Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Phase One iXU-R drone camera series launches

Phase One iXU-R drone camera series launches

Phase One has introduced its latest cube-shaped camera for drones, the Phase One iXU-R. The camera features the same type of design as some of its similar past cameras, but comes with its own array of features, all of which are tailored toward recording videos and shooting images from the sky. The new model was introduced on Tuesday. Phase One says this is the fastest 80 megapixel aerial camera it has, though there are 60 megapixel and 60MP achromatic editions, as well.

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Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

A childhood spent watching The Jetsons teased us with one tantalizing aspect of our potential future: a home filled with buttons that, when pressed, cause things to happen. Food to appear. A robot to appear. Whatever that non-labelled unassuming button was programmed for, push it and it’ll happen. If you were like most kids watching the show, you wanted that future. Really, really wanted it. When do you finally get that magical button? That future is now upon us thanks to Amazon, only it looks like an advertisement and it is far too little, too late.

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BitTorrent Sync apps updated with productivity features

BitTorrent Sync apps updated with productivity features

The Bittorrent Sync mobile apps have been updated with features needed for productivity, not just file sharing. Among the changes is the ability to directly edit files and then sync those changes on other devices where the item is stored. There’s also the option to create different file types that are saved straight into the Sync folder for sharing to other devices or users. The changes have arrived for mobile users on multiple platforms as of today.

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Epson EcoTank printer changes everything, ditches ink cartridges

Epson EcoTank printer changes everything, ditches ink cartridges

Whether you buy an expensive printer or a cheap printer, those ink cartridges are going to run out sooner than you'd like and replacing them will -- in some cases -- cost as much as the printer itself. Though we haven't be able to completely do away with printers yet, the need for them has decreased greatly enough that many people, faced with the high cost of ink, elect to run to the nearest library when they do need to print something. Only a shift in how printers work could potentially change this, and it looks like Epson is the one to bring about that change.

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Watch: man surfs with dirt bike, rides across ocean

Watch: man surfs with dirt bike, rides across ocean

If you thought GoPro's video of a man flying like a superhero down a mountain and through a split rock was impressive, DC's new video will blow your mind. Titled 'Pipe Dream', the video shows the successful conclusion of one man's two-year pursuit: to surf with his dirt bike. He took to the waves in full motocross getup, helmet and all. He also blasted his way over the ocean on the motor bike, dumbfounding a few people in the process. Full video after the jump!

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AQUA lightweight headphone amp ditches the battery

AQUA lightweight headphone amp ditches the battery

If your smartphone can't put out enough volume for your needs or has subpar audio quality, the solution is a headphone amplifier. The weight and bulk of such amplifiers are a problem for many users, though, as it detracts from the portability of a smartphone and earbuds setup. Enter the AQUA headphone amp, a lightweight amp that looks like a large inline control. It is designed to work with headphones and smartphones, and works to improve and amplify the output audio quality.

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Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra Running has unveiled it new Altra IQ running shoe equipped with iFit tech to gather running data. There’s a multi-sensor system embedded in the shoe that is said to be “razor-thin”. The related connectivity pipes the data from the shoes to a smartphone or smartwatch running the iFit app. As with similar apps, the data is aggregated and presented as an analysis that tracks details over time. The app includes real-time coaching when the wearer is out for a run, and offers up an interpretation of what the data means (that you’re landing too hard on one foot, as an example).

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Fear the Walking Dead: new trailer has LA burning down

Fear the Walking Dead: new trailer has LA burning down

AMC's all about the teasers, though it did finally give us a proper trailer not too long ago. So far the teasers have only hinted at the upcoming event, and the trailer itself shows it all getting started. The newest trailer, though, backs up from the characters and the crowds to show us (this series') ground zero from up above. We get a look at it all, a snapshot of the sum total of the chaos and damage that happens when a city as big as Los Angeles is overrun with infected living-dead walkers.

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Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

WhatsApp competitor Viber has updated both its Android and iOS apps with a bunch of improvements and new features, the most notable of which is the improved voice and video quality that, despite being better than ever, keeps data usage to a minimum. As with Facebook's Messenger and other similar apps, Viber allows users to make calls among themselves, eschewing using up minutes and, if you're on Wi-Fi, precious data. With this update, calls over 2G snap up only 84KBs of data per minute.

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True Detective season 2’s finale boosted to 90 minutes

True Detective season 2’s finale boosted to 90 minutes

In what what seems to be a quickly growing trend among television shows, the True Detective season 2 finale has been extended to 90 minutes in length, making it as long as some theatrical movies. This will give the network extra time to flesh out the finale and wrap things up both neatly and in a satisfactory manner -- not to mention it gives fans a little extra fix upon the season's end. The upcoming finale episode will be airing on August 9. Teaser after the jump!

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Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo was recently hit by hackers who used its advertisements to deliver malware to an unspecified number of visitors on several of its own websites, it has been revealed. The malware campaign carried on for a full 7-day week before Yahoo, having been alerted by the researchers who discovered it, took it down. Yahoo says it is investigating the matter, and though it has not revealed how many people were affected, it said through a spokesperson that the initial reports "grossly misrepresented" the scale of the attack.

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Review: Inateck MarsBox wireless speaker — angular and playful

Review: Inateck MarsBox wireless speaker — angular and playful

Inateck has recently launched a trio of new speakers, one of which is the Inateck MarsBox BP2002 wireless speaker. The market has no shortage of wireless speakers, and so finding a way to stand out is imperative. Inateck managed to do that with its unusual, minimalist and vaguely LEGO-like design. The MarsBox features what appears to be two different angular components fused together at offset angles, forming a puzzle-like arrangement joined by four atypical buttons reminiscent of older gamepads. How does it sound? Read our full review to find out!

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