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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

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

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

The Awesome Privacy Tools in Android 4.3

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

This Wonderful Cardboard Robot Proves the Box Is Always More Fun

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

The Gadget That May Change Your Life

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

5 Camera Features You Should Be Using But Aren't

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

Windows Phone scores wins but still faces challenges – PC Magazine

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 handsets, such as the Nokia Lumia 520 Meanwhile, China, the world’s largest smartphone market, remains challenging for Nokia and Windows Phone, with their market share languishes at 3.5 percent, according to Kantar analyst Dominic Sunnebo Read More...

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2015 Ford Mustang revealed – Yahoo Autos

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

2015 Ford Mustang revealed – Yahoo Autos

After 49 years, you would think Ford would have figured out the formula for designing a new Mustang. Yet every fresh generation of the car since the ’70s has drawn great concern from the fan base — and occasionally, those fears came true. This time around, Ford’s corporate rule of building models for global consumption led to the most worry; would the new ‘Stang lose some of its essential character while chasing new buyers? Here’s the answer: Yes, there will be right-hand-drive Mustangs, although they’ll be a small portion of total output from the Flat Rock, Mich., factory. Yes, there’s a new turbo four-cylinder engine option that will hearken back to the SVO days of the ’80s. And the rear suspension finally joins the 21st century, dropping the cheap solid rear axle setup as pioneered by the Model T. But Ford engineers and designers say their overarching goal with the 2015 Mustang was to preserve all the traits that have made the name a mainstay of American roads and drag strips for five decades — not remake the formula for audiences abroad. “We designed this Mustang to be a Mustang, to be the next generation update of everything important, and then take it global,” Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer, told Yahoo. “We didn’t decide to do a global Mustang, because that would be a different product.” Read More...

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8 Sneaky Smartphone Shopping Tricks

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

8 Sneaky Smartphone Shopping Tricks

If the thought of holiday shopping is making you reach for eggnog, consider getting a tutorial from your girlfriend. After all, women tend to save almost $100 more than men during the holidays, finds new data from the National Retail Federation. “They are definitely more aggressive when it comes to staying on budget,” says Pam Goodfellow, consumer insights director for Prosper Insights & Analytics, a consumer intelligence firm. “A guy might see a 40 percent deal and think it’s great–but a woman will see if she can save an extra 20 percent.” Her latest trick to pocket extra cash: going …read...

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10 most reliable cars under $25,000

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

10 most reliable cars under $25,000

We are all watching our wallets these days, but when looking for a new car, we still want a reliable model that will be worry free and dependable. To help narrow the field to such models that are unlikely to break the bank, we looked through the most reliable cars based on our 2013 Annual Auto Survey. To filter the list down to models priced under $25,000, we focused on the price paid for testing, as we buy cars popularly equipped. (Basing such research on advertised base prices may lead to disappointment, as those bare-bones models often are not on dealership lots and they are less-equipped than what most buyers expect.) To create a list of truly good cars, we also made sure the final roster only included those models that meet the criteria for a Consumer Reports recommendation, including performing well in our road tests and in safety tests conducted by the government and/or insurance institute. These vehicles have been relatively problem-free as reported by car owners in our survey, so they should keep running for a long time. The cars are listed in rank order starting with the highest predicted reliability score. Scion xB: $18,360     The funky-looking Scion xB is a versatile and reliable little hauler. With its enormous backseat, spacious cargo area, easy access, and relatively powerful engine, the Scion xB is a practical alternative to a similarly priced small sedan. Honda Fit $16,020 The Fit seems roomier on the inside than you might expect, with an interior that is unusually versatile and flexible. It has easy cabin access and a very good view out. It also comes relatively well equipped and has comfortable seating. Mazda5: $24,670 Tremendously practical, the Mazda5 has a wide range of attributes that can’t be matched by any other vehicle on the market. Sliding side doors and seating for six make it an alternative for larger and more-expensive minivans and SUVs, yet its fuel economy is decidedly more carlike, returning 23 mpg overall. Read More...

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Power and Luxury--from V-Dub

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Tech Toys | 0 comments

Power and Luxury--from V-Dub

As the most expensive vehicle in Volkwagen’s lineup, I had high hopes for the Touareg Hybrid. When it arrived, however, I initially felt a bit underwhelmed. The lines are clean as hell, and the rest of the exterior has a sharp, simple look to it, but I was expecting something that looked a little more  Read More...

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