Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Sharp’s new infrared color camera is first of its kind

Sharp’s new infrared color camera is first of its kind

Sharp's clinically-named LZ0P420A Infrared Color Night-Vision Camera looks like most of the other slim connected security cameras on the market: it is cylindrical and hinged with a lens surrounded by infrared LEDs. The big difference comes in its functionality -- this is the first camera of its kind able to record color footage is completely dark settings, boosting the quality available to businesses and others in need of a security setup.

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Toyota Tundra “Tim Love Edition” sports grill, PS4, and 3 TVs

Toyota Tundra “Tim Love Edition” sports grill, PS4, and 3 TVs

Toyota will show off quite the concept truck at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, more commonly referred to as SEMA. It is the Toyota Tundra Tim Love Edition, named such for the collaboration with celebrity chef Tim Love and the related Divine 1 Customs, and it packs into it the embodiment of both work and play. Said Toyota's Steve Appelbaum recently, "This ingenious build highlights why the Tundra is the truck of choice for so many hard-working Americans." Did we mention the three TVs?

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PS4 update 2.01 inbound to fix software woes

PS4 update 2.01 inbound to fix software woes

The PlayStation 4 2.0 update arrived in recent days, and with it came many anticipated features...as well as some unanticipated bugs, which have been causing some gamers trouble. Reports about problems started popping up shortly after the update rolled out, with console owners saying they were getting everything from game play issues to connectivity trouble and even volume changes. One particular problem is getting the console to turn back on from rest mode, something which Sony has now announced plans to address.

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BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

It's a common tactic: if you're going to be away from home overnight, you leave a lamp on. This will hopefully make opportunistic thieves think twice before breaking in, leaving doubt about whether someone is home. This is an old trick, though, one that has since been augmented with light timers to simulate something a bit more real. That is the basis upon which BeON, a new smart light bulb system, is designed -- and, unlike lamps and timers, BeON bulbs include a few extra features that'll cover all the bases.

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The Core holographic speaker blasts past $1m milestone

The Core holographic speaker blasts past $1m milestone

Remember the Core wireless speaker? We detailed it back in September when it was still wet behind the ears on Indiegogo. Though only on the crowdfunding website a short while, the device -- which stands out from the crowd on a platform involving holographic audio -- was already seeing notable success. Fast-forward to this past weekend, and the campaign reached it ends, with the makers having hit 2,379-percent of their goal with more than $1 million in pledges. According to the makers, more than 3,000 Cores will be shipped to backers in 80+ countries.

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ASUS EeeBook X205 Windows laptop now available

ASUS EeeBook X205 Windows laptop now available

Back in September we got our first look at ASUS's sleek budget-friendly EeeBook X205, a thin laptop running Windows 8.1 and offering users a so-called smartphone experience. Though we got all the details on the machine a couple months ago, ASUS was quiet on when it would launch the notebook, something that is no longer of any concern: the laptop is now available, and is priced at $199 USD. The device is poised to take on HP's recent similar offering, the equally budget-friendly Stream 11 notebook.

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ClickN KIDS Tablet 2 boasts Intel hardware, Google Play

ClickN KIDS Tablet 2 boasts Intel hardware, Google Play

Not all kids tablets are alike: while (almost) all of them are durable enough to handle being tossed and dropped, many are lackluster when it comes to features. They're slow and sometimes buggy, and may have limited app options. That isn't the case with CNK Digital's new ClickN KIDS Tablet 2, a slate that has Intel hardware under the hood and, among other things, Google Play, allowing the device to run whatever apps the users' parents allow. The tablet is available for pre-order in the US as of today for $99.95.

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Apple confirms new engineering office in Seattle

Apple confirms new engineering office in Seattle

Apple has nestled itself in the Pacific Northwest, joining the likes of Microsoft, Google and Amazon by opening an engineering office in Seattle. Apple has confirmed the business move to the Seattle Times, but has not elaborated on any details beyond that. This marks a first for the company, and it is expected more will be joining it in due time. No details are provided on where exactly the office is located, but a fair bit of information on what is taking place has surfaced.

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Facebook details big uptick in government data requests

Facebook details big uptick in government data requests

Facebook has released its third report on government data requests, and in it we see a substantial uptick in requests during the first half of this year in comparison to the last six months of 2013. According to the report, government requests for both content restriction and for user data jumped 24-percent, with content restriction due to local laws rising by 19-percent. The report includes data about national security requests, as well, though they're again restricted to only a general range rather than a precise number.

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Twelve24 ClockONE: a giant e-ink clock powered by a tiny battery

Twelve24 ClockONE: a giant e-ink clock powered by a tiny battery

Tired of squinting to see the clock? That won't be a problem with Twelve24's ClockONE, a giant e-ink clock styled after traditional alarm clock displays featuring a magnetic wall "hook". The ClockONE is simplistic, and most notably it is powered by a single coin-sized battery, which will allow it to run for an entire year. There aren't many features to it because features aren't the point: it aims to be simple to use, doing what it does well without any unnecessary frills or hassle.

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