Why is Samsung so adamant to make the Linux-based Tizen operating system work, despite the critical opinion of most wireless carriers worldwide? Apparently, the platform is “lighter” than other OSes (cough, Android, cough), and eats up less processing power and memory, “thereby ensuring faster device speeds while consuming less energy.”
Without a doubt, this is going to be a year of the drones. CES 2015 had an area dedicated to drones, and the enthusiasm was neither lacking nor diluted.
I happen to have fallen into possession of a Canon PIXMA MG7520, a pretty bitchin’ photo printer if I do say so, which is one of the newest models to replace the MG5000 and MG6000 lines. The first thing I did when I got it hooked up was to narcissistically print photos of my own digital more »
Casio’s CTK-2400 ups the ante on all counts. Its 61 keys give an (admittedly) hobbyist/amateur keyboardist like myself more than enough room to cover the musical spectrum. And beyond the sampling capability, it comes with the full compliment of Casio functions that make the company’s line of inexpensive ($169.99 MSRP, but you can easily find one for under $100), all-in-one (speakers and amplification included for true portability) keyboards so appealing and such a great value.
I’ve incorporated the Rain Design Inc. iLevel2 Laptop Stand into my home office for past couple of weeks and kept an eye on how it’s affected my workflow. Since I have no intention of upgrading my sweet little 13″ MacBook Pro to a Gazillion-inch Mac desktop computer– and transformer computers don’t exist, yet (let’s get more »
Arcsoft has released Simplicam, its own home security product that will compete against Google-owned Dropcam. Just like Dropcam, Simplicam lets users place cameras around their house and then monitor live feeds from the cameras from smartphones and tablets. The costs associated with Simplicam and Dropcam are nearly identical, but the former is meant to be easier to setup.
It happens every once in a great while to many people. You head your front door, ready for work, get in your car, and turn it on. Nothing. You’ll pause for a second and try the ignition again, but the engine won’t turn. You just hear a click noise. Then it dawns on you that your car battery is dead, right as you flashback to having used the car’s ceiling light the night before. You check it and see that it’s still in the on position. Yup. It’s going to be one of those days.
One of the main reasons why tablets and smartphones have surpassed laptop sales is that they’re easier to power and last longer. Think of the last time you used a fully-charged laptop off of its internal battery. It probably didn’t last as long as you wanted. And in all honesty, setting screen brightness and performance to the lowest possible, just to extend battery life, is dumb. And you’re not really “mobile” if you have to continually think about where the nearest power outlet can be found.
The Nest Protect is available for sale once again following a recall of the device two months ago. Google-owned Nest stopped selling the device after it was discovered that a faulty gesture control feature could result in the device’s alarm turning off, completely removing any level of usefulness from the smoke detector. Since the device is also lacking one of its features, Nest has decreased the price of it from $119 to $99.
If there is ever a worse experience than having a tire blow out while driving on the freeway, it is doing the same at night. It’s little fun, and even less so without proper illumination. Ever since the one time I had to change a tire on the freeway in the dark, I’ve always had some sort of portable light source stashed in my car. Lesson learned.
Upgrading core parts of a home to make them connected to the internet and fitted with various features is becoming a trend in the consumer electronics industry. We have seen with devices like the Nest–which Google acquired–that people are no longer happy just using their home appliances without having them in some way connected to the internet or other devices.
It is already possible to see what an over-crowded Earth will look like if you take a trip to certain parts of Asia. To deal with the population growth in those countries, apartments have been created that are barely large enough to fit a single person with a bed and a bathroom. Even the smallest apartments in the United States are not that small but MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places has a plan for if they do shrink down.