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5 Best Devices to Maximize Your Workout


Modern technology is changing the way people workout for the better. Gone are the days of wondering how many steps you have walked or calories you have burned. All the information can be accessed at the touch of a button. We are therefore looking at the five best devices to maximize your workout.

Sports Headphones

Anyone who takes exercise seriously must invest in a high-quality pair of headphones, which could make or break your performance. There are many different styles, brands and features that can fuel your workout, such as Beats Powerbeats3, Bose SoundSport Wireless and Skullcandy Grind. Each will offer different features and price tags. Find the best sports headphones for both your needs and budget.

Fitness Tracker

A fitness tracker not only counts your daily steps to maximize your physical health, but it can also encourage you to move more, sleep better and has the potential to improve your general health, so they are a must-have for health-conscious individuals.

There are a range of fitness trackers to choose from, which are available in clips, bands or watches. For instance, you could buy the Apple Watch Nike+ that features a heart rate sensor, average pace and access to many third-party apps, or the Fitbit Charge that tracks activities, steps, calories and sleep, whilst offering breathing exercises and interchangeable bands.

Smart Shoes

If you want to avoid wearing an expensive band or watch when working out, you could always opt for an invisible form of technology in the form of smart shoes. You can buy comfortable footwear that features an integrated fitness tracker into the soles of your new sports shoes, which will track every move you make during physical activity. It is the ideal option for passionate runners, as the metrics also feature Bluetooth connectivity that can be accessed via an app.

Smart Helmet

Do you love to cycle? Improve your performance on the bike by investing in a smart helmet, which you should wear on the road. Never become lost again with built-in GPS directions that will help you cycle your way through the roads, as it will not block out any sounds to improve road safety and aid your performance. What’s more, the smart helmet can track your mileage, so you will know the exact distance you have travelled. The intelligent device can also alert a loved one if you experience an accident on your bicycle.

Athletic Sleepwear

Did you know there is a line of sleepwear to help your body recover from the stress of physical activity? Tom Brady has joined forces with Under Armour to release the innovative sleepwear for athletes, which features TB12 technology. The print on the inside of the clothing cleverly absorbs your body’s natural heat, and reflects Far Infrared back into your bodyto increase your recovery rate.

Do you have a favorite device to improve your physical performance? Tell us all about it in the comment section. We would love to read your helpful tech tips.

 

 

The Best Devices for Traditional and Online Study

Starting university can be both daunting and exciting. You will have so much to do, but it opens the door to endless opportunities in the future. To ensure you get off to the best start, we are looking at the best devices for both traditional and online study so that you can maximise your degree.

A Laptop

Every student needs a laptop, whether they are embarking on a drama degree from a traditional university or earning their way to one of many non-clinical healthcare careers with an online degree program. Look for a laptop with large display screens, great battery life and a lightweight design. Also, think about adding more RAM or purchase a laptop with included SSD for a faster and smoother performance. If you like to play games in your spare time, make sure the graphics card so substantial.

From writing essays and researching topics to logging into the university dashboard, a laptop is a much-needed tech device you will need for the duration of your degree.

Bodyclock Starter

Students are notoriously bad for waking up in the morning, due to late night studying or one too many drinks with university friends.

The Bodyclock Starter is the perfect way to wake up in the morning. It will increase the light of dawn over a 30-minute period, offering a more relaxed method of waking up in the morning – so it’s ideal for those dark mornings when all you want to do is curl up in bed. So, you can wake up feeling a little more refreshed and ready to face the day ahead.

Also, if you have trouble falling asleep at night, you can put the Bodyclock Starter in reverse, as the light in the room can fade over the half hour period, allowing you to fall into a natural sleep.

A Fitbit

It’s not uncommon for some students’ health to fall into decline when they attend university, as they spend many sleepless nights studying, too many nights partying or just eating the wrong foods when prepping for an important exam.

A Fitbit can, therefore, boost your overall health, as it will allow you to consciously track your health to ensure you have reached your daily steps and are burning calories. The Fitbit Flex 2 is swim-proof and automatically recognizes exercise. If you need something more high tech, the Surge offers GPS tracking, sleep monitoring, SmartTrack and PurePulse Heart Rate.

An e-reader

Instead of hauling heavy books with you to and from campus, or cluttering your home with titles, you should invest in an e-reader, which can store thousands of books all in one place. You can simply download the book and start studying anywhere you like, flipping from book to book on the train home from university. The Amazon Kindle is a smart choice, with the Voyage being a favorite with the extra resolution 300 ppi display, new adaptive front light, and with its magnesium back and chemically-reinforced glass front, the Voyage is extremely durable. The battery life also lasts weeks on a single charge.

 

 

How to Unlock Samsung Galaxy S8

We’ve waited long enough already, but we have a feeling that it’s going to be worth it. Unlike past years, Samsung decided to launch its new flagship, the Galaxy S8, a bit later, at the end of March, while the actual date when it will start hitting the shelves is April 28.

After tons of leaked images, as well as detailed information about the phone’s specs have surfaced online, we’re convinced that this is going to be one incredible smartphone. However, the same rumors mention something about a not-so-pocket-friendly price, so for everybody who can’t afford paying the full price, for a SIM-free version, the only alternative remains getting the phone from a carrier, with a two-year contract.

Ok, so you finally got your hands on it and it’s awesome, but your new Samsung Galaxy S8 still has a big problem: it’s carrier locked and basically, you’re stuck with using the same network for the whole period of the contract. But hey, there’s no need to panic, since you can easily unlock your Samsung Galaxy S8, in just a few minutes.

If you have a bit of technical knowledge, you should know that there are three main unlocking methods:

  1. Rooting the phone and flashing a custom firmware, which can remove the carrier lock
  2. Asking your current carrier to do it for you
  3. Unlocking the phone by code

Breaking it down, rooting requires proper documentation, not to mention that it should be done only by someone experienced and, in some cases, things go wrong and the phone is completely damaged. As for the carrier…well, not a lot of them are willing to unlock the phone, not to mention that it has to be fully paid in order to try this, so unlocking your Galaxy S8 by code remains the most viable method.

In order to do this, you just need to follow these steps:

Look for a reliable code provider online.

After a quick search on Google, you will find a lot of services able to help you with this, but truth is that just a few of them are actually trustworthy. For example, we’ve come across UnlockScope.com and UnlockUnit.com, which seem to be great options, according to the reviews they received on Trustpilot from previous clients.

Place your order

After deciding upon one service, you need to fill up a few details about your phone, then proceed to payment. Most websites will ask for the following information:

  • Your phone’s IMEI, which is unique for each device and can be found by dialing *#06#
  • The name of the network and country on which your phone is locked now. Be very careful with this, as a lot of people select the network on which they’re planning to use the phone. DO NOT do this.
  • A valid email address, where you will receive the code, as well as additional information on how to use it.

Insert the code

Shortly after placing the order, you will receive an email with the code, which will be used to unlock your Samsung Galaxy S8.

Now, everything you need to do is insert a SIM from an unaccepted network in the phone and wait for it to display a message like “SIM network unlock PIN”. Then, using the keyboard, just type the code you received and hit the “Unlock” button. And this is pretty much it! You have successfully managed to unlock your Galaxy S8! Simple as that!

Smart Glasses That Adapt To Your Eyes

A research team at the University of Utah is developing a set of glasses that adapts to your eyes and never needs to be replaced. Engineering professor Carlos Mastrangelo and doctoral student Nazmul Hasan have collaborated on a project to create a pair of battery operated liquid-based lenses that can focus on what you are seeing automatically, whether it is far away or close up. Imagine the possibilities of not needing both reading and field glasses.

The eye has a lens inside that adjusts for focal depth, maintaining clear vision. As we get older, this ability weakens leading to prescription glasses. The new “smart glasses” compensate for this weakness, auto-correcting the depth of the field of vision for the eye. Potentially, this could eliminate the need for owning two pairs of glasses, or even bifocals. I find myself having to look up or down when looking at my monitor through bifocals. When playing 7Sultans casino online, I need to look through the lower portion of my lenses. When talking to someone, I need to look through the upper portion of my lenses. It would be great to have an auto-correcting lens that eliminates the need to look up or down through my glasses.

The lenses of these eyeglasses are made of glycerin and enclosed in a rubbery membrane that allows for adjustments. The glycerin and the membrane are clear and do not appear to cause any distortion in vision. The glasses are battery operated and have electrical components housed in the frames, which still appear rather big and clunky in this early stage of development. With time and more research, we can be assured that the lenses will become more sleek and aesthetically pleasing.

Here’s how it works: The back membrane has three connectors to mechanical actuators that move the membrane back and forth, kind of like a piston in an engine. This changes the curve of the lens and alters the focal length between the lens and the eye. In the bridge of the glasses is a distance meter that sends out pulses of infrared light when the wearer looks at an object. The glasses then automatically recalibrate to perfect the visual of that object. The team claims that this adjustment takes about 14 milliseconds. The glasses do not work well for peripheral vision at this point. The bulky nature of the current frame prevents much peripheral vision anyway, but to see things off to the side would require the user turning their head so that the sensor in the bridge can refocus on a new object. The entire glasses system operates on a rechargeable battery that lasts about 24 hours.

Before the user wears the glasses for the first time, they need to download the accompanying glasses app into their smartphone and input their glasses prescription. It is then transmitted via Bluetooth to the glasses and the user is ready to put the glasses on. If the user gets a new glasses prescription, they can simply change it in the app without having to purchase a new pair of glasses.

It seems that this invention solves several problems at once. You will only need to purchase one pair of glasses… ever. No more buying a new pair every time you get a new prescription. And if you need bifocals or two sets of glasses, one for reading and another for walking around, this covers both at once. You can eliminate the blurry line of bifocals and drop the second pair all together. Cost will undoubtedly be a factor initially, but I can’t wait for these to become commonplace so I can try a pair myself and play 7Sultans casino online clearly!

How to Set Up a Quality Speaker System Properly

Listening to music on quality speakers can truly change the life of any music lover, particularly one who has grown accustomed to inferior quality systems. The depth and richness of the sound imparted by a quality speaker system is without comparison. The experience is comparable to that of being completely surrounded by sound on all sides. It takes a certain level of quality to truly experience an immersive environment; this is just as true for music fans as it is for gamers and other audio enthusiasts.

The Advantages of Speakers over Headphones

Headphone fans are quick to tout the benefits of their focused stereo sounds over those of any speaker arrangement. Their points are not without merit; with headphones, one hears the intended left and right channels in the appropriate ears, instead of simply hearing both channels in both ears all of the time. Additionally, with headphones, there is much less of a distraction from other sounds in the immediate environment.

When one is mobile, on the go, or otherwise listening to audio in public, headphones definitely have their place, but most of the key points in favor of headphones can be balanced out by proper speaker arrangement. In return, one gets fuller, richer depth of sound, without many of the purported drawbacks associated with using speakers.

  • With desktop speakers, position the devices 18 to 32 inches away from your head, depending upon personal preference. This will help to balance ambient environmental sounds with your music or gaming audio. At the same time, you won’t be completely unaware of your surrounding environment.
  • Avoid angling your speakers excessively. Try to position them so they’re straight on, nearly parallel to your position. If you were to draw a line through the air in the direction in which either speaker is pointed, you wouldn’t want the two lines to cross in front of you. This can be adjusted for personal preference.
  • Regardless of what type of device or system you’re using, make sure you use the best quality sound system you can comfortably afford. Lower quality makes for a less enjoyable experience; as with so many things, the more you can invest into it, the more you’ll get out of it in return.

What Makes a High Quality Speaker System?

In simple terms, the best speakers are those which reproduce the broadest range of sounds with the greatest accuracy. The more accuracy, the better the speaker (see here for the best floor standing speakers); the broader its range of accurately produced sound is, the more it conveys subtle nuances and small details. These are things that often escape direct notice, but are picked up subconsciously regardless.

There are a wide range of factors which go into the quality of a speaker, as well as considerable debate over whether the overall quality of a speaker can be measured purely through accurate reproduction of sound. Some experts argue that it’s only possible to measure whether a speaker’s sound is flat, or dynamic—and, if it is dynamic, how far from flat it is.

“Flat,” in this case, is more desirable: it represents a speaker which has the least amount of sound distortion across a wide range of frequencies.

More Information

For more on speaker design, setup, and maintenance, visit speakerxpert.com.

Tips For Looking After Your Old Console

Maybe you’ve just uncovered your old SNES from the attic. Or maybe you’re a next gen gamer who has recently got into retrogaming. Either way, you should probably read these tips before you get stuck into your ancient console. These gaming relics weren’t built with the robustness of modern consoles and have most likely worn with time. To stop your console dying on you, you need to look after it in its old age. Here are useful tips for maintaining your old console and keeping it alive and healthy.

Be careful cleaning cartridges

Before discs we all had cartridges. They might seem like they’re more armoured against damage. However, if anything, they’re easier to break. Cartridges have to be regularly cleaned of dust and dirt. The best way is to use a q-tip, but be careful not to probe to forcefully. Many of us used to blow into our old cartridges, which is an effective method, so long as no saliva gets into the electronics. Any liquid can destroy a cartridge’s circuitry – never use any sprays or wipes.

Note that there are still sites that still sell cartridges (such as this site for Nintendo 64 games) – some very cheaply. So if you’ve recently uncovered your old collection to find out few are working, realize that not all is lost!

Don’t fold up wires

Wrapping up wires around controllers used to be a great way of keeping them tidy, until it was revealed that this gradually destroyed the cords (as is the case with all my old Xbox controllers). Wireless controllers have solved this issue and many of us have forgotten the nuisance that wires can be. One of the best ways to deal with them is to keep them in a box or drawer and let them naturally coil around the bottom. The wires on controllers have a tendency to fray right at the join (something that a lot of modern phone chargers seem to still have a problem with). Get these taped up as soon as you notice them starting to fray.

Keep away from heat

Old consoles don’t have the fan systems that newer ones do. Exposed to heat such as a radiator or sunlight, the console could overheat very easily. Keep the console well ventilated – those TV stands in which the back is closed off are the worst for causing consoles to overheat. If the console has been exposed to heat for some time, let it cool down before turning it on. You don’t want your old console to burst into flames!

Games and controllers should also be kept away from heat.

Keep away from cold

Anything that isn’t room temperature generally isn’t good for consoles – which also includes the cold. If you keep your console in a uninsulated attack – it’s possible that the freezing temperature could cause components to warp. You also want to avoid any damp. Store it in a room within the rest of your house so that it’s getting the same heating in the winter.

7 Essential Tech Gadgets You Need for College 

The college years are the best years of our lives – allegedly. It’s a time of intense studying, lots of socializing, and zero money. Most students have very little free time, so anything that helps make everyday tasks that bit easier is a bonus. So if you are studying for an online masters in computer science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, here are some tech gadgets you definitely need in your life.

Bluetooth Coffee Machine

When you are pulling an all-nighter, coffee will be the only thing keeping you going. If you are under pressure, you won’t have time to keep getting up to switch the coffee machine on. A Bluetooth coffee machine makes life a lot easier. Use an app to turn the machine on from wherever you happen to be, even the library!

Heated Travel Mug

Nothing beats a freshly brewed coffee on a cold, miserable morning. Make a pot of coffee and take it with you in a heated travel mug. It’s way cheaper than splashing out on a latte from Starbucks or Costa. And as all students know, every little helps!

Backup Cell Phone Charger

Do you spend hours surfing social media on your phone or streaming videos online? If so, your smartphone battery will be under pressure. There is nothing worse than a dead battery, especially if you need an Uber home from a late night party. Keep a backup cell phone charger in your purse and you can avoid this problem.

Surge Protector

A surge protector will ensure your electrical devices don’t cook in the event of an unexpected power surge. This is essential if you have a lot of assignments to complete for an online computer science masters degree. After all, you won’t have the cash to replace your MacBook if it dies during a lightning storm.

Bluetooth Speakers

Do you love to listen to music in your dorm? Well, it’s good to share, so invest in some cool Bluetooth speakers and share your playlists with everyone else. Bluetooth speakers are essential for students. No wires and no fuss, plus you can control them using your smartphone.

Alarm Clock

Most students struggle to wake up in the morning, so an alarm clock is pretty useful. Some alarm clocks are better than others are. If you have trouble waking up in the morning invest in a body clock alarm clock that wakes you up gently. It’s a more relaxed way to start the day, and so much nicer than being rudely awoken after two hours sleep by a shrill ringing sound.

Google Chromecast

Use Google Chromecast to stream your favorite online content to a TV with an HDMI port. The Google Chromecast is ideal if you love to watch Netflix or YouTube videos on a large screen. Use your laptop, tablet or smartphone to control what you watch. It’s the perfect accessory for movie nights in your shared student kitchen.

Tech gadgets can be expensive, so make sure you ask Santa for a few essentials this year.

A Next Gen Weather Satellite  

A powerful new weather satellite, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R (GOES-R),  lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on November 19th. It promises to give weather forecasters the best views ever of storms and weather patterns like hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards,  volcanic ash flows and wild fires . It has one awesome new feature that should give scientists amazing new scientific research- a lightning mapper.

A lightning mapper will allow for better severe storm mapping across the United States. It can give forecasters “situational awareness” to alert the public about impending severe weather before it arrives. The mapper will show flashes, updrafts, and more in great detail, taking 500 images per second. Cloud-to-cloud lightning, in-cloud lightning, and cloud-to-ground lightning can be tracked. An advanced baseline imager will help speed up the transmission of imagery back to earth up to five times faster than previous GOES satellites. One of the hopes with this new faster imagery is to be more accurate in when and where to call for evacuations relating to severe weather phenomena. It will also help pilots avoid bad weather, saving time and turbulence for airline passengers. A great way to entertain yourself while waiting for a flight or even satellite imagery is playing online games. I enjoy Betfair table games for online casino fun.

In addition to weather tracking and lightning mapping, the new GOES-R will monitor the sun, solar flares and how the sun’s electromagnetic radiation affects the upper atmosphere of the Earth. GOES-R also has a telescope that can monitor ultraviolet wavelengths on the sun. When solar events occur, the onboard magnetometer can predict the flow of charged particles near the Earth. In other words, it will help astronauts avoid radiation and other satellites protect themselves by moving or closing up. The telescope will also be able to estimate the temperature of the sun’s corona, helping scientists predict when the sun is likely to experience an eruption.

The satellite is valued by NOAA at $1 billion, was sent to an equatorial orbit at 22,300 miles high. Full images of the Western Hemisphere will be sent every 15 minutes and the United States every five minutes. Any regions where storms are active will have imagery updated every 30 seconds.

The entire GOES program will cost around $11 billion and include four satellites, a large system of land-based satellite dishes, and some new methods for crunching all of the data that will be sent from the satellites. The ultimate goal of the GOES program is to create better weather forecasting that will save lives. The current group of weather satellites in orbit are very old by scientific standards and in desperate need of replacing. This series of GOES satellites are just the first step toward creating a safer future where we can work around the weather phenomena that comes our way.

 

Revealed: Boeing’s new smartphone for spies, called the ‘Boeing Black’

It’s official. Boeing has built a smartphone — and it comes with a self-destruct button.

Boeing Defense, Space and Security openly lists its product on Boeing’s website, complete with details about all the bells and whistles. Boeing has also posted the product card.

The smartphone is aimed at those for whom security is the top priority, such as high-level government employees. It appears the phone will only be available to governments and not civilians.

Check BizJournals for the full details!

The billion-dollar problem with self-driving taxis?

Uber autonomous taxis

There’s an interesting article on Linkedin written by InFluencer  about how it might be difficult for the autonomous cars to be success as taxis unless the UBERs of the world are ready to get into the deep capital costs required to own manage expensive fleets.

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The next issue would be maintenance. There is a myth among some tech geeks that electric cars don’t need service. Tesla has demonstrated that in fact they need maintenance. Despite all the sensors and millions of lines of code and a large battery, they still have wheels and tires, brakes and other mechanical parts and fluids that require replacement or adjustment. And the moment you put people into a car, even one devoid of controls that passengers can mess with, things will happen.

A Handy Guide To Your First PC Gaming Setup

Console gaming has had its peak, and now PC gaming is what everyone’s talking about. Like a lot of people, you may have finally taken notice of all the hype, and abandoned console gaming for a PC setup. Unfortunately, this isn’t as simple as walking into a store and asking for a gaming PC. Buying or building a gaming PC can be pretty complex, especially for newcomers. To make the whole process simpler, here’s a brief guide to your first setup.

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The first thing to consider when you’re buying a PC gaming setup is the kinds of games you intend to play on it. While any gaming PC will do a better job than a conventional one, there are certain finer points which can make a lot of difference to your gaming experience. If you’re crazy for FPSs, then you’ll probably want to put more emphasis on graphics as opposed to CPU performance. However, if you’re more into RTS and other strategy genres, then you’ll want to go for a better CPU, capable of processing the AI more quickly. Of course, many modern releases have blurred the lines between genres, and you may not even have a go-to PC game yet. If this is the case, then you should go for a balance between graphics quality and speed.

Unless you’re going to be playing exclusively retro games, then the graphics card you buy is going to be a big decision. This will dictate the quality of display you can have, and have a massive impact on your overall gaming experience. It’s a good rule to carve off about a third of your overall budget and set this aside for your graphics card. Every new title that’s released generally has a higher demand for graphics quality, and buying the latest generation you can afford will ensure that you can keep up. I’m sure you don’t want to scrimp on the graphics card and only be able to enjoy it for a few months. Once you buy your card, just make sure you’re tinkering with the settings to get the most out of it. I’m always amazed when someone spends a grand on an incredibly high-quality graphics card, but then runs all of their games at default settings.

Finally, think about your peripherals. The basic tower hardware of a gaming PC will push you in the right direction. After that though, you’ll need a gaming mouse, mechanical keyboard, and a high-quality headset to go with it. To the inexperienced gamer, these accessories might seem like unnecessary money. Once you try them out and get used to them though, you’ll certainly change your tune! Gaming mice are far more comfortable to hold, and come with several extra buttons which you can program for different commands. This means you can shave valuable seconds off of throwing grenades or reloading in FPSs. Mechanical keyboards offer a wide range of keys, which put up different levels of resistance depending on the games you like to play. You don’t have to spend a fortune here, but you do have to move on from your standard peripherals!

 

Drones, Ferrets and M&Ms

ferret drones

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has come up with a plan to save the endangered black-footed ferret population. Numbering at less than 300 nationwide, these little guys are dying from the disease Sylvatic plague, transmitted by fleas that bite prairie dogs, the ferrets main food source. There is a vaccine available to prevent this disease in the ferrets and the USFWS has come up with a plan to get it into the ferrets.

Initially, the vaccine was hand-scattered via food pellets in the area where the ferret population was greatest in the state of Montana. Finding this effort to be overly time-consuming and really hit and miss, a call was put out for better ideas. Here’s what they have decided to do. You’ll love this, trust me.

The plan is to put the vaccine in peanut butter, which apparently ferrets love to eat. The peanut butter will be smeared all over a big batch of M&Ms. The M&Ms will then be loaded up into a modified gumball shooting device that will be attached to a GPS-enabled drone. Yes, a drone!  The drone will be able to cover about a 30-foot area at a time, carpeting the black-footed ferret territory with sweet and sticky portable vaccine candy. There’s nothing better than free food. I have two favorite sayings. Why not choose free food and why not choose free bingo?

According to reports, the ferrets will eat some candy on the spot. Then they will pouch some to take back to their burrows where it will be shared with all the relatives. Any peanut butter that sticks to their fur will be groomed off and eaten later. Is this not a clever plan? Who else wants to be the drone operator on this job? I certainly do!

Streaming Nerd TV

Have you heard about CuriosityStream yet? It’s a streaming channel of on demand nonfiction documentaries . A subscription service that runs ad-free, you are presented with the choice of over 1,500 documentaries and nonfiction series to watch whenever you like, with no recording or scheduling. Everything is readily available to view.

What nerd or geek isn’t thrilled at a whole new batch of documentaries to watch? I was delighted to learn of this service! Prior to hearing about CuriosityStream, I had given up on TV and switched to online only. I love to try free bingo sites instead of randomly clicking through TV channels. CuriosityStream was launched in March 2015 by John Hendricks, founder of Discovery Channel. The streaming service went international in September 2015. The four main topics are science, technology, history and nature. Basic service costs $2.99US per month for standard definition, $5.99 for high definition and $11.99 for ultra high definition 4K. They do offer a discount for paying annually.

Currently supported platforms include:
-All PCs, laptops, desktops and Mac
-Any Android device running version 4.0.3 or higher
Apple TV via AirPlay
-Chromecast
-IPhones, iPads and iPods with iOS 7 or higher
-Roku
-Amazon Fire TV
-Amazon Kindle Fire

There are plans to get into the Xbox One in the near future as well.

Go check out their website for a free one month trial.

 

Earthquake-Proof Refrigerator 

earthquake proof refridgerator

Sharp has just released its first earthquake-proof refrigerator that locks itself if a tremor is detected. This prevents spillage of food and keeps you from walking through glass shards on your way out the door. At a hefty ¥480,000 ($4,600), the fridge is expensive, but has some additional features that may make it more desirable in the quake-prone country. Now if only they could figure out a way to keep me from missing out on my no deposit bingo games as well!

If the power goes out due to an earthquake, the fridge has a built-in solar rechargeable battery that will keep the entire system cold for three days, or just the freezer cold for up to ten days. Pretty impressive, right? The food doesn’t spoil and there’s no worry of the fridge toppling over when the center of gravity shifts as it’s shaking. Part of the Plasma Cluster series, Sharp may have hit on a great product for those parts of the world prone to ground tremors.

The Plasma Cluster series features a fridge top with side by side doors. There’s an intelligent monitoring system that tracks when the fridge is most often opened and used, to optimize the cooling schedule.

For more ideas on how to make your home more earthquake ready, here you go . And for the geek in all of us, there’s this earthquake-proof server from Plat’Home, that can survive 625 days at 122F.

My Foray in USB Splitters and Gaming on the Road

 

usb splitter

Recently, my wife and I went on a long road trip cross country. We spent a lot of time talking but eventually, we reverted into our own little universes. I listened to an audiobook from my cellphone and my wife was using her tablet. Both devices quickly lost battery power and needed to be recharged. The car only had one USB port so we were taking turns charging our devices. What a drag that turned into for us. We lamented that mobile device batteries never last as long as one hopes. My wife spent time on our long drive playing Guts mobile online casino games and was worried about running out of battery power.

During a gas and drink stop we found a USB splitter on a rack that we snatched up and paid way too much for. I highly recommend that you buy one of these for each and every car you own. The one we bought comes with LED indicator for power status, supports over current and instant current protection to protect the connected devices and itself.

In today’s electronic age, everyone has the need to recharge a device while on the go. Frequently this means several people need to charge at the same time. In fact, I bought six USB splitters on sale at a retail store and kept them to give as gifts to busy moms toting tablet-watching kids around and dads with long commutes charging multiple items. Everyone loves getting this splitter for their car.

The splitter we used is much less complicated though, it was just a Y-Splitter. Some splitters are more advanced than others, I was a little interested in what’s inside of some of these, and found this interesting tear down of one.

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Robohon: A Future Smartphone inside a Mini Robot 

For years we all have been waiting for a device that will help us make our dream of using a robot come true and looks like the Japanese company Sharp has managed to do this for us. The past 5 years have seen technology development go to some serious heights and companies are working harder than ever to come up with innovative and out of the box designs and features for smartphones.

robohon

Last year we came past by an announcement made by Sharp that they will be bringing a robotic smartphone in 2016 which will be something the world has never seen before. And with that we had a glance of what the company will be showing us this year “something quite extraordinary” you can say.

A look into the design and specifications of the robohon

The smartphone or shall we say the mini robot has odd looks and you might not understand the concept of smartphone within a robot at first sight. But the little robot that reaches just about 20 cms is much more than what meets the eye. The look of RoboHon is inspired from a 4 feet tall robot named ‘Pepper’, at first impression it does look like some kind of toy that works on battery but it is a smartphone indeed and it mostly works over voice command. Yes you read that right , the phone has a very little screen on the back and it basically works over voice control, if you compare it to a general smartphone it can do most of the stuff that your normal phone does.

The phone dials the number you ask it to and you can talk over the speaker, if you want to click pictures you can just ask the robot to do so over voice command and if you want to view the pictures or videos the head of the robot has a projector mounted on it which will show you things on a wall or a flat surface. Other than this, the robot will also read emails for you and come to you by itself if you have an incoming phone (talk about technology advancements eh?). If you wish to buy this phone internationally, Amazon offers are surely something to look out for.

Internal features and the cons about RoBoHon

The phone has a 2 inch screen and works on 320 x 240 pixels which to be honest look on the lower side. The processor of the phone raps up a speed of 1.2 Ghz using a   400 snapdragon chipset not that impressing, you can say. But if you look at the concept on which this phone is made you will admit that the internal phone and features matter very less and the phone is just made to amuse you and give a feel of how a robotic smartphone’s usage would feel like.

There have been many talks about the phone’s look which seems amusing but if you consider using this thing as a daily base device you might look a bit dorky and people might “judge” you because of it. But still we appreciate Sharp’s confidence and effort to put up something like this for the people, it would be quite a fun to see how much people decide to buy this phone.

The phone was officially put on sale on 26th May and will cost a real fortune ($1800) for people who would want to buy it, also the phone is available for sale only in Japan.

Oculus Rift and Microgaming – The Future of Gambling

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Oculus Rift continues to impress with the Rift VR headset and other devices, and Microgaming is already prepared to take advantage. Virtual reality has been a target for the tech industry for decades. If you look back as far as 1982 and the movie Tron, you can see that this type of environment was on the mind of innovators even then, and even though the film was skipped over for an Oscar because it was thought the high level (at the time) of graphics was effectively cheating, the idea of playing games from the first person perspective has been one of the main fixations of the virtual reality concept for the public ever since.

The Parallel Progression of Online Gambling

While VR has been pressing forward, there has been a parallel series of advances in the online gambling industry. In the mid-1990s, a combination of widely available Internet connections and personal computers allowed for the creation of the first online casino, and the company Microgaming was there to develop the software for it. Less than a decade later, they were among the first to push hard in the mobile sector, which is still the fastest-growing segment of the industry as a whole. They have always been on the cutting edge of the industry from the software side, so it’s no surprise that they already have a virtual reality product ready to go.

The Intersection of the Two Industries

The International Casino Expo, known as ICE for short, is the largest trade show for gambling in the world. Over the past two instances of ICE, Microgaming has been showing off what will likely become the future of gambling, and that’s a virtual reality version of roulette. This game takes place in space and features a robot-style croupier to handle bets and spinning of the roulette wheel. While some online casinos, SlotsMillion in particular, already have VR products that allow players to make their way through a virtual casino and play a normal suite of games, Microgaming is the first to really push for actual games that use VR technologies.

With that having been said, this roulette game hasn’t come fully to market quite yet, and a big part of that is the simple fact that VR technologies haven’t become all that popular just yet. There are a number of VR options today other than the pricey newer models of Oculus Rift, and while many of them rely on smartphone that users already have, they haven’t quite caught on the mainstream. Once they do, however, Microgaming will definitely be poised to take over the market, which is a strategy they have used previously with mobile games and are currently using with other wearable technology.

Commonalities With Wearable Technology

As we’ve mentioned before, Microgaming is very persistent about being the first to really push for online gambling opportunities using new technologies. The smartwatch is a good example of the precarious position they put themselves in when a new technology is available but not quite popular enough for a full-fledged set of releases. They’ve developed a special version of their Thunderstruck slot, one of their original titles and one of the most popular games they’ve ever released, for smartwatches. However, the smartwatch (and other similar wearable technology) hasn’t quite taken off yet.

In the case of the smartwatch, there are similarities and differences with their virtual reality products. What’s similar is that they’re currently sitting in an interesting position where the technology isn’t popular enough to justify investing the money and resources for a much wider selection of games. However, they’re also the company that has invested the most so far, so they have a definite head start on the competition when it comes time to push forward.

What’s largely different between virtual reality and smartwatch technologies is that the virtual reality interface itself is much more friendly for traditional styles of gambling because the smartwatch suffers from a severe lack of screen real estate. What’s more is that virtual reality seems to have more utility than smartwatches for the average person, and that’s what allowed Microgaming the market to work with in terms of personal computers and later mobile devices.

What Happens Next?

What happens next is that Microgaming will continue to prepare their virtual reality offering, which has already been shown to work with less expensive virtual reality setups than the newest selection from Oculus Rift. Along these lines, as soon as the market starts opening up a bit, which will be inevitable when prices come down for these technologies, Microgaming will be the first to get in and take players on a virtual reality ride to roulette tables in space and beyond. The flexibility of this platform plays right into the strengths of Microgaming, and it will give them yet another opportunity to illustrate why they are widely considered to be the top developer in the online casino software industry.

 

Google Employee Develops DIY Android-Powered First Prototype Bathroom Mirror

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A Googler has come up with an Android-powered bathroom mirror to offer data, time and weather along with some news headlines, to let others consider it an early prototype of a Google Now mirror.

It is a two-way mirror equipped with a controller board, a display panel components, arts and crafts supplies, a power button, a controller board and some more including Amazon Fire stick. It has clean, minimalist UI.

Creator Max Braun, an engineer at Google, is learned to spend spare time in productive ways instead of simply watching television on the couch. This time he spent the time building his own smart bathroom mirror, and the output looks real amazing.

His project is not yet complete. Braun is still adding more useful things to it such as traffic conditions and reminders. Moreover, the display is not interactive as of now to which the creator points idea of the mirror is to pull relevant data automatically similar to what Google Now does and for another things the voice search is always there.

Braun adds the setup of his creation is very simple and the fancy two-way mirror is just a regular display though it is the most expensive part of the whole thing. However, it also depends on how big the display one wants and from where to source. Some may end up spending a thousand dollars buying it and others may get it in just a few hundred bucks. Even the $50 Fire tablets can be sourced.

Apart from all these, it is worth here to know this is the first Do It Yourself (DIY) smartmirror that has come across. There are tons of information online how to build your own smartmirror. There are several guides, Reddit threads and dedicated apps too for developing one such at home without the need to hire any expert. Braun too has promised to post a how-to soon.

In a blog post the Googler said he wanted to have smart mirror for his bathroom but he couldn’t find anyone selling one such stuff. However, individual parts were easily available in the market and so he started placing orders for those and building it himself.

Braun writes further he initially tried to build the smart mirror with Chromecast and then with Nexus Player, but at last he was satisfied using Fire TV Stick. The prototype is still a work in progress.

Well, the creation is a real cool thing if you imagine a world where you get all the important updates and information while brushing your teeth. Several similar experiments are on-going and soon one may be available in the market for us for ready-to-use while believing something more can be done in bathroom.

Not to forget here, in 2014 two similar experiments had hit headlines on technology news websites. One was magic mirror powered by Raspberry Pi and the other was eBay’s magic mirror shopping technology.