Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How To Turn Any Car Into A Smart Car For $100

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/automatic-review-2013-12


In this heyday of smart technology, you can buy the equivalent of a FitBit for your car. 

We took Automatic, an app paired with an on-board diagnostics dongle that logs your location, driving habits, and fuel usage to make you smarter on the road, for a test drive.  

Click here to see how Automatic works >>

Just plug the Automatic dongle (called a Link) into your car's OBD port and you'll start getting a bunch of data about your driving logged into the companion app. Much of this data is ultimately meant to help you save money on gas.  

For example, Automatic alerts you by making your phone chirp you when you break roughly, drive 10 or more miles per hour over the speed limit, or accelerate too rapidly. By giving you a heads up about your bad habits, it helps adjust the way that you drive to increase fuel efficiency. Better fuel efficiency means money saved. 

The app gives you a daily and weekly score based on your driving, and compares your logged fuel economy with the EPA's estimated value for whatever car you own. If you're competitive, you'll love the fact that you can track your driving score week-to-week, and that the app will tell you where you rank compared to other Automatic users throughout the country. 

Every time you park, the app also GPS-logs your location, so you never have to search hopelessly for your car in a huge parking lot again. Because the Link is plugged into your OBD port, it can sense when you have engine trouble, and can offer a potential diagnosis. 

Finally, the accelerometer in the Link can sense if you may have gotten into a crash and! Automat ic personnel will alert local authorities. 

Automatic works with Android and iOS, but only on the iPhone 4S and above.

It costs $99.95 and works with most cars made after 1996. You can check if it works with your car here.

First, you've got to connect your Automatic app with your Automatic Link dongle.

It only took my friend and I about five minutes to successfully get our Automatic Link plugged into his car.

And then it took another five minutes or so for the app to sync with the Link.

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Monday, December 09, 2013

The First 64-Bit Snapdragon Processor Won't Be in a Phone You'll Want

Source: http://gizmodo.com/the-first-64-bit-snapdragon-processor-wont-be-in-a-pho-1479862594

The First 64-Bit Snapdragon Processor Won't Be in a Phone You'll Want

Apple started a wave when it announced its new A7 processor--the brain of all its flagship products—would be 64-bit. Competitors have been keen to catch up, and now Qualcomm's making its move with the new Snapdragon 410, the first 64-bit chip in the line. The catch? It's for low and midrange phones.


This Brilliant Stop Motion Video Only Uses Photos Taken With Google Glass

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-glass-stop-motion-video-2013-12

A team of artists created an awesome stop motion video using hundreds of photos taken with Google Glass, Google's computerized glasses that will publicly launch in 2014.

The Google Glass YouTube account shared the video, which we first saw on Buzzfeed.

This is what Google Glass said in its YouTube introduction of the video below. It also linked to the artist's Google Plus page:

Since the beginning, filmmakers have been telling us how they would use Glass for storytelling. Now that the Explorer Program is underway, there's a lot of directing, producing and exploring happening, and we're inspired. Filmmakers from the Glass Creative Collective, our partnership with top-notch film schools, will be sharing more in the coming months. In the meantime, here's Catch, a short film by our very own +Tu Uthaisri.

Here's the video:

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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Watch Music Turn Into A 3D-Printed Augmented Reality Sculpture

Source: http://gizmodo.com/watch-music-turn-into-a-3d-printed-augmented-reality-sc-1478126258

Watch Music Turn Into A 3D-Printed Augmented Reality Sculpture

Hearing sound isn't cool. You know what's cool? Seeing sound. Interaction designer Lukazs Karluk put an audio clip through a gauntlet of digital and physical transformations, resulting in an augmented reality tabletop sculpture.


Friday, December 06, 2013

Someone's Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Internet Security Hole

Source: http://gizmodo.com/someones-been-siphoning-data-through-a-huge-internet-s-1477852827

Someone's Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Internet Security Hole

Sometimes, something is so big that you don't notice it for a long time. You suddenly realize you're in a massive crater, say, or that a building is towering overheard. Or, in this case, a gaping security void in the internet. And someone's been siphoning massive amounts of data out of it.


Mind-Boggling Spherical Gear Made from 3D-Printed Moving Parts

Source: http://gizmodo.com/mind-boggling-spherical-gear-made-from-3d-printed-movin-1477318149

Mind-Boggling Spherical Gear Made from 3D-Printed Moving Parts

New York-based Proxy Design Studio has given Gizmodo a first glimpse of its incredible, 3D-printed spherical gear called the Mechaneu, equal parts tactile toy and mechanical sculpture, a mind-bogglingly precise intermeshing of wheels within wheels.


A Game You'd Go To The Ends of the Earth To Play

Source: http://kotaku.com/a-game-youd-go-to-the-ends-of-the-earth-to-play-1477461390/@gmanaugh

A Game You'd Go To The Ends of the Earth To Play

On December 4, when you were doing whatever you were doing, a gamer who goes by the name of Artio was apparently chartering a plane to fly her to a remote town in Alaska. Why? So she could make a particularly powerful move in the video game Ingress.


HiSense unveils Android-powered H6 Smart TVs and Pulse PRO set-top box

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/05/hisense-h6-smart-tv-pulse-pro/

HiSense continues its dedication to Google as an operating system with a slew of new hardware powered by Android 4.2.2 that features Google services for TV (the product formerly known as Google TV). The first is its new line of H6 Smart TVs powered by Marvell's latest ARMADA 1500 PLUS HD Media processor, an upgraded over last year's chip that powered many of the first ARM Google TV devices. Available in 40-inch, 50-inch and 55-inch sizes, the televisions come equipped with the company's Social TV and Cloud Services app, a 120Hz refresh rate, Energy Star 6.0 qualifications, 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM. The remote has 30 keys, a built-in air mouse with IQQI Smart Input and voice search functionality. For those who already have a TV but want the same services, HiSense also revealed the Pulse PRO set-top box, which has many of the same features as the H6 but, like the first generation Pulse, can be hooked up to any television set. Other features of the Pulse PRO include Netflix, Vudu HD movies, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Google Play, HDMI, IR, DLNA, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and Ethernet. We're not sure of pricing and availability just yet, and there are no pictures of the new hardware either.

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Source: HiSense


Here's A Great Idea For Creating Passwords That Are Easy To Remember But Hard To Hack

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/idea-for-easy-to-remember-passwords-2013-12

Neal O'Farrell Identity Theft Council

In the past couple of months, security researchers have discovered huge numbers of hacked passwords for popular websites posted to the net, available for hackers to use and abuse.

One of the things made obvious is how many people use the same, easy-to-guess passwords for their online activities, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.

The most popular passwords are "123456" or the even more clever "123456789" or the ever-popular "password." (Here's a list of the top 25 passwords to avoid.)

After we wrote about 2 million more user names/passwords found on the net this week, we heard from computer security expert Neal O'Farrell, executive director of The Identity Theft Council.

He offered this excellent tip about how to create easy-to-remember passwords that are hard for hackers to guess:

Don't use passwords, use passphrases

He explains it this way:

A passphrase is a short sentence that’s easy for you to remember – that describes something about you and your life, for example - but that a hacker would have a very hard time knowing or guessing.

For example, the phrase could be something like “I graduated from Notre Dame University on June 1st 2002.”  Pick the first letter from every word in that phrase, making sure you include the upper and lower case, and keep all the numbers.

That would give you the following password: “IgfNDUoJ1st2002” That’s a massive 15 characters and includes upper and lower case letters and numbers. Change the “I” to the symbol “!” and now you’ve made it even harder to crack.

SEE ALSO: 9 Tech Trends That Will Make Someone Billions Of Dollars Next Year

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

MSI reveals two GT60 laptops with 3K displays

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/05/msi-reveals-two-gt60-laptops-with-3k-displays/

MSI is jumping into the world of ultra-sharp displays today with the launch of two high-end GT60 laptop models. Both the gaming-oriented 2OD-261US and the workstation-grade 2OKWS-278US have 15.6-inch, 2,880 x 1,620 screens that make the most of 3D graphics and photos. As you'd hope, the two systems have more than enough horsepower to justify the high resolution. Each GT60 variant carries a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7, 16GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive; the gaming rig relies on GeForce GTX 780M graphics and runs Windows 8, while its sibling uses pro-level Quadro K3100 video and Windows 7. Whichever PC you choose, you'll pay a lot for MSI's newfound visual prowess. The 20D-261US is available now for $2,200, while the 2OKWS-278US raises the asking price to $2,800.

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How To Get Refunded The Difference If Amazon Discounts The Product You Just Ordered

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-get-a-price-match-from-amazon-2013-12

If Amazon discounts a product you just ordered, there's a quick and easy way to get your money back. 

Reddit user poorsol posted an exchange with the retailer to demonstrate how easy it is to get a refund. 

In a brief chat with an Amazon customer service representative, poorsol explains that the wine rack he originally bought for $28.52 has been discounted by about $8. 

The rep says that the company will refund for any discounts made within seven days of your purchase: 

amazon refund chat

We dug around Amazon's website and couldn't find anything about this policy, so we decided to chat customer service. 

They confirmed that this is the policy: 

Amazon customer service chat

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