Drone Vs Drone

Drone wars: Meet the new drones designed to snatch other drones right out of the sky

Drone wars: Meet the new drones designed to snatch other drones right out of the sky

By on December 11, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

While the definition of the term “drone” has grown a bit murky in recent years with the rise of consumer quadcopters, but one thing is certain: quadcopter drones have become hugely popular, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In most cases, people use these remote-controlled flying gadgets for fun or for work, relying on pricier devices like the DJI Phantom 3 for high-quality aerial videos. Sometimes, however, people use these camera-equipped drones for less benign things like taking covert videos of people, spying on the competition, or even worse.

We have covered a number of emerging solutions that look to dispatch unfriendly drones, such as a new kind of rifle that can shoot drones out of the sky without firing a single bullet. Now a new type of anti-drone solution is about to be unleashed, and it’s far simpler than fancy rifles and giant anti-drone lasers. More →

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ISS Astronauts Microsoft HoloLens

ISS astronauts get to work with Microsoft’s HoloLens before anyone else

By on December 11, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

ISS astronauts get to work with Microsoft’s HoloLens before anyone else

Microsoft demoed its augmented reality headset many times, impressing the audience with the potential of HoloLens. The first headsets will be available to developers in the first quarter of 2016, but astronauts on the International Space Station will be the first to work with this hot Microsoft’s product. More →

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Apple Worst Designs 2015 Video

The worst Apple designs of 2015

By on December 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

The worst Apple designs of 2015

Apple is a company that’s rightly renowned for its designs but it also serves up its share of stinkers, as we noted earlier today. Popular YouTuber Jonathan Morrison has also noticed that there have been some flat-out bad designs from Apple this year and he goes over them in loving detail in his year-end video about the worst Apple designs of 2015. More →

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Singapore students design personal flying machine

By on December 7, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Singapore students design personal flying machine

Ever wanted your own personal flying machine?

Well, a team of engineering students at the National University of Singapore (NUS) appear to be one step closer to making that a reality after they successfully tested a craft that is capable of vertical take-off and landing with one person on board.

Dubbed Snowstorm, this electric powered aircraft isn’t all that much to look at just yet. The engineering student chose to focus on form over style, building a craft with a hexagonal frame that features motors, propellers and inflated landing gear. More →

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Linksys Wireless AC Router

Amazon deal gets you a Linksys Wireless AC Wi-Fi router for $60

By on December 7, 2015 at 8:35 AM.

Amazon deal gets you a Linksys Wireless AC Wi-Fi router for $60

Sometimes you don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for high-end home networking gear that delivers the kind of performance you won’t find in a budget router. Case in point: Until the end of the day on December 6 or while supplies last, Amazon is offering a huge discount on the Linksys AC1200 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit & USB Ports, which is now 60% off list at just $60.40 shipped. More →

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Sign Language Translator

New device gives voice to the deaf by translating sign language to speech in real time

New device gives voice to the deaf by translating sign language to speech in real time

By on December 4, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Over the past couple of decades, the world has evolved in a way that favors the hearing impaired, believe it or not. Whereas telephone calls had once been the preferred means of long-distance communication, text-based messaging and email have supplanted voice calls in many respects. But a problem still remains, of course: how can the deaf communicate face-to-face just as efficiently as they can using smartphones, tablets and computers? Now, we may have our first glimpse of the answer. More →

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Linksys Wireless N Router

Can you really get a Linksys Wireless N Wi-Fi router for $14?

By on December 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Can you really get a Linksys Wireless N Wi-Fi router for $14?

When some people set up their home Wi-Fi networks, they spend thousands on top-of-the-line gear that will beam full-strength Wi-Fi signal to every nook and cranny of their giant mansions. Most people don’t have a gigantic mansion though, and they don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on home networking gear.

If you want a high-quality home Wi-Fi router and you want to spend the least possible amount of money to get it, check out the Linksys N150 Wi-Fi Wireless Router (E800), which is just $13.99 right now on Amazon. More →

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HoloLens Microsoft Demo

Watch someone use Netflix on a 100+ inch HDTV that appears out of thin air

By on December 2, 2015 at 8:49 AM.

Watch someone use Netflix on a 100+ inch HDTV that appears out of thin air

While Microsoft’s HoloLens won’t start shipping to developers until early next year — and it’ll be a costly $3,000 when it does — the augmented reality headset is easily one of the coolest things we saw introduced in 2015. The device is worn like a virtual reality headset but the panel that sits in front of the user’s eyes is clear. It uses sensors to observe the room and objects around the wearer, and then displays graphics that are situated within those physical objects. For example, it might display 3D schematics on a table that remain stationary as the user walks around the table, allowing 3D interactions that are not possible with a conventional PC or mobile device.

We’ve seen some pretty incredible HoloLens demos in the past, and we can’t wait for this great new tech to hit the market. Now, a new pair of demo videos that aren’t anywhere near as complex as earlier ones have emerged, but they give us yet another reason to be excited for Microsoft’s upcoming augmented reality headset. More →

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hoverboard

‘Hoverboard’ catches fire, ruins home while charging

By on December 1, 2015 at 5:35 PM.

‘Hoverboard’ catches fire, ruins home while charging

Marty McFly would not approve of this item.

Lafitte, LA resident Jessica Horne and her 12-year-old son were in for a surprise last week when his ‘hoverboard’ caught fire just one day after he received it.

The boards, which are actually two-wheeled self-balancing scooters, are expected to be one of this holiday season’s hottest toys. They currently retail anywhere from $300-$900 and allow users to steer them using their feet. Horne reportedly purchased the board, which contained a rechargeable lithium battery, from Fit Turbo on Amazon.

The trouble started when the scooter was plugged in to charge up. Or more, the sparks started to fly. More →

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Apple Microsoft HoloLens Technology

Is Apple working on its own version of Microsoft’s incredible HoloLens project?

By on December 1, 2015 at 1:10 PM.

Is Apple working on its own version of Microsoft’s incredible HoloLens project?

We’re used to seeing plenty of Apple patents that describe all sorts of technologies and services that might be someday used in future iPhone, iPad, and Mac generations. But many of these patents describe tech that might never be used in commercial products, of course.

One such innovation concerns augmented reality (AR), with a new patent revealing how a particular projector device could map a person’s home and then use it to deliver augmented content to the user. It’s similar to the incredible HoloLens product Microsoft is working on, but with a few creative twists. More →

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Tests showcase missile vs. missile technology

By on November 30, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Tests showcase missile vs. missile technology

In a battle of missile versus missile, the PAC-3 continues to blast threats out of the sky.

In two separate tests at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico earlier this month, the PAC-3 performed well.

As part of U.S. Army upgrade testing on the Patriot Air Defense System – essentially a military and civilian missile shield – Lockheed Martin’s missile successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a Patriot missile on Nov. 19. The missile was modified to be consistent with the sorts of tactical ballistic missiles forces face. On Nov. 12, a PAC-3 also intercepted an airborne target as part of the Army’s Integrated Air & Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) fight test at White Sands, according to Lockheed Martin. More →

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Battery Myths Overcharging Refrigerator Storage

4 myths about batteries you need to stop believing

By on November 30, 2015 at 4:40 PM.

4 myths about batteries you need to stop believing

A lot of the tips we’ve been hearing about how to improve the performance of our batteries turn out to have been tall tales. CNET’s Sharon Profis has put together a great video that specifically debunks three of the most common myths about batteries: Namely, that you should wait for batteries to completely drain before recharging them, that you should charge a device fully the first time you turn it on, and that you shouldn’t “overcharge” your battery by leaving your phone plugged in after its battery has fully charged. More →

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