disabled by the shock, but he walked away sore but uninjured.


Your Phone Will Break Before These Fortified Charging Cables Do

It’s widely assumed that printer manufacturers make all of their money from expensive replacement ink cartridges, not the hardware. Perhaps the same can be said for smartphone makers, given how often their USB charging cables break. But you can put an end to constant replacements with these MOS Spring cables that are reinforced six ways from Sunday.


How To Survive Getting Struck By Lightning

Getting struck by lightning might seem like one of those impossible things more or less relegated to the world of idioms, but the truth of the matter is that it’s a lot more likely than we’d want to believe. So just in case, The Art of Manliness has created this handy little infographic on how to maximise your chances of survival should lightning actually strike.


You'll Never Leave A Charging Cable With A Built-In Alarm Behind

It wouldn’t be surprising if Apple made as much money selling replacement charging cables as it did phones and tablets. Those white Lightning cables are easier to lose than socks on laundry day, but now there’s an alternative that will actually remind you to pack yours up when you’ve unplugged your phone.


Can Lasers Protect Buildings From Lightning?

The standard advice authorities offer when lightning starts crackling across the sky is for people to take shelter inside buildings. Through lightning rods affixed to the roof, electrical wiring, and plumbing that can direct the electricity away from occupants and into the ground, substantial structures offer protection.


Every Outlet Cover Should Be An LED Nightlight By Default

It’s OK to sacrifice an outlet to a nightlight in a child’s room to scare away monsters, but elsewhere in your home they’re far more valuable for other electronics and appliances. And that’s exactly why these replacement outlet covers with built-in LED nightlights are so clever — and should eventually be standard in every home.