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How Two Guys and an Internet Forum Built a Kickass Computer

posted onDecember 4, 2017
by l33tdawg

The China trip was only supposed to last 10 days. For Konstantinos Karatsevidis, the 23-year-old CEO of a new gadget maker called Eve, it was just a quick check-in to make sure production was rolling smoothly on his latest product. Karatsevidis and the rest of the nine-person Eve team have spent the last few years building the V, a laptop-tablet hybrid in the mold of the Microsoft Surface, working in remarkable concert with a teeming community of users and fans to create the exact product they wanted. All that was left to do was make it, perfectly, tens of thousands of times in a row.

Tesla Owners Are Mining Bitcoins With Free Power From Charging Stations

posted onNovember 29, 2017
by l33tdawg

Cryptocurrencies have an energy problem. The entire Bitcoin network now uses more energy than all of Ireland, and a single Bitcoin transaction requires the same amount of energy your house uses in a week. Ethereum, the second most popular cryptocurrency, isn’t much better. This is bad news for the environment, but also for the miners who generate cryptocurrencies with massive amounts of computing power, which can rack up a huge electricity bill.

Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

posted onNovember 12, 2017
by l33tdawg

Apple's $1,000 iPhone X may have trouble operating in the winter weather.

This is according to multiple complaints from owners and an admission from the Cupertino idiot-tax operation itself that, in cold temperatures, the OLED touchscreen on the shiny new handsets can become temporarily unresponsive.

We're told that, when taking an iPhone X outside in chilly weather, folks found the expensive mobe struggled to notice finger swipes and gestures. One might say, you're colding it wrong.

 

Razer made a smartphone, and it’s an all-black version of the Nextbit Robin

posted onNovember 2, 2017
by l33tdawg

Nearly a year after Razer bought Nextbit, we now know what the startup smartphone company has been working on while under the gaming company's leadership. Razer debuted its first smartphone today, the Razer Phone, and it's clearly born from the ashes of the Nextbit Robin. Mobile gaming continues to be important to all types of smartphone users, and gaming companies are now focusing on making mobile games or translating big titles for mobile.

The underground story of Cobra, the 1980s’ illicit handmade computer

posted onNovember 2, 2017
by l33tdawg

Mihai Moldovanu grabs the cardboard box with the enthusiasm of a man from the future who’s opening a time capsule. “Maybe it could still work,” he tells me.

He dusts it off with his hands. Inside the box rests the computer he built for himself in high school. He hasn’t switched it on in 10, maybe 20 years. This summer, when moving from one apartment to another, he stumbled upon the box. “I need to find a charger and an old TV set. It’s going to be tricky to revive it.”

Google may be working on secret 'Ultra Pixel' without navigation keys

posted onSeptember 29, 2017
by l33tdawg

This coming Wednesday, Google is holding an event where the company is expected to release the next iterations of its Pixel phones, namely the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. According to a new report, however, the company also has an as-yet-unknown third device in the works known as the 'Ultra Pixel', which could also debut at the October 4 event.

Arun Mani of Mrwhosetheboss, a popular tech-oriented YouTube channel, yesterday uploaded a video claiming someone anonymously sent him a bunch of pictures and videos showcasing a Google product known as the 'Ultra Pixel'.

Fitbit Ionic review: Meet the $300 fitness-focused smartwatch

posted onSeptember 25, 2017
by l33tdawg

Fitbit has a lot riding on its new $300 Ionic smartwatch. Analyst reports suggest the smartwatch category will continue to grow over the next few years, and Apple and Google already have well-established devices and operating systems. Being one of the top players in the wearables game, Fitbit is unlikely to build a device that runs Android Wear (much less watchOS), so it designs its own devices from the ground up. The Ionic is Fitbit's serious attempt at a smartwatch, far more so than the $200 Blaze that came out last year.

Intel discontinues Arduino 101 development board and Curie module

posted onJuly 28, 2017
by l33tdawg

Intel has revealed a significant scaling back in its hardware offerings.

The company has announced it will stop making its Arduino 101 board as well as the Curie module, both of which offered low-cost computing solutions.

Anyone looking to get their hands on the Arduino 101 has until September 17 to order one, with Intel confirming it will fulfill orders through to December 17 this year. As for Curie, it will be available until January 17, next year, with fulfillments continuing until July 17, 2018.