Monday, 29 February 2016

Raspberry Pi 3 Launches — 50% Faster, With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth And An Eye On IoT

pi3_angled_web A major new Raspberry Pi microprocessor has been announced today: the Pi 3 Model B board becomes the new top-of-the-line Pi, with a 64bit 1.2GHz quad-core chipset and 1GB RAM it’s being slated to offer a 50 per cent power bump over the Pi 2. But is still priced at just $35… Read More

Microsoft Launches Pre-Orders For $3,000 HoloLens Development Kit, Will Start Shipping March 30

MSHoloLens_GroupShot_wAcc_WhtBG_V2_RGB When Microsoft first announced HoloLens, its mixed-reality hardware platform, many of us assumed it was little more than a cool demo that was meant to stir up excitement for the company. But it was clearly more than that and starting today, Microsoft will start taking pre-orders from developers who have applied for a unit. Developers who get an invite will be able to buy a unit for $3,000.… Read More

Researchers Create Matrix-Like Instant Learning Through Brain Stimulation

giphy You know Kung-Fu. Researchers at HRL Laboratories have discovered that when you use transcranial direct current stimulation to send the brain activity of commercial and military pilots into the heads of novice pilots subjects can essentially learn to fly in a realistic flight simulator. The researchers discovered that “subjects who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head… Read More

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Justice Department Files Motion To Force Apple To Comply With Backdoor Request

iPhone5c-front-apps-low-angle And we’re back with another episode of our favorite privacy saga between Apple with the FBI. This time, the Department of Justice gets involved. The department has filed a motion asking Apple to comply with the FBI order. Read More

Tesla Motors Finally Owns

Tesla Motors Munich Showroom is now in the hands of Elon Musk. Stu Grossman owned the domain since 1992 but it mostly sat unused. As of February 19, 2016, it redirects visitors to and all is right with the world. The story goes that Grossman bought the domain because of his affinity to the legendary engineer. Apparently he was going to turn it into a fan site. That didn’t happen. The details… Read More

Saturday, 27 February 2016

This BB-8 Is Made Entirely Of LEGO Parts And Actually Rolls Like BB-8 Should

bb8 Ready for your semi-regular reminder that some people are just way, way too clever? These folks managed to make a BB-8 model…. completely out of LEGO parts. And it actually rolls. And its head actually stays in place on top, as BB-8’s head should. Read More

Highlights From Mobile World Congress 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 2.49.44 PM This week, we went to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2016. We covered a panel about mobile ad blocking, Mark Zuckerberg talked about Free Basics and encryption, Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, we went hands on with the modular LG G5, and oh, by the way, tablets are dead. Here’s everything you need to know from the event. Read More

HTC Hints It’s Looking At Mobile VR

HTC One M9 Rear + Camera Despite not unboxing a new high end smartphone at Mobile World Congress this week, embattled mobile maker HTC has told TechCrunch it’s not ready to admit premium defeat — saying it has a new flagship device coming soon… Read More

Is 3D Printing The Next Industrial Revolution?

Collaborative-Glass-Robotics-Laboratory-Virginia-Tech-RISD-glass-3D-printing It was in 1909 when Henry Ford, master of efficiency and standardization, famously said that a “customer can have a car painted any color…so long as it is black.” While the First Industrial Revolution introduced machines to replace hand labor, Ford helped usher in what was ultimately the principle of mass production; using those machines to produce large quantities of… Read More

Friday, 26 February 2016

Hastings & Co Gets The Mechanical Kickstarter Watch Right

d99b737907494da9fe9e475d44c8ad97_original Every few weeks I dig through the deepest recesses of Kickstarter and Indiegogo to find a few good watches. This time I’ve hit pay dirt. The $227 Hastings & Co Heritage Edition is a mechanical watch with enough class and high design to make it an heir to watches like the Tissot Le Locle and some classic Longines pieces at a price that resembles the good old Seiko Orange Monster. But… Read More

New Levitating 3D Printing Technology Prints In Mid-Air

boeing3Dprinting1 Imagine printing something with multiple print heads while the object in question was floating in space. Please. Imagine it because I have no idea what is going on here. A new “levitating” 3D printing technology pioneered by Boeing uses a central nugget of magnetic material. Read More

Tablets Are Dead

tablet-graveyard In 2010, tablets were supposed to be the new hot thing. Apple released the first iPad, Samsung was working on the Galaxy Tab and countless others were about to flood the market with Android tablets. Six years later, there weren’t any tablets at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Companies and consumers have moved on. Tablets are dead. Read More

The Politics Of The Internet Of Things 

IOTcoffee The prospective scale of the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to fill anyone looking from the outside with the technical equivalent of agoraphobia. However, from the inside, the view is very different. Looked at in detail, it is a series of intricate threads being aligned by a complex array of organizations. As with any new technological epoch, questions around shape, ownership… Read More