Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Keewifi router replaces passwords with a tap

Keewifi router replaces passwords with a tap

Keewifi is a router that aims to be easier to use than an ordinary router, as well as being safer by completely eliminating the use of passwords. Rather than entering a passcode, devices are connected to the Keewifi by putting them right up to the device -- tapping it, for example -- and are managed using the device's Android and iOS apps. With this, it is impossible for someone to connect to the network by guessing the password (since it doesn't use one). 

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King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

It was revealed back in August that Sierra Entertainment will be launching a new King's Quest game, and yesterday marked the debut of its first trailer. The new game is courtesy of The Odd Gentleman, an indie studio that has been working on the title for about a year, and it ushers in Sierra's new focus on serving more or less as a publisher with a focus on indie studios. In addition to King's Quest, it was previously revealed Sierra is also working on Geometry Wars 3.

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Mira: a fashionable fitness tracker for women

Mira: a fashionable fitness tracker for women

Fashionable wearables are gaining traction, with products like the Ear-O-Smart earrings and the Omate Lutetia smartwatch ushering in what is sure to be a growing industry of smart jewelry. Mira is in the same vein as these products, taking the familiar fitness tracker technology available in a large roster of products and embedding it in a stylish bracelet. In conjunction with its mobile app, Mira provides "Boost" suggestions with a personal, encouraging slant to aid in improving one's fitness.

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Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wants you to have better posture and to breathe correctly, and so to help with these two things is its new wearable by the same name. Prana is a disk-shaped wearable that connects to one's waistband using a clip, and from that position it will use a 3-axis accelerometer to keep tabs on posture and breathing patterns. As with other wearables, the information is piped off to a connected smartphone, where the Prana iOS and Android apps present data and aid in training the user to adjust their posture and breathing patterns.

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Uber arrives in Portland without approval

Uber arrives in Portland without approval

It has long been asked when Uber would arrive in Portland, and the answer is now. As of 5PM today, the ridesharing service UberX is now available to customers in Portland...something that was launched without approval, and that has caused immediate backlash. The company confirmed the business move to The Oregonian, and it is doing so without the city's blessing -- Portland prohibits the use of unlicensed taxis, and it has vowed to seek out drivers who start picking up passengers.

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Amazon Fire TV update bricking rooted devices

Amazon Fire TV update bricking rooted devices

Amazon's Fire TV set-top box aims to drive consumers toward Amazon's own services, and it does that by locking users down to the company's own ecosystem. Not everyone is satisfied with that, however, and so there is a strong community of DIYers who have rooted their devices to enable functions otherwise kept outside the curated wall, so to speak. Those users had an unfortunate surprise when updating to the latest firmware, discovering that it bricked rooted consoles upon rebooting.

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Dish Network loses CBS in major cities

Dish Network loses CBS in major cities

The CBS blackout set for Thursday had been postponed, but apparently only for a day. Dish Network subscribers in several large cities -- Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York among them -- have lost access to CBS stations, though Showtime and CBS Sports remains. The blackout is due to ongoing negotiation troubles between the two companies over fees, and was staved off twice by temporary extensions. The talks have been ongoing for six months, according to CBS.

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Pinto Bluetooth storage wearable puts files on your wrist

Pinto Bluetooth storage wearable puts files on your wrist

There's no shortage of options for toting around your data: flash drives, micro SD cards, portable hard drives, and variations of these. Sometimes these options aren't the most convenient, however, and so the folks behind Pinto have tossed another option into the mix. Pinto is a Bluetooth storage wearable that will be offered in two different capacities, allowing users to carry their files on their wrist and wirelessly access them whenever needed. The maker BeanBeam bids Pinto as "having your own personal cloud" on your wrist.

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Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Following its recent changes to Search, Google has pulled a handful of piracy apps from the Play Store, citing violations of the company's Content Policy. The pulled apps are said to have offered optimized web experiences for using The Pirate Bay, and include the apps "The Pirate Bay Premium", "The Pirate Bay Proxy", "The Pirate Bay Mirror", and the "PirateApp". This is the latest Google effort to combat piracy and steer users towards legally obtained content.

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MisterBrightLight smart desk adjusts with gesture control

MisterBrightLight smart desk adjusts with gesture control

If your work day is spent sitting in front of a desk, you've likely given consideration to a standing desk. You can stand up and stretch a bit while still getting work done, but at some point you're going to want to sit back down. This means you'll either have to manually adjust your desk's height -- if it isn't fixed -- or you'll need to get a bar-height office chair...leaving you awkwardly towering above your coworkers. MisterBrightLight bids itself as a smart desk with the solution, and it comes in the form of gesture control.

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