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CES 2013 Part 2: Wearable Tech

clock January 11, 2013 00:08 by author Jeremy

It seems CES has created a new category this year named "Wearable Tech," which features, you guessed it, technology that you can wear. This has come in the form of mostly wrist accessories; whether they tell time or measure your heart rate, however, depends on the product.

One of the more popular items is the Pebble Watch, claiming itself to be the "first watch built for the 21st century." Funded through Kickstarter, this smart-watch will sync to your phone and provide a multitude of functions, from displaying messages and caller information, to custom alerts. Depending on the app that you use, the Pebble Watch can even function as a bike computer (to display distance traveled or change songs playing on your phone) or a golf rangefinder. Pre-orders are available now in 5 different colors for $150.

Other watches are a little more health-oriented, however. The Basis Band, for example, serves as a sleep tracking and heart monitor. On top of measuring your blood flow and skin temperature, it can also take logs of how many steps you've taken and calories you've burned, all while keeping the simple functionality of telling you the time of day.

To see more products like these, check out CNET's video recap of the Wearable Tech category.

Sources: CNETtv, Pebble, Basis


CES 2013 Part 1: Tablets Galore!

clock January 10, 2013 20:09 by author Jeremy

What has tons of batteries and chargers available, and is currently present at CES? eBatts, of course! We're roaming the halls of Las Vegas, seeing what fancy new gadgets are coming out from the woodworks.

What caught our eye on this particular morning, you ask? Not one tablet, but four! Archos has introduced their Titanium series, consisting of the Archos 70 (7-inch), 80 (8-inch), 101 (10.1-inch) and 97 (9.7-inch). Each tablet will tout a 1.6Ghz quad-core processor, and will range from $119 to $250 depending on which size you get. Fairly good pricing, considering what you're getting.

If you lean towards Windows-products, don't feel left out - CES has already seen some intense Windows 8 tablets snatching the eyes of gadgeteers-on-the-go. For those that believe bigger is better, Vizio's 11.6-inch aptly-named Tablet PC will be running a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1080p screen. Also in the running for new 11" tablets are Gigabyte's S1185 (for consumers) and S1082 (for businessfolk).

Of course, you could be entirely different and aim for a slider, courtesy of MSI. The Slider S20 was actually seen even before CES began (having been seen at Computex last year), but nonetheless impresses with its admirable specs: 11.6-inch 1080p screen, i5 processor, USB 3.0 and 720p front-facing camera.

CES isn't over just yet, though, so perhaps we'll see even more of these portable inventions!

Sources: engadget (Archos) (Vizio) (Gigabyte) (MSI)


Nissan Enhances Warranty of Leaf Batteries

clock December 28, 2012 21:03 by author Jeremy

With fuel-powered cars, there's always the thought of having to replace parts. Naturally, the same should hold true for electric vehicles - while there's no gas tank to replace, there's still a battery tucked away that may need fixing one day. Nissan recognizes this, and has released information about their "New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty".

The issue came about sooner than most would have expected; Nissan Leaf owners in the south-western US deserts (such as Arizona) have been complaining throughout the year of their battery depleting faster and of general battery capacity rate loss. In response, Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, issued a statement explaining the new limited warranty.

Effective Spring of 2013, if your Nissan Leaf falls below 9 bars (of the available 12 bars of battery life) within 5 years or 60,000 miles, Nissan will either repair or replace your Li-Ion car battery. If replaced, Nissan holds the right to provide you either with a brand new battery or a remanufactured battery. This covers the older 2011 and 2012 models, along with Nissan's newer 2013 Leaf model, and will also only currently cover Nissan Leaf's in the United States.

To see the full statement from Andy Palmer, along with a Q&A on the subject, check out the source link below.

Sources: MyNissanLeaf Forums, insideline.com


Electronics vs. Water: How To Save Your Gadgets

clock December 18, 2012 18:51 by author Jeremy

We all know that electronics and water don't mix too well - especially if you like having electronics that work. But that doesn't mean the occasional accident doesn't happen: from pools to washing machines, cell phones, digital cameras, and camcorders 'round the world are being subjected to the occasional slip-up.

Lucky for us, it doesn't mean you need to go out and buy new gadgets just yet. Many sites online have helpful tips and various methods on how to save your waterlogged toys; for example, Gizmodo's Brent Rose recently published an article containing several key points for drying off wet phones.

Also, don't forget that the larger electronic isn't the only one in play - smaller objects, such as your battery or SIM card, can also be water damaged! Batteries in particular can be fairly dangerous depending on the type and what it is exposed to, so be sure to follow the various tips below.

Remove the battery and any other removable parts (SIM Cards, SD Cards)
Use a towel to soak up any external water
Place the electronics in either a tub of rice or rice krispies, and leave it overnight

Shake it
Turn it back on immediately
Plug it in
Drop it into more water (that one isn't too obvious, is it?)

Keep in mind, the article in the source link is only one method - there are plenty more, so search around and see which ones work best for you! Hopefully you won't have to come across these methods too often, though they could save you a few hundred dollars one day.

Source: gizmodo

AT&T Continues to Expand 4G LTE Network

clock December 14, 2012 22:58 by author Jeremy

AT&T seems to be hard at work as it continues to push its 4G LTE network out to newer areas constantly. Just in the past week alone, 12 towns have begun to receive the magical internet power that is LTE, likely causing a decrease in work/school activity and an increase in facebook statuses. The 12 recent areas are:

December 13:
Little Rock, Arkansas
Pullman, Washington
Moscow, Idaho
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Starkville, Mississippi
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Reno, Nevada
Richmond, Virginia

December 10:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nashua, New Hampshire
Birmingham, Alabama
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

AT&T has also been pretty good about keeping their Corporate News/Press section up to date, so check out the source link below to see if an area near you has previously gotten a wireless bump.

Source: AT&T

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