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How to Get Wall USB Ports Without Wiring Anything

The SnapPower faceplate fits right over your existing outlets<p>You may have seen those electrical outlets that incorporate USB ports, allowing you to charge your mobile devices without the blocky adapter. The new SnapPower Charger on Kickstarter makes this tech much simpler to install. There's no …

The World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Tram Is Now Running In China

The world’s first hydrogen-powered tram is red. It would have to be. It was built in China.<p>The Chinese seem to have a head start on a promising area for hydrogen: short-distance transit. Large-scale hydrogen car travel may be a few years away (if the required infrastructure and car models appear), …

Create better 3D models by waving your smartphone around

Sure your smartphone makes for a passable 3D scanner, but it still can't determine the size of an item. Fortunately, Carnegie Mellon researchers are able to discover the scale of an object using a smartphone's camera and its IMU (inertial measurement unit). They just have to make sure to move the …

Duck-like US Navy drone can fly or swim to hunt submarines

There are plenty of flying and swimming drones, but you'd ideally have both at once for sub-hunting -- you want something that can poke its head underwater, but move quickly through the air when needed. The US Navy certainly knows this. It's developing a duck-like drone, the Flimmer, that can both …

Higher resolution and a flip-up display come to the Nikon 1 line

The newest addition to the Nikon 1 line, the J5, brings a 20.8-megapixel sensor and a selfie-friendly LCD, among other things.<p>Nikon adds its annual Nikon 1 J series camera to the lineup with the J5, one of the most traditionally designed models we've seen since Nikon first rolled out the series. …

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PC skeleton key lets you reset forgotten passwords

<b>A USB "key" seeking funding on Kickstarter contains software that can reset any forgotten Windows password to regain access to your account.</b><p>We can't …

Polaroid's Socialmatic hybrid digital/instant film camera is coming this fall for $299

The dream of a vintage Polaroid instant film camera that also gives photographers the ability to share photos to social networks has finally developed into reality. Today at CES, Polaroid announced that its long-awaited Socialmatic camera will ship in the fall for $299. The Android-based, …

Valve Reveals First Gen Steam Machines

<b>VALVE REVEALS FIRST GEN STEAM MACHINES</b><p><i>Over One Dozen Designs Announced</i><p><b>January 6, 2014</b> – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as …

3D printing destination Cubify hits 2.0 with curated and branded collections

Even if it completely failed in the consumer market, 3D Systems would still be on pretty solid ground thanks to its strong industrial 3D printing presence. But that hardly means the company is going to half-ass its efforts to capture mindshare from MakerBot and Thingiverse. Before CES can even …

Pirate Bay unveils ambitious new software scheme to foil anti-piracy measures

The Pirate Bay has announced a surprising new tool to foil copyright enforcers, moving the entire site to a distributed network accessible only through Pirate Bay's own unique software. The new system builds on open source projects like LibTorrent, holding all potentially incriminating data in a …

App developers see wearable devices as next big thing | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wearable computers like Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch may not have caught fire yet, but that hasn’t stopped mobile game developers from rushing to create apps for the new devices, eager to seize what they hope is the next big moment in consumer …

Google Glass Meets Prescription Lenses--Something Every Geek Will Love

OK, I admit it. I’m a geek. And my glasses have been a badge of honor that I have worn all my life. And when Google Glass became available, it was love at first sight. Well, almost. As a Google Glass Explorer, my first experience with Glass was fascinating, but awkward. My clunky glasses didn’t …

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

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Build 3D printable castles and pirate ships one cube at a time with Blokify

Alright, this is pretty neat. We suspect the responsible parties won't be mentioning the likes of Lego and Minecraft in its press material, so we'll have to do it in this post. The conceit here is pretty simple: Blokify is an iOS app with a 3D environment where you can build models with cubes -- …