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Amazon Echo is a voice-controlled smart speaker

<b>The Good</b> Amazon's voice-activated smart home speaker is undeniably futuristic, but it's also practical and accessible. With a rapidly growing slate of features, integrations and use cases, it's easy to get excited about the Echo's potential.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Echo's sound quality is slightly uneven at …

Saved by...Cell Phone

117<p>SHARES<p><b>Signal for help.</b> All phones have metallic, mirror-like layers behind the screens, perfect for flashing a distress signal that can be seen …

How to Sharpen a Knife while Minimizing Mistakes and Maximizing Cutting Edge Performance

DISCLAIMER: I ask that you read the entire article and keep in mind that this is one of those discussions that rank up there with talking about …

The Mind4 could take auto-tracking drones to new heights

As battery life, payload capabilities and camera specs continue to advance, photography and videography using drones are becoming more and more …

The FAA's upcoming commercial drone rules could be brutally restrictive

The Federal Aviation Administration's forthcoming drone rules might require all operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours, according to a new report in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, which cites sources familiar with the rule-making process. The report says that licenses "likely to …

Hands-On with Parrot’s Bebop Drone

Earlier this week, Parrot announced its latest drone, the Bebop, and the Android-based Skycontroller remote. Here are our impressions from our brief flight time with the gadget, which goes on sale in early December.<p>Parrot is probably best known for its AR.Drone quadcopter. While the the device has …

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LittleBits Gives You AC Control With Its New Smart Home Kit

This summer, littleBits promised a world of DIY connected devices when unveiling its access-from-anywhere CloudBit module. Today, they move closer to that promise with the release of their Smart Home Kit, which includes among its 14 components an IR-controllable AC electrical socket.<p>This AC …

Hands-On With DJI’s New Inspire One Transforming Drone

DJI’s latest quadcopter is one of the most impressive flying rigs we’ve yet to see.<p>A couple days after last week’s announcement of the Inspire One, DJI’s Director of Aerial Imaging Eric Cheng brought one of the test units to the Make: offices to show us its capabilities. The drone is quite a step …

Hackaday Prize Winner Announced

The Hackaday prize, where entrants competed to build something awesome that transmits data and is openly documented, has now been won by the satNOGs team led by Pierros Papadeas. The device, or system rather, is a open standard based network of ground stations for tracking and monitoring satellites.<p>…

Micro Engines and Tools Made From Scratch

Primarily working with miniatures, but also exploring solar, steam, and thermoelectricity, I stumbled upon the YouTube channel of Greek maker JohnnyQ90 and felt compelled to share his projects with you.<p>His engine projects are fascinating for their diminutive size while mostly functioning as …

Isn’t It Time To Bring Home A Drone?

If your mental image of this holiday season includes drones buzzing around in the air, you have to check out the drone section of our Ultimate Gift Guide. We’ve got something for all levels of experience.<p>If you’re just a beginner, the Parrot Spider Drone is a great place to start, with its ability …

Piper: Learning Electronics with Raspberry Pi and Minecraft

There’s no doubt that platforms like Raspberry Pi have made learning about computers and electronics more accessible for youth. But going beyond accessibility, how do you motivate and encourage young people to explore the possibilities that these platforms provide? The team behind Piper aims to do …

Microsoft releases free Office apps for iPhone and iPad, Android coming soon - ExtremeTech

By on November 6, 2014 at 11:45 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>In a rather surprising move, …

Dark market massacre: FBI shuts down Silk Road 2.0 and dozens more Tor websites - ExtremeTech

By on November 8, 2014 at 8:09 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>A large-scale bust by the FBI and …

DJI Inspire 1: An amazing 4K-capable drone for videographers and photographers - ExtremeTech

By on November 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Originally best known for it …

Crude oil redux: Rare earth elements, and their strategic stranglehold on modern life - ExtremeTech

By on November 28, 2014 at 8:01 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Oil is on its way out.<p>Like so …

Samsung planning curved-screen Galaxy S6 Edge to launch alongside GS6?

Last month saw the arrival of some of the first substantial rumors to start talking about Samsung’s intentions for its next Android flagship: Project …

This app lets you say hello to an astronaut on the ISS

By the time you read this story, Samantha Cristoforetti will be getting used to life aboard the International Space Station. The Italian astronaut …

Your eyes could help make a huge Higgs boson breakthrough

The discovery of the Higgs boson back in 2012 was a landmark moment for physicists -- but what happens when the elementary particle vanishes could be …

How to transform your tiny flat into a five-bed pad

Microapartments make living in a big city semi-affordable, but tiny, featureless boxes can hardly be called homes. When Madrid-based graphic designer …

Fraudulent Bitcoin Foundation sites are scamming people out of their Bitcoin

The Bitcoin Foundation just issued a warning that two websites are pretending to represent the Bitcoin Foundation and conning people into giving them their Bitcoin addresses.<p>The two offending sites are bitcoincompensation.com and bitsecuretransfer.com. The Bitcoin Foundation says that it has …

Wireless Implant Eliminates Bacteria, Then Dissolves

Researchers at Tufts University and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana successfully delivered an antibiotic treatment to mice with a bacterial infection with what’s considered to be the first resorbable wireless electronic implant.<p>The wireless implant, made of silk and magnesium, delivered …

The MythBusters take on Corning’s Gorilla Glass to see how it stacks up against the regular stuff (video)

The displays on most smartphones these days, including the iPhone, are made using Gorilla Glass from Corning, Inc., which is stronger and lighter than regular glass. Just how much stronger and lighter, exactly, is a question that was put to the test by MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as …

Bitcoin moves from hype to disappointment, and on to real utility

<i>Updated December 3 at 9:45 a.m. ET to reflect that Blockstream is based in Canada, not the U.S.</i><p>If you hang around the tech scene for long enough you will see some absolutely amazing ideas being turned into businesses.<p>Some arrive too early to be successful, some aren’t executed successfully and some …