If these two were all looking a little bit oblong, then the curious Wireless Charging Cube might be for you. Yep, it's Bluetooth streaming again, but also plonk your Qi induction compatible device on top, and it'll juice that while you jam (there's a non wireless charging / charger version also.) How much do these slabs of sound cost? The Boombox is $399, the Wireless Weatherproof is $250 while the Wireless Charging Cube is $399. More here.
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
Apple is accepting old iPhones as part of its Reuse and Recycle Program and the value you get from Cupertino actually isn't too terrible: an excellent condition iPhone 4S 64GB can fetch $345 while a used and slightly scuffed iPhone 4 16GB will still score you $160. All you have to do is send the iPhone with the power cable and Apple will give you a gift certificate which you can promptly use to buy your next iPhone. It's like swapping car leases but for phones. More here.
Researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa have developed a pill that can wipe out malaria with a single dose. It's a development that could save millions of lives in Africa alone, not to mention the rest of the world. But there's a teensy weensy little hurdle that must first be overcome: human testing.
Yes, that it hasn't been tested on humans leaves a big question mark, but according to National Geographic, early tests have proven extremely effective.
Most medical testing begins with animals, so it's not like there isn't a reason to be optimistic about this pill's effectiveness. And solving the malaria issue in Africa would allow doctors and health care providers to focus on bigger issues facing the continent, such as HIV. More here.
The Verge reports the 2560 x 1080 29-inch EA93 monitor boasts a highly unconventional 21:9 aspect ratio—most wide screens are 16:9. This means more screen real estate for windows aplenty—possibly sparing your desk from an additional monitor. It'd also make for a pretty fantastic Windows 8 display, giving the horizontal-heavy Metro Start Menu plenty of room to luxuriate. A little extra resolution would be nice, though—but maybe we're just spoiled by the Retina MacBook Pro. No word on pricing or availability, but expect it to be a lot of money. More here.
Aug 29, 2012
The Smartype display's primary raison is to mirror your computer's screen, but only what you're typing so you don't have to keep looking up while you pound away at the keys. It seems a bit redundant for touch typists who rarely needs to glance at their keys, but if you haven't the mastered the QWERTY keyboard it could theoretically improve your typing speed. More here.
Not surprisingly the Thermospatula is heat-resistant up to 428 degrees fahrenheit and is capable of displaying temperatures in celsius or fahrenheit from -4 to 464 degrees. And so you're not dropping $24 on a one-trick pony, the spatula's temperature probe is removable and can be used by itself as a meat thermometer ensuring your entire meal turns out perfect-not just dessert. More here.
Aug 28, 2012
Six preset settings should suffice for most users needing hot water for instant coffee or a recipe. But if you're precisely brewing coffee or steeping tea and require the water temperature to be exact, above 140 degrees fahrenheit you can program a specific temperature that the kettle will target with two degrees of accuracy. And it will automatically hold that exact temperature—which is constantly displayed on an LED screen—for up to an hour. In September the kettles will be available in two flavors: a one liter gooseneck model perfect for fancy tea parties (or preparing pourover coffee), and a more traditional 1.7 liter design which wil both sell for $100, much to the delight of budget-conscious coffee connoisseurs. More here.
The award-winning lamp design transforms from initial bud-like position—its petal/shade drawn in—into a full bloom that releases maximum light. The single-piece print can be expanded or contracted by hand, depending on the amount of light desired. More here.
Aug 27, 2012
The lens measures in at a mere 60 nanometers thick, so for all intents and purposes it's almost just a 2D object. (But not quite.) It's made by plating a thin wafer of silicon with a layer of gold that's then etched away to create a series of V-shaped structures across its surface. When light hits these structures it's slowed ever so slightly which changes its direction—like the glass in a traditional lens does. And by carefully tuning the angle, size, and spacing of these V-shaped structures across the surface of the lens, it can capture wide-angle or telephoto images without the distortion that's seen from something like a traditional fish-eye lens.
Mirrorless swappable lens cameras have already taken a bite out of the DSLR's market share, but if and when this technology hits the market it could serve as a death blow to the heavy bulky cameras preferred by professional photographers. More here.
No room in your apartment for LG's upcoming 84-inch monster? Don't worry, the Korean outfit has something in your size, as well. The company's TM2792 promises the same Cinema 3D passive glasses technology as its big brother in a more compact 27-inch frame.
The tube also promises to play nice with your other devices, featuring a MHL and WiDi for screen and content sharing. No word on pricing yet, but LG says the Personal Smart TV should land in European markets this September. More here.
Aug 26, 2012
It's hard to find a good specialist on earth, let alone when you're floating 240 miles above it. That's whyNASA will test the Microflow, a breadbox-sized device that instantly detects cancer and infectious diseases, and can even sense the presence of rotten food. The Canadian-made device is a "flow cytometer," which works by analyzing microparticles in blood or other fluids and replaces hospital versions weighing hundreds of pounds.
Here on Earth, the device could let people in remote communities be tested more quickly for disease, or permit on-site testing of food quality, for instance. It will be particularly advantageous in space, however, where Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will test it during his six-month ISS mission, allowing crew to monitor, diagnose and treat themselves without outside help. More here.
After refreshing its computer range, Apple's gearing up for two events for its new phone and tablet hardware, according to sources at AllThingsD. Given the excitement welling up behind its next iPhone, many have noted (including Daring Fireball's John Gruber) that it would make a whole lot of sense to furnish both the phone and the heavily rumored smaller tablet with individual events -- and that is, apparently, what's going to happen.
Unfortunately, the anonymous sources weren't revealing anything further -- Apple's yet to confirm that posited September 12th event date, let alone any secondary event. More here.
Aug 25, 2012
Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 and the first man to ever set foot on the moon, died to today at age 82 due to complications from his heart surgery three weeks prior.
As always, it is a terrible tragedy to lose a national hero, especially one whose accomplishments were as legendary and far-reaching as those of Neil Armstrong. With but a one historic step, he showed the world what kind of feats humanity is capable of achieving.
That's not all the news, however, since Evernote'salso updated its iOS application for the second time during August; bringing page and multi-shot camera features to the mix, while faster download times and improved PDF support on iPads can also be found inside the fresh 4.4 version. More here.
Aug 24, 2012
Following its bankruptcy claim, Kodak had initially hoped to pay back the banks it owed by selling off part of its patent portfolio. But amid delays, Kodak realized they weren't going to make enough to cover the costs. The company hopes that by selling off it's personal imaging division and moving towards becoming a printer business, it can regain some of its mojo. More here.
Fortunately, it has a Gore-Tex shell, so it's not the kind of cool that's going to have you hitting the jacuzzi after two runs. The coat is also equipped with plenty of pockets for all the things you inevitably need on the mountain, as well as layers you can shed and layers you can open, depending how cold the day is. While your mind might still be on the beach, it's fun to take a break and think about what you've got to look forward to once the seasons change. More here.
Aug 23, 2012
Scientists believe that stem cell therapy could change medicine forever. However, these therapies are impossible to implement on a large scale because you can't acquire embryonic stem cells without having to use actual human embryos—an extremely controversial undertaking. The alternative has always been to use the stem cells found in umbilical cords—which is why rich people use umbilical cord storage facilities to guarantee future treatments for their kids—or use viruses to reprogram adult cells. These viruses can successfully return adult cells to their stem cell state, but the procedure opens the door to numerous complications as a result of potential DNA mutations. And those mutations could lead to cancer.
But this new method changes everything. To start with, it uses normal adult blood cells from the patient, so there's not need to keep umbilical cords in storage. It also doesn't use any virus reprogramming, so it's completely safe. It's also very efficient: researchers successfully transformed about 50 to 60 percent of adult blood cells into embryonic stem cells that can then be turn into any type of cell—a heart muscle cell, a bone cell, a nerve cell, anything. More here.
A set of swivelling support arms fold away and protect a simple LCD display when the scale is buried in a drawer. But its minimal design doesn't mean the TriScale has limited functionality. Touch-sensitive controls ensure that physical buttons won't get clogged with spilled ingredients, and an "add and weigh" function allows you to do just that—weigh multiple ingredients as they're all being added to the same bowl. And when it hits stores this fall, you'll be able to grab one for an equally minimal $30. More here.
Aug 22, 2012
Because even germaphobes deserve nice things, today Logitech unveiled its new K310 washable keyboard with a snazzy waterproof design that can be scrubbed and submerged in up to 11 inches of water. So it's perfect for the next time a sneezy co-worker uses your computer.
A set of drainage holes in the back helps the keyboard dry quickly after a bath, and the keys are laser printed with a UV coating so it's nigh impossible to accidentally scrub off the letters. The $40 keyboard even comes with various function key shortcuts for launching email, browsers, a calculator, or your media player of choice. And it will be available for sometime this month for just $40, a reasonable investment for any office if it helps prevent the spread of colds. More here.
It's almost inevitable you'll drop your iPhone, and if it's caseless, it'll break both your device and your heart. But with Systm's cases, you might ensure that your phone will have a soft, safe landing.
Now if there's any chance you might upgrade when the new iPhone comes out (which is probably soon!), you maybe shouldn't buy a case now. But if you're sticking with the 4S, these rugged sleeves ($25-$50) will protect your Apple gadget with reinforced bumpers, cushy, corners, and Poron XRD foam in the pricier versions. But better to spend a little money on a case than a lot of money on a new phone, more here.
Aug 21, 2012
While pricing hasn't revealed whether it'll spar with the Nexus 7 for the hearts of bargain tablet shoppers, Lenovo's smaller Android 4.0 slab, the A2107, has called in at the FCC. Again, there's not all that much to glean from a tablet that's prone and turned off, but it does give the product another nudge towards launching next month. More here.
Aug 20, 2012
Most camera mounts seem targeted at extreme athletes wanting to record their over-the-top exploits with a GoPro strapped to their bike's handlebars. But Minoura's new quick release mount looks like it would appeal to the hipster community instead, letting them strap their plastic Lomos to their retro fixie bikes.
Its quarter-inch threaded bolt attaches to a camera's standard tripod mount, while a quick release spring lock makes it easy to then temporarily secure everything to a bike's handlebars. A cork ring at the base of the bolt prevents a camera from coming loose while the bike is jostling about, and the whole setup pops off in mere seconds for quickly snagging a candid shot. And for $18 it's a relatively cheap way to shoot bicycle POV shots without emptying an entire roll of duct tape. More here.
This brilliant shelf is perfect for anyone who loves to show off the tchotchkes they've amassed, but also keep the more embarrassing items out of sight. On top you can proudly display your collection of antique tea cups, while the secret drawer will easily hide all of your Pokemon trading cards
When closed, the 1.3-inch thick shelf won't draw any attention to itself thanks to a wraparound wood veneer that hides the drawer's seams. And in lieu of handles that would be a dead giveaway of its alter-ego, the shelf is opened using a set of magnetic 'keys' that easily detach when it's closed. Besides hiding the trashy tomes you enjoy curling up with at night, the shelf also makes for a great place to stash valuables—at least it would if Torafu Architects were to actually put it into production. More here.
Sony just announced its new line of next-gen Exmor RS, stacked CMOS image censors, and they look good.There are three different units in the new line, two of which are eight megapixels, along with a top-of-the-line one that packs 13 megapixels. Sony's also bringing out new f/2.2 lenses and revamped auto-focus modules. To top it all off, each one of these puppies is capable of HDR video recording.
These upcoming sensors are expected to come out sometime in October, so we probably won't actually see these start showing up in mobile devices for a little while. Still, it bodes well for the future of mobile photography and video, after all, Sony's Xperia cameras were already pretty good before this. These new modules should help spread the high-quality love around. More here.
Aug 19, 2012
One of the biggest bummers about Mars Rover Curiosity's epic landing is that there was no news crew on the surface to catch footage of the descent. This full resolution video of Curiosity touching down from its own point of view is the next best thing.
This isn't the first video of touchdown, but it's the best. It's the result of stringing together all the high resolution shots the rover took on its way to the surface, high resolution shots that took a lot longer to get back to Earth than the initial thumbnails. If it seems a bit choppy, that's because Curiosity only took about four pictures per second. It might not be movie quality, but this is the best video out there of what it's like to land on Mars.