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It’s Not Magic: You Can Change The Color Of Your Shoes With An App

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It’s Not Magic: You Can Change The Color Of Your Shoes With An App

    It’s a shame we can’t watch Carrie Bradshaw turn green with envy on “Sex In The City” with an app that could change the color of her coveted shoes – even Sarah Jessica Parker would thrill over this new invention! You don’t have to be a celebrity to have a serious shoe addiction nowadays and with this clever creation, you can buy one pair of shoes with multiple colors and styles. Ishuu, the company behind this creative innovation, is calling it the Volvorii Timeless Smart Shoe and it’s slated to become “The world’s most elegant evolution in fashion tech.” These shoes take wearables to the next level on the runway and in the streets.

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      The base shoe comes in either black or white, and then uses e-ink technology to change the color or pattern customization on the sides and in front. Although the basics are only available in black-and-white, be sure to look for more color and pattern choices in the future. E-ink tech does require occasional charging, but you should only have to power them up about once a month since it’s also very efficient with power usage. The app connects to the shoes via a Bluetooth LE receiver on your smartphone that is hidden in the soles of the shoes.

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        But the customization doesn’t stop with color changes alone: clip on accessories add even more flair to this high-tech footwear. Currently closing out during their crowdfunding stage on Indiegogo, their entry level investments (offering a pair of these pumps at $149 and $249) are already sold out. Retail prices are estimated to be at $299 and are expected to ship in December of 2015. Imagine the possibilities – you could literally add your own custom logo and wear it on your shoe. From the corporate office in the morning to a more casual lunch with the girls and then hitting the club scene at night: change your style without changing shoes. It’s like a dream come true for shoe lovers everywhere.

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          While there’s plenty of apps out there that will help with tech services, applications are now going high fashion in the über competitive shoe industry. Although still in the funding stage at the time of this writing, it’s only a matter of time before we see more apps geared towards fashion. Watch a video of this shoe in action on YouTube.

          Featured photo credit: Colorful Shoes via picjumbo.com

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          How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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          How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

          There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

          Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

            What Does Private Browsing Do?

            When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

            For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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            The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

            The Terminal Archive

            While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

            Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

            dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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            Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

            Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

            However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

            Clearing Your Tracks

            Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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            dscacheutil -flushcache

            As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

            Other Browsers and Private Browsing

            Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

            If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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            As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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