Kickstarter project Noke offers padlocks for the future

  • 30/08/2014 at 17:04 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

KickStarter Project Noke PadlockTired of padlocks with keys and combinations? FUZ Designs was, so they came up with a solution: Noke, the first Bluetooth activated lock that connects to your iPhone or Android devices.

According to the Kickstarter info, Noke works by connecting wirelessly to Bluetooth 4.0 available in either Apple or Android smartphones via their app. When you are within ten feet, you can click on the latch and it will open for you. If you are more than ten feet away, it will remain locked and you will get a push notification about the attempted breach.

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Google tests delivery drones after two year secret project

  • 29/08/2014 at 23:31 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Google Project Wing Delivery DronesAfter two years of secret development, Google has begun testing their patented drones as part of the Google X’s top secret “Project Wing”.

You may remember during their last Google I/O conference that a protester started shouting:  “You all work for a totalitarian company that builds machines that kill people!” He also ranted about “killer robots”.

There was no real context to that statement. Maybe a reference to the company’s interest in robotics? Perhaps a metaphor for the potential “killing power” of technology, ala the Android mascot? Or it could be a reference to Project Wings, a top secret (but still speculated about) effort of the mysterious Google X branch.

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Samsung shows off new Gear S smartwatch

  • 28/08/2014 at 23:27 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

Samsung Gear S SmartWatchSamsung has once again released a gadget in their smartwatch Gear S series. This time, they have gone for a design that looks more like an actual timepiece.

In the past incarnations, Samsung went with a high tech display version of their Gear series. However, when that failed to entice consumers, they decided to go with something a little more classic.

The Samsung Gear S brings 3G connectivity to the product line, but gets rid of the old design. Now, it looks a bit more like a traditional watch, with a wide, square and curved display and old school clock face.

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Facebook announces changes that limit influence of “click bait” posts

  • 26/08/2014 at 22:48 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Facebook is ClutteredFacebook has announced changes to their sharing policies that will start to limit the influence of headlines deemed “link bait”.

A link bait headline is a common practice used by marketers trying to get a heavy traffic flow to their content. It uses ambiguous language and teasers to get people to check out the article, promising something tantalizing on the other end.

For the most part, this is fine. But when the content at the link offers nothing of interest to the user, it becomes spam.

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IndieGoGo project TouchPico introduces touchscreens to any surface

  • 24/08/2014 at 22:50 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

IndieGoGo TouchPicoA new IndieGoGo project has introduced projected touchscreens that can be applied to any surface.

Tabletop electronics have been more or less a failure from the time they were introduced back in the 80’s. But now a high tech spin is looking to change that, turning touchscreens into a portable tool that can be applied to any surface.

TouchPico is a projector that is both handheld and powerful. It uses projected touch interface and wireless streaming to create a surface touchscreen that comes directly from an Android run PC.

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Security firms struggle with Apple iMessage spam

  • 22/08/2014 at 23:08 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Platforms

Apple and MalwareThose with Apple devices, both computer and mobile, may have noticed a growing number of spam messages being sent across the board. That is thanks to a vulnerability with iMessage, which allows spammers to easily send their “offers” to any Apple owners.

In a very short time, 30% of all mobile spam has become the domain of spammers using iMessage, the messaging service by Apple. It is a growing problem that has security firms working over time in an attempt to combat it.

According to reports, one particularly aggressive and widespread spam campaign has managed to up mobile spam in particular. All it takes is a little bit of coding and it is being sent off to Apple devices all at once.

These spam messages are usually selling something, such as knockoff designer items and accessories. Anything could potentially be sent, however, such as messages attempting to connect with “contest winners”, or collecting fake debts as a means to mine financial information. The possibilities are as endless as they are with email spam.

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HTC and Microsoft team up for HTC One (M8) for Windows

HTC One M8 For WindowsHTC has announced their new smartphone, a device that is directly connected to Windows 8, including their patented tile format.

The design of the phone itself is more or less identical to the usual One device, with a wrap around, thin frame. It is much more sleek than the usual Windows phone, which tends to be more blunt and thick.

It will also have Android, showing the first ever multi-browser smartphone to come out of the Microsoft line.

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