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Quite a few truly impressive products have come out of the Porsche Design Studio, founded by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (grandson of the Porsche founder and the original designer of the 911). Studio F. A. Porsche recently teamed up with Japanese electronics giant Panasonic to create something more unusual than any of their previous creations—a washing machine. The Panasonic ALPHA washing machine combines the commitments to technology, reliability, functionality and quality that both brands share to create an appliance with a focus on design that’s unparalleled. The door automatically pops out about an inch after a load is complete for better ventilation. A TFT display, rotary knob and single on/off button reduce the clutter that you’d normally find on the control area of a similar product. And, of course, it’s decked out in brushed stainless for that high-end look and feel. Unfortunately, the Panasonic ALPHA washing machine was developed exclusively for the Chinese market. We can only hope it makes its way to the rest of the world soon.

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[Shop]  You don’t need to be an international man of mystery for there to be value in the ability to pick a lock. Whether you have a penchant for forgetting your keys or just want to be there for friends and neighbors, learning to pick locks is a worthwhile skill. But that doesn’t mean you should go practicing on your front door; officers might not like that. Instead, get yourself this Lock Pick Training Kit, which includes a set of tools and a see-through padlock so you can watch what’s happening while you practice. Not only will you come to understand the inner workings of a lock, but you’ll gain the skills necessary to pick one with ease. And don’t worry, there are keys included in case you get frustrated.