Sam Unwin

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Bone conduction headphones let me ditch the boombox, but still cycle safely

Long bike rides are an easy way to burn calories without terrorizing your knees, but it helps to have some tunes to keep things fun. My rides usually take me through bustling urban streets and isolated stretches of waterfront, so pumping out a soundtrack using a Bluetooth speaker is usually a …

BlackBerry confirms release of its first Android device

Buried within a BlackBerry press release for its fiscal 2016 second quarter results, the company confirmed the launch of its first Android device, …

Gear & Gadgets

5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions

<i>This post originally appeared on Crew blog.</i><p>It’s hard to accept that what holds us back from reaching our potential is all in our head.<p>While it may be a bit of a cliche, we really are our own worst enemies.<p>Maintaining a growth mindset isn’t a matter of walking up a staircase one small step at a …

Rephone lets you hack a cellular radio into anything

Give a dog a phone<p>Yesterday at the Maker Faire in New York, we had a chance to check out the Rephone, a clever little project that comprises a bunch of modules that let you cobble together your own tiny little cell phone. Actually, making a cute little cardboard-encased phone is the least …

HP sneers at Lenovo's Superfish problems

Technically Incorrect: HP decides that the best reaction to Lenovo's security woes is to mock them on Twitter.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When I think of HP, I think of a once famous name that's waiting for its Matthew McConaughey …

Internet

These 11 apps and websites will make you miss your childhood

Product Hunt, a discovery website that shows you the newest startups and products, has collected a bunch of websites and apps that will make you want to relive the past. Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover even wrote a blog post about how he thinks the emotional power of nostalgia makes it a perfect …

Retrogaming

This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

The venerable Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifier paired with the new Dayton Audio B452 bookshelf speakers are a winning combination, says the Audiophiliac.<p>As regular Audiophiliac readers know, I love writing about cost-no-object, high-end audio, but I also have a soft spot for dirt cheap, but decent …

Audiophile

Acer's Chromebook 15 is the biggest Chromebook yet

While most potential Chromebook buyers are probably looking something small and cheap, Acer's targeting a slightly different customer with its latest entry. Its new Chromebook 15 is the first laptop running Google's browser-focused OS with a 15.6-inch screen. It's still relatively inexpensive, …

The Best DIY Projects Of 2014

From hacked beer cans to drivable fish tanks, these are the coolest, craziest projects of the year<p>Makers enjoyed a particularly fruitful year in 2014. They created projects ranging from the simple to the complex, the small to the large, and the useful to the bat$&*t crazy. In celebration of that …

Prototypes

Iris+ review: A feature-rich drone that’s still simple to fly

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>I’m an anxious drone flyer. Even in San Francisco’s biggest fields, there are always other people and …

The Complete Guide To In-Flight Wi-Fi Hacks

<i>This article originally appeared on Map Happy.</i><p>Going to bite the bullet to get online, are you there? This is the complete set of tricks to doing it …

Drones become popular holiday gifts

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season.<p>Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated …

This Video Explains How to Build Your Own Drone

The team behind Tested walks you through making a DIY UAV.<p>Why buy a drone this Christmas? The team behind <i>MythBusters</i> and <i>Tested</i> want to teach you how to make your own quadcopter.<p>This isn't quite amateur DIY: At 35 minutes, the guide is pretty comprehensive, and the parts won't come cheap—at about …

Photograph from 1926 shows selfie stick older than meets the eye

Snap of young couple taken in Rugby with makeshift selfie stick found in family album by their grandson<p>A grainy black and white picture, taken in Rugby in 1926, has emerged of a young couple brandishing an instrument that looks uncannily like a selfie stick. It allowed Arnold and Helen Hogg to …

Runtastic plans to bring your workouts to Oculus Rift

Runtastic has been translating your workouts to the digital world for some time with apps that even map your runs to Streetview. Now it’s revealed that it’s working on plans to bring the Oculus Rift VR headset into the picture.<p>The proof of concept Runtastic Oculus Rift app isn’t a new version of …

Watch Jetman Fly In Formation Over Dubai In 4K Video

The future is here, and it’s handing out jetpacks<p>Dubai is an unreal city, where the buildings are gigantic, the police drive lamborghinis, and drones rescue window washers. And, very rarely, home to aerial acrobatics from brave people in jetpacks.<p>Previously, pilot Yves “Jetman” Rossy flew his …

Grand Canyon

HP plans OS release to test software for 'The Machine'

Hewlett-Packard will take a big step toward shaking up its own troubled business and the entire computing industry next year when it releases an …

Havok celebrates 15 years of cool interactive physics effects in games

Fifteen years ago, the physical effects in games were pretty lame. But a handful of bold game developers started figuring out how to incorporate physics into the behavior of objects in games. If you smashed a wall, it had to crumble into pieces in a realistic fashion, or the resulting animation …

'Comic Papyrus' Is Basically Your Biggest Typographic Nightmare Come True

What's the most hated font in the world?<p>Most of you would probably answer: Comic Sans. A fair guess, given the sheer amount of CS-hating that exists online. (See here, here, here and here. And that's just on The Huffington Post alone.) A smaller segment would probably shriek, "Papyrus!", that 1982 …

How Disney Is Perfecting Animated Eyeballs

New software and image-capturing techniques are leading the studio further and further into realism.<p>Creating lifelike animated characters is hard. The bounce of the hair, the twitch of the cheek. Disney and its competitors have been continuously working to build more and more realistic animations. …

London protestors rally against UK porn laws by sitting on each others' faces

LONDON — Hundreds of protestors have descended on Parliament to protest against new porn regulations.<p>A mass "face-sitting" is being staged Friday at …

Tests show modern SSDs can handle a thousand years of use

Most heavy data users can't wait for the day when hard disks, with their fragile, spinny parts, are put out to pasture for good. But just how much better are SSDs? Despite any horror stories you may have heard, the answer is <i>a lot,</i> according to tests on recent models by <i>The Tech Repor</i><i>t</i>. It forced six …

High-speed camera tracks light at 100 billion fps

For most of us, high-speed image capture, say 120 or 240 frames per second, is enough to get a good look at stuff happening in the blink of an eye -- like a water droplet hitting the ground or a Bichon Frisé snagging his favorite ball. For faster subjects, industrial-strength high-speed cameras can …

Apple Patents An iPhone Drop Protection Mechanism That Changes Device Angle In Freefall

Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), which describes a system that can actually re-orient an iPhone during freefall, changing the angle of its eventual impact with the ground after first determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as …

HP's new laptop looks like a MacBook Air and is made for hardcore business users

HP is today introducing a new laptop that's thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air — a stylish Windows 8 machine called the EliteBook Folio 1020. Even though HP is boasting about this laptop's slim size, it isn't necessarily taking aim at Apple here. HP says that it's designed the Folio 1020 with …

That privacy notice you're posting to Facebook? It won't work

Users of the world's largest social network are once again falling for a hoax "notice" to copyright their content.<p>A new wave of Facebook users is posting a new privacy notice to their Facebook walls, hoping to protect their posts and photos from being used without their permission. Chalk up another …

Privacy

This Is the Simplest Company Logo Generator You'll Ever Use

If you’re somewhat lacking in design skills but really need a logo and a name to get your business up and running, there are a few tools out there that can help you. Last week, we brought you a surprisingly useful business name generator and this time around we’re looking at Withoomph’s logo …

This App Can Detect Skin Cancer In 7 Out Of 10 Cases: Here's How It Works

The app is not a replacement for a dermatologist, but it should raise awareness about the risks of melanoma, which killed an estimated 2,000 people in the UK in 2012, according to figures from the country's Cancer Research center.<p>SkinVision is based on a technology called "fractal geometry" — a …

Cancer

Razer Nabu Smartband Launching December 2nd For $99

Those of you patiently waiting for the launch of the new Razer Nabu Smartband that was unveiled earlier this year by the games peripheral …

Gear & Gadgets

Star Citizen space game racks up $63 million in crowdfunding

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>A number of crowdfunding campaigns have raised substantial sums over the past year or two, including $10 million for the …