Gadgets

Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

Miito Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot. Read More

Samsung NX500 camera: High-quality 4K video capture for just $800

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Once you go 4K, you just can’t go back to full HD

Samsung’s NX500 is the first of what will be many affordable, sub-$1,000, mirrorless cameras that shoot 4K video. Up until this year, the only compact mirrorless cameras that could shoot 4K video were the Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s and Samsung NX1 — cameras that all cost well over $1,000.

The NX500 is only $800 with a 16-50mm kit lens, which costs half as much as Samsung’s flagship $1,500 NX1. The lower price doesn’t come at a loss of performance, though.

The camera shares much of the NX1’s DNA. They both have 28.2-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS image sensors, DRIMeVs image processors, 3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreens, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and, of course, 4K video recording. Read more…

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TC AppleCast 16: MacBook Redux, iOS 9 And OS X 10.11

TC-applecast16-9 This week we cover one noteworthy review of the new MacBook by Marco Arment, as well as iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 details. Apple is supposedly tidying up with both OS updates this year, and also making things more pleasant for older device owners, and that’s very good for Tim Cook’s favorite customer satisfaction metric. We also discuss the new $2,000 iMac, as well as the update for… Read More

CrunchWeek: Pebble’s Cash Crunch, Stripe Hits $5B, And NSA Reform’s Uncertain Future

crunchweek-4-3 Happy holiday Friday, team, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around, we remain camped out in the CrunchBase offices while TCHQ undergoes reconstructive surgery, Our own Kyle Russell, Colleen Taylor, and your modest supplicant sat down in broad red chairs to dig into Pebble’s reported cash woes, Stripe’s shiny new valuation, and just what is going on in the… Read More

Nest for electricity? Ecoisme offers full control over home power usage

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How much power is currently being wasted in your house? Chances are, with all the gadgets and chargers plugged into sockets in remote corners of my home, you have no idea

Ecoisme, a Krakow, Poland-based startup that launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign Wednesday, aims to change that — with a device that automatically detects all the electrical appliances in your house and gives you a detailed overview of their power usage.

Alexander Diatlov, co-founder and CMO of Ecoisme, calls the solution “Shazam for electricity in your house.” The Ecoisme device needs to be plugged into a socket, but also connected to your main power line via a clamp. Then it analyzes the noise made by each appliance — its unique electrical fingerprint. Read more…

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The Aria Lets You Control Your Smart Watch Without Touching It

Aria wearable The Aria is an add-on band that measures movement in the wrist to control smart watches with finger gestures. Compatible with Android Wear and the Pebble Time, their module slots in to an existing band and lets you move through a watch’s interface without tapping the screen or using controls on the side of the watch face. Read More

Apple’s iOS 9 Could Herald A New Future For Older iPhones And iPads

iphone-4S-Siri1 Apple’s next-generation operating systems, for both mobile devices and PCs, are reportedly going to have a strong focus on zapping bugs and improving stability, reports 9to5Mac. We’d heard this about iOS before, but it appears this will be a smoothing year (but with new features, too). The more interesting news, however, is that Apple is also said to be working on improving iOS… Read More

Watch This High School Computer Club Channel Tay Tay

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 9.27.18 AM In my high school years I learned programming from a robust man with a large mustache who practiced his golf swing while we coded in Pascal. Not once did we ever sing and I doubt he would have been able to make us. The teachers at the Whittell High School Computer Club in Zephyr Cove, Nevada have clearly figured out that secret formula. The Whittell High Computer Club and AP computer… Read More

Nothing says everlasting love like a Bitcoin engagement ring

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When considering a proposal, it’s important to know the exact worth of the ring before the transaction is made. And with the Bitcoin engagement ring, your smartphone takes the place of a professional jeweler

The BTC Ring is 3D printed with a QR code that lets anyone with the corresponding app scan your ring to find out the value of its blockchain. For anyone who isn’t in a committed relationship with crytocurrency, that means that your phone can tell you how much digital currency the engagement ring represents

The physical ring itself has no value unless you happen to think it’s a nice looking piece of jewelry. Plus, if you drop it down a drain, you can just print yourself a new one. Unlike diamond rings, the BTC ring’s worth can be adjusted as life circumstances change. You may even be able to reprint the ring to keep up with the latest fashions one day Read more…

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Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

apple-maps Apple is said to be planning to bring built-in transit directions to its native Maps app in iOS 9. Transit directions were left out when Apple replaced Google Maps with its own offering as the default navigation app in iOS 6 back in 2012. The native transit directions offering is actually a feature that was held over from an intended release last year with iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac, which… Read More