Go On, Be Judgey

Are men superficial in this day and age? Perhaps. But can you blame us? Today we live in an information rich environment, where everything is available in an instant, at the tips of our fingers. This means we make decisions faster than ever before – no one is saying they are always the right ones – and when it comes to dating, it’s about getting past the initial hindrances (is she your type for example, or is she someone else’s wife?) so we can get down to the business of love. A new app, surprisingly brought to you by a partnership between the host and the owner of the impossible-to-watch The Bachelor series, kills two birds with one stone.

Available on Android, At First Sight is essentially Tinder with video, removing the question of whether a lovely lady is even available, and helping you sort through to find those that fit your own unique criteria (and don’t sound like Fran Drescher). You can manage the profile stream through a flagging system that filters out (yes out, not in) nudity or sexual content as well as geography and get a sense of what someone is like before you take things to the next level. Pick from six-second videos or opt for a six-second live video chat, during which either party can choose to ‘like’ and continue or move on to the next candidate. Participates answer pre-selected questions that regularly change to keep things interesting.

Never be fooled again!


At First Sight

Google playstore


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Round Two

We are an innovative species, and given enough time, we will improve on our past performances, invent greater technology than what previously existed, and generally evolve concepts we already created. Look at your phone – you remember that Motorola brick you used to carry in your pocket like a lump of lead? Now you’re slick, connected, and surfing on a wafer-thin mini-computer. Remember your first girlfriend? She will always have a place in your man archives, but few of us settled down with the first chick that gave us a second look. Instead we grew in confidence, deciphered the mind of the woman, plotted our strategy and in many cases bagged a keeper. Even with films it’s often worth waiting for the sequel, when characters mature, plots unravel with ease, and the sense of escapism that we look for in cinema becomes natural.

Be good to your ears and reward those savvy German engineers with a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 noise-isolating over-ear headphones. As perfectly suited for long-haul travel as they are for midnight gaming, the popular P5s were given a technological thrust with Series 2 (known as P5 Wireless), with the addition of Bluetooth connectivity, 4mm drivers, a three-button earpiece operation system, and two built-in mics to make calls crystal clear. There is still the same removable ear pads, the same soft sheep leather that makes you want to suck your thumb, but that all comes with a 17-hour lifespan and a back-up cable that ensures the party doesn’t stop until you want it to.

Here’s to killer cans.


Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

From Hk$2,898
www.bowers-wilkins.net


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Protect Your Dome

Remember that mid 80s television show Street Hawk (‘course you do), the one where ex-motorcycle cop and amateur dirt-bike racer Jesse Mach (love that name) is recruited to a top secret government mission to ride a sleek all-terrain attack bike designed to ‘fight urban crime’ with speed and overwhelming firepower – think Robocop on wheels. In that cutting-edge show young Jesse communicates with his handler Norman Tuttle through a sophisticated helmet, complete with heads up display, wireless connectivity and GPS. At the time it was revolutionary technology.

Well, this is like that. Introducing Skully, the motorcycle helmet you always wanted but can only now afford. Like Mach’s futuristic protection, Skully comes packed with features, from a transparent heads up display, a fog, scratch and glare-resistant visor, GPS navigation and a ultra-wide rear vision camera, through to streaming music, hands-free connectivity and integrated audio (so you can sing along to the synthesizer-heavy Street Hawk theme song). You’re Bluetooth connected and internet connected via a smartphone link, and all that technology comes in an ultra-light weight yet durable lifesaving package. There’s no targeting system but taxis are fairly obvious targets so we’re sure you’ll manage.

The Man…the machine…Skully.


Skully
From US$1,999
www.skully.com


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An Essential For Any Beach Bound Gent

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The Best of Both Worlds

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In It to Win It

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Old-School Challenges

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The Craft of Simplicity

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Helping You Help Yourself

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Because Knowledge is Power

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Neo

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Scotty, We Need More Power

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Let There Be Light

Since cavemen roamed the savannah in search of prey, we have needed light.


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