Author Archives: Elise Moreau


Dell to launch Project Sputnik developer laptops this fall

Dell to launch Project Sputnik developer laptops this fall

After the initial unveiling of Dell’s Project Sputnik developer laptops back in May, the company announced today that the first Sputnik laptop will be out this fall. The first laptop will be a special version of the Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” preloaded onto it, and hopes are that it will provide an ideal platform for developers so that they can easily create cloud applications.

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Raspberry Pi gets launched into atmosphere to take near-space pictures

Raspberry Pi gets launched into atmosphere to take near-space pictures

The Rapsberry Pi is an impressive mini-computer we saw launch recently, and it's already won the hearts of many. An individual from the UK named Dave Akerman was apparently looking to have a real adventure with his new Pi, so he strapped the gadget to a weather balloon for it to be sent up into Earth's atmosphere to take pictures from near-space. And it actually did quite well. The photos can be viewed on Akerman's Flickr account.

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YouTube brings face blurring feature to videos

YouTube brings face blurring feature to videos

These days, newsworthy content often ends up on YouTube before it does on television. Google has recognized this and wants to embrace it, which is why the company stated in a blog post today that it would be launching a new face blurring feature users can take advantage of in order to feel more comfortable about posting videos of public events and sensitive content on YouTube.

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Dropbox hires outside experts to investigate reports of spam

Dropbox hires outside experts to investigate reports of spam

Dropbox has received a bunch of reports from users claiming that their accounts had been attacked by spam yesterday. The biggest worry now is that an address leak on Dropbox's part may be to blame, considering many of the targeted users had only set up unique and private email addresses only to be used with a Dropbox account. Dropbox has since announced that it had hired a group of outside experts to investigate the possible security breach.

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Portuguese group seeks lawsuit against Apple over AppleCare warranties

Portuguese group seeks lawsuit against Apple over AppleCare warranties

The Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO) released a statement today saying it would be filing a lawsuit against Apple over its AppleCare policies. DECO alleges that information on the Apple site misleads customers into buying the add-on AppleCare Protection Plan. The decision to move forward with the lawsuit comes after trying to work with Apple since March on changing the allegedly misleading wording on its website.

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Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps just added a whole bunch of 360-degree panoramic images to Street View of some great spots in Antarctica, both inside and out. Among those great spots include places like the South Pole Telescope, Shakleton’s hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royde Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole. Google Maps had partnered with the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to make it all happen.

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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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