Monthly Archives: September 2011

Yale demos NFC-enabled residential locks, germaphobes rejoice (video)

Assa Abloy has already brought NFC-based door locks to some Swedish hotel rooms, but one of its subsidiary companies is now looking to bring them to your doorstep, as well. Earlier this month, Yale Locks & Hardware unveiled what it … Continue reading

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Boomshine is a soothing-yet-frustrating time waster

One click; just one single well-aimed click. That’s all you get in Boomshine. That single click triggers a chain reaction; circles start exploding, and other circles colliding with the shockwaves explode as well, creating their own shockwaves, which then catch … Continue reading

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Snoozing Technique Could Help Keep Smartphone Batteries Fresh

Researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with a way to extend the battery life of tablets, smartphones and other devices that use WiFi. Kang Shin, a professor of computer science and engineering, and Xinyu Zhang, a doctoral … Continue reading

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Desk Pets’ TankBot rolls out with Android and iOS support, is the tiny racer in your hand

Lonely and living in the city, but don’t have the patience or maturity for Man’s Best Friend? Well, you could always take a TankBot under your wing. Desk Pets’ palm-sized four-wheeler first whirred into our hands earlier this year at … Continue reading

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Auslogics Disk Defrag 3.2 gets smarter, faster

Auslogics Disk Defrag has been part of my system maintenance toolkit for quite some time. With the release of version 3.2, it’s now even better at tidying up and optimizing your system’s hard disk drives. In addition to a cleaner, … Continue reading

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Aperion Audio’s second-gen Zona Home Audio Link cuts the musical tether for $150

No need for the bookshelf speakers? No problem. Aperion Audio just introduced the second-generation Zona Home Audio Link system, enabling cable detesters to send music from any USB / 3.5mm-enabled source to, well… just about anything. The basic HAL package … Continue reading

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HTC Rhyme preorders said to begin September 22, Plum-colored exclusive at Target? (updated)

Ahead of HTC’s big announcement, a tipster has leaked this screen-grab from Target Mobile showing the HTC Rhyme (formerly the Bliss), ready for eager fans to pre-order from September 22nd — apparently the official launch date. Target Mobile looks to … Continue reading

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A Children’s Book That Celebrates the Wonders of Real [Video]

We tell our children stories about fairies and giants and wizards and trolls—all still favorites, even as an adult. So let’s not stop with the fables. But can’t we also share with kids the wonders of what’s real? More » Source: … Continue reading

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Layoffs underway at HP’s webOS division, hundreds of employees may be in jeopardy

HP’s webOS-powered devices are riding off into the sunset and so too, apparently, are hundreds of jobs. Sources close to the company tell All Things Digital that upwards of 525 employees at HP’s Palm division are slated to lose their … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Fiend Edition

Hot Cool Box: Thanko?s USB Mini Fridge Doubles As Heater Starbucks Merges Their Two iOS Apps, Lets You Gift Your Friends Coffee From Your Phone IBM Takes Another Step Towards Reliable Phase-Change Memory Samsung?s Galaxy Tab 8.9 Hits The FCC … Continue reading

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