If you’ve been following the desktop 3D printing market for the last couple years, you’re probably aware of the major players right now. Chinese companies like Creality are dominating the entry level market with machines that are priced low enough to border on impulse buys, Prusa Research is iterating on their i3 design and bringing many exciting new features to the mid-range price point, and Ultimaker remains a solid choice for a high-end workhorse if you’ve got the cash. But one name that is conspicuously absent from a “Who’s Who” of 3D printing manufacturers is MakerBot; despite effectively creating the …read more
Skullcandy announced the launch of its first truly wireless earbuds today, called the Skullcandy Push. The earbuds feature a large button on the side, which can be used to answer calls, switch audio tracks, and control the volume, in addition to activating your phones voice assistant to perform tasks like sending a message or setting reminders by triple-tapping that button.
The Skullcandy Push offers six hours of listening time, and placing the earbuds into a fully charged case can offer an additional six hours. Thats slightly longer than the Apple AirPods 5 hours of listening time, but the AirPods charging case boasts multiple charges that add up to 24 hours.
We’ve all seen the little USB power meters that have become popular since nearly every portable device has adopted some variation of USB for charging. Placed between the power source and the device under test, they allow you to see voltage and current in real time. Perfect for determining how long you’ll be able to run a USB powered device on batteries, or finding out if a USB power supply has enough current to do the business.
[Jonas Persson] liked the idea of these cheap little gadgets, but wanted something a bit more scientific. His design, which he refers to …read more
Sometimes a single phone number isnt enough if you need to go abroad, for example, or need separate business and personal numbers, two is definitely better than one. Until recently, unless your phone could accommodate two SIMs, you were out of luck. However, Apple has now made it possible for owners of an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max to add a second line of service by using an eSIM (or digital SIM), bypassing the need for a physical SIM card.
This will let you easily add a local carrier if you travel internationally. You can even have two different plans on the same phone say, one for voice and messages and one for data. Although currently your choice of carriers in the US is a little limited: only Verizon and AT&T offer…
We were promised jetpacks, but let’s be honest, they’re just plain unsafe. So a nice drone ride is probably all we should reasonably expect. Lift Aircraft is the latest to make a play for the passenger multirotor market, theoretical as it is, and its craft is a sleek little thing with some interesting design choices to make it suitable for laypeople to “pilot.”
Ah, holiday board gaming. A roaring fire. A glass of nog. And a raging debate over whether the blue guy was next to the red square or vice versa. Buying a gift for a board game fan? Just need something new to bring along to the get together? In this roundup we highlight some of […]
Sometimes, a job is heavy, messy, or unwieldy, and having an extra pair of hands to help out makes the job more than twice as easy. However, help isn’t always easy to find. Faced with this problem, [create] came up with an ingenious solution to help move long and heavy objects without outside assistance.
The build starts with a regular F-clamp – a familiar tool to the home woodworker. The clamp is old and worn, making it the perfect candidate for some experimentation. First off, the handle is given a good sanding to avoid the likelihood of painful splinters. Then, …read more
The newest version of Firefox for desktop and Android, version 64, is out today and it comes with a few nifty features for more intensive tab and extension use. Mozilla says youll now see suggestions in regular browsing mode for new and relevant Firefox features, services, and extensions based on how you use the web, a feature that wont work while in private browsing mode and is not based on your browser history. One such example is Firefox recommending To Google Translate if it sees youre constantly using Googles natural language tool.
Another new feature in version 64 is something Mozilla is calling enhanced tab management. That means youll now be able to select multiple tabs in your tab bar and group them together to move,…
Thought VR was too expensive and too bulky? Well, VRgineers is here with a giant $5,800 headset to prove that you lack perspective. The Prague-based startup just showed off its latest piece of high-end VR hardware which it will be launching at this year’s CES expo. The headset sports an 180-degree field-of-view, dual 2560 x […]
A 33-year-old woman in Ukraine hasn’t cut her hair in 28 years, and says she doesn’t think she ever will. Alena Kravchenko, from Ukraine, says her hair is part of her identity which, at least in the looks department, she compares to Rapunzel and she doesn’t have any plans on cutting it.
But her long mane does have it drawbacks. Over 6 feet long, it’s a chore to wash, which she does only once every three weeks. She also occasionally trips on it. And then there’s her kids, who love to play in it, causing her to keep it up in a bun most of the time. According to Oddity Central:
By the time she had reached her teens, Alena Kravchenkos hair had already reached halfway down her back, and by her early 20s, it reached her waist, then her knees, and in her early 30s, it started touching the floor. Thats when she began tripping on it, and as her two children got older, it became even more problematic as they loved to play with it, so Alena started tying it up in a bun, only letting it down on weekends and for special occasions.
Check out Kravchenko’s Instagram photos. Pretty impressive hair indeed!
When a team of Google coders looked out across the collection of computer languages in 2007, they saw hundreds of perfectly good tools for writing software but none that offered the right features for Google. That is, a language that supported building the Google vision of a galaxy of software packages working together in Googles vast collection of servers.
Here’s a fun exercise: take a list of the 20th century’s inventions and innovations in electronics, communications, and computing. Make sure you include everything, especially the stuff we take for granted. Now, cross off everything that can’t trace its roots back to the AT&T Corporation’s research arm, the Bell Laboratories. We’d wager heavily that the list would still contain almost everything that built the electronics age: microwave communications, data networks, cellular telephone, solar cells, Unix, and, of course, the transistor.
But is that last one really true? We all know the story of Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley, the brilliant team …read more
Like Apple, Google has been slowly building out a suite of mobile and wearable health features to turn our phones and smartwatches into the center of fitness and wellness regimens. Although Googles Wear OS lags a bit behind Apples watchOS and dedicated Health app, its beginning to catch up.
This week, Google is adding a couple of new features to make it easier to track activity progress and to engage in a bit of relaxation. The first is home screen widgets for the Google Fit mobile app. Now, you can place activity progress meters like minutes walked and calories burned right on the main screen of your Android phone. The second is a new breathing exercise feature for Wear OS smartwatches, similar to Apples default Breathe app for the…
TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa just finished in Lagos, Nigeria, where 15 companies took the stage for the chance of winning the $25,000 equity-free grand prize, a trip for two to TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 and the coveted title of “Africa’s Favorite Startup. The winner of the event was M-SCAN from Uganda, which develops portable […]
No one has any trouble tracking their steps today. But how can you make sure people know you’re doing it? Ostentatiously checking your phone or watch every five minutes is a pain. What if I told you there was a shoe with a step-tracking computer sticking out of it where everyone could see? It’s a Puma. It was born in 1986, and will be reborn in 2018 briefly.
This snake has a mission. It slithers quickly into an open door police station in northern Thailand and makes it way to a visitor who is at the station to report an incident.
Without provocation, the snake leaps at the man. The man panics for a bit, but handles the situation like a champ. After a few moments of trying to fight it off with his legs and feet, he manages to grab the snake at both ends and carry it off. He even seems a bit amused, offering it to an officer before taking it outside.
Seems like this isn’t the first time this dude has had to deal with a snake.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. They were met with middling enthusiasm from critics, but they served up a whole lot of what I wanted: the ability to build my own team of Marvel heroes to open cans of whoop ass on the forces of evil. Long before Diablo 3, the Ultimate Alliance games allowed me to scratch my “quest for gear” itch, without having to log on to World of Warcraft and deal with other people. Providing me with juuuust the right combination of mindless button mashing, light tactics and story to keep me coming back, they used to be among my favorite games to turn to when I needed to switch my brain off for an hour or two.
Soon, there’ll be a new addition to the franchise for me to play.
From The Verge:
Nintendo has announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order exclusively for the Switch. The game was announced through a trailer shown off at The Game Awards, which are currently in progress; itll be out in 2019. Team Ninja, the studio behind Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, and Nioh, is on board as developer, marking its first Nintendo collaboration since Metroid: Other M.
I’m curious about how it’ll work for the Switch. The PSP version of the first installment in the series was playable, but often felt cramped on the portable console’s tiny display. I guess I’ll have the opportunity to find out in 2019. Read the rest
Puma is rereleasing a limited run of its 1986 RS-Computer running shoe, which had a computer chip built into its chunky heel module to record distance, time, and calories. Runners could connect the shoe via a 16-pin connector to any Apple IIE, Commodore 64, or IBM PC to view their data. You can see the PC loaded with special software in the video above, which is just a quaint blue screen showing simple workout data.
The updated version retains the look of the original, but it adds new features like a three-axis accelerometer, LED indicators, a USB port for charging, and Bluetooth to connect the shoe wirelessly to your phone. Pumas only releasing 86 individually numbered pairs thatll be sold at Puma stores in Berlin, Tokyo, and…
Never know what to get the person who has “everything”? It’s pretty unlikely they’ll have anything crafted by death row inmates, and that’s where San Quentin State Prison’s Handicraft Shop (aka the Hobby Shop) comes in.
This unusual Marin County, California store is located right outside the penitentiary’s gate and offers a wide assortment of prisoner-made artwork and crafts. That is, if you can get in.
No, you don’t have to go through security or be related to an inmate or anything like that to shop there. It just always seems to be closed, despite the posted hours.
I first heard about the shop in the late 1990s and tried several times, unsuccessfully, to get in.
Then, on one late December day some 11 years ago, I caught the attention of the then-new director of the prison’s art program as he was closing up shop. He said couldn’t let me in that day but promised if I emailed him, he’d get me in soon. Game on.
On Christmas Eve day in 2007, myself and two friends got access.
At the time, I didn’t have the money to buy the bigger art (some of which was painted on the back of blue-and-white-striped mattress ticking). Instead, I bought a couple of inexpensive “Jailhouse Rocks,” one for myself and one to use as a Yankee Swap gift I was attending that night. From what I gather, inmates can buy kits inexpensively that they can assemble and then sell for a small profit. The kits for the “Jailhouse Rocks” need actual stones from the prison’s yard to complete which I found oddly charming. Read the rest