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Best Bets

Bright word-powered locks. Plus, a simpler high-tech phone, knits with long-term potential, a modular beauty line...


The Best Bet
It’s hard enough to remember which gym locker, in that maze of identical ones, contains your worldly goods. A colorful lock helps, but you still have to remember the combination—which means adding yet another number series to the plethora of security codes and speed dials already stored in your overburdened brain. These word-powered locks are visible from a distance, and they’re also a welcome relief from integer jam. You can set them to any four- or five-letter combination; SWEAT, for example. (In six colors, $5.99 at Staples, 699 Sixth Ave., nr. 22nd St.; 212-675-5698 or