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V8 Car Engine-Powered Chainsaw

Posted in Outdoors by Darrin Olson on August 3rd, 2014

Chainsaw powered by V8 car engine.Yes, you are seeing this correctly. This is a chainsaw powered by a 4.2 liter V8 car engine. The chainsaw runs at a 1:1 ration directly from the engine’s rotations and tears through a 21 inch diameter hardwood peppermint gum tree in about 2.4 seconds.

The chainsaw was built as a promotional tool by Whitlands Engineering in Australia (hence the gum tree), so they really have no plans to manufacture them for consumers, but nevertheless it is impressive to see.

ThinkEco smartAC Kit

Posted in Home by Darrin Olson on July 11th, 2014

ThinkEco SmartAC kitThis is a great energy saving tool to have if you have a plug-in air conditioner. The ThinkEco smartAC Kit will help you conserve energy all the while helping you keep cool on these hot Summer days.

The kit comes with a modlet and a remote control/thermostat. You can take the remote control with you to any room of the house, which is a convenient way to keep your location cool. If the AC reaches the room temp that you want the modlet will turn the AC off. If it gets 2 degrees above the set thermostat temperature, the AC will turn on.

Another great feature about this device is the ThinkEco software and smartphone app that are a part of the package. You can adjust the thermostat from anywhere. You can turn it on an hour …

Finally, A Smart Toaster

Posted in Kitchen Gadgets by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2014

Dualit ToasterNothing worse than burning your toast first thing in the morning. One, it’s just annoying. Two, that smell can linger all day long.

Introducing a smarter toaster by Dualit. This toaster has patented Climate Sensing Toasting Cycle technology. What that means is it monitors the temperature of the toaster and what is being toasted so it can compensate for the correct toasting time. It also has a “peek and pop” function which allows you to look at the toast without having to reset the timer.

Other benefits to this toaster are a defrost setting and a bagels and buns settings that toasts one side while it only warms the other side. It comes with a removable crumb tray and a feature that allows you to lift the toasted items higher. So if you have something small in the toaster it is …

Star Wars VII Being Filmed at Frankfurt Airport?

Posted in Star Wars by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2014

Star Wars AirportWho knew????

Jackery Mini Portable Charger for $20 Today

Posted in Portable Chargers by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2014

Jackery Mini Portable ChargerJackery, maker of portable chargers, has their Jackery Mini on sale on Amazon priced well under the norm and less than competitors for the same type of device.

The Mini is a small device at just a few ounces and just under 4 inches long and an inch thick. It contains a 3200mAh rechargeable batter with a 1A output that will hold it’s charge for when you need it up to 6 months. It works with just about any device that will connect via USB and will give 10 hours of talk or an equivalent of one full charge to your iPhone. It also has a nice LED light indicator to show the level available.

Netgear Intros Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band Router

Posted in Wi-Fi by Darrin Olson on June 26th, 2014

Netgear Nighthawk RouterNetgear announced their latest in Wi-Fi routers this week at the CE Week New York Event with the Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router. Aside from the cool new Batman-like appearance, the router features 3 bands and increased speeds, but the tri-band isn’t really an extension of the dual-frequency routers we’ve seen, as one might initially think.

The Nighthawk provides one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands, where the 5GHz is actually provided as two separate bands. Newer, faster devices can connect on a higher-speed while older, slower devices can use a slower band and not interfere with others allowing the router to deliver higher speeds. Netgear states the router can deliver up to 3.2 Gbs if you combine all three bands. That would likely be in perfect conditions and circumstances, however the potential is there.

The X6 AC3200 sports six movable …

Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Running Android

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on June 24th, 2014

Nokia X2 from Microsoft with Android OSNokia announced on Tuesday the release of the Nokia X2 Dual SIM smartphone. The X2 is the successor to the X1 with more power and the intention of delivering a reasonably prices smartphone to the “next billion” people according to Microsoft.

The device will sell for around $135 USD but most interesting is that the device will continue to run the Android OS despite the purchase of Microsoft who themselves have been struggling to keep up with their own operating system in the smartphone market. Microsoft stated that despite the phone having the competing OS, it will have access to some Microsoft services including Skype and the OneDrive cloud storage service.

This move by Microsoft seems counter-intuitive but also can serve as a good opportunity to highlight the differences between the phone OS platform and services that …

Google Glass Available in UK

Posted in Google Glass by Darrin Olson on June 23rd, 2014

Google Glass Available in UKGoogle has released their wearable Google Glass product in the UK, making it the second country after the U.S. where someone can pick purchase the device. Despite some concerns with the Department of Transportation over potential distractions by wearers while driving, Google has released the product again targeting developers more than general consumers and requiring the buyer to be 18 or over.

The basic prototype development kit is available for £1,000 from those in the UK through Google’s website. Google Glass was first released in the US in April of 2012 and was initially available to developers, but has generally been released in May of this year in the U.S. for around $1600.

Sony PlayStation TV Coming to the U.S. and Canada

Posted in Playstation TV by Darrin Olson on June 10th, 2014

Sony PlayStation TVSony announced at the 2014 E3 conference the release of the Playstation TV to the U.S. and Canada, but did not provide an exact release date, yet. The Playstation TV is a small media streaming device, not unlike the Apple TV allowing users to stream digital media to a connected TV.

The media device from Sony has already been released in Japan and will allow a user to stream their PS4 to another TV, along with allowing play of Vita, PS1 and PSP games. This would give owners of the Playstation TV access to over 1,000 games.

Logitech Upgrades Harmony Universal Remotes

Posted in Remotes by Darrin Olson on June 9th, 2014

Logitech Harmony Universal Remote ControlsOn Monday Logitech announced some new upgrades and integration with its universal remotes, bringing control over your Sonos speakers and integrating some new on demand media including Amazon’s new Fire TV.

With the upgrades, users of the Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control on their smartphones will be able to control the volume, playback and favorite access for their Sonos speakers directly from the remote control or smartphone app. With the Smart Control app (only), users will also be able to use the keyboard or voice command to search for content through streaming media devices including Amazon’s Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

Apple Smart Watch Scheduled for October: Nikkei

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 6th, 2014

Apple Smart WatchAccording to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Apple announced on Thursday at the Worldwide Developers Conference that it will be releasing a new wearable watch-like smart device as soon as this October. According to the report, the ‘iWatch’ will have a curved OLED touchscreen display and will be able to collect health-related data such as calories, sleep tracking, blood glucose level and blood oxygen levels and integrate with smart phones.

The report indicated that the smart watch from Apple will also run on iOS 8, the new operating system recently announced for the iPhone and iPad, and will be partnering with Nike, which could be marking the end for the FuelBand and all coincides with the release of a new OS in the fall along with the previously announced Health and Healthkit applications.

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Google Unveils Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit

Posted in Tango by Darrin Olson on June 6th, 2014

Project Tango TabletIn this case the rumors have held true and Google has announced a tablet device as part of project Tango from the Google ATAP group. This latest gadget is a smart tablet with technology on board to allow the device to “see” the world around it in 3D, giving it a greater understanding of its surroundings.

Applications of these Tango devices are fairly vast and sometimes seem a little obscure, but some examples given are the possibility of enhanced gaming involving your actual surroundings, assistance to the visually impaired or even just helping to locate items on shelves in a store you just walked into. The announcement allows developers to sign up for notification when the Tango Tablet Development Kit is available, stating a time frame of sometime later this year and a serious price tag of $1,024 USD.

Xbox Getting 45+ New Apps Including Twitter

Posted in Xbox 360,Xbox One by Darrin Olson on June 4th, 2014

Twitter App on XboxMicrosoft announced on Wednesday that more than 45 new apps will be making their way to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One console, and many of them will be opened up to all users where previously a Live Gold membership was required.

Some of the apps include Vine, HBO GO, ShowTime Anytime, Comedy Central, Major League Gaming (MLG) and a customized version of Twitter designed to work with your big-screen TV. The enhanced Twitter experience allows you to see Tweets in real-time along with the show you’re watching and will integrate with the television program guide to see what shows people are tweeting about. Vine will also be integrated to watch alongside your display while gaming.

Amazon Drops Mystery Launch Event Teaser

Posted in Amazon by Darrin Olson on June 4th, 2014

Amazon Mystery Device Launch EventToday Amazon posted a notice on Twitter for a mysterious launch event in Seattle later this month, but was vague about what exactly is being launched. The notice did include a link to a YouTube video showing what appears to be people using some sort of handheld device, but a device was never really shown.

Rumors have previously circulated about Amazon working on a technology that will track a person’s retinas, allow a picture to move along with the angle of someones eyes providing a 3D-looking image without any type of 3D glasses. The movements people are making in the video seem consistent with something like this but it’s tough to say for sure. Take a look at the video below and come up with your own conclusion:

Olympus Announces OM-D E-M10 Limited Editions

Posted in Cameras by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2014

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Limited EditionsOlympus announced the release of some special limited editions of its OM-D E-M10 compact camera to be released in late June, 2014. The limited edition will be available in three different colors: green as pictured here, black and orange.

In addition to the colors the special release will come with a special leather shoulder strap and a shiny-lettered OM-D lens cap to match the grip and the strap. It also comes with the Olympus Share smartphone connectivity and a 14-42 pancake zoom lens. The camera will be offered exclusively through Harrods, retailing for £749 (~$1255 USD).

via Ubergizmo