Sony HT-ST5 Sound Bar Review

Sony’s new sound bar is changing the way I watch TV

By on September 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Sony’s new sound bar is changing the way I watch TV

I’ve always considered myself a utilitarian when it comes to my home entertainment center. I don’t need the four-speaker surround sound system, the wall mount or even the nice leather chair — just give me a couch and a television and I’m set. That’s always been my stance and I thought it always would be… until I tried out Sony’s new HT-ST5 sound bar. More →

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Apple October Event New Products

Get ready for new iPads: Apple’s next event reportedly scheduled for October 21

By on September 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Get ready for new iPads: Apple’s next event reportedly scheduled for October 21

So you’ve ordered your new iPhone 6, you’ve pondered the practicality of the Apple Watch and you’ve gotten all of your credit cards prepared for the launch of Apple Pay. Now what? According to AppleInsider, a source familiar with the company’s plans says that Apple has begun setting internal deadlines for mid-October, indicating that another media event is being scheduled for the second half of that month. More →

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Reversible USB Cable Finalized

The reversible USB cable you’ve been dying to own has finally been completed

By on August 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

The reversible USB cable you’ve been dying to own has finally been completed

Apple fixed one of the most frustrating things about owning an electronic device when it released the Lightning connector, and now the USB 3.0 Promoter Group plans to follow suit. The group announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited USB Type-C connector has finally been completed, which means the next generation of USB cables will be reversible. The new connector is specialized for use with mobile devices, but laptops and tablets will benefit from it as well. More →

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Apple Smart Home Hardware

Apple isn’t letting Google control your home without a fight

By on June 26, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

Apple isn’t letting Google control your home without a fight

With all eyes on the iPhone 6, it can be difficult to remember that Apple has other hardware aspirations in the pipeline. 9to5Mac reports that Apple’s next priority will be the Smart Home, consisting of a range of new devices that will interact with Apple’s phones, computers and tablets. According to unnamed sources, Apple has put together a team specifically for the Smart Home initiative, and although development could be delayed, the company is “beyond the exploratory phase of development.”

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HP keyboard: Leap Motion sensor built in

You can now buy a keyboard with Leap Motion built in

By on June 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

You can now buy a keyboard with Leap Motion built in

If you wanted a Leap Motion controller, you either need to buy the stand-alone sensor for $79, buy the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition, or buy one of 11 other HP devices that came with a keyboard that have an embedded Leap Motion sensor. Now you can buy that keyboard as a stand-alone device for any computer for $99, Engadget was told at the Computex trade show. Of course, you’ll need to have the Leap Motion software installed, which can run on Windows 7 or 8 and Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. When Leap Motion was announced in 2012, we called it “one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while” and its gesture controls look like a vision of the future. Despite the initial excitement, though, it has struggled to attract strong developer attention.

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SoftBank Pepper robot

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

By on June 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM.

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has become something of a maverick. He said he bought Sprint because “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” He also convinced Steve Jobs to give him exclusivity for the iPhone in Japan before Apple had even announced the device, and before Son had bought the mobile carrier SoftBank.

Now, he wants to sell you a $2,000 robot. More →

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Apple iMac rumors

It looks like Apple might unveil new iMacs next week at WWDC

By on May 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

It looks like Apple might unveil new iMacs next week at WWDC

Shipping times for the iMac have increased to 3–5 business days, adding credence to a recent rumor that Apple will launch a new cheaper iMac at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next week. First noted by AppleInsider, each of the base configurations of the iMac now has a longer than normal shipping time on Apple’s online store, up from the typical shipping time of “Within 24 hours” for most Mac products. More →

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College Kid Receives A Drone In The Mail

One lucky college student accidentally received a $350,000 drone in the mail

By on May 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

One lucky college student accidentally received a $350,000 drone in the mail

It has all the makings of a terrible early-’80s frat comedy: A college kid receives an expensive aerial drone in the mail and hilarity ensues involving drone-assisted beer runs and raids of girls’ dorm rooms. Amazingly, Motherboard reports that something very similar actually happened recently when a college student in the Boston area accidentally received parts of a $350,000 aerial drone in the mail and posted pictures of it on Reddit. Motherboard confirmed that the drone is actually the property of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the agency has told the publication that it’s not sure exactly how the drone wound up in the student’s mailbox.

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How to Spot Fake Electronic Devices

Study: You’re more likely to buy a fake smartphone than you think

By on May 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM.

Study: You’re more likely to buy a fake smartphone than you think

Many consumer electronics buyers in the U.S. end up purchasing counterfeit goods, a study commissioned by Canon reveals, with almost one in five buyers having paid for such devices in 2013 without knowing they were fakes. Furthermore, of those people who unknowingly purchased fake gadgets, more than half thought that they were actually able to spot counterfeit electronics. More →

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Pocket Printer Robot Mobile Printing

Video: This awesome robot is actually a tiny mobile printer

By on April 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Video: This awesome robot is actually a tiny mobile printer

Israel-based Zuta Labs has been developing a very interesting product meant to fix the one thing users can’t do on the go, despite the plethora of features smartphones have to offer: printing. The company already has a working prototype, the Zuta Pocket Printer, and is currently looking to raise $400,000 via Kickstarter to make it available to consumers. More →

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Transient Electronics Dissolve After Use

Video: Your unwanted electronics may soon self-destruct

By on April 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM.

Video: Your unwanted electronics may soon self-destruct

If you are in possession of any old cell phones, you know how difficult it can be to find a proper way to dispose of them. Certain electronics retailers will accept donated devices, a family member might need a loaner and it never hurts to have a spare, but once a phone, or any other electronic device for that matter, has reached the end of its life, it could end up sitting in a dump for decades without any signs of decomposition. More →

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Nest Thermostat European Launch

Google’s new thermostat officially launches in first European market

By on April 2, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Google’s new thermostat officially launches in first European market

A custom Nest thermostat version has finally launched in the U.K., The Verge reports, as the Google-owned company has modified the U.S. model to suit the requirements of the local market. Nest has added a new Heat Link component that connects the thermostat to a boiler via a wired or wireless connection. Apparently this particular component delayed the official launch of Nest in the region, although the thermostat has been unofficially available in as many as 120 countries on top of the U.S. and Canada, the only countries where it was released so far. More →

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