Friday, June 14, 2013
If you really care about your car, you will probably spend considerable time and money on making it look as good as possible. But have you been as extravagant on the way your machine runs and handles? A good car is only as valuable as the way it manages to start first time every time. There are scores of motors out there that look the absolute bomb but underneath there lies a different story. This article takes a look at some very sweet gadgets out there that profess to make your ride a lot more enjoyable. We say that talk is cheap and take a closer look at these claims.
We get the gadget ball rolling with this little ripper from Delphi, it may be small but it has a big heart and loads of useful features! You simply install this small black box and it transforms your ride into a remote controlled marvel. It will allow you to pick up engine faults and diagnose your engines actual capability. The device is Bluetooth enabled and can send a signal back to your PC as to where in the world it actually is, just like a GPD tracker in fact. You can check on the actual and average speed of the car from a remote location as well. This is very useful for those concerned parents who have let their kids loose on their pride and joy! If your car has automatic locking and alarm features installed, you will be able to control and monitor both of these remotely as well. We love this gadget and are confident that most of you will feel the same way too! Basically, the more automated features that your car has as standard, the more useful and fun this gadget will prove to be.
Unless you over 150 years old, you will probably enjoy pumping out some tunes as you cruise around on those long summer evenings. The only challenge is when you are a little bored of that particular mix disc you so lovingly crafted last week. But you are too far from home to pop in for a better choice. Well now you don’t have to worry at all, because the Inrete Automatica is here to take care of your audio desires, and then some! This device holds 4GB of storage and that’s an awful lot of music! It also has the ability to sync into your Dropbox or Skydrive account and allows you to pull in whatever tracks float your boat, or car! It comes in a flashdrive size package and has enough tunes to fill the Sydney Opera house! An awesome piece of kit in a tiny package, you’ll soon make this beauty a permanent passenger!
Hands up those of us who have parked up in a new location, only to spend ages remembering exactly where the damn car is? It is a common occurrence and some of us never seem to learn from this mistake! Well the Kensington Proximo is a very forgiving gadget that will ensure we are never left in the lurch again. You simply leave the sensor in your car and the Proximo does the rest. It automatically displays a detailed map and locates the exact spot that your car has been parked. A lovely device that will save you loads of stress and hassle in the future.
We think that these 3 gadgets will definitely help you to enjoy the more important things in driving a little easier, just remember where you read about them first!
Friday, June 14, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
In years past, motorcycling was assumed to be a rather low-tech affair that relied more on the driver’s common sense and direction than it did any sophisticated form of technology. These days, however, changes in the way we do just about everything have led to the hobby becoming more gadget-friendly as drivers seek to gain as much safety, convenience and efficiency out of their driving experiences. If you have been considering ways in which you can augment the level of enjoyment and functionality you experience while out on a leisurely drive or cross-country journey, then you will enjoy the following four gadgets.
Ram Mount iPhone Cradles
These cradles are designed with the gadget-laden motorcyclist in mind. Intuitive construction allows for easy access to power cables and headphone jacks, while sturdy materials ensure that your phone is never lost or dropped while in place. Many motorcyclists have begun using these cradles as a way to plot out their destinations and navigate while keeping both hands on the handlebars. These cradles can be found for as low as $15 and make a valuable addition to any motorcycle that wants to be on top of navigation, maps and weather while on the road.
Very few of us live in areas where we can use our motorcycles year-round. This unfortunate circumstance can lead to batteries dying in between seasons; sitting for just a few months can kill a perfectly good battery. Fortunately, trickle chargers and battery tenders can prevent this from occurring and are easily obtainable. Beginning at just $30, battery tenders will supply the correct amount of voltage and amperage to your motorcycle’s battery to keep it alive through the colder months while in storage. Consisting of just a few connectors and adaptor, battery tenders can be easily stored away when warmer weather arrives and it is time to hit the streets once again.
Sometimes our external gadgets need power – motorcycles by default might not be the most accommodating in this regard. Thankfully, handlebar outlets allow motorcyclists to install custom power outlets directly into or onto the handlebars, allowing for easy charging of any product while on the go. Starting at around $60, these add-ons will help provide power for anything from a cigarette lighter to a laptop (although we recommend NOT charging a laptop while driving, but you already knew that). Simply wire the device into your battery, secure it to the handlebar and you are ready to begin charging whatever devices necessary from the road.
Extended Range Communicators
Keeping in touch with fellow cyclists on the road can be difficult when driving and trying to use a cell phone – not to mention downright dangerous. Extended range communicators can be installed to virtually any motorcycle and allow for seamless communication use headsets and microphones, functioning very much like a hands-free walkie talkie over long distances. While not the cheapest addition to your motorcycle (starting around $300), these communication devices allow instant and unfettered dialogue between multiple parties and make for a great addition to any social cyclist’s gadget box.
Today's guest author, Mark Wilde, is a sales executive at Yucaipa Trailers, a firm that provides cargo trailers for sale in California, US. He is an active social networking websites user and enjoys socializing.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Some of the new and expensive cars on the market have an unbelievable amount of technology included. They have voice sensors for the air-conditioning, special seats that mould to your particular body shape and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Most of us love a few toys to play with when it comes to our cars. But if you can’t afford a top of the range new vehicle, where does that leave you? Well, thankfully there are a load of cool gadgets that have been produced with you in mind. They won’t convert your 10 year old beast into a Bugatti Veyron, but they will bring you some fun and even a little functionality every now and then. Stop dreaming about the latest Maserati and read this article, you may even like some of these gadgets.
The cost is for the actual cable which is clever piece of equipment indeed. It links your iPod to the car’s computer and, using the app, relays information to the handheld device. You need to have a real ‘play’ on the application, but you will soon get the hang of it. Your engine codes, weird noises and general running issues will soon be soundly diagnosed. The app will probably not be able to fix the issue, but will certainly point you in the right direction. We absolutely love this clever cable and app, and so will you!
These cool trainers are the last word in functional driving equipment for the feet. Although they look like an expensive pair of running shoes, they are designed for one thing in mind – Driving! The shoe is available in suede with a fire-resistant liner, known as ‘Nomex’. Those of you who know the phrase ‘toe-and-heel’ will really appreciate the finesse that is delivered by putting these shoes through their paces. They may be designed for the real professionals, but even we learner drivers will dig these cool driving shoes!
On first appearances this looks like a standard, if oversized, electric screwdriver. But it is the bee’s knees for removing those stubborn wheel nuts. You know the ones that even Godzilla would be hard pressed to remove. It can deliver an awesome 200lb-ft of torque with very little effort, it also generates 3000 impacts per minute. You need this tool, like yesterday!
Okay, the price tag suggests that this is more than just your standard satellite navigation system, and it certainly is! As well as running all of the usual Garmin high-end Satnav features, it is also totally weatherproof. Bluetooth and digital radio are also included, making this the Daddy of all satnav systems! You can use this in your car, on your motorbike or even on your speedboat, if that is where it’s going on!
We think you will love all of these fabulous gadgets, but if not, check out the internet for some more. There are literally hundreds of useful, and not so useful, gadgets out there just for you!
Monday, June 10, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Now, for those unfamiliar with this idea of plastic (or organic) electronics, it’s based around the use of carbon-based conductive polymers and molecules. This means that a screen can be made that is completely organic and does not need a large power supply at all times, such as with a traditional display. Not only does it have implications on power usage, however – pertinent to these green times as that may be – but it allows for complete flexibility. Modern phones allow a small amount of give in their screens – they should respond to your touch after all – but if you bend them, they’re likely to snap. With the phone of the future, made with plastic electronic technology, your device could be folded in on itself, wrapped around a wrist and dropped harmlessly into your briefcase or pocket without worry of damage.
This technology has been around for a little while, however, with one main use: e-readers. E-paper has become more popular as it dispenses with the need for a backlight. Not only does this save power but it is far better for your eyes too. Up until now, however, these screens have not been available in colour. Thus, this new technology from Plastic Logic can be greeted with a great deal of triumph, despite its limitations. While the screen is capable of playing video, its refresh rate of 12 fps is too low to really do justice to anything except basic animations, while the resolution is limited to a measly 75 ppi due to the nature of the dual layered colour device. Its potential however is huge. At less than the thickness of a credit card and the flexibility of paper, future devices could be used as newspapers, tablet computers, phones, watches and whatever other electronic tool you need.
In 2009, the British government announced that it wanted to champion plastic electronics. While they seem to have forgotten this with a change of government, the Russians are taking full advantage. Plastic Logic’s devices are already in action in Russian schools, allowing children to read, annotate and engage with the future of on-the-go tech.
Raxanne Clipper writes about the latest technology, especially about phones, tablets and e-papers. When she is not writing she likes to be together with her friend s and family.
Saturday, June 8, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Friday, June 7, 2013
You may think that your office desk doesn’t need a fish tank on display, but you would be wrong! The Fincredibles Electronic Fish will provide you hours of entertainment and will never require any of that smelly cleaning out process that real fish tanks demand. You can lose yourself within seconds of watching the colourful little goldfish larking around. These are so realistic that cats have been known to add them to their Christmas wish list! It takes 3 AA batteries to power the gadget and they will last you about 6 months. We think that this is just the trick to make those dreary Monday mornings a thing of the past!
If you ever lusted after a really cool car from yesteryear but couldn’t afford the steep price tag, well here is the next best thing! This ultra sexy mouse is shaped just like a VW Beetle and actually functions pretty well as an office tool! The optical mouse contains a discreet connector and has been built to a very high quality indeed. The grip on this gadget makes it just as easy as a standard mouse but about 100 times as interesting. The car’s headlights illuminate when in use and you will soon be asked about where you got this cute accessory from. Just remember not to lend it to anybody as you will surely never see the Beetle again!
This is for all of those Apple addicts out in ‘officeland’, and it really is a winning gadget with some practicality to boot! You simply dock your iPhone into the cradle and it allows you to use the retro handset as if you were using a landline device. You can use the device for searching or updating as you speak into the phone device. It looks exactly like a real phone and will never slip away thanks to the cool rubber grip attached to the base. This will also charge your iPhone whilst you are working away. We love this gadget and think that you will soon be the coolest individual in your office if you decide to get one for yourself!
There you have it, 3 very different but equally charming gadgets for your office desk. Why not buy all three and watch your popularity soar!
Friday, June 7, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Comic books were once something that only the uncool kids read. It was relegated to reading under a shady tree on the playground because either the other kids left you out of their game, or you simply weren’t interested. Today, comic book movies are the biggest money makers in Hollywood. Instead of a culture where “my dad could beat up your dad” is uttered, it’s “my dad’s comic collection is bigger than yours.” While it should not be encouraged to strive for popularity at the cost of your beliefs, encouraging your child’s interest in geeky hobbies because they are genuinely enjoyable can lead them to a more satisfying social life. It’s a win-win!
Most geeks don’t really care about being popular. They aren’t sitting out from sports because they couldn’t do well, they just don’t care about them. Living outside of social norms became such a movement that it’s now much more acceptable. The great thing about being a geeky parent is knowing that when you pass on your values and interests to your children, they will become socially independent. If and when comic book films, the Big Bang Theory, and cyber-culture settle down; real geeks will still love these things.
Embracing who you are and what you are interested in, and following those passions in life no matter what everyone else is doing is a wonderful way to be. While popular kids may sometimes shun you for it, if you were ever to sit down one on one with them, they’d admit a certain degree of jealousy. Geeks have cooler toys. Geek girls don’t have to worry as much about fashion. It’s a very liberating lifestyle.
If you’re not sold that you should indoctrinate your kids to a lifestyle of taped glasses and pocket protectors, consider what you want for them in life. A stable future should definitely be on that list, and that relies on doing well in school. Studies are showing that video games can help to that end. So while your kid is pumping quarters into that Ms.Pacman arcade machine while all the other kids are running around the jungle gym, think about the long-term.
Intelligence is valued within the geek community, and test scores are often held up with pride instead of the point spread in the latest football game. Encourage your sons & daughters to embrace their mind and their independence, and let their geek out. They may lead a better life for it.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
If you are one of those unfortunate people who find that getting a good night’s sleep is an uphill struggle, join the club! Millions of people across the world have the same difficult and many of them have found help by speaking to their doctors. Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that can really affect the quality of our lives. There are some clever devices that assist people with this condition. However some of us do not have full blown sleep Apnea, but still suffer from sleepless nights nonetheless. This article takes a look at some helpful gadgets currently on the market that may be just what the doctor ordered!
NightWave Sleep Assistant - $49.99
Verilux Rise & Shine Natural Wake-Up Light - $99.95
Zeo Sleep Manager Pro - $99
Today’s guest author, Abbey Brooks, is a sales executive at CPAPonly, a dealer that provides CPAP breathing machines. She is an avid blogger and enjoys sharing her views on a variety of topics, although her niche is healthcare.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Spending around 8 hours per day in the same office can be a bit of a chore at times. It is nice to have a few handy distractions on hand that offer some function as well as creating a talking point. We have all seen the desk mounted punchball and the cat’s cradle stress reliever, but surely there must be something a little more ‘out there’ to bring into our daily routines. Well there are a number of cool gadgets just waiting for your office to adopt them, and this article looks at a few of them right now!
Hard Drive Clock – TECOART - $50
On first appearances this groovy clock tends to draw a gasp of silence followed by a nice big “Wow!’ It is coolness defined and keeps time pretty well also! It doesn’t actually use the hard drive as a base, because that would be pretty dull to be honest. Instead it employs a redundant SoundBlaster card and really looks the part. The hard drive is represented by a single platter that offers a lovely clock face for you to check out your reflection in. This is taking recycling to the max as you will never want to throw away an old PC again. This will prove to be a great conversation piece as well as functioning as an awesome office clock. The whole structure is only about 6 x
Anti-Theft Lunch Bags - $36
Talk about simple genius, because these lunch bags are going to save you a fortune in stolen sandwiches. They automatically turn a lovely fresh item of food into a mold infested piece of garbage! The green splotches on the outside of the PVC sealable bag resemble a nasty case of food mold. There are several different models of lunch bags including the mothers’ favourite brown paper version. No matter how delicious your home made pie may be, nobody is going to touch your lunch ever again. Just make sure the cleaners don’t throw it into the trash can!
Multifunctional Magnetic Stones – Troika - $65
This product has it all, combining a cool design with a functional application, your office will fall head over heels with this awesome gadget! Essentially, these are a set of magnetic stones that have been selected in a set of different sizes. They balance perfectly on a circular base and can be used to keep your post-it pads in place, store your metal clips and pins, or just act as an alluring conversation piece. Pretty soon there will be a whole family of these magnetic stones taking over your office. Just be careful to keep your expensive wrist watch a safe distance away!
Jellyfish Tank - $300
We probably kept the coolest gadget until the end, but who can blame us? This desktop jellyfish tank actually has no real function, but we forgive it! There are a selection of jellyfish and normal fish to choose from and the device is so stunning, you will find it hard to concentrate on your work. The jellyfish are absolutely real and will require feeding at regular intervals. Although it is not cheap, it will certainly have the ladies in accounts popping by your desk more times than usual!
4 great gadgets to help you get through the week, and some of them even have a feature that helps you work, what more could you ask for?
Rose Jones, author of this article, works for an office supply company in Ontario. She is quite fond of her work and she likes to spend time with her family after work.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Friday, May 31, 2013
Robot Prison Guard
Sentry Machine-Gun ‘Bots
This post was provided courtesy of Jeff, a fan of all things robotic who works for HVDH, a South African industrial engineering company.
Friday, May 31, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Ambiance is everything, and there's nothing better to spice up your home's environment than the right type of lighting. With so many options – lamps, wall-mounted fixtures, ceiling lights – it can be hard to choose the right type of fixture, let alone the perfect wattage or hue. While we cannot help you with wattage or brightness, there are some great lighting gadgets out there that can take the ease out of installing complicated fixtures or dealing with bulky table lamps. Below, we've outlined four great lighting gadgets that anyone in the home will love and that will add a kick to the vibe of any room.
Multi-Color LED Lighting Kit
Why settle for one form of lighting when you can have dozens of unique colours on demand? The Multi-Color LED Lighting Kit ($44.99) is a versatile LED strip that comes with a remote control designed to give you total control over the mood of a room. Installation is simple, taking only a few minutes, and the LED lights are guaranteed to last for 50,000 hours. Simply adhere to the wall, connect the power source and you are ready to go! With 15 different colours to choose from, plus an array of transitional settings, you can rest assured that your living room or bedroom will always have a dynamic glow.
Jellyfish2 Color Lamp
This glowing lamp mimics the look of a Jellyfish, and likewise gives off a phosphorescent glow that turns any drab room into a vibrant sanctuary. In many respects, this is just like your very own colour wheel: with over 16,000,000 colours to choose from, you will never cease to find a glow that suits your mood. If a swirl of colour is more to your liking, you can even set it to oscillate between various colours to keep yourself and those around you mesmerized. The Jellyfish2 Color Lamp ($79.99) is designed to attach to any wall and was the winner of the 2010 Red Dot Design Award for its innovation.
Color-Change LED Candle Set
If a lamp is not in your taste, then the Color-Change LED Candle Set ($29.99) may be right up your alley. Featuring all the coolness of real candles without the smoke, fire and danger, these awesome toys can be programmed to display up to twelve different colours in a steady or rotating fashion. The candles themselves generate a pleasant scent of vanilla throughout the room while being powered off of AAA batteries. The included remote makes activating the trio simple and effortless: perhaps one of the best no-tangle, no-mess lighting solutions available.
LED Magnetic Digital Graffiti
Magnets that light up? Sounds cool, right? The LED Magnetic Digital Graffiti package gives you unfettered access to lighting in places where it might not otherwise be possible. Included are 20 LED lights with magnetic strips and batteries attached, allowing them to be slapped onto any ferrous surface you can imagine. The lights will glow for up to 48 hours before running out of juice, but at just $12.99, they make a great gift for someone who enjoys pretty, shiny things.
Jake Tyler is marketing manager at sassysigns.com.au, a prominent name for led house signs. He is a tech enthusiast and loves collecting fancy gadgets. In his spare time, he writes articles on technological issues.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Vers Audio Bluetooth Sound System
Wires can be a nightmare in a cramped apartment, so why not ditch them and upgrade to the latest in wireless audio? The Vers Audio Bluetooth Sound System ($200, Amazon) can be a great way to leave behind the bulky sub-woofers while still enjoying premium sound. Measuring just 3 x 6 x 3 inches, this 12 ounce sonic blast from the future can be connected to any Bluetooth compatible device to pump rich, quality sound throughout the apartment – just don't disturb the neighbours too much. For those who like to coordinate, the exterior comes in three wood flavours – Bamboo, Natural Beech and Walnut.
LG 42” LED HDTV
Cramming a huge television into a tiny apartment is counter-intuitive: rather than wasting that money, consider purchasing a more reasonably sized powerhouse like the LG 42LS3400 LED HDTV. For less than $500, you can pick up this beauty, which displays any and all programming in crisp, 1080p resolution. Using about 30% less energy than a traditional HDTV, this Energy Star appliance will not only help keep your utility bills low, but will also be the centre of your multimedia experience around the apartment. With HDMI and USB ports included, you'll have no problem streaming movies and videos from your laptop or tablet directly to the LG TV.
While not everyone enjoys gaming, the average apartment dweller is a young professional who appreciates after-hours relaxation at home. What better way to do so than through a video game console like the PlayStation 3? The 250 GB family entertainment bundle ($249) comes with two very popular titles: Ratchet and Clank & PlayStation All-Stars, making game time with friends a (friendly) blood sport. Best of all, the PlayStation 3 can serve as a multimedia station. If you go by our recommendation and get both this and the Vers Audio system mentioned above, you'll be able to connect the two to enjoy premium sound and premium gaming.
Brother Compact Laser Printer
Printers have long been known for their heft and bulkiness, but vast improvements in both printing and design have allowed concepts like the Brother HL-2270DW to make significant strides in eliminating these concerns. Priced at just $95, the Brother laser printer can use both wireless and Ethernet interfaces to print up to 27 pages per minute, and holds 250 sheets of paper. Measuring just 12 x 14 inches, situating the printer in a small apartment is no longer a cumbersome hassle, but merely an afterthought.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0