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This portable microwave is perfect for adventures

Oh, the microwave. The preferred gadget of college kids in need of a quick dinner and New Yorkers who only eat takeout but need to heat up their leftovers. The box has typically been stationed in kitchens and dorms rooms, but now, a company is freeing the microwave and letting it travel the world. …

Portable

Amazon shows you how to make an Echo with Raspberry Pi

If you're into messing with hardware and have some basic programming skills, you can put together an Amazon Alexa device of your very own. Amazon has even put together an official guide to do so on GitHub, Lifehacker reports. You'll need to snag a Raspberry Pi 2 and a USB microphone to make it …

Google Play Books adds a nighttime reading mode that's easier on your eyes

Google is following Amazon's lead with a new mode for its ebooks app that makes reading at night more pleasant and comfortable for your eyes. Similar to the updated Kindle tablet software we saw last week, Google Play Books does this by gradually filtering the amount of blue light displayed by the …

A new service will sell all your old stuff for you and take a cut of the profits

When you want to sell your old smartphone, where do you go? There's eBay, Craiglist, or a gadget re-seller like Gazelle. What about a chair you don't want anymore? Or a game console?<p>In a sea of online marketplaces for selling everything imaginable, a new startup called Sell It Easy wants to make …

Nucleus Raises $3.4M To Build A Smart Home Intercom

Available for pre-order today, Nucleus is a connected home device that lets families have two-way audio and video conversations in the home, between homes, or with any mobile device.<p>Homes using Nucleus will ideally purchase multiple units for different areas or rooms in the house. Once connected, …

These Incredible Saltwater Batteries Are Designed To Store Renewable Energy

Now we can clean power even when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.<p>If we’re going to use renewable power in a big way, we’re going to need better battery storage. Because solar and wind are intermittent sources of energy, they need to be backed up for when they’re not there, because, …

Clean Energy

How to run Linux in a window inside Chrome OS

Image copyright Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom.Thanks to a handy set of scripts, you’ve long been able to install an instance of Linux on a Chromebook and …

Linux

Check your Google security settings, receive 2GB of free Drive storage

Here’s an easy way to get 2GB of Google Drive storage: In the next week, head to Google’s security checkup page and follow the instructions. On …

Google Drive

5 hot Raspberry Pi projects for Mac geeks

The credit-card-size Raspberry Pi has taken the tech world by storm. Thousands of geeky kids and adults use the tiny, low-cost computer boards to learn about coding and create fun projects like motion detectors, birdhouses that tweet when birds are present, and mini weather stations.<p>You, too, can …

Raspberry Pi

Report: Samsung unbundling TouchWiz from Android for Galaxy S6

Image copyright Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom.After watching mobile profits fall and seeing Apple catch, if not surpass, it in smartphone sales, Samsung …

Mobile

Apple releases web tool to deregister phone numbers from iMessage

Apple has quietly released a new tool to make switching between iOS and other smartphones a bit easier. The new web tool lets you instantly deregister your phone number from Apple's iMessage system. The site, first spotted by a poster on Reddit, should solve the problem of disappearing text …

10 crazy questions tech companies ask job candidates

What would you say if — right this second — you had to “describe Google as a person.”<p>What about if you had to answer this — on the spot — in a job …

Motorola taps 'digital tattoo' for phone security

The nickel-sized piece of tech adheres to your wrist and enables instant unlocking.<p>Motorola is offering a unusual approach to unlocking your smartphone: a piece of circuitry that adheres to your wrist.<p>The so-dubbed "digital tattoo" for the Moto X smartphone was launched Tuesday. It was first …

Wearable Tech

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Arduino

Popcorn Time Is Now On Android

Hollywood’s worst nightmare just went mobile.<p>A popular fork of Popcorn Time just launched its Android app. Time4Popcorn’s Popcorn Time app is now available for consumption on the developer’s website and brings all of the program’s pirating tools to the mobile ecosystem.<p>The Android app looks and …

Can Jack White bring vinyl up to date?

Jack White's new album 'Lazaretto' is innovating on vinyl. But can he make fans switch away from digital?<p>Jack White is hellbent on pushing the envelope on vinyl. For the release of his latest album <i>Lazaretto</i>, White already broke a world record last month by recording and pressing the LP's title …

Keen wants to help bring home heating and cooling into the internet of things

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: S. Higginbotham<p>For those out there with a connected thermostat, Keen is a startup worth watching if you want to get …

Steve Perlman’s new startup says it has the answer to the mobile capacity crunch

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Entrepreneur Steve Perlman may have cut his teeth in the tech world with the invention of WebTV — which he sold to Microsoft …

New 3D printer can print in carbon fiber

A Boston startup has introduced the first 3D printer capable of printing in carbon fiber, the super-strong and lightweight material used in race cars and space shuttles. After a year of stealth development, the Mark One printer from Mark Forged was unveiled at the SolidWorks 3D-printing expo this …

Samsung foldable AMOLED display secretly show-off at CES

There was plenty on show at this year’s CES, but it seems that Samsung was also sneaking around the event with some new secret technology. Samsung was reported showing off a prototype foldable AMOLED display to selected guest behind closed doors.<p>Samsung Display showcased a 5.68 inch high resolution …

Electronics Industry

The secret ingredient for a safer bike helmet: paper

<b>Lying flat in the middle of the road doesn't usually inspire a eureka moment. But for one man, having a potentially serious bike accident got him thinking about a new future for helmet design.</b><p>"I was riding my bike down a hill, wearing a helmet and a guy opened his car door," says Anirudha Surabhi, …

Helmets

Watch Michael Bay melt down onstage at CES

Oopsie daisy<p>During Samsung's CES press event today, the company brought out super-action director Michael Bay to discuss the company's new curved HDTVs. Unfortunately for Bay, Samsung appeared to have issues with the teleprompters being used to cue onstage presenters. Then Michael Bay had a …

Moto X now permanently priced at $399 without contract

After initially launching in August at $579, Motorola's well-received Moto X is getting a permanent price drop to $399 on any carrier without a new contract. That's slightly higher than the $349 deals that Motorola intermittently offered (with some difficulty) in the run-up to the holidays, but …

Welcome to the Age of the Upgrade

As the 1980s came to a close, a curious thing happened to American consumers: they began to really understand what the word "upgrade" meant. This realization occurred thanks to a magical fusion of technological advancement and capitalistic opportunity: the video game console.<p>In the future-world of …

Entrepreneur finds remedy for water-damaged phones

Ever dropped your smartphone down the loo? Last year, 900,000 people did just that, according to gadget site Gizmodo. But water-damaged phones will soon be a thing of the past.<p>Oliver Murphy, a 20-year-old inventor turned entrepreneur has devised an ingenious system for bringing phones that have …

Selling

Watch this: iQi wirelessly charges iPhones without the bulky case accessory

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Last week, I noted an Indiegogo campaign for the iQi: A super-thin wireless charging accessory for iPhones(s aapl) and iPod …

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …

With Moore’s Law receding, design is how we decide

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: (c) Pinar Ozger<p>For me, the best analogy for the current state of Moore’s Law comes from one of the first times I …

America's first next-gen aircraft carrier takes high tech to sea

The USS Gerald R. Ford has been under construction for years. Today, the first-of-its-class carrier will be christened, ushering in an era of high-tech aircraft carriers.<p>The world's most-advanced aircraft carrier should be meeting a bottle of champagne today. Head on.<p>The USS Gerald R. Ford will be …

Military

FDA looks to permanently eliminate artificial trans fats from the food chain

The Food and Drug Administration wants to rid your food of artificial trans fats once and for all. Today the FDA issued a preliminary notice that says partially hydrogenated oils — the primary source of trans fats — are no longer "generally recognized as safe." "Foods containing unapproved food …