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Apple Announces iCloud Drive

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

Apple Announces iCloudApple announced a host of new software developments today with one of them being the iCloud Drive. Apple has had the intentions of creating a something to take on Dropbox and Google Drive for some time and they’ve thrown their hat into the ring today.

The service does have a competitive price but still a little more than its main competitors. iCloud Drive will be free for the first 5GB and 99 cents a month will get you 20GB. In comparison, Google offers 100GB for $1.99/month and you can get 100GB for $9.99/month at Dropbox.

Apple has added a couple of nice feature aside from just the storage, however. Each app that you install that uses iCloud will have its own folder created, and that folder of data is shared across your computers and devices that run OS X, iOS and even …

Dart Lightweight Adapter Replaces Your Brick

Posted in Power Adapters by Darrin Olson on May 30th, 2014

Dart Lightweight laptop Power AdapterLaptops continue to get thinner and lighter, making that power brick that you have to tote along seem to get bigger. Finsix says the have a solution for this with the lightweight Dart power adapter.

The Dart is four times smaller and six times lighter than most of the 65W power adapters that laptops commonly use today, and isn’t a matte black square. The’ve designed to so you can order with the correct power adapter for your specific laptop and it fits the “holes” in the wall in just about anywhere in the world. They say that they’ve even managed to find a way to keep the adapter relatively cool while charging your laptop.

Finsix has been running a Kickstarter campaign that has been fully funded and they are expecting to deliver in November of 2014 with colors of Blue, …

KEEO Carbon Smart Keyholder

Posted in Bluetooth,Home by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

KEEO KeyholderThe guys at Neuland Innovation Ltd. have a nifty new product looking for backing on Kickstarter called the KEEO Carbon. After a number of iterations the team landed on a this design for a innovative way to keep your keys with you, along with some handy features.

The KEEO carbon can hold up to three house-type keys internally, and has a loop to keep others tethered. It also features a USB stick, bottle opener and a light possibly down the road all designed for one-handed use. Probably one of the most impressive features however is the Bluetooth connectivity to an app on your smartphone, alerting you when the device and your phone become too far apart.

A $77 USD pledge can get you into the Basic model, but you might want to be quick as they have already exceeded their …

OutRunner Robot Runs Up to 20 MPH

Posted in Robots by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

OutRunner RobotThis is definitely not something we’d want to see running at us, because unless you’re Usain Bolt this thing is likely going to catch you. OutRunner is a robot being developed by Robotics Unlimited, boasting it as the world’s fastest remotely controlled running robot.

This legged robot can clock up to 20 mph on a flat terrain with up to 2 hours of battery life. Robotics Unlimited has a Kickstarter project running to manufacture and sell OutRunner to the public. For a pledge of $249 you can get the unassembled base model that has an hour of battery life and can move up to 10 mph. They’ll assemble it and ship for another $50. For $799 you can get the top-of-the-line model. What’s also cool is that the base model is upgradeable, allowing you to get in cheap and add components over time like a camera, faster motor, bigger battery or whatever else they come up with in the future.

Germany’s Telekom to Release iPhone 6 in September

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 Mockup PhotoAccording to Apfelpage, Germany’s Deutche Telekom is rumored to launch Apple’s latest update to the iPhone, the iPhone 6 on September 19th of this year. As with all of Apple’s releases, its highly secretive and rumors abound before the launch. Some rumors are close to fact and sometimes not so much. This one we are not so sure about, but September seems like a safe guess if someone was going to start a rumor. Above is a mockup photo of the iPhone 6 that’s been floating around the net recently.

Rumors of Tango Tablet from Google

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 23rd, 2014

ATAP Project Tango from GoogleSources in the know have reports that Google is planning to release a 7″ Tang-enabled table in the next couple of months. This tablet would be a larger scale version of the Tango released back in February, equipped to identify and track objects as three dimensional objects in your environment.

Project Tango is part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group and is creating the devices to bring our real 3D world to our mobile devices instead of the device only understanding the limits of its screen. The possibilities might seem a little narrow at first but it will be interesting to see what it opens. Google provides some example uses such as immediately finding the product you are looking for when you enter a store, helping someone who is visually impaired or having a more interactive game with your real, dynamic environment.

Sada Bike Folds into Size of an Umbrella

Posted in Biking by Darrin Olson on May 20th, 2014

Folding Sada BikeWe’ve seen quite a few folding bikes over the years but none quite like the Sada Bike. The unique part of the design here is that the wheels are hubless, having no center sprocket and no spokes. The bike folds with one motion and the wheels come away from the frame completely.

Anyone that has done some bike riding might question the loss of leverage through gears on a center sprocket, and anyone that is a little bit of a heavier rider might also quickly note that the wheels without spokes might not hold a person. But, Sada really seems to be targeting more of a compact city bike that won’t be setting speed records or taking on any significant air. The bike (without the wheels) folds roughly into the size of any umbrella and can be packed into a …

HiRemote IR For Your Smartphone

Posted in Remotes by Darrin Olson on May 20th, 2014

HiRemote IR Remote Control for SmartphonesWhile IR communication still has a place, the low signal, unidirectional, line of site required technology does not find its way into many modern day devices. Except entertainment media component remote controls, of course.

Because of this, unless your media components support WiFi, Bluetooth or NFC you are going to need to keep track of that remote. That is unless you get your hands on the HiRemote from Chineese startup commpany called Jeeqi. This device plugs into the 3.5mm jack on your smartphone and has an associated app that lets you use your handset as a IR blaster to control your TV, Blu-ray and other components. No more looking through the cushions for the remote.

Jeeqi is looking for funding to support a project to produce the HiRomote on a site called Pozible, which is an Asia-Pacific …

Google in Talks for Buying Twitch

Posted in Digital Video by Darrin Olson on May 19th, 2014

Twitch LogoAccording to Variety, YouTube has already acquired the video game streaming service Twitch in a $1 billion dollar deal. Twitch has been called the ESPN of video games, bringing live streaming video content of video games while they are being played.

YouTube has been the foremost giant in providing streaming video of saved content but has not had as much success in the live streaming market, especially with gamers. Twitch on the other hand has done very well with live streaming content and is well-known among the gaming population. Both have been making moves into the others territory in the recent past and some good competition was expected between two in the way of content and service offerings. The talk of this deal has brought concern to many who had hoped for better offerings as a result of competition that will …

Xbox One Offered Without Kinect

Posted in Xbox One by Darrin Olson on May 14th, 2014

Microsoft Xbox One Without KinectMicrosoft has announced on Tuesday that it is now offering the Xbox One gaming console without the motion tracking Kinect add-on. This is an interesting move for Microsoft, undoubtedly in an attempt to boost sales. The Kinect was a major selling point and a differentiation with competitors.

The console without Kinect drops the price down $100 to $399, putting it right inline on pricing with its major rival the Sony Playstation 4. The Xbox One is available for pre-order now on Amazon at the $399 price.

In addition to this news, Phil Spencer from Xbox announced on Tuesday a new program called Games with Gold providing free games to Xbox Live Gold Subscribers. He included that a number of the entertainment services that currently required the Gold subscription will no longer require it in June, such as …

Google Glass Offered for Sale, Again

Posted in Google Glass by Darrin Olson on May 14th, 2014

Google Glass Explorer Edition BlueGoogle is offering its Google Glass Explorer edition for sale again starting on Wednesday. This is the second time Google has offered the product for sale to the public, while supplies last. Currently there is only one model in a single color being offered, and anyone can scoop them up by shelling out a spare $1500.

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Motorola Launches Inexpensive Moto E Smartphone

Posted in Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on May 13th, 2014

Motorola Moto E SmartphoneMotorola took the wraps off of a new Android smartphone on Tuesday with a price point that targets those who might be just looking for a cheap cellphone. The Moto E comes with a no-contract price of just $129 and focuses on durability and basic features to bring more users into the smartphone market.

The mobile phone features a water-resistant coating with a gorilla glass screen similar to what Apple has used on the iPhone. The display is 4.3 inches and it comes with a 5-megapixel camera and 4GB of storage – not enough to store much of anything these days, but plenty to get someone new into a smartphone.

Dell Adds 23-Inch Monitor with Webcam and Speakers

Posted in monitors by Darrin Olson on May 12th, 2014

Dell UZ2315H 23 inch monitorDell had released a new 23-inch monitor that includes a couple common, but handy features. This is a full HD, LED backlit multimedia monitor that retails for around $374, which certainly doesn’t make it the best deal you’ll find on just a similar monitor. But, in the UZ2315H Dell has included a built-in 2.0MP webcam and integrated speakers, all optimized for Microsoft Lync.

The Dell monitor has a 178 degree viewing angle, meets the latest regulatory and environmental standards and has a highly adjustable stand and cable management, because you are going to have a couple extra cables connecting up the camera and speakers.

Salt Shooting Bug Killer

Posted in Outdoors by Darrin Olson on May 12th, 2014

Bug A Salt Gun to kill bugsSummer is coming up and along with nicer weather in most parts of the country comes some pesky bugs. While fly-swatters and bug-zappers are effective, sometimes its more mess than we like.

Skell, a start-up company in California, is offering the Bug-A-Salt gun. This nerf-like weapon uses regular table salt to shoot down pesky insects, ideally from 2-3 feet away with a shotgun like pattern of salt. It holds enough salt to support 50 rounds and adds a little sport to the process.

Sony Launches Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Posted in Speakers by Darrin Olson on May 9th, 2014

Sony SRS-X1 Bluetooth SpeakerSony has released a new Bluetooth speaker to add to its vast offering with the SRS-X1. This model is boasted as waterproof allowing you to safely use it poolside, in your boat or even in the shower.

The SRS-X1 is a small sphere at just over 1.5 inches in diameter with a 5W output and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery giving it up to 12 hours of continuous play. As with standard Bluetooth, it has about a 30-foot range and also has a 3.5mm stereo jack if you want to connect it directly.