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Ready to enter a cardless future but not quite sure about NFC? The Protean Echo might be for you. This clever project essentially captures your credit cards onto one multi-purpose card that can hold up to three cards at a time.
It works like this: you scan your magnetic stripe cards into a smartphone app using a supplied dongle. You can then “upload” three cards to the Protean Echo and select them by tapping one of three touch-sensitive spots. The Echo’s batteries last for 2 years and you can store as many cards as you want on your phone.
The Protean Echo uses a dynamic stipe system to mimic the way credit cards store data on the fly, thereby reducing clutter in your wallet.
Now obviously what we’re dealing with here is a card skimmer with some very cool, Terminator 2 Edward Furlong-type technology. Presumably you wouldn’t skim other people’s cards and only yours and you’re obviously going to meet some uptight merchants who want to see the original card so I suspect the use case will be limited to swiping at unattended kiosks or ATMs. Plus, it’s just some credit cards. It’s not that big a deal to slip them into a wallet.
Regardless, these guys are going to give it a try and for $ 80 you can reduce the size of your wallet by at least three credit cards. They’re planning a Kickstarter launch shortly and you can check out the website here.
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Ah, reliability, a commodity valued by videographers who wish to produce video clips that will not make their audiences toss up. Reducing video camera shake can be especially tricky when making use of a smartphone such as the iPhone, whose sort factor and light weight make it much easier to have the shakes while shooting. Presently, options for reducing video camera vibration in iPhone video recordings include applications like the Dolly Cam and even more hardware-oriented answers such as the Steadicam Smoothee. Our newest Insert Coin candidate, the Stabil-i, happens to utilize the latter direction, serving up a “video stabilization iPhone case” that’s still sensibly inexpensive. According to its developers, the Stabil-i’s design is based on ideas discovered in larger, more expensive video camera stabilization systems made use of in the film market– minus 90 percent of the hardware and the expensive bearing system. The result, they state, is a component that does a great job in lessening camera shake while still being compact sufficient to fit in one’s pockets.
Filed under: Cell phones, Digital Cameras, PeripheralsInsert Coin: Stabil-i case reduces iPhone camera shake, suits your pocket (video recording) initially appeared on Engadget on Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink|Kickstarter|Email this|Opinions
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Can’t bear to part with your favored browser extensions, however can’t stand to see them devour your system memory? Possibly you ought to have a look at Firefox 15. According to Mozilla’s Hacks weblog, the browser’s most recent beta ought to patch up most memory cracks gushing from Firefox add-ons. Additionally brand-new, is the beta’s support for Opus, a complimentary audio format somewhat supported by Mozilla. The firm expects contending browsers will certainly pick up the format too, calling it “as really good or much better than basically all existing lossy codecs.” The blog makes very an instance for the style, mentioning examinations and bitrate info, going as far as giving directions on embedding Opus users in site. Examine out the codec of tomorrow for yourself at the source links below.
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The General Court of the European Union, the second-highest court in Europe, has rejected Microsoft’s appeal against an antitrust ruling over the company’s licensing practices. Four years ago, Microsoft was fined €899 million ($ 1.44 billion) for failing to comply with an antitrust decision in 2004. The European Commission ordered Microsoft to pay the fine alongside changes to its versions of Windows involving a removal of the Windows Media Player.
In a ruling today, the General Court of the European Union cut Microsoft’s fine by €39 million to €860 million ($ 1.1 billion). Microsoft issued a statement to Reuters saying it is “disappointed with the court’s ruling,” despite the slightly reduced fine.
When Hulu launched in Japan last year, we thought the monthly subscription price of ¥1,480 — around $ 20 at the time — was a little steep. It turns out potential customers may have felt the same, as Hulu has announced this week that it is dropping the monthly cost in Japan to ¥980 (just over $ 12). Given that Hulu doesn’t offer a free version of the service in Japan, the move seems clearly designed to encourage broader adoption (Hulu Plus offered a similar stimulative price cut for US users back in 2010). Current subscribers aren’t being hung out to dry either, with Hulu granting them a credit of ¥500 on their next bill.
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Phase One has made two changes to its Capture One photography post-processing software that are likely to be appreciated by the company’s professional audience. First, the asking price of both the Pro and Express versions of the app have been significantly reduced. The former, compatible with most DSLRs and medium format camera hardware, is now $ 299 — a $ 100 discount when compared to its original cost. Capture One’s $ 99 Express variant (down from $ 129) features the same underpinnings of the pricier offering but sacrifices some extra niceties including tethered capture and an iOS companion app. You can find a list of all differences between the Pro and Express versions right here.
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When we reviewed Dell’s XPS 13 ultrabook last week, only three things held it back: an iffy display, a lightweight battery and a sluggish, buggy trackpad. Well, the last of those problems may soon be no more, as Dell’s got a fix on the way, and we can personally vouch that the new drivers are far more satisfactory. Presently, the XPS 13′s Cypress touchpad drivers are at v22.214.171.124, and that’s what you’ll find on Dell’s site, but we found v126.96.36.199 far faster to respond to user input and (after a quick run of a Dell-provided calibration tool) also a bit more precise. Perhaps most importantly, though, v188.8.131.52 automatically disables the trackpad after you begin typing, which keeps your palms from making the cursor jump when they brush the…
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Have you got a cheap LCD monitor around? It’s okay, you can admit it. I do too. My second monitor, a $ 200 Dell otherwise perfectly good, gets the stage light effect when it’s all black. You know, the little spotlights that seem to shine from the bottom? It’s due to the spaces between LEDs getting uneven lighting, and 3M has just come up with a solution.
And it’s a piece of tape. But not just any tape! This stuff is printed with a “micro-replicated optical pattern” that helps spread the light better, allowing for fewer LEDs and counteracting the stage light effect. They call it “headlighting” but I like mine better.
Hopefully they’ll start using these in cheapo monitors soon. It’s not so bad on my Dell, but I’ve seen it get ugly.
iFixit, is no device safe from the scars of your screwdriver? These eyes have been scarred, forced to witness the destruction of yet another childhood icon. Previously it was the RCA Studio II and the Magnavox Odyssey 100 before that. Now it’s the rather more memorable Atari 2600 going under the scalpel, four simple screws removed to reveal an eight-bit, 1.19MHz processor featuring 128 bytes of RAM (yes, a massive 1,024 bits) and a graphics adapter capable of 192 x 160 resolution with 128 colors — though only four could be used on any given line. Through these humble beginnings the cartridge-based console was born… and now here it rests.
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