David Rooke

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Acer Revo Build is a modular mini PC with stackable component blocks

BERLIN — Building a PC is no easy task, but with the Acer Revo Build, it's as simple as stacking components on top of one another.<p>At the IFA tech …

Acer’s Windows 10 phone will morph into a PC thanks to Continuum

Acer has unveiled its first "PC Phone" — a Windows 10 phone that will function as a PC thanks to Microsoft's Continuum. The device, named the Jade Primo, will ship with a suite of accessories including a dock, keyboard, and wireless mouse. The phone itself has a 21-megapixel camera with a dual-LED …

Acer

Wi-Fi Sharing Community Instabridge Locates $3M Series A

Instabridge, the Wi-Fi sharing community and mobile app, appears to be on somewhat of a roll, including (and perhaps unsurprisingly) finding a lot of traction in developing markets where the draw to Wi-Fi over cellular data is particularly prevalent. The startup’s iOS and Android app acts as a …

Wi-Fi

Google Will Soon Start Punishing Mobile Sites That Use Annoying App Install Ads

There’s nothing wrong with app install ads, but too often now, you click on a mobile search result, and when the site loads, a giant app install interstitial pops up that prompts you to install that site’s app. Those ads typically block all the content on the site until you find that little small …

Apps

New Adonit Jot Dash stylus aims to be the ballpoint pen for tablets

If you’re someone who grabs your iPad or Android tablet first and a paper notebook second — if at all — Adonit’s new Jot Dash stylus is designed to be your new ballpoint pen.<p>Designed as a general, all-purpose digital pen for just about any mobile device, Jot Dash has a balanced anondized aluminum …

Jetpack Company Loses $5 Million In Its First Year

Still promises future filled with jetpacks<p>Personal jetpacks are almost here, if the market can support the company long enough for them to ship. New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft has a jetpack ready to go, if a pair of ducted fans worn as a gigantic backpack counts as a “jetpack”. In development for …

Stock Markets

The Miix 700 is Lenovo's Surface killer

Lenovo has arguably done more than any other PC maker to blur the line between tablets and laptops, but its new Ideapad Miix 700 convertible tablet is clearly aimed at one competitor in particular: Microsoft's Surface. Like that machine, the Miix 700 sports a kickstand with a high-tech hinge; it's …

Toshiba’s Satellite Radius 12 combines a 4K display with a Windows Hello camera

It feels like it has been years since Toshiba announced an exciting Windows laptop, but it looks like the wait is finally over. At IFA today, Toshiba is revealing the Satellite Radius 12 convertible. The name might sound a little boring, but the specifications certainly aren't. Toshiba claims it's …

Consumer Tech

Articles about 5 modern frame houses we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

This San Francisco storefront presents modern design from a roster of independent makers and locally-based talents.<p>Now that it's been decided that Munich–based firm Nimmrichter CDA won the grand prize of our Houses We Love competition, the time...<p>Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us …

Summer Fashion

Pingbell Brings the Traditional Bike Bell To Present Day

In bike-friendly cities, more often than not, one's ride is stored in a sea of other bikes, or in the closest place available—which might not be the easiest to remember. One year ago, Amsterdam-based studio FROLIC proposed a simple solution: a discreet app-connected smart bicycle bell. After …

Handy

Motorized Paper Airplanes Are Drones, According To FAA

Get high like paper, make laws about drones<p>Is a paper airplane a drone? For the Federal Aviation Administration, responsible for regulating America’s skies, this is no longer an idle question. The commercial use of drones is currently prohibited in the United States, unless an operator receives an …

Drones

Elevated Getaway Home Offers Undisturbed Views of Chilean Seaside

Both land and sea are visible from <i>Mirador</i>, an elevated home perched on a steep cliff that's located off the coast of Tunqun, Chile. Designed by Gubbins Arquitectos, its meant as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of nearby Santiago. Here, residents can bask in solitude and take advantage of all …

Architecture

Electronics-sniffing dogs can root out USB drives

Criminals don’t just have to worry about someone finding their drug stashes anymore, as police have started to employ highly trained, electronics-sniffing dogs to root out illegal material on USB thumb drives and SD cards.<p>Only five dogs have acquired this particular set of skills that can make them …

This Brazilian mayor was using WhatsApp to run her town remotely

Many of us conduct our work and personal lives largely via instant messaging these days, but the young mayor of Bom Jardim, a small town in northeastern Brazil, took it to the next level. Authorities there say Lidiane Leite ran the town for three years via the mobile app WhatsApp—while living a …

Education Policy

Google OnHub review

The lowly router is a necessary evil. It’s a device we can’t live without, but often feels like an arcane relic from an era when boxy tube monitors and dial-up modems ruled. The router is the gateway to high-speed internet in our homes, and it enables us to wirelessly connect countless gadgets — …

Wi-Fi

China says 197 punished in crackdown on online rumors

The official Xinhua News Agency said 197 people have been punished in a special campaign, citing the Public Security Ministry, but did not say over what period.<p>Authorities over the past two years have waged a campaign to purge rumormongering from the Chinese Internet, saying that unethical and …

China