Monthly Archives: January 2015

How USB charging works, or how to avoid blowing up your smartphone | ExtremeTech

Amazing strides have been made in recent years towards standardized chargers and connectors for smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, and many other gadget species. In just five years — with the obvious exception of Apple’s iOS connector — Micro-USB has single-handedly … Continue reading

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Apple Pay Is Coming to Thousands of Vending Machine and Parking Meters

Apple Pay, and other mobile payment services like it, all share a similar vision of the future, one where people can leave their home with nothing but a smartphone and an ID (if that!), and still buy absolutely whatever they … Continue reading

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Smart mattress cover can control the temperature and the coffeemaker

For those who can’t commit to a $1,000 mattress (a lot of people, most likely) even if it is high-tech, this much cheaper smart mattress cover called Luna might be the better choice. It’s embedded with sensors to detect breathing … Continue reading

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The wearable tool, the new Leatherman Tread – Leatherman Blog

This summer, Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. will debut an industry first: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist. The Leatherman Tread is crafted of high strength, corrosion resistant 17-4 stainless steel links that include two to three functional … Continue reading

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Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft’s Holographic Goggles | WIRED

It’s the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up. In several months, Microsoft will unveil its most ambitious undertaking in years, a head-mounted … Continue reading

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Obama’s Community-Broadband Plan: 4 Ways to Understand His State of the Union Pitch

You’re going to hear words in tonight’s State of the Union address about “community broadband,” Internet connections built by cities or counties for their citizens. After the State of the Union, if you stay tuned in to the news, you … Continue reading

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Please don’t use these passwords. Sincerely, the Internet

Think you’re protected from web attacks with your strong passwords? When hackers seize control of computers to create botnets, they can cause plenty of collateral damage, and their ticket in is often stupid-simple: terrible passwords. SplashData has just released its … Continue reading

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