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Qardio’s medical devices put human face on health care

Qardio's new smart scale won't automatically frown if you overate last night. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Qardio’s new smart scale won’t automatically frown if you overate last night. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAS VEGAS — Who ever thought a blood-pressure monitor could look cool?

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 Qardio did. The U.S. medical device maker is obsessed with crafting hospital-grade gear that wouldn’t look out of place sitting alongside your iMac.

The company’s latest product, unveiled during the International CES trade show here, is a smart scale that delivers feedback in the form of a smile or a frown, depending on how your weight is trending.

“It makes you feel good,” said Rosario Iannella, Qardio’s chief information officer.

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Shocking wearable could quell your chronic pain

Quell is designed to alleviate chronic pain. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Quell is designed to alleviate chronic pain. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAS VEGAS — Not every wearable launched this year will get slapped on your wrist.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015Quell, a new electrical-stimulation device designed to help alleviate chronic pain, gets wrapped around the wearer’s calf.

“I like to say it’s like a USB port into your central nervous system,” said Frank McGillin, SVP and general manger of Quell.

While a wave of fitness trackers and the upcoming Apple Watch are drumming up a healthy buzz about wearables, more and more medical devices work with smartphone apps and tap into Apple’s HealthKit platform. Quell doesn’t yet work with HealthKit, but McGillin told Cult of Mac that’s certainly in the cards.

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UE Megaboom speaker takes a licking and keeps on kicking out the jams

UE Megaboom bluetooth speaker. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

UE Megaboom bluetooth speaker. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s easy to see how the UE Megaboom could become your favorite way to listen to music. The new Bluetooth speaker packs great features into a rugged cylindrical package that won’t go tits up if you drop it or leave it out in the rain.

The UE Megaboom is bigger and louder than its predecessor, the similarly shaped UE Boom. It delivers glittering, precise highs and satisfying bass. It’s lightweight and boasts a 20-hour rechargeable battery. All in all, it’s a perfect device for the way we listen to music in the streaming era.

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Why you should watch The Interview (even if it might suck)

Bust terrorists in the balls by seeing The Interview. Photo © 2014 CTMG

Bust terrorists in the balls by seeing The Interview. Photo: Sony Pictures

Whether you head to a theater or stream it in the comfort of your home, you really ought to watch The Interview this weekend.

The action-comedy, about two journalists on a mission to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has become the unlikely must-see movie of the Christmas break — and it’s your patriotic duty to see it, like it or not.

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Tasty gifts for the cooks on your list

Get the chef in your life something special for the holidays. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Get the chef in your life something special for the holidays. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Surely you know one of these people: They’re not intimidated by a complicated recipe, and they can turn a handful of random ingredients into something delectable.

They stare dreamily at the windows when they walk by Sur La Table or Williams-Sonoma, and they’d rather whip up a meal on their own than go out for a dinner and drinks.

They’re serious about food and drink, and they’re not afraid to try new things. Well, serious cooks need serious tools. If you’ve got one of these masters of the culinary arts on your list, these gifts will tickle their tastebuds.

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Stop-motion Submarine Sandwich turns sporting goods into deli delights

Photo: PES

New stop-motion video Submarine Sandwich re-creates a 1920s deli counter.

Soccer balls and catcher’s mitts become tasty slices of deli meats in Submarine Sandwich, the latest amazing video from stop-motion auteur PES.

The Oscar-nominated director says it takes up to 12 hours to produce three seconds of his short films, which are creative in the extreme. His latest two-minute masterpiece, which premiered Wednesday on YouTube, is sweet meat for your hungry eyes.

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Apple Store ‘die-in’ sends message to ‘capitalist America’ about police violence

Protesters upset with the Eric Garner grand jury decision descend upon the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York. Photo: MSNBC

Protesters upset with the Eric Garner grand jury decision descend upon the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York. Photo: MSNBC

Protesters streamed into an Apple Store in New York City on Friday to stage a “die-in” and call attention to a man who died at the hands of a police officer.

The peaceful Apple Store invasion came on the third night of protests after a grand jury failed to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black man who was stopped on the street for selling cigarettes. Garner, who was asthmatic, died after Officer Daniel Pantaleo applied an apparent choke-hold.

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Lust List: Heart-pumping, dart-thumping gear (and a blinkin’ Apple book)

Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones will dazzle your ears and your eyes

Bowers&Wilkins P7 headphones. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones sound as sexy as they look. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

It’s ludicrous but true: How headphones look can be nearly as important as how they sound. Luckily for anybody who slides a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P7s over their ears, these high-end headphones do double duty. They will bamboozle your ears as well as your eyes.

With a stylish design and sturdy construction of gleaming metal and luxurious sheepskin leather, these aren’t a pair of big, cartoon-like plastic puffballs for your head. The P7s whisper quiet refinement rather than screaming “look at me.” If Beats Electronics’ brightly colored models are like those candy-colored iMac G3s from the ’90s, the P7s are like this year’s stunning iMac with Retina 5K display.

But really, looks are only skin deep. When it comes to music at its most intimate — when the sounds are piped straight from the source and directly penetrate your ear canals — it’s the quality of the audio that matters most.

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Lust List: Lock, socks and totally smokin’ gear