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  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by sjvn
    +25 +8

    ​Engineering breakthrough may lead to batteries that never die

    University of California, Irvine researchers have created a battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.

  • Analysis
    11 months ago
    by dynamite
    +36 +7

    This smartphone-sized device can diagnose cancer in 20 minutes

    Advances in disease diagnostics now offer clinicians a staggering degree of accuracy. But access to results generally requires a well-equipped lab and a few weeks’ waiting time. But that could soon change thanks to a new, low-cost diagnostic DNA analyzer the size of a smartphone. Q-Poc, billed as a “handheld lab”, is the idea of British-based tech firm QuantuMDx, which says the analyzer can accurately diagnose everything from cancers to infectious diseases...

  • Review
    11 months ago
    by kxh
    +29 +5

    This new device claims to 'switch off' period pain

    It’s estimated that nine out of 10 women suffer from period pain each month, and an unfortunate 10 percent of those will get it so bad, they could be incapacitated for up to three days. But there’s another option behind secret door #3, and early reports are saying this thing actually works.

  • Analysis
    11 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +31 +8

    When Your Internet Goes Out, This Smart Plug Resets Your Router Until It Works Again

    When your internet goes out, resetting your wi-fi router and cable modem often seems to fix the problem. Instead of getting up from the couch to fiddle with power cords, why not let a tiny outlet adapter power cycle your hardware for you?

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by gladsdotter
    +23 +5

    Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are ‘Off’?

    About a quarter of most people’s energy bills come from devices in idle mode. A reporter took a power meter around with her to locate the hidden power drains.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by hxxp
    +28 +6

    Dronebuster will let you point and shoot command hacks at pesky drones

    Anti-drone technology has been high on the shopping list of public safety and military organizations at least since a drunken federal employee crashed a drone onto the White House lawn. Two companies on hand at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition here this week had two slightly different approaches to the problem. One anti-drone device has already been deployed in the hands of federal law enforcement and the military, and a "street legal" version may be coming soon.

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by sasky
    +26 +8

    Google’s smartwatch with radar for gesture control

    Google’s project Soli shrunk radar down to a tiny chip so you can control you smartwatch with a snap of your fingers.

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by wildcat
    +18 +5

    This Sucks: The Messy History of the Vacuum Cleaner

    If cleanliness really is next to godliness, then a vacuum cleaner is a religious necessity. This noisy, awkwardly-shaped contraption performs the mundane task of sucking up grime with precision and efficiency. While vacuum cleaners today are a multi-billion dollar business a household necessity, you might be surprised to learn the machine's basic design and performance hasn't changed much in the last hundred years.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by kxh
    +24 +6

    Inside Project Ara, Google's Lego-like plan to disrupt the smartphone

    Next year, Google will sell a smartphone that lets you swap in interchangeable parts to get new abilities.

  • Analysis
    9 months ago
    by drunkenninja
    +32 +8

    Take the Moon Home with Incredibly Detailed Lunar Globe

    If you want a nice view of the moon, instead of squinting into the night sky or cursing tall buildings, you could soon gaze at an expertly crafted model of the stunning celestial object. And this version is small enough sit atop your coffee table. The lunar globe, dubbed MOON, bills itself as the most accurate of its kind. Its makers used NASA data to re-create the moon's many craters, including Petavius and Copernicus, at 1/20,000,000th the original size. The mini moon comes with a ring of LED lights that revolve around the globe and illuminate the face of the moon as seen from Earth.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by zyery
    +7 +5

    Bose finally made a wireless version of its great noise-cancelling headphones

    Perhaps Bose won't ever truly win over the obsessive audiophile crowd, but the company sure has built a loyal following thanks to its best-in-class noise cancellation technology. And today, those top-notch headphones are going wireless. Bose has introduced the QuietComfort 35 headphones, priced at $350 and available starting right now. The QC35s feature the same around-ear design as Bose's previous wired QuietComfort offerings, and you can expect a very similar listening experience to what you'd get from the QC25s or the...

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by wildcard
    +42 +9

    Army's Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

    Since 2014, the U.S. Army has gradually been deploying the latest version of a hearing protection system that protects users from loud noises while still letting them hear the world around them. The system is called TCAPS, or Tactical Communication and Protective System, and about 20,000 of the new TCAPS devices have been deployed in the field so far.

  • Expression
    9 months ago
    by robmonk
    +30 +5

    Why I have finally taken off the Apple Watch for the last time

    It took me nine months to realise it, but the only useful thing about Apple’s £479 smartwatch was the weather notifications. Towards the end of May, I took off the Apple Watch I’d been wearing for nine months. I’ll never put it on again. I’d been wearing the £479 38mm Apple Watch with a sapphire screen, stainless steel shell and white sport band – something I genuinely appreciated as an article of jewellery – since we bought it at the launch in April last year.

  • Expression
    9 months ago
    by geoleo
    +40 +5

    When everything else fails, amateur radio will still be there—and thriving

    It’s a good time to be technical. Maker communities are thriving around the world, tools and materials to create and adapt are cheaper and more powerful now than ever, and open source hardware, software, and information mean that if you can think it, you can learn how to do it and then make it happen. For one group of technological explorers, this is more than just a golden age of opportunity: it’s providing the means to save one of the oldest traditions in electronic invention and self-education...

  • Analysis
    9 months ago
    by dianep
    +31 +10

    This tiny gadget turns your smartphone into a thermal-imaging camera

    A new device takes a literal spin on hot or not — the Seek CompactPRO is a small gadget you plug into your smartphone to instantly add thermal-imaging capabilities. Sure, the CAT S60 has built-in thermal imaging, but for those not crazy about the construction-like fashion statement, thermal imaging will soon be available on any smartphone with the Seek add-on. An update to the pricier and larger Seek Thermal Camera, the Seek CompactPro is the first add-on thermal camera with a 320 x 240 sensor array, according to the manufacturer.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by larylin
    +30 +4

    Phones without headphone jacks are phones with DRM for audio

    Nilay Patel's magnificent rant about Apple's announcement that future phones won't have headphone jacks starts with the main event: "1. Digital audio means DRM audio." It's true: the existence of HDMI ports enabled the use of HDCP, and led to the growth of video services whose products refused to play at full resolution (or at all) through analog outputs, and also arbitrarily refused to talk to various monitors and screens if some secret algorithm decided that they'd be a risk.

  • Expression
    9 months ago
    by wildcat
    +24 +5

    The BioRing Wearable Brings A Personal Trainer To Your Fingers

    BioRing is the new health and fitness wearable worn on a user’s finger that tracks and monitors calories, including protein and carb metrics, exercise, sleep, stress, hydration and heart health.

  • Image
    8 months ago
    by sjvn
    +38 +5

    Apple startup screens from 1979 to today

    In which we proudly celebrate 36 years of waiting for our computer to finish loading already.

  • Expression
    8 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +29 +6

    The Fight for the "Right to Repair"

    Fiifty years ago, if your television broke you could bring it to the local electronics shop to be repaired. These days, a broken TV likely means a trip to Best Buy for a new one. Electronics have become harder to fix. This is, in part, because they’ve become more complex. But some of the problem is by design. Manufacturers have increasingly restricted repair information to authorized repair centers, leaving consumers and independent repair people unable to deal with even simple problems. It's just easier (and sometimes cheaper) to buy something new.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +18 +5

    Sony's upcoming flagship smartphone purportedly leaks

    GSM Arena got its hands on what looks to be Sony's next flagship phone, the F8331 (the name will likely be changed before it's released), and the design language looks noticeably different from the Xperia X and Z lines that we've become accustomed to over the past few years. The F8331 features rounded edges reminiscent of the Lumia 920, a bigger screen than the 5-inch Xperia X devices, and a USB-C port — which would be a first for Sony.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +22 +8

    Meet Balmuda, the $230 Toaster From Japan

    It's a plain little oven, but what comes out is both mundane and magical: perfectly toasted bread. Balmuda, a small appliance maker based in Tokyo's suburbs, has taken an ordinary kitchen appliance—the toaster—and turned it into a high-tech gadget. Using steam and carefully calibrated heat cycles, it transforms store-bought bread into something that smells, tastes and feels like it popped out of a baker's oven. The toaster costs 24,000 yen ($230), or almost five times the price of a regular device in Japan (the smaller appliances with doors and trays are the norm here, rather than the pop-up variety).

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +22 +4

    Japan Will Make Its Last-Ever VCR This Month

    Most of us stopped using video cassette recorders a very, very long time ago. By 2008, DVD had officially replaced VHS as the preferred home media format, and the glory days of the 1980s—when VHS and Betamax battled it out to be the number-one choice for watching and recording movies and television at home—were very much in the rear-view mirror. So it might surprise you to learn that VCRs are still being manufactured—at least they were until this month. Funai Electric, the last remaining Japanese company to make the units...

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by weekendhobo
    +36 +9

    Apple Watch sales are down 55%

    A new report from market intelligence firm IDC shows Apple Watch sales have dropped 55% since the product was launched in early 2015. The watch debuted to a backlog of orders and 3.6 million units were shipped in its first three months on the market. But sales plummeted to just 1.6 million in the latest quarter, according to IDC. That's in spite of a price discount. Apple it set to deliver an updated operating system for its smartwatch this fall -- called watchOS 3 -- which promises new features and improved performance. It's widely expected to also introduce a redesigned "Apple Watch 2" in the autumn.

  • Interactive
    8 months ago
    by manix
    +22 +8

    The Superbook: Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99 [Kickstarter]

    Your smartphone is an incredibly powerful computer. You already do a lot on your smartphone: it's convenient, portable, and holds all of your apps, files, and contacts. In fact, you could accomplish a lot more with it, but are often held back by its small screen size and limited mobile interface. That's why we created the Superbook - to remove those restrictions and give you the freedom of using just one computer. What is the Superbook? At its core, the Superbook is a smart laptop shell that provides a large screen, keyboard and multi-touch trackpad, 8+ hours of battery, and phone charging capabilities.

  • Analysis
    8 months ago
    by sjvn
    +19 +6

    What would you do for an internet connection?

    From the early days of the internet to today, there's little we won't do to get a good connection.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by 8mm
    +28 +9

    HP made a backpack that can recharge your laptop

    HP's new Powerup Backpack may look like a standard backpack, but this thing can recharge a full-size laptop thanks to a massive 22,400mAh battery. With that much juice you could recharge your smartphone 10 times. The canvas bag features ventilated pockets and heat sensor monitors and regulators to keep it from getting too hot.

  • Expression
    7 months ago
    by hxxp
    +19 +5

    A Roomba smeared dog poop all over this man's house. There's an economic lesson here.

    A robot vacuum cleaner sounds like a great idea. I have a Roomba, one of the most popular models, and most of the time it works great. But sometimes there are unexpected problems. In a recent Facebook post, an Arkansas man described just how bad these problems can be. His dog had an accident on the floor, and then the Roomba started its scheduled cleaning. "If your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle," the man wrote. Unfortunately, he happened to be asleep when the Roomba ran.

  • Review
    7 months ago
    by canuck
    +10 +4

    Not a chef? Make good food anyway with 7 kitchen gadgets smarter than you are

    With smart pans and precision cookers, there's no reason to have a bad meal at home. Here are some smart gadgets to take your cooking to the next level.

  • Analysis
    7 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +9 +3

    This Television Screen Can Be Rolled Up Like a Piece of Paper

    The television set generally seems like a pretty static concept: a large rectangle that sits on a stand or attached to a wall and, well, stays put. Turns out, electronics designers are finally seeing room for movement. At CES 2016, LG Display revealed a prototype of a rollable OLED screen that can curl up like the morning paper. The 18-inch display is less than a millimeter thick and sports 810 x 1200 resolution. It’s not the first the world has heard of curvable screens, but it’s arguably the furthest the concept has come thus far.

  • Expression
    6 months ago
    by drunkenninja
    +38 +7

    How Apple Sells its Controlling Ways as Futurism

    “Our lightest product ever,” the page announces. Lithe and sleek like all Apple’s wares, the Apple Plug is a small, aluminum stopper meant to seal up the “archaic headphone connector” in your iPhone 6 or 6s. Machine-rounded at the end to match the device’s curve, it comes in gold, rose gold, and space gray to match every iPhone finish. Once installed, the Apple Plug is eternal, permanently barring access to the 3.5mm port—which Apple just “courageously” removed from the new iPhone 7. Until you can get your hands on one, what better way to prepare for that bold future than to stop-up the temptation to live in the past?

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by sjvn
    +22 +6

    ​Nextcloud Box: A cloud for your office or living room

    Nextcloud, in partnership with Canonical and WDLabs, has released a Raspberry Pi and Ubuntu Linux powered cloud server for your home or office.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by sjvn
    +22 +3

    HP just made it impossible to use third-party ink in its printers

    HP silently disabled the ability to use third-party printer ink cartridges in its HP Officejet printer lines.

  • Review
    6 months ago
    by sjvn
    +28 +4

    AirPods: Just as bad as you thought they’d be

    No matter how much you love Apple gear, you’re going to have trouble loving AirPods.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by sjvn
    +41 +9

    Battered But Not Beaten Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts In Auto Repair Shop

    One common complaint in the twenty-first century is that nothing is built to last. Even complex, expensive computers seem to have a relatively short shelf-life nowadays. One computer in a small auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland, however, has survived for the last twenty-five years against all odds.

  • Analysis
    5 months ago
    by geoleo
    +19 +5

    How Google Plans to Take Down Amazon’s Echo

    At its press event in San Francisco next week, Google is expected to not only unveil new flagship phones, but also officially launch Google Home, a Wifi-connected smart speaker that can be best described as Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo — but it’s just a first step in an ambitious plan to battle Amazon for dominance in the home.