Electronics

This dartboard moves on its own to always give a bullseye

This dartboard moves on its own to always give a bullseye

Ever fancied yourself becoming a sharpshooter? If not with a gun then maybe with a bow? For most people, that will forever be a fantasy and the closest thing they'll be able to get is playing darts. And even then, majority of the population suck at it. Not unless you have this one of a kind "smart" dartboard that will automatically move itself so that you will always hit the bullseye. No matter how bad or how drunk you are.

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US ally uses Patriot missile to shoot down $200 quadcopter

US ally uses Patriot missile to shoot down $200 quadcopter

One of the more effective weapons the US military and its allies have at their disposal is the MIM-104 Patriot missile system. The surface-to-air missile is primarily used as an anti-ballistic missile these days, but one unnamed US ally recently found an unintended use for the system: shooting down quadcopter drones obtained from Amazon.

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Can my phone be tracked?

Can my phone be tracked?

Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked - the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we're going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we're going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It's really not too big of a hassle, just a trade-off - location tracking lets us map where we're going, but in exchange, our phone has to know where we are.

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The Best Nerdy Gift Ideas for Men and Women (Christmas 2016)

The Best Nerdy Gift Ideas for Men and Women (Christmas 2016)

Our 2016 collection of "Nerdy" gift ideas for both men and women includes offbeat products we really love. We have personally tested each of the products on this list and have enjoyed their abilities and features thoroughly. Some items are meant to be helpful - tools and such - while others summon our most base joy centers. We're talking about toys for adults here - moms and dads, here - in a list made with the SlashGear reader in mind.

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Is a Daft Punk tour for 2017 imminent with Alive2017 dot com?

Is a Daft Punk tour for 2017 imminent with Alive2017 dot com?

This morning a website appeared without preamble, a website which - by several clever means - suggests that Daft Punk will go on tour in 2017. This website is hosted by the low-level hosts at A Small Orange and seem to have blocked attempts at access through a simple IP/WhoIs blocker. Basic attempts to identify the creator have gone nowhere. Could it be that Alive2017 dot com is a forgery? Or is it just that the hype is so real that it cannot be contained by simple record label creations?

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iPhone 7 release level leak is Apple’s biggest yet

iPhone 7 release level leak is Apple’s biggest yet

The biggest leak of the iPhone 7 appears this week in a hands-on and first impressions video from the UK. Both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus appear to be here side-by-side, both in Rose Gold to boot. This is just one of a set of hands-on videos - there's also a comparison between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 as it exists in prototype stage hardware. While these products may look like final release-day hardware, there's know knowing for certain before that release day actually comes.

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MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

These days, almost every smart device has one or more sensors in addition to being connected to the Internet or to smartphones. Those sensors range from humble proximity sensors to more sophisticated, and more expensive, radars and "lidars". Mobile robots and self-driving contraptions are perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of such sensors, but those sensors do come cheaply. Well, they could, depending on how much you are willing to compromise. Researchers at MIT developed a laser distance sensor that, while crude, is quite decent for its price, which is only $49 plus a smartphone sacrificed to the cause.

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Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

You've probably come across one or two sci-fi films, or maybe even a few YouTube videos, that make you want to believe in ubiquitous displays of the future, where even the mirrors in your bathroom can tell you today's headlines. Hopefully without snooping in on your private, closed door activities. Tired of waiting for the future to arrive, Google engineer Max Braun decided to take matters into his own hands. And by that, we mean building a bathroom mirror display with his own hands, complete with Google Now's ever so helpful cards.

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LG’s Signature Refrigerator automatically opens for you

LG’s Signature Refrigerator automatically opens for you

While LG's new OLED TV's took the spotlight at their press conference this morning, it wasn't the only part of their new signature line that was worth a look. While I'm not one to get excited about kitchen appliances, their new LG Signature Refrigeratior had a couple of interesting features worth looking at.

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Don’t fall for these terrible tablet deals on Black Friday

Don’t fall for these terrible tablet deals on Black Friday

Today we're having a look at some examples of the worst tablets on sale - doorbuster style - on Black Friday. This list was compiled in the year 2015, but you'll be able to use it as an example well into the future. The same situation has arisen several years in a row - terrible, terrible tablets being sold at "rock bottom" prices on Black Friday in an effort to trick their buyers. Every major retailer is guilty. No-one is safe. Heed our words of warning - stay away from these tablets at all costs.

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Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

It's the time of year when electronics are sold at bare-minimum cost and appear to be good deals for those that wake up early. Black Friday, it's called - and it's not a great place to shop. It's the place where stores pick up large batches of extremely cheap and terrible pieces of merchandise that, on the surface, seem like they'll be pretty much exactly what a person would want to buy when they've had very little sleep. A big, giant television set! A tablet for next-to-nothing! "Wow, what a good deal," you might be saying to yourself. If it looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is just that.

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Real DIY Thor’s Hammer can only be picked up by maker

Real DIY Thor’s Hammer can only be picked up by maker

Forged in the heart of a dying star, the legendary hammer Mjolnir, Thor's Hammer, is created here on our Earth by one intrepid DIY creator. "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." Thus, as most mortals and gods alike have found out, this hammer is not very easy to lift. Created by Allen Pan, known just recently on YouTube as Sufficiently Advanced, this earthbound iteration of the hammer is made with a combination of an electromagnet and a fingerprint scanner.

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