3 tips for getting extra use out of your old devices
Alternatively you could transform your handset, or tablet, into a webcam, digital photo frame or a bedside alarm clock. However, there may still be plenty of fully functioning parts that could prove useful in a DIY-tech project or make you some ...
April 10, 2015
Why you sleep through your iPhone's alarm
Here's why: iOS has two different volume controls - ringer volume, which controls the volume for the ringer, notifications and system alerts, and alarms; and media volume, which controls the in-app volume for games, music, and videos in additon to ...
March 31, 2015
2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Review
Sure, there were running changes during its near decade-long lifespan but they were purely cosmetic; even Rolls-Royce's smaller car, the Ghost, left the Phantom languishing in its electronic wake. . from the equation; there's a faint metallic whirr ...
April 1, 2015
DIY alarm clock will shred your money if you don't wake up on time
There are a slew of alarm clocks out there designed to get you up and out of bed in a reasonable manner. Ones that'll deliver electric shocks. Ones that'll run away from you. But nothing, we say, nothing beats the cold hard incentive like threatening ...
May 3, 2013
Hacked Hardware Could Cause The Next Big Security Breach
For security professionals, it was notable too, but for entirely different reasons: It offered a terrifying glimpse at how hackers could build a cyberattack directly into the very systems we depend on. In the past year, Cisco estimates that more ...
February 17, 2015
In a high-tech world, this retro toy entrepreneur is veering analog
Chicago company Fantem is introducing Oomi, a “smart home system” that manages, via tablet, electronic devices from stereos and lights to heating and cooling systems. It also serves as a security system. With the Oomi Touch tablet, of whole home ...
January 29, 2015
25 easy resolutions to transform your health
Making major lifestyle changes your New Year's resolutions is all well and good - if you manage to stick to them. But surveys suggest that most resolutions have bitten the dust by February, with one poll from Cancer Research UK revealing four in ten of ...
December 30, 2014
ANYWAY, I finally gave a listen and his 2014 release, Part-time audiophile & music obsessive. And music maker. About this blog:. At the tail-end of this most recent decade, I compiled my all-time Top 500 songs. A half-lifetime of loved music condensed and cajoled into 500 tracks. This blog represents an ongoing quasi-autobiographical critique of each of these selections, randomly picked from the master list. Read, listen, sigh, scoff, grunt.
Smart lighting systems like Philips Hue allow users to adjust the color and brightness of the lighting in their home from a smartphone, according to their mood. Similar lighting systems from companies like LG can also be programmed to act as an alarm clock, for example, gradually getting brighter from a chosen time in the morning, or flashing when the user receives a phone call. Being able to control home appliances while on-the-go has become a huge area of growth for the Internet of Things. One company that has already made a big splash in 2015 is Whirlpool, whose futuristic kitchen will allow a suite of devices to communicate with one another. Take for example, Goji Smart Locks which bypass the need for keys, allowing users to gain access into a home with the simple tap of a smartphone or electronic fob, and get a text when the locks are activated. Meanwhile, devices like the Bluesmart suitcase not only can be unlocked from a mobile device, but automatically locks itself when its built-in proximity sensors detect it is no longer near a user’s side. Other startups gaining mainstream notoriety in this area include BeON Burglar Deterrent that can give off the impression of a lived-in home, as well as Novi Security DIY system that can sense smoke and motion, send photo notifications and monitor...
While originally becoming popular across South East Asia as a way to preserve fish in fermented rice so it would last longer, also see zabasushi below, Hanaya Yohei is generally credited as the inventor of today's Tokyo-style nigiri sushi, at the... Come the 1980s and the west coast of America bought a charge with the introduction of fusion sushi including California rolls stuffed with all sorts of weird and wonderful things including mayo, avocado and crabsticks and spicy tuna, quickly... So here we are in 2014 and while it doesn’t look like we are going to get the hoverboards or pizzas that grow in the microwave that we were promised, you can order sushi on an iPad that is bought to your table on a robotic train. which is how we came to find ourselves at Genki Sushi for a little birthday lunch of raw fish and rice. on entering you are given a small electronic tag corresponding to a seat in the restaurant, on finding said seat activate the ipad that is mounted above it (thankfully there is an English option) and begin ordering your food and drink. As soon as the kitchen has freshly prepared your food they load up the little robotic trains before sending them out to you via a double set of tracks that run around the restaurant like a miniature railway enthusiasts wet dream.