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National Geographic Duet Travel Phone

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I grew up reading National Geographic magazine. Later, I watched the NatGeo channel on TV, then became addicted to their website. NatGeo, in their quest to encourage world travel, offers a travel phone to make communication easy for globetrotters. Now they've taken that idea one step further in collaboration with Cellular Abroad.

Introducing the new National Geographic Duet Travel Phone model D888. It features a pay-as-you-go SIM card that allows you to make calls from 185 countries and receive free calls in around 80 countries. It will also handle a secondary SIM card if you have one, which will allow you to receive calls to your normal phone number. Then there's bluetooth, TV, FM radio, a camera, and preloaded content from National Geographic. I would assume that includes maps and travel guides. The phone costs $199.
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What's the downside? One review so far at Amazon says The NatGeo Duet Travel Phone is "the worst cell phone ever created" and lists various problems. It only has tri-band GSM connectivity and it lacks 3G. If you don't want to take your chances, you can buy the National Geographic SIM card without the phone, or you can rent a different model of travel phone for $18 a week. Or you can get a prepaid local phone when you get to your destination.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Spéciale

Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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