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Father's Day is quickly approaching, so it's time to open up that wallet and get the perfect gift for Pops. Sure, most dads would be content to just have a day of peace and quiet -- and a solid breakfast of bacon and eggs -- but if your dad's gadgets are older than you, then it's time to help bring him into the modern world. Here's the best new tech for your old man.
1. For The Dad Who Hits The Links
SwingTip ($129): If your dad spends every weekend working on his swing, but is too cheap to hire a pro, then give him a SwingTip. This device attaches to his club, then syncs with his smartphone to improve his technique and his ego.
Motivation is a rare mineral. After college, the old go-tos fear or even shame don't seem to hold the weight they once did. I have no trouble gluing myself to a level of "Angry Birds" until I smash it into a three-star submission. Why can't this type of enthusiasm and motivation be maneuvered towards staying active or, god forbid, working out? High-tech fitness bands hope to turn your active life (or attempt at one) into a goal-oriented, data-tracking, achievement-earning adventure.
Two of the more popular data-gathering fitness bands are the Nike+ FuelBand ($149) and the Up by Jawbone ($130). Both bands track your activity, allow you to set a daily goal and offer handy mobile apps so you can look at your progress.
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We obviously think iPads are awesome, but some people seem to think it's a replacement for all other devices. Yeah, an iPad is great for playing games, reading books and watching movies--but there are also times when using that giant, bulky tablet just looks completely ridiculous.
For example, Spike Lee, taking a photo above. There's no denying he's a great filmmaker, but just because your iPad has a camera doesn't mean you should actually use it. Instead of blocking the view of everyone behind you, how 'bout just using an actual camera? Or, better yet, simply enjoying that beautiful view with those two natural cameras on the front of your face?
Here are four other examples of when an iPad looks more stupid than stylish...
Making a phone call
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While you can't technically make phone calls on your iPad, you can (sort of) by using Google Voice, Skype or even Facetime. Don't. Instead, pull that teeny tiny iPad from your pocket--also known as your phone--and handle your voice communications that way.
In the video game world, heroes haves numerous opportunities to power-up their physique and mind by gathering various magic mushrooms, indestructible armor, enchanted potions, etc. Back in the real world, technology is creating life power-ups in the form of physical peripherals and supplements that enable anyone to be smarter, stronger, more organized and achieve a Godlike omnipresence.
My Dad used to say, "There is always going to be someone bigger and stronger than you out there."
Well Dad--technology is helping bridge that gap--so shut up!
My iPhone 5 has evolved into being a vital organ. I use it for everything: ordering food, directions, thumbing through tumblr and the occasional phone call. A problem I run into often is when I need it for a social media emergency or "was that a left or a right for the bar"--it's dead in the water.
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Your mom might be happy just to receive a card or flowers from a website, but c'mon...she deserves something nicer for putting up with your crap throughout the year. Take this day seriously and get her a gift that she can actually use.
We know that some moms are more tech-savvy than others, so we'll help you unleash her inner geek with these gadgets. Just remember, it's the thought that counts...so buy her something you like as well, just in case she can't figure it out and tells you to keep it.
1. For The Music-Loving Mom
Braven 570 Wireless Speaker ($120): The Braven 570 allows Mom to bring her music anywhere in the house, or outdoors when she needs to get away from it all. With 10 hours of battery life, six watts of power, a built-in speakerphone and enough colors to match any room, it's a no-brainer for your audiophile mama.
Last month, we decided to give away four Mangroomer Professional Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shavers to our fans with the most-unruly back hair. We called it "The Hairiest Back Contest," and we expected dozens if not hundreds of entries. (We even tried it ourselves to make sure it was a quality product.)
Unfortunately, none of you wanted to manscape your backsides--or just didn't want photographic evidence of your hairiness on the internet--except for one brave soul: David from Huntington Station, NY. He sent us the above photo (which we've cropped because it featured a full hairy ass shot), and won himself a new gizmo to shear the left side of his body.
While we waited to receive more submissions, David sent us this follow-up message:
"Hey did u guys get a winner yet for man groomer. Broke up with my girl n I gotta shave this hair off. Wondering if I gotta buy one to keep this hair from peeking out back of my shirt on new date. I am the guy that sent u pic of back n ass. All needs to be trimmed up real soon. Thanks"
Yes, David, we've picked a winner (you), and we could never forget who sent that pic (of back n ass). Enjoy the Mangroomer device, and good luck on all your future dates!
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There's an app for everything, but--like peanut butter and jelly, or gin and tonic--some things are better when combined. Here's the application amalgamations that would make every modern guy's life easier.
1. Code Red + Priceline
The former is "a survival guide for her monthly cycle. Period." The latter lets you pay whatever you're willing to skip town, thanks to Captain Kirk. Beam us up, Scotty...earth's too scary this week.
2. Mint + OKCupid
One app tracks your spending, the other tracks your dating. Integration would allow you to determine which ladies are driving you to bankruptcy, and which are a sound investment.
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March Madness has descended upon us, and every guy has an opinion about which NCAA team is gonna come out on top. After all, the fun isn't just watching basketball; it's picking the perfect bracket, placing the right wager and avoiding work to hover over any device that shows your favorite team's standings.
A mountain of desktop and mobile apps can assist in your quest for bragging rights. We can't guarantee your favorite team wins, but at least your lack of sleep over the next few weeks will seem worthwhile.
Every "Guy Code" fan knows that dudes must shear ourselves, lest we disgust the ladies. Not everywhere, of course--women love the treasure trail just as much as the treasure--but just enough to look kempt.
Problem is, dudes with hairy backs are caught in a vicious cycle. They can't shave their backs without a girl's help, but every girl who sees them shirtless runs away in terror.
Fortunately, Guy Code Blog and Mangroomer are here to help with "The Hairiest Back Contest." We're giving away four Mangroomer Professional Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shavers (retail price: $49.95) to our fans with the most-unruly back hair.
Read the official rules for specifics, but here are the basics:
1. Between March 15 and March 22, email or tweet us a photo of your own hairy back. (It must be your back. Don't even try to cheat with someone else's picture or Photoshop.)
2. If you email it, you must include your (a) name, (b) mailing address, (c) date of birth and (d) paste the following statement in the body of the email:
3. If you submit via Twitter, include this in your tweet: [PHOTO] #HairiestBackContest Rules: http://on.mtv.com/YdLL9B
4. We'll select the winners based on (a) humor, (b) originality and (c) hairiness of back. Our lawyers actually wrote that sentence.
All right, Chewbacca, what are you waiting for? Send us those photos!
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