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Today in Gear: August 20, 2014

Today in Gear: J.



Hanx Writer
Created by Tom Hanks and compatible with iPad, this new, free app replicates the feel, rhythm and cadence of a traditional typewriter. All documents can be easily emailed, printed and shared. This typewriter requires iOS 7.0 or later and — fear not — has a “delete” key. Free

Just Type 2015 Wall Calendar
Gone are the naked girls, adorable puppies and scenic landscapes that’ve long populated man caves; this time journal celebrates fonts. Despite being overlooked as a mere option in Microsoft Word, fonts have distinct styles, looks and fascinating histories of their own. This calendar features twelve of the most interesting. Get this and pretend to be a design know-it-all. $14 ()

SWASH Express Clothing Care System
It won’t wash your underwear and socks, but this washer/dyer/steamer/ironer hybrid is prefect for getting that dirty button-down clean quickly. It can plug into any standard wall outlet and is easily stored in tight places, making it great for apartment-living. However, at five Ben Franklins, the laundromat around down the block is a cheaper (albeit inconvenient) alternative. $499

The Athletic-Fit Crosby Suit
A cousin to J. Crew’s adored Ludlow suit, this formal attire offers more comfort and flexibility in the chest, arm and leg regions. It’s available in four materials and colors — charcoal-worsted wool, navy Italian wool, herringbone windowpane and wool flannel — and it’s ideal for athletic guys who feel awkward in skinny jeans. jcrew.com ()

hook + ALBERT Colored Shoe and Boot Laces
An easy way to upgrade shoes: add color. Available in two lengths (32 inches and 54 inches) and a rainbow of colors, these waxed cotton laces come in packs of two, four and five. $24+

Sounds of Street View
Sounds of Street View is basically Google Street View with audio. Conceptualized by the hearing aid company Amplifon, the system (which requires a bit of coding know-how to add to Streetview) uses Web Audio API to recreate the way our ears process sound. Viewers can tell how close sounds are and where they’re coming from. Until we can window shop and talk to strangers virtually, this is our best noncommittal exploration option. amplifon.co.uk ()

Photo Essay: Outside Lands
Kanye wore a mask. Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips), a bodysuit. There was lots of denim, leather, and a handful of Chucks. Some sang the blues, some beat a drum. Big Freedia got white booties poppin’, and Kacey Musgraves left hearts to swoon. GP reports from Outside Lands 2014. Read This Story
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