The MOCREO Wireless Portable LED Lamp Bluetooth Speaker

Posted in Bluetooth by Tam Yue on July 3rd, 2014

Mocreo Bluetooth Wireless SpeakerThis is kind of cool, a bluetooth speaker that is a also a LED lamp. This little bit of joy can plug into any standard light socket and provide you light and sound.

The MOCREO Wireless Portable LED Lamp Bluetooth Speaker comes with a remote control and syncs up with your digital music player to play your tunes from any standard lamp. Sounds a little crazy, but you have to admit that it is better than most speakers on your MP3 players.

You can order one (or more) of these on Amazon for $43.98 and it comes in 4 different colors; white, blue, green or pink. Great deal if you ask us.

Via Gageteer

Facebook Apologizes for Study

Posted in Social Media by Tam Yue on July 3rd, 2014

Facebook ExperimentA study that was recently conducted targeting the emotions of Facebook users has caused some backlash.

The study done by Facebook and researchers at UC San Deigo and Yale was conducted through Facebook back in Jan of 2012. The researchers changed the algorithms on over 700,000 users news feeds to see if positive and negative posts could actually changed the emotions of the readers.

What was done basically proved that when everyone in your news feed is happy, it makes you happy. And when everyone in your news feed is sad, it makes you sad. Shocker.

What is not cool about it is that they did it without the users knowledge. People are extremely upset about it, and rightly so. This is like basically having an appointment with a psychologist without your knowledge. But Facebook and the authors of the study are claiming it “was …

Eye Tracking Wheelchair

Posted in Healthcare by Tam Yue on July 3rd, 2014

Eye Tracking WheelchairHere is one of the latest developments in wheelchair technology: the wheel chair you can steer just by looking in the direction you would like to go.

Scientists in London have been working on the technology for severely disabled people who have lost the use of their arms. Most with a severe type of disability are still able to use their eyes to see which is what prompted them to start working on this project. All the wheelchair user will have to do is look in the direction they would like to go.

They are building the computer system to be able to tell the difference in eye movement. For example; the difference between a person just looking around at their environment and the difference of a command such as “I want to go there”.

There are still some problems with the software, …

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.

Beach Vault

Posted in Security by Tam Yue on June 9th, 2014

Beach VaultThis is creative genius.

We have all been to the beach with our bag of precious things; cell phone, camera, purse, wallet. And we worry about these “things” getting ripped off by someone while we are laying there basking in the sun or out in the water.

Bring on the Beach Vault. The Vault is a container that looks like that of a screw, which is actually very important to the functionality of this product. You don’t have to dig a hole, all you do is turn the Vault into the sand and it buries itself. You remove the lid and you can store all of your valuables inside. It is large enough to hold a tablet, two wallets, cell phones, keys and you will still have room left over. And not only that, the Vault is water tight.

Another amazing thing about …

Junglecat iPhone 5/5S Game Controller

Posted in Controllers by Tam Yue on June 9th, 2014

Razer Junglecat Game ControllerIf you are looking for the precision of a full-fledged gaming controller for your iPhone 5/5S, then this post is for you. Introducing Junglecat from Razer. While they are tapping away on their screen, your opponents will have a hard time beating you if you have this device for your iPhone.

The Junglecat is a case with a controller that slides out from underneath like the full QWERTY keyboads of old. The device is designed with a D-Pad, ABXY action buttons and bumpers that will give you lightning speed. It is fully customizable with an app that lets you remap all the buttons as well as adjusting the pressure sensitivity levels.

It is available on Razer’s website now for the price of $99, and comes in black and white.

Via Gadgeteer

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.

Robots with Emotions

Posted in Robots by Tam Yue on June 5th, 2014

Pepper the robotSoftbank CEO Masayoshi Son, unveiled a new robot that can decipher emotions and make people smile. The robot, named Pepper, goes on sale in Japan in Feburary for about $1900.

Pepper has voice recognition capabilities and has a dozen sensors that can feel anything from a touch on the hand to a pat on the head. It also has huge puppy dog like eyes that help him express his emotions to his owners. He can sing, dance and tell jokes as well. Pepper learns from human interaction and behaviors. Those experiences are then uploaded to the cloud for other units to use.

Roads That will Change the World

Posted in Solar Powered by Tam Yue on June 5th, 2014

Solar RoadwaysHere is a group that is trying to change the world by using the worlds roadways. How? They want to change all the current roads to “Solar Freakin’ Roadways”. Yes, you read that right. Watch the video, we think it is pretty amazing idea if they can pull it off. Good luck to them!

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Underground Beer Cooler

Posted in Home by Tam Yue on June 5th, 2014

Underground Beer coolerIt seems as though everyone has a fire pit in their backyard these days. And with that fire pit there is either a cooler of beer on ice or an angry child having to run into the house to get dad a cold one when he’s empty.

No more of that, this underground beer cooler, called eCool, was unveiled yesterday. It sells for around $350 and can easily be installed in your yard just by digging a hole for it. The eCool keeps the beer cold because the ground underneath is usually quite a bit cooler than the outside ambient temperature.

No electricity, no ice, and no whining kids. It holds 24 beers, is 113cm tall, weighs about 12 KG and can stay installed the whole year around. One draw back that we can see is that it only appears to …