Science

The best science podcasts for staying sharp and sounding smart

This post has been updated and will probably be updated again, because that’s how best-of lists should work. I love podcasts; you love podcasts; your grandma probably loves podcasts. Looking for some science you can enjoy while driving? Perhaps hoping to regurgitate something that sounds smart while sitting around with family during the holidays? Great. Read on. Flash Forward Half science, half fiction (which is why it also made our list of the best sci-fi podcasts): Every week, host Rose…

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Marty The Robot Makes Learning About Robotics Easy

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts or those looking to learn more about robotics might be interested in the new educational system which is being created by Alexander Enoch based in Edinburgh within the UK. The new robotics education system is aptly called Marty The Robot and provides an easy and low-cost effective way of learning more about robotics in a fun and painless way. Watch the video to learn more about the robotic learning system that is in the final hours of…

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Nucleus Amazon Alexa Intercom Launches From $199

A new Amazon Alexa equipped communications hub has been unveiled this week in the form of the Nucleus which takes the form of a next-generation intercom and provides users with an easy way of staying in touch and also using Amazon’s Alexa voice service for updates, information and news. The desktop Nucleus system is equipped with an 8 inch touchscreen display together with a wide-angle camera, stereo speakers and support for connectivity via either ethernet or wireless whichever is more…

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SolidRun ClearFog Base Single Board Mini PC Unveiled For $90

SolidRun has this week unveiled a new addition to its ClearFog range of boards with the launch of a new single board computer (SBC) in the form of the ClearFog Base, that is ideal for network-based projects and more. The small mini PC is equipped with an Marvell ARMADA 38x processor supported by up to 2GB of RAM, and can be equipped with 4GB of eMMC storage. SolidRun has also included a handy microSD card reader to expand the internal…

Gadgets

Glowforge raises $22 million to popularize its 3

Of all the ways to make a 3-dimensional object, 3-D printing is still the freshest, whether what’s involved is plastic extrusion, milling away wood or metal, or the spinning of cells into functional living tissues. Now, a company that makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, Glowforge , has raised $22 million to start mass production of its devices. The startup also plans to roll out a catalog of materials and premium designs for makers…

Gadgets

The future is a smarter world of dumber devices

With smartphones in all of our pockets, it’s easy to laugh at Thomas Watson’s reputed remark that “there is a world market for about five computers.” But what if he was off by only four computers instead of four billion? In the early 2000s, we lived in an era of expensive storage and slow connectivity. Those of us tasked with predicting the future faced a dilemma: Would processing and storage get so cheap that each and every device could store everything ever…

Smartphones

Moto E3 Power Launched In Hong Kong

The Moto E3 comes with a 2800 mAh battery and now Motorola have launched a new version of the handset in Hong Kong, the Moto E3 Power. As the name suggests, the Moto E3 Power comes with a larger battery than the E3, the E3 power features a 3500 mAh battery. The rest of the specifications on the handset are the same and include a 5.2 inch display with a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Other specifications on…

Smartphones

LeEco Cool 1 Dual Smartphone Announced

LeEco has added another new smartphone to its range with the launch of the LeEco Cool 1 Dual. The handset comes with a 5.5 inch IPS display that has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Other specifications on the handset include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor and an Adren510 GPU, the device comes with a choice of either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. You can also choose between 32GB and 64GB of storage, the handset does not…

Smartphones

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Gets Benchmarked

We recently heard that HTC has two new Desire handsets in the works, the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle and HTC Desire 10 Pro. Now one of these two handsets has appeared on the AnTuTu benchmarks, the HTC Desire 10 Liefstyle and this has revealed some of the handsets specifications. The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle will come with a HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and the handset will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 2GB…

Smartphones

Moto Z Expected to Launch in the UK in Septemper

Motorola Moto Z went up for sale in the US last month, and at the moment, it’s exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the country. If you’re based in the UK and want to get your hands on the Moto Z, there’s some good news for you. Motorola Moto Z is expected to launch in the UK sometime in September carrying a £495 price tag. It’s a high price tag, but the handset comes with a decent set of specifications on board.…

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SubPos Ranger Indoor Positioning System Unveiled (video)

Developers, makers and hobbyists that are looking for an indoor positioning system, might be interested in a new piece of hardware that has been created called the SubPos Ranger. The SubPos Ranger has been specifically designed to provide an accurately measured distance or obtain positional data indoors and can be used for robotic applications and is priced affordably for hobbyists and makers alike. Check out the video below to learn more about the SubPos Ranger development board and indoor positioning…

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Oculus Removes DRM Enabling HTC Vive To Play Oculus Rift Games

Oculus has this weekend announced the removal of the recently included DRM update, which disabled the ability for HTC Vive users to be able to play Oculus Rift games which was previously allowed. The removal of the DRM to once again allows Rift games to run on the Vive was noticed by the developer of the programme Revive which was created to allow HTC Vive virtual reality headsets to play the Oculus Rift games previously. Its creator explains more about…