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Today in Gear: August 22, 2013

Motorola Skip NFC Tag Motorola says the average Joe spends over a minute each day simply unlocking his smartphone. A MINUTE.


Motorola Skip NFC Tag
Motorola says the average Joe spends over a minute each day simply unlocking his smartphone. A MINUTE. You could do a lot in a minute. You could tie your shoes — with double knots! You could fill out and sign a check. You could read one page in a book. This thumb-sized device clips to your pocket or belt or wherever and, once paired, acts as an auto-unlock for your device with a tap. (Three included “dots” attach to any surface and create “trusted zones” that do the same thing.) It’s more secure than a passcode and it saves time. motorola.com

Johnny Cash: The Life
Music critic Robert Hilburn was a friend of Johnny Cash and witnessed firsthand his famous performance at Folsom Prison decades ago. Blending personal experiences and glimpses of Cash from those closest to him, Hilburn sheds light on the dark and troubled man behind the black suit via this bare, unique and honest portrayal. $19 ()

Mynd Calendar App
If you, for one, welcome our new digital overlords, then you’re likely on board with a workflow-obsessed, computer-aided lifestyle. Mynd is a calendar app that syncs with whatever calendars you’re already using and pulls data from events to provide you with relevant information. Transit schedules automatically populate before your dinner date; contact information becomes readily available right before your next meeting. It’s an all-access pass to the information you need now, and it’s smart as hell. Free

MG501 Cuba Chair
For the price of a modest mortgage, you too can own an elegant, comfortable design piece/folding chair. The Cuba really does translate the “feeling” of its namesake country — a sort of relaxed, easygoing but deliberate style. Available in natural wood/white cotton or black lacquer/black cotton, the Cuba is touted as a perfect “add on” chair for smaller spaces, and can be hung on the wall or propped in the custom floor stand when not being sat upon and/or used as collateral for a bank loan. $750

The Anorak by Nobis
Waterproof, breathable and packable like your grade six K-Way, but cooler. (And probably bigger.) With plenty of pocket real estate and quasi-technical-looking details, this unisex jacket packs into its own front-most pouch to save space for a weekend in the woods or a day on the links. In case you need to cool off/be groped more easily, there’s a zip-open vent on the jacket’s flanks. nobis.ca

Zero Halliburton Geo Aluminum Luggage
The classic aluminum briefcase just leveled up. Zero Halliburton’s new Geo Aluminum line features the same spy-friendly, corner-reinforced aluminum hardshell we all know and love, a telescoping handle arrangement and a couple wheels for ease of movement through airports and during shady cash drops at the stockyard. Cases are lined with pockets for securing gadgetry and accessories, and a TSA-compatible combo lock keeps everything safe (as if handcuffing yourself to the thing wasn’t good enough.) $695+

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