gadgets
A Single Cable Promises to Charge Your iOS and Android Devices

Back in 2014, we were duly impressed with the inCharge, which made it easy to keep a tiny emergency USB charging cable on your keyring. Four years later, its creators have found a way to improve the inCharge with a new version featuring a connector that works with both Lightning and microUSB ports so you don’t need to carry a separate cable for your non-Apple devices. Read More >>

crowdfunding
3D Headphones Startup Shutters, Leaving Backers Empty-Handed and Distinctly Poorer

Ossic, the company developing the Ossic X over-ear headphones designed primarily for virtual reality headsets, has ceased production after failing to deliver pre-orders to crowdfunding backers and is shutting down “effective immediately.” While Ossic blames lack of demand for its niche product (in addition to manufacturing difficulties), the company sure did raise a lot of money with its headphone concept, and to say people are a bit annoyed they aren’t getting their fancy cans anytime soon is an understatement. Read More >>

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Facebook Cuts Fundraising Fees for ‘Personal Causes’ Like Surgeries and School Supplies

Facebook is changing its tune when it comes to fees and fundraisers. The company announced in a blog post today that it will eliminate its “platform fees” for all personal fundraisers “in the coming weeks,” after charging users a 6.9 percent fee plus an additional $0.30 to run various types of personal crowdfunding campaigns on the platform, including for medical issues and other emergencies. Read More >>

internet
Patreon to World: ‘We Messed Up’

Last week recurring donation platform Patreon announced a change to its payments structure from an intuitive, once-a-month setup to a convoluted one that may as well have relied on used car salesman maths. Creators and patrons alike made their displeasure known, loudly. Today the company’s CEO Jack Conte announced unequivocally that the changes won’t take place. Read More >>

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Why Everyone Is Mad at Patreon Now

Over the past four years Patreon has grown to become the de facto funding model for independent creators online—a platform where supporters pledge small monthly recurring donations that better support an enduring career instead of the need Kickstarter or GoFundMe’s per-project setup fills. But an overhaul of its fee structure announced yesterday has creators furious and patrons leaving in droves. Read More >>

humour
The World’s Best GoFundMe Involves Poop, Firemen, and a Tinder Date Gone Horribly Wrong

GoFundMe can be a dark place. Sometimes, it’s your pitiful friends asking you for money so that they can take a European vacation and finally tackle that “research project” they’ve been wanting to do. Other times, it’s truly tragic circumstances, like a stranger asking for help with medical bills. But today, dear reader, one GoFundMe campaign showed the world that misfortune can be hilarious—and even heroic. Read More >>

computers
Someone Else Wants to Redo the ZX Spectrum

Another week, another go at reinventing the ZX Spectrum, with a new reworking up on Kickstarter and already through its funding target thanks to looking practically finished, particularly amazing and ready to roll out of the factory. Read More >>

crowdfunding
This Is It: The World’s Most Pointless Gadget

There's a lot of weird stuff being crowdfunded by people with too much time on their hands, but it still baffles us what some people will spend their money on. Like Revolt, a 'Multicolored LED Fidget Spinner,' which is literally just a little light-up thing that spins. Read More >>

design
This Trackable, Wireless Charging Backpack Is The Techy Bag We’ve Always Wanted

Techy fashion brand Knomo's new backpack design is proving popular on Kickstarter, raising all of its £50k target with nearly a month still to go. Read More >>

dogs
A Carpet Cleaning Company Made A Wet Hoover For Dogs

If you know the name Bissell at all, it's probably from their range of carpet cleaners, hoovers and floor sweepers. In other words, they do things for floors. Read More >>

mechanical keyboards
Lofree Is The Mechanical Keyboard Of Wannabe Writers’ Dreams

There's something about typing on a mechanical keyboard that gives you a feeling of being a Proper Writer. Whether it's the typewriter-like clickety-clicking or just the general feeling that you're really exercising your fingers, it definitely feels better to write on one. Even if it's just a tweet. Read More >>

crowdfunding
UK Entrepreneur Crowdfunds Safety Handlebars After Almost Knocking Down Cyclist

Bike safety is something everyone gets pretty worked up about, from the cyclists risking their lives on terrifying London junctions to the drivers who have flashbacks of nearly hitting one. Read More >>

crowdfunding
Someone’s Crowdfunding A Dildo Selfie Stick

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the Hall of Bad Ideas our latest inductee: the Sexfie Stick. Read More >>

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This Jacket Is A Great Way To Get Arrested At The Airport

As if it's not scary enough going through airport security in these times of paranoia and distrust, a new jacket seeking funding on Kickstarter looks set to make even coats look suspicious at check-in. Read More >>