MIT FingerReader Wearable Gadget

Video: Awesome tiny wearable gadget could help the blind read

Video: Awesome tiny wearable gadget could help the blind read

By on April 18, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

FingerReader is the name of a wearable gadget that could help visually impaired people read printed text in books and even on electronic devices, thus opening up additional possibilities to them. Developed by MIT researchers, FingerReader wants to help the blind access more resources than what’s already available in braille format. TechCrunch reports that, according to a recent study from the Royal National Institute of the Blind in Britain cited by one of the researchers, in 2011 only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio and braille. More →

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Mi.Mu Glove for Music

Video: Incredible computerized glove lets you make music with the flick of a wrist

By on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Video: Incredible computerized glove lets you make music with the flick of a wrist

Wearable tech has a lot of promise, but the endless parade of smartwatches from every company with the means to create one has diluted the field. One of the more fascinating projects that exists far outside of this box is Imogen Heap’s Mi.Mu Glove, a musical tool that allows musicians to create music without confining themselves to a computer. By simply moving a gloved hand, the user can change countless aspects of the sound created with the Mi.Mu Glove, from the pitch and the volume to the instrument being emulated. More →

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Hit List

OnePlus One Invites System

You’ll have a hard time getting your hands on a OnePlus One

By on April 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

You’ll have a hard time getting your hands on a OnePlus One

Even though the OnePlus One, one of the most exciting high-end Android handsets set to release so far this year, will soon be available to customers in many markets at a very affordable price compared to competitors, not all interested buyers will be able to get one as easily as expected. More →

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Why Is Aereo Being Sued

Aereo goes on the offensive against broadcasters ahead of SCOTUS hearing

By on April 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Aereo goes on the offensive against broadcasters ahead of SCOTUS hearing

In a last effort before its April 22nd hearing, Aereo is defending its service in a “media blitz,” as Re/code calls it, whose purpose is to better inform everyone that its business isn’t infringing on any copyright laws. The company will explain next week to the Supreme Court why its services are legal, in its view, and why they aren’t violating the copyright o broadcasters. More →

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Android malware targets Facebook users

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

By on April 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

Android users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.” More →

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Apple Refurbished Retina iPad mini

You can now buy a Retina iPad mini from Apple for as cheap as $339

By on April 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

You can now buy a Retina iPad mini from Apple for as cheap as $339

If you’ve been holding out for a discount on the latest line of iPads, you’re in luck. 9to5Mac noticed on Thursday that refurbished Retina iPad minis are now available on Apple’s website, starting at $339 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi-only model in silver and space gray. 32GB Wi-Fi models are listed at $419 and 64GB models will run you $509. Each of these prices represents between a 15-16% discount off of the standard price for a new device. More →

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Facebook Nearby Friends Feature

You can see exactly where your Facebook friends are in real time, but only if they let you

By on April 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

You can see exactly where your Facebook friends are in real time, but only if they let you

Facebook on Thursday took the wraps off of a new feature that, depending on your perspective, is either incredibly cool or incredibly creepy. For this reason, the company has wisely decided to make this new feature strictly an opt-in affair to avoid completely freaking out users who are sensitive to privacy. More →

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Time Warner Cable Hotspot 2.0

Time Warner Cable launches Hotspot 2.0: Log in once, then never again

By on April 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Time Warner Cable launches Hotspot 2.0: Log in once, then never again

It looks like Time Warner Cable just simplified the Wi-Fi hotspot once and for all. Gigaom reports that Time Warner enabled Hotspot 2.0 capabilities across its public Wi-Fi network this week, allowing customers to log in a single time and then remain connected any time their devices pick up a signal in the future. The upgraded software has been available to broadband customers since March, but this marks the first large-scale implementation of the software. More →

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Google Glass Self-Driving Cars Robots

New poll shows Google’s Glass, robots and self-driving cars are tough sells

By on April 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

New poll shows Google’s Glass, robots and self-driving cars are tough sells

According to a recent survey, Americans are excited for futuristic technology that you might see in a sci-fi novel, but are anxious about how we’ll get there. That’s the conclusion from a report from a Pew Research Center released today which asked 1,000 Americans what they thought of various technological advancements. More →

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iPhone 5s vs Galaxy S5 Camera

Longtime iPhone devotee heaps praise on the Galaxy S5′s camera

By on April 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Longtime iPhone devotee heaps praise on the Galaxy S5′s camera

iPhone fans are fanatically loyal to their favorite device but they can also give credit where it’s due. iMore writer Allyson Kazmucha, who writes obsessively about how to get the most out of your iPhone and iPad, has conducted a very thorough camera shootout involving the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8). While Kazmucha typically found that the One (M8)’s new camera lagged behind the iPhone 5s’s camera in terms of quality, she couldn’t say the same thing about the Galaxy S5′s camera, which she said was in some ways superior to the iPhone 5s’s. More →

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Orange is the New Black Season 2 Trailer

Video: Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix with even angrier cellmates

By on April 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Video: Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix with even angrier cellmates

One of the biggest surprises of 2013 was Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original series that lacked the star power of House of Cards, but made up for it with incredible writing, performances and an ending that left viewers speechless. After an 11 month hiatus, the prison drama will return to Netflix on June 6th with 13 new episodes, and as usual, all the episodes will be released simultaneously. Netflix debuted the first trailer for season 2 on Thursday, welcoming back a vast majority of the cast from the first season, along with a few new faces. Watch the premiere trailer for the second season of Orange is the New Black below. More →

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Verizon Astroturf Email Campaign

Verizon sends email on customer’s behalf without telling him as part of sleazy PR campaign

By on April 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Verizon sends email on customer’s behalf without telling him as part of sleazy PR campaign

Sleazy astroturf campaigns are nothing new in the corporate world but Verizon may have just taken things to a whole new level. Ars Technica reports that New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently received hundreds of identically worded emails from different people that all supported Verizon’s demands that it be let off the hook for building out broadband infrastructure that it had agreed to build as part of an agreement with the state that dates back to two decades ago. There’s a problem, however: Some of the people who supposedly sent emails to the board say they did no such thing.

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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Resolution and App Design

This is what apps could look like on the iPhone 6′s bigger display

By on April 17, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

This is what apps could look like on the iPhone 6′s bigger display

While Apple is yet to reveal details about its bigger iPhone plans, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who has a good track record reporting on Apple unreleased products – last week revealed many details about a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 including its screen resolution. According to him, the bigger iPhone will have a strange 1334 x 750 Retina display with a pixel density of 326 pixel per inch density. In new reports, MacRumors and a The Verge forums user explained why that resolution makes sense, showing how the home screen and apps could look like on such a display. More →

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