iPad Vending Machine

Drexel University finds a brilliant (and crazy?) new way to use iPads

By on April 3, 2015 at 6:05 PM.

Drexel University finds a brilliant (and crazy?) new way to use iPads

These days, it’s not surprising to see all sorts of strange and unusual items in vending machines. Even on the consumer electronics front, it’s easy to spot vending machines sporting high-end earphones and even iPods. But what we haven’t yet seen is a vending machine that dispenses iPads.

Until now.

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Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft’s Surface branding is a mess

By on April 2, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Microsoft’s Surface branding is a mess

Microsoft’s branding conventions have a long history of being muddled and downright confusing. Remember when Microsoft when crazy with all of its Live branding? There was Windows Live Essentials, Windows Live SkyDrive, Windows Live Sync, and who can forget about Live Mesh.

Thankfully, Microsoft, over the past few years, has improved quite a bit in this regard. Still, old habits tend to die hard, as recently evidenced by the newly unveiled Microsoft Surface 3, which one shouldn’t confuse with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which was released over 9 months ago.

What’s the difference between the two? What makes the Surface Pro a Pro machine, exactly? Are the two devices the same size? Who’s to say. It’s all so murky.

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Tesla Home Battery Release Date

Tesla’s secret breakthrough home battery detailed: Everything you need to know

By on April 1, 2015 at 4:15 PM.

Tesla’s secret breakthrough home battery detailed: Everything you need to know

Tesla will announce a new product at the end of April that’s not a car, CEO Elon Musk recently announced without revealing any further details. Even so, most people are expecting the secret product to use some of the technology developed by the company for its electric vehicles. Specifically, Tesla is said to launch a battery that’s big enough to power an entire home, and one analyst has apparently found out everything there is to know about it. More →

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Tesla New Product Announcement April 30th

A ‘major’ new Tesla product will be unveiled next month… and it won’t be a car

By on March 30, 2015 at 1:06 PM.

A ‘major’ new Tesla product will be unveiled next month… and it won’t be a car

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed on Monday that his company is planning to announce a “major” new product on April 30th and that it won’t be a new car. Musk offered no hints about what this new product will be but there’s good reason to believe that it will have to do with entering the market for home energy storage. More →

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Best Battery Life Phone Technology

A game-changing battery is close to becoming a reality… but not for phones just yet

By on March 16, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

A game-changing battery is close to becoming a reality… but not for phones just yet

Everyone wants to have better battery life on their gadgets and one company that’s been working on game-changing battery technology just got a huge vote of confidence from home appliance vendor Dyson. As Technology Review reports, Dyson has agreed to use batteries designed by startup Sakti3 in its products as part of a $15 million investment in the battery tech company. More →

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Google USB Type C Video

Video explains why you should be really excited about USB Type-C

By on March 12, 2015 at 8:05 PM.

Video explains why you should be really excited about USB Type-C

OK, so USB Type-C ports aren’t the kinds of things that get people super hyped like new iPhones or Samsung phones. But they’re actually a very exciting development and they came into the spotlight earlier this week when we learned that both Apple’s new MacBook and Google’s new Chromebook Pixel featured USB Type-C ports. More →

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Lightsaber Design Jony Ive

Designed by Apple in Tatooine: This is what a lightsaber designed by Jony Ive would look like

By on February 23, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Designed by Apple in Tatooine: This is what a lightsaber designed by Jony Ive would look like

In a huge profile in The New Yorker last week, Apple design boss Jony Ive revealed that has gave director J.J. Abrams some advice on how to design a better lightsaber for his upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As you’ll recall, the new lightsaber was the source of some contention among Star Wars fans who complained that it looked, well, a bit too ridiculous.

As we have seen in more recent images from The Force Awakens, it appears as though Abrams and company definitely took some of Ive’s advice and made some key changes to the lightsaber’s new design.

Even still, however, it’s clear that this device is not a Jony Ive creation… so what might a lightsaber look like if it was designed by Ive from the ground up? More →

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Samsung 4GB RAM Smartphone Chips

Your next smartphone may have as much RAM as your laptop, thanks to Samsung

By on December 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Your next smartphone may have as much RAM as your laptop, thanks to Samsung

Even if you don’t like Samsung’s phones, you should still appreciate the company as a whole. Why? Because as even Apple will admit, it’s a great components supplier and its displays, processors and other hardware are first-rate. Now PhoneArena brings us word that Samsung has just announced it has started mass production of its 4GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM modules, the first smartphone modules ever to offer 4GB of RAM.  More →

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Apple Vs. Google Hardware Design

This hideous piece of 2007 Google hardware shows why we should all be thankful for Apple

By on December 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

This hideous piece of 2007 Google hardware shows why we should all be thankful for Apple

Android fans may not want to admit it, but there’s actually a good reason for them to be thankful for Apple. Why, do you ask? Mostly because Apple’s hardware design chops are so good that they often raise the bar for hardware designers at rival companies. And if you want to see just how awful Google’s pre-iPhone hardware designs were, then you have to look no further than this beast unearthed by The Information’s Amir Efrati. More →

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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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