Day: January 27, 2019

Samsung SmartThings still hasn’t earned my trust in the smart home – CNET

The SmartThings platform may have expanded, but Samsung’s smart home company still has a lot of kinks to work out. …read more Source:: CNet

The Apple Mac Turns 35 Years Old

On Thursday, Tim Cook took to Twitter to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Macintosh, recalling how it changed the world. “35 years ago, Macintosh said hello. It changed the way we think about computers and went on to change the world. We love the Mac, and today weâ(TM)re proud that more people than ever…

Air Knife Keeps GoPro Lens Clean In Messy Environments

Before the GoPro, shooting video of messy, fast-paced, or dangerous things was very different. There were commercial sports camera rigs and various industrial solutions, but the GoPro, with its waterproof housings and diminutive size, was the revolutionary, stick-it-anywhere camera. Despite this, the team at [tarkka] were having issues with the lens getting covered in coolant…

Facebook’s Plan To Merge WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger Sounds a Privacy Alarm

Facebook’s new plan to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger will lead to more data about users being shared between them, a new report warns. The effort to make it easier for people to participate in conversations across its various messaging platforms sounds harmless, but it raises issues about how data will be shared across…

At Sundance’s New Frontier, VR and AR go epic, weird and theatrical – CNET

Virtual live improv theater? Karaoke with digital puppets? Synesthetic VR food fests? The tech-driven show lets artists test their limits. …read more Source:: CNet

Pelican iPhone XS and personal utility cases: Protect your iPhone from drops and shelter your gear outside

The Pelican brand is well-known for protecting your valuable enterprise gear. The company also makes rugged phone cases and personal utility cases to protect your mobile devices. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Germany To Phase Out Coal Use By 2038, Says Report

Germany has laid out a $91 billion plan to phase out its use of coal by 2038, a government-appointed commission said Saturday. “Under the plan, half of the up to $91 billion will go to the regions shuttering plants in the west and east of the country, while the other half will be spent on…

TicWatch S2, Pixel Slate coding, Nokia is back, Chrome OS tethering (MobileTechRoundup show #458)

Google Wear isn’t the best wearable platform, but Mobvoi’s low-cost offerings help justify trying it out. Kevin continues to use Chrome OS and is close to making it his only computer. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Google Memo On Cost Cuts Sparks Heated Debate Inside Company

“A 2016 document proposing cost cuts at Alphabet’s Google, including fewer promotions and bonuses, sparked heated debate when it was shared inside the technology company for the first time this week,” reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. “At a companywide townhall meeting on Thursday, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai fielded questions about the…

Quartet of SMD Resistors Used to Sense Z-Axis Height

Here’s a neat trick for your next 3D-printer build or retrofit: a Z-axis sensor using a DIY strain gauge made from SMD resistors. We’re betting it could have plenty of other applications, too. Conventional load cells, at least the ones you can pick up cheaply from the usual sources or harvest from old kitchen or…