We all like the idea of getting something for nothing, but there are usually consequences involved with that line of thinking. Having to charge so many different gadgets is going to hike up your energy bill, but not to a point where you’re going to be destitute. What would you do if there was a way for you to charge all your gizmos without having to tack onto a bill?
We’ve seen a lot of solar-powered options for backpacks, phones, and more, but not many wind turbines. Mainly because they’re so bulky, and would be obnoxious to carry around. If there’s a will there’s a way, and innovative minds found a way to create the Trinity. This portable wind turbine will charge any USB device, and fits everything it needs into a 12” cylinder that can fit in your bag. It utilizes a 15W generator that holds 15,000mAh, which will give you several full charges on your smartphone.
To use this device, pull out the aluminum legs to arrange them in either a tripod configuration or on the ground to fit your situation. The blades will open and close in correspondence with the legs. The bottom of Trinity has a USB plug to charge your devices, and a miniUSB plug so you can charge up the internal power bank via wall socket. This will cost anywhere from $ 250-300. Seeing that this is fairly pricey, you’ll want to make sure this is something that would see enough use to justify it rather than just getting a more portable backup battery that requires no set up.
From its beginnings in 1987, Metal Gear has gone through a huge number of changes, but there are some aspects of the game that have remained constant throughout. Snake is always performing a stealth mission, and he always has back-up – even if they can't be there with him on the field. In this video feature, we're taking a look at how the games have evolved and changed over its nearly 30 years, but has still managed to somehow retain its core gameplay hooks.
In the two short videos below, you'll see how Snake has changed both in terms of his appearance, as well as how he is introduced in the beginning of each Metal Gear console release.
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The second video looks at the evolution of the alert stage that has appeared in every console Metal Gear. The telltale exclamation point has changed through the years, along with how Snake handles the emergency scenario.
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You can also see how Snake's codec conversations have evolved by checking out the images in the gallery below.
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For a similar feature looking at the evolution of Grand Theft Auto through the years, head here.
Think your Wi-Fi network isn’t susceptible to viruses? Think again.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have conducted research with findings showing viruses similar to those that humans contract can be picked up by wireless networks. That means just like we spread the cold or flu our computers and devices can also get ‘sick’.
Aptly called Chameleon, the virus can jump from network to network via access points. Once contracted, the virus can then spread among homes and businesses.
Wi-Fi viruses do exist.
“Wi-Fi connections are increasingly a target for computer hackers because of well-documented security vulnerabilities, which make it difficult to detect and defend against a virus,” Alan Marshall, a professor of network security at the school, told CNet.
“It was assumed, however, that it wasn’t possible to develop a virus that could attack Wi-Fi networks; but we demonstrated that this is possible and that it can spread quickly. We are now able to use the data generated from this study to develop a new technique to identify when an attack is likely.”
Using laboratory tests, the team demonstrated how Chameleon is similar to an airborne virus. It can travel via Wi-Fi access points and was able to hide because anti-virus programs aren’t set to look for viruses on Wi-Fi networks.
Public Wi-Fi spots, such as restaurants, cafés and shopping centers are the perfect hiding places for the virus.
However, Chameleon — as reported in the Eurasip Journal on Information Security — was blocked on secure networks.
A California-based company is hoping to work some magic on wall switches across North America.
Launching its Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign earlier this month, SWE Inc., is looking to raise $ 30,000 for its product SwitchGenie, a simple product that fits on wall-mounted light switches and can be programmed to turn lights on and off up to nine times throughout a day.
The Switch Genie
The product is an update of the company’s current AutoChron unit. That unit needs to be smaller to fit on multiple switch plates and be able to control all of the switches that can be found in a home.
“The current model has been on the market for the past four years and is being successfully sold in national retailers such as Costco.com, HSN, QVC.com, Target.com, Homedepot.com and Lowe’s,” the crowd-funding site explains. “However, this current product has a limited market because it only works on the standard toggle switch (flip) type of wall switch. The all new SwitchGenie is designed to work on both the standard toggle (flip) switches and/or the decor (rocker panel) type of wall switches.”
The updated product will rectify this — it will have a replaceable back plate enabling it to be customized to fit either a toggle switch or rocker panel. Once the required plate is in place, users can secure it with one screw and then program the SwitchGenie.
That programming comes through a computer chip that allows the unit to be set to turn lights on and off up to nine times.
” Not only does this save the homeowner money by reducing unnecessary energy costs, it also provides added security to the home when no one is at home,” the site states. “Law enforcement experts tell you that the easiest way to prevent burglaries is to make your home look like someone is home.”
Should the company meet its goal with the fundraising campaign it is expected the SwitchGenie will be available for sale in the U.S. and Canada beginning in September and will be priced at $ 40 USD or less.
AllCast developer Koushik Dutta has hinted that he could do more with Chromecast than just queue up media, and he now has a demo video to prove it. The clip (below) shows Dutta using Google’s peripheral to mirror an Android phone’s screen on a TV,… Engadget RSS Feed
Chinese computer maker Lenovo is seeking the aid of American national security insiders in a bid to push through its multi-billion-dollar deals with two U.S. companies, Bloomberg is reporting.
For Lenovo’s $ 2.91-billion deal to acquire Google’s handset unit Motorola Mobility and its $ 2.3-billion deal to acquire IBM’s low-end server business to go through, the company must receive the approval of U.S. regulators.
Lenovo has hired Steptoe & Johnson lawyers who held positions at the Central Intelligence Agency and the Homeland Security Department to direct the Motorola review through the approval process, a source told Bloomberg. Covington & Burling partners David Fagan and Mark Plotkin, meanwhile, have been retained to represent the Chinese PC maker in the IBM server deal, another source who is “familiar with the matter” told the publication.
“It’s not uncommon for a company that is going to have more regulatory issues in Washington to beef up its lobby presence,” Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom attorney Kenneth Gross told Bloomberg. “It goes with the territory in terms of entering the Washington regulatory scene to beef up your presence here with lobbyists and others.”
The Chinese firm is to pay $ 660 million in cash and $ 750 million in company stock to acquire the maker of the Moto X and Moto G Smartphones, Google and Lenovo announced last week. The remaining $ 1.5 billion is to be paid in the form of a three-year promissory note.
The sale means Google is rid of a business that has been little more than an albatross around its corporate neck since the $ 12.5-billion purchase two years ago. In those two years, Motorola has succeeded in dragging down Google’s profits.
Lenovo and IBM, meanwhile, had been in talks off and on for more than a year but were unable to agree on a price for the IBM’s x86 server business until late last month. The Chinese computing giant will pay $ 2 billion in cash and the remainder will be paid in Lenovo stock. Roughly 7,500 IBM employees are expected to be offered jobs if the deal goes through.
The acquisition comes nine years after Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business, which included the ThinkPad line of PCs.