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New MacBook Pro 2012 May Be Imminent - 0 views

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    This article is about the next generation of Macbook Pro's. Multiple Apple resellers are reporting  some of the current models as out of stock, including J&R and Best Buy. In fact, they are not accepting online orders at this point. Traditionally, the retail channel dries up as Apple shuts down production. This cleans the distribution channels out of units as they get ready to introduce fresh models into the market. There aren't many details on the incoming MacBook Pro 2012, but it's safe to expect that they will be much faster- using Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors.
Ira Garcia

1-Bit Camera: Take Your iPhone Pics Back in Time - 0 views

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    This article is about an iPhone app the lets you take 1-Bit pictures. Nowadays, new models of cameras are rapidly coming out to the market with higher resolutions after the other.  Isn't just nice to just sit down, relax, take 1-Bit pictures and reminisce the past? You betcha! This app is available for a cheap price of $0.99.
Ira Garcia

Insert Coin: The PowerPot portable electric generator (video) -- Engadget - 0 views

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    This article is about a pot, called "The PowerPot" that can charge USB devices like smartphones, GPS Devices and LED lamps. This works by using thermoelectric modules to convert temperature differences into a 5-, 10- or 15-watt regulated power stream. So basically, you can charge your devices while cooking food or boiling water.
Ira Garcia

How to Send Secret Encrypted Text Messages on Your iPhone - 0 views

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    This article is about the iPhone app "Black SMS."This app will enable you to send private messages to your recipient without having to worry about someone else being able to see it.  When you download the Black SMS app, you attach a password to your message and then type whatever you'd like into the app. Once the message is complete, hit Send and the app will automatically open your SMS app. Paste the message and the recipient (and everyone else) will only see a black text bubble. secret and encrypted black text bubble, that is. The person on the receiving end then copies the black bubble and unlocks the message by pasting it into Black SMS with the password. The only downside of this app is you can't encrypt pictures with it.
Ira Garcia

Add-on turns a smartphone camera into a joystick (video) -- Engadget - 0 views

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    This article is about an add on that turns your smartphone's camera into a three axis joystick. This was developed by researches from Keio University as an approach to the problem-- getting your screen blocked by your finger when you play. This works by tracking how the markers move as the elastic device deforms. 
Ira Garcia

How To Crack the Passcode of Any iOS Device - 0 views

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    You think your iPhone or Android phone is safe from hackers just because of a passcode lock? Well, the Swedish security firm Micro Systemation just developed a cracking program that is called "XRY" that can hack into any, I repeat, any passcode of any mobile device. It works by first jailbreaking the phone to expose security flaws in the OS, then proceeds to brute-force the default four-digit pin, which only has 10,000 possible combinations to begin with. This all happens in under two minutes. Once the device has been unlocked, they can get any information they want- from logs contacts and even DELETED items.
Ira Garcia

A Blind Man Is Driving This Car - 0 views

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    This article is about a car that can be driven by blind people. Google's self-driving car has now completed 200,000 miles of computer led driving. They got a test subject, which is Steve, who is 95% blind. So in the video, a member of Google and Steve went on a driving test to see the capabilities of this new prototype. It uses cameras and lasers to detect is there is anything around it. Overall, the car looked liked it was being driven by a normal person.
Ira Garcia

A Mil-Spec, Everything-Proof iPhone Case With a Freakishly Slim Figure - 0 views

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    This article is about an iphone 4/4S case the claims to be "mil-spec rated"- meaning it is water-, dust-, snow-, and shock-proof. So basically it is an "everything-proof" case (with the exemption of nuclear of course). It also claims that it is noticeably thinner than other cases that carry out similar functions. With a whooping price of $70, I think this is a good buy when you consider how fragile  the iphone can be and how much it takes to repair it when damaged.
Ira Garcia

Android and iOS expose your photos to third party apps, promise fixes -- Engadget - 0 views

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    This article is about iOS exposing the private data on your phone to third party apps. These include your photos, contact numbers and even your present geographical location. And a week later, Android was also discovered having the same security flaw. Both companies promised that they are working on fixing it. They should do it fast because soon, we are going to run out of personal data to expose. 
Ira Garcia

Brilliant Spherical Solar Cells Don't Need To Be Pointed Directly At the Sun - 0 views

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    This article is about  spherical solar cells that can collect light from any direction. It can also collect light energy that is bouncing off in their surrounding. Compared to the traditional flat solar panels, this gizmo can work at its optimal performance any time of the day, leaving the old fashioned solar panels a thing in the past. 
Ira Garcia

Stunning Humidifier Makes Me Forget How Much I Hate Winter, Or Anything - 0 views

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    This article is about a device that can humidify your home during the winter days. With just a half a liter of water, you can be able to say good bye to cracked lips and dry skin for a day. For me, I think this is a useful device at home because sometimes, and I know most people do, forget to put on lotions and other stuff that prevents your skin or your lips from drying. We all know how painful and inconvenient it is to have cracked lips. Besides from getting shots of pain when trying to speak, it can also make it difficult to eat. So for me, this gadget is worth buying for.
Ira Garcia

Pivothead video glasses offer impressive quality, we go hands-on (sample video) -- Enga... - 0 views

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    This video and article is about a pair of sunglasses that can help you shoot videos and capture pictures on-the-go, instantly. This breakthrough has its own up side and down side. For the up side, you get to shoot videos whenever you want, wherever you want. Plus, its very convenient. It adds little to no bulk at all. From the outside, it looks like your typical sunglasses. And did I forget to mention it has a camera that reportedly surpasses that of the iPhone 4S? For the downside, think about privacy. Before, you can tell if someone was video taping you or not. You could tell because they are holding a rectangular device. But right now how are going to tell? Many people wear sunglasses and from a distance, you would not be able to tell that those pair of sunglasses are the ones that are capable of shooting videos. Well I guess downside of this just depends on how the user uses it. 
Ira Garcia

Remote-Controlled Drug Device Could Deliver Chemo at Home - 0 views

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    This article is about a new device that could help avoid the usual visits to the doctor for injected medicines. It is done by implanting a microchip inside the patient's abdominal. Then the physician administers the drug by remotely pumping the meds into their system. So basically, the microchip delivers you the meds at the doctor's command. I think this is a good breakthrough in technology and medicine. I mean imagine getting the same medicine that is usually injected to you without the hassle of arranging appointments to the doctor and having to go through the pain of the needle. There is one concern though. What if someone sits on the button by accident or forgets to push the button? But nonethless, I find these device a very great thing to have in the future. 
Ira Garcia

DARPA's 'Avatar project' aims to give soldiers surrogate robots, make James Cameron pro... - 0 views

  • h a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier's surrogate." DARPA isn't talking about simple remote control rigs, either -- these 'bots are being designed to clear rooms, and facilitate sentry control and combat casualty recovery. The new budget also sets aside $4.1 million to design laser countermeasures to protect military weapons, well, lasers -- ensuring that the future's robot soldiers will be nigh indestructible when they rebel against their human hosts.
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    I guess in the future, wars won't be called "bloody" anymore because these guys, namely DARPA, are creating robots that would take the place of human soldiers. With the use of complicated interfaces and algorithms, they are aiming to enable these robotic avatars to effectively partner with their respective human soldiers. Amazing but at the same time scary because the more technological advances in weaponry means the more destructive the war will be. Another thing is they are trying to make these soldiers indestructible as possible. What if those robots start a rebellion or something? Just saying.
Ira Garcia

Electronic Security a Worry in an Age of Digital Espionage - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    This is just crazy. These guys have just taken hacking to the extreme level. I mean there is totally no privacy anymore. People from the U.S. government go to China or Russia with few or no electronic devices due to the fear of getting hacked. There is this guy named Kenneth Lieberthal who is an expert in travelling, takes extraordinary precautions whenever he goes to China. When he is there, he disables his bluetooth and Wi-Fi, never lets his phone out of sight, and in meetings, not only does he turn off his phone, but also takes out the battery, for fear that hacker might snoop in to their discussions by turning on his microphone remotely. Personally, I would hate to see what would happen for the next ten years of technological advancement.
Ira Garcia

An iPhone Case For Fingerprint Fighters - 0 views

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    This changes everything. Now, instead of having to find a clean cloth or using your own shirt to clean your dirty iPhone's screen, you now have a portable microfibre cloth that you can use anywhere, anytime. The case is called "WipeCoin iPhone Case". I think this is a useful case to have because for me, most of the time, my iPhone's screen gets sticky and dusty after using it all day. So personally, I think this is a case worth buying. 
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