The problem with crowdfunding projects is that you can never know which ones to trust. They all look great on paper, but making new products with limited resources can be challenging for some startups — assuming they don’t plan to rip off excited buyers in the first place. But there are great projects coming out of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and retailers are starting to pay attention to them. Amazon already set up its own virtual shop for startups, and Best Buy is about to follow suit.
The best MacBook Pro money can buy right now is amazing. But it still can’t offer you the kind of gaming experience you expect from a computer, and the same goes for virtual reality. Apple might be exploring VR right now, and it’s likely that future MacBook Pros will have better graphic cards so they can handle more complex programs and games. But any existing MacBooks won’t be eligible for upgrades – after all, these are laptops.
To fix that, one company has come up with a device that aims to give any laptop, including MacBooks, a huge boost: Meet the Wolfe.
For the longest time, I’ve been looking for the perfect carry-on bag. It needs to have plenty of available space so that you can easily squeeze in a few days’ worth of clothes, but also a decent numberof compartments for all my gadgets and the cables that go with them, as well as extra travelling accessories. Oh, and there must be space for shoes. I should be able to open it easily for security checks, and put it back together just as fast. Finally, I’d like to be able to carry it as a backpack most of the time, so my hands are free.
Not a long or demanding list then! Luckily, it looks like Kickstarter is on it.
Kickstarter is a fantastic way to get brand-new technology for cheap. But apart from the risk of being scammed, it’s also quite unsatisfying. You pay your money, and a couple months later (if you’re lucky!), something comes in the mail. It’s the opposite of the two-day shipping satisfaction of Amazon Prime, in other words.
So Amazon is trying to fix the problem by adding a dedicated section on its site for buying Kickstarter products.
In a world of Bluetooth-connected fart trackers and hipster-friendly tinfoil hats, I am aware that describing a Kickstarter as “the worst” is a bold claim. But hear me out: from idea to execution to the innumerable GIFs littering the crowdfunding campaign, this particular wearable smartphone accessory ticks all of the boxes.
At heart, the SOSPENDO combines two of the very worst things: selfie sticks and wearable smartphone holders. The SOSPENDO is, according to the press release, an “innovative, ergonomic hands-free device that will hold smartphones, tablets and GoPro cameras.”
You might want to think twice before you find another crowdfunding project with your PayPal account. Starting on June 25th, PayPal is updating its User Agreement to remove Purchase Protection on crowdfunding projects, which means dissatisfied Kickstarter and Indiegogo contributors will no longer be able to dispute charges.
Realism versus fun is a very difficult balance for a game developer to strike. As technology improves, gamers want to see lifelike environments, impressive physics engines and animations on par with the best that Pixar has to offer.
But they also want to be able to get shot 700 times over the course of a 6 hour campaign and somehow only die two or three times. It’s a dilemma, to say the least, which is why we often don’t feel the stakes of the story.
So what’s one surefire way to get players to make the most of their decisions in a game? Give them a death sentence.
The iPhone 6s is already one of the world’s top smartphone cameras and some pro photographers have compared its performance with digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras that are typically used in pro photo shoots. You might not need to use the iPhone 6s camera for professional photo sessions, but there’s a new case that should certainly improve your photography game. More →
Remember the Coolest Cooler Kickstarter that became the most funded Kickstarter project in the summer of 2014? With more than $13 million in pledges, the Coolest surpassed the Pebble smartwatch by promising to become the high-tech cooler that the 21st century deserves. However, the company behind it failed to deliver the product on time. Fast-forward to spring 2016 and Coolest is asking backers who have not received their cooler to pay an extra $97 for “expedited delivery.” More →
Sharing copyrighted movies online is not legal, and rights owners are still furious about the amount of piracy out there — though many studies have shown that illegal downloads don’t cut into their bottom lines. Of course, sharing DVDs with friends and family is perfectly legal and nobody will come after you for that.
What if a brand new streaming service took that approach to the next level? What if you could share your DVDs with millions of “friends” from around the world, and watch their DVDs just as you’d watch content on Netflix?
There’s a new movie streaming service called MovieSwap that wants to make DVD movie sharing popular again, but with a modern twist that’s likely to enrage movie studios.
There are two camps when it comes to smartphone safety. Some phone owners want to keep their phones safe at whatever the cost, even if it means squeezing the device inside of the mess of plastic and rubber that constitutes a case.
Others are willing to risk fall damage because they can’t stand covering up that beautiful piece of hardware that costs upwards of $600 without a contract.
Members of the second camp: We have something you might want to see.
About two weeks ago, Australia-based mobile technology company UsBidi launched a Kickstarter for a device that it’s calling “the world’s most intelligent charger ever.”
We won’t know for sure if they’re telling the truth until the product ships, but it appears to be striking a chord with consumers as the campaign has already collected over $270,000 after starting with an initial goal of around $25,000 USD. More →
Ever had to deal with an airline losing your luggage? That’s one problem the AirBolt smart lock will try to fix once it becomes a commercial product. The tiny device is currently available for preorder on Kickstarter, and will ship at some point in August 2016 assuming the AUD $50,000 goal is reached. The project is approaching $10,000 in pledges, with 45 days left in the campaign. More →