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These fake games spotted at IKEA look intriguing. I hear Grandmas Auto is all about running errands and mowing down pedestrians in a Buick.

(via Reddit)


If you’ve been on a home automation kick, you’ll want to check out the Bayit Smart Wi-Fi Socket. It will allow you to turn your electronics on and off from anywhere in the world using your iOS or Android device. But the best part is that it’s currently $39.99 (20% off) in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

From the product description:

The Bayit Socket connects your electronic devices and appliances to your Wi-Fi network so you can turn them on-or-off from your mobile device, from anywhere in the world. Turn on a light to make it look like you’re home, preemptively blast the AC on a hot day, shut-off the coffee pot you left on—the Bayit Socket will change the way you power your home.

Hand-selected from the coolest innovative products at CES 2015!

  • Use with fans, heaters, lamps, TV’s, washers, dryers—any home appliance
  • Set up quickly w/ intuitive, 2-minute process
  • Set schedules & set timers to turn devices on-and-off automatically
  • Cut your energy bill by setting your devices to turn off when you’re gone

Bayit Smart Wi-Fi Socket ($50 $39.99)

Check out a demo video after the break…

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For years, Canadians have been doodling on their five-dollar bills, transforming the former Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier into characters such as Spock and Severus Snape. “Spocking Fives,” as it’s called, has experienced a resurgence since the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy last Friday.

The bills that are best suited for “Spocking” are currently in the process of being replaced by newer, plastic bills which feature a different portrait of Laurier—but that isn’t stopping people from paying tribute on the new bills as well.

Check out the call to action along with a Spocked new bill after the break…

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Lego and Star Wars fit together like, well…two Lego pieces. Enter LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales—a new six-part miniseries that will debut later this year.

The series will retell the prequel and original Star Wars flicks from the perspective of everyone’s favorite robotic duo: C3PO and R2-D2. The action picks up shortly after the Battle of Endor (think: Ewoks using stormtrooper helmets as drums) with the droids sharing their take on the events that led up to the destruction of the Second Death Star, beginning with The Phantom Menace and going all the way up to Return of the Jedi. The show will debut on Disney XD, so it should be a fun one to watch with the kids!

(Hollywood Reporter via io9)


Do I need to say more than “solar-powered, dancing baby Groot bobblehead” for you to immediately want this?

Y’know how the newer VW Beetles have a vase? I really think people who own a Beetle or a Mini Copper who don’t get this and put it in their cars are really missing the boat.

It’s scheduled to arrive in June, but you can pre-order now.

Product Page ($12.99)


Oh my glob! Warner Bros. has announced that they’ll be developing Adventure Time into a feature-length animated film produced by The LEGO Movie‘s producers Chris McKay and Roy Lee. Pendleton Ward will be involved with the writing as well as producing.

Let’s just hope that they keep things mathematical and avoid CGI or (shudder) live action.

What do you think?

(Deadline via io9)

llap from ISS

The death of Leonard Nimoy has had a profound effect on many of us, and the outpouring of tributes is a testament to how much he was loved and respected. This is especially true among those in the space community.

In a reminder that Star Trek inspired a generation to dream about space travel, we wanted to share tweets from both NASA and NASA astronaut Terry Virts from aboard the ISS, along with a video from NASA astronaut Colonel Mike Fincke and ESA European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.

You can see them after the break.

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The madman behind this incredible LEGO TARDIS interior is Thorsten Bonsch. To commemorate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, he built a replica of the TARDIS interior as it existed for most of the 11th Doctor’s run.

The project was so ambitious it took him nearly 3 years to complete. And none of the LEGO pieces have been modified, save for parts that are “officially” meant to be cut—like hoses and strings.

The level of detail is just incredible. You can check out more jaw dropping views after the break.

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Loot Crate has announced the theme of their subscription box for March, and it’s titled “COVERT”. The description reads:

Calling all Agents of Loot!: We’re entrusting you with this top-secret (until now) intel: March’s Loot Crate is a dynamite, jam-packed collection of COVERT operations! We have compiled the very best of spies and undercover agents, operatives and espionage of some of your favorite spy & thriller themes and franchises. Among the assets we’ll be delivering are an EXCLUSIVE, officially licensed Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD replica collectible (complete with certificate of authenticity!); plus a Loot Crate Exclusive Orphan Black item; the return of an EXCLUSIVE t-shirt (not black!), plus some incredibly cool undercover-rrific wearable accessories; and much more! So study the mission and get ready to embark on an adventure in March!

Sounds like it’s going to be awesome. They also included an image of the cover of Goldeneye for the N64 in the announcement email which may or may not mean anything.

If you’re thinking about giving a Loot Crate subscription a try, you can check out our reviews for the January and February 2015 boxes to get an idea of what you can expect.

You can even get 10% off your subscription when you use the code “NERDAPPROVED” at checkout.


Guys! These may be the softest, most cuddly Pikachu ever, and they need a good home. Etsy shop xxNostalgic sculpts each needled felted Pokemon by hand and then affixes little glass eyes to basically melt your heart. The figures stand at 2.25 inches tall which is just big enough for a handful of a hug.

But Pikachu isn’t the only petite figure ready for adoption. Check out more of the sweetest Pokemon mini friends after the break.

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