With so many cool things coming out each week, it can be hard to wade through all the rock-awesomeness. With ‘Cool Tools’, we’ve done the hard work for you.

This week we saw a smart and modern update to the humble lunchbox, a new way to take 360º degree turntable photographs, an app that promises to DJ your entire party, how to turn your old laptop into a Chromebook and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:

DESIGN

Prepd Pack

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“An intelligently designed, beautifully crafted lunchbox and smart recipe app: Get Prepd and kickstart your healthier lifestyle…”

Foldio360

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“A smart turntable to easily create 360º images with a smartphone…”

APPS

Quartz

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“It’s an ongoing conversation about the news, sort of like texting. We’ll send you messages, photos, GIFs, and links, and you can decide when you’re interested in reading more. Each session lasts just a few minutes, so it’s perfect for the train, elevator, grocery store line, or wherever you have a spare moment…”

Serato Pyro

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“Serato Pyro seamlessly mixes your music and never skips a beat. Get started with music stored on your device or stream from over 30 million songs from your Spotify Premium Account…”

DIY

Virtual Campfire by the River

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“Relaxing sounds and views of a crackling camp fire burning by a gently flowing river in the forest, accompanied by the delicate song of a Robin (Erithacus rubecula). This video of beautiful and pristine nature creates an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. It can help relax the mind and body, relieve stress and help create a positive and more balanced state of being…”

Old Laptop to Chromebook

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“The Chromebook experience you love. The PC you already have…”

ROCK AWESOMENESS

How A Michelin-Starred Chef Makes The Perfect Burger

“Chef April Bloomfield — of The Spotted Pig and The Breslin fame — has a brand new spot opening up in New York’s Midtown this week. It’s called Salvation Burger, and The Meat Show Nick Solares got to go behind the scenes to see how it’s namesake menu item comes together…”

Dandekar Makes a Sandwich

“Armed with plenty of time on his hands, RK Dandekar, a curmudgeonly retiree with a picky palate, will stop at nothing to find just the right ingredients for the perfect sandwich. A heartfelt, offbeat tale about the perks of aging. Winner, Grand Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking, Indian Film Festival of LA…”

And there you have it!

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