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A Tiny Night Vision Camera That Lets Your Smartphone See In the Dark

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

If you’ve tried any of the countless smartphone apps that promise to turn your phone’s camera into night vision goggles, you already know they’re all snake oil. If you really want your device to see in the dark, you need a more sensitive sensor and a healthy blast of invisible infrared light, which the Snooperscope delivers. Reminiscent of Sony’s QX100 smartphone camera, the Snooperscope doesn’t boost your handset’s built-in camera—it replaces it all together. A Wi-Fi connection to your Android or iOS device lets you monitor what the scope is seeing in total darkness for up to …read...

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The Awesome Privacy Tools in Android 4.3

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

To date, there has been no way to run apps on Android with real and reliable privacy controls. Android version 4.3 and higher take a huge step in the right direction, letting users install apps while denying some of the apps’ attempts to collect the user’s data. Android was built from scratch to have quite a sophisticated and strongly enforced system of per-app permissions. But many of the privacy-sensitive permissions are poorly delineated and confusing.1 And the way the OS and Google’s Play Store worked, users could not install an app but say “no” to that app’s demand that it be able to read their address book, track their location, or grab their phone number or IMEI. … …read...

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This Wonderful Cardboard Robot Proves the Box Is Always More Fun

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

There’s a long running joke that kids would rather play with the cardboard box than the toy inside. And that’s especially true if that cardboard can then be transformed into an articulated 20-inch tall robot like our friend here. Thanks to pre-cut holes and panels, as well as folding cardboard joints and hinges, this creation is more than just a static sculpture—it can also be posed and played with. And you don’t need glue, scissors, or a hobby knife to assemble it. … …read...

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The Gadget That May Change Your Life

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

Technology you can wear? On this week’s episode of Men’s Health Live, senior editor Eric Adams discusses Google Glass, the company’s new wearable computer that’s featured in the 2014 Tech Guide. Adams explains that the new Google headset allows you to get directions, surf the Internet, take photos, and webcast your life–all while you’re walking down the street. Men’s Health Live co-host Peter Moore questions if these gadgets are intrusive and bad for relationships: “Doesn’t it feel like we’re putting yet another thing in between us and all the other people who we ought to be paying attention …read...

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5 Camera Features You Should Be Using But Aren't

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

APERTURE-PRIORITY MODE A large aperture, such as f2.8, creates a narrow depth of field for soft, blurred backgrounds. This mode gives you the leeway to be creative with the close and distant elements in your photo. FLASH COMPENSATION Camera flashes are often overused. In low light, you can always open the aperture wider, slow the shutter speed, or use this feature to adjust the flash power for more-natural-looking illumination in your shot. HIGH ISO Bumping up your ISO setting will help with low light. But the higher the ISO, the grainier the image. Restrict …read...

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Windows Phone scores wins but still faces challenges – PC Magazine

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

Recent successes for Windows Phone smartphones in the U.S. and Europe continue to be overshadowed by challenges the platform faces in China and elsewhere. The Windows Phone operating system still ranks third globally, far behind Android and iOS, yet most experts say it will have staying power for years to come. That’s because software giant Microsoft has deep pockets and clearly wants to keep the OS durable. Microsoft and Windows Phone will also get boosts as the company converges the mobile OS into the Windows operating system. Smartphones running the Windows Phone OS took nearly 5 percent market share in the U.S. in the third quarter ending September 30, and topped 10 percent in the combined five-biggest European countries, according to data released Monday from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The momentum for Windows Phone comes from low-cost...

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