Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Combat+ Sync sport headphones have built-in intercom

Combat+ Sync sport headphones have built-in intercom

Exercise and sports practice are often paired with music, and the music is usually delivered via a pair of earbuds wedged deeply in one’s ears. That’s fine until a coach or personal trainer needs to get your attention — then it’s all arm waving and towel throwing until the wearer takes notice. The new Combat+ Sync headphones take care of that problem by featuring a built-in intercom mechanism; they double as a pair of walkie talkies, allowing a trainer to talk directly into the athlete's ear from a distance.

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Dropbox adds USB security key support

Dropbox adds USB security key support

Dropbox has updated its security features, adding in a two-step verification option that utilizes a USB key rather than a six-digit passcode. There are a few benefits to this, one of which is being able to access the account even if you don't have your phone or its battery is dead. This also eliminates the issue of phishing, as code-based two-step authentication would still be a liability if someone with the right credentials fell for a phishing scheme.

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Eagle joins kangaroo, hawk in sky battle against drones

Eagle joins kangaroo, hawk in sky battle against drones

Most drones are equipped with cameras, and those cameras are excellent at capturing the assaults against the drone and its death spiral out of the sky. Nature itself hasn’t taken kindly to drones on more than one occasion — we’ve seen one drone get taken down by an apparently annoyed kangaroo after a drone wouldn’t stop being nosy, and we’ve seen a hawk swoop down and take a drone out of the sky. The latest video to surface is similar, but this time involves an eagle that decides to engage in a brief sky battle.

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Vine app might soon offer soundtrack feature

Vine app might soon offer soundtrack feature

Vine is that wonderful service filled with footage that loops like GIFs but that has the quality of an ordinary video, and a new apparent tease that has surfaced hints that, just maybe, those looping videos will one day include soundtracks added directly within the Vine app. The speculation follows a Vine video published earlier this afternoon by Twitter's United Kingdom Director Bruce Daisley -- it is simply titled "Test", and though it is an uninteresting video it has a very interesting addition.

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LG Music Flow curved sound bar for US arrives in October

LG Music Flow curved sound bar for US arrives in October

LG has a new curved sound bar that'll be arriving in the near future, the LAS855M. This is the maker’s first curved sound bar, and it will be arriving for buyers in the United States this upcoming October. The sound bar is designed to complement LG’s (and other manufacturers’) curved televisions, being both gently curved in the same way and coupling it with a shallow, broad design. The speaker bar can be placed on the television stand or mounted on the wall.

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Jaybird X2 wireless next-gen earbuds have improved sound, design

Jaybird X2 wireless next-gen earbuds have improved sound, design

Jaybird has released its newest pair of earbuds, the Jaybird X2. This model is the second-generation version of Jaybird’s previous BlueBuds X sport headphones; the company’s CMO Rene Oehlerking says Jaybird has “improved on BlueBuds X in every way.” The new X2 earbuds are wireless and, like the BlueBuds X, designed for “sport” users. Users will find that both sound quality and design have been improved in the latest generation model, which has launched so far through the maker’s own website and Best Buy, though the company is planning an expanded launch some time next month.

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China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is making its way across the ocean to the western United States, according to new research. The report details ozone ('smog', essentially) from China being blown by winds across the Pacific ocean to the westernmost states, bringing with it negative health and environmental consequences, including irritation of the respiratory system. One of the researchers who participated in the study quipped that China is, essentially, "Exporting its air pollution to the West Coast of America."

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Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

In April, Evernote introduced updated plans in the form of Plus and Premium, both of which come with a subscription fee and features commensurate with what each plan offers. The premium feature is targeted at Evernote power users — those who use it frequently, likely daily, and need ample space to do so. As such, Evernote announced that the premium plan offers “unlimited” storage, but users soon discovered that, as with buffets and mobile plans, there’s still a limit -- the company just didn’t anticipate you’d manage to hit it.

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Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook is working on a breaking news project described as being similar to Twitter, according to sources. The project is said to have an app in place and to be at the "alpha" stage. With this, publishers could push out breaking news alerts to users who have downloaded the app (or a reciprocating app; it isn't clear), in effect making the new service a new way for Facebook users to get news through the social network. This follows reports showing that many individuals get their news primarily through Facebook.

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Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter has announced that it is, for the first time, expanding the scope of its transparency report, doing so to include two new categories: email privacy practices and trademark notices. This brings the report up to five categories. In addition, Twitter is making it easier to find its data with a redesign of its transparency site, including adding improvements to its mobile transparency portal. The new design is already in place, and the data has been refreshed with the two new sections.

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Star Wars Stormtrooper speaker helmet arrives in October

Star Wars Stormtrooper speaker helmet arrives in October

There is a Bluetooth R2-D2 speaker inbound, but if you feel it doesn't properly channel your imperial side, another wireless Star Wars speaker has surfaced -- one in the shape of a stormtrooper's helmet. The speaker looks like a helmet plucked from a stormtrooper's head, and features a single nicely concealed speaker where the eye visors should be. The device is now available for pre-order, and will start shipping this upcoming October. More pics after the jump!

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Researchers create efficient origami-inspired military shelters

Researchers create efficient origami-inspired military shelters

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have created, with funding from the U.S. Army, a deployable mobile shelter that is both energy efficient and relatively easy to construct in the field. These mobile shelters were designed based on origami principles, and are unfolded in a similar manner, being assembled from sections that fold flat for transporting. There are several benefits to the mobile shelters, but the most important is arguably their efficiency.

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