Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

Raspberry Pi has been used for a lot of innovative projects over the course of its existence. Some individuals take the low cost hardware and use it for teaching purposes to educate youth on computer usage. Others take a more leisurely approach and choose to use the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s hardware as a retro gaming console through the use of various software installations that emulate the experience of older-generation game consoles.

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PowerMe, an Indiegogo project, is an accessory that allows users to charge one smartphone or tablet with another one.

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If there was ever a time to upgrade the firmware on your Seagate wireless Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive, then today is the day to do it. Wireless NAS drives have become an efficient, easy and extremely convenient way for individuals to store and access a range of files, both at location and remotely. According to researchers at Tangible Security, that convenience is being compromised by a number of newly discovered vulnerabilities that leaves certain Seagate NAS drives open to attack by malicious individuals.

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Ever since the movie Minority Report arrived, people have been waiting for computers to progress to the point where we can wave our arms around to control on-screen interfaces. Despite a few false dawns, we haven’t quite got to that point yet, and while the likes of Microsoft’s Kinect have proven that the technology is there, things haven’t quite taken off like some may have expected. Instead, touch-based interfaces like those on smartphones and tablets have become the norm.

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As we go about our lives, we use all kinds of technology that relies on batteries, whether that be a smartphone, a tablet or perhaps a notebook computer. As we use these devices, we recharge them before using them again. This process can happen thousands of times during a device’s lifetime, especially if it’s something that we charge each day, like a smartphone or a smartwatch. That’s all well and good, but as anyone with an old notebook computer will tell you, batteries eventually start to see their overall capacity decrease as the battery itself begins to decay. That’s not good for battery life.

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Technology has come a long way in the last decade and a half. We now have smartphones no bigger than the palm of our hands that effectively manage our connected lives. We have refrigerators that are connected to the Internet and have been designed to automate shopping when stock levels get low. We even have companies delivering shopping items via drones. Yet here we are, in 2015, still finding ourselves continuously infuriated by printers and the lack of progression in that particular industry. Something needs to change. Step forward Epson with it’s new EcoTank Supertank range to hopefully ignore the printer revolution or for that matter, the lack of it.

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While the adoption numbers of Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform have been relatively impressive, many consumers have struggled to adapt to the new tiled interface. It’s not particularly complicated by any means, but the significant changes made from Windows 7 mean there is a bit of a learning curve involved for anybody looking to be just as productive on the latest and greatest OS. To aid the continued transition, Microsoft has just dropped an all-new keyboard and mouse package that is, the company says, tailored to suit the needs of Windows 8 users.

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Rumors surrounding the successor to the Nexus S are heating up! A report from BGR claims that the superphone will be titled “Nexus Prime” and will release sometime near Thanksgiving this year. Two weeks back, Goncalo wrote on BGR’s earlier report on the next version of the Nexus series of smartphones. In that report, it […]

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Things just got real folks! At their big event today, HP finally announced its swanky new tablet to the world, and it’s a beauty!

Called the HP TouchPad, the tablet is the result of Palm being absorbed into the world of HP with webOS beating at the heart of the device. With more sliding and swiping than you can throw a stick at, this new version of Palm’s webOS brings the software up to version 3.0 and it’s never looked so good.

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Just came across this video and thought I should share it with you all. It is for one of those awful moments when you drop your iPhone or any other expensive portable consumer electronics item in water and you are then clueless on how to fix it. Since warranties don’t cover water damage, this procedure posted by iFixYouri can come to your rescue big time.

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Since last month, there has been this rumor floating around the web about an Arc Touch Mouse by Microsoft. Twitter account of Microsoft hardware also teased a couple of images of this mysterious looking “flat” and “touchy” device. And now according to the sources at Neowin, this device is in fact the Microsoft “Arc Touch Mouse” and it will be available in September of this year. The Arc Touch Mouse is the result of Microsoft’s “Mouse 2.0” program which has been lurking around for quite some time now.

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A new hardware solution for the tethered jailbreak has been announced over at www.myboyfriendisageek.com. It is called the “iDongle” and it is a small device that plugs into the 30 pin dock connector of your iPhone or iPod Touch. It solves the need to get home to your computer to re-jailbreak, if your device crashes or reboot on the go.

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