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Almost all the sci-fi spaceships you know are on this massive chart

If you regularly follow geek culture, you’ve probably seen early versions of Dirk Loechel’s spaceship comparison chart, which shows the relative sizes of vehicles from science fiction games, movies and TV shows. Well, it’s finished — and it’s even…

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Acer Chromebook 13 Review: A Battery That Almost Makes Up For Display Flaws

chromebook-13 Acer has a new Chromebook that’s looking for the crown among affordable, minimal laptops – The Chromebook 13, which boasts a 13-inch display as per its name, albeit with unique high-definition display options that set it apart from some of the competition. With HD screens and battery life that ranges between 11.5 and 13 hours depending on which model you choose, Acer’s new… Read More

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3D-Printed ‘Bump Key’ Can Open Almost Any Lock

keybump-inline-lead-660x443 Bump keys are primitive tools used by locksmiths (and HAXoRZ) to knock open simple locks. Until now, many locks were secure simply because they were too complex to be bumped and, as a result, you had a bit of security by obscurity. That’s all changing. Read More

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This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

insert-side-600x192 Good old Brian Krebs has the scoop on a new card skimmer found in Europe. How is it different? It literally fits right into the card slot of any ATM, essentially allowing unfettered access to cards as they slide through. Add in a tiny camera and you’ve got a complete card cloning system. The skimmer is powered by a simple watch battery and uses a very small PCB and magnetic strip reader… Read More

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​Disney has created an algorithm that can turn almost anything into a spinning top

The spinning top is one of the oldest and seemingly simplest toys devised in human history, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve it. Disney Research has come up with a new algorithm that allows it to design a stable spinning toy out of almost any…

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How one iPhone app just made it really easy to open almost any lock

Your locks could be rendered all but useless if your keys get out of sight for just a minute. And the would-be thief doesn’t need to be a master lockpick: all he needs is an iPhone. Wired reporter Andy Greenberg recently demonstrated how an app designed to make it easy to get duplicates of your keys can be used to copy someone else’s keys in just a few seconds. The app, KeyMe, uses the phone’s camera to scan the keys and save them to your digital keychain. From there, you can get the keys made at one of their self-service kiosks. Keys have never been the best form of security, but with technology like this around, you might want to think twice before handing your set over to someone else. Be sure to check out the full article over at W…

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Now (almost) anyone (with cable) can watch CNN the way they want to

Back in April CNNx launched, letting viewers jump through the news of the day and watch what they want, when they want. The only problem? Other than the fact that it’s restricted to CNN’s iPad app and web site, only subscribers to a few providers…

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This robot is almost human

This robot is almost human

Depth perception and hydraulic limbs help this humanoid robot function.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Bing search gets a scientific calculator almost two years after Google

If Bitcoin currency conversion is too trivial a use for you, loyal Bing user, perhaps the addition of a calculator will help solve the equation of your unhappiness. Simply type a math problem into Microsoft’s search engine and, as Windows Phone…

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Fin, The Bluetooth Ring That Turns Your Hand Into A Wireless Controller, Is Almost At Its Funding Goal


Back at CES in January, TechCrunch met Fin, the Bluetooth ring that went on to become one of our Hardware Battlefield finalists. Fin, which turns your hand into a wireless controller for smartphones, TVs, and other connected devices, is now just a few hundred dollars short of its Indiegogo goal. To be sure, Fin has a flexible funding campaign, which means it will receive all money raised even if it doesn’t hit its target amount. But if Fin reaches its stretch goal of $ 150,000, it will be able to make the ring available for a discounted price to visually impaired people.

Fin is worn on your thumb and has a tiny optical sensor that detects movements, allowing you to send commands to connected devices with a few swipes and taps of your fingers. As TechCrunch’s Greg Kumparak described when he wrote about the device’s prototype in January, you can turn down your phone’s volume by swiping your thumb down your index finger or skip the current track by swiping your thumb across the palm of your opposite hand. In the future, creator RHL Vision wants to use biometrics to assign a different behavior to each segment of your finger, basically turning them into buttons.

Fin is one of the coolest wearable devices out there because it makes you look like you have magical powers. But the ring is also very useful, especially for people with visual or motor impairments. RHL Vision says that Fin can potentially help more than 285 million visually impaired people interact more smoothly with technology. If it reaches its stretch goal, the company will make its ring available for $ 59 to blind people.

To get a sense of a visually impaired person can use Fin, take a look at this video, in two users talk about how Fin helps them control their smartphones and tablets without struggling to see controls on their touchscreens.

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