Thursday, January 1, 2015
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The Blackberry struck the first blow, but eventually those multi-page day planners were all but completely replaced by modern smartphones. However, they might have finally found a way to claw their way back into relevancy with these replacement day planner pages that are actually functional solar panels, letting you charge your smartphone when left out in the light.
Set to be demoed at CES next week for the first time, the Solar Page features a couple of compact solar panels that can be clipped into a day planner, generating up to five watts of power depending on the available light. It even includes a pop-out Lightning or microUSB port letting you directly connect a smartphone, and its creators claim it can fully charge an iPhone 6 in as little as two-and-a-half hours.
There's no word on pricing or availability just yet, or if the panels come with their own day planner. But the good news is that they'll work just as well while sitting flat on your desk. So if you tossed your day planner years ago, there's (thankfully) no reason to have to buy a new one.
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Infamous torrent tracker The Pirate Bay could be finally on the verge of a comeback, three weeks after a raid potentially took the site down for good.
TPB has started a new counter that is counting down to February 1st, with the promise that a big announcement is coming. The counter was previously counting the time since the December 9th raid that took down the site.
Since TPB's domain came back alive two weeks after the raid, there have been a few cryptic messages posted, a link to 'The Interview' and then the counter.
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Good riddance, 2014. And to celebrate turning a new calendar year, Evan Puschak, the Nerdwriter, put together this nifty look at how movies, TV shows and music videos used slow motion in 2014. It's interesting to see all these different types of films and shows use the same effect and question if they are even necessary.
Slow motion is a little overused (especially so when you see it all together like this) but damn if it ain't cool.
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It’s New Year’s Day, the universal day of hangovers. Whether they overindulged on the champagne or mixed it up with beer, wine, and liquor, lots of people are feeling less than perky this morning. There are many ways to prevent the pounding headache and nausea, but now it’s too late for such tactics, like sipping responsibly. Even if you’re feeling awful, there might be a couple ways to ease the effects of last night’s partying.
The last couple of years have seen an explosion of smart home devices designed to make life easier. Although some of them are still in the design stage, we can’t help but picture a future where our robot assistant will bring us a couple aspirin and Sprite (apparently a decent remedy, according to science). Until then, here are a few ways to ease your hangover you might find around your smart home.
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Is there any better way to relax than being reminded of your species' dominance on this planet while watching a bunch of bugs trapped in a clear plastic enclosure? Not likely. But ant farms are so yesterday, what you need is your own personal termite farm, and that's exactly what the Termitat delivers—complete with a slice of Douglas Fir to keep them fed for up to two years.
There are some obvious questions and concerns that come to mind when planning to keep an active colony of termites in your home. Like what if they escape, or what if they escape, and what if they escape? But their creator, Chris Poehlmann, promises the quarter-inch thick clear acrylic plastic used for the Termitat is escape-proof. And even if they get out, he specifically chose Dampwood Termites which prefer wet logs and wood found in a forest, not the dry timber in your home.
Maintenance is as easy as injecting a bit of water twice a month using a syringe, because the termite's feast on the wood they call home. And when they've consumed everything in the Termitat, you can send it back for a fresh log and a fresh family of termites.
Chris has turned to Kickstarter to help fund production of his miniature self-contained termite utopias, and a pledge of $125 will get you a bare bones kit. The thought of purposely bringing termites into their home might still be hard for some people to come to terms with, but Chris spent the last 25 years of his life designing and building exhibits for zoos, museums, and aquariums, so he knows a thing or two about keeping lesser species safely held hostage. Besides, ants are straight-up boring. [Kickstarter - Termitat via Gizmag]
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