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'Dune Case' for PCs Copies Mac Pro's Cylindrical Design

A new Kickstarter project, the "Dune Case," is offering up a PC case that looks awfully familiar, closely mimicking the well-known cylindrical design of Apple's Mac Pro.<p>Available in black or gold and made of aluminum, the Dune Case promises "an innovative housing" that's a "sleek and stylish" …

MacBook Pro

Swytch lets you use up to five 'burner' UK phone numbers from a single device

If the idea of merging your work and personal contacts fills you with horror, but a dual-SIM phone doesn’t fulfil your needs, then Swytch’s app for iOS and Android devices could be right up your street.<p>In essence, all you need to do is download the app and register a new number, which qualifies you …

Apps

$12 Gets You a Mystery Game Bundle Every Month

The group behind the Humble Bundle is branching out once again, this time with a new subscription plan called Humble Monthly that delivers curated game bundles every month.<p>Not unlike the way LootCrate operates with physical merchandise, you can subscribe for $12 per month and receive a collection …

Raspberry Pi transforms upright piano into a retro loop player

Upright piano's don't exactly scream "high-tech," since everyone's weird aunt has one. A pair of hackers from a company called MajorMega may change your mind, however as they've modified one to give you and your friends a fun way to create multi-part compositions. The "Quaver" upright piano is …

This new app lets you control your Android phone from your computer

If you’ve ever gotten tired of picking up your Android phone while you’re sitting in front of your computer, well, you’re not the only one. A new Chrome app allows you to use your Android phone right from any computer that can run Chrome. It works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Chromebooks.<p>The new Vysor …

Apps

CyanogenMod nightlies now available for the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi 4

You may love Xiaomi’s handsets, but the fact that they offer among the best bang for your buck doesn’t mean you will also be fond of the software these Chinese handsets tout. The UI can be a bit cartoon-like and is pretty far from stock Android. You can resort to using a launcher, but that is not …

Android News

You can now control your Android phone from Windows 10 (with a little tinkering)

Why is it we still can’t control our smartphones with our computers? It’s 2015, guys – this should be an added feature, but the differences in platforms slows things down a bit. With the upgrade to Windows 10 spreading and introducing Cortana, though, it is now possible to send commands to your …

Windows 10

Debris found near Madagascar may be from long-missing MH370 airliner

Multiple reports now indicate that a weather-battered aircraft section found earlier today on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean is part of a flaperon — a control surface that acts both as a flap and an aileron — from a Boeing 777. The only Boeing 777 that is presently unaccounted for is Malaysia …

Airplanes

Watch famous movies edited down to just the lines spoken by people of color

Hint: they're really, really short<p>"Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color in [Mainstream Film Title]" is a new Tumblr project by <i>Welcome to Night Vale</i>'s Dylan Marron, which has so far reduced 11 mainstream films to the lines spoken by people of color, with startling results. All of the films …

Race & Ethnicity

Trademark filing hints that El Capitan is coming to iPad

Hidden in the dense verbiage of Apple’s latest trademark filing for OS X El Capitan is an intriguing detail not previously seen in similar filings for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite — revealing that Apple’s next-gen OS X could possibly be on its way to the iPad.<p>As per the European Patent & Trademark …

The Logic Pros: How to create multi-layered synth patches & drum sounds with Track Stacks

<i>The Logic Pros is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or</i> <i>shoot us an email</i><i>.</i><p>In this week’s edition …

Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

Now that I’ve nearly abandoned my collection of watches thanks to the evil Apple Watch, I’m starting to miss the staid, steady ticking of a good mechanical. But how can I be endlessly bothered by a little electronic thing and still celebrate the artistry of the fine watchmaker? Chronos!<p>Chronos is a …

Apple Watch

Thunderbolt 3 Uses Reversible USB Type-C And Could Be The Ultimate Port

Intel has revealed all about its new Thunderbolt 3 specification at this year’s Computex conference, and it could be the port that best serves Apple’s single I/O vision of the MacBook’s future: Thunderbolt 3 uses a reversible USB-C connector, and includes USB 3.1 support, as well as increasing data …

Ocushield: A screen protector that protects your eyes more than the screen

It’s easy for us to get consumed in our smartphones, tablets and laptops, considering everything they can do. But the side effects are often overlooked. Eye strain, retinal dysfunction and fatigue can all be caused by using electrical devices too much and at the wrong times of day.<p>A recent study by …

Ark: Survival Evolved lets you domesticate dinosaurs, if you can stay alive long enough

The Turok games let you hunt dinosaurs, but haven't you ever dreamed of riding them and other prehistoric creatures, too?<p>Indie developer Studio Wildcard is promising all that and more with its new project, <i>Ark: Survival Evolved</i>, which the company bills as an "open-world dinosaur survival game." As a …

Stone Age

Nikola Labs' case uses stray radio waves to charge your iPhone

To hear Nikola Labs co-founder Dr. Rob Lee tell the tale, some 97 percent of the energy a smartphone expends to forge data and voice connections using radio frequencies is lost to the ether. Rather than let it all go to waste, this Ohio-based startup claims to have cooked up a way to harness that …

Survival Horror Augmented Reality Game Night Terrors Maps Your House

Ghosts jumping out of my bathroom? No thank you.<p>If you’ve ever wanted to use your home as the setting of a survival horror game, then Night Terrors …

Augmented Reality

Haptic Gloves Use Air Pressure To Simulate The Feel Of Virtual Objects

Bringing a whole new meaning to 'hands-on' technology<p>Virtual reality has typically focused on matters of sight and sound, but increasingly people are investigating a way to make those experiences tactile as well. A team of student engineers at Rice University has developed a clever pair of VR …

Virtual Reality

Review: ChargeTech’s ChargeAll Portable Power Outlet lets any MacBook (or other Apple device) refuel on the road

The first time I found an AC wall outlet under my seat on an airplane, I realized that I could use my MacBook Pro with its wall charger for hours, even if I’d partially discharged the battery before boarding. Later, when I rode a bus with an AC outlet onboard, the freedom to enjoy my laptop for …

Gear & Gadgets

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Watch us conquer a few of Titan Souls' bosses without embarrassing ourselves too much

We've played <i>Titan Souls</i>, Acid Nerve's super-difficult boss fighting action game, enough at events to take down its first handful of foes confidently — but what happens when we move beyond that tutorial stage of the game? I will tell you what happens: We get obliterated, over and over again, for all …

Jamstik+ is a backpack-friendly 'smart guitar'

The first time I encountered Jamstik, a guitar controller for Mac and iOS, was at CES 2013. Zivix -- the team behind the product -- came to our trailer and gave us a demo. That was a prototype, which eventually got crowdfunded and did pretty well as history tells it. Now there's Jamstik+ with a few …

The (5) best ways to maximize battery life on your iPad

Expected battery life has always been one of the most important factors for consumers when they deciding on what mobile devices to buy. Admittedly, iPad’s have always excelled in this category. However, we often want and/or demand more out of our iPad’s then they ultimately can deliver–at least for …

Sesame is one of the cheapest smart locks you can buy

Sesame won't be the first, but it's one of the most affordable<p>Like competitors August and first-generation Lockitron, the Sesame lock is designed to fit on top of deadbolts to remotely lock and unlock your door using Bluetooth and a small motor. It’s a dead simple idea, but also one that’s proven …

You can now pre-order the Alcatel Onetouch Watch for just $150

Alcatel Onetouch announced earlier today that the Alcatel Onetouch Watch, which was unveiled at CES 2015, is now up for pre-order on the company’s website for $149.99. At launch, the Watch will only be available in the black sporty band variant, but the company will release new styles later in …

Trickey Is A Dinky Hardware Keyboard For Just Your Favorite Shortcuts

Ever felt like there are too many keys on your full size keyboard when all you need to do for the next hour is press Ctrl+Z? Of course you have. Trickey is a nifty little hardware project that’s aiming to fix that by letting you replace a full size USB keyboard with a dinky unit that consists of …

Prototyping

The Witcher 3 producer says he’d rather play it on a PC at minimum settings than on Xbox One

The developer for one of the biggest game releases of 2015 is worried about the resolution output of the Xbox One.<p>The Witcher 3 designer Damien Monnier of studio CD Projekt Red took to Twitter yesterday to answer some questions about his upcoming game. One fan asked if he should play on a PC that …

A new audio app claims to treat tinnitus

Tinnitus affects the ears but it originates in the brain. The condition, which causes ringing in the ears, is mainly triggered by age-related hearing loss and prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise. But neuroscientific studies reveal that tinnitus is a symptom of abnormal hyperactivity in the …

Perceptiv’s SHIFT Turns Drones Into Smart Dollies For Filmmakers

Drone tech is exciting and full of potential, but few companies are focusing on tech that provides benefits drone users can enjoy now, without spending a fortune or managing an architectural firm or large-scale agricultural concern. Perceptiv Labs, a YC Winter 2015 cohort startup with a founding …

Drones

Here’s A Video Of An iPhone Working With An Android Wear Watch, No Jailbreak Required

Have an iPhone, but want to use an Android Wear watch? Too bad! Google and Apple are focusing their smartwatch efforts on their own platforms for now, with all signs pointing to them avoiding cross-platform friendliness for as long as possible.<p>Fortunately, the world has talented modders who can …