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The ‘Sea Wasp’ will be a potent threat to terrorists and their underwater bombs

By on May 19, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

The ‘Sea Wasp’ will be a potent threat to terrorists and their underwater bombs

The sea wasp, a kind of jellyfish, can kill people in as little as three minutes by wrapping them in ten-foot-long tentacles and inflicting stings all over the body, injecting them with a potent and extremely painful venom.

Saab has developed technology named after this terrifying creature— in the form of a robot that will be able to discover and tackle bombs hidden underwater off U.S. shores and near American vessels.

To test its Sea Wasp technology, Saab has partnered with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office. The U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Divers Group 2, the FBI Counter-IED Section, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s Counter-Terrorist Operations Maritime Response Unit will all be testing the Sea Wasp over the next 10 to 12 months. More →

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Leo Luggage Robot Geneva Airport

Meet Leo, the robot that could make air travel a little less awful

By on May 18, 2016 at 9:49 PM.

Meet Leo, the robot that could make air travel a little less awful

Raise your hand if you hate dealing with airports. As soon as you’re done waiting in line to drop off your luggage, you’re off to a second line to go through the security check and then a third line to wait to board the plane. Add to that restaurant lines and even bathroom lines, and you’re in for an awful experience. Leo the robot might not fix all our problems at the airport, but it might help us avoid at least one of the lines we’ve all grown to hate. More →

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IBM’s new tech might make the iPhone faster than ever

By on May 17, 2016 at 10:16 PM.

IBM’s new tech might make the iPhone faster than ever

Each iPhone Apple launches is faster than its predecessor thanks to both hardware and software innovations. The same goes for high-end Android devices, though in most comparison tests it’s always the latest iPhone that comes out on top. At the same time, mobile operating systems become more sophisticated every year, requiring software optimizations as well as faster chips, memory and storage so that advanced apps don’t hinder performance.

IBM might hold the key to making the iPhone even faster in the future, in addition to other mobile devices and computers, thanks to innovation surrounding optical storage that might revolutionize the industry. More →

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Old iPods

Forget baseball cards, old iPods are selling for thousands of dollars on eBay

By on May 12, 2016 at 11:42 PM.

Forget baseball cards, old iPods are selling for thousands of dollars on eBay

The market for old electronics products is a bit bizarre. While a brand new iMac might set you back about $1,200, trying to get your hands on an original Apple I might set you back as much as $365,000. Much like the market for cars, the most expensive consumer electronics products tend to be either brand new or dreadfully old. Undoubtedly, many people are willing to shell out top dollar in the interest of nostalgia.

While original Apple I computers are nearly impossible to come by, you can still make a pretty penny if you happen to have a drawer somewhere filled with old iPods. Since Apple first entered the music player business nearly 15 years ago, the company has churned out about 25 different iPod models. And if you happen to have a few old iPods lying around, you might want to see if they’re worth anything.

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Camping Gear Light

This smart camping lantern lights up to guide you home

By on May 11, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

This smart camping lantern lights up to guide you home

When you think of camping lanterns, you’re probably imagining some kind of gas-powered Coleman monstrosity your dad used to fire up on weekends. But this is 2016, and lanterns are battery-powered, charge your phone when needed, and will even power up when you get near to help you find your tent in the darkness.

BioLite first made news for its camping stove that uses a wood-burning chamber to boil water and also heat your phone. Since then, the company has branched out into a range of solid stoves, lights and solar panels. Its latest idea is a camping lantern with extra USB ports to charge your stuff, and a Bluetooth connection to your phone.

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Hyperloop One Test Las Vegas

The first Hyperloop test happens today in Las Vegas

By on May 11, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

The first Hyperloop test happens today in Las Vegas

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop high-speed transportation project is getting closer to becoming a commercial product, but don’t get too excited just yet about traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about half an hour. However, Hyperloop Technologies, a company that’s looking to create Musk’s vision, has scheduled a major Hyperloop test for this week. More →

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Nvidia GTX 1080 GTX 1070 Price Release Date

Nvidia’s new graphics cards are somehow both more powerful and cheaper all at once

By on May 9, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

Nvidia’s new graphics cards are somehow both more powerful and cheaper all at once

Over the weekend, Nvidia finally unveiled the long-awaited Geforce GTX 1080 graphics cards. Running on the company’s new Pascal architecture, the GTX 1080 is simultaneously more power efficient and more powerful than the last generation of cards, while retailing for an even lower price. More →

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ResetPlug Features Wi-Fi Fix

Fix all your home Wi-Fi problems with one brilliantly simple gadget

By on May 6, 2016 at 10:53 AM.

Fix all your home Wi-Fi problems with one brilliantly simple gadget

Have you heard of the new $60 plug that claims it can fix all of your most common Wi-Fi problems? Called ResetPlug, the device does several things for you, including automatic router resetting, constant Wi-Fi monitoring, and delivering simple LED light alerts. As a side effect, it’ll also make us just a bit lazier. More →

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Smart Touchscreen Mirror Uber

New smart bathroom mirror is a total game-changer

By on May 1, 2016 at 9:34 AM.

New smart bathroom mirror is a total game-changer

If you thought that the Google Now-ready smart mirror a Googler came up with not too long ago was the best possible bathroom mirror you could imagine, then your mind is about to be blown by an even cooler design. This new smart mirror can run a bunch of apps, and it can even hail Ubers for you when it determines that you’re late for work. More →

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iPad Speed Testing

Ultimate iPad speed shootout pits all 12 iPad models against each other

By on April 27, 2016 at 3:12 PM.

Ultimate iPad speed shootout pits all 12 iPad models against each other

Since the release of the original iPad back in 2010, Apple’s famed tablet has taken on a number of varied form factors; it’s gotten smaller (iPad Mini), unbelievably thin (iPad Air), and more recently, it’s gotten a whole lot bigger thanks to the iPad Pro.

And much like we’ve seen with the iPhone, Apple has, more often than not, improved the iPad’s hardware consistently year after year, with the iPad 3 perhaps being the lone outlier. In an interesting effort to see how performance varies across every iPad model ever released – an astounding 12 devices in total – the YouTube channel EverythingApplePro recently dusted off Apple’s older iPads and put together a well-done video comparison.

Suffice it to say, Apple’s hardware has improved tremendously over the last six years.

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Apple Design Fail

Tech billionaire calls Apple ‘outdated’ and its product designs ‘obsolete’

By on April 26, 2016 at 8:54 AM.

Tech billionaire calls Apple ‘outdated’ and its product designs ‘obsolete’

Chinese billionaire entrepreneur Jia Yueting recently had some harsh words for Apple. During a speech at the China Entrepreneur Club (subsequently summarized by CNBC), Yueting boldly called Apple outdated while emphatically intimating that the tech world has effectively passed Apple by. Driving the point home, Yueting said that Apple’s product design chops were “obsolete.”

Now I know what you’re all wondering: who in the world is Jia Yueting?

It’s a fair question, and though Yueting is far from a household name outside of China, Yueting, through his company LeEco, has his hands in all sorts of products and services. Not only is LeEco often regarded as Netflix of China, the company also develops smartphones, HDTVs, and more recently, electric vehicles. Put simply, Yueting has aspirations to take on both Apple and Tesla.

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Robot Jia Jia

Is this the future? Chinese researchers unveil human-like ‘robot goddess’

By on April 18, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Is this the future? Chinese researchers unveil human-like ‘robot goddess’

The state of robotics is seemingly moving at warp speed these days. Not only do we have Google’s Boston Dynamics division churning out increasingly adept, capable and nimble robots, we’re also seeing a discernible improvement in the likeness robots bear to humans.

The most recent example of this comes to us via China where university researchers recently unveiled a realistic robot called Jia Jia. Three years in the making, Jia Jia ostensibly looks like a female adult, complete with facial features that can move (she blinks!), realistic facial expressions and human-like hair. Without question, Jia Jia thankfully helps us forget about that eerie looking Scarlett Johansson robot someone built last month.

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