iPad Air 3 Specs

Fresh iPad Air 3 leak reveals more details about Apple’s most exciting tablet in years

By on February 1, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Fresh iPad Air 3 leak reveals more details about Apple’s most exciting tablet in years

Apple’s November launch of the iPad Pro didn’t really do much to alleviate slumping iPad sales. In fact, Apple’s most recent earnings report revealed that year over year iPad sales were down 25% while iPad-based revenue was down 21% year over year.

Nonetheless, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly stated that he remains confident in the iPad’s long-term success. That being the case, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Apple will reportedly release an iPad Air 3 sometime in early 2016. In turn, the volume of iPad Air 3 rumors sprouting up has started to increase substantially over the past few weeks. More →

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BB-8 Droid Toy Build Your Own

How to make your own life-size, remote-controlled BB-8 toy for less than $150

By on January 28, 2016 at 7:40 PM.

How to make your own life-size, remote-controlled BB-8 toy for less than $150

Unsurprisingly, one of the hottest toys of the holiday season was Sphero’s BB-8 App-Enabled Droid. It’s a scale model of the droid that appeared Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and can be controlled with a smartphone app from up to 30 meters away. It also costs $150, which can be a deal-breaker for Star Wars fans on the fence about buying one.

Here’s the good news: you can build a life-size BB-8 for even less.

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Number Active Apple Devices

There are now more than 1 billion active Apple devices in use around the world

By on January 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

There are now more than 1 billion active Apple devices in use around the world

In conjunction with Apple’s earnings report, the company on Tuesday also announced that the cumulative number of active Apple devices (a tally which includes the Apple Watch, iPhones, iPads, Macs, iPods, and the Apple TV) eclipsed 1 billion last quarter, an impressive milestone to say the least.

As for what constitutes an ‘active’ device, Apple said that any product which makes contact with any of the company’s services over the most recent 90-day period is considered to be active for purposes of the tally. Highlighting the scale at which Apple products are proliferating across the globe, Tim Cook added that the total number of active Apple devices during the 2015 holiday quarter increased 25% year over year.

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Apple 2016 New MacBook iPad AIr

World’s most accurate Apple analyst drops major info on Apple’s early 2016 releases

By on January 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM.

World’s most accurate Apple analyst drops major info on Apple’s early 2016 releases

The iPhone may be Apple’s primary revenue driver, but the Mac over the past few years has remained a steady and perhaps surprising contributor to Apple’s bottom line. In fact, the Mac today is responsible for a greater share of Apple’s revenue than any of the company’s other services or products, including the iPad.

Looking out over the next 12 months, Apple reportedly has a few exciting changes in store for its notebook lineup. According to reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and originally relayed by 9to5Mac, Apple will likely refresh its MacBook line sometime before June.

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Quadmovr Drone

Watch this Quadmovr drone pull off the craziest aerial maneuvers you’ve ever seen

By on January 19, 2016 at 6:45 PM.

Watch this Quadmovr drone pull off the craziest aerial maneuvers you’ve ever seen

In a broad sense, most quadcopter drones you come across these days essentially do the same thing. They fly up, they fly down, and they zip along from point A to B. Now of course, some drones can fly higher and faster than others, and sure, some drones are equipped with more granular controls and HD video cameras, but the underlying principle is about the same.

The Quadmovr, however, is a drone that deserves a category all its own. A byproduct of the DIY drone community, the Quadmovr was reportedly put together by a pilot with the handle “Warthox.” What makes the Quadmovr stand out is that it’s insanely quick and nimble, almost impossibly so. As a result, it can perform maneuvers and, dare we say, stunts that most other drones can only dream of.

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Smallest Camera Drone

Meet the world’s smallest camera drone, which is now available to buy

Meet the world’s smallest camera drone, which is now available to buy

By on January 19, 2016 at 10:32 AM.

Call them drones, call them quadcopters, call them UAVs, or call them whatever else you want. The bottom line is that these little remote-controlled aerial toys are a blast to play with, and they have become wildly popular over the past few years. Along with hoverboards, drones were among the most popular gifts of this past holiday season — and they’re much less likely to burst into flames and burn your house down, which is always a good thing.

There are all different kinds of quadcopter drones out there these days, but a new offering from TRNDlabs is quickly going to make its way to the top of people’s lists. Why? Not only is it the smallest camera drone in the world, but it’s also very affordable and available to ship right now. More →

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Robot Doing Chores

Incredible video shows ATLAS robot doing household chores with ease

By on January 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Incredible video shows ATLAS robot doing household chores with ease

The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) didn’t let their second place finish at the DARPA Robotics Challenge slow them down in the slightest. Recently, the team has been busy giving its million-dollar robot ATLAS some new and practical skills: The ability to do chores.

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DARPA Processor

Advanced chip from DARPA can create unjammable electronic devices for the battlefield

By on January 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

Advanced chip from DARPA can create unjammable electronic devices for the battlefield

The ability to jam an enemy’s communications systems during battle has become an increasingly important and strategic part of modern-day warfare. With today’s battlefield packed with high-tech weapons, radars, and advanced communications devices, being able to operate in the field and withstand enemy efforts to hinder communications is extremely important.

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microchip-processor

Intel’s newest processor is arriving in PCs – and it has a weird math bug

By on January 14, 2016 at 7:35 PM.

Intel’s newest processor is arriving in PCs – and it has a weird math bug

If you bought a PC over the holidays chances are it came with Intel’s newest processor. That chip also comes with an obscure bug – that, fortunately, doesn’t appear to impact the average consumer.

Intel’s newest chip – branded as the 6th Generation Intel Core processor and codenamed “Skylake” – is its first redesigned chip in about two years. A few weeks ago, various online forums, including a post on an Intel community forum, began discussing a bug that can “freeze” any computer with certain versions of the new chip under certain conditions.

The bug was promptly reproduced on a variety of systems running both Windows and Linux. Then an organization called GIMPS, or Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, saw the bug when running its Prime95 application. Suffice to say, Prime95 is an obscure math application that has been used to benchmark and test computers but doesn’t appear to affect the average user. More →

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Cheap Drones

3 professional-grade drones you can get at a nice discount right now

By on January 12, 2016 at 12:56 PM.

3 professional-grade drones you can get at a nice discount right now

Quadcopter drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) as they’re more accurately called, are the latest craze right now. Of course, there’s a huge difference between the little $50 drones you see floating around in people’s backyards and the much more capable professional-grade drones on the market, such as the ones made by DJI.

If you’re in the market for a fun little toy, there’s nothing wrong with that. Buy one and enjoy it. But if you want a real, professional drone that can take stunning high-definition videos and fly for longer periods of time, check out the three models below, which are all on sale at B&H right now. More →

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Drone Videos

Video shows the world’s biggest drone swarm lighting up the night sky

By on January 11, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

Video shows the world’s biggest drone swarm lighting up the night sky

What do you get when you combine 100 drones fitted with color-shifting lights, Intel software and a full orchestra? A Guinness World Record and a very cool video, that’s what.

Intel headed to a remote area in Tornesch, Germany armed with the aforementioned fleet of drones as well as the aforementioned orchestra, and it ended up putting together a spectacular aerial display. In fact, as far as drone videos go this is perhaps one of the coolest ones we’ve ever seen. More →

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NUA Robotics Smart Luggage

Forget lugging your suitcase, this one follows you around everywhere you go

By on January 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

Forget lugging your suitcase, this one follows you around everywhere you go

In case you haven’t noticed, more and more devices are getting smarter… and that includes luggage. And one company is taking it to a whole new level by designing the first robotic suitcase that can follow you around. Coming from NUA Robotics, this piece of luggage will use a camera and a Bluetooth connection to identify the owner and follow along, at least on flat surfaces. More →

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