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Remember Yotaphone, the twin-display Android smartphone (color LCD in front, e-ink in back)? Today at CTIA in Las Vagas, Yota devices, the company behind the innovative handset, introduced Ruby, a sleek LTE hotspot with a small e-ink screen. We don’t usually get too excited about such devices, but Ruby looks like something out of Jony Ive‘s workshop, with some interesting features to match. The design recalls the iPod mini but is made of white plastic instead of aluminum.
Along the top edge, you’ll find the e-ink display and a two-way power switch — slide it to the left and Ruby behaves like a secure hotspot, slide it to the right and it’s a public access point. The e-ink screen shows battery and signal status, the number of connected devices and a smiley icon to confirm public mode. On the bottom edge is a trick flap that’s both a micro-USB socket and a USB Type A plug depending on how it’s positioned — the micro-SIM slot is cleverly hidden behind it. A programmable RGB LED mounted behind the Yota logo completes the package on the front of the hotspot.
Ruby currently supports quad-band EDGE, plus HSPA+ and LTE for the European market, but the radio can be configured (in hardware) to support other bands. The 2100mAh battery powers the unit for about 16 hours of use (60 hours on standby) and can be charged to 70 percent capacity in about an hour. Yota’s signed a few deals with carriers in Russia and Europe and the device is expected to become available to Russian customers in two to three weeks for about $ 120 (unsubsidized). No word on whether Ruby will land in the US (yet). Take a look at our hands-on gallery below.
Gallery: Yota devices LTE hotspot hands-on
Xoom introduces the game changing POWR – Pay Only When Received. When you send money to the Philippines with your bank account, Xoom won’t withdraw a dime un…
Electric vehicles still have a few obstacles that prevent them from going fully mainstream. These typically center on the price of the vehicle itself (though this is changing), and its range. One other barrier has also been the price of home-based chargers. Now, Bosch is offering a level 2 (quicker than the usually cheaper, and slower level 1) home charging system for just $ 450. For that price you get 16 amp charging and a 12 foot cord. There are two other options that increase the amperage to 30, with a choice of 18 or 25 foot cables — costing $ 593 and $ 749 respectively. These don’t include any additional networking features and so on, but for this price, and reduced reliance on external charging networks, it’d be worth clearing out the garage for.
Via: The Verge
Google Glass Easter Egg Introduces You To The Entire Team In A Panoramic Image Controlled By Your Head’s Movement
As more developers are receiving their pair of Google Glass, the tinkering with the device is heating up. One developer found a very interesting easter egg within Glass itself, which introduces you to the entire Glass team.
The steps to reproduce it are fairly simple:
Settings -> Device info -> View licenses -> Tap the touchpad 9 times -> Tap Meet Team
Here’s a video demo, including the neat sounds that happen as you keep tapping:
The neat part about the photo is that you can see the entire 360-degree panoramic image by moving your head around. This was hard to show in the MyGlass screencast, since it lags a little bit. We’ve learned that Mike LeBeau, Senior Software Engineer for Google X, is the one who dropped the hidden gem into Glass’ software. He’s appeared on TechCrunch before in a <a target="_blank" href="“>hilarious Google blooper reel.
The team photo has Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, front and center.
I’m sure that more of these easter eggs will pop up over time, but this one is particularly cool since it’s the first time that I’ve seen a panoramic image on the device since I started using it. This functionality could be something that isn’t exposed in the Mirror API as of yet, but once it is, it’ll be a fun one.
Russia’s Yandex has been in the online payment business for more than a decade now with its Yandex.Money service, but it’s branching out into some slightly more uncharted territory with its latest addition. Dubbed Twym, the company’s new service will let folks send actual rubles to other Twitter users with nothing more than a tweet like the one above. Before that transfer takes place, though, both the sender and receiver of the money will need to link their Twitter and Yandex.Money accounts, and there are expectedly some limits on the amounts that can be transfered. 100,000 rubles (or roughly $ 3,300) is the maximum limit allowed by Yandex, but that can be changed by each user. You can also thankfully keep things private via direct message if you’d rather not broadcast your money transfers to all your followers.
Via: The Next Web
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Vimeo’s certainly made its presence felt inside multiple media-delivery mezzanines, but the video service isn’t forgetting all about the essentials: its own platform. As such, Vimeo today revealed some even more changes to its site, which will see the introduction of a content rating system for released videos. The most recent alterations, as seen in the photo above, add an evaluated score badge to a user’s video, making it a requirement to brand any uploads as “All Audiences,” “Mature,” or “Not Yet Rated.” According to Vimeo, these content ratings are “the initial step along a path that will make Vimeo more easily accessible to more audiences,” adding that in some cases it’s a a good concept to let individuals know “if a face is going to explode or if somebody is going to take their jean shorts off. “
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Not just has Delta been excitedly embracing WiFi onboard its air travels, the company’s likewise been presenting a digital transformation. Joining upgrades to its site, the airline has presented a brand-new iPad, merely called Fly Delta. The cost-free app lets you do the usual things like checking-in and making a reservation for air travels, however it likewise goes a few miles further. Aside from working as a light travel guide, providing up information on your location, the app will additionally serve inflight requirements, like purchasing WiFi and various other onboard amenities. Exactly what’s even more, “Glass Bottom Jet” provides an interactive live-map view of the world below you with social networking integration. Most importantly, Delta’s iOS 6 iPhone App Passbook integration is now live, so you could leave that paper boarding pass at home. Complete news release and video trials simply past the break.
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The Swivl is an odd duck. When you first look at it you wonder what it’s for. But anyone who has given a speech or performed onstage will immediately appreciate this clever little device. The Swivl essentially follows you around the room as you speak, allowing you to record your video without a separate camera operator.
We tried the Swivl a few months ago and came away impressed. Now, the founders from Satarii hit our booth with an updated version designed for more professional cameras including DSLRs and even tablets.
The Swivl is now running a Kickstarter campaign for its new version and has already raised $ 137,000, which is $ 17,000 over their $ 120,000 goal.
Swivl is basically something you never knew you needed, which is pretty cool.
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Founder James Park Reports That Fitbit Users Average About 6,000 Steps A Day, Introduces Us To The Flex
The Fitbit pedometer is a fun way to track your everyday perambulations. They ’ ve introduced a number of products over the past year consisting of the One and the Aria scale.
At CES company just announced the Fitbit Flex, a small wrist-worn pedometer that syncs wirelessly with your phone or PC and, in a globe apparently loaded with pedometers these days, is a cool little gadget.
We rested with James Park, founder, and discussed the service and the brand-new pedometer. He kept in mind that numerous users are amazed by how few steps they take each day which the average energetic Fitbit individual hits about 6,000 steps a day.
The Flex will be delivering later this year for $ 99.
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While Belkin has long been at the forefront of Apple accessories, offering everything from keyboard cases to baby monitors, it somehow left the audio arena unexplored. That ends today with the introduction of the Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater. Behind that mouthful of a product name is essentially a portable speaker dock for the iPad housed inside a protective case, which seems a lot more reasonable than Bang & Olufsen’s pricey speaker “wedge.” The Thunderstorm’s front-facing speaker system boasts full-range drivers and integrated air channels for “immersive sound” and “deeper bass.” All the internals are powered by Audifi, a mobile audio engineering outfit that Belkin specifically hired for the project. As for the cover, Belkin took a cue from Apple’s own magnetic offering, but went a step further with the addition of multifold creases for different viewing angles.
We spent a few days with the Thunderstorm and so far we’re impressed with the volume and depth from such slim speakers. Though we didn’t have a chance to test it, Belkin is also offering a free iOS app to accompany the product — it essentially lets you fine-tune the audio with presets for music, movies and games. However the Thunderstorm is not without a few annoyances: the case adds an unsettling amount of bulk to the iPad and it’s currently only available with the now-ancient 30-pin connector (we’re told a Lightning-equipped version is due in Q2 2013). If you’re happy with the ole universal dock though, you can pick this up in the coming weeks from Belkin’s online store, Amazon.com or the Apple Store for $ 200 a pop.