Archive for Nov 27, 2013

Jawbone Jambox Liquipel option makes Bluetooth speakers water-resistant

Jawbone Jambox Liquipel option makes Bluetooth speakers water-resistant

Beginning today, you can now waterproof -- or, at the very least, water-resist -- your Jambox wireless speakers when you order through the Jawbone website. The treatment option comes by way of a Jawbone partnership with Liquipel, the company responsible for the microscopically thin coating of liquid repellant found in some of today's high-tech devices. The option is available for the regular and mini versions of the Jambox.

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NORAD to track Santa this year via apps and PCs

NORAD to track Santa this year via apps and PCs

Parents with kids looking forward to Santa coming on Christmas Eve have been keeping up with where Santa is each year with help from NORAD. NORAD is the North American Aerospace Defense Command that spends most of the year keeping an eye on the security of America. Each year at Christmas NORAD, switches to tracking Santa to the delight of kids everywhere.

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US ranks 31st on global broadband speed list

US ranks 31st on global broadband speed list

There is some work being done in the US to improve broadband speeds. Google for instance is working on installing fiber internet service in some areas that is fast and inexpensive. However, the vast majority of the US is left with some of the slowest broadband internet speeds in the world. The US ranks 31 on the list of speediest broadband countries according to Speedtest.net.

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New 3D printing ink and tools usher in printed lithium-ion batteries

New 3D printing ink and tools usher in printed lithium-ion batteries

3D printing has been used for all sorts of research projects over the years to make things like prototype parts and more. Scientists from Harvard have now devised a new ink and tools that allow them to 3D print lithium-ion battery components. The same process can also be used to print other electronic components using 3D printing.

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Skylanders Collection Vault application lands for iOS

Skylanders Collection Vault application lands for iOS

Activision has one of the most popular video game franchises around for younger gamers in the Skylanders franchise. The latest version of the game, Skylanders Swap Force, is available for just about every console out there including the Xbox One and PS4. Activision has announced a new application for gamers that have an iOS device.

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Showtime Anytime lands for Time Warner Cable subscribers

Showtime Anytime lands for Time Warner Cable subscribers

Time Warner Cable has announced some good news for subscribers that have Showtime on their cable plan. Subscribers to Time Warner can now get access to the Showtime Anytime authentication service. This service allows free, on demand access to Showtime content on mobile devices.

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Moto X wood backing option won’t arrive for Thanksgiving, is slated for holiday season

Moto X wood backing option won’t arrive for Thanksgiving, is slated for holiday season

The Moto X has long been touted as a highly customizable smartphone, allowing buyers to choose from a plethora of colors and, in some cases, different backings and personal engravings. Not all of the customization options were available upon launch, however, and many have found themselves waiting a long time for the wood backing option in particular. If you were hoping for Thanksgiving availability, you're going to have to keep waiting.

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Pirate Bay’s co-founder Warg hit with legal woes in Russia

Pirate Bay’s co-founder Warg hit with legal woes in Russia

This summer, Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced to jail in Sweden after being sent there from Cambodia, where he was arrested after having received a sentence back in 2009 that ultimately resulted in a multi-million fine. Warg was sentenced in Sweden over a separate hacking charge, and now faces additional woes as a Russian court has hit him with a copyright infringement charge due to hosting certain movies.

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Microsoft reportedly boosting security efforts in light of suspected NSA spying

Microsoft reportedly boosting security efforts in light of suspected NSA spying

Earlier today, sources spoke to The New York Times about a suspected tapping of fiber optic cables as the means by which the NSA managed to gather vast amounts of Internet data. Following this, sources -- which may or may not be related to the NYT's sources -- told the Washington Post that Microsoft is rapidly boosting its encryption plans in light of concern that the NSA could be intercepting its traffic.

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“Internet Minute” snapshots show how the Web has grown in a year

“Internet Minute” snapshots show how the Web has grown in a year

The Internet grows in leaps and bounds, something various statistics have shown in a variety of ways. Percentages are one way to show this, as very large numbers can be hard to digest, but something being called an "Internet Minute" has provided an interesting perspective on the growth, comparing numbers taken from a single minute last year from six big Internet companies with numbers taken from the same companies this year.

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Flying robot designed using jellyfish as inspiration

Flying robot designed using jellyfish as inspiration

When it comes to flying creations, inspiration is often gathered from a common pool of creatures: birds, insects, maybe a dragon or two. Researchers at New York University went a more unconventional route, and designed a flying robot based on, of all things, a jellyfish. The robot doesn't need water to pull off its gravity-defying maneuvers, however, prompting the creators to call it an "aerial jellyfish".

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Sygic offline navigation app adds Groupon, Foursquare, ParkMe

Sygic offline navigation app adds Groupon, Foursquare, ParkMe

Sygic: GPS Navigation, the offline nav-and-map app for iOS and Android, has added some new third-party integrations for discovering nearby deals and parking options. Already glutted with online and offline additions over the course of the company's decade-long history, the freemium Sygic app competes with Nokia HERE Drive, the offline nav-and-map app for Lumia devices. A ParkMe addition brings the older Sygic app back into parity with the Nokia app.

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