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American Technology News for 6 Aug 2015
This ridiculous electric car can go virtually anywhereMashable - 6 Aug 2015 21:12
Why have a Jeep when you could have this? French company Swincar debuted its Spider Electric 2 offroad vehicle at "The Salon des Inventions" — an annual exhibition for inventors and their... inventions — in Geneva in April, but a video of the car is now generating attention online The company very accurately describes it as a "mechanical spider on wheels." It uses a fully independent suspension (i.e. wheels are fully independent of each other) with massive control arms, which give it incredible levels of wheel articulation. This means all four wheels will remain on the ground no matter how treacherous the terrain gets. Its axles can even cross over each other, which is unlike any vehicle before it.
BBRAVER Wheelchair Handrim - Gravity Never SleepsThe Gadget Flow - 6 Aug 2015 15:00
The bbraver handrim's exclusive ergonomic profile ensures a perfect hold, providing more push force and lasting comfort. This campaign will help bbraver to commercialise a new version of handrim, a... synthetic rubber non-slip coating giving more power to the wheelchair users, a longer durability and a great look to the wheelchair. The goal is to offer a complete range of handrims, giving a better way to roll with people’s unique disability. The handrim is now available in one width, 19...
Stratolaunch Plans Fall Decision on Launch VehicleSpace News - 6 Aug 2015 18:13
Vulcan Aerospace expects to make a decision this fall on the rocket, or rockets, it plans to use with its Stratolaunch air-launch system as it reorients itself toward a promising-looking launch market... for small satellites. The post Stratolaunch Plans Fall Decision on Launch Vehicle appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
MyKee - Titanium Multi-Tool KeyThe Gadget Flow - 6 Aug 2015 08:00
To deliver a long lasting experience, we decided to use Grade 5 Titanium that has a high strength to weight ratio and outstanding corrosion resistance. It’s made to last and in terms of... functionality, MyKee incorporates a combination of different design elements to maximize its purpose. For instance, it uses a semi-sharp blade that serves as a great letter opener, cuticle pusher, pill splitter, lottery scratcher, and more. The claw at the end of MyKee can be used as a...
Transformer MacBook DecalThe Gadget Flow - 6 Aug 2015 23:00
Show your craze for the Autobots and Decepticons by personalizing your MacBook with this Transformer MacBook Decal. It can be used on the MacBook / MacBook Pro / MacBook Air models of all sizes and... can also be applied on your palm rest or in your car. Every decal is made of high quality, self-adhesive vinyl which are precision cut and designed with the details in mind. Each design is carefully handmade and can be applied within minutes. They won't...
How to turn your iPhone into a hologram projectorCult of Mac - 6 Aug 2015 23:52
We’re going to be waiting a few years (or decades?) before Apple gets around to adding holographic displays to the iPhone, but did you know there’s actually a wicked-simple trick that lets... you turn your iPhone into a hologram machine? This isn’t the work of crazy science fiction. It’s based on the same type of […]
Window cleaner falls 3 storeys while cleaning Apple Store glassMashable - 6 Aug 2015 03:35
A window cleaner has fallen three storeys while cleaning the glass on the Apple Store in Sydney, Australia. The unidentified man stepped back from the glass while working and plummeted head first to... the ground, smashing through the top of a glass bus shelter, according to the Daily Telegraph. See also: Facebook is testing an online marketplace in Sydney and Auckland The bus stop outside the Apple Store after the man's fall. Image: AAP Images NSW Ambulance confirmed to Mashable an emergency call was received at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday after a man fell approximately three storeys at the the flagship Apple store on George Street in the city's CBD, which is fronted almost entirely in glass.
Fox spills details on fall TV's weirdest crossoverMashable - 6 Aug 2015 19:24
Booth and Brennan, meet Abbie and Ichabod. Earlier this summer, Fox announced a crossover that's stoking both excitement and a fair amount of head-scratching: The science-based, forensic world of... Bones is going to meet the kooky, National-Treasure-but-with-demons world of Sleepy Hollow. See also: John Noble opens up about Henry's 'creepy' quest on 'Sleepy Hollow' Initially, details were scarce — but a new release put out in conjunction with Fox's Television Critics Association press tour panels had shed some light on what we can expect. The two-hour event, set to air Oct. 29, begins at 8 p.m. with an episode of Bones in which "the grisly discovery of human remains lead Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) on a hunt for clues." Pretty standard stuff for that show...
Reddit bans racist communities, 'quarantines' other offensive talkPC World - 6 Aug 2015 02:30
Reddit is removing several racist communities from its website, as well as other offensive discussion topics, part of an ongoing effort to clean up the most toxic content on its site. Among those now... banned are the subreddits /r/CoonTown and /r/bestofcoontown--as well as others with even more racist names--and also content related to "animated" child pornography, said Steve Huffman, Reddit's chief executive, in a post on Wednesday. Reddit is trying to strike a balance between honoring its heritage as a place for free-wheeling free speech while also restricting hateful or harassing content. It's a tough balance, though, and some of its longtime users have criticized what they see as censorship of the site.
7 Apps to Help You Get Stuff Done Around the HouseTime - 6 Aug 2015 16:39
Tackle your DIY projects with these tools
Smartphones become the most popular device for keeping Brits connectedEngadget - 6 Aug 2015 15:40
It was only a matter of time, but smartphones are now officially the UK's most popular internet-connected device. For the first time, more people are choosing smartphones to get online than laptops,... according to stats published today in Ofcom's annua...
A superconducting shield for astronautsPhys.org - 6 Aug 2015 13:37
The CERN Superconductors team in the Technology department is involved in the European Space Radiation Superconducting Shield (SR2S) project, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using... superconducting magnetic shielding technology to protect astronauts from cosmic radiation in the space environment. The material that will be used in the superconductor coils on which the project is working is magnesium diboride (MgB2), the same type of conductor developed in the form of wire for CERN for the LHC High Luminosity Cold Powering project.
Moon Crosses Earth's Face in Amazing Million-Mile VideoSPACE.com - 6 Aug 2015 06:06
The Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft recently caught the moon crossing Earth's face in a stunning video that shows off the mysterious lunar far side.
Android iPhone clone shown as "iOS 9″, iFans love itSlash Gear - 6 Aug 2015 06:00
Here is yet another episode in the almost ridiculous tug of war between iOS and Android. With iOS 9 just a month or so away, some thought it might be high time for some very late April Fools gag. So... what does happen when you slap Android on a smartphone that looks incredibly like and iPhone 6 or 6s and …
Custom $3,100 Apple Watch celebrates famed Russian leadersEngadget - 6 Aug 2015 04:19
If Lenin weren't so pickled, he'd be rolling over in his display case at the sight of Caviar's limited-edition luxury Apple Watch Epoca. The company has unveiled three unique designs for the new Epoca... line. Each costs about $3,100 and celebrates on...
3D-printed 'Bubble Bucket' blows 14,000 bubbles per minuteSlash Gear - 6 Aug 2015 03:34
You can use your 3D printer for utilitarian things like printing a replacement battery cover for the TV remote, or you can use it for something fun like building your own bubble-blowing contraption.... The latter is what one designer decided to do, and the end result is a relatively simple-to-make 5 gallon bucket full of watery soap, a revolving band …
Your favorite websites can now track you through your smartphone batteryBGR - 6 Aug 2015 02:00
With all the talk about various devices being able to track you for different purposes - the hottest privacy-related topic in town concerns Windows 10 at the moment - you'll may still be surprised to... learn of one other unexpected way websites can track visitors: Smartphone battery life. DON'T MISS: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out Many smartphone users complain about their phone's battery life, but it turns out that websites can also identify a user by looking at battery levels on a phone, The Guardian reports. That’s all perfectly legal and it’s supposed to happen in the background, without the user giving a site explicit access to the information. The method isn't necessarily as
3D-Printed Hand Crafted In Days At Lower Cost Could Change Game For People With DisabilitiesThe Huffington Post - 6 Aug 2015 23:51
A technology company has used a simple concept to address a larger issue. UK-based startup Open Bionics has created a robotic prosthetic hand for a fraction of both the time and cost of standard... bionic limbs, the Guardian reports. This innovation could make assistive technology far more accessible to people with disabilities, explained Constance Agyeman, manager of the Inclusive Technology Prize at the charity Nesta, according to the news outlet. “[This type of technology can] transform the level of dignity and independence that disabled people experience in their everyday lives," she said. The startup, based in Bristol, was among 10 finalists for the Inclusive Technology Prize, selected from more than 200 applicants. According to the report Open Bionics submitted...
Don't Have Cable for The Republican Debate? Try Periscope, If You DareGizmodo - 6 Aug 2015 23:30
If you don't have a cable subscription, you won't be able to watch tonight's Republican Presidential debate on Fox News. Which feels so 20th century. But if you're a cordcutter who's really desperate,... we might humbly suggest you try Periscope.
This Dog Lost His Sight So His Owners Made This to Help Him Regain His ConfidenceTwisted Sifter - 6 Aug 2015 23:19
When their chihuahua Buddy lost his sight because of cataracts, they made him this DIY 'bumper buddy' to help him regain his confidence.
Here, we made the Time virtual reality cover betterMashable - 6 Aug 2015 23:02
Everyone is generally pretty unhappy with Time's latest cover, featuring Oculus founder Palmer Luckey wearing a headset and jumping in front of a greenscreened beach. Why a beach? We don't know. Why a... polo shirt? Again, not sure. Why no shoes? I guess because he's at the beach — it is unclear. See also: The faces people make while wearing VR headsets are insanely awkward TIME’s new cover: Virtual Reality. Why it’s about to change the worlds://t.co/1nbXSsF36w — TIME.com (@TIME) August 6, 2015 Regardless of the explanation, the Time cover is just begging to be Photoshopped
Simply Class Whiskey Glass Set of 2The Gadget Flow - 6 Aug 2015 23:00
Your whiskey will get a perfect companion if you decide to cherish it on this Simply Class Whiskey Glass Set of 2. These wine glasses are designed with elegance in mind and is a timeless beauty you... can enjoy during your drinking times forever. The design is composed of mouth blown lead-free glass which has been provided with elegant silver rims for that added spark. The glass can hold up to 14 ounces of liquid each and will give a...
Where's Palmer?The Verge - 6 Aug 2015 21:08
Today the cover of Time Magazine is graced by Oculus founder and sandal-wearing wunderkind Palmer Luckey, for a feature story entitled "The Surprising Joy of Virtual Reality and How it's Going To... Change the World." And to demonstrate the limitless, future-melting power of the Oculus, they had him wear one of his company's headsets. On a beach. Barefoot. Dancing? An ecstatic half-squat? A torsal thrust? How can we describe Luckey's stance in this photo? An ecstatic half-squat? A torsal thrust? To be fair to Luckey, nobody looks cool in an Oculus, especially not in a seafoam polo. But unfortunately, this image does less to sell the dream of teleporting to the white sands of Hawaii and more to raise incredible suspicion about...
The Lesser Known "Bonuses" that Come with Your Cell Phone ContractLife Hacker - 6 Aug 2015 17:45
Choosing a cell phone carrier is usually about finding the best price, but since most packages are pretty much the same, it's a good idea to look a bit deeper. In fact, the big four carriers each toss... a few lesser known bonus features into their plans to make them stand out. Some of them are actually pretty good, too.://lifehacker.com/this-interacti...
US Senate Passes Commercial Space BillSPACE.com - 6 Aug 2015 17:07
The U.S. Senate approved a bill Aug. 4 that extends two key provisions of commercial launch law and authorizes operations of the ISS beyond 2020.