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Samsung SmartCam HD Pro Review: A Dropcam Competitor That Works Well, But Lacks Charm

smartcam-hd-pro It was inevitable that major OEMs would try to beat startup Dropcam at their own game, by providing inexpensive, HD IP camera for home security enthusiasts, people with babies and folks who just in general like to watch. Samsung has a few entrants in this category, and the SmartCam HD Pro is their most recent offering. The camera is very capable, and will meet the needs of most, but it does so… Read More

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Astronomer Claims We’ll Find Alien Life By Year 2,100

alien-life.jpg And it will probably not look like that. A senior astronomer at the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Knowledge) Institute firmly insists humanity will discover unusual life within the century. Of course, Bigfoot hunters constantly assert they’re just a day from discovering that giant furry f *** er, and I still don’t have a sasquatch skin rug by the fireplace. Unfortunately, the scenarios where we’ll likely find alien life are most likely not as exciting as you’re envisioning in your head. Simply read the second estimated paragraph if you really hate checking out a lot. I even bolded it for you so you know which it is. It’s the second one, in vibrant. “The very first one?” Listen– I’ve been feeling punchy all the time.

“We are going to find life in area in this century.” Those are words of Senior Look for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) Astronomer Seth Shostak, speaking at last week’s European Commission Innovation Convention. Like numerous others in the scientific neighborhood, for Dr. Shostak the problem is not if we will uncover unusual life, but when. The search, states Dr. Shostak, is drawing to a close, and it will end in among three ways. First, we might find life close by, on Mars or Europa, existing as microbes or other tiny microscopic structures. Second, we can discover gasses in the environments of far-off worlds that are produced by life’s processes, like photosynthesis. Finally, we could get the signals of unusual life through stations like SETI itself.

I suggest, germs in our own solar system and indications of life in other planets’ atmospheres is interesting and all, however exactly what we truly require are some REAL ASS ALIENS. You know, with the googly eyes and warp drive technology. And I desire them to come to earth. And I desire them to check out for a week then NUKE THE EVERLIVING SHIT FROM US, THE END. Thanks to Carmen, who wishes to be the first one to make unusual contact. But not real physical contact, there’s no telling exactly what area conditions those things could be bring.

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Rent a New York City apartment by the hour for… well, it’s up to you

Sometimes, New York City can be unbearable. Sometimes, you just need a break. Breather wants to offer you that break, in a variety of “beautiful, practical spaces” that are available by the hour. Think of it like a rentable, temporary office. Sound…

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WTF Is Your Wearable Strategy? Well, Here It Is

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I’m sure many of you have, of late, been lying awake at night – as I have, on many a lonely evening in my London garret, listening to the wind blow through the rain-soaked city as I dab plaintively at the condensation on the window – about what on earth your “Wearable Strategy” is going to be. I mean. Seriously. What the hell are we going to do about it. Yes, there might be a revolution going on in the Ukraine and Syrian children being garrotted in the street by Asma al-Assad, but where are we going to get our next version of Google Glass and will it summon Uber cabs with two blinks, for pity’s sake? But at least now someone has come to our rescue.

In a stroke of genius, British resident Daniel O’Connell has launched what I think you’ll agree is going to be required reading from now on: (or wtfimws on Twitter).

Launched last week, not long after the veritable Wearable Orgy that was CES, he threw it up “For fun.” So modest huh?

“The idea started with a talk by @iancrocombe called ‘WTF is my wearable fashion strategy?’. I thought it would be funny to build on his idea and create the generator,” Daniel tells us.

But, he “had no idea it would strike such a chord.”

And it has.

The site has received almost 60,000 unique visitors since Friday last week, giving out helpful answers such as:




Why does he think the site struck such a chord? Are wearables over-hyped, perchance?

“Everybody’s clearly going bonkers over wearables, especially after CES, and people are probably asking themselves the question. Are they over-hyped?”, he muses.

“It depends what we make of them. If we solve the obesity problem and predictively prevent heart attacks then no. If we create loads of short-lived, useless, branded junk, then yes, definitely.”

Blasphemy! We love branded junk!

Doesn’t Daniel have any wearables himself? He does not, although he does “love” Nike+ running.

Out of the ones he detests, he says Google Glass (the current version) “looks far too stupid to be considered by even remotely style conscious individuals. This is the challenge wearables face. Most people just aren’t into Star Trek cosplay.”

Sorry, Daniel, you lost us for a moment there. We’re committed to Glassholes going mainstream, here at TechCrunch Towers.

Have any of the answers on the site been discovered to be real products?

“Not yet, although there are some real products that look like the generator invented them (Durex, I’m talking to you).”

You hear that Durex? Get on that Wearable Condom Strategy this instant!


Additional reporting by Sarah Perez

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Alt-week 11.30.13: one well preserved baby dinosaur, and the forbidden gadgets

Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.

Technology and science doesn’t care how old you are. Whether you’re a pre-historic beast, or a juvenile rebel — technology applies to you. It’s also what will, hopefully, finally make those lunar-vacation dreams a reality. This is alt-week.

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Polygon’s marathon Xbox One live stream starts at 12PM ET — and we’ll be there at 7PM ET!

Déjà vu is that feeling of having already experienced the present situation. So, much as it was last week with the PlayStation 4, our friends / work family Polygon (makers of gorgeous reviews) will be undertaking a marathon 12-hour live stream of Xbox One today starting at 9AM PT / 12PM ET (all time zones). That’s games, in-depth discussions, live Q&As, and special guests. Read up on our Xbox One review, check out the schedule below, and note that we’ll be hijacking the stream for an hour starting at 4pm PT / 7PM ET, so join us! And remember: Déjà vu is that feeling of having already experienced the present situation. So, much as it was…

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Yes, of course Nintendo is releasing its Zelda-themed 3DS XL in the US as well

Quit sending those mean letters to your European cousins, full of bitterness and jealousy that they’re getting a shiny gold Nintendo 3DS XL with the Triforce emblazoned on its outer shell this holiday and you’re not. Not only is it rude, but it turns out that Nintendo’s releasing the same 3DS here …

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Well Of Course There Is: A Dating Site For Ghosts Singles

ghost-dating-site.jpg is a dating internet site for ghosts. At first I thought it was a dating site for living individuals who wanted to date ghosts, makinged it definitely sadder, but it’s not– the only choice is to sign up for ghost/ghost relationships. So you both have to be dead. And able to utilize a computer system. And, because your fingers cannot actually touch a keyboard, you better hope whoever’s house you’re haunting has speak recognition software that can translate all your f \*\*\* ing BOOOOOOing. “But ghosts aren’t genuine.” They sure aren’t, makings this dating website just like every other dating internet site– a lot of people trying to pretend they’re something that they’re not.

Thanks to TBTMH, who agrees prior to you go searching for love on a ghost dating website, please, try a human one initially. I ‘d rest much better in the evening.

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Apple confirms September 10th iPhone event, and we’ll be there live!

Apple confirms September 10th iPhone event, and we'll be there live!

The next iPhone will be officially unveiled on September 10th, as confirmed via the Apple-delivered invite that you see above. When the curtains pull back, it’ll be nearly a year to the day since the iPhone 5 was ushered into reality, and it’ll no doubt be a monumentally important day for the company. Particularly compared to the barrage of products Apple introduced in 2012 — iPad mini, iPhone 5, the MacBook Pro with Retina display, enhanced MacBook Air / iMac / Mac mini lines, a redesigned iPod nano, a revised iPad / iPod touch / Apple TV, ad OS X Mountain Lion — 2013 has been eerily quiet. Outside of a tweaked iPhone 5 for T-Mobile’s network, a Haswell-infused MacBook Air and a tease of the next-generation Mac Pro, we’ve been left with little more than hopes for newly-inspired versions of iOS and OS X.

That changes on the 10th of September, as at the very least, a next-gen iPhone will hit the stage. We’ll also holding out hope for a lower-end iPhone for emerging markets — markets where Android and even Windows Phone are the platforms of choice for communities making the move into the smartphone era. We wouldn’t put it past Apple to also revise its iPad line while it’s at it, and naturally, iOS 7 should be just about primed for release to the masses. As you’d expect, we’ll be on hand in Cupertino in order to liveblog every second of the action, and we’d invite you to cast your best guesses on what’s to come in comments below.

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Media Gadget Stores and Shares Well With Others

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Lots of individuals are digital hoarder and proud of it. And why not? With relatively limitless remote storage choices available free of cost or for a little month-to-month fee, they can keep their digital pictures, videos, music and various other files in the cloud without stressing over lacking room.

Individual gadgets are a different tale. Smartphones and tablets with restricted quantities of storage can quickly fill out with apps, pictures and videos, requiring users to delete content on a routine basis.

Today, I tested a device that might relieve a few of that regional storage concern and can act as a media-sharing godsend on a long automobile trip: SanDisk’s $ 100 Connect Wireless Media Gadget.

This 2.5-ounce gadget measures about the size of a pad of Post-it Notes and holds 64 gigabytes of pictures, videos, songs or other files. And right here’s where it could be available in useful in the automobile: The SanDisk can be accessed by up to 8 devices concurrently, with 5 of them streaming high-definition video from it at the exact same time.


The size of a pad of Post-it Notes, the SanDisk lets up to eight devices access the media files it holds.

It’s on back order until next week from and Amazon. A 32-gigabyte variation is offered for $ 80 for individuals who can’t wait. Both variations have actually SD memory card slots for expanding their storage.

Several companies have actually created devices that do similar things, consisting of Seagate and Kingston. I discovered SanDisk’s Wireless Media Gadget to be a basic solution for quickly transferring information off of a phone or tablet. It also was light-weight and portable and worked well for sharing content to numerous gadgets in the exact same space simultaneously.

The SanDisk gadget works with a complimentary app that can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store, the Android operating system’s Google Play store or Amazon’s Appstore for Kindle Fire. I effectively tested it on the iPhone, iPad and a Moto X smartphone running Android, streaming high-definition video to the 3 devices at once without an issue. And I tapped one button to open choices for offloading images from my smartphone to the SanDisk.


The gadget deals with a complimentary app that shows videos, images, music and other declare sharing and streaming.

In addition to the transfer apps, the SanDisk gadget has a USB cord that enables transfers to or from a Mac or Windows PC.

As for video playback, you still need to worry about file formats that will not play on some devices. The iOS app won’t play. AVI or. WMV files, because these are formats produced by Windows machines, and Android won’t play. MOV files, which are in Apple’s QuickTime format.

While file transfers from the SanDisk are simple, the procedure for moving files to it is a little clunky, including the drag-and-drop approach.

One of the most appealing attributes of this gadget is that it doesn’t require an Internet connection to stream its content to other gadgets.

It appears in a gadget’s Wi-Fi settings as its own network, and you select it from your gadget to link to the SanDisk. This means you can toss it in your bag for a long trip and let numerous people gain access to its content at the exact same time. SanDisk promises it will work from approximately 150 feet away, and it did in my house.

You can decide to connect the SanDisk to your Wi-Fi network, which could be available in useful in certain scenarios. For instance, after I transferred over a dozen Word files to the SanDisk device from my Mac through USB cord, I opened and reviewed these documents on my iPad with several cloud-based apps, consisting of Microsoft’s Office Mobile and SkyDrive apps, Evernote and Google Drive, without needing to connect to the Web.

The SanDisk takes three hours to totally charge, which it can do by means of USB from a computer system or by utilizing its power adapter. One cost lasts for up to eight hours of continuous streaming. In my mixed-use tests, the battery lasted for well over 8 hours. It also has a smart battery function that shuts off the device if it hasn’t been used in 10 minutes.

A single black button on the front edge of the SanDisk turns it on, and three small icons radiance to stand for the battery indication, the drive broadcasting its Wi-Fi signal and whether or not the drive is likewise connected to the Internet through your regional Wi-Fi network.

As is commonly the case, this device’s corresponding iOS and Android apps looked a little various and didn’t operate exactly the exact same means. But both apps make use of an icon with up and down arrows to stand for the method material can be transferred wirelessly to or from a mobile gadget. Tap this and select content to publish to the SanDisk from your gadget or to your device from the SanDisk.

The apps’ transfer button moves material to and from your SanDisk and pulls up a Share option, makings it simple to share digital files with buddies through email, Facebook or Picasa– or to copy the files. To utilize this attribute, the SanDisk should be connected to the Web by means of Wi-Fi. Photos can be edited and re-saved within the SanDisk app, and numerous can be dipped into once making use of a slide-show option.

My husband and I each have various accounts for keeping images and videos. He downloaded the SanDisk app to his iPhone and quickly uploaded a ton of his pictures onto my SanDisk gadget. When images existed, I could download the pictures onto my Android phone or iPad utilizing the app, or simply look at them. However two efforts to move an eight-minute video from my spouse’s iPhone failed after a couple of minutes of waiting.

A SanDisk agent said this may have been caused by the phone going to “sleep,” which stopped the video transfer. The business plans an app update to fix this in coming weeks.

If your mobile device is getting crowded, or if you desire a much better way to stream material to neighboring friends without the hassle of emailing or texting substantial files, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Device is a clever solution.

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