Month: Sep 2016

Wearable Turns Your Skin into a Touchscreen!

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Now there’s a company that is bringing that touchscreen even closer… skin close! This new wearable could have you saying good-bye to your smartphones for good.

All users have to do is slip on this bracelet to transform their skin into a working touchscreen. The revolutionary wearable projects a smartphone screen on the surface of your arm, along with eight long-range proximity sensors. Each tap on your skin alerts a sensor, which then sends information back to the bracelet and then to your smartphone via Bluetooth. How crazy is that?

The bracelet comes in two sizes and 10 colors. Once clad in this wearable, you can do whatever the smartphone does — read emails, check the weather, play your favorite games and even answer your calls. The bracelet is completely waterproof, so you can respond to important emails or just read your latest e-book straight from your tub.
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While Cicret only supports Android devices, with extra funding, they might get Apple users covered too.

Throwable Camera, takes pics while in flight.

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Boston-based inventor Steve Hollinger has been hard at work developing a throwable panoramic digital camera with image stabilization that produces awesome in-the-air images. The prototype is called Squito, and seems to be the size of a large baseball, or a small softball. Decked with several cameras on all sides, and packed with a bunch of sensors, the Squito knows which way it’s spinning, and where it is in the air at any given time, which allows it to reorient pictures and stitch them together into panoramas and 360 views, all on the fly. Captured images and videos are then sent wirelessly to a smartphone, for your enjoyment.

There is no detail concerning commercialization plans, other than to say that Steve is looking for funding to bring this to market. Why he hasn’t put together a Kickstarter, we’re not sure, but we feel he’d be quite successful. Check out the video below to get a sense of why.

Tips for buying open-box and demo tech items:

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Have you ever walked through your local electronics retailer’s showroom and seen open-box computers, smart phones and other tech items on sale at greatly reduced prices?

I have, and I’m guessing that you have too.

You really can save some serious money by buying open-box and demo tech products, but there are a few things you need to consider before laying out your hard-earned money for one of them.

With that in mind, here are 8 tips for getting a truly good deal on open-box and demo tech products: 

1 – Always be friendly towards the salesperson(s) and manager(s) you’re dealing with. They’re a lot more likely to see things your way and grant your requests if you engage them in a polite and respectful manner.

2 – Even as you’re charming their socks off, also be firm in your requests and demands. Politely let them know that you are an informed consumer and that you know what you’re willing to do to make the deal happen, as well as what you consider to be non-negotiable.

3 – Insist on checking the item out in the same manner that you’ll be using it, not just by interacting with the demo program. Ask the salesperson to boot the computer into the installed operating system and put it through its paces.

Make sure it will establish and maintain a Wi-Fi connection, visit websites with the installed browser(s), and run all the usual programs and apps without blue-screening, freezing or crashing. Ditto for Smart phones and other devices.

4 – Launch a text editor or word processor (for example, NotePad or WordPad in Windows) and press every key on the keyboard to make sure they all function correctly. If not, ask them to throw in a new keyboard. DON’T let them repair the bad one!

5 – If the item is a notebook computer, Smart phone or any other device that uses a rechargeable battery, ask them to either install a new battery for you at no charge or discount the item further to cover the cost of a new battery.

When these devices sit on display for extended periods of time, their batteries catch all kinds of abuse and overuse. Therefore, always assume that a demo item’s battery is either bad already or well on its way to going bad.

6 – Ask to have the operating system re-installed from scratch to restore all the files and settings back to their factory defaults. Even though you’re buying an open box/demo item, it’s still new and the software needs to be in factory condition when you take it home.

7 – Ask them to discount the item even further than what’s listed on the sales sticker. Never assume that the displayed price is the rock bottom price on any tech item, especially on open-box and demo units. If the item you’re looking at has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust for a while, you just might save another 10% – 20%!

8 – Be willing to walk away if you just can’t get the cooperation you need in order to make the deal work for you. The store you’re shopping at has plenty of competition, both locally and online. Take advantage of that fact in every way you can.

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Source: Rick

Track your packages the easy way – with Google!

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If you receive a lot of packages that are shipped by UPS, Fedex or the U.S. Postal Service, you are no doubt familiar with the process of tracking your packages via the handy tools on their respective websites.

But did you know there is a faster, easier way? 

Simply visit www.google.com and type (or copy & paste) your package’s tracking number into the search box and you’ll immediately be provided with the link to your item’s tracking page on the carrier’s website. What could be simpler than that?

Gone are the days of trying to remember which carrier is delivering your package or visiting the three websites individually to get the tracking information. Just do it the easy way by plugging the tracking number into Google!

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Should you completely drain your laptop’s battery before recharging it?

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I’m often asked whether laptop batteries need to be drained completely before recharging them.

My answer? Well, it depends on the type of battery that it uses.

Older laptops used nickel-cadmium batteries which were subject to a “memory effect”. If  they weren’t allowed to discharge all the way before being recharged they would eventually “remember” the level of charge they fell to before recharging and act as if they were completely drained every time their charge decreased to that level.

This memory effect lowered the useful life of a charge dramatically, requiring the purchase of a new battery long before it should have reached the end of its useful life. Therefore, if you still have a laptop that uses a nickel-cadmium battery you should let it discharge completely before allowing it to recharge.

Newer laptops use lithium-ion batteries which work much better and last longer than their nickel-cadmium predecessors. First of all, they are not susceptible to the memory effect which means you can recharge them at any time. In fact, lithium-ions will last longer if you never allow them to fully discharge.

Another advantage of lithium-ion batteries is the way they hold their charge when the battery isn’t in use. The older nickel-cadmium batteries begin losing their charge immediately after being topped off, even if the laptop is turned off and not being used. Lithium-ion batteries on the other hand will hold their charge for months with only a very slight drop in charge level.

Bottom line: If your laptop uses a nickel-cadmium battery it’s best to let it discharge completely before recharging it. But if it uses a lithium-ion battery it’s best to keep the charge topped off.

To find out which type of battery your laptop uses, simply remove it from the laptop and take a look at the label. The battery type will be printed on it.

Source: Rick

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