Author Archives: Elise Moreau


Kuchofuku unveils air-conditioned pants with built-in fans

Kuchofuku unveils air-conditioned pants with built-in fans

How do you beat the summer heat? Most people would probably just try to stay hydrated or stand under some shade when outdoors, but Japanese company Kuchofuku has taken it a step further with its new fully air-conditioned pair of pants. In fact, Kuchofuku already has a range of other air-conditioned pieces of clothing, including an air-conditioned shirt and an air-conditioned cooling coat. So it only seems reasonable to add a nice pair of air-conditioned pants to complete the whole ensemble.

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Larry King to launch new talk show on Hulu and Hulu Plus

Larry King to launch new talk show on Hulu and Hulu Plus

Larry King is returning to the entertainment world after his 25 year-long CNN series ended in December of 2010, with a new 30-minute talk show to debut on Hulu and Hulu Plus. The name of his new show is called Larry King Now, and is being produced by new digital production venture Ora TV. The show will feature King interviewing celebrities and reporting on the news.

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MOTOACTV sports watch now more affordable with $100 price cut

MOTOACTV sports watch now more affordable with $100 price cut

A few months ago we wrote about how Motorola’s MOTOACTV sports watch was priced pretty high for the average customer, and now Motorola has responded with a $100 price cut. For those of you looking for an affordable way to track calories, steps, miles ran or distanced pedaled on a bike, the new prices for the MOTOACTV makes it a much more reasonable option to choose from among other similar watches.

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3D printer used to create keys for opening handcuffs

3D printer used to create keys for opening handcuffs

3D printers have been able to print some pretty incredible things for us, and now someone has successfully used one to produce replica keys for opening high-end handcuffs. Demonstrated at a Hackers on Planet Earth conference last week, cheap plastic keys produced with a 3D printer and laser cutter were able to open handcuffs to German maker Bonowi and British maker Chubb, both of which limit the distribution of keys to law enforcement agencies.

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Fujitsu to offer smartphone specifically designed for elderly users

Fujitsu to offer smartphone specifically designed for elderly users

Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu unveiled a new smartphone yesterday designed for elderly users, featuring a unique touchscreen and Android user interface that’s been simplified. Called the F-12D from Fujitsu’s RakuRaku product line where “rakuraku” can be translated from Japanese to mean “easy” or “comfortable," the company will primarily be aiming to target Japan’s aging population with this particular model.

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Symantec antivirus update causes Windows XP machines to crash

Symantec antivirus update causes Windows XP machines to crash

Customers were not happy after security firm Symantec made a recent update to its antivirus software, causing some Windows-based PCs to crash repeatedly, showing a dreadful “blue screen of death” in many cases. The company released a statement on its website saying it received a number of reports with machines running Windows XP that were continuing to show the blue screen after rebooting.

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Lenovo close to overtaking HP as world’s top PC maker

Lenovo close to overtaking HP as world’s top PC maker

Analysts claim there could be a new leader in the PC market, with the possibility of Lenovo overtaking Hewlett-Packard’s top spot before the end of the year. If it does happen, it would be the first Chinese PC maker company to take the top place in any global technology sector. Last year, Lenovo PC sales overtook Dell sales in the third quarter, moving its way up to the number two spot globally with a 14.9 percent market share—just a mere 0.6 percent short of HP’s market share.

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Huawei looking to offer wider range of storage products

Huawei looking to offer wider range of storage products

After last year’s acquisition of U.S. computer security software company Symantec, China’s Huawei Technologies is looking at offering a larger range of storage products to its customers. While best known for being a networking and telecommunications equipment supplier, rising growth rates in mobile and Internet data services has prompted the company to seriously look at entering those markets.

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Nikon announces 800mm super-telephoto lens

Nikon announces 800mm super-telephoto lens

Nikon is going bigger with its product line, most notably marked by the announcement of its new 800mm f5.6 super-telephoto which should look quite impressive once it’s available. The move comes as a response to compete with Canon, and it will be interesting to see how this one stacks up against Canon’s EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM.

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Omron develops super-sensitive thermal detector for smartphones

Omron develops super-sensitive thermal detector for smartphones

With the intention of eventually using it as an energy-saving device, Japanese electronics firm Omron has developed a thermal area sensor that can use a smartphone camera to detect heat. Dubbed the D6T non-contact MEMS thermal sensor, it can effectively detect people even when they remain completely stationary. A lot of sensors these days rely on motion for detection, but Omron’s super-sensitive infrared temperature sensor works without it.

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