Monthly Archives: February 2016

The new smartphones you’re going to want this year

“With each passing season, another wave of mobile devices is released that’s more capable and more powerful than the generation preceding it. There’s such an enormous breadth of choice in today’s smartphone market that deciding which to choose can be confusing. There’s no denying that smartphones are the most important gadgets in our lives. They are our portable portals for communication, information, entertainment, navigation, gaming, photography, and so much more.”

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In the packed out halls of the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, the world’s major tech companies (with one fruit-shaped exception) have gathered for the Mobile World Congress to unveil the gadgets they hope will be filling your pockets in the near future.

From curved displays to bigger batteries (finally), these are the devices you should consider upgrading to when your contract runs out/you finally get fed up with that cracked screen you’ve been carting around.

Read more: http://www.shortlist.com/tech/gadgets/the-new-smartphones-youre-going-to-want-this-year#gallery-2

Top 10 Expensive Gadgets for the Rich Guy

“Gadgets are becoming a part of our everyday life and like the mobile phone we are starting to be addicted, depending on them for our daily actions. Computers, smartphones, and tablets are expensive enough as it is. But when you outfit them with custom designer fabrics and jewels, they can cost you a mind-blowing sum of money. While some gadgets can run you thousands of dollars because of their luxurious build materials, others are extremely expensive because of the technology that’s inside them and what they can do.”

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Let’s get things straight, straight of the bat. If you have tons of money and consider yourself to be filthy rich then the chances are we hate you, unless of course you throw a little of that money our way and we will be kind enough to be your friend.

What we mean when we say filthy rich is when you have more money than sense. If you run out of toilet paper and you rub a few $100 between your ass checks and you feel nothing then the term applies to you.

God, it must be hard knowing what to spend your “hard earned” money on, but luckily for you, we have created a top 10 expensive gadgets for the rich guy. Yeah, it seems the “common” remote control helicopter and then USB coffee warmer just feel like pound shop products when you are loaded.

So, if your a rich guy you will be like “whoa, Iz gorra get me one of those”, and if like us you are poor, you will be like “rich c**ts, I hate the lot of them”.

Read more: http://www.ultimatetop10s.com/top-10-expensive-gadgets-for-the-rich-guy/

Australia Is Testing Drones To Spot Sharks In The Water

“A drone sent up over the ocean off the coast is providing more than scenic views. It’s giving lifeguards startling insight into just how many sharks circle only feet away from their beach. If the shark is big enough to pose a danger, warnings can be issued in a timely manner or the beach can be closed. The drone mapping provided a low-impact way to study the fragile atoll ecosystem, which scientists will be monitoring over the coming years.”

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It says something about the Australians’ love of the outdoors that surfing is still popular despite seemingly daily shark attacks. The Aussies are also being proactive about it: In New South Wales, the seas are now patrolled by this shark-spotting drone.

The drone will work like a miniature, autonomous version of regular sea-rescue helicopters. Called “Little Ripper,” the drone can fly for an hour on one charge and will carry video cameras which “it is hoped” can be used for shark spotting.

It says something about the Australians’ love of the outdoors that surfing is still popular despite seemingly daily shark attacks. The Aussies are also being proactive about it: In New South Wales, the seas are now patrolled by this shark-spotting drone.

The drone will work like a miniature, autonomous version of regular sea-rescue helicopters. Called “Little Ripper,” the drone can fly for an hour on one charge and will carry video cameras which “it is hoped” can be used for shark spotting.

Little Ripper is a U.S.-made Vapor 55 drone and looks and works like a regular helicopter instead of the usual quad-copter drone design, which floats on four rotors instead of one. The unit was chosen for its similarity to a chopper. First, it’s more stable in cross winds, and second, “it just says rescue.” One of the brains behind the drone rescue trial, Australian astronaut Paul Scully-Power, also told the Sydney Morning Herald that any drone rescue vehicle “has got to look like a helicopter, fly like a helicopter and save life like a helicopter,” proving that he has a way with the catchy quote.

Read more: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3057304/australia-is-testing-drones-to-spot-sharks-in-the-water

Amazing gadgets for the poor

“Basic needs such as clean water, transportation, and electricity are not readily available to many people living in developing countries. In the past 10 years, the market for new technologies aiming to diminish global poverty has gone through the roof. Tackling problems as massive as water cleanliness, the energy crisis and childhood diseases, these inventions have the potential to change and even save millions of lives. Here are gadgets that are helping the world’s poor.”

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Imagine that you live in a poor country, without money for a pair of glasses or access to an optometrist, and you’re not seeing as well as you once did.

This product, a pair of self-adjusting eyeglasses, could change your life.

Or imagine that you are one of the 1.1 billion people on earth without access to clean, safe drinking water. Your child is in danger of contracting water-borne diseases, which kills 1.8 million a year. What would you give for this portable, water-filtration device, called LifeStraw?

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Maybe you are one of the 1.6 billion people without regular access to electricity. Your children study at night using a kerosene lantern, but the fuel is expensive and dirty. Asolar-powered lantern would be a dramatic improvement.

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These breakthrough products, all of them invented in the last 5 o 10 years, are examples of what can be done when technology is designed for the poor. You’ve probably heard about One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), the low-cost connected computer developed by Nicholas Negroponte and the MIT Media Lab, but it’s just one of dozens of high-tech, high-impact products aimed at helping to spur global economic development. The trouble is, even though many of the products are low-cost–the LifeStraw, for example, sells for about $6.50–they aren’t available to many who need them.

That’s where a nonprofit called Kopernik comes in. Kopernik connects innovative technologies, poor communities and people who want to help.

Read more: http://www.marcgunther.com/amazing-gadgets-for-the-poor/

Why Hoverboards Keep Exploding

“Hoverboards have become one of the hottest news stories this holiday season and not just because they’re selling like mad.  The news has been overrun the past few weeks with stories of hoverboards causing frightening fires and explosions. It has been made clear that for safety reasons it is illegal to ride these hoverboards in public, on the road or paths and this important information should be communicated to the consumer at the point of sale. Here’s the really scary part: there’s no single reason why these hoverboards are exploding, and there’s no sure-fire way to avoid potential catastrophe if you want to buy one yourself.”

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Read more: http://www.wired.com/2015/12/why-hoverboards-keep-exploding/

Hoverboards: Fun toys or dangerous gadgets?

“The new trend in all the celebrities is a new toy which is also a means of travel. A gadget that can go up to 10 miles per hour until you are thrown off with a scraped up knee, this new toy is trending everywhere. Hoverboard manufacturers need to work out a few kinks. Considering how quickly these things skyrocketed in popularity, it hopefully won’t take long before they do that.”

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Photo by http://www.mnn.com/

A few months back, I read an article about hoverboards and how they were destined to become the “it” toy of the year. I immediately thought about getting one for my eldest, but the more I checked them out, the less sure I was that it would be a good fit. There’s no learning curve with a hoverboard. Once you’re on it, it starts moving. And riders have to figure out how it’s going to respond while traveling at speeds of about 6-12 mph. Um, I think I’ll pass for now.

But hoverboards have become the big toy this year, and many parents are only now beginning to understand the implications of that shiny new toy they bought. Over the past few months, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (or CPSC) has identified 39 emergency room visits related to hoverboard falls. Most of these have been the standard fractures, sprains and abrasions. But there have also been a number of serious head injuries and at least one fatality when a boy in London fell off his hoverboard into the path of an oncoming bus.

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/family/protection-safety/blogs/hoverboards-fun-toys-dangerous-gadgets

8 Smart Kitchen Gadgets Of The Future

Just when you think you’ve had the coolest and the trendiest kitchen gadget at home, wait till you see this! You might not have it now yet but we’ll never, these futuristic gadgets will land into your very own kitchen very very soon!

 

1. Palate Home Smart Grill

This is not your average George Foreman grill. The Palate Smart Grill from Palate Home can cook almost any food perfectly based on weight, composition, and desired done-ness, all controlled through an iPad app.

2. Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan

Temperature control and perfect timing in a pan. This gadget lets you check the exact temperature inside your salmon, steak or whatever else you've got sizzling and let's you know when it's ready without having to stick a fork in it. The Pantelligent app for iPhone monitors the cooking and lets you know the ideal time when the food is done.

Temperature control and perfect timing in a pan. This gadget lets you check the exact temperature inside your salmon, steak or whatever else you’ve got sizzling and let’s you know when it’s ready without having to stick a fork in it. The Pantelligent app for iPhone monitors the cooking and lets you know the ideal time when the food is done.

3. Drop Connected Kitchen Scale

This one aims to be an easy-to-use kitchen baking scale that guides you through select recipes connected to an iPad app. You pick out which recipe you want on the app and then place a bowl on the bluetooth connected scale, drop in each ingredient until the app says you have added enough into the bowl and follow along with the instructions to make the perfect cake, cookies or whatever else you desire.

 

See more here: http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/14/8-smart-kitchen-gadgets-of-the-future/

 

{All images courtesy of http://techcrunch.com/}

10 Valentine’s Day Gadget Gifts

“It’s that time of year again when romance takes over, and you feel compelled to buy that special person in your life something that will warm their heart – or a virtual reality headset.  It’s that time of year again when romance takes over, and you feel compelled to buy that special person in your life something that will warm their heart – or a virtual reality headset.”

Photo by https://www.good.is

Photo by https://www.good.is

Sometimes, the best gift is a home cooked meal with your special someone. If you’re not much of a cook, or if you’re eager to try something new, this app features 140 easy-to-follow recipes portioned for two. There’s also a special emphasis on dessert with heart shaped cookies and sweet tarts.

For mason jar enthusiasts and beverage crafters, this infuser is cheap and easy to use. It’s made of a heavyweight, heat-safe glass and features a stainless-steel pouring spout with a snap cap and filtering straw to “ensure an even pour.” It is also clearly marked for measurement in fluid ounces and milliliters to help with filtering and serving. You can buy one at William Sonoma.

Read more: https://www.good.is/articles/valentines-day-gadgets

The 14 most useless gadgets of all time: nauseating, crappy and downright silly technology, from a phone that does nothing to the Apple Watch

“At the advent of new technology, we are presented with innovative inventions everyday. Gadgets go through rigorous redesigns, torturous testing, dozens of focus groups and endless committees before being sent to million-dollar manufacturing lines. Every so often, humanity encounters groundbreaking gadgets that makes life easier. However, these “so-called” gadgets are mere tech atrocities, ones that you probably shouldn’t buy. We’ve covered useless inventions in the past. This time, we present to you a list of the most useless gadgets- ever.”

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All too often the latest gadget is a solution looking for a problem that doesn’t exist. You won’t believe (we still can’t believe) the piece of utter rubbish at number one in our list of the 14 most useless gadgets of all time.
We’ve listed the products in only a rough order (although our #1 most useless product is an absolute belter), and we’ve given each a uselessness score out of 5 in which 1 could be conceivably of some use, and 5 is a chocolate tea pot. And, yes, we are more than happy to say that the Apple Watch makes the list – you are of course entitled to disagree.

Enjoy the list and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Most useless products of all time #14: Gear 2

Face facts Samsung fans. Samsung has a unique way of reacting when a new product category appears (or when Apple hints that it might make a new category device). It floods the market with products of various flavours, sees what works and then concentrates only on the winners. And so it is with smartwatches.

The Gear 2 is a sound piece of engineering, well designed and -built. It offers a decent feature set. But it is close to utterly useless. For one thing it runs the Tizen OS. Nothing intrinsically wrong with that, but now that Samsung has committed to making only Android Wear smartwatches, Tizen is unlikely to gain much in the way of apps or new features.

Read more: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/feature/gadget/14-most-useless-gadgets-of-all-time-zero-117637/

6 must-have smart bathroom gadgets that are available now

“Technology and gadgets have been utilised to improve every area of the home, from your lounge to your kitchen. And that includes the bathroom too. The bathroom is the area of the house that constantly need changes because technology advances and all sorts of new gadgets and appliances are offered to the consumers. They are meant to make our lives easier and to offer us more comfort along with other improvements. For the bathroom, the following gadgets could definitely be nice additions. They’re not only useful but also fun and good-looking.”

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Of all the rooms in your house, the bathroom probably isn’t top of the priority list for splashing cash on gadgets, seeing as most of your time is probably spent elsewhere unless you are an avid bubble bath fan.

But that’s not to say the bathroom doesn’t have its fair share of exciting gadgets and in fact, it has just as much potential to be as smart as the rest of your home.

There are plenty of devices available now that can turn your bathroom into a clever one. Here are six available smart bathroom gadgets to consider, whether you are installing a new bathroom or upgrading.

Read more:  http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130054-6-must-have-smart-bathroom-gadgets-that-are-available-now