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Life comes at you fast — these 10 tools will help you be prepared

James Bond. Batman. Wile E. Coyote. What do these great historical figures have in common? They were prepared for all the crazy things life threw at them—thanks to a bunch of awesome gadgets. But here's the thing: You probably don’t have a Batmobile or Wile E. Coyote’s ability to pull a six-foot mallet from your back pocket. So, in order to be prepared for the unpredictable chaos of this world, you might need these. 1. A small yet mighty bottle…

Gaming

The ALL controller is a universal controller for every modern game system

Going back and forth between controllers that match their respective consoles can be a bit annoying. The ALL Controller fixes that. A company called Digital Depth Inc. is developing the ALL Controller, a universal controller that works with all current (and a couple past) game consoles, Windows and Mac computers, and smartphones. The ALL Controller is already fully funded on Kickstarter with more than 20 days left in its campaign. I was able to test a beta version of the controller…

Science

How Android Oreo and iOS 11 features compare to each other

There's a good chance your phone will be receiving a major update in the near future. Both Apple and Google are gearing up to launch the next versions of iOS and Android respectively. Google finally shipped Android Oreo (version 8.0) earlier this week, and Apple is putting the finishing touches on iOS 11 as we creep closer to iPhone launch in September. Although neither update has rolled out to phones just yet, they've been in beta for months for developers to play with. Now…

Mobile

Apple will almost definitely announce wireless charging for three new iPhones

In a few weeks, Apple will challenge Samsung for smartphone dominance when it finally releases the next-generation iPhone, and rumors seem to indicate that the device — unofficially dubbed the iPhone 8 — will include wireless charging. Now, the reputable battery and accessories company RAVpower is jumping the gun to announce what it calls the first wireless charging pad made with special technology just for "next-gen Apple devices" and tells Mashable mass production has already begun. If this isn't considered a legitimate confirmation that wireless charging will be included in…

Gadgets

Get crafty with this at-home laser engraver that just hit $1 million on Kickstarter

is a nifty little device that makes at-home laser printing quick, easy, and relatively painless. Inventor Mason Hung stopped by the Mashable office in New York recently to give us a demo, where it became clear after just a couple minutes why Cubiio is absolutely killing it on Kickstarter. (They've just surpassed $1 million, well beyond their $25,000 goal.) Able to print on materials like wood, leather, paper, and felt, the cube-shaped laser printer is about the size of a…

Hardware

A sleek, rotating dock for your Apple Watch recharges your device while you sleep

So you shelled out some money for an Apple Watch — a sleek, super cool gadget that's worth showing off. And while the charger that comes standard issue from Apple is fine, the watch really deserves it's own special pedestal. The graphite, silicone, and aluminum on this rotating smartwatch charging dock bring out the modern design of your watch, so you can pretty much think of this object as home decoration too. The dock also comes in three different colors (slate, gold, and rose gold)…

Gadgets

Fitbit Ionic smartwatch and Flyer headphones: Hands on

Over the past couple of years, Fitbit has witnesses its signature fitness wearables slowly being eclipsed by the Apple Watch and other smartwatches like Samsung's Gear line and Google's Android Wear. It released the Blaze watch last year, which was a step up for Fitbit in terms of sophistication, but still left customers wondering when it would release a true smartwatch, complete with its own platform and apps. Well, wonder no longer. Fitbit will launch its long-teased first real smartwatch, the Ionic, in October. The smartwatch will…

Design

Transparent Nintendo Switch case is a nod to the ’90s

Gone are the days of Nintendo selling transparent consoles and controllers like the atomic purple Nintendo 64 controller or the fuchsia Game Boy Advance. Luckily, another company is picking up the slack. Third-party manufacturer Myriann has created transparent replacement cases for the Nintendo Switch, allowing people to transform Nintendo's latest console into a '90s dream machine. Take a look: Of course, installing the replacement cases will require a bit of screwdriving (and possibly some finagling). It's not just a snap-off, snap-on situation.…

Hardware

A neat way to protect your webcam and mic from hackers

At my desk, as I write this, I can count two cameras and two microphones pointing at me. They’re not in use 99% of the day, and yet there they are: just waiting to be hijacked. And while I don’t doubt that most hackers have more interesting things to do than watching me 24 hours per day like a Poundland Truman Show, the risk is real. If Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg feels the need to cover his webcam, it’s probably worth…

Hardware

How to install Google Play on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

The built-in app store on the Amazon Fire TV Stick is convenient but limited. If you want to expand your choice, you can install the Google Play Store onto the device. It doesn't offer all the apps available on the main Google Play Store but will increase the number of VPNs, for example, or file managers at your disposal on the Fire Stick. Install Google Play on an Amazon Fire TV Stick Go to Settings on your Amazon Fire TV Stick and…

Technology

WannaCry ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins arrested for reportedly selling the Kronos malware

Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher who helped stop the WannaCry attack earlier this year, has reportedly been arrested in the US on charges of creating, selling, and maintaining malware. Motherboard first reported news of Hutchins being detained by the FBI on his way home from the DefCon hacking event in Las Vegas. It was initially thought Hutchins, who posts online under the psyeudonym MalwareTech, had been taken by US Marshals but a spokesperson for the agency said the arrest had been made by the…

Mobile

HTC U11 owners, are you using Edge Sense?

Gimmicks are a means to an end for many smartphone manufacturers. They need a way to have their device stand out in a crowded smartphone market, and one easy way to do that is to offer a new feature, or features, that can be easily installed on a bullet list placed next to a phone inside a store. Of course, some might be harder to explain than others, and even if there's a nice list a store representative might have…

Gadgets

How does Sky’s speaker compare to other soundbars?

We compare the Sky Soundbox TV soundbar to the best audio alternatives out there right now, to see if Sky's speaker is solid value for money. What is a soundbar? When we buy a new TV, we tend to focus on picture quality, dimensions and the asking price. However, when you get your slim new 4K telly home and get it set up, you might discover that the audio quality is rather pants compared to the visuals. That's especially true…

Gadgets

What iOS 11 could look like on this year’s radically redesigned iPhone 8

This year's new redesigned iPhone is all but confirmed thanks to months worth of leaks and Apple's own slip-up with the HomePod firmware that keeps revealing more and more. So we're pretty sure what the hardware will look like, but what how will iOS 11 look on an iPhone with an edge-to-edge display and a notch at the top of the screen? Visual and user interface designer Max Rudberg decided to use his design skills to imagine what it could look like, and it's got us really pumped.…

Technology

GOP Lawmakers Want to Cut Cheap Cell Service for Poor Americans

A group of Republican legislators has introduced a bill that would cut government subsidies that help low-income Americans buy mobile cell and broadband service. The legislation, which was filed by Rep. Austin Scott and eighteen other GOP lawmakers on Friday, sets its sights on the Lifeline program. It’s a part of the Universal Service Fund that allows for discounts on cell service and broadband for poorer Americans — a subsidy of about $9.25 a month, which is funded by surcharges on phone…

Gadgets

Samsung to Produce Next-Gen A12 Chips for iPhone 9

In 2018, Samsung Electronics will return to its position as the sole supplier of Apple’s next-generation A12 Systems on a Chip (SoCs), according to a report published Tuesday by The Korea Herald, which goes on to cite a “crucial deal” that was reached last month when Samsung’s co-CEO, Kwon Oh-hyun, met with Apple executives during a visit to Cupertino. The report alleges that Samsung was able to court the iPhone-maker due to the company’s decision to invest heavily in next-generation equipment that…