Introducing the New Laughing Squid Store Featuring Unique Gear, Gadgets, Apps, Software and More!

Laughing Squid Store

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Laughing Squid Store. It features an eclectic mix of awesome gear and gadgets, software, lifestyle products, web services, designer assets, eLearning services, freebies, and much more great stuff at a deep discount.

Items in the store are available for purchase for limited time and we will be adding many new things all the time, so make sure to create a store account and subscribe to our store’s Twitter account and RSS feed to hear about the latest items available. When you sign up for our store, you’ll also be added to an email list with options for daily, weekly and monthly store updates which you can configure through your account settings.

We are offering a special Laughing Squid Store launch discount to our readers. Just enter code LS10OFF at checkout to receive 10% off your first purchase. The coupon code expires March 3, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.

Our store also has a really great referral program. If your friends sign up via the unique referral link we provide, you’ll earn a $10 credit after they make their first purchase.

The Laughing Squid Store is powered by StackCommerce. They handle all support issues related to the store and manage the inventory and shipping of items.

Keep an eye out for our weekly roundup blog post highlighting items in the store as well as the occasional blog post about individual items in the store.

Here are some of the items currently available in the Laughing Squid Store:

Limited-Edition Code Black HD Camera Drone – $89.00

Bedphones Sleep Headphones – $39.95

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack – $29.99

BOLT Portable Battery & Wall Charger – $44.99

Soma Glass Carafe & Sustainable Water Filter – $35.99

BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer – $42.99

Samsung Introduces the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Featuring New Designs, Wireless Charging, and Mobile Payment

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung is marking the Mobile World Congress consumer electronics show in Barcelona, Spain this week by announcing the latest two additions to its Galaxy S Android handset line (previously), the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Both smartphones feature 5.1-inch displays, wireless charging, a brighter and faster 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a new design-focused glass body that ditches the plastic backing of previous models. As the name implies, the biggest difference between the two phones is the side of the display, which is curved in the case of the Edge, both making for a thinner and sleeker phone and adding some additional features like the ability to quickly access contacts. The phones also arrive with a new mobile payment system in-tow.

Samsung Pay, a new, easy-to-use mobile payment service that will be compatible with more locations than any competing offering in a single application, will launch on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the United States during the second half of this year. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with both Near Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology to make it device, merchant and card issuer agnostic.

Both Android 5.0 phones are scheduled to be available globally starting April 10, 2015.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

images via Samsung

People Draw the Face of Spock From ‘Star Trek’ on Canadian Five-Dollar Banknote to Honor Leonard Nimoy

Canadian Spock 5 Dollar Notes
artwork by Spock Your Fives

With the news of Leonard Nimoy‘s passing this past Friday, The Canadian Design Resource took it into their own hands to tweet an image of a Canadian five-dollar banknote with a drawing of Spock’s face over top of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Facebook communities and groups, such as Spocking Fives and Spock Your Fives, feature a great collection of banknotes that have been “Spocked” by their members.

Although it is illegal to deface the bill, they are still acceptable to use for commercial purchases.

An image of the original Canadian five-dollar banknote for comparison:

Canadian 5 Dollar Note

Canadian Spock 5 Dollar Notes
artwork by Spock Your Fives

Canadian Spock 5 Dollar Notes
artwork by The Canadian Design Resource

by Myra Frost?
artwork by Myra Frost?

images via Spocking Fives, Spock Your Fives, Design Canada, and Bank of Canada

via Quartz

Meerkat, A Mobile App That Delivers Live Streaming Video to Twitter With the Press of a Button

Meerkat Meerkat

Meerkat is an app for iOS designed by San Francisco-based startup Life on Air Inc. that delivers live streaming video to Twitter with the press of a button, letting users broadcast events in real-time to their followers. The app creates a link on Twitter that followers can use to watch the video and comment using their Twitter handles. The video is a one-time only deal–no archive is created–but anyone can watch during a stream, regardless of whether they’re logged in via Twitter.

images via Meerkat

A Beautiful Message From Fred Rogers to All of the Kids Who Grew Up in ‘Mister Rogers’ Neigborhood’

Mister Rogers

Just a few months before his death in 2003, the wonderfully eloquent Fred Rogers recorded a message to all of the children, most of whom are now adults, who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in its original form. The message that he conveys is kind, loving, proud and poignant all at the same time, the way it always was when we were children.

I’m just so proud of all of you who have grown up with us. And I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead. But I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger, I like you just the way you are.

Thank you Mister Rogers. We will always like you just the way you are too.

‘Say What You Wanna Say’, An ‘SNL’ Sketch In Which Women Take the Lyrics of Sara Bareilles’ Song ‘Brave’ Literally

In the Saturday Night Live sketch “Say What You Wanna Say“, several women take the lyrics of Sara Bareilles‘ song “Brave” literally and empower themselves say what they want to say to whomever they want, no matter how off-putting they might actually be.

Five women (Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Dakota Johnson, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones) stop holding back and start telling the truth, just like Sara Bareilles would want them to.

Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave with what you want to say
And let the words fall out, honestly I wanna see you be brave
And since your history of silence won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would? Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Clever Parrot Constantly Tests and Adjusts the Water Temperature While Giving Herself a Bath in the Kitchen Sink

Miss Iris, a beautiful 13-year old Hyacinth Macaw in Palos Verdes, California gives herself a bath in the kitchen sink, constantly testing and adjusting the temperature of the water with just a little bit of assistance from her human Gail Worth.

It is a bit chilly today so I let Miss Iris have her daily bath in the sink. Notice how she always tests the water temperature with her foot before she puts her head under? She will move the faucet handle to adjust the temperature too! She prefers to take cold water hose baths outside.

After her bath, a well-washed Miss Iris polishes her beak with an emery board, a skill she learned by watching Gail do her nails.

via Daily Picks and Flicks

A Father and Daughter Bid Each Other a Tender Farewell Before She Joins ISIS in Absurd ‘Saturday Night Live’ Parody

Dad, it’s just ISIS

In the ridiculously absurd Saturday Night Live parody “Father and Daughter Ad“, a father and daughter bid each other a tender farewell and daddy’s little girl goes off into the next chapter of her life. A life where she doesn’t need “walking around money” or “another year of high school” or anything else that her emotional father offers to her in those final moments they have together before she joins her fellow ISIS recruits in the back of a well-armed flatbed pickup truck.

After her graduation from high school, a father (Taran Killam) must let his daughter (Dakota Johnson) go … join ISIS.

The sketch is meant to parody the Toyota Camry Commercial entitled “My Bold Dad” in which a father proudly says goodbye to his beloved daughter as she joins her fellow army recruits and walks into the airport.

‘Uber-Ex’, An On-Call Car Service Where Former Lovers Drive Passengers Home

Because we miss you and really want to make it work this time.

Cracked parodies Uber, the ubiquitous private car network, with “Uber-Ex” an on-call car service where passengers get driven home by their former lovers who already know how to get there, making for a really uncomfortable ride.

Using our state-of-the art social algorithms and your sister, Uber-Ex can predictively target both your pick up and destination points.