Apple’s MacBook Pro 2016 has a serious dongle issue, and the problem will not go away anytime soon. Sure, in the future, accessory makers will likely switch to the brand new USB-C port, but until then you’ll still have to buy all sorts of adapters for your machine. If you’re in need for such adapters and are looking for an all-in-one solution, then you absolutely need to look at this Kickstarter campaign that should save you from dongle hell. More →
Green Party candidate Jill Stein has absolutely no chance of becoming the next US President. That position is already filled by President-elect Donald Trump who did what many thought impossible on November 8th. That said, Stein’s side still wants a recount in three swing states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
The crazy part is that she already got the initial $2.5 million in funding she wanted in just over a day of online crowdfunding. The crazier part is that she raised the goal of that campaign to $7 million. The absolutely craziest part about the whole thing is that these three states might be enough to give Clinton the win.
The campaign, similar to a Kickstarter crowd-funding project, apparently went viral.
iPhones, Android smartphones, tablets, and laptops all have great displays, and every year brings a few new screen innovations. But they can only be so big given that these are portable devices you need to be able to slide in a pocket or carry in a bag. What if there was a portable 24-inch computer monitor to take with you on the road. Would you buy it? More →
Every iPhone 7 ships with a headphone adapter in the box, as it should. The Apple-designed dongle looks exactly like you’d expect: white, simple, and drawn up in three minutes by the most recent graduate of the Jony Ive School of Design.
Dongles aren’t exciting technology, for sure. But if someone had spent the extra few hours working on the concept, maybe they could have come up with something as good as this.
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 →