Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Man at Arms creates real-life version of Link’s Hylian shield

Man at Arms creates real-life version of Link’s Hylian shield

We've seen different fictional weapons come to life via the folks behind Man at Arms, including that fantastic katana lightsaber. They've created many weapons and related items over time, and the latest in their project pipeline is a real version of Link's Hylian shield from Legend of Zelda. As with past videos, we get a look at the creation process from start to finish, including ample amounts of red-glowing metals, and we've got the entire video for you after the jump!

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Review: Lenovo Yoga 3 14 convertible laptop

Review: Lenovo Yoga 3 14 convertible laptop

Lenovo has another Yoga notebook very similar to the ThinkPad Yoga 14 we recently reviewed, and it's called the Lenovo Yoga 3 14. The increasingly convoluted names aside, the Yoga 3 14 is a bigger version of the Yoga 3 11-inch model, bringing with it the same design and general functionality. There are several Yoga-brand PCs available at this point, and so the big question is: does the Yoga 3 14 stand out among them, or is it a rehash of a laptop we've already seen a time or two? Read on to find out!

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kSafe smart safe won’t open until you meet a goal

kSafe smart safe won’t open until you meet a goal

Some people can set a goal and hit it regularly using nothing more than will power. Others need a bit more, at least at first, and those are who the maker's behind kSafe are targeting. kSafe is a "safe" shaped something like a large flour jar or cookie jar, but it features smart technology and a locking mechanism designed specifically for forcing users to meet a goal...even if they change their mind later on. This can include everything from locking yourself away from cigarettes for a certain period of time to taking a certain number of steps before getting access to your TV remote.

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Chevy Malibu hit with GM’s latest sunroof recall

Chevy Malibu hit with GM’s latest sunroof recall

General Motors is the latest auto maker to recall some vehicles due to overly sensitive controls -- in this case, the problem affects the Chevrolet Malibu. The affected cars span the 2013 to 2015 model years, and are afflicted with a problem we've been seeing a crackdown on lately: controls that are too sensitive, causing a setting to be changed (in this case, the sunroof to close) with only the slightest touch. Almost 92,000 of the Malibu vehicles are affected.

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Trefecta DRT mil-spec electric bicycle hits 40MPH

Trefecta DRT mil-spec electric bicycle hits 40MPH

Trefecta has introduced a new electric bicycle that is unlike any e-bike you've seen -- it has a no-nonsense industrial design, meets mil-spec standards, and can hit a top speed of 40MPH, eclipsing many scooters on the market. It's the type of bicycle you'd want to have tucked away for the apocalypse, or perhaps an impromptu trip through certain parts of the world. Though it can be pedaled (it is, after all, a bicycle), it also has a throttle for pedal-free operation, the latter of which includes a range of more than 60 miles per charge.

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Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD: ultra-fast and now available

Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD: ultra-fast and now available

Kingston has announced the launch of its new HyperX Predator PCIe SSD, a drive said to be faster than the other devices in the HyperX product lineup. The drive is being offered in two different capacities, and is faster than the SATA-based SSDs available, using PCIe Gen 2.0 x 4 to give speeds up to 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write. Kingston boasts that the Predator is its highest-end HyperX SSD thus far available. We've a video of all it offers after the jump!

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Mercedes-Benz recalls cars over faulty tail lamps and fire risk

Mercedes-Benz recalls cars over faulty tail lamps and fire risk

Mercedes-Benz is recalling a bunch of cars across a few different models due to a potential issue that could arise with its rear tail lamps, and a separate issue that could potentially result in a fire. The news came to light today in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its website. The tail light problem was first discovered back in December, and though it has now come to light, there's no word yet on when the recall will be taking place. Likewise, there's no schedule yet for the fire risk recall.

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DuoPad trackpad adds touchscreen functionality to monitors

DuoPad trackpad adds touchscreen functionality to monitors

You might have a perfectly functional desktop monitor that meets all your needs, except one: touch support. Touchscreens have become such a familiar part of your computing habits that you might find yourself flicking or tapping the screen on occasion, only to remember that it lacks such functionality, relegating you to the use of a mouse. The DuoPad trackpad is a novel solution for this problem, lending touchscreen functionality to non-touchscreen displays using a large laptop-like trackpad with a little added technology.

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Twitter quietly introduces abusive language filter

Twitter quietly introduces abusive language filter

Twitter has been busy trying to stem the flood of abusive users and trolls, the latter of which it has been given a lot of grief over in recent times. Among its different efforts is a new one the social network has rolled out without much fanfare: a filtering tool that allows verified users in particular to filter out tweets containing abusive language. Verified users have been reporting seeing it roll out, and it appears that it is only available for the iOS mobile app at this time, though it'll likely be appearing elsewhere in the future.

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Jenn-Air smart oven to include smartphone control

Jenn-Air smart oven to include smartphone control

Jenn-Air has unveiled its new upcoming dual convection wall oven, a smart offering bid as the maker's first appliance with wireless connectivity and a related mobile app. According to Jenn-Air, its new oven brings with it some technology that's an industry first, giving consumers a never-before-available option when it comes to their stove. The smart oven won't be arriving until this upcoming September and there's no word on the pricing yet, but we do have a run down of all the features for you after the jump!

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