Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An animated gay love story, ice cream that doesn't melt, oyster vending machines and more in our look at the web

1. Non-Melting Ice Cream At the Biotherapy Development Research Center in Kanazawa, an accidental discovery has resulted in the invention of non-melting ice cream. The ingredient is a polyphenol liquid, extracted from strawberries, that “make[s] it difficult for water and oil to separate”—meaning, in this instance, that a popsicle keeps its shape. Kanazawa Ice first became available earlier this year, and now can be bought …

Mophie’s New Laptop-Charging Battery

Not much bigger than Mophie’s smartphone-charging packs, the just-announced Powerstation USB-C XXL carries enough power to lend a full extra charge to Apple laptops. It does so by way of a rapid charging USB-C connector, which limits its compatibility to MacBooks from 2015 and later, or MacBook Pros from 2016 and later. Mophie worked with Apple on the sleek, fabric-covered design—and the battery will only …

Mophie Juice Pack Helium

A super slim, battery-boosting case for iPhone 5

A bit of good news for iPhone 5 users comes this week as Mophie—one of the most trusted names in mobile charging devices—announces Helium, its first case charger for the new model. When compared with other charging options, Mophie stands out by not standing out, literally: Helium is ultra-slim, about 13 percent thinner than Air, Mophie’s name for their iPhone 4/4S charging case. In terms …