Electronics

Flight attendants take FAA to court to reinstate ban on electronics use

Flight attendants take FAA to court to reinstate ban on electronics use

Remember how pleased frequent travelers were late last year when the Federal Aviation Administration finally started allowing airline passengers to use their personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing? Well, it turns out there's one group of people who aren't very happy with the change, and are now trying to get the ban on smartphones and tablets put back in place. Flight attendants have taken the FAA to the U.S. Court of Appeals with their main concern being the issue of safety.

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TinyScreen thumb-sized display supports full color

TinyScreen thumb-sized display supports full color

One of the key elements that anyone who is into making their own electronic devices needs is a screen. Often the size of the screen controls how large your project is overall, and if you want small, TinyScreen is the ticket. TinyScreen is the size of your thumb and still supports full color.

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LittleBits opens BitLab for crowdsourced hardware

LittleBits opens BitLab for crowdsourced hardware

Connectivity is important, and LittleBits wants to connect all the things in your life. Big or small, LittleBits wants you to be able to connect them, even going so far as to automate your life. Now they’re opening up their platform, and have announced BitLab, a crowdsourced way to make hardware more like software.

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Pioneer brings new ‘Elite’ Blu-ray players to market

Pioneer brings new ‘Elite’ Blu-ray players to market

Pioneer is announcing two new Blu-ray players today, both of which build on their legacy of top-end home theater devices. Both the BDP-85FD and BDP-88FD are “designed to be the ultimate reference players for today’s audio and video enthusiast”, according to Pioneer.

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littleBits cloudBit released: connecting all objects to the web, IFTTT included

littleBits cloudBit released: connecting all objects to the web, IFTTT included

The device and device collection known as littleBits cloudBit offers to connect every electronic object you own to the web. Better than that, these devices allow you to make things - everything from a Remote Pet Feeder to your own web-controlled camera. These devices are made for the everyday DIY tinkerers amongst us.

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TSA checkpoints overseas ban gadgets that won’t turn on

TSA checkpoints overseas ban gadgets that won’t turn on

The TSA's long-reaching arm has gotten longer and just a tad more inconvenient. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has directed its already unpopular TSA force to perform additional security checks on electronic devices, requiring owners to power on their gadgets and disallow the devices from the flight if they are not functional. And, of course, TSA agents can then take the passenger aside for further investigation.

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Forget Virtual Reality, Aurora taps lucid dreaming

Forget Virtual Reality, Aurora taps lucid dreaming

Earlier this year, a crowd-funded device by the name of Aurora was made a reality. Funded several times over what its creators at iWinks requested, the company ended their campaign this January. Aurora is a device which allows its user to achieve lucid dreams - natural virtual reality, if you please.

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Project Ara ready for commercial launch by Q1 2015

Project Ara ready for commercial launch by Q1 2015

It seems that Google is dead serious about pushing its modular phone concept into a commercial business as soon as possible. DARPA alumnus Paul Eremenko, who now heads Project Ara, has revealed that they are planning to commercially launch the intriguing and rather controversial product as early as the first quarter of 2015.

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DARPA handing out money for development of disappearing electronics

DARPA handing out money for development of disappearing electronics

The US military has been rolling out portable electronic devices in droves for soldiers in the field. These gadgets run the gamut from tablets and smartphones to more dedicated devices for specific uses on the battlefield. Having more intelligence in the palm of their hand is a great thing for soldiers, but it also opens the door for those electronic devices to be captured by the enemy potentially revealing data that could be catastrophic in a battle.

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IBM scores DARPA contract to develop self-destructing VAPR

IBM scores DARPA contract to develop self-destructing VAPR

IBM has been in the news frequently this month, the latest of which involves a new contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- better known as DARPA -- to bring its Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) to reality, making self-destructing electronics a variable technology.

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Roland TR-808 successor teased: attempting to top the original

Roland TR-808 successor teased: attempting to top the original

The original Roland TR-808 is one of the most influential electronic sound-making devices made in our collective human history, so when inventor Atsushi Hoshiai suggests it's time for a successor, it's time to listen up. When the TR-808 was invented, there was no such thing as electronic music. This beat machine wasn't the only device to help originate our modern music scene, but it was certainly one of the most major players, and here, 34 years after its invention, Roland is preparing a next-generation for the original, one called AIRA.

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Xbox One plated in 24k gold shows up at Harrods

Xbox One plated in 24k gold shows up at Harrods

You can now get a gold-plated Xbox One for the hefty price of USD $9,773.99. If that's too big a number for you, you can always convert it to the British pound sterling currency of £6,000. That's the asking price at Harrods, the British luxury department store that is kind of like Macy's or Nordstrom's except not for low-lifes and ne'er-do-wells. The brick-and-mortar retailer is now selling the absurdly luxurious luxury item at its sole location in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.

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